[Ed. note: In celebration of artblog's 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. July, 2003, was a month when we had a lot of contributions by local artist/writers like Judith Schaechter, Eric McDade, Franklin Einspruch, Samantha Simpson, Gerard Brown, Sid Sachs and others. Below is a sample a short back and forth about nostalgia and its meaning for contemporary art.] And now a word about something old Post by Gerard Brown Originally published on July 19, 2003 This has nothing to do with anything y’all have been talking about, as interesting as it all has ... More » »
Light speaks. And its voice is perhaps never as strong and clear as in the City of Light. La Maison Rouge, the exquisite art space and foundation in the Bastille quarter of Paris, is proving it with Neon, Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue? Curated by David Rosenberg, this illuminated carnival of flashing and glowing colored light is the first and perhaps largest exhibition of illuminated tubular art works. And it’s noisy, too, with the low persistent electric buzz flowing through the show – think: Flashing Tiki Lounge martini sign after midnight on the Vegas strip. Over 80 artists ... More » »
“My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.” – Woody Allen Markus Hansen, the Paris-based German artist, is trying in more than a decade’s worth of projects to see what it might be like to be someone else, and then to confront that very notion of being someone else. Using a Felix the Cat bag o’ tricks to flesh out the narrative or even the feeling he’s someone else (you), one senses the tugging or nudging – imagine Peter Pan’s moment he lost his shadow – out of one’s singular identity. It’s a bit more than ... More » »
Pssst…Can we talk about money? I keep on getting press releases from Phillips de Pury about all the wonderful things they’ve sold, the auction records they’ve broken – Richard Prince’s “Cowboys and Girlfriends” portfolio fetching $146,500; Andy Warhol’s “Grapes” topping $104,500 – and the next pot of gold waiting in the auction markets in New York and London. And if it’s not from an auction house, the emails chime in from the art fairs in Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Geneva or galleries in India, Hong Kong or some new white cube that just opened here in Paris.
News The art and airplane trend We’ve told you before about Jordan Griska’s “Grumman Greenhouse“, the repurposed submarine bomber turned sculpture/community greenhouse that was recently installed in Lenfest Plaza. Well artist Matthew Day Jackson also has part of a plane – the cockpit of a B-29 – on display in London as part of his exhibit at Hauser & Wirth. The piece is entitled “Axis Mundi”, and while it is cool, it isn’t a greenhouse, so we think Griska wins this round.
Duchamp studies are a thriving industry in academe and his work continues to have a major influence on artists, so it was no surprise that the first annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Memorial Symposium at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), devoted to Duchamp’s final work, would attract a full house. The enthusiasm was such that by 10 am on Saturday morning (Sept. 12) the audience was seated and expectantly quiet.
Crowd inside Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors. Paris is a magnet for tourists over the holidays. Let me say that again in case you’re planning a visit between Christmas and New Year’s: Paris is so full of tourists over the holidays that you will spend hours in line to get into museums; you will be packed like sardines on the subways; you will elbow your way through stores and markets. It’s the New York of Europe. But of course you will have a good time. And depending on your patience for your fellow humans you may have a great time.
Art critic Jerry Saltz and art dealer Jeffrey Deitch came to the Wharton School Wednesday to talk about the art biz. The talk was a collaboration between the Institute of Contemporary Art and Wharton. ICA Director Claudia Gould did the intros to a spillover crowd in Wharton’s Huntsman Hall. An unusual number of the attendees were dressed in suits! I also spotted a couple of big-time collectors, gallery people, artists and art students in the mix. Gould said Saltz, the critic for New York Magazine, took a no-nonesense approach to discussing art. Deitch, she said, was a Harvard MBA, who ... More » »
Jeff Koons’ Rabbit in yesterday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Photo: Librado Romero/The New York Times From the It’s a Miracle! Department: Jeff Koons‘ Rabbit (1986) a stainless steel sculpture based on a mylar balloon was resurrected and transformsed into its original mylar state in yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The new, 50-ft. tall Koons piece is owned by Macy’s. Read Roberta Smith’s short article.
[We selected some posts written by Colette Copeland's students at the University of Pennsylvania to run in artblog. Here they are:] The truth, sort ofPost by Seth Manoff In the 1930s, Hitler burned books which he deemed subervise or which went against Nazi propaganda. Most of the world condoned this, though it was a crime against humanity. While the days of Hitler are past, in Oswaldo Romberg’s mind, the days of distorting the facts are not. In this post-Capitalist consumer world which is in collapse, everyone is supporting the idea of relative truth through the uses of new technologies. Oswaldo ... More » »Next Page »