March, 2013

Sadie Barnette – Composed and Performed

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you a feature from writer Liz Glass on Sadie Barnette‘s exhibition at Ever Gold Gallery in San Francisco. Glitter and dirt; earthbound objects and slices of psychedelic space; the white cube and the club: these pairings are all present—and at odds—in Sadie Barnette’s exhibition, Composed and Performed. The exhibition is minimal in[…..]

From the Archives – #Hashtags: Going Up at SFMOMA

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92, 1981; chromogenic color print; 24 x 47 15/16" (61 x 121.9 cm); The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Fellows of Photography Fund; ©2012 Cindy Sherman.

There are so many things to look at in a museum–but that doesn’t mean that art doesn’t exist in unplanned and accidental encounters. Today #Hashtags reprints one of our favorite essays from last year, on the topic of uncurated looking. It was miraculous to me, only because I had never seen the space behind the doors. Yet, it was shameful, as if I had seen[…..]

David Bowie is Peace on Earth

In my opinion, the fact that there hasn’t been a major “retrospective” honoring the artistic career of David Bowie is a crime. Luckily, the Victoria and Albert Museum has prepared an unprecedented look into his archives, opening March 23. Today from the DS Archives, we bring you an edition of LA Expanded that looks at Bowie, Bing Crosby, The Beatles and Christmas. The following article[…..]

Loving Memory – Mike Kelley

For the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to choose a retrospective of Mike Kelley‘s work for their first international exhibition since the reopening was, to say the least, symbolic. The Stedelijk opened its newly refurbished and expanded premises in September last year, after years (and years) of highly controversial and heavily debated refurbishments. The enormous white bath tub that is now hovering in front of the institution’s old[…..]

Action for the Delaware

Any 20th century art history course worth its salt will have surely shown a slide of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and prompted students to commit to memory the work’s revolutionary scale and site specificity.  From Smithson to Christo and Jeanne Claude, the history of environmental art is by now long and celebrated.  However, after all these years, it is ripe for reevaluation by artists less[…..]

An Interview with James Chronister

"Dreaming of Me (Hyde Park)", oil on canvas, 40"x40", 2012

San Francisco-based painter James Chronister will be the spring artist in residence at Lux Art Insitute in Encinitas, California where five residencies are awarded each year with the goal of connecting the artist with the community and supporting the artist through the completion of a project. This February, I began correspondence with Chronister to discuss his work and process, his Walkman playlist as a kid,[…..]

Help Desk: Gallery Contract

Birgit Jürgenssen, “Untitled,” 1978-1979. SX-70 Polaroid. Unframed: 10.5 x 8.7 cm / 4 1/8 x 3 3/8 ins, Framed: 34 x 29 cm / 13 3/8 x 11 3/8 ins. © The Estate of Birgit Jürgenssen. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I was invited to be in a group show outside of my home state. I don’t know the owner (who found my work online) and I’d never heard of the gallery before, but it[…..]