—>Andrew Cameron Zahn has the James Turrell experience at the Guggenheim and comes away wanting more. –the artblog editors————–> Post by Andrew Cameron Zahn James Turrell is by far one of the top innovative and creative artists alive today. His light installations have reshaped the way we understand form and color. Turrell’s work is more about experience than about the objects or forms we are used to seeing in an art exhibition. His retrospective in 2002-2003 at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, which I saw, provided us with an amazing overview of his work. On the other hand, this exhibition at ... More » »
Steve and I ran up to New York Aug 23/24 to catch the last gasp of summer. In addition to all the tourists we saw, we were lucky enough to catch the Janet Cardiff/George Bures Miller The Murder of Crows, Bruce Nauman’s Hundred Fish Fountain and the Rineke Dijkstra retrospective at the Guggenheim. Here’s a report. Crows in the Armory Janet Cardiff and George Buress Miller’s A Murder of Crows at New York’s Park Avenue Armory has been compared to ghost stories told around the camp fire. That analogy holds up pretty well for the recently closed audio immersion. It delivered ... More » »
Art of Another Kind; International Abstraction and the Guggenheim 1949-1960 (through Sept. 12, 2012) is a collection of paintings and mostly modestly-sized sculpture by 70 artists from Europe, the U.S. and Japan; despite the title, Latin American artists are ignored. The works were acquired by James Johnson Sweeney, then director and curator of the Guggenheim Museum, in the decade preceding the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright museum building. Sweeney stated that he was determined to acquire work by ‘tastebreakers,’ the people who break open and enlarge our artistic frontiers. The period following WWII was rich in experimental art, encompassing ... More » »
What a relief to do an overnight in New York–it elevates the one-day marathon to a true vacation. This one included Renaissance portraits at the Met, Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim, The Book of Mormon on Broadway and the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. The Mormons and the Dubins Back in April, my son Alex had a birthday, but we came up short on a gift. Alex loves musicals, so Murray tracked down tickets to the Book of Mormon for Alex, Lindsey and us. The wait has been long, but worth it. As musicals go, The Book of ... More » »
I’ve been thinking for a while about Lobby Art – art in museum lobbies, that is. Not all museums feature Lobby Art; for some, such as the Guggenheim, the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Art Institute of Chicago, the architecture suffices to create an ambiance for the entry areas, although certain artists, notably Jenny Holzer and Rebecca Horn, have taken on the Guggenheim’s central void to spectacular effect, and one might consider the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as the apotheosis of artist project lobbies.
Hear artist Tino Sehgal talk with Kurt Anderson on Studio 360. Sehgal’s ephemeral performance, “This Progress,” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York asks a visitor to climb the ramp and stop along the way for conversations about progress. Four conversations occur — with a child, a young adult, an adult and a senior citizen. Sehgal says he walked the ramp himself and answered the question “What is progress” by talking about how in the Middle Ages there was no concept of progress. You lived, you died and progress came after death not on earth. More on Sehgal. The work ... More » »