Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lorna Simpson

January 28–August 21, 2011
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor

BAMart Silent Auction

Mar 30—Apr 10, 2011

Laurie Simmons & Carroll Dunham, Honorary Artist Chairs

This spring, BAM will hold the Seventh Annual BAMart Silent Auction. This eleven-day event will feature works in a variety of media and at all prices including pieces by Cindy Sherman, Jasper Johns, Richard Serra, and over 100 more world renowned and emerging artists, with many from Brooklyn. The works will be exhibited at BAM, and all bidding is done online. Initiated in 2005, the auction has had the participation of a wide range of artists and is a terrific way to support BAM.

Sun, Apr 10, 2011, 3-6pm

Join participating artists and special guests for a cocktail reception celebrating the Seventh Annual BAMart Silent Auction, a twelve-day event featuring works by over 120 visual artists, including Honorary Artist Chairs Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham, working in a variety of media and at all prices. Get your final bids in here, both party and auction end at 6pm sharp!

Peter Jay Sharp Building
Dorothy W. Levitt Lobby
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

Visit for more information and to browse the catalog.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Before I die, What is important to you?


One month and seven hours of intense stenciling later and it’s up! With a lot of support from old and new friends, I turned the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them in life. Before I Die transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us. It turns out this entire process (including official approval from many entities) has been a great lesson, experience, and project in itself – more on that later. If you’re in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny Street) to add your thoughts to the wall and see what matters most to your neighbors. It’s a question that has changed me in the last year, and I believe the design of our public spaces can better reflect what’s important to us as residents and as human beings. The responses and stories from passersby while we were installing it have already hit me hard in the heart. More installations to come.- Candy Chang

More about Candy Chang check out her website here.


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Road trip needed

I think is time for a Road trip to MassMoca.

Katharina Grosse is known for the vibrant palette and exuberant gestures of her large-scale canvases and raucous installations which merge painting, sculpture, and architecture. Wielding a spray gun instead of a brush, Grosse often paints directly on the walls, floors, or facades of her exhibition sites, altering the logic and scale of architecture itself. In an effort to liberate her works from the Euclidian space of wall and floor, Grosse also incorporates into her multidimensional paintings a variety of unexpected objects, including beds, clothes, balloons, shaped canvases, and soil. Joining these incongruous elements in a continuous flow of color, Grosse opens up a new path for painting while rearranging conventions, hierarchy, and our very habits of seeing.- MassMoca

To read the interview with Katharina on Art Forum click here.

Meet Diplo

Can Sports and Art Finally Come Together In This Interactive Installation?

Syndyn - Artistic Sports Game from Arm on Vimeo.

Toy Tokyo benefit Art Auction

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Joshua Liner Gallery presents Oliver Vernon. April 12 to May 7, 2011

Big fan of Oliver's work.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fear Eats the Soul

Went to Gavin Brown in the hailing snow (in spring?) this afternoon as per Jerry Saltz. Disappointed to report that I didn't find any food. I was hungry. Stores and food will be available for visitors from Thurs-Sat. The snow got me all mixed up today, is Wednesday.
Don’t miss Rirkit Tiravanija’s paradigm-rocking tour de force of institutional critique, “Relational Aesthetics,” the disruption of the chain of command, spatial politics, and time-shifting. Tiravanija (pronounced Tear-ah-van-ee-jah) has removed all the windows and doors from Gavin Brown’s gallery, so there’s no difference between outside and inside. The gallery is open or exposed 24 hours a day. People can go in and do whatever they want whenever they want to. The windows, window- and doorframes, and associated hardware are spread out on the gallery floor and leaned against the walls. Spray-painted in big, bold floor-to-ceiling black letters on the walls is the title of a Fassbinder film, Fear Eats the Soul. Around the gallery are dirt, stools, and picnic benches at wooden tables. There are also two plywood rooms that turn out to be time machines of a sort: Both are exact replicas of Brown’s first tiny Broome Street gallery, opened in 1994. In one, Tiravanija has installed a ghost doppelgänger of his 1994 show there, only this time, everything is made of silver-glazed ceramic. A ceramic Warhol Mao sits next to a stack of empty Rolling Rock bottles, a clay Warhol Brillo Box near one of Tiravanija’s woks. In the other simulated gallery is a shop where you can pay $20 and have attendants make you a T-shirt bearing a slogan like “The Days of this Society is Numbered,” “Rich Bastards Beware,” or “Out Now.” These spaces are open Thursdays through Saturday. So is a working “Soup Kitchen” where Tiravanija and other guest chefs cook food and give it away for free to anyone who stops by.
What makes all this so good — other than the free food (even better than at the art fairs!), the selflessness, the turning of space inside out, the way in which visitors are subtly transformed from being passive viewers to active participants, the tangible ways Tiravanija bridges mind-body splits, and the breaching of private and public barriers — is the lithe feeling of being in touch with the spirits of self-actualization that triggered such enormous growth in the art world in the early nineties. To me, Tiravanija is the George Washington and Johnny Appleseed of the Relational Aesthetics movement. He is a medicine-man artist who not only invented this rangy way of making identity politics, metaphysics, and the gravitational forces of Warhol’s Factory spring to life. He creates a social-conceptual-sculptural field whereby new systems are created and the artist displaces the traditional functions of a gallery and rejoins them with real life-Jerry Saltz

Art in the Streets

Art in the Streets is the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from April 17-Aug 8, 2011. The exhibition will trace the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved. Following MOCA's presentation, the exhibition will travel to the Brooklyn Museum, where it will be on view March 30-July 8, 2012.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Next up on my radar, project Stairwell. Untouched white walls are my best friends and has unlimited potential. I am very much looking forward to exploiting them (11 Floors x 2 sets). Stay tuned for the launch in Spring/Summer, 2011.

Lynda Benglis's Happy Dildos and sexy foam

Lynda Benglis is an American Sculptor,  whom the validity of her work was questioned most of her career, until 1980's due to its exaggerated female sensuality and physicality. Paddy Johnson from Art Fag City questions, what does feminist art look like? To read the article in The L Magazine click here.
Exhibition on view on the second floor of the New Museum until June 19th, 2011. 

Phantom, 1971

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bye Bye kitty!

Makoko Aida
I can't wait to see this show which opened on Friday at the Japan Society.

Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art

Friday, March 18 — Sunday, June 12

Bye Bye Kitty!!! is a radical departure from recent Japanese exhibitions. Moving far beyond the stereotypes of kawaii and otaku culture, Japan Society’s show features sixteen emerging and mid-career artists whose whose paintings, objects, photographs, videos, and installations meld traditional styles with challenging visions of Japan’s troubled present and uncertain future.

The February Show Recap

It's been a month since the show opened, and I am grateful for the great responses I have received so far. Here's a write up on Russell Simmon's Globalgrind Magazine about the show. Please ignore our wardrobe choices. We were a bit resentful, Casey, the reporter showed up without notice on a Sunday afternoon during install when we weren't camera ready (we were practically wearing our PJ's). Susie B also enjoyed the show. Click here to see the article. Aventurista blogged about us also. Click here to go to link.
The exhibition will be available to view by appointment until June 30th. Contact to schedule a viewing. 

Click here to view the interviews with the artists during the opening night of the Exhibition.

To go to to view additional images.


Simone Leigh
Jessica Ann Peavy's Jive Turkey
Xaviera Simmons
Jessica Ann Peavy with her performers in piece Two Lies and Truth during opening night
Friends and Family
Heather, Yoshua and Moi
Julia Brown's L'Entartage video installation

Julia Brown
Jeffrey Sims's Murray's
Mike Cloud's Paper quilt
Paula Wilson's Pigeons
Paula Wilson's Afternoon Morning Glory
Simone Leigh's Ota Benga

Xaviera Simmons' How to break your own Heart
Shinique Smith's Cluster

Ernest A Bryant III
Hank Willis Thomas

Saya Woolfalk's Love Monster
Loul Samater's See my Shine
William Ransom
Derek Adams's He, Him, They, Them
William Ransom's Outerboroughs
Jina Valentine

NOVA the film

Starring: Yoshi Sodeoka, Rebecca Ward, Tofer Chin, KRINK, Base V, Yochai Matos, Max Hattler, Highraff, Lucy McRae, Kit Webster, Jimmy Joe Roche, Flavio Samelo, Felipe Brait & Maira Vaz Valente, Shima, Matt W Moore, Zeitguised, Mulheres Barbadas, Gustavo Gagliardo aka Defi, Filippo Minelli, Quayola, Javier Longobardo, This Time, Renaud Hallée, Mark Jenkins, Ljudbilden & Piloten, Lolo, Sosaku Miyazaki, Anna Taratiel aka Ovni, Robert Seidel, Heiko Tippelt, B.Fleischmann, Koen Delaere, Taras Hrabowsky, Cristopher Cichocki, MOMO, Yusk Imai.
Music by: Bradien, Roll The Dice, NOIA, B.Fleischmann, Ljudbilden & Piloten, Fase, Isan, Fuck Buttons. Curated by: David Quiles Guilló. Directed by: Isaac Niemand

Guerilla Knitters

Guerrilla knitters, so baddass. Berlin 31.Januar 2011
From Mirche:

"A group of Guerilla Knitters which I am part of have recently (31 January to be precise) stormed the U1 in Berlin disguised with knitted beards and armed with knitted cozies, to beautify and soften the harsh interior of the everyday world of commuters. After 3 months of preparation with my Stitch N Bitch group, it took us just an hour to install, and the carriage stayed in circulation until around 15:00, when the BVG security unfortunately cut it all to pieces. Despite making those few employees miserable by giving them extra work, I think we cheered up a fair amount of weary travellers on a gloomy January day!"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Art:21 | Sally Mann

Art for the sake of fun. Who says that anymore? I love Sally Mann's photographs. You can watch these on netflix. More about Sally Mann on

Art:21 | Shahzia Sikander

Have I been hiding under a rock? I am seeing these shows for the first time... so awesome, especially this episode about art and spirituality. I can finally be convinced of getting a television set.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Charming documentary about a NYC S&M club Pandora's Box. I was pleasantly amused.

Ask Jerry Saltz anything

I used to be a real hard-ass about art fairs. In 2006, when I was still at the Village Voice, I wrote a column titled “Feeding Frenzy”, in which I called them “adrenaline-addled spectacles … perfect storms of money, marketability, and instant gratification … tent-city casinos.” They still drive me crazy and wear me out, but now I see them for what they’ve always been: Big sleepover parties where people sniff each other’s scents and make connections in a hurry. Artists get a chance to make a little money, and critics — almost by accident — get to see galleries we might not otherwise have the chance to visit. So I’ve corked my blowhole.
This season, I went to the three big art fairs and breezed through several smaller ones. People always ask, “What did you see?” and I answer, “I have no idea.” I don’t go to fairs to look at art, because you can’t spend more than ten seconds with any one piece. I go to gauge group temperatures, glean what’s going on in other scenes, get an overview of stylistic tendencies, eat free food, and get out of my office and my own head.

- Ask an Art Critic: Jerry Saltz answers your questions about Art Fairs and what's hot right now... go to saatchionline magazine to read the rest.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Just Kids

Patti and Robert by Gerard Malanga

Photo of the day. Reading Patti Smith's memoir.