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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 » »

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Cracks in the boundary walls – Keith Harrison and Napalm Death

(Katie chronicles a participatory combination music/art show with an unexpected yet satisfying end — the artblog editors) It was a peculiar crowd that piled on to the two-carriage train to Bexhill on Friday 29th November, a sea of beer-swigging beards mixed with gallery types making their excited way to this sleepy seaside town. The occasion was a combination no less eclectic: a collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum’s former resident ceramicist Keith Harrison and the infamous grindcore band (**see note below) Napalm Death, who share both roots in Birmingham and a notorious appetite for destruction. On top of 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 » »

Overlooking the Rathaus Bridge, Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich in the summer – The lake, the old city and a surprising amount of conceptual art

—>Sit back and enjoy Rachel’s trip to Zurich, with a surprising number of conceptual art shows in galleries and museums and lovely vistas of the old city. –the artblog editors——————> Banks, cleanliness, the Alps – people’s world view of Zurich does not immediately zero in on contemporary art. But, as one of the richest cities in the world, Zurich is filled with commercial galleries that decorate the homes of the city’s wealthiest. I was not expecting great conceptual art, but was quickly – and happily – proved wrong. One week hopping Zurich’s efficient trams with locals revealed some incredible contemporary ... More » »

atja Strunz at Berlinsche Galerie of Modern Art

Summer in Berlin – History and the here and now make the city great for contemporary art

—Rachel visits Berlin and introduces us to art world gems both old and new. –the artblog editors———————–> Berlin has the reputation for being the best space for contemporary art in the world – and I cannot disagree. A city cut in half and joined together by simply erasing the scar, Berlin’s history is felt through each step along its streets. Its contemporary history has carved out pockets for expression and debate so that the political is always right there – making the city’s art ever more impactful and relevant. Five days in June provided a tiny, though profound, introduction to ... More » »

'Starting Over' installation view, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

Dublin – Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Museum of Modern Art

—>Andrea visits two contemporary art spaces in Dublin and sees some highly conceptual art –the artblog editors———————-> Starting Over at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (June 21 – Aug. 24, 2013) is a dense and highly thought-out exhibition of work that will amply reward visitors, even those unable to connect all of the dots. It is somewhat like those Chinese puzzles of one carved sphere within another, which is inside yet another, and my own understanding was greatly enriched by a long conversation with Mark O’Kelly, an artist who curated the exhibition and who has a studio in the facility. ... More » »

The Arab Hall at Leighton House

Fantasy Homes in and around London – Chiswick House, Strawberry Hill and Leighton House

—>Andrea’s trip to some stately mansions in England brings up issues of art, architecture and British aesthetics.—theartblog editors————> I had a wonderful time visiting three historic houses in and near London. Each was unconventional in its day and the product of its owner/designer’s passion for the past. Two hold significant places in the history of British aesthetics. A Neo-Palladian Gem Richard Boyle, Third Earl of Burlington (1694-1753) was an amateur architect who designed Chiswick House with the aid of professionals, including William Kent, who is responsible for its splendid gardens. Burlington intended to restore the ideals of Classical Roman architecture ... More » »

Niamh O'Malley  'Garden' Project Arts Centre

Dublin – Niamh O’Malley and Barbara Knezevic; on looking and materiality

—>Andrea encounters a black and white garden and a book that explores ideas about art’s materials and value–the artblog editors————–> On entering the gallery at Project Arts Centre,where Niamh O’Malley‘s Garden is on view through June 22, the most striking first impression is that all the color has been drained. It is a resolutely black and white world. In the midst of the space a large pane of glass, framed as a window, stands in a slot in the middle of a two-sided bench. Seeing a garden through glass and mirrors The glass has seemingly-random patches of paint, as if ... More » »

Musee d'Orsay, otherwise branding itself as M'O.

The Angel of the Odd, a Roman aqueduct, and dining with the artblog crew in Paris

We arrived in Paris by TGV train from Karlsruhe on May 24, swept along at top speed of 317 KM/hr (196.975 Miles/hr).  To drive the 532 KM (329.9 Miles) would take around five hours according to Google directions.  The fast train did it in three. The Angel of the Odd: Dark Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst at the M’O We were all excited to go to the Musee d”Orsay (M’O is their cute brand name) for the show of bizarre imagery. Goya is always a big draw, and who can resist dark romanticism?  Steve, Stella and I met up with ... More » »

David Thompkins, the host of Matthew Day Jackson's series of videos "In Search Of," which parodies the Leonard Nimoy TV show of the same name from the 1970s

Matthew Day Jackson, John Knight, Olafur Eliasson at three museums in Germany

Last summer, when Stella and I were in Karlsruhe in southwest Germany, the place was experiencing near-tropical Gulf Stream conditions.  This year we dropped in on what was said to be the coldest, rainiest and most miserable May in thirty years. We don’t take the weather personally, so we went about our business, this year hanging out mostly indoors. Stella did some shopping — Karstad, the big German department store, for fabric; and Primark, the British clothing discounter, (like H&M on steroids, with more merchandise, more shoppers per square inch, and 10-Euro jeans made in Bangladesh – yes, Primark’s factory was ... More » »

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