Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Art’

Third Space: Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art

José Bedia. Mpangui jimagua (Twin Brothers), 2000; acrylic and conté on canvas with objects; 122 x 355 x 188 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

As university presidents, corporate CEOs, and political leaders on the left and right toss the terms “multiculturalism” and “postcolonial” around in speeches and promotional materials, I am reminded that these buzzwords of the new transnational order have resisted domestication and dilution through the sharp, thoughtful, uncomplacent writing of Homi K. Bhabha.[1] Bhabha’s recognition that cultures must be understood as complex intersections of multiple places, historical[…..]

From the Archive – Help Desk: Making a Statement

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967. Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 feet

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Today we’re revisiting an oldie-but-goodie; this article was originally published on July 9, 2012.  I’m in the process of writing an artist statement for a gallery that has recently picked up my work. What makes for[…..]

Lutz Bacher at Ratio 3

LBacher-Installation-Ratio3_2012-11

  With Lutz Bacher‘s exhibition, San Francisco’s Ratio 3 creates a stark contrast to the surrounding neighborhood. Once the gallery’s heavy black doors close behind you, the vivid colors of Mission Street are abruptly shut off. The jagged, cavernous space is given over to stark black and white, or, to be more precise, irregular spatters of black on a white or light grey surface. The first thing one notices are small[…..]

Help Desk: With Intent

.Chris Burden, L.A.P.D. Uniform, 1994. Fabric, leather, wood, metal & plastic, 88 x 72 x 6 inches (223.5 x 182.9 x 15.2 cm) Ed. of 30

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. Help Desk is co-sponsored by KQED.org. How important is it to consider the intent of an artist when viewing his or her work? Your position on this matter depends on how you feel about[…..]

I found Paradise at ltd los angeles.

As an exhibition of contemporary Puerto Rican artists, one might be tempted to hypothesize that Paraíso, on view this month at ltd los angeles, is meant to express a quintessentially Puerto Rican attitude, or perhaps act as homage to the land itself.  What’s primarily on display, however, is a state of mind: one shared by quite a few 21st-century contemporary artists, regardless of nationality.  In[…..]