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artblog goes to documenta, miami basel, carnegie international, and the usual new york suspects.

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 » »

Terry Adkins, Aviarium, 2014, polyurethene and enamel

Whitney Biennial 2014 – Tough sledding through a hodgepodge with some gems

Like walking through a yard sale or grandma’s attic, the hodgepodge that is the Whitney Biennial 2014 is a a little sad. All that stuff made by 103 participants, collected and sitting there, clogs the space and makes the journey through the show like walking through the Armory Show, only without the aisles and missing the weirdly high art-fair energy.  Advice:  Start at the top and work your way down.  Fourth Floor – Curator Michelle Grabner It’s shocking, we know, but like everyone, we come to the Whitney Biennial looking for our favorites and hoping to be introduced to great ... More » »

Zanele Muholi, gallerist told us that was Zanele in the picture, at Yancey Richardson, ADAA Art Show

New York art fairs – Armory Show is tame, ADAA’s is elegant with tons of women artists!

March Madness happens in the art world every two years when the Whitney Biennial coincides with the annual international art fairs.  It’s way too much art for anyone to digest, but it’s party time, with the tribes gathered, congratulations all round, and in the case of the fairs, SALES, which make the world go round. Louder than ever this year, the globalization of the art market showed. At almost every turn  we said “We’ve seen work like this in Philly!” The Armory Show We visited the Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94. The huge monster on the Piers seemed ... More » »

John McLaughlin, Untitled (1941) at Franklin Parrasch Gallery.

Art Basel Miami Beach, 2013

(Andrea strolls the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, and offers her picks from both new and familiar artists. — the artblog editors) Each year, friends ask about my response to Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), and I reply that someone might be able to attend a fair for three and a half hours and offer an opinion, but I’m not that someone. I attend fairs to see what I can learn, preferably to see interesting work by artists I didn’t know, or new aspects of artists whose work I’ve seen before. Another wonderful Picasso drawing, such as 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 » »

Bruno Munari ‘Libro Illeggibili MN 1'

The eighth annual NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS 1

(Andrea’s visit to the NY Art Book Fair unearths some familiar publishing names and artists amidst the huge crush of material filling PS1 inside and out.–the artblog editors) This was the first time I’d attended the NY Art Book Fair , organized by Printed Matter and held at MoMA PS1 on Sept. 20-22, and I was entirely unprepared for its extent. The Fair filled not only all of the building’s galleries, but its entire courtyard and ancillary outdoors spaces as well. I approached it much like an art fair, alotting myself a fixed amount of time (never enough) and seeing ... More » »

Rokni Haerizadeh, gesso, ink and watercolor on printed paper. Courtesy of Galerie Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, and the artist

The 2013 Carnegie International – Some great community gems in the midst of a comfort zone of familiar art

While it doesn’t push the envelope or any obvious buttons, the 2013 Carnegie International serves up delights and high points along with the comfort and reassurance of familiar faces. It’s a humanist show that is mining territory that’s been mined before – history, community, anti-capitalism. And bravo for all that! Community and Archival Projects Many artists featured in the show are working with communities.  Here are our favorites. Let’s hear it for Zoe Strauss!  She didn’t win the Carnegie Prize or the Fine Prize (those went to Nicole Eisenman and Zanele Muholi respectively — congrats to those two wonderful women ... More » »

Breath-taking iconoclasm.  Tala Madani, Brown Christmas 2012, oil on linen at Pilar Corrias

New York Art Fairs – Armory Show Contemporary disappoints, Volta not so much

We attended the Armory Show and Volta, something we’ve been doing for a number of years. We may change it up next year because we were a tad bit underwhelmed this year. The free-for-all commercial atmosphere was not so thrilling — maybe we’re getting jaded, who knows. Below are some pictures of favorite moments at The 2013 Armory Show and Volta. Loads more pictures at Libby’s Flickr (Armory & Volta) and Roberta’s Flickr (Armory & Volta). The 2013 Armory Show.  We went to both Piers (92-Modern and 94-Contemporary)   Volta 2013 New York — making its debut in Soho (a move ... More » »

Long-bin Chen's carved magazine busts of Davinci, Mozart, and Michelangelo at Volta New York art fair this weekend

Sponsored Post – Long-bin Chen at Volta

This post is sponsored by The West Collection at SEI At the Volta fair, 82 Mercer St. in Soho check out Long-bin Chen‘s amazing carved magazine busts of Davinci, Beethoven, and Michelangelo. The West Collection at SEI

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Art Fairs in Miami, 2012 – Traffic everywhere and a show stopper at the new Miami Project

This year the traffic in Miami defeated me. The amount of activity generated by more than twenty art fairs would benefit from public, and preferably underground, transportation. While I saw plenty of art over two days at three fairs, I saw nothing sufficiently new or challenging to make up for bumper-to-bumper traffic and streets, endlessly clogged, with drivers who didn’t know where they were going. After three fairs, I gave up. So this won’t pretend to be a best of the best, or even an overview. I spent the first afternoon at Art Basel Miami Beach  with my friend, neighbor ... More » »

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