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Frances Stark  'The Inchoate Incarnate: After a Drawing, Toward an Opera, but before a Libretto Even Exists' (2009)

Thematic Exhibitions at the ICA, Grizzly Grizzly and Locks Gallery play with body adornment, materials and art history

White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the ICA Self-adornment is surely homo sapiens’ first art form: body painting, scarification, tattooing. Garments that offer anything more than basic protection from the elements or environment can be said to participate in that tradition. White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania, through July 28 takes a broad, and as the title’s reference to Ovid suggests, rather poetic view of the subject. The exhibition, curated by Anthony Elms, makes no distinction between attire that was worn (RAMMΣLLZΣΣ) and clothing forms meant to be exhibited ... More » »

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Art in the Dark part 1: Tino Sehgal’s This Variation at Documenta XIII

There have always been artists who are challenged by working at the edge of visibility. For painters that originally meant night scenes, which are famously difficult, but wonderful when they work. Ad Reinhardt’s black paintings are a twentieth-century example; a more recent one is Martin Creed’s Work No. 227, The Lights Going On And Off (2000), which I loved because it emphasized the essential, but often ignored, necessity of light for all vision. My thoughts on the phenomenon are prompted by work in two different locations that take place in the dark — take place, because both are performative:  Tino Sehgal’s ... More » »

Art in Miami; previews

Art in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) has expand at a startling rate – this year there were 21 fairs circling around ABMB (up from 12 last year), not to mention the many artists’ projects, museum and gallery exhibitions. Events also start earlier and earlier; the fair is officially Dec. 6-9, but activities had begun by the 4th. I started the day at Vizcaya, James Deering’s 1916 pastiche of a Mediterranean villa on Biscayne Bay, where last year the director began inviting artists to do on-site projects (much as Robert Wuilfe has been doing with Landmarks Contemporary Projects ... More » »

Total exhaustion in Miami

Post by Andrea Kirsh Our trusty correspondent Andrea Kirsh reports from Art Basel/Miami Beach, in four installments. Here’s the second.–r&l Miami, December 7 The Chittendens, 2005, by Catherine Sullivan, © The artist I was a bit too ambitious today (and, since ABMB forbade cameras, I made the mistake of leaving mine home today as well). In the morning I headed to the Rubell Family Collection, always an exciting place to visit. It’s 45,000 sq. ft. – that’s right, I didn’t add a zero – of contemporary art in a building just North of Miami’s downtown that was formerly a depository ... More » »