With autumns expected but not necessarily welcomed arrival we were curious to see how season as subject matter has informed artist as well as how it is represented within the classification process of museum collections. Starting off with the Tate Collection, our findings can be looked and contemplated on by looking at
In the German gallery world, a press release has the purpose to confuse, to decontextualize, to obscure. A press release that the reader can actually understand is considered meaningless, since most readers of art gallery exhibition press releases are journalists or critics who come to see a show with the intention of writing on it, and things should not be made too easy for them for fear they might be to lazy to develop any thoughts of their own.
Unfortunately, the press release accompanying the installation “Leck” by Berlin based artist trio FORT recently on display at Galerie Crone in Berlin seemed to have been written with the intention to actually inform the reader and help him to access the meaning of the work. This is very unfortunate because Continue reading
The tote bag is one of a few fashionable items which holds a nearly magic ability to constantly reinvent itself as well as to operate in all social and asocial spheres. It may function as a temporary storage site for old bottles as well as hipster accessory, and in this case as an edition by Christian Marclay it contains a life as a collectors item. Must Buy!! All proceeds of this specially designed bag will go into the development of Roulette, a major New York City venue for contemporary music and intermedia art.
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“Mens sana in corpore sano” the Latins used to say, but somehow the notion that a healthy body and an equally healthy mind could actually belong to the same person got lost along the way. For the better part of the 20th Century, it was believed that beautiful people did not possess intellectual properties to match the quality of their looks, and this went especially for girls with blonde hair and guys with muscles. It was either physics or brains.
Today you can get a good college education if you are a good athlete, which seems to imply the assumption that a well-functioning body can come with a brain of the same quality. It is true that people who are both above-average good-looking and above-average smart are still harder to find than people who excel in just one of these disciplines, but they do exist you just have to listen to what supermodels have to say, and at least you don’t have to apologize for having both anymore. Continue reading
On Saturday afternoon, with five days to go until the start of abc art berlin contemporary 2012, the atmosphere at the venue was magical. Calm, yet dense with anticipation, the vast dimensions of the exhibition halls echoing the sound of drills and hammers, the subdued buzzing of electric motors belonging to fork trucks and lifting platforms mingling with the smell of freshly timbered line-ups in a strange sensation of synaesthesia… If you belong to those who have ever set up a gallery booth at an art fair you know: the best moment about an art fair is that time when it still belongs to those setting it up and no one else. Continue reading
Meanwhile, in the quaint town of Bielefeld, a 26-year-old self-proclaimed artist was trying to come to terms with his complicated relationship with his father as well as an artwork of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. After an alcohol-infused visit to a local club, the young man decided to make a short cut with his father’s Mercedes through Kunsthalle Bielefeld’s recently restored sculpture park. After a couple of rounds around the park engaging with sculptural works of Henry Moore, Thomas Schütte, and Olafur Eliasson in a circular motion he felt challenged by a newly commissioned work by Sou Fujimoto. Seemingly feeling at unease with its qualities as a work of art he immediately decided to respond by creating a new site-specific work in direct response to Fujimoto’s architectural structure. Continue reading
When asked why there was so much alcohol flowing through the art world, a well-known art critic who prefers to remain anonymous answered: “My boozing has been bumming me out, but if I quit drinking there would officially be no more perks to my profession and that’s too depressing a fact to face sober.”
Drinking and art seem to belong together, for many drinking even seems to be a means to endure, but not a means to create art. Here, however, comes a story on how drinking became the initiator of a great series of works: Continue reading
There’s not much difference between curating an exhibition and curating the contents of a closet – at least this is what many people seem to think these days. Not that we’re averse to connecting art and fashion (although we’ve tried, for many years, and failed), but what we’re witnessing at the moment is not about connecting art and fashion, it is about making art and the whole art world a more fashionable affair than it actually is. At the moment it’s just a funny thing to watch, but it might become a dangerous thing. The art world needs to maintain a certain amount of unattractiveness in order to remain attractive. Continue reading
Not that we want to turn this blog into an obituary collection (see the post on dead German painters), but today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. You might think this lady had got nothing to do with art and we’re only writing on her to get our share of Google search, but in fact she did. Not only was she the subject of numerous art works, she actually was an artist herself. A performance artist, to be more precise. Continue reading