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Kara Walker, Auntie Walker’s Wall Sampler for Civilians (detail), 2013. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York © Kara Walker.

Fighting dirty — Kara Walker’s first UK show and upcoming curatorial project

[Katie reviews a controversial show at London's Camden Arts Centre by American artist Kara Walker, and discusses whether the artist is reinforcing or battling racist stereotypes. -- the artblog editors] As I enter, there it is spelled out in bold lettering on the glass doors: “We at Camden Arts Centre are Exceedingly Proud to Present an Exhibition of Capable Artworks by the Notable Hand of the Celebrated American, Kara Elizabeth Walker, Negress.” Even reading this title to Kara Walker’s first major solo UK show is itself somewhat discomfiting; its phrasing carries airs of times past, of printed playbills, hyperbolic flatteries, ... More » »

Jaq Belcher, "Spiral Set - Three", 2011, hand-cut paper,  2011 cuts, 30" x 30".

Processing art at Margaret Thatcher Projects

The title of the current exhibit at Margaret Thatcher Projects, Cut, Drawn, Painted: Works on Paper, expresses the gallery’s primary focus: Process Art. I interviewed five of the ten artists from the show, and the late Agnes Martin kept recurring in conversation. Martin–paragon of the artist’s work ethic, aspirant of unobtainable perfection, peer of the driven artist who finds joy in doing–remains vital for many contemporary process artists. (All of her quotes in this review are from Writings, Cantz, 2005.) I think of lying face down in grass when I look at Adam Fowler’s framed, shallow, cut and layered drawings. ... More » »

John Balsessari ‘I Will Make No More Boring Art’ (1971) lithograph

Two exhibition catalogs: ‘The Making of Art’ and ‘Painting Under Attack’

The Making of Art (Buchhandlung Walther Koenig: Cologne, 2009) ISBN 978-3-86560-586-3 Target Practice; Painting Under Attack 1949-78 (Seattle Art Museum, 2009) ISBN 978-0-932216-64-9 Those of us involved in the art world never seem to tire of looking critically at the way that world works. Self reflection has been the basis of a number of exhibitions in recent years;  I saw two devoted to artists’ studios: The Studio at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (discussed on Jan. 3, 2007) and Picturing the Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009-10). The Making of Art, at the ... More » »