April, 2013

#Hashtags: No Wrong Way In, No Wrong Way Out

In contemporary U.S. culture, abstract art is difficult for many to grasp because it so completely defeats the imposition of language on art that cultural meaning falls away. If abstract art asserts meaning at all, it does so elliptically, circling around, not toward, the identifiable expression of objects, events, people, experiences, emotions, or ideas that representational art depicts. In a sense, then, abstract art is[…..]

Fan Mail: Tabitha Soren

This week, From the DS Archives revisits an article by Celie Dailey from our Fan Mail series.  Tabitha Soren‘s new exhibition Running recently opened on April 13th at the Kopeikin Gallery and will be on view during Paris Photo Los Angeles, April 26th – 28th, 2013.  No saying what kind of impact our profiles may have on the artists that we feature, but we are always happy to see[…..]

Painter of History

Painting has been around for a while, haven’t you heard? So it’s no surprise when a new show can set off a flurry of historical associations and still appear to be of its own time. Jon Pestoni’s exhibition of recent abstract paintings at Shane Campbell gallery does just that. Pestoni’s paintings bare a superficial resemblance to work by Gehard Richter. The vertical and horizontal movement[…..]

Laughter in the Dark: Diego Perrone at Casey Kaplan Gallery

Diego Perrone. Detail view. Idiot's mask (Adolfo Wildt), 2013. Airbrush on PVC. 77.75 x 248.75" / 197.5 x 631.8cm. All images courtesy Casey Kaplan.

The leering white faces watch from the walls. They follow you from room to room, vacant eyes staring out from behind their grotesque masks. Though the lower part of their jaws are missing—unhinged—their slit-like eyes and upturned mouths indicate that the figures are consumed with mirth. We see the same white mask over and over, but from various angles: on its side, in three-quarter profile,[…..]

Help Desk: Art Consultant Transformation

David Byrd, Suicide, 1996. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

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. This week’s column features the artwork of David Byrd, whose solo exhibition Introduction: A Life of Observation is currently on view at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. Mr. Byrd is 87 years old and[…..]


In this week’s “From the DS Archives”, we link two photographers’ projects which discuss the relationship between a son and his parent, and coping with the effects of age on the brain and the renewed relationships between aging parents and their aging children. Joshua Lutz’s new show “Hesitating Beauty”, which opened April 11th at Clampart, with a new monograph of the same title, creates an[…..]

The Modern Monster

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you a review by Matt Sussman of the exhibition The Modern Monster at Queens Nail’s Gallery in San Francisco. “What kind of monster are you?” is the chorus from a single by the ’90s pop-punk group Slant 6.1 The question accuses the listener of being something other than human. However, the singer-guitarist Christina Billotte’s flat[…..]