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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

A Twist to Conservation

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Barry McGee, Untitled, 1996, third SFMOMA installation, 2004. (All Images © SFMOMA)

SFMOMA has published a fascinating interview with Director of Conservation and Colletions, Jill Sterrett, discussing the unique challenges to conserving the art of Barry McGee. As many avid collectors of McGee will testify, the proper method of preservation best suited for the display of his works is often up for debate. McGee’s art typically incorporates non-archival materials such as cardboard, masking tape and cheap found frames with drawings right up against the glass. The museum’s conservation department has developed some interesting, if not unorthodox archival techniques. As seen in these images, their solution also allows for their installation of some 325 pieces to evolve and change over time, maintaining the artist’s intentions and the original aesthetics of his works. The installation is set to be displayed for a fourth time as part of The Anniversary Show (Dec. 19 – Jan. 16)

Read the rest here.

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Second SFMOMA installation, 1998.

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First SFMOMA installation, 1996.

Thanks to OuterBorough for the heads up.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

McGee, Powers, James to Reunite

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(Image © Jason Schmidt)

We’ve heard that Barry McGee (TWIST), Steve Powers (ESPO) and Todd James (REAS) will soon be reuniting to create a new version of their legendary Street Market installation with Deitch Projects. The 2000 exhibit (along with Indelible Market, its predecessor at the University of Pennsylvania Institute of Contemporary Art) remains not only a defining moment in these artists’ careers, but like the influence Haring and Basquait had before them, a turning point for the recognition of street based art within mainstream contemporary arts.

This is going to be huge.

 

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

How much is that Neckface in the window, the one with the human hair?

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Neckface’s Devil’s Disciple opens on Halloween at O.H.W.O.W. Gallery in Miami’s Wynwood District. The dummy corpse already on public view in a gallery display window has gotten him an amusing bit of attention on Miami’s NBC New 6. Watch it below.

Favorite least reporterly quote from reporter on the scene: “I’m cruising through this intersection…and I’m like wait a second – did I just see what I think I saw?”

Most ridiculous quote from news anchor: “To me it looks like a hazard. You’re driving, you stop and the guy right next to you, right behind you – Boom!”

Neckface – Devil’s Disciple
Opens Oct 31
O.H.W.O.W
3100 NW 7 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33127

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Monday, October 12th, 2009

Let There Be Light :: Monumental Times for James Turrell

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Roden Crater, view from southwest. (Image: © James Turrell, Photo: Florian Holzherr, 2003.)

James Turrell is about to unveil a new light work and his largest ever museum installation at The Kunstmuseum in Wolfsburg, Germany. James Turrell: The Wolfsburg Project opens Oct. 24 and runs though April 5, 2010. In addition, Pace Wildenstein, NY, is currently holding its fourth solo gallery exhibit with the artist, featuring fifteen large-scale light works on view for the first time.

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Ganzfeld Piece, Begehbare Installation, Stuttgart, 2009. (Image: © James Turrell, Photo: Zooey Braun.)

The most anticipated events, however, are still a few years off. After more than three decades of development in Arizona’s Painted Desert, Turrell’s Roden Crater will finally open to the public for the first time. The unveiling is scheduled sometime during the course of the artist’s upcoming museum retrospective, which will debut in 2012 at the Guggenheim before traveling to LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and several international institutions. Since 1972 Turrell has been transforming the extinct volcanic crater into an open-air observatory that will enable visitors to witness celestial phenomenon with the naked eye, viewable from only a handull of locations around the world.

An interactive book entitled Turrell World Tour will coincide with the opening of Roden Crater. The publication will highlight 137 public works across 18 states and 23 countries, and will function as a passport that is signed and stamped at each of the 85 destinations. Upon completing the tour, readers will be invited as a personal guest of the artist’s to the site.

 

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Paul J Kneale @ Studio Gallery

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In a new site-un-specific project conceived for Toronto’s Studio Gallery, Paul J Kneale explores the change between inform and form in a work that is both installation and event. Drawing on the familiar to create a psychologically dissonant experience, the work positions its subject at the threshold of our process of expressing meaning through material. For No One opens August 13th:

Paul J Kneale – For No One
August 13  - Sept 10
Studio Gallery
294 College St., 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5T1R9

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Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Echigo-Tsumari’s Rural Wonderland

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The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial opened last week across the rural landscape of Niigata prefecture in central Japan, approximately two hours from Tokyo. The fourth edition of the festival, which began ten years ago, brings together more than 350 works of art, scattered over 470+ miles of communities, rice fields, vacant houses and closed schools. While most of the participating artists are native to Japan, many other nations are represented, spanning Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa and Australia. In addition to the hundreds of artworks, several special events and performances are scheduled throughout the run of the festival, and as the Guardian’s Danielle Demetriou notes, the world’s largest outdoor art festival has played an important role in revitalizing an otherwise isolated, depopulated region.

The festival runs through September 13. Visitor and travel information can be found here.

Read on for a selection of  ETAT installations, including works by Antony Gormley, Cai Guo Qiang, Christian Boltanski+Jean Kalma, and Stasys + Kolodziejski. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Island Hopping with Dalek

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After recently completing his largest free-standing piece to date, commissioned for the opening of Hurley’s new Laguna Beach store, Dalek (James Marshall) now finds himself in Hawaii, taking a week to prepare new work for the upcoming show, 2D: The Art of 2Day, at SoHo Mixed Media Bar. Images from both events (courtesy of Hurley and Curatedmag) provide an insightful look into Dalek’s creative and technical process.

2D: The Art of 2Day opens Friday, August 7, during First Friday Art Walk in Honolulu. In conjunction with the event Dalek and event sponsor In4mation have created a limited edition t-shirt and print, with proceeds benefiting The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, the only museum in Hawaii devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

Next up for Dalek will be a UK exhibit at the influential Elms Lester’s Painting Rooms in London with Amsterdam-based artist, Delta. The show opens August 28 and runs to September 26.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Os Gemos Finish NYC Mural with Dedication to Dash Snow

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Os Gemeos with their new Houston Street mural in New York City.
Image © Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors

With a dedication to the late Dash Snow, Os Gemos completed their new mural in New York’s Lower East Side last night. The twins’ memorial borrows a fittingly bittersweet line from the Neil Young classic Powderfinger. “Think Of Me As The One You Never Figured,” reads the inscription, suggesting the song’s final verse:

Shelter me from the powder and the finger
Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger
Think of me as one you’d never figured
Would fade away so young
With so much left undone
Remember me to my love,
I know I’ll miss her.

TAC extends a heartfelt thanks to Otavio and Gustavo for their beautiful addition to the city and tribute to a lost artist.

Read on for our extensive photo gallery of the completed mural, and check here for our coverage of the early stages. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Anthony McCall Steals Show at Plot09

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If the landscape of Governors Island isn’t already enough to transport the visitors who voyage here by ferry from the tip of lower Manhattan, Anthony McCalls’ Between You and I certainly is. Housed within the Medieval-like St. Cornelius Chapel, McCall’s sculptural light projection is without a doubt the most visionary contribution to Creative Times’ Plot 09: This World and Nearer Ones, comprised of 19 site-specific artworks installed throughout the island.

Inside the stone architecture of the church, two slowly morphing volumes of projected light cut through the dark misty air, slicing out shapes on the ground beneath, creating three dimensional pockets of space in the pitch-black void. Between You and I so completely interacts with time, space and viewer, that once one finds himself enclosed within the panes of light, feeling on the verge of being beamed up and away is not far off. The effect is nothing short of spectacular, and affirms the significance of McCall’s reemergence in the early millennium  after a two decade disappearance from art.

Plot09 runs throughout the summer and is open for view Fridays – Sundays. McCall also has dual exhibits running alongside Icelandic artist Finnbogi Petursson at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York and i8 in Reykjavik. Both run though July 31.

Read on for our exclusive images of Anthony McCall’s Between You and I at Plot09. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Os Gemeos New York Mural – Day1

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Summertime in the Lower East Side has just gotten a little brighter. Os Gemeos have descended on New York and have set up shop on the corner of Houston and Bowery. The brothers from Sao Pãulo were invited by Deitch Projects to create a public mural at the now former site of the Keith Haring tribute wall. The project is still in its beggining stages, with today marking the first full day of production.

Though the twins did leave their mark in the streets while prepping last year’s unforgettable exhibit with Deitch, this is their first large-scale legal commission in the city since making a spectacular contribution to Coney Island as part of Creative Time’s Dreamland Artist Club.

Expect to see the duo at work over the next week and perhaps stop by with an offering of a cold beverage. Read on for our images of the early stages, taken throughout the first day and click for larger views. More to come…. Read the rest of this entry »