Monthly Archives: December, 2007

Articles The Art Institute of Chicago
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2007: A LOOK BACK AT MUSEUMS

By DANIEL GRANT Museums were much in the news in 2007, not necessarily for the happiest of reasons. Would-be donors of valuable artworks complained that limitations on what are called “fractional” gifts (time-sequenced donations with no defined end date and…

Articles Reading over the dealer's shoulder at Pulse (headline reads, "Art Basel is not a shopping mall")
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FAIR FACTOR: PROLOGUE

By JOANNE MATTERA The Mood and the Particulars By all accounts the mood going into Miami was wary. Dealers in general were fearful that the bubble was about to burst, and the smaller dealers were concerned that the greater number…

Articles Nancy Murphy Spicer, Hanging Drawings 1 (20 Successive Drawings, Unique and Unrehearsed), Video Demonstration, 2007. Image Courtesy of Spicer.
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DRAWING THE LINE @ MILLS GALLERY

By DAVID O. AVRUCH Likely owing to my ADD pedigree, exhibitions comprised of nothing but drawings tend to be underwhelming experiences. Inked nudes on textured paper, oversize charcoal portraits, sketches of furniture… Why? Good art can come in any medium,…

Articles ORI_GERSHT_20113132_01
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ORI GERSHT @ YCBA

By STEPHEN V. KOBASA These woods are dark and deep; but they are not lovely. This is Ori Gersht’s video panorama, The Forest, made in 2005. A stand of trees, indistinct voices, one crack of sound. A hunter, or an…

Articles A_LETTER_22102647_01-lg
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A LETTER

By MATTHEW NASH Artists crave opportunity more than anything else. We look for new places to show our work, new audiences for our ideas, new people to join the conversation. We look for bigger projects, a larger scope, and an…

Articles The White Cube
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“THE WHITE CUBE”

By THOMAS MARQUET #26: Gift Certificates for everyone. “The White Cube” comics can be read in series in the Big RED & Shiny Collections section. Thomas Marquet is a cartoonist, sculptor, and critic, based in Brooklyn, New York, which…

Articles Image courtesy of NSF based on Georgetown's Computational Neuroscience Lab
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A REPORT FROM THE PHANTOM ZONE

By STEVE AISHMAN “The human brain is a cultural artifact.” –Timothy Taylor Have you ever been standing at the baggage claim watching the luggage go around and you swear that every piece of luggage that comes around looks like yours?…

Articles First Friday
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Where have all the First Fridays gone?

Was I the only one who was disappointed in the turnout and energy at this last First Friday? What happened to the festive atmosphere, the fast-paced conversation about the work, the frantic dash to try to see it all before…

Articles Michael Schmelling, Untitled (Shadow), Mexico (from “Shut Up Truth”), 2001
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INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL SCHMELLING

By SHANE LAVALETTE Shane Lavalette: How did you first discover photography and when did you realize it was the right medium for your ideas? Michael Schmelling: My parents have had an interest in photography, both as a hobby and as…

Articles The intro page from Elements of Style, Kalman's book that was released in 2005.
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MAIRA KALMAN LECTURE @ ICA

By MARIA LACRETA The artist Maira Kalman and fellow cartooning hand Roz Chast gave a talk a couple of weeks ago at the ICA, entitled, A Shaky Yet Curiously Enlightening Evening with Roz Chast and Maira Kalman Who Will Show…

Articles Pippilotti Rist, I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much, 1986. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
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SOUNDING THE SUBJECT @ THE LIST

By PHAEDRA SHANBAUM Attending exhibitions of video or time-based new media art, can be a tedious and belaboring experience as these types of works tend to be curated inconsistently and installed poorly. The exhibition spaces are darkened (forget about trying…

Articles Avantika Bawa, installation from Sit, Stack.
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AVANTIKA BAWA @ PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

By MICAH J. MALONE The sparse and poetic work of Avantika Bawa seems at once both subtle and authoritative. “Sit/Stack”, the title of her exhibition at Portland State University’s Autzen Gallery, came to me like a command, a forceful voice…

Articles "The White Cube"
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“THE WHITE CUBE”

By THOMAS MARQUET #25: Perhaps he should have a more interesting life. “The White Cube” comics can be read in series in the Big RED & Shiny Collections section. Thomas Marquet is a cartoonist, sculptor, and critic, based in…

Articles Author/Horoscoper at Art Basel in 2006
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A REPORT FROM THE PHANTOM ZONE

 By STEVE AISHMAN Based on the Cosmic Calendar, Prof. Steve Aishman has prepared his astrological predictions for people going to Miami Basel 2007. Find your astrological sign and have your future revealed to you! • ♁ The Collector: You will…

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