Ethically Compromised and Culturally Richer: Basel 2012
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“What strip mining is to nature the art market has become to culture.” Robert Hughes
This is the quote I was turning around in my mind as I flew towards Miami. Your virtuous young narrator had a lot of preconceived ideas about this colossal, annual art happening. More specifically, I was expecting a total shit show, with a who’s-booth-screams-louder mentality and corporate tie-in’s down to the toilet paper level – all in the [CLICK HERE...]
A Poem by Tasya Van Ree
photograph by Tasya Van Ree
Grey Area’s Ornamental Show On View at Coates Wyllie
Art and design space Grey Area will host their Christmas show entitled Ornamental at Coates Wyllie featuring artists André Saraiva, Vadis Turner, John Gordon, and more. Ornamental will be on view from December 15 to December 22 at Coates Wyllie, 12 West 29th St, New York, NY
Lin Tianmiao Badges @ Galerie Lelong
Last chance to see artist Lin Tianmiao’s Badges, an installation of over sixty hanging, embroidered hoops emblazoned with American and Chinese slang words for women—such as Diva, Cougar, Dyke, Ho, Gold Digger, and Beauty Queen—accompanied by a soundtrack of the same terms, will be the centerpiece of artist Tianmiao’s first solo exhibition. The exhibition coincides with Lin’s first major solo exhibition in the U.S., Bound Unbound at the Asia Society Museum in New York, on view until January 27, 2013. Badges will be on view until December 15, 2012 at Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street, New York, NY
M.I.A. and Collaborator Steve Loveridge in Kochi, India
M.I.A. and Collaborator Steve Loveridge in Kochi for India’s first ever art biennale which started on 12/12/12. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale will be set in spaces across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands. There will be shows in existing galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures. On view for the next three months.
Mike Kelley Retrospective @ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Widely acknowledged as an artist who defined his era, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) created a stunning and protean legacy that encompasses painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, performance, music, video, photography, collaborative works and critical texts. In the largest exhibition of his work ever organized—and the first comprehensive survey attempted since 1993—the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presentation of Mike Kelley will bring together over 200 works, spanning the artist’s 35-year career. The exhibition will subsequently travel to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, MoMA PS1, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The retrospective will be on view December 15 to April 1, 2013, at the Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
House of Waris by Quentin Jones
Jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia teams up with filmmaker and illustrator Quentin Jones to feature his new collection by his label House of Waris. Above is part 2 of the video collaboration and a part three is said to be coming soon.
Barnaby Furnas If Wishes Were Fishes @ Marianne Boesky
Marianne Boesky Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings and graphite drawings by Barnaby Furnas (b.1973, Philadelphia, PA). This will be the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. In this new series of paintings, loosely titled If Wishes Were Fishes, Furnas again tackles epic historic and religious iconography, this time drawing from both the lore of Melville’s Moby Dick, as well as Jonah’s flight from God that lands him in the belly of the whale. On this Furnas says, “What interested me about whaling in the first place was that they (the whales) gave us light – their fat allowed us to bring God’s light into the darkness of the night so we could see our fingers and maybe read after the sun went down.” If Wishes Were Fishes will be on view until December 21, 2012 at Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th Street New York, NY.
Photographer Mike Brodie
Photographer Mike Brodie, working under the moniker, The Polaroid Kidd, spent four years traveling the U.S. amassing a large body of work and an extremely unique view of the American lanscape – oft from the perceptive of boxcars and train tracks shared by runaways and disenfranchised youth. Unexpectedly, Brodie quit the medium entirely to become a car mechanic in the Bay Area. Twin Palms publishers will be releasing a critical monograph of his work entitled A Period of Juvenile Prosperity this month. Brodie will also be having numerous gallery shows. photograph by Austin McManus