Sunday, February 24, 2008

The NEXT List

Corey Arnold • Kitty & Horse Fisherman • 2007 • C-print • 16 x 20 in • Richard Heller Gallery

The NEXT art fair has released its list of exhibitors. Next is the invitational “emerging” part of the Artropolis cavalcade the last weekend of April later this year. It’s a little confusing since some of the galleries’ names appear as exhibitors at both Art Chicago and Next. But it looks to be a decent roster that will provide for some good viewing with some pretty prominent spaces to the lesser known.

Names that stick out for one reason or another include (some of which are on the Art Chicago list): DCKT, Finesilver, Goff + Rosenthal, Richard Heller, Houldsworth, Jack the Pelican Presents, Darren Knight Gallery, Leo Koenig inc., Yvon Lambert, Mixed Green, Parker’s Box, Pierogi, Daniel Reich, Roebling Hall, Timothy Taylor, Winkleman, Zwirner & Wirth

Local spaces include: BucketRider, devening projects + editions, Kavi Gupta (of course), Roots and Culture, Carrie Secrist, Walsh, Western Exhibitions, Tony Wight

Bodybuilder & Sportsman has officially changed its name to Tony Wight, with a new website and all. It’s kind of sad. Bodybuilder & Sportsman was a good name, and galleries named after the name of who owns them get kind of tedious.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

What do YOU Think?

Is Koons America's Hirst?

Reading a profile on American artist Jeff Koons in a New Yorker from last April at the doctor’s office, it occurred to me that perhaps he is our Damien Hirst. Sure there are differences, but both are widely popular and have earned recognition well beyond the art world. Both sell their work for tons of cash brand new and used at auction. Both have legions of assistants fabricating their slick art to the highest level of production value. And both are kind of puckish “villains” you love to hate. It begs the question:


Dreamspace, originally uploaded by boncey.

This image is from a Flickr collection of beautiful photos of the ill-fated art installation.

Art That Kills - Is Your Family Safe?

Back in July of 2006 an art disaster like no other occurred. An inflatable multicolored walk-in “psychedelic cathedral” bouncy castle broke free of its moorings and blew away in the window leaving several wounded and two dead in Durham, UK. Artinfo reports that this week, after a 19-month investigation, Maurice Agis, creator of Dreamspace, was charged with “gross negligence manslaughter.” Charges were also brought against Brouhaha [how apropos] International Limited, a Liverpudlian promotional company and the local Council.
The space website has been taken down:
Web-Page Temporarily Closed.
All DREAMSPACE exhibitions have been cancelled.

Página web cerrada temporalmente
Todas las exposiciones de DREAMSPACE han sido canceladas.


Friday, February 15, 2008

New York Times - Wrong on Jasper Johns

Correction: February 15, 2008
An art review in Weekend last Friday about “Jasper Johns: Gray,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, referred incorrectly to the orange, green and purple in the painting “Céline.” They are secondary colors (made by mixing primary colors), not tertiaries (made by mixing secondary colors).

That funny note followed Roberta Smith's glowing, simply glowing, review in the Times. Her closing line:
This is a marvelous show, a shadow retrospective of a career within a career. It amplifies gray into a color spectrum all its own. And it illuminates 50 years of a life saved by, and lived for, the incessant pursuit of art.
I thought you weren't supposed to directly quote from the press release.

While Smith writes almost empty praise, Donald Kuspit's on artnet, who leads with three quotes including one from T.S. Eliot on the end of the world, delivering a morbid tome on Modernism . Reading these reviews, one gets the feeling they are praising the show out of some sense of duty or premeditation. Oh sorry, he has four quotes, and six footnotes.

> NY TIMES (They're already charging.)