News Candy Coated Wonderland isn’t coming until May, but let the thought of it carry you through the rest of this bone-chilling winter. As only she can, CandyCoated (formerly Candy Depew) is re-interpreting the Museum’s collection of children’s dress costumes with her unique textile art. Held in the Joan Spain Gallery at the Perelman Building from May to November 2013 and curated by Dylis Blum, CandyCoated envisions a storybook narrative, incorporating iconic children’s costumes. And to make the the exhibition’s subjects the focal point, the summer promises a series of educational workshops for youth art making. Among the wild-sounding offerings are bike and helmet ... More » »
I don’t guess the Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala need as much of a spiel to sell their work, now that they’ve won the West Prize. It’s about time! When I stopped by their show Trophy at Fleisher/Ollman Friday, there were lots of red dots scattered through the list of works.
First is not necessarily best. We went to the Armory and slogged around and saw some great stuff but mostly we were struck by the low energy of the displays and the conservatism of what was on view. It’s the economy stupid — a lot of small scale stuff, serious stuff (no humor) and a fair deal of secondary market work even in the contemporary zone. (Armory was divided into “contemporary” and “modern” piers, the “modern” specifically to deal with secondary market….but we saw secondary market everywhere. We missed much of the modern section so these comments are directed to ... More » »
Hiroto Kitigawa, full-size figure of a woman, at Tokyo Gallery + BTAP at Scope. My best New York moment last weekend didn’t have much to do with the art fairs. A street vendor, a purveyor of hummus, baklava, and more, whipped out his prayer rug, tenderly brushed it off with his hand, and bent toward Mecca to pray. I didn’t take a picture. It seemed rude.
Headline on the email that came from the happy Armory Show folks: 52,000 visitors and $85 million in sales at The Armory Show 2007 Some talking points from their report: Attendance rose to 52,000 visitors, an increase from 47,000 in 2006. Based on gallery’s reports, total sales exceeded $85 million, rising from $62 million in 2006. Zach Feuer (New York) sold out 90% of his stand within the first hour, reaching record sales for Edgar Bryan, Daniel Gordon and Danica Phelps and securing museum interest in many of the gallery’s artists. “The fair couldn’t have been better.” White Cube/Jay Jopling ... More » »
As Libby told you in her last post, Gabe Martinez‘s wonderful performance installation at Scope blew us away. Sad and sweet, the piece was loaded with the idea of heroes shot down and unable to hold their burdens in the onslaught of the world’s tumults. Martinez who was there and described his own Herculean efforts to deal with the logistics of the piece in the face of some snafus about its placement, made a work whose beauty and scariness was enough for me. I was ready to go home after I saw the changing of the guard — I didn’t ... More » »
Even Seydou Keita has pumped up the scale, at Sean Kelley. In this case, though, it looked great (sorry about the light reflections), the work retaining its gravitas amid all the glitzy art at the Armory. I seemed to be happier living in the art of the past in this show. I used to love Google…until yesterday, when I lost my gmail for five days and I therefore lost my usual path of access to the blog, which is also dependent on a gmail/google id. It started with Zoe receiving an email she got from my address that I didn’t ... More » »
Just a quick post with some eye candy photos and links to more at flickr. We’ll do more deconstructing of what we saw at Pulse, Scope, Red Dot and the Armory in another post. Here’s my flickr Armory set, Scope set, Red Dot and Pulse. See Libby’s set here. Folkert de Jong’s The Death March: Drummer, Piper, Dancer. James Cohan Gallery, NY, at the Armory show. One of the most colorful installations. Weirdly anti-war with the figures sporting the heads of Abe Lincoln and what looks like Ben Franklin. Alex Baker, PAFA curator, and pink painting at the Armory show. ... More » »
Image is a Stephan Balkenhol carving and a Candida Hofer photograph from Pier 90 at the Armory Show. The small figure seeming to look at the big picture is kind of how I felt when I walked around the huge international show. We went to the Armory Show Thursday afternoon. And for four hours we marched up and down Pier 92 and Pier 90 on the Hudson River looking at work in 154 booths by exhibitors from around the world. What struck me most (apart from the weariness factor of being bombarded visually by all that stuff) was the sheer ... More » »