Posts By matthew rose

Space Odyssey: Chinese artist Li Wei flies above the crowd at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Postcard from Paris — Icarus en Ville at spring art fair Art Paris

[Matthew visits the spring art fair, Art Paris, and talks about the infusion of Chinese art there. — the artblog editors] Even the casual Paris observer will note that the Elysian Fields (Les Champs Elysées) have slowly become a bit more Chinese over the last two decades. Sushi restaurants are run by Chinese immigrants; old French “tabacs” and cafés are being taken over by Chinese and Vietnamese families. Chinese is almost a second language in the Louvre and my friends’ children all learn Mandarin at school. So it’s no wonder Art Paris, the spring salon that takes place each spring, ... More » »

Hope Kroll, That should do it. 2012. 12 x 17 inches, on vintage book paper.

Letter From Paris – Four great shows you might have missed and two American friends come to visit

(Our Paris correspondent, Matthew Rose, wraps up 2013 giving a shout out to some shows he saw and some work by Americans who visited him in Paris.–the artblog editors.) Best Mail Art show: Correspondence at Louis Vuitton Espace Culturel Correspondences (1 Feb – 5 May), an exhibition of mail art that brought together nearly a dozen artists who have scribbled and stamped away at the postal canvas for years: Ray Johnson, Eleanor Antin, Alighiero Boetti, Jan Dibbets as well as others with interests in networks and packaging – Stephen Antonakos’ works were featured outside (see photo) the building in the ... More » »

James Castle (1900-1977), working his soot and spit drawings at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho.  Photo: Magnolia Atlas.

Letter From Paris – The Outsiders Take A Room

(Matthew Rose sees a lot of great outsider art at the Outsider Art Fair in the Hotel Le A in Paris.–the artblog editors) James Castle spent his life in silence on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. Deaf and unable to communicate with his own family, even in sign (it wasn’t taught in his local school), Castle spent his time looking closely at the world, drawing barnyards, farm landscapes, rocking chairs and self portraits with soot and spit, usually on unfolded match boxes and found scraps of paper.  He patched and stitched together naif cardboard sculptures of people, ducks or ... More » »

Director of Research, Jonathon Keats, at the helm of his epigentic cloning project, AC Institute, New York in 2012. Keats is set to clone Obama, Gaga and Jesus in Berlin this month.

Letter from Berlin – Forgeries, pheromones and clones, ten questions for Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats has brought the cerebral into the art marketplace. Nearly 15 years ago he sat in a gallery for 24 hours looking at a nude model and selling his thoughts to art collectors. A few years later he copyrighted his mind as a sculpture. In 2004, he tried to genetically engineer God to get to the essence of the Divine.  He’s enlisted string theory to purchase real estate in other dimensions, and created a silent four-minute and thirty-three second ring tone remixing John Cage’s composition 4’33” .  And he even sold collectors the experience of spending money. Now in ... More » »


Letter From Paris: Keith Haring’s Political Line

—Sometimes lost in discussion of Keith Haring is his work’s political edge.  Matthew tells us all about it in his review of the Paris exhibit of the artist’s works.–the artblog editors————————–>It’s hard to believe that the ever-youthful icon of the 1980s New York Artworld has already been gone 23 years. Keith Haring, the most famous subway scribbler the world has ever known, took chalk and markers and finally paint and canvas, and spread his scribbles across pretty much everything in his path.  An expansive exhibition of his more political works – touching upon the state, media, capitalism, racism, nuclear and ... More » »

Revolutionary ride: The RER C train from Paris to Versailles gets you to the Château in royal comfort.

Letter From Paris: On The (Rail)road To Versailles

Three hundred years ago getting to Versailles, the celebrated French seat of power, was a bit of a slog through muddy country villages.  Only 20 or so kilometers southwest of the Eiffel Tower, the trip was made by horse or coach or worse, by foot, and could take the better part of a day.  But Revolutions have consequences.  Today for about $8.50 you can now jump on the RER C suburban railroad from a handful of stations along the left bank, and shoot over to Versailles in half an hour. And your coach might be a royal one. One in ... More » »

Brooklyn's Superchief Gallery is looking forward to hitting Miami Beach this December for the art fair.

How To Launch An Art Fair

Back in September, I was solicited over the Internet to exhibit at the Select Art Fair at Miami’s Catalina Hotel.  I was, according to the e-vite, the kind of artist that should take advantage of a unique art fair opportunity during Art Basel’s annual Miami art orgy (December 5 – 9, 2012).  The pitch: For only $4,800 I would be able to show my work in a hotel room – one of only about 60 – right around the corner from Art Basel Miami.  The founders proposed the curious idea that I could sleep in my gallery space! I wrote ... More » »

Beware of sharks at the Tate Modern.

Letter From London – Soap Tricks, Shark Attacks and Weeping Women

My summer’s last hurrah took place over a long 5-day Eurostar Chunnel weekend in London dotted with a few blockbuster exhibitions, a talk with Patrick Lears, artist and Whitechapel Gallery deputy gallery manager, a touch of urban archeology, and a walk in the park – all washed down with cool pints of British bitter.  My itinerary was random: I gravitated towards noisy (Damien Hirst) and whispery (Edvard Munch) exhibitions at The Tate Modern, and the unexpected – The Saatchi Gallery’s New Korean Eye show; a dash of traditional –  a day in Kensington Gardens – where Lady Diana lived – ... More » »

Gloria Zein's "I can't stop the dancing chicken," 2012, in Berlin, getting ready for a road trip to London.

Letter From London – An interview with Gloria Zein, on dancing chickens and German art

In 1998 I met the German artist Gloria Zein in Paris.  We were on the street near my house in the 14th arrondissement.  She handed me a postcard. It was a cross between a BYOA (Bring Your Own Artwork) and dinner at her house in Paris: one had to cut a circle out of her card and insert a “sign of our existence” into it – an assignment with tape, staples or whatever was handy.  Since then I have been following Gloria’s career with wonder.  In 2002 she asked her male friends to send her photographs from the Internet of their ... More » »

Neon, 1965, Joseph Kosuth. Telling it like it is.

Letter From Paris: La Lumière Parle at La Maison Rouge

Light speaks. And its voice is perhaps never as strong and clear as in the City of Light.  La Maison Rouge, the exquisite art space and foundation in the Bastille quarter of Paris, is proving it with Neon, Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue? Curated by David Rosenberg, this illuminated carnival of flashing and glowing colored light is the first and perhaps largest exhibition of illuminated tubular art works.  And it’s noisy, too, with the low persistent electric buzz flowing through the show  – think: Flashing Tiki Lounge martini sign after midnight on the Vegas strip. Over 80 artists ... More » »

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