March 19, 2013

'Exhibition Space' Opens Tomorrow

Dude. I can't believe it's really happening. But it is. "Exhibition Space" is opening tomorrow night at apexart in Tribeca. There's a reception from 6-8pm, and the show will be open to the public from Thursday the 21st through...
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Posted by greg at 10:17 AM

March 14, 2013

Bob Rubin Has Huge Bucky Ball

Well there we are, then. Bob Rubin got the prize, the 50-foot prototype of Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome, which he's now restored and will unveil to the world in May-June at the Festival International d'Art in Toulouse, which...
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Posted by greg at 7:44 AM

March 13, 2013

It's A Tony Smith Thing

For some reason, I've been collecting vintage photos of Tony Smith sculptures. The back of this illustrated rendering has the original title as Thing crossed out and replaced with Smoke. Which is something that would be pretty hard to...
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Posted by greg at 2:00 PM

March 11, 2013

Frank O'Hara And Alfred Leslie's Lamp

UPDATE: Make that Alfred Leslie and Frank O'Hara's Lamp [see below] UPDATE UPDATE Just to be clear, let's make that Alfred Leslie and Frank O'Hara's Lamp by Larry Rivers Obviously the best part of Richard O. Moore's 1966 WNET profile...
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Posted by greg at 11:10 PM

March 6, 2013

Chaneling Satelloons

I'd like to announce that my satelloon show "Exhibition Space" will travel from the Grand Palais to New York, where it will open at apexart on March 20th. I'd like to, but it---eh, you know what, it's close enough....
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Posted by greg at 8:56 PM

February 25, 2013

RO/LU X J. Crew

Nice placement, fellas. Looks like J. Crew's trying to capture a little bit of the RO/LU magic for their own branding goodness....
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Posted by greg at 7:58 PM

Untitled (Embroidery Trouble Shooting Guide)

When I first met Richard Serra in 1994 or so, we talked a lot about the Internet. Soon after, I began trying to imagine what a Richard Serra web project would look like. Given the way his sculptures rather...
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Posted by greg at 5:14 PM

February 23, 2013

Erased de Kooning Drawing In The House

Last month, after putting together a list of all the times Johns and Rauschenberg mentioned working on each others' work, and wondering, "SERIOUSLY, DOES NO ONE ASK FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS?" I decided to start asking follow-up questions. In particular, I've...
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Posted by greg at 9:50 PM

February 20, 2013

Prince & The Hoods

I really like Richard Prince's Hoods; they felt like thoughtful work of their time--I'm thinking of the Loaded Neo-Minimalism of the early 90s, though they bracket that--and they were an unabashedly beautiful standout series at the Guggenheim in 2007....
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Posted by greg at 9:28 AM

February 11, 2013

The Golden Age Of Arts Writing

"In the future, everyone will be a foundation." --@bhqf in an art-nerdy new post by @phillipsauction: ow.ly/hrgnW— Artsy (@artsy) February 5, 2013 From said "art-nerdy post," "Mining the Past with Bruce High Quality Foundation," published last week by Phillips...
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Posted by greg at 4:48 PM

February 7, 2013

l'Origine du l'Origine Du Monde

Amazing. Paris Match is reporting that Courbet's l'Origine du Monde (1866) has a head. That it was part of a larger painting, which was cut down by Courbet, or perhaps by his private client for the explicit painting, the...
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Posted by greg at 10:20 AM

February 4, 2013

When Outs Are In, What's Up?

Oh so many people are talking about Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz's joint call for museums to stop segregating so-called "Outsider Art" in the presentations of their collections. Here, here, aux armes, storm the ramparts, &c. Even before Roger Cardinal...
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Posted by greg at 6:25 PM

The Selling Of American Art

Have you read me?Art today is in a precarious position. In order to survive artists must participate in an elaborate system that is increasingly becoming a point at which Wall Street, Madison Avenue and government converge. The embarrassment and the...
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Posted by greg at 12:49 PM

February 2, 2013

Flaming Creatures Not 'Sanpete Appropriate'

I swear I did not know about this when I put up the last Jack Smith/Flaming Creatures post. The Central Utah Arts Center has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Ephraim in Sanpete County and its...
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Posted by greg at 5:37 PM

On Jack Smith, And Also Agnes Martin

While huh, wtf? investigating the backstory of this tweet this morning, I was reminded of the time Strom Thurmond screened Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures at the US Senate in 1968: Some mailboxes that were confiscated by police when Jack Smith...
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Posted by greg at 9:51 AM

January 31, 2013

'One Mask Shy Of A Nurse Painting'

So, Gerhard Richter and Richard Prince. They've both had their way with photography, and painting, and even squeegeeing, but do we ever consider them together? I mean, I've tweaked on each of them for several years now, and even I...
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Posted by greg at 7:24 PM

January 27, 2013

You Can Have A Secret Or A Publicist.

That Richard Prince, he's got more secrets than a busload of priests heading for the border. I just heard from a tipster [publicist] that under the busy photocollaged label of each can of the limited edition AriZona Beverage Richard...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 PM

January 16, 2013

Levi's Street View

Whether the uncanny valley is the right metaphor, or seeing a dog walking, something still feels weird about seeing store interiors on Google Street View. I'm sure that'll change, and one day we'll all be holoshopping without ever leaving our...
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Posted by greg at 8:57 PM

You Can Buy Gordon Matta-Clark's Walls Paper

Gordon Matta-Clark only created one artist book, and this is it. Walls Paper was self-published by Buffallo Press in 1973 in an edition of 1,000. Matta-Clark's photos of abandoned tenements in the Bronx wrap the cover, and colored offset...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 AM

January 10, 2013

Pussy Riot Matyroshka Dolls By Manfred Stumpf

We spent a day in Frankfurt a couple of weeks ago, where I spotted these Pussy Riot matryoshka dolls with real, little knit hats, in the window of Galerie La Brique on Braubachstraße. They're by Manfred Stumpf, it seems,...
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Posted by greg at 10:38 PM

January 7, 2013

If He Did It: Johns Edition

Alright, let's get all these together in one place: After claiming for more than 40 years that he had drawn it himself, Robert Rauschenberg acknowledged in 1999 that, in fact, Jasper Johns, who "lived upstairs," created the graphite text label...
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Posted by greg at 7:44 PM

December 21, 2012

Scoring John Cage's Table

So this is John Cage's table. Nothing fuels one's quixotic pursuit of Cage's visual and aesthetic artifacts quite like being served a drink from what turns out to be John Cage's table. I cannot say where or when I...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 AM

December 20, 2012

Koonsian Backdrop

Why, he can promote this stuff one-handed. image: getty via gallerist ny Though I was excited as could be by the invitation to what was billed as "an exceptional photo call," I did not attend Jeff Koons' appearance in...
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Posted by greg at 11:44 AM

December 18, 2012

Driving Taxis Through Heavy Neighborhoods To Look At The Paintings

Via the Hirshhorn via Art21 comes a nice two-way interview between Barbara Kruger and Richard Prince, originally published in BOMB Magazine in 1982, that ends: RP I'm misinformed about style. I always thought it had to do with being able...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 AM

December 17, 2012

Destroyed Agnes Martin Paintings

Untitled, 2004, Agnes Martin's last painting. Image via Phaidon The visits that maybe stick in the mind are the ones where she would show me four versions of a single painting and she'd say to me. 'I think this...
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Posted by greg at 7:45 AM

December 13, 2012

Satie Society Photomurals

It's been a while since I had a good old-fashioned photomuralling around here, and this one comes from an unexpected source: John Cage. Mostly. I'd seen installation photos before of MAC Lyon's Cage's Satie: Composition for Museum , an...
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Posted by greg at 10:28 PM

December 5, 2012

If He Did It

Painting from life: Life Magazine, image: gagosian In trying to figure out the why, no seriously, WHY? of Bob Dylan's second [!] painting exhibition at Gagosian [!?], Gallerist NY's Michael Miller was left with the same Only Possible Explanation...
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Posted by greg at 11:32 PM

December 2, 2012

Mozingo Life In The South

Eastman Johnson, Negro Life in the South, 1859, NYHS Just getting in touch with my black roots, putting a stake in the ground here on part of Eleanor Jones Harvey's discussion with Tyler Green about her show, "The Civil...
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Posted by greg at 5:42 PM

December 1, 2012

Creation Is Joined With The Playing

Barnett Newman, 18 Cantos, image via portlandart.net Barnett Newman, from the statement included in 18 Cantos, a set of lithographs produced in 1963-4 with ULAE:I must explain that I had no plan to make a portfolio of "prints." I...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 AM

November 29, 2012

Salesman Sample Flags

flag dimensions: 17.75" x 29.5", image: Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques via 1stdibs Speaking of sweet flags, Andy from reference library sent along this amazing, pre-Johnsian artifact from York, PA antiques dealer Jeff R. Bridgman. It's a salesman sample...
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Posted by greg at 10:58 PM

November 27, 2012

Big Hole, Cady Noland

Big Hole, 1994, 90x130cm, apparently did not sell at Christie's day sale in Nov. 2007. It's inscribed, "This can be hung in any of four directions" on the back. I can't remember where I last saw Cady Noland's flag,...
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Posted by greg at 11:07 PM

Willem de Kooning Meant To Not Do That

In the 4th part of his video walkthrough of MoMA's Willem de Kooning retrospective, James Kalm has an extended clip of curator John Elderfield talking with Glenn Lowry about how the artist's late paintings relate to his earlier work. Elderfield...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 AM

November 26, 2012

Crazy 20x200.com Sale Starts at 4AM EST

20x200.com is starting their WTF Cyber Monday sale early, at 4AM Eastern, with an eye-popping 40% off on prints and frames, as detailed above. The discount ticks down a bit throughout the day, until it reaches a still-totally-respectable 25%...
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Posted by greg at 12:10 AM

November 23, 2012

Art Car Parts

We can't really control when an idea will come to us, or when it might subsequently feel significant, more than a fleeting whim. But we can decide when we make it known. And when we should maybe just shut...
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Posted by greg at 12:24 PM

November 19, 2012

'But Which One Of Us Drove The Car?'

In the Fall of 1953, Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage, fast friends and mutual admirers from Black Mountain, collaborated on an artwork. Cage had already been studying with DT Suzuki and had been discussing Zen in great depth with...
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Posted by greg at 11:38 AM

November 15, 2012

Do Something (Else) To It

I don't remember the inflationary period, 2011, Don Edler, image via What with the title taken from the famous Jasper Johns quote and all, I was interested to read the dialogue/press release between the artists in Freight + Volume's...
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Posted by greg at 8:59 PM

November 13, 2012

Study For A Fence And A Wall (2006)

On July 11, 2006, on the floor of the US House of Representatives, Congressman Steve King, Republican from Iowa, presented a model of "a fence and a wall" he had designed. It was a site-specific proposal, to be located...
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Posted by greg at 9:23 PM

November 8, 2012

Blank And Blank And Blank

One of the things I found so fascinating about the Cariou v. Prince case is the language. The juxtaposition of the ambiguities and subjectivities of art, the calculated omissions of the art market, and the adversarial formalism and ritual of...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 AM

November 5, 2012

A de C

The first and last time I saw this truck, Donald Judd's ranch truck, was in the early 1990s, in Marfa. I swear this logo for the ranch, Ayala de Chinati--or am I hallucinating?--used to be painted on the door...
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Posted by greg at 11:20 PM

November 1, 2012

Photos Of Two Men Jumping At Sculptures

I really don't know what else to call this, and there's nothing I can think to say about it, except that I came across these two press photos, shot many years and miles apart, of men jumping up to touch...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 AM

October 24, 2012

Louis Kahn's Monument To The Six Million Jewish Martyrs

I recently came across this photo of Louis Kahn's "Monument To The Six Million Jewish Martyrs," which, I had no idea. And it was to be built in New York City, Battery Park, to be exact, and was perhaps...
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Posted by greg at 8:37 PM

October 15, 2012

The Denver Art Museum In The News

I really shouldn't do this, but there are just too many for me to hoover up by myself. eBay seller Lexibell currently has a big stash of vintage press photos from the Denver Post that includes hundreds of pictures from...
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Posted by greg at 9:08 PM

I've Got Nothing To See And I'm Seeing It

Wendy Lesser's essay on the installation of Gerhard Richter's Baader Meinhof series amidst the historical paintings at Berlin's Alte Nationalgalerie is long, but very worthwhile. She writes about how, along with MoMA's 15 October 18 paintings, the exhibition included...
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Posted by greg at 12:44 PM

October 14, 2012

Merkel Jacket Matching System

The "The Girls Of Berlusconi" collection makes it rather NSFW, but The Spectacle of The Tragedy, Dutch designer Noortje van Eekelen's "visual database of the European Show and its Leading Actors is pretty amazing. Don't you worry none about that...
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Posted by greg at 9:47 PM

October 11, 2012

What's Up With The Futurist Flowers?

Giacomo Balla, Futurist Flowers, Hirshhorn Museum, image via artobserver They've been on view at the Hirshhorn for most of the year, but it's only in the last couple of visits that I've started wondering just what is up with...
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Posted by greg at 9:32 PM

October 10, 2012

Alexander Calder Tin Can Christmas Tree

Please tell me I haven't had this sitting on my computer desktop for six-plus months. Though I can't tell whether he was actually in or just petitioned to be in the USMC's camouflage division during WWII, Alexander Calder's autobiography...
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Posted by greg at 11:42 PM

October 6, 2012

Perhaps Alexander Calder Drove A Citroen DS Break.

I really don't know what to say, except that Jean-Luc Parant's got a lot of balls to bury Alexander Calder's custom-painted 1968 Citroen DS ID Break like that. Which, well. This is Parant's schtick, and this work, titled «...
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Posted by greg at 11:30 PM

October 3, 2012

Crusoe Umbrella X Satellite

On the eve of the first presidential debate, I gank this photo, taken in March 1988: The Claes Oldenburg sculpture, Crusoe Umbrella, on Nollen Plaza in Des Moines, Iowa, is surrounded by satellite dishes and equipment trucks beaming live...
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Posted by greg at 7:49 PM

October 2, 2012

Ed Meneeley's Photocopy Prints

Illustration from Ed Meneeley's Tender Buttons, 1964 You may know Edward Meneeley from such art historical blog posts as, "The guy who published the subscription art slide library and newsletter which Rauschenberg refused to allow to reproduce Short Circuit...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 PM

September 26, 2012

Gig: The Contemporary Artists' Books Conference, Friday 9/28, 2PM

I am stoked and a bit daunted to be participating in a session on appropriation at this year's Contemporary Artists' Books Conference. It will be this coming Friday at PS1, as part of the NY Art Book Fair, and...
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Posted by greg at 11:22 PM

Shrapnel Bench By BarberOsgerby

Speaking of violence and sculptural street furniture, the design team of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and Tor Studios made one of a series of commissioned benches for the Victoria & Albert Museum during the London Design Festival. It...
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Posted by greg at 9:14 AM

September 25, 2012

Domestic Objects

"Untitled" (Orpheus, Twice), 2012, Bridge Gallery installation From the gallery website for "Domestic Objects,":For "Untitled" (Orpheus, Twice), 2012, Greg Allen alters Felix Gonzalez-Torres' elegiac 1991 work, cutting one of the pair of identical, adult-sized mirrors down to a toddler's...
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Posted by greg at 8:48 PM

Untitled (NYPD)

It's UN Season in New York, and the streets are filled with people enjoying the sun, and squeezing through these flat-out gorgeous NYPD barriers. Seriously, I mean, Tony Smith, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Beverly Pepper, Anselm Kiefer, Janine Antoni,...
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Posted by greg at 11:55 AM

September 24, 2012

The Secret Ingredient Turned Out To Be Infringiness

Well that cat's out of the bag. Joy Garnett posted audio from the Richard Prince Canal Zone discussion she, Chris Habib and I had Saturday night at Printed Matter. It's available for streaming or download at the Internet Archive....
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Posted by greg at 2:06 PM

September 20, 2012

Two Gigs: Saturday 9/22 @Printed Matter, Friday 9/28 @NYABF

I'm really stoked to be participating in two events in New York in the next few days. Please come if you're in town, and pass the word. crappy photocopy court exhibit of Specially Round Midnight and the Patrick Cariou photos...
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Posted by greg at 11:54 PM

September 19, 2012

Malcolm X, Black Muslim, Sforzian

Maurice Berger has a fascinating post on the NY Times Lens blog about Malcolm X's sophisticated use of the media, particularly photography, and particularly the antagonistic white/mainstream media, to reach out to potential black constituents. Exhibit 1--actually and unfortunately, it's...
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Posted by greg at 10:16 PM

September 18, 2012

Good Mourning

I knew vaguely of Laurence Sterne's The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman's importance, and I did see Michael Winterbottom's wild 2005 film adaptation, but I've never read the book itself. So HOLY SMOKES, PEOPLE, Mourning Pages! Sterne...
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Posted by greg at 10:54 PM

September 17, 2012

Blurromney

It's not like this hasn't happened before. I remember one time, in the late 1990s, at the Stedelijk, being transfixed by a series of videos Gabriel Orozco had made. I was already very interested in his work for a...
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Posted by greg at 9:54 PM

September 13, 2012

Team Jeffrey

I still have not seen any news emerge from the special MOCA trustees' meeting held last Tuesday, but I assume it went swimmingly. Because on Wednesday night, director Jeffrey Deitch was all smiles and business as usual, headlining Baguettemania, a...
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Posted by greg at 4:11 PM

September 10, 2012

La Pauvrette By Chaim Soutine

Ooh, I've been going through boxes of books in storage, and there have been some great finds. [And also some total crap books that, what, I have no idea, except that at one point in my life it was...
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Posted by greg at 10:48 PM

September 5, 2012

'Domestic Objects' Opens Tonight, Sept 5 @ Bridge Gallery

And speaking of art and politics.... I am stoked to announce my participation in "Domestic Objects," at Bridge Gallery on the Lower East Side. The show opens tonight, Wednesday, September 5th, and runs through October 18. In addition to my...
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Posted by greg at 8:02 AM

September 3, 2012

Thinking About Art, Politics, And Milton Glaser's Mural

I've been wanting to write about Color Fuses, Milton Glaser's 1974-5, 27x672-foot gradient mural in Indianapolis, all week, ever since Richard McCoy's great Art21 post about the GSA's restoration of the work's 34 monochrome sections, and the realization, finally,...
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Posted by greg at 9:23 AM

September 1, 2012

Running Presidential Fence

I'm really trying to get this writing thing done tonight, but I just have to point out that Richard Smith's photo of the Secret Service's six-mile perimeter fence at the RNC in Tampa is awesome. It's like if Christo...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 PM

August 29, 2012

Art Voices, Infinity, And Apocalyptic Tattoo

Well look what I unearthed while reorganizing my books in storage. The Fall 1966 issue of Art Voices, a short-lived magazine that, I swear, I bought for the articles. Seriously. It's the issue where Robert Smithson & Mel Bochner...
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Posted by greg at 9:33 PM

August 28, 2012

The Photographic Archive

In response to Olia Lialina's post last week about screwy reproductions of her c.1996 lo-res digital imagery, Ben Fino-Radin writes about how Rhizome deals with archiving and documenting digital art in its native formats, platforms and resolutions: by photographing it....
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Posted by greg at 1:43 PM

August 23, 2012

John Cage's Europeras 1 & 2, On Stage Now At The Ruhr Triennial

I'm done waiting. This Europera 1 & 2 post is apparently not going to write itself. The Ruhr Triennial opened last weekend with what is only the third [production and fourth -ed.] staging of John Cage's grandest1composition, the 1987 Europeras...
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Posted by greg at 12:50 PM

August 22, 2012

Things About Art & Politics I've Just Read That I'd Like To Keep Around Longer Than A Tweet

From Allan Sekula's response to Nato Thompson's "Debating Occupy" roundup in Art in America [Jun/Jul 2012, on scribd, which oy]The "art world" is a small sector of culture in general, but an important one. It is, among other things, the...
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Posted by greg at 11:09 AM

August 21, 2012

On James Lee Byars On The Modern's Fire Escape

Monument to Cleopatra, 1988, currently on view at Michael Werner I've been thinking a lot about James Lee Byars lately, for a whole variety of reasons. He's been problematic for me. I've always felt suspicious that his sculptures, all...
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Posted by greg at 1:14 PM

August 20, 2012

Frank Lloyd Right, Or The Sforzian Hearth

Ooh, the party conventions are coming, Sforzian Fashion Week, and the NYTimes' advance team is reporting on the GOP advance team whose once-every-four-years job is to make the Republican candidate for president come across as a man of the...
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Posted by greg at 5:32 PM

August 14, 2012

The New Sforzian Aesthetic

This is awesome. Someone flew a banner over a Paul Ryan event in Lakewood, Colorado, carrying a @PaulRyanGosling-esque quote, "Hey Girl, Choose me, lose choice." And though he didn't know what it was, CNBC reporter @EamonJavers tweeted a photo...
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Posted by greg at 5:43 PM

August 13, 2012

Hot Mountain

So I'm walking to the lodge at Snowbird the other day, and they're sealing cracks in the parking lot with tar on the ends of these long stick/wand things, and suddenly it's all palimpsests and Brice Marden all over...
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Posted by greg at 11:17 PM

August 6, 2012

'Concept By Mercedes'

image via 0823n's flickr I swear, I've tried to keep it all on Twitter, but in the wake of Schimmelgate, I can't help feeling that the debate over Jeffrey Deitch's increasingly depressing tenure at MOCA overlooks one of the...
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Posted by greg at 11:29 AM

August 3, 2012

So Appropriate! Find The Warhols! Poster At House Of Switzerland London

Almost three years ago now, a suite of ten Athlete paintings [plus one] by Andy Warhol was stolen from the Bel Air dining room of collector Richard Weisman. In an effort to help find them, I created a grass-roots...
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Posted by greg at 4:57 PM

August 2, 2012

Chris Burden's Small Skyscrapers

It's been installed on his Topanga Canyon compound for a while, but Chris Burden's Small Skyscraper (2003) will be on view in Pasadena, at the Armory Center for the Arts. Its dimensions, 35 feet high, with Though the Armory...
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Posted by greg at 8:24 AM

July 31, 2012

The Stars At Night Are Big And Bright

Untitled (MOCA Mercedes, After Mike D), 2012, detail, 54" dia., an edition of yet-to-be-determined size at a price which will remain in effect until Deitch leaves MOCA. Stay tuned. Previously, Study for Untitled (MOCA Mercedes, After Mike D)...
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Posted by greg at 2:32 PM

July 30, 2012

Mack & Stack

To Whoever Just Bought This Amazing 1977 Photo Of Founding Museum of Contemporary Art President Joseph Shapiro, Credit Card In Hand, Macking On His Lovely Wife Next To A Judd Stack, Thank you. I'd been wanting it, but also...
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Posted by greg at 11:01 PM

Deployed Gerhard Richter Paintings

Via the New Yorker's photodesk, an excellent slideshow of a sampling of Louise Lawler's photographs of artworks by Gerhard Richter, in situ and in transit. My favorite is still the site-specifically distorted No Drones, which I posted about last...
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Posted by greg at 10:09 PM

July 28, 2012

Cowboy Photography Workshop By Eric Doeringer

I so wish I was in town for this:July 28th, 5-8PM, Eric Doeringer, Cowboy Photography Workshop Artist Eric Doeringer will bring vintage Marlboro advertisements from his collection and will assist participants in re-photographing them in the manner of Richard...
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Posted by greg at 8:27 AM

July 19, 2012

Friday At Printed Matter, 6:30, Eric Doeringer, Hermann Zschiegner & Me

So tomorrow evening, Friday, I'll be speaking at Printed Matter. If anyone reading this is in town and interested, I hope you'll stop by. Bring a fan, though; it gets hot in there. Eric Doeringer and I will be discussing...
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Posted by greg at 11:32 PM

July 17, 2012

Twin Towers

Add Damian & Cosmas' importance to Joseph Beuys and his renaming in 1974 of the then-new World Trade Center towers after the twin physician saints to the list of things I did not know about but probably should have. From...
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Posted by greg at 10:06 PM

July 16, 2012

Rijksoverheid Rood 9: The $50 Paint Job

So Todd Lapin at Telstar Logistics is starting to roll out The $50 Paint Job, and it's really got me thinking. Basically, it's Rustoleum household enamel, thinned by 50% or so with mineral spirits, and applied with high density...
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Posted by greg at 10:48 PM

Save The Whale

It's Chicago Day here at greg.org; I just got my copy of Matthew Witkovsky's rather amazing-looking exhibition catalogue for his show at the Art Institute, Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph 1964-1977, along with this awesome photo from...
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Posted by greg at 2:46 PM

July 15, 2012

Notes From A Frontal Passage

In the summer of 1994, MoMA installed a new work by James Turrell, A Frontal Passage, for the first time. I've seen it so many times since, now I can't remember the experience of seeing it for the first...
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Posted by greg at 7:16 AM

July 14, 2012

Mike Mills Photo-Murals

So I start looking around for installation/shop shots of Aaron Rose's Storage Unit Fire Sale, which just opened at Known Gallery in LA, and what's the first thing I see? At The Hundreds? That's right, not decks or kicks...
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Posted by greg at 7:19 PM

Still Life With Untitled (MOCA Mercedes, After Mike D) Chains

Well those worked out rather nicely. Wrapping the star tonight. We'll see how that goes....
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Posted by greg at 5:05 PM

July 9, 2012

On Thomas Hirschhorn's Chains

I fell for the first one ever saw, which was CNN, but in 2002 Thomas Hirschhorn started a whole series of gigantic, bling-inspired sculptures out of his signature, cheap-ass materials: foil, cardboard, mylar, and packing tape. CNN was an...
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Posted by greg at 5:15 PM

Study For Untitled (MOCA Mercedes, After Mike D), 2012

OK, people, who has not been telling me about this? In Transmission LA, the very important exhibition Mike D just curated at MOCA, sponsored by Mercedes Benz? Fortunately, Tyler Green used flickr user Eli Carrico's image, above, for a...
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Posted by greg at 10:46 AM

July 7, 2012

'Jetty'

Why yes, that is what that is. A spiral "Jetty," in fact....
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Posted by greg at 2:45 PM

July 5, 2012

Infrared De Kooning Drawing

First things first, yes, I've heard the footsteps of the Tate's awesome, new, online exhibition/project, the Gallery Of Lost Art behind me, and I will be trying to wrap up the search for the lost Short Circuit Johns flag painting...
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Posted by greg at 5:03 PM

July 3, 2012

RIP, Ivan Karp, And Thanks

I'll get back to the Rauschenberg thing in a bit, but it's already been too long that I haven't noted the passing of Ivan Karp. He had been an amazingly generous, interesting, and informative resource to me over the...
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Posted by greg at 3:34 PM

Beebe v. Rauschenberg: Declaring 'Victory'

One of the first and only reports I could find that discussed San Francisco photographer Morton Beebe's pioneering 1979 copyright infringement lawsuit against Robert Rauschenberg is Gay Morris's Jan. 1981 article on photo appropriation in ArtNEWS. The title pretty...
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Posted by greg at 12:44 PM

June 27, 2012

Beebe v. Rauschenberg, The First Big Appropriation Lawsuit

I've been annoyed for six weeks now by Laura Gilbert's op-ed in The Art Newspaper which argues, rather speciously, that "'appropriation'" [her scare quotes] is somehow a less "savvy" artistic practice than licensing images or seeking permission. She frames this...
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Posted by greg at 9:48 PM

Or Did Just Everyone Have A VW Bus And A Loft Back Then?

Seriously, people, maybe I should just start documenting the artists and avant garde music folks in the 1960s who didn't roam around in a VW Bus. Here is composer Terry Riley, published in William Duckworth's 1999 interview collection, Talking Music:DUCKWORTH:...
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Posted by greg at 10:20 AM

The VW Years, Appendix: Living Theatre

Welcome to another episode of The VW Years, greg.org's ongoing mission to seek out firsthand accounts of John Cage and Merce Cunningham's VW Bus. These are some mentions of John Cage in The Living Theatre: Art, Exile, and Outrage,, John...
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Posted by greg at 6:16 AM

June 26, 2012

On Johns On Newman

Jasper Johns, Ventriloquist, 1983, image via: MFAH And now to the second oldest tab in my browser, an essay by Barbara Rose on Jasper Johns' references to works by Barnett Newman, which accompanied an excellent 1999 show of Johns's...
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Posted by greg at 4:09 PM

June 25, 2012

John Cage, Antonin Becvar, And Leonard Bernstein Walk Into A Bar

Plate from Antonin Becvar's Atlas Elipticalis,1958, via ta3.sk Welcome to the oldest tab in my browser: the Wikipedia page for the Czech astronomer Antonín Bečvář, who produced some extraordinary sky atlases which became indispensable astronomical reference tools around the...
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Posted by greg at 10:06 PM

June 23, 2012

Forever Moore

The other day I had to laugh while watching one of the Thomas Houseago interviews Andrew Russeth posted to Gallerist NY, and the artist was talking about sculpture and time and the universe, and then he taps on his own...
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Posted by greg at 9:45 PM

June 20, 2012

Rethinking Telephony From Moholy-Nagy, or RTFM

Now, I see it's been out there for at least 40 years--and it's right there in a book on my shelf from just a few years ago--but I did not know that Laszlo Moholy-Nagy did not actually phone in...
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Posted by greg at 10:12 PM

June 19, 2012

Lozenge Camo Stoffbilder

Will the wonders of WWI-era camo never cease? The Wary Meyerses have an awesome post about early German & Austrian Lozenge Camo, which was used primarily for airplanes. An asymmetrical polygon pattern was printed onto aeronautic linen, which comprised...
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Posted by greg at 11:16 AM

More Vinyl Wrap Art Car: Upgrade, By Kelly Jazvac

One more addition to the burgeoning [?] collection of vinyl car wrap art comes from Canada. And it's early, too. Post-Max, to be sure, but definitely pre-Koons and -Hirst. Kelly Jazvac was commissioned by the Toronto Sculpture Garden to...
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Posted by greg at 9:42 AM

June 16, 2012

Corcoran Fire Escape

Last fall, right after posting a 1958 press photo of a temporary fire escape stair set up in MoMA's Sculpture Garden, I went to the Corcoran in DC. And look at that, they have a nearly identical fire escape...
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Posted by greg at 1:49 PM

Municipal Archive Street View

This week Alan Taylor posted some more amazing historical photos from the NYC Municipal Archive's recently digitized collection. Among them, an impressive 1940s panoramic view of West St, which is stitched together from several photos taken from different vantage points....
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Posted by greg at 10:12 AM

June 8, 2012

Ray & Charles Eames Sculpture

Last year I wrote a piece for Humanities Magazine about considering Ray and Charles Eames as artists, not designers. I don't mean by rewriting history or retrofitting a contemporary definition of artist onto them. It's just that I think there's...
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Posted by greg at 5:05 PM

June 7, 2012

Richteriana In The News Again

Some additional reviews have come in for Richteriana, which is up through June 16, next weekend. The German original of the Der Spiegel review won't be released online until after the show closes, and there will be no official English...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 PM

The VW Appears

image: copyright the John Cage Trust, used with permission So awesome. Last winter, I tried to dig up all the published firsthand accounts and references of The VW Years, Carolyn Brown's term for the early days of the Merce...
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Posted by greg at 12:11 AM

June 3, 2012

Prince On Vinyl

Maybe I was blinded by the, uh, headlights, but I somehow have not added Richard Prince to the greg.org survey of artists working in the medium of vinyl wrapped car. Dear Mary, 2008, a 1987 Buick Grand National coupe...
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Posted by greg at 8:52 PM

Richard Prince's Bird Talk

Like, apparently, a lot of folks, particularly writers who are bombarded with awful art press releases, 303 Gallery's announcement for their current show of Richard Prince paintings came as an atypical surprise. It begins:303 Gallery is pleased to announce our...
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Posted by greg at 5:54 PM

June 1, 2012

Sforzian Off Into The Sunset

The first thing I noticed about George W. Bush's official White House portrait unveiled yesterday was the way he stared off into space. Also in the painting. And the next thing was the painting-in-painting right over his shoulder. It...
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Posted by greg at 9:37 PM

May 29, 2012

Richteriana In The German News

There is a review of Richteriana in this week's DER SPIEGEL [22/2012]. Google doesn't do tone, so who really knows, but it sounds alright. There's not a link or an English version of the Spiegel review yet, but I"ll...
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Posted by greg at 8:34 PM

May 28, 2012

Brancusi Self-Portraits

Andy's tweet about it reminds me how awesome the show of Brancusi photographs is at Bruce Silverstein. Just remarkable stuff, and great, old prints. The show's been around a while, and some of the highlights were in MoMA's show on...
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Posted by greg at 9:41 PM

May 24, 2012

On Gunter Sachs' Roy Lichtenstein Bathroom

Roy Lichtenstein, Composition, 1969, image via sothebys.com With the confluence this week of an incredible-sounding retrospective in Chicago and a bonkers-sounding sale at Sotheby's, I was reminded of one of the weirder things I stumbled across during a dive...
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Posted by greg at 10:31 PM

May 23, 2012

Jasper Johns Making Silkscreens, By Katy Martin

Usuyuki, 1981 Alright, Katy Martin, who made two incredible Jasper Johns films in the late 1970s when you were practically a kid. Uh, actually, yeah, that's about it. Just watch them. Harvard's Sackler Museum just opened a show yesterday,...
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Posted by greg at 9:53 PM

Richteriana In The News

I find the maxim of not reading reviews of one's work to be much easier to live by when there are no reviews. Because at least two takes on Richteriana have already been published, and I like the concept. It's...
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Posted by greg at 8:48 PM

May 22, 2012

Richard Artschwager Chair Picture, 1965 Or So

Well that's mighty interesting. The National Exemplar has an exhibition of Richard Artschwager, which includes this 1965 piece, described as a "three-dimensional 'chair picture.'" It's roughly chair-size, and with materials of acrylic and paper and wood, I'm going to...
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Posted by greg at 11:36 PM

May 20, 2012

At A Loss To Explain

The first thing that was blowing my mind about Short Circuit was not just, how could there have be a Johns Flag before the first [sic] Johns Flag, but how could there be a missing Johns Flag? I mean,...
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Posted by greg at 4:50 PM

May 18, 2012

An Intentionally Incomplete Inventory of Pictures: Richter's Bilderverzeichnis

Photograph of a painting destroyed by Gerhard Richter, Gerhard Richter Archiv via Spiegel Since I first started looking into them, I've wanted to know why Gerhard Richter destroyed some of his paintings. Because, of course, some of them weren't...
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Posted by greg at 11:51 AM

May 17, 2012

Painting Truth To Power

Ooh, that is interesting. By covering themselves in paint, members of Occupy Frankfurt effectively inverted the crowd control technique where police use dye cannons to disperse protesters--and to tag them for easier identification and roundup later. Nice to see...
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Posted by greg at 5:53 PM

May 15, 2012

Color The Tom Sachs Way

While everyone else is cavorting on Tom Sachs Mars, I'm home, watching this rather entertainingly deadpan documentary short about the approved color palette in Sachs' studio. I imagine it to be a highlight of the new assistant orientation seminar....
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Posted by greg at 9:34 PM

May 14, 2012

'Where Their Fakeness Is Self-Evident And Salable'

While trying not to steal his thunder, let me just post the awesomely vivid ending to LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne's review of Williams + Tsien's unavoidably flawed Philadelphia museum building now housing the art-centered educational institution known as...
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Posted by greg at 8:19 PM

Will Work Off Jpegs: Destroyed Richter Paintings

Destroyed Richter Painting #03 First off, a huge thanks to everyone who came to the opening of Richteriana Saturday, and a high five to Magda, Postmasters and the artists in the show. It really does look great, and interesting,...
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Posted by greg at 10:17 AM

May 11, 2012

Editing A Life In Painting

Richter's studio, 1965, as seen in Elger's A Life In Painting. Note the lady in the bikini on the left, which Jasper Johns is well known for destroying his early work, thereby managing and reordering the story of his...
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Posted by greg at 2:59 PM

May 8, 2012

Pasadena Style Brillo Box Redux

Will you look at that, another one of Irving Blum's Pasadena-style Brillo Boxes is coming up for auction in the morning at Christie's, with an estimate of $400-600,000. [The last Blum Pasadena Brillo box I wrote about sold for...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 PM

May 7, 2012

Jasper Johns' First Flag

Flag, 1954-55, collection and image: MoMA When, after a couple of weeks of poking around, I didn't stumble, Banacek-style, onto the Jasper Johns Flag painting from Short Circuit, and then flip it for my 5%, reunite it with Rauschenberg's...
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Posted by greg at 1:22 PM

May 3, 2012

'Combine Paintings' And Pillow Talk

Oh, now that's interesting. I can't find an actual print copy of the Portable Gallery Bulletin anywhere, but Joel Finsel has scans of a couple of pages in Swimming Naked At The Y, his biography/oral history blog about Edward Meneeley....
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Posted by greg at 12:03 AM

May 2, 2012

In The Backroom With Jasper Johns

Well this is interesting. I don't know how I missed this before now, but Albert Vanderburg was the associate editor of Portable Gallery Bulletin whose 1962 article discussing the impact of Rauschenberg's inclusion of Johns' flag painting in Short...
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Posted by greg at 1:57 PM

May 1, 2012

Two Months.

Two months. I'd feign shock, but frankly, it's been almost a year since I figured it out, and I'm only now posting it. Last January, while going through the newly opened Castelli Gallery Collection at the Archives of American...
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Posted by greg at 9:08 PM

April 30, 2012

The Maze (1967/XXXX), Tony Smith

For issue 5+6 of Aspen: The Magazine in a Box (1967), guest editor/curator Brian O'Doherty conceived of a conceptual art exhibition in a box. [Which really should be staged in real space somewhere. Has it ever been?] One of...
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Posted by greg at 7:51 AM

April 29, 2012

Things We Were Going To Do Are Now Being Done By Others.

And speaking of big universes and small worlds, I'm starting to listen to the 1991 recordings of John Cage's Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), and just ten minutes in, I'm reminded that Cage's...
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Posted by greg at 10:39 PM

Big Universe, Big Data

Ross Andersen has a fascinating interview with JWST scientist Alberto Conti about the orders of magnitude increases in the amount of astronomical data being gathered these days:There are two issues driving the current data challenges facing astronomy. First, we are...
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Posted by greg at 10:14 PM

April 28, 2012

The Daily Practice Of Painting, c.1915

ZOMG, I will never complain about the minor annoyances of painting ever again. Brooklyn Bridge painters at work high above the city, on December 3, 1915. via Alan Taylor's archive-diving into the newly released digitized treasures of New York City's...
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Posted by greg at 10:32 AM

April 27, 2012

Canal Zone: Yes Kate Moss

Can you tell I'm trying to clear out the to-post photos from my desktop? In Februarry Christie's sold an interesting, large Richard Prince Joke painting in London that was made in 2007. The date is significant for reasons that...
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Posted by greg at 10:45 PM

The Chickpea Conspiracy

During the 1960s, Mickey Ruskin regularly let artists eat and drink for free or trade art for sustenance at Max's Kansas City. So when Ruskin ran into financial trouble, artists rallied and held a benefit auction for the bar, on...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 PM

April 24, 2012

Richteriana, Postmasters Gallery, 12 May 2012

Destroyed Richter Painting No. 04, 2012, oil on canvas, 110x110cmPostmasters is pleased to announce: RICHTERIANA GREG ALLEN, DAVID DIAO, RORY DONALDSON, HASAN ELAHI, FABIAN MARCACCIO, RAFAËL ROZENDAAL May 12 - June 16, 2012 opening reception, saturday, may 12, 6-8...
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Posted by greg at 7:55 PM

April 20, 2012

Fingerspuren

Fingerspuren/Finger Marks, with Palermo, 1970, image via gerhard-richter.com Despite an 11-year difference in their age, Gerhard Richter and Blinky Palermo became fast friends in the early 1960s. Richter's first wife Ema sewed Palermo's groundbreaking Stoffbilder/Cloth Pictures starting in 1966,...
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Posted by greg at 5:23 PM

Awesome Marijuana Plantation/Land Art

Reuters' Jorge Duenes' cropped aerial shot of a 300-acre marijuana plantation "discovered" in Mexico last July that The Atlantic's InFocus photoblog ran today was dramatic and awesome enough to make me want to see the full thing. Here it is:...
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Posted by greg at 4:27 PM

April 18, 2012

On The Catalogues Of Giants

top right is Bonnefoy's beautiful but otherwise ridiculous Giacometti, and center left is Gober's Sculptures and Installations, which turned out to be lighter than it looked. So yeah, hmm, I probably should have glued up the braces on the...
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Posted by greg at 11:13 AM

April 17, 2012

She's Got Cady Noland Eyes

I love this 1991 Cady Noland plywood edition, Enquirer Page with Eyes Cut Out Template, even more than the silk screened aluminum Enquirer Page with Eyes Cut Out itself [which is in SFMOMA's collection, along with Template I]. Lot...
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Posted by greg at 9:49 PM

April 15, 2012

Our Man In Venice

I've liked this explanation Gerhard Richter gave in 1972 to Rolf Schön about the relationship in his work between photography and painting for a long time, but it's been particularly awesome lately:RS: How do you stand in relation to illusion?...
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Posted by greg at 7:51 PM

Weiwei's Red Lantern

An interesting detail from The Economist's report on Ai Weiwei's house arrest, and the irony of the police order to stop broadcasting his own webcams:And he knows of at least 15 police surveillance cameras mounted within 100 metres of his...
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Posted by greg at 2:33 PM

Opening: 'Canceled'

As in "Canceled" is opening, not "Opening is canceled." I'm very stoked to announce that Canal Zone Richard Prince Yes Rasta: Selected Court Documents from Cariou v. Prince et al... will be included in an exhibition at The Center For...
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Posted by greg at 7:03 AM

April 14, 2012

I Gesso

Oh, I SEE....
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Posted by greg at 12:29 PM

April 12, 2012

Carleton Watkins, Ur-Rephotographer

Well this is a rather fascinating piece of information. Looks like I'll have to buy that awesome, 200-lb Carleton Watkins mammoth plates catalogue after all. [whoa, Tyler got blurbed!] Carleton Watkins daguerrotype, c.1855-8, image: Santa Clara Univ. Archives via Calisphere...
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Posted by greg at 9:10 AM

April 11, 2012

Google Art Institute Project

MoMA's not the only museum on Google Art Project to show works by artists living--or recently dead. The Art Institute of Chicago's stunning Sculpture Court is right there, too, with nothing less than Ellsworth Kelly's Chicago Panels, six monumental,...
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Posted by greg at 9:31 PM

April 10, 2012

The 'Latest In Murals'

I hate when I lose the context of something, it's like I"m no better than a tumblr around here, minus even the traffic. Anyway, this image of The Latest Photo Mural Equipment is from somewhere and some time in...
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Posted by greg at 10:31 PM

April 9, 2012

Andy Warhol Painting His BMW Art Car

At first I was thinking this is odd seeing Warhol himself going at something with a big ol' brush. But then I figured the bloctchy paint scheme for the 1979 BMW M1 was similar to the underpaintings on his...
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Posted by greg at 7:20 AM

April 5, 2012

'Think Of It, Ye Millionaires Of Many Markets'

Joseph H. Choate, a civic-minded attorney and member of the Provisional Committee which, under William Cullen Bryant, undertook the creation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, spoke for the Trustees at the dedication of the Museum's first building on March...
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Posted by greg at 7:31 AM

April 4, 2012

How I Am Either Frankie Or Andy In This Scenario

I went to the Goethe Institute's Lunch Bytes panel today, primarily to hear poet and Ubu founder Kenneth Goldsmith. So I was caught off guard when I introduced myself, started my fanboi spiel, and he goes, "You're greg.org! It's so...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 PM

Here Is A Photograph Of John Chamberlain And The Supremes

John Chamberlain with Diana Ross, the Supremes, and Diana Ross's mother--Mrs. Ross, if you're nasty--in New York in 1964. For no fathomable reason besides sheer awesomeness, it is included in the sculptor's chronology at the end of his catalogue...
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Posted by greg at 11:45 PM

Richard Prince, Art Blogger

Can I just say, it's only a couple of weeks in, but I'm loving Richard Prince's blog. [And loving Anaba all over again for linking to it. Thanks, Martin!] Not really a blog, I suppose, but more of a journal....
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Posted by greg at 9:58 PM

Archival Coconut Milk

Untitled (Still/Free), 1992/1994/2007/2011, installation shot at MoMA via Google Art Project Seeing Rirkrit Tiravanija's work Untitled (Free/Still) in MoMA's Google Art Project space reminded me that I've been meaning to write about it for a while now. I revisited...
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Posted by greg at 7:51 PM

April 3, 2012

Blurring Of Google Art Project Comes As No Surprise

It looks like Les Blurmoiselles d'Avignon have some company. The Google Art Project has released a new batch of 134 museum participants, bringing the total to 150, though only 51 institutions are offering Street View Museum View. And a couple...
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Posted by greg at 6:19 PM

March 31, 2012

This Is Not The White Cube You Are Looking For.

Well that's an unexpectedly awkward situation I just stumbled into. greycu.be: what, you mean your car doesn't have a domain name? A week or so ago, I decided my new car needed a domain name. So I registered greycu.be. Partly...
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Posted by greg at 10:47 PM

March 30, 2012

Here's That Knoedler Gallery Rothko

Just read the complaint in De Sole v. Knoedler Gallery [Case 1:12-cv-02313-UA], and it's pretty awesome. If you like getting utterly defrauded of $8.4 million for forged Rothkos, that is. Anyway, the image comes from the materials analysis, which...
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Posted by greg at 11:59 PM

A Brief Retelling Of The Story of Short Circuit, aka Construction With J.J. Flag

Construction with J.J. Flag, aka Short Circuit, 1955 photo by Rudy Burckhardt You know what, it's way past time to wrap up this missing Jasper Johns Flag caper. I'm going to get right to it. But first, a quick...
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Posted by greg at 10:50 AM

March 28, 2012

Mass, Grass & Claes

Yes, we now have Doug Aitken, which might help, and there's an After Hours party every quarter, but the Hirshhorn's outdoor space has always struck me as one of the most potentially interesting and under-utilized public spaces for contemporary...
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Posted by greg at 9:06 PM

March 22, 2012

This Is The Least Gnarly Of Olafur's Rigs

image: JJ Films The thing is, everybody in Iceland has a monster truck. Or a big ol' van with balloon tires and a four-foot lift kit. The country only got a paved road in like 1979 or whatever. But...
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Posted by greg at 9:05 PM

Less Filling, Looks Great: Doug Aitken's Song1 On The Hirshhorn

We came out of the Hirshhorn tonight after the surprise [to me] screening of Space is Process, a 2010 documentary about Olafur Eliasson, only to find they were testing Doug Aitken's Song1, a 360-degree projection on the barrel of...
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Posted by greg at 1:02 AM

March 20, 2012

Tweet-Size Delayed Coverage of 5x5 Project Panel At The Corcoran

The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities is organizing the 5x5 Project, a temporary public art festival? exhibition? program? that coincides with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Last night at a panel discussion at the Corcoran, the DCCAH Project...
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Posted by greg at 9:29 PM

March 19, 2012

LLOLZ On Gerhard Richter's Annunciation After (A Postcard Of) Titian

Annunciation after Titian, CR 343-1, 1973, collection Hirshhorn Museum, image: gerhard-richter.com I confess, I love Gerhard Richter in the 70s. Here are some of the best/funniest excerpts from a interview he did with art historian/curator Gislind Nabakowski that was...
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Posted by greg at 8:50 AM

March 15, 2012

Henry Codax à Paris

I tell you, now I cannot get enough of that Henry Codax. Fortunately, Codax isn't letting a little auction setback, or the fact that he's a fictional character from an anonymous corporation's collectively authored novel, cut into his practice. Or...
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Posted by greg at 8:21 AM

March 12, 2012

Speculation

Henry Codax, Untitled (Dark Grey), 2011, via christies.com Wow, do I owe Henry Codax an apology. Last week I'd declared the fictitious painter's beautiful gray monochrome a failure because, not only did it not "Strip away any obvious authorship,"...
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Posted by greg at 9:30 PM

Leonardo Photomural

image: DARIO THUBURN - AFP/GETTY IMAGES, see washpost for fullsize There has been much talk among such circles about the possibility of a lost, unfinished mural by Leonardo da Vinci hidden behind a fresco by Giorgio Vasari, in the...
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Posted by greg at 12:38 PM

March 7, 2012

Michael Riedel Photomural

[image via artinfo] A little Anastasi, a little Lawler, a little Shore, a little Fischer, a little Albenda. I wonder what color Michael Riedel's awesome photomural in Zwirner's booth will be by the time I get to the Armory...
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Posted by greg at 7:44 PM

March 5, 2012

Ladies Love The Mylar

This is fantastic, a 1955 industrial film by E.I. duPont deNemours, Inc. about their miraculous new plastic film, Mylar. I mean, first off, it's Mylar, so satelloons and Warhol balloons and everything else about the future. But then there's...
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Posted by greg at 12:24 PM

March 4, 2012

Henry Codax At Auction

Jacob Kassay can't hide. One of the square monochromes he allegedly1 created allegedly2 with Olivier Mosset for last summer's Henry Codax show at Carriage Trade is being flipped this week at Christie's. Fortunately [sic], it's the awesomest, i.e., most...
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Posted by greg at 10:59 PM

March 3, 2012

Robert Montgomery: Spectacular Vernacular

I've got a few reservations, but I'm really quite smitten with London-based Scottish artist Robert Montgomery's poetically critical billboard artworks. The one above was unfurled at a Stop The War protest in Trafalgar Square last October. It reads:WHEN WE...
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Posted by greg at 8:47 PM

February 28, 2012

Shadow, By STML, aka James Bridle

And here I am barely able to keep up with The New Aesthetic. Meanwhile, TNA honcho James Bridle is cranking out other awesome projects left and right, and works like this one, Shadow, which, yes, please, very much. Shadow,...
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Posted by greg at 10:01 PM

February 20, 2012

'Collectors Are My Power Base'

Abstraction and luxury are the guard dogs of the upper class. - Jeff Koons— Berfrois (@berfrois) February 20, 2012 It's well worth looking at the fuller context of that awesome Jeff Koons blurb about abstraction and luxury being the guard...
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Posted by greg at 8:21 AM

February 18, 2012

Max Ernst Staring Contest

Of the many extraordinary photos of Max Ernst and his sculptures that Michael posted at stopping off place this week, this is my hands-down favorite My guess is Thomas Houseago has stared long and hard at this thing as...
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Posted by greg at 5:57 PM

February 17, 2012

The Grid-Sphere Satellite And The Doomsday Stone

Last year I picked up this extraordinary photograph, and then didn't have immediate results researching it, so I put it away until now. Then, wow. NASA launched the first Project Echo communications satelloon in 1960 to much fanfare, but...
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Posted by greg at 10:34 PM

February 14, 2012

Make No Small Plans: Autoprogettazione 2.0

Look, I don't care if you ARE Domus and you have Paola Antonelli herself as a judge; it is no small thing to call your design competition Autoprogettazione 2.0:Autoprogettazione 2.0 is an invitation to consider the potential of a diffused,...
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Posted by greg at 11:12 AM

Jonathan Monk Paperweight

No amount of waiting in line can help me now. This awesome, bronze, iPhone-shaped paperweight by Jonathan Monk is sold out. I'll console myself with the knowledge that had I heard about it in time, the goofy name would...
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Posted by greg at 11:06 AM

February 13, 2012

Infiltration & Replication, Untitled (for Parkett) - Part 2

Untitled (for Parkett), 1994 image via phillips de pury I've been wondering how Felix Gonzalez-Torres' billboard edition, Untitled (for Parkett) was playing out in the real world. How many of the 84+15+? copies still existed? How many had been...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 PM

February 12, 2012

You Don't Complete Me, Or Felix Gonzalez-Torres' Untitled (for Parkett), Part 1

this one. Untitled, 1991, Site #21: 504 W 44th St. One of the formative artworks in my life is set to re-appear this month. I saw one of the giant black & white billboards of the Felix Gonzalez-Torres' empty...
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Posted by greg at 7:06 PM

February 9, 2012

On Repainting Gerhard Richter

First, Happy Birthday, Mr. Richter. Destroyed 1964 Richter painting, image from Gerhard Richter Archkiv via Spiegel I don't know if Joerg knew at the time he first tweeted about it--he is plugged in and German, so who knows?--but I certainly...
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Posted by greg at 8:59 AM

February 8, 2012

RECREATED: The Battle Of Los Angeles Searchlight Wigwam

image of the front page of the Feb. 26, 1942 LA Times, via framework.latimes.com Back in 2007, this blog experienced a notable conceptual shift, when I found myself writing about things, works of art, I guess, that I wanted...
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Posted by greg at 3:16 PM

Douglas Gordon On Painting

Got posts stacked up like flights at LaGuardia, but I can't get past these paintings by Douglas Gordon [right?] coming up at Christie's London sale next week. They're 1-m square monochromes of acrylic housepaint with a text and date that's...
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Posted by greg at 12:05 AM

February 5, 2012

Robot Readable World, Or Human Is A Symptom Of Robot

I think part of my fascination with Google is the way it is reprocessing the way we see the world. It has its own way of looking, and that, it turns out, is what we see. Timo Arnall's Robot...
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Posted by greg at 4:12 PM

February 4, 2012

Rijksoverheid Rood 8: A Whole New Kind Of Sanding

OK, this sanding thing is completely new now. Before, when I was using the brush, I'd be sanding down drips and bulges around the edges of the panels, and hoping to even out ridges in the brush strokes. Now...
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Posted by greg at 8:14 PM

February 3, 2012

Circus Galop And Other Unplayable-By-Humans Piano Compositions

This is utterly fantastic. It's Quebecois pianist/composer Marc-André Hamelin's 1991-4 work for two player pianos, "Circus Galop," and because it occasionally hits all 12 staves or 21 notes simultaneously, it is unplayable by humans. The boingboing headline is a bit...
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Posted by greg at 11:43 AM

You Just Keep On Trying Till You Run Out Of Cake

I don't think Hirst's assistants would agree that spots aren't about time, but Karen Rosenberg's line in her On Kawara review is nice:Speaking broadly, you could say that one is about time and the other is about money. (Though,...
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Posted by greg at 9:07 AM

February 1, 2012

On Man-Made Painting After Google

I haven't yet decided whether to more proactively engage the growing numbers of people who use Google as medium or subject for their artmaking, or to forge ahead alone, buoyed up by the certainty of my own unequaled, Googly aesthetic...
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Posted by greg at 8:54 PM

Overpainted Gerhard Richter Painting

Joerg tweeted last night about a "[DESTROYED]" 1982 Gerhard Richter candle painting, and heeyeahsure, I'll look at that. It turns out though, that the artist's own term is not entirely accurate. Because according to his website, the painting, 2 Candles...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 AM

January 31, 2012

When Did Jasper Johns Make Flag? [Part 1]

The stories of Jasper Johns' Flag is almost as famous as the artwork itself. In 1958, Leo Castelli had come for a studio visit with Robert Rauschenberg, only to find Jasper Johns' work there, and offer the younger, unknown...
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Posted by greg at 1:08 PM

January 29, 2012

Death Watch

Alright, the mourning process seems to be ending, but the Guggenheim still hasn't posted video of the crazy/awesome/all over the place speeches from "The Last Word," the TED-like symposium marathon organized last weekend for the end of Maurizio Cattelan's "All."...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 PM

January 27, 2012

Has Erik Satie Been Performed On US Network Television Since 1963?

This 1963 episode of I've Got A Secret pops up periodically. From this week on Boing Boing to Alex Ross's 2007 blog post searching for Karl Schenzer. And it is, indeed, pretty interesting. John Cale was recently arrived in...
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Posted by greg at 10:35 PM

ORLY? Marine Hugonnier's Art for Modern Architecture (Homage to Ellsworth Kelly)

Marine Hugonnier, Art for Modern Architecture (Homage to Ellsworth Kelly), The New York Times (Week of February 21st to February 27th 2005) Now this gets very interesting very quickly. Jason, a sharp-eyed greg.org reader in Paris, just sent along...
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Posted by greg at 5:42 PM

Wade's Welt, Excellent

I stopped by a friend's studio yesterday--which was fantastic, btw--and as I was leaving, and I noticed the cool, old Ellsworth Kelly exhibition poster in the bathroom, I so I was all, have you seen the Kelly edition of Die...
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Posted by greg at 9:45 AM

January 25, 2012

I Wanna The Kelly Welt, Chico, An Everthinisinnit

Ausgezeichnet! To promote his two shows in Munich this fall/winter, at the Pinakothek and the Haus der Kunst [which closed this week, btw], the local paper die Welt published a special issue in which all photos were replaced by Ellsworth...
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Posted by greg at 5:37 PM

Deeecoding Hirst

Basically, yeah, there was no way I could just let Daniel Barnes' hearsay claim that there's a secret text encoded in each of Damien Hirist's spot paintings go untested last night. But the mechanics of decoding a Hirst Code, if...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 AM

January 24, 2012

Rijksoverheid Rood 8: Better Roller

Alright, I think we finally may be onto something. I switched to a high-density foam roller for this next coat, and though it looks kind of eggshelly in the photo, it actually ends up drying to a smoother finish...
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Posted by greg at 4:58 PM

January 23, 2012

The Hirst Code

Speaking of texts written in entirely unlikely places... I really have no idea what to make of the kicker in Daniel Barnes' Artslant review of the Brittania St installation of Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings:As to be expected with...
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Posted by greg at 10:06 PM

Moby Dick Typed On Toilet Paper

There is much to do, and much to write, but it'll have to wait. Because right this minute, a copy of Moby Dick typed on six rolls of toilet paper is for sale on eBay:MY FRIEND AND I ONCE...
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Posted by greg at 7:04 PM

January 21, 2012

Lines + Dots, Picasso For Bloomsbury Fabrics

I've come across ads while surfing through New Yorkers from the 1950s, but this is one of the first times I've seen actual Pablo Picasso silk screened fabric turn up on eBay. And there's a whole 16-yard run of...
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Posted by greg at 5:06 PM

January 20, 2012

What I Looked At Today: Jean Arp

It's funny, all this time I've been looking hard at the brushstrokes of modernism, abstraction, and monochrome, trying to figure out how they were made--and, thus, how I might make some paintings myself--and I've ignored Jean Arp. When I started...
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Posted by greg at 12:37 PM

January 15, 2012

Dutch Camo Landscape Painting Painting - 2

Another Sunday painting. Or another Sunday spent painting. I did another round of taping off and painting on the Dutch Camo Landscape photo of Noordwijk today. The first time, I did two identical gray polygons This time, I did three,...
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Posted by greg at 5:35 PM

January 14, 2012

Rijksoverheid Rood 7: Roller

Well, that was a total surface disaster. The size and disposability of this crappy little foam roller made it irresistible. The bubbly eggshell finish that even contains a few crumbs of foam made it a total failure putting paint...
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Posted by greg at 4:10 PM

January 12, 2012

'Bob Made It, But Jasper Made It Art.'

A couple of things that I still wonder about about Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing: What did de Kooning think? The story of making it is always told by Rauschenberg, or from his side. Did de Kooning ever tell the...
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Posted by greg at 10:54 AM

January 11, 2012

Erased De Kooning Drawing Is Bigger Than It Used To Be

Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953, "drawing | traces of ink and crayon on paper, mat, label, and gilded frame." via SFMOMA TIMELY BUT UNNECESSARY HOOK: LAST VISIT TO THE DE KOONING RETROSPECTIVE Part of the reason I hustled back...
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Posted by greg at 7:50 PM

January 9, 2012

段ボールの村上

"@takashipom #EGO Takashi with H.E Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani" via @QatarMuseumsAut I am in awe of the new, Povera-meets-Lars von Trier direction Takashi Murakami is taking his work. It's like pure signifier now. A master's bravura...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 AM

January 6, 2012

'Imagine A World Of Spots.'

John, John, 1988, installed at Ann Temkin's Color Chart show in 2008, via moma Alright, before this thing gets too much farther, let's check what we know. From the Gagosian Gallery exhibition page::The exhibition will take place at once...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 PM

January 5, 2012

The Complete Spot Challenge

Oh, man, just last night I was goof-tweeting about this, and it turns out it's already a thing. Registration for The Complete Spot Challenge starts tomorrow:Visit all eleven Gagosian Gallery locations during the exhibition Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot...
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Posted by greg at 10:55 PM

January 4, 2012

You're Going To Love The Disco Ball Next To The Lawler.

It was a favorite in the Met's Pictures Generation show. And I liked her recent, similar show at Metro Pictures. But hey-ho, how awesome does Louise Lawler's show at Sprüth Magers look?? I mean, I might have been content...
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Posted by greg at 2:05 PM

January 1, 2012

The VW Years: Carolyn Brown, Part II

After processing the odd hippie hipness of the idea of John Cage driving Merce Cunningham and his dance company around the country in a VW Microbus, it was really dancer Carolyn Brown's excellent memoir that persuaded me to see the...
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Posted by greg at 12:00 AM

December 29, 2011

Richard Serra: The Suburban Years

The very special presentation of Merce & John: The VW Years will return after this brief announcement from holy crap, Richard Serra's suburban! Thanks, wary meyers! Now don't get all stalky. And stay tuned, eventually, finally, for Donald Judd's Land...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 AM

December 23, 2011

No One Puts Big Nose Baby Moose In A Corner

Sometimes all Mark Grotjahn wants is to dance. Here are four five videos of those times, in chronological order: Nov. 2007: Jan. 2008: May 2008: Feb. 2011 [via artblogartblog]...
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Posted by greg at 10:35 AM

December 22, 2011

Alexander Girard Shelves? Alcoa Forecast Throwback

You know what I never got around to doing in 2010? Finishing the catalogue of all the designs created for the Alcoa Forecast ad campaign in the late 1950s. That was the postwar, civilian/consumer-oriented, Glorious Aluminum Future PR campaign that...
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Posted by greg at 12:53 PM

December 21, 2011

Ben Schumacher, Images As/Of Work

Electrum @ Reference with Hugh Scott Douglas, 2011 Oh, man, basically every thing in Ben Schumacher's shows and his source and reference material and his investigations and archive divings and whatever the hell else in his tumblrs is just...
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Posted by greg at 11:42 PM

The VW Years, Ch. 3: John Cage

The VW bus makes many appearances in John Cage's own writings, especially his tour diaries in Empty Words: Writings '73-78:After winning the mushroom quiz in Italy, I bought a Volkswagen microbus for the company. Joe's was open but said it...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 PM

December 19, 2011

Carlo Mollino, Becky Beasley, 'The Outside'

Let me tell you, spare, door-sized black & white prints in screen-like triptychs are not what I think of when I hear "Carlo Mollino" and "photography." [Google search possibly nsfw] But Becky Beasley's show "The Outside," at Francesca Minini...
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Posted by greg at 9:26 PM

The VW Years: Ch. 2, Remy Charlip & Steve Paxton

[l to r] Viola Farber, Bruce King, Remy Charlip, Carolyn Brown & Merce Cunningham performing Nocturnes in 1956. photo CDF/Louis A. Stevenson, Jr. via the estate project Remy Charlip was an early collaborator in Merce Cunningham's orbit. Years before...
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Posted by greg at 8:50 AM

December 17, 2011

The VW Years: Ch. 1

John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg photographed in 1960 by Richard Avedon In a few days, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform for the last time. I have not been a close follower of Cunningham's work, except...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 PM

Son Of Strelka, Son Of God, By Dan Warren

While I was painting today, I first listened to a slightly underwhelming Q&A from MIT with Otto Piene and Hans Haacke, which was short, and so my iTunes started shuffling, which never happens. I don't really listen to music,...
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Posted by greg at 4:01 PM

Dutch Camo Landscape Painting Painting

While moving some art around this week, I found a bag of acrylics I bought early last year, when I planned to paint the Dutch camo landscapes. Trying to figure out how to do it led me to start...
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Posted by greg at 2:10 PM

Rijksoverheid Rood 5: Thinner

Since I appear to only be able to find the time bandwidth to paint on the weekend, sometime I might have to investigate terms that already haunt me anyway, like "weekend painter." At least I'm not painting on Sunday,...
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Posted by greg at 2:01 PM

December 14, 2011

On Close Encounters, Scriabin, Schoenberg, Bernstein

OK, here are some more details about how the crazy-awesome synthesizer/lightboard came together in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, courtesy of Ray Morton's 2007 book on the making of the film. Maybe not surprisingly, it grew and evolved along...
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Posted by greg at 11:36 PM

Bill Walton, In The Artist's Studio

I'm really bummed to have missed The Gifting of Bill Walton's Studio on December 4th, the extraordinary culmination of the ICA Philadelphia's memorial recreation/exhibit of the late local master's crowded workplace. As ICA blogger/curator Rachel Pastan tells it, the...
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Posted by greg at 10:32 PM

Untitled, By Michael David Murphy

This is so awesome. I know there's no sound, but it seems like I can hear all those reality TV show team members' hearts beating. [Michael David Murphy via waxy]...
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Posted by greg at 10:11 AM

December 12, 2011

On Politics, Damn Politics, And Art

I don't know what, if anything, these mean, but these two stories last week made me wonder about the relationship of art and politics and Washington DC as viewed from a political/media perspective. First up, and most disturbing, was the...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 PM

Gettysburg And The Disney/Ken Burns Effect

The new issue of Public Art Dialogue is out--as you know, right?--and it includes an article by Drake University art historian Maura Lyons that looks at how Disney, photography, and Ken Burns altered the Gettysburg National Military Park. In the...
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Posted by greg at 9:35 PM

On Studying Why Americans Protest Art

Here is a PBS Newshour Q&A with Steven Tepper, discussing his research into why art--or the arts, really, since he looks at theater, libraries, music, too--triggers protests in some communities at some times and not others. He found that...
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Posted by greg at 10:09 AM

December 10, 2011

The Cosby Sweater Project

"Season 3, Episode 3: 'Golden Anniversary'" This is epic. Painting the key sweaters of The Cosby Show, one episode at a time, in chronological order. Which is awesome, not because it charts the evolution of the Cosby Sweater; any...
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Posted by greg at 8:34 PM

December 9, 2011

On The BELLMAC-32, And Perhaps The World's Largest Plotter Pen Drawing

BELLMAC-32A Layout in the Ball Labs, Murray Hill Lobby, image: ieeeghn.org Look closely, at least until I can track down a larger version of this snapshot. Because it may be the world's largest plotter pen drawing. It's a 20x20-foot...
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Posted by greg at 9:14 PM

December 8, 2011

Considering The Eameses As Artists

A few months ago, I was asked to write something about Ray and Charles Eames by the folks at Humanities Magazine, published by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH had provided some funding to Jason Cohn and...
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Posted by greg at 11:59 PM

The New Aesthetic On Stage

Here's video of James Bridle giving a live, keynote speech version of his awesome tumblr, The New Aesthetic, at a web conference in Australia. Lots of good stuff, though not much that will be new to TNA followers. There are...
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Posted by greg at 10:43 PM

December 7, 2011

John Cage's Sweet Nut Balls

Here's another recipe from John Cage, this one maybe from a stay in Ithaca? Before he went vegan, obviously. From Empty words: writings '73-'78, p. 91:Holiday Inn: Room 135. Four cups of ground walnuts; 4 cups of flour; 12 tablespoons...
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Posted by greg at 3:02 PM

December 6, 2011

Everything And The Kitchen Sink

We took the family to Hillwood over the holidays. It's Marjorie Merriweather Post's house-turned-house museum, and it's kind of bizarre, frankly. Not seriously wack, but just a low-grade oddness which, who knows, maybe the passage of time and the accretion...
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Posted by greg at 11:17 PM

Kim Schoenstadt At--Whoa, UMOCA

A little while ago, I got an email from LA-based artist Kim Schoenstadt, asking if it was alright to reference some photos I took a few years ago of unusually awesome modernist houses in Salt Lake City. She planned...
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Posted by greg at 9:53 PM

December 5, 2011

Erased De Kooning, Erased Nixon

The new issue of Cabinet arrived today [free with my new iPad case!], and it includes a fascinating article by Susan Schuppli about the 18 1/2-minutes of erased audiotape at the center of the Watergate scandal. Apparently, the National Archives...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 PM

December 2, 2011

Philip Glass, Gandhi And The Peoples' Mic

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross posted this extraordinary video of Philip Glass and the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly outside Lincoln Center, where the Metropolitan Opera performed Satyagraha, the composer's 2008 production of his 1980 telling of the...
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Posted by greg at 2:00 PM

December 1, 2011

The EAI High Definition Video Guide

Whether you're sitting at home, poking at your remote to stretch, squash, and crop your Criterion movies; or preparing a video group show in Miami, Electronic Arts Intermix's High Definition Video Guide is an indispensable source of basic technical information:If...
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Posted by greg at 12:04 AM

November 29, 2011

Coke Slab By Sebastian Errazuriz

Sebastian Errazuriz came up with the idea for his coke slab when he saw friends scratching out lines on a coffee table. The indentations make it so easy, a child could do it! It's so functional and brilliant, I'm...
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Posted by greg at 5:13 PM

November 27, 2011

On Bruce McAllister's DOCUMERICA And Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty

One of the startling images Alan Taylor included from the EPA's DOCUMERICA collection is by Bruce McAllister. The caption:A train on the Southern Pacific Railroad passes a five-acre pond, which was used as a dump site by area commercial...
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Posted by greg at 1:21 PM

November 26, 2011

DOCUMERICA And The Ills Of The 1970s American Landscape

Following on from the multiple installments of archival World War II images on hisphotoblog In Focus, Alan Taylor has assembled selections from another remarkable public photo archive, this time from the Environmental Protection Agency. In the early 1970s, the newly...
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Posted by greg at 5:41 PM

November 25, 2011

Where Is Enzo Mari's 'Where Is The Craftsman?'

In what is probably the most ideologically analytical essay ever written about paperweights, curator Barbara Casavecchia notes that many of the 60 paperweights she selected from Enzo Mari's collection "are the product of a manual labor--serving as fragmented evidence of...
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Posted by greg at 6:16 AM

November 23, 2011

'You Are Good Dome Builders.'

(K-2-28) This is the first of our United States, Department of Commerce, Trade Fair domes. It was erected in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1957. The U.S. Department of Commerce came to me in an emergency and with a very small...
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Posted by greg at 9:37 PM

November 22, 2011

Dazzle

Apparently, as a state-of-the-art battleship in the US Navy during the 1920s, the USS Maryland was "in great demand for special occasions." Which might give a hint about why she was tricked out at some point in these dazzling...
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Posted by greg at 10:49 PM

Rirkrit Passed The Shark On The Autobahn

image via artreview Oh, man, oh, man. I think this clears up a lot. Finally, here is a quote that gives some insight on Rirkrit Tiravanija's approach to art objects and object-making. The artist is discussing the making of...
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Posted by greg at 10:19 PM

Dos Zapatas

Looking through Social Photography II, Carriage Trade's second Phone Camera benefit auction, I find this photo by Sarina Basta, Zapata Headquarters, Cuernavaca, and I'm like, Zapata? I swear, I've seen this before. But not quite. In the Diego Rivera murals...
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Posted by greg at 10:07 PM

Close Encounters Jam Session

I'm sure the original's long gone, but I want the Moog synthesizer-equipped lightboard from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The idea of communicating with extraterrestrials via "a basic tonal vocabulary" synched to a gridded light show is like...
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Posted by greg at 9:00 AM

November 19, 2011

Rijksoverheid Rood 5: Mirror

Theoretically, I can get the prep and sanding and tacking and painting of a new coat, and the cleanup, and a bit of documentation, done in a little over an hour now. But I also find it takes a...
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Posted by greg at 12:33 PM

November 18, 2011

You'll Be My Mirror

gerhard richter, blood red mirror, cr736-3, 1991, image via gerhard-richter.com via jenettem's twitter/tumblr to cavetocanvas's tumblr You see the problem: this is exactly the effect I'm trying to get with my Rijksoverheid Rood paintings. Only with a brush. I...
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Posted by greg at 11:50 PM

November 17, 2011

Chinese Google Earth Art Project

I confess, I haven't checked out Utah's Dugway Proving Grounds since the Terraserver era. But I just checked them out again on Google Maps, and I've gotta say: China has taken the lead in the awesome, Earth Art-like, military industrial...
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Posted by greg at 10:28 PM

November 16, 2011

What I Want To Look At Today: Byron Kim's Night Sky Paintings

Byron Kim, Untitled (for S.B.), image via jamescohan.com Byron Kim's first show at James Cohan consists of large, nearly monochromatic paintings of the night sky in Brooklyn. Or perhaps they're of memories of the night sky in Brooklyn, or...
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Posted by greg at 2:48 PM

Gene Davis Giveaway, By Douglas Davis & Ed McGowin

There are so many fascinating things about the Gene Davis Giveaway, I almost don't know where to start. And I'm embarrassed to not have known about it sooner. Gene Davis Giveaway, or Give Away, or as it was called...
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Posted by greg at 7:27 AM

November 15, 2011

Maintaining Power

Gotta hand it to the Bloomberg Administration: scheduling the expulsion of the Occupy Wall Street protesters for the middle of the night, and then arresting and beating and harassing journalists covering the raid, thereby minimizing--but apparently not eliminating entirely--the...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 PM

November 14, 2011

How Ya Like How Ya Like Me Now?

How Ya Like Me Now?, a large painting of a white Jesse Jackson by David Hammons, was one of seven outdoor works in "The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism," an ambitious exhibition organized in the Fall of 1989...
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Posted by greg at 12:39 PM

On Things Other Than David Hammons' Work

These two quotes from Coco Fusco and Christian Haye's 1995 Frieze essays on David Hammons reminded me briefly of, say, gala artists and, say, Jacob Kassay, respectively:'Visual art may be the obdurately white and upper-middle class field of our culture....
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Posted by greg at 8:17 AM

November 13, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake

OOPS! Never mind! In my dead-serious indignation, I had completely overlooked the potential of Marina Abramovic's MoCA Gala for pathetic comedy. Fortunately, we have Ryan Trecartin, who speaks diva absurdity fluently. Trecartin's livetweeted photo report from inside the tent is...
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Posted by greg at 7:32 PM

November 12, 2011

Marina Knows What She Is Doing.

At the invitation of Jeffrey Deitch, Yvonne Rainer has seen a rehearsal of Marina Abramovic's performance art project for this year's MoCA Los Angeles gala. And in a new letter to Deitch, she has refined and reiterated her condemnation of...
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Posted by greg at 3:36 PM

November 11, 2011

What I Looked At Today: Anne Truitt

Insurrection, 1962, image: corcoran.org I needed to see some hard-to-find Chris Burden catalogues--more on that later, but soon--and the quickest place I could find them was the Corcoran School's library. I called ahead, and they had them waiting for...
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Posted by greg at 10:38 PM

November 10, 2011

MoMA Sculpture Garden Fire Escape

You'd think I'd learn the importance of clearing browser tabs by now. I've had this eBay listing open for a couple of weeks now, thinking I'd buy it. And then last night I decided to pull the trigger. And...
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Posted by greg at 9:32 PM

November 7, 2011

'The Gate' By BHQF, Curated At Sotheby's By Vito Schnabel

In 2005, designer Ian Adelman and his colleagues spotted The Gate chasing Robert Smithson's posthumously realized Floating Island. Adelman snapped a photo, which ended up on the front page of the New York Times. It was only revealed some...
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Posted by greg at 10:39 PM

Paul Thek's Tatlin's Monument

Paul Thek's birthday was last week, so I probably should have posted this photo of his re-creation of Tatlin's Monument to the Third International then. Thek installed this version of his Tower of Babel at his only US museum...
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Posted by greg at 1:36 PM

The Terracotta Army Of The Internet Archive

Not sure what's cooler about JWZ's post about visiting the repurposed Christian Science church that is now The Internet Archive's San Franscisco Mothership: their slick and simple book digitizing station setup, or the "terracotta army of avatars of their long-term...
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Posted by greg at 9:41 AM

Luminous Canvas, Sham Paris

Sweet, near the end of World War I, Paris planned and began construction on a "Sham Paris," decoy trains, stations, avenues and factories, to confuse German aerial bombers. Above, a detail from the photo, "Luminous canvas on the ground...
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Posted by greg at 7:23 AM

November 6, 2011

Same But Different: Charles Ray And Le Grand K

I count it as a matter of pride and oddly satisfying accomplishment to learn I'd been thinking some of the same things about the International Prototype Kilogram that Charles Ray was thinking about the International Prototype Kilogram. Picture Piece:...
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Posted by greg at 4:47 PM

November 5, 2011

There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

The classic saying, so closely associated with the conservative icon economist Milton Friedman, just sort of came out last night during a brief Twitter discussion with Bill Powhida and Magda Sawon about what, exactly, my point is on Rirkrit...
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Posted by greg at 11:47 PM

November 4, 2011

Sachs X Ikea X Judd: Great Minds Think Ikea

For he that hath eyes and was paying attention last year, The Selby let him see. For the rest of us, the show at Sperone Westwater is the first time to see Tom Sachs' awesome Donald Judd furniture hacked...
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Posted by greg at 10:46 PM

howtospendit.com +rirkrit

Thanks to Awl for reminding me that not everyone is not talking about Rirkrit Tiravanija's sexy, blingy objects. I'd found this last week, but it was crashing my browser, and it may do the same to yours, probably because it's...
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Posted by greg at 5:29 PM

November 3, 2011

Richard Prince And Friends

I've tweeted on this a bit already, but it's really worth repeating: Richard Prince's appeal of the Patrick Cariou copyright infringement decision is a really great read. The brief was filed last week, and I finally got around to...
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Posted by greg at 12:34 PM

November 2, 2011

The View Of Punishment Park From Zuccotti Park

Punishment Park? How did I not know about Peter Watkins' incendiary 1971, anti-war, anti-fascist, faux-news documentary? I mean, it was the movie Rirkrit chose to broadcast on his unlicensed TV station in the Guggenheim. I sat in Anthology's rickety...
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Posted by greg at 3:07 PM

November 1, 2011

Sarah Sze Street View

Just this morning, while I was watching Sarah Sze's 2010 lecture at the Smtihsonian American Art Museum, and she was showing videos of her installations for the first time [borrowed, with permission, she said, from various YouTube users, which is...
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Posted by greg at 1:49 PM

October 31, 2011

Dazzle Camo Colour Chart

Razzle dazzle camouflage painting was not, as the photographs would have you believe, entirely black and white. [For that matter, neither was WWI itself, but that is a matter for another day.] In any case, British camoufleur Norman Wilkinson...
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Posted by greg at 11:19 PM

Blue Room And Love Seat, By Jason Rhoades

I love a lot of Jason Rhoades' work, but only have a little. I wish I'd known about this sooner: Blue Room and Love Seat is an edition produced with 1301PE's Brian Butler in 1995, maybe when it was still...
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Posted by greg at 10:27 PM

TV Power To The We, The People

A piece I left out of my Rirkrit's blingy objects post yesterday may be more important than I originally thought, and for more reasons than its shininess. Untitled 2005 (the air between the chain-link fence and the broken bicycle...
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Posted by greg at 6:27 PM

October 30, 2011

Transactional Aesthetics, Or The Highly Collectable Rirkrit Tiravanija

I've been writing this post in my head for months, years, even, but so many pieces have piled up in my browser tabs, it's slowing my computer down. And plus, this weekend MoMA announced that they acquired and will exhibit...
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Posted by greg at 3:40 PM

October 27, 2011

Here There, There Here, And Everywhere

I'm so blown away by this. RO/LU's and welcomeprojects' project for this year's High Desert Test Sites was called Here There, There Here. To call it a contemporary nod to earthworks almost feels backward; it's like the earthworks movement...
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Posted by greg at 10:48 PM

October 26, 2011

Queen Victoria Silk Newspaper

Well that's kind of fantastic, like Victorian- era Rauschenberg. Apparently, to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's to the Isle of Jersey, The Jersey Herald printed copies of the September 11, 1846 edition of the newspaper on silk panels, which were...
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Posted by greg at 11:18 AM

Artforum Reviews Jacob Kassay Press Release

Huh. I guess Artforum's back-of-the-book review section does not purport to ignore the art market's overdetermining forces any more. Ben Carlson's review of Jacob Kassay's show this summer at L&M Arts in Los Angeles is framed around the burning...
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Posted by greg at 9:30 AM

October 23, 2011

#OccupyMarkdiSuvero

Joie de Vivre, Mark di Suvero, Zuccotti Park, detail of image via ourtravelpics.com Or maybe #OccupyJoiedeVivre, then? Either way, please tell me I'm not the first or only one to think of this. Actually, please tell me someone's already...
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Posted by greg at 3:08 PM

October 21, 2011

On Gerhard Richter And Comdr. Edward Steichen

See, this is why I wonder about whether Gerhard Richter, "shocked" by seeing Edward Steichen's MoMA exhibit Family of Man in West Berlin in 1955 while he was a student, ever went on to research Steichen's earlier photography exhibitions,...
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Posted by greg at 12:48 PM

Gerhard Richter On The Family Of Man

The Tate video of Nic Serota and his team in Gerhard Richter's studio is nice for many reasons: it includes some squeegee action scenes from Corrina Belz's Gerhard Richter Painting [which I'm trying to get a copy of; Is...
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Posted by greg at 9:55 AM

October 20, 2011

How To Make An Ansel Adams-Style Photomural / Folding Screen

I'm sure photomural historians out there are chuckling, wondering when I was finally going to catch up on this, but HOLY CRAP, PEOPLE! ANSEL ADAMS PHOTO MURALS! Alright, it's not quite so unknown. The Polaroid ransacking auction last year at...
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Posted by greg at 7:33 PM

October 15, 2011

Doug Rickard At Pier 24

Via Wayne Bremser comes this nice interview with Doug Rickard, who talks about his Google Street View photo project, A New American Picture. Rickard is in HERE, an exhibit of at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. [Bremser's notes...
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Posted by greg at 5:11 PM

October 14, 2011

Blowing Up Tanks: Ellsworth Kelly And The Camouflage Secret Army

ce ci n'est pas un Razzle Dazzle? Ellsworth Kelly, Study for Meschers, 1951, moma When tiny scans of Gwyneth Paltrow's Interview interview with Ellsworth Kelly first appeared on tumblr, the only thing you could read was his pullquote about...
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Posted by greg at 9:57 AM

October 13, 2011

Welcome To The Talus Dome! Ball -Nogue Shiny Balls

Hoo man, David has an interview with Ball and Nogue about their High Desert Test Site project which is called Yucca Crater, and which appears to be an earthwork, but is man-made. It's a tricked out plywood recreational structure...
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Posted by greg at 10:28 PM

Guggenheim Color by Fine Paints of Europe

Karen Meyerhoff, Managing Director of Business Development at the Guggenheim Museum, and my new hero:People come to an art museum in part to be inspired by the works of art on view there. And we develop an emotional relationship with...
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Posted by greg at 8:57 AM

October 12, 2011

The Plying Of Lot 52

This is pretty awesome. Or it was, for the second there when I first saw the thumbnail in the lot list and thought Maurizio was channeling Baldessari or Prince or whomever. It'd still make a nice painting, though. And it...
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Posted by greg at 4:37 PM

October 11, 2011

'The Movie Is Called Eden Rock...'

It's all in the book, so you could definitely buy it and read about it in depth, but it didn't occur to me until Brian Dupont tweeted about it ["Aspen : #OccupyWallSt :: St. Barts : Canal Zone. Every apocalypse...
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Posted by greg at 5:56 PM

Here Is The International Prototype Kilogram Again

Ever since Wired's article on the history of the International Prototype Kilogram, or Le Grand K, and the debate over its replacement, I've been thinking I'd write something about them again. So I went back to reread my 2009 post...
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Posted by greg at 11:09 AM

It's Dick's Chick In A Box

You know, for a couple of weeks now, I've had this thing Bomb Magazine tumbld sitting in my browser, some teaser for their archive about Richard Serra dangling a chicken in Rauschenberg's face at Yale, which, of course, he did,...
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Posted by greg at 7:59 AM

October 10, 2011

Practice Practice Practice

From the Frieze blog, the Goldsmiths brain trust answers the burning question, "How to get to Turbine Hall"?:'Eleven Statements Around Art Writing' is co-authored by the teaching team -Maria Fusco, Michael Newman, Adrian Rifkin and Yve Lomax - of MFA...
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Posted by greg at 11:03 PM

Rijksoverheid Rood 3: Missed A Spot

I now know that the bubbles sand right out. But what I learned this time is the importance of checking to see if you missed any spots in your smooth, monochrome surfaces before you clean up your brush and...
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Posted by greg at 10:57 PM

On John Neuhart, 1928-2011

I was very saddened to learn that the great designer John Neuhart passed away last month. He and his wife and fellow designer Marilyn were early and influential colleagues of Ray and Charles Eames, and have been heavily involved...
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Posted by greg at 5:53 PM

Hirayama Masanao Mylar Ghost Master

If I've accomplished little else with my grandiose ambitions for my satelloon fetish, it has at least turned me into several people's go-to guy for odd projects involving shiny balls and/or large amounts of Mylar. So thanks Michael Dumontier...
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Posted by greg at 8:05 AM

October 6, 2011

Untitled [Extra Street View]

I'm bummed to miss it but "While You Wait," a group show organized by Brian Dupont in Extra Gallery, his Chelsea art firm's expropriated lobby is opening right now. [Spoiler alert on the venue's lobbyness? I can't quite tell,...
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Posted by greg at 5:51 PM

October 5, 2011

Holy Smokes, THAT Doug Rickard!

At MoMA yesterday, I was talking about some Google Maps and Street View projects with a trustee, who was all, "There's an artist in the New Photography show that uses Google Maps, they're stunning!" And it only occurred to...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 AM

Extra Street View

So I got the piece installed last night for "While You Wait...", organized by Brian Dupont. It really only works in the daylight, so I won't know yet how it actually looks, but it went in just as I...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 AM

Richter Schtick

For the record, I think a press conference is a pretty suboptimal forum for discussing art, even worse than for discussing film. So while I was first leaning towards laughing at Gerhard Richter's apparently gruff, uselessly short-for-a-sound-bite answers at yesterday's...
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Posted by greg at 10:08 AM

October 4, 2011

Canal Zone Yes Rasta &c. In The Brooklyn Rail

Holy smokes, The Brooklyn Rail reviewed Canal Zone Richard Prince Yes Rasta:Appropriation art is such an accepted part of the contemporary vernacular that some already find it passé--or at the very least no longer trendy. Gagosian isn't exactly at the...
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Posted by greg at 6:51 AM

October 3, 2011

Creative America

This interior shot of Fuller/Sadao's US Pavilion at Expo67 almost has it all: installation view of the giant paintings Lichtenstein, Newman, Warhol and Johns made for Alan Solomon's American Painting Now; plus a giant photomural of the moon, perfect...
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Posted by greg at 8:42 AM

Shadows To The Left Of Me, Shadows To The Right Of Me

I'll probably write some more about Andy Warhol's Shadows, but I want to find more details about its creation and Heiner Friedrich's involvement. In the mean time, though, I just came across a 1985 Richard Serra quote from the Pratt...
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Posted by greg at 7:18 AM

October 1, 2011

Rijksoverheid Rood 2

Here's a look I'm calling Red Steel. The other side. These stalactites form after the panels are put away to dry, I guess by the paint settling across the surface. Then I have to sand them down before doing the...
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Posted by greg at 11:58 AM

September 30, 2011

What I Looked At Today: NGA Monochromes

Well, let's just get this out of the way: if you can only see one Warhol exhibition in Washington this year, see Shadows. The Warhol Headlines show is very slight. It's hard to call it a highlight, but a series...
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Posted by greg at 9:32 PM

'Defining of Art Assailed'

I-- hmm:Pointing out that the museum's difficulties in importing art duty free have arisen out of the present tariff law's definition of art, Mr Packard said that it was not the function of government to define art "any more than...
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Posted by greg at 9:03 AM

On The Nightmare Of The Rack

Kriston Capps' tweet to Powhida about art and immortality instantly reminded me of RH Quaytman's conversation with Steel Stillman, which ran in Art in America last summer, and which upended my own comfortable memory of first encountering Quaytman's little...
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Posted by greg at 7:38 AM

September 29, 2011

Autoprogettazione Items I Didn't Win On eBay

Mondo Patrick tipped me off to this a little while back, and for a while there, it was kind of turning my table world upside-down. It's an autoprogettazione table by Enzo Mari, of course, model 1123 xE, one of...
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Posted by greg at 9:34 PM

But Is It Art? c. MoMA 1936

The story of Constantin Brancusi's Bird in Space getting hung up at US Customs in 1926, which did not believe it was a work of art, is well-known. [Just for fun, here's a story about Richard Feigen smuggling a Brancusi...
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Posted by greg at 10:48 AM

September 28, 2011

Swedish Splinter Camo And The New Aesthetic

"K32 HMS Helsingborg Anchored off Gotska Sandoen, cropped," wikipedia via tna Every time I go back to James Bridle's tumblr The New Aesthetic, I'm like, "The New Aesthetic! I'm soaking in it!" and remind myself to visit more often....
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Posted by greg at 11:04 PM

Gerhard Richter Strip Show

Gerhard Richter: Peinture 2010-2011, installation view, Marian Goodman Paris, image via Yes, well. While everyone is transfixed with Gerhard Richter's c. 2009 on-camera squeegee technique, the artist himself has moved on to a schmear of the digital kind. Gerhard...
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Posted by greg at 9:34 PM

September 27, 2011

Off The Golden Record

I was stoked to see [thanks to Paul's link from the Walker's Off Center] that Trevor Paglen included Murmurs of Earth on the reading list he shared with art21. The book is the authoritative account of the making of...
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Posted by greg at 9:47 PM

What I Looked At Today: Gerald Murphy

Sometimes I really just am slow to put things together. I mean, I've written at length, ad nauseam, even, about the history of Mark Cross. Mondo-Blogo had a huge post months ago about what Superfreaks they are. There's the...
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Posted by greg at 10:58 AM

September 26, 2011

This Week In Revolutionary Twitter Juxtapositions

I need a way to put the people in my Twitter feed in touch with each other. Because what are we fighting for, if not the right to all 50 flavors of Doritos?...
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Posted by greg at 5:10 PM

Hopping MAD

No disrespect for DPC and whoever else he sends off with The Digital, but Jill Krementz' photoreport from the Picasso to Koons: Artist as Jeweler show at the Museum of Arts and Design, or the MAD1 is the mad-funniest...
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Posted by greg at 1:42 PM

HUNK

San Francisco collector Harry "Hunk" Anderson's 1973 letter to Leo Castelli is now in the Archives of American Art. I am going to take a wild guess and say that his awesome letterhead was designed by his good friend...
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Posted by greg at 9:52 AM

September 22, 2011

Google Evert View

In her post about how her Mario Kart reflexes started cropping up while she was driving a real car, Sally Adee introduced me to a new term, "everting," which William Gibson introduced in his 2007 novel, Spook Country, and which...
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Posted by greg at 10:25 PM

September 21, 2011

It's All About The Tiravanijas, Baby

Rirkrit Tiravanija, ink on paper, shown at Gavin Brown's Enterprise in Nov-Dec 2008 as part of JG Reads, image: detail of a shot by James Nova from the opening. j-No has more images of two other dollar bill drawings....
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Posted by greg at 7:44 PM

September 20, 2011

What I Looked At Today: Ellsworth Kelly's Writing

Spectrum IV, 1967, image via moma Amazing how you can look at something so often, for so long, how you can like it, seek it out, even, follow it, poke around the awesome/odd parts, all without really realizing what...
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Posted by greg at 10:33 PM

The Glancer Is Present

For his performance/project The Long Glance, Brooklyn-based artist Jonathan VanDyke spent 40 hours standing in front of and looking at Jackson Pollock's painting Convergence, 1952 at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo. He carried this out over the course of...
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Posted by greg at 9:53 PM

September 19, 2011

Two Of These Things

As those who kindly email me about run-on italics--and those who don't--know, I don't actually visit this site site as often as I probably should. Which is part of the reason I didn't notice until just now this nice side-by-side...
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Posted by greg at 8:46 PM

Cady's Got A Gun

Cady Noland's Tanya as Bandit, 1989, General Idea, and Guerrilla Girls at MoMA, 2010, image via greeds Welcome to another installment of Things I've Been Meaning To Post For Months. Only this time, the longer I wait, the more...
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Posted by greg at 11:50 AM

September 16, 2011

What Ikea Lack

Once again, I'm getting burned for procrastinating on a project. And once again, I'm forced to reckon with how susceptible we are to the illusion a company can create of cultural stability and reliability, even as it constantly effects changes...
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Posted by greg at 10:14 PM

September 15, 2011

Filming Gerhard Richter Painting

Gotta get a piece of that Gerhard Richter Painting. After completing a documentary about the artist's Cologne Cathedral stained glass windows in 2007, filmmaker Corinna Belz began working on another project, filming Richter at work in his studio. She...
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Posted by greg at 11:32 PM

Small World Keeps On Turning

image: nymag The awesomeness of David Byrne's giant, inflatable globe shoved under the High Line gives us a good chance to look back. To remember David Byrne's pioneering show of PowerPoint Art at Pace in 2003. And also to...
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Posted by greg at 7:06 AM

September 13, 2011

FS: Dan Flavin, Light Fixtures Not Included

When is a Flavin not a Flavin? Lot 3 in the upcoming contemporary sale at Christie's London is a work by Dan Flavin, or at least part of one. Untitled (to Marianne II) is a signed diagram for a...
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Posted by greg at 11:52 AM

September 10, 2011

A Tension: Matt Connors At VeneKlasen Werner In Berlin

My Suitor, Matt Connors, image: vwberlin FInally, images of Matt Connors' show, Line Breaks, which just opened at VeneKlasen Werner in Berlin. I've slowly/recently come to find his work rather captivating, and after he posted a teaser image or...
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Posted by greg at 11:23 PM

A Photomural On Governors Island

It was the other night, while Googling around for Tris Vonna-Michell info, that I found my way back to Carefully Aimed Darts, an awesome art-related weblog which went dormant about a year and a half ago. And I remembered...
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Posted by greg at 10:12 PM

September 9, 2011

On Vern Blosum At MoMA

"You cannot imagine how happy I was to read your email." That was the almost-immediate reply to my request to stop by MoMA's Painting & Sculpture department to discuss Vern Blosum and to review the collection file for Time Expired,...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 PM

Vern Blosum: Famous For 25 Minutes

So, my mind is kind of blowing because Vern Blosum is in a show opening tomorrow. Blosum's work was included in some of the very first exhibitions of Pop Art in the early 1960s. His deadpan paintings of objects...
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Posted by greg at 12:24 PM

September 6, 2011

I, For One, Welcome Our Black Mirror-Wielding Motion Control Camera Overlords

So you should really read Daniel Kasman's review of the Venice debut of Mark Lewis's awesome-sounding short film, Black MIrror At The National Gallery, because Kasman is sensitive to both the tone and surprise/reveal of the film in a...
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Posted by greg at 12:58 PM

September 5, 2011

Henry Billings Strafing Paintings

Another inadvertent Google find, also from the World War II School of propaganda art. In anticipation for an invasion of Japan, 1945 LIFE Magazine wanted to give the general public a fighter pilot's-eye view of ground attacks. Perhaps because...
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Posted by greg at 8:40 PM

The Greatest Photomural Ever Sold

Instead of jumping to the first search result, Google's "I'm feeling lucky" button should go to something tangentially related but certifiably awesome and probably better than what you were looking for in the first place. For the first datapoint...
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Posted by greg at 12:02 PM

September 3, 2011

Rijksoverheid Rood

So. Found the local Pantone shop and brought home a liter of Hollandlac oil-based enamel in Rijksoverheid Rood, aka PMS 485c. Ordered some small galvannealed steel and white aluminum panels, both paint-ready, and cut as close to A4 as...
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Posted by greg at 9:39 PM

September 2, 2011

'And I AM. An American Sculptor.'

Between 1981 and 1985, Paul Tschinkel and Marc H. Miller produced 17 episodes of ART/newyork, a subscription-based video magazine about contemporary art for use, incredibly, in public schools and libraries. Their 1982 interview with Richard Serra, a Yale classmate of...
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Posted by greg at 1:30 PM

What I Look At Many Days: Gerhard Richter Colour Charts

I am aware of the work of Pablo Neruda Gerhard Richter. I have not been reading Gerhard Richter: Writings 1961-2007 straight through, of course, but it's been with me a lot lately. And it's kind of annoyed me that there...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 AM

September 1, 2011

'Rirkrit Tiravanija's Favorite Farmer'

Chiang Mai farmer/laborer Lung Neaw has worked with RIrkrit Tiravanija for several years now. He helped build the artist's house. Tiravanija's footage of him has appeared in various gallery and museum installations. And Saturday, Tiravanija's film, Lung Neaw Visits...
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Posted by greg at 10:58 PM

August 31, 2011

What I Looked At Today: Kabinetstukken

So lately, I've been thinking a lot about The Dutch, and their politics and art. The Rijkshuisstijl and 1 Logo Project, which redesigned and centralized the Dutch government's visual identity, which happened to coincide with political shifts to the...
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Posted by greg at 8:57 PM

Ekphrasis

Sam Thorne in this Summer's Frieze looks at writers writing about looking at fictional art. He includes the hero [sic] of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, the post-poststructuralist filmmaker James O. Incandenza, whose lost masterpiece gives the novel its title:Incandenza...
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Posted by greg at 8:42 AM

August 30, 2011

On Roy Lichtenstein's Films, Also Prop For A Film

I was intrigued by Roy Lichtenstein's Prop For A Film when it showed up last summer at Phillips in London. Obviously, the main thing was the work itself: a large [3.5 x 8 ft] abstract, shaped field of Ben-Day...
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Posted by greg at 10:05 PM

August 26, 2011

Raumlabor At Storefront: Chairs X Urbanity

People walking the city streets with made-on-the-spot chairs. First there was the Chaise Bordelaise. Then it was the Sedia Veneziana. And yet, though The Generator by Raumlabor has had two incarnations at Storefront for Art & Architecture this year,...
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Posted by greg at 11:21 PM

Autoprotestazione

image: designboom Enzo Mari was brought in to design the exhibition at the Fondation Cartier, Vaudon-Vodun, African Voodoo Art from the Collection of Anne and Jacques Kerchache. It's simple and spectacular, and designboom has, as usual, rather comprehensive visual...
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Posted by greg at 12:10 PM

August 22, 2011

Not Steinberg, Wallace, Nabakov Or Qaddafi

Oh brother, I have this giant post mostly written about how Leo Steinberg's awesome 1997 lecture Encounters With Rauschenberg includes all these references that show that, not only did he recognize the intimate interrelationships between Johns' and Rauschenberg's early...
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Posted by greg at 3:26 PM

August 19, 2011

EPIC FOIA DHS

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security on the government's deployment of body scanner technology on streets and in roving vans. These are the three pages of the...
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Posted by greg at 8:50 AM

August 18, 2011

On The Nature Of The Office Of War Information

Via Tyler Green comes another awesome installment of Alan Taylor's photoblogging journey through WWII for The Atlantic. This time, a selection of stunning Kodachrome transparencies made by the Office of War Information, selected from the Library of Congress's growing digitized...
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Posted by greg at 4:08 PM

Johns On Rauschenberg: A Show In Tokyo

Fear not, I have not given up the search for the missing Jasper Johns Flag painting. The one which was in Robert Rauschenberg's 1955 combine, Short Circuit, a combine which was originally shown with the title, Construction with J.J. Flag....
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Posted by greg at 9:37 AM

August 16, 2011

Flip Books, Floats & Photomurals: More On Robert Breer

So wonderful. William Smith writes about visiting Robert Breer's home studio as part of Triple Canopy's publication in residency last Winter at MOCA Tucson. Which sounds like the awesomest boondoggle ever, btw: Breer famously composed most of his films one...
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Posted by greg at 10:03 PM

In The Actor's Studio

The backlog around here is so big, I was joking with a friend this morning that I should rename the blog, "Things I've Been Meaning To Write About." But for some reason, I can't let another day go by...
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Posted by greg at 7:59 PM

August 15, 2011

View Of New Amsterdam

I'm not sure why I'm so fascinated with the Netherlands, or more precisely, why it's the source/site/subject of so much of my art/object/image/culture interest. Maybe it's because of New York, which has always felt to me of a piece with...
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Posted by greg at 1:15 PM

August 14, 2011

On Robert Breer, Floats, Rugs & Flags

I've had Michelle Kuo's interview with Robert Breer [artforum, nov 2010] open in my browser tabs for months now, ever since Steve Roden posted about his incredible little toy Float, which was sold at MoMA's gift shop in 1970,...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 PM

On Being Karl Lagerfeld

Everyone was so hyped up about the extraordinary, long New Yorker feature detailing the hunting and killing of Osama Bin Laden, that well, obviously, I couldn't post about it at the time. But I was so pissed at Helmut Lang...
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Posted by greg at 1:18 PM

August 12, 2011

On Jacob Kassay And Collaboration

image: portlandart.net I confess, I was as taken as the next guy by the Shiny Object-ivity of Jacob Kassay's electroplated solo debut at Eleven Rivington in 2009. Next guys like Portland Art's Jeff Jahn, who wrote the show felt...
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Posted by greg at 8:44 PM

August 3, 2011

Well-Meaning Thoughts On Wohlgemeynte Gedanken

Busy? Oh, yes! But never too busy to turn someone else's PDF into an artist book! When @borthwick tweeted this yesterday morning about "a spectacular calibration failure at Google Books" where "Beautiful, digital errors become art," I knew I'd have...
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Posted by greg at 12:19 AM

July 31, 2011

The Great Picture, The Big Picture

image: the legacy photo project Where'd I get this link to The Great Picture, the world's biggest photograph taken with the world's biggest camera? In 2006, a group of photographers working as part of The Legacy Project, which is...
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Posted by greg at 9:42 PM

July 30, 2011

Conversation in Salt Lake City

Robert Smithson, "Conversation in Salt Lake City," 1972:There's a word called entropy. These are kind of like entropic situations that hold themselves together. It's like the Spiral Jetty is physical enough to be able to withstand all these climate changes,...
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Posted by greg at 3:16 PM

July 29, 2011

None Of Your 'Unfinished Business'

In the early Cold War of the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union countered American condemnation of its repressive actions in East Germany and Hungary with criticism of the US's internal policies of segregation and racial discrimination. Planners of the US...
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Posted by greg at 12:19 AM

July 27, 2011

The Unfinished Business Pavilion, By Leo Lionni

What's the opposite of writer's block, the thing where you have so much damn good stuff to write about, you're paralyzed into inaction? Because that's what I've got, and August vacation voids or not, I just can't help it;...
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Posted by greg at 10:33 PM

July 26, 2011

Gerhard Richter Drop-Shadow Redux

I'm looking into ways to paint on aluminum, and so I've come back to Gerhard Richter's 4900 Farben, which is made up of 196 Alu-dibond panels, each with 25 lacquered [aluminum?] squares mounted onto them. Whatever the exact process, they...
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Posted by greg at 9:31 PM

July 25, 2011

Once You Start Looking For A Flag

In Memory of My Feelings - Frank O'Hara, Jasper Johns, 1961 I'm long overdue for updates on the search for the Jasper Johns Flag Painting that went missing from Robert Rauschenberg's 1955 combine, Short Circuit. I'll get to them...
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Posted by greg at 12:27 AM

July 16, 2011

Mirror Construction, Mirror Stratum, Robert Smithson

Mirror Stratum, 1966, Robert Smithson, image via moma Robert Smithson's Mirror Stratum is a longtime favorite of mine. These crystalline and strata sculptures are like abstracted geological or topographical structures, which is awesome enough. But these mirror [there's at...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 PM

July 14, 2011

Dave Hickey's National Geographic for Esthetes

The short answer is yes, Dave Hickey's writing was even more off-the-wall in the Seventies, and you really might just as well scroll straight down to the song. Otherwise, I just brought home a stack of old Art In Americas,...
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Posted by greg at 12:26 AM

July 13, 2011

On Reliction, Sovereign Land, And Entropy

Underlying [literally] this whole Spiral Jetty situation is the fact that Smithson constructed the Jetty on so-called sovereign land, the land under a body of water--in this case, Great Salt Lake--that is claimed by the state under Public Trust doctrine....
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Posted by greg at 12:46 AM

July 10, 2011

On And Around Rozel Point

As you might expect, I've been going deep into the history and context of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty lately. I'm in Salt Lake City right now, meeting folks and listening and trying to gather some firsthand perspectives on the issues...
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Posted by greg at 11:07 PM

July 7, 2011

Site Specifics: Why I'm Bidding On The Lease For The Spiral Jetty Site

I've begun speaking to enough people on the ground that it wouldn't have gone unnoticed for much longer, but now word's got out that I've established a foundation to bid on the site of Robert Smtihson's Spiral Jetty, a...
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Posted by greg at 3:45 PM

July 6, 2011

Meeting Cy Twombly Changed My Life

In the Spring of 1991, I was about nine months out of school, and six months into a new job. After striking up a conversation with a documentary film crew from NHK at Tennessee Mountain in SoHo, I'd bailed on...
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Posted by greg at 7:07 AM

July 5, 2011

Miami Seat: Mari Thirteen By Jonathan Monk

Add Jonathan Monk to the list of artist Enzo Mari fans. For the Brussels gallery D&A Lab's show at Design Miami Basel Miami Wynwood Art Week Whatever Fair last month, Monk created Mari Thirteen, an edition of Mari's autoprogettazione...
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Posted by greg at 9:24 PM

July 4, 2011

Le Volume Bleu Et Jaune, SVP

I have no willpower. I was going to hold off posting about this incredible project found on an incredible blog until I happily scored the book, but I couldn't wait. Now I can only hope that my post will...
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Posted by greg at 3:11 PM

On Bremser On Google Street View

Doug Rickard, Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, 2008, "A New American Picture," via bremser Thanks to Joerg, I've had it in my browser tabs for almost a month now, meaning to write about it, but the TL;DR version is, Wayne Bremser's...
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Posted by greg at 7:09 AM

July 1, 2011

Projecktions

In May, Steve Roden wrote very nicely about Fionn Meade's "Time Again" show at Sculpture Center, especially the conversation between one of his paintings and a little-known photograph of Projecktion, a Blinky Palermo project from in 1971, in which...
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Posted by greg at 9:07 AM

June 30, 2011

On Tacita Dean's Photographs

As I mentioned the other day, I've been going through our storage space, getting these time capsule-like pops of memory from old files and boxes and stuff. One of the more unexpectedly unexpected encounters: print photos. I just don't have...
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Posted by greg at 9:21 AM

June 27, 2011

1994 Calling: Spiral Jetty

We're consolidating storage spaces between New York and Washington, and it's given me a chance to reorganize a bit. I found a couple of boxes my 1994 self apparently just threw stuff into, sealed up, and shipped off, almost...
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Posted by greg at 5:30 PM

Meridith Pingree's Got Your Catenaries Right Here, Boys

Meridith Pingree ----- Blue Curtain Meridith Pingree's in a show right now at Freight + Volume. Thanks, Anaba for the heads up on this fascinating-looking work. It reminds me a bit of Rebecca Horn's work, which, frankly, I haven't seen...
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Posted by greg at 7:09 AM

June 26, 2011

Sgarbian Backdrops

The near-universal consensus from the VIP opening was that the Italian Pavilion exhibition curated by art critic/Berlusconi apparatchik Vittorio Sgarbi was an unalloyed, over-politicized disaster. Yet so far, I have seen very little substantive criticism or engagement with it. Rome-based...
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Posted by greg at 2:41 PM

June 22, 2011

Rauschenberg Currents Event

Robert Rauschenberg's massive 1970 silk screen edition, Currents sure is hard to miss. And not just because it's 18 meters long. MoMA's copy from the edition [of just six] has been wrapped around the corner of the second floor galleries...
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Posted by greg at 10:36 PM

Ro/Lu Lo/Go

Ro/Lu is en fuego these days, in case you didn't know, and I've been lucky enough to get warmed by their fire. First off, they've been doing this Simple Chair project, an exploration of how and where our stuff is...
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Posted by greg at 10:06 PM

Working In The Medium Of Vinyl Wrap Art Car

Last year about this time, after seeing Jeff Koons's BMW Art Car, I tossed off the idea that artists could be cranking out vinyl wraps as artworks. Which I will happily assume is why designboom and Porsche had this contest...
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Posted by greg at 9:53 PM

June 20, 2011

Sheep Parade

After hipster bouncy castles and food truck happy hours, and shuffling like giddy commuters along a packed, 10-block-long sidewalk the size of a lesser tunnel passageway at Penn Station, I was forced the other night to contemplate the cheery,...
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Posted by greg at 8:06 AM

June 19, 2011

Up Newtown Creek, Or This, Anish, It Don't Stink

I've been moving art and life at our storage unit in Long Island City several times the last couple of weeks, and it's given me time to really look. Look across the water to the most spectacular structures built...
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Posted by greg at 11:13 PM

I Copy Therefore I Am Superflex

I'm always thinking of the Danish artist collaborative Superflex in terms of media or information, action or activism. But they sure can make some fine-looking, seemingly commodifiable art objects, too. A few years ago, as part of their Copyshop...
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Posted by greg at 9:50 PM

June 18, 2011

Out Of 'Out Of Practice'

Away | Out, 2010, Seth Adeslberger via Seth Adelsberger's evocation of Erased de Kooning Drawing in this work on found paper manages to be both calculated and offhand. It was one of my favorites in "Out of Practice," Baltimore...
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Posted by greg at 8:56 AM

June 15, 2011

ABC & POD at Printed Matter Thursday Night

So when I first published the Richard Prince Canal Zone YES RASTA book in March, I got some nice responses from people, including a couple of folks who suggested I look at joining ABC, the Artists' Book Co-operative. ABC is...
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Posted by greg at 10:29 PM

De Rijkshuisstijl & The 1 Logo Project

As part of their project Caché-Exposé, investigating the Netherlands' largely invisible detention and deportation system, the Amsterdam art & design collaborative Foundland documented obscure, anonymous detention sites around the country. Then they used a highly official, public system to...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 AM

June 14, 2011

What I Looked At: Sol Lewitt Structures

I finally made it down to City Hall Park to see the Public Art Fund's installation of Sol Lewitt structures. Which, first or now, you must watch the discussion of working with Lewitt at the New School. Go ahead,...
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Posted by greg at 7:13 AM

June 13, 2011

Dutch Camo Domescapes

I love it when a plan comes together. Or at least when several subjects of interest converge unexpectedly. It seems the Dutch art world is about to be decimated by sudden and substantial government funding cuts and reorganizations. [for angry...
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Posted by greg at 1:04 PM

June 9, 2011

Hey-Ho, The Art Institute Bought Short Circuit

Short Circuit, Robert Rauschenberg, et al, via the estate/VAGA I always [well, for a weekend or two last December, anyway] figured I'd find the original Jasper Johns flag painting that was inside Rauschenberg's Short Circuit before the Combine was...
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Posted by greg at 10:39 PM

June 8, 2011

WTF SPIRAL JETTY PAPERWORK MAYHEM

Holy smokes, this is like something out of Land Art Kafka. Tyler Green points to a just-published report by the Salt Lake Tribune's Glen Warchol: the Utah Department of Natural Resources is claiming the Dia Foundation's 20-year lease on the...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 PM

Water Pictures, by Marion Thayer MacMillan

I found a beautiful and odd book the other day, Reflections: The Story of Water Pictures, published in 1936 by Marion Thayer MacMillan. While vacationing in the Indian territories surrounding Georgian Bay on Lake Ontario, soon after the end...
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Posted by greg at 11:01 AM

June 7, 2011

'A Sort Of Collaboration'

Erased de Kooning Drawing as of 1999 at SFMOMA When we last left Erased de Kooning Drawing, the late, great Leo Steinberg had finally told his story about getting Rauschenberg on the phone in 1957 in order to sort...
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Posted by greg at 9:38 PM

June 6, 2011

Blue Memory By Gabriel Orozco

Looking back at some of the other projects of FREE SOL LEWITT co-curator Daniel McClean, I have basically concluded that we have been walking in a weird parallel in the art world for ten-plus years, without ever actually meeting....
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Posted by greg at 8:48 PM

Fuller Fly's Eye Dome Gets Miami Makeover

So everyone dutifully reproduced the press release about Craig Robins putting Buckminster Fuller's 24-foot version of the Fly's Eye Dome through a "historic restoration" by boat fabricator Goetz Composites, yet no one seems to have followed through with picture...
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Posted by greg at 10:41 AM

In Afghanistan Did Buckminster Fuller A Statecrafty Geodesic Dome Erect

US Pavilion at Jeshyn Fair, 1956, photo by James Cudney In the Spring of 1956, as the Jeshyn Fair celebrating Afghan independence approached, and the Soviets were well along in constructing a massive pavilion, US diplomats in Kabul thought...
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Posted by greg at 7:33 AM

June 5, 2011

Faux Sol Mio: SUPERFLEX/ FREE SOL LEWITT

So awesome, yet, so annoying. How did I not know of this? When it was going on? I was emailing with the Van Abbemuseum at the time about replicas of artworks, particularly their refabrications of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's Light Space...
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Posted by greg at 2:22 PM

June 4, 2011

Torn Scraped Triggered Erasure Produced

Lee Krasner, Bird Talk, 1955, oil, paper, canvas on cotton duck Lesley Vance on Lee Krasner, in Artforum's artists on ab-ex feature: At one point in the early 1950s, Krasner grew dissatisfied with some drawings she had been working...
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Posted by greg at 9:14 PM

June 3, 2011

Encounters With Erased de Kooning Drawing

You know what, it's the weekend. We can have two long Leo Steinberg-related posts at once. Read'em on the NetJets to Basel. Though he mentioned it in his most important piece of writing, which was also the most important piece...
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Posted by greg at 4:27 PM

Leo Steinberg On Erased de Kooning Drawing

So ultimately, Norman Mailer's off the hook. We know that when he wrote about Erased de Kooning Drawing in the 1970s, 1980s, Mailer fragged Rauschenberg for selling it--which he hadn't--as much as making it. And he got the title wrong:...
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Posted by greg at 3:38 PM

June 1, 2011

Norman Mailer On Erased de Kooning Drawing, Art

One of the more amusing Erased de Kooning references I've come across is from Norman Mailer. It's reproduced in his 2003 book, The Spooky Art: Thoughts On Writing, but it seems to date from either a 1984 lecture or even...
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Posted by greg at 10:04 PM

Talk Like A Venetian

Oh, the Biennale! So many people asking you what you saw! So many names you just read on the page, or the label, or the banner, without pronouncing! I'll be adding some Venice Biennial names to the official greg.org art...
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Posted by greg at 8:07 AM

May 31, 2011

On Erased de Kooning Drawing, Cont'd

Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953, "drawing | traces of ink and crayon on paper, mat, label, and gilded frame." via SFMOMA So the basic question, "What do we really know about Erased de Kooning Drawing and how...
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Posted by greg at 4:41 PM

May 30, 2011

'Art Doesn't Begin And End In A Physical Frame'

So I try to take a break from this [now rather long] exploration of the history of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing by reading my Avalanche magazines. And there I find an announcement for Oh Dracula, a 1974...
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Posted by greg at 4:20 PM

'FRAME IS PART OF DRAWING'

How do we know what we know, and when? For instance, we know that Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) is one of Robert Rauschenberg's most important, influential works. It's the kind of commonly accepted history that lands a piece in...
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Posted by greg at 11:59 AM

Grate Art

Oh, yeah. With this awesome cheese grater screen, Mona Hatoum has just won a 10-year pass in my book; she can do whatever she wants. Oh, really? It's called Grater Divide? And it was made in 2002? Well, her 10-year-pass...
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Posted by greg at 10:27 AM

Wall Works

I've always admired the series of site-specific Wall Works produced over the years by Edition Schellmann, even though I've never mustered the courage to buy one. Fear of commitment, I guess. Too nomadic. Well, no, that's not quite right....
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Posted by greg at 9:18 AM

May 26, 2011

Colorama

I really need a photomurals tag at this point. The Kodak Colorama billboard was installed in the Great Hall of Grand Central Station from 1950 until around 1990, when the station began a long-overdue restoration. Anyway, 18x60 foot backlit,...
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Posted by greg at 11:54 PM

May 24, 2011

Aarhus Madness

O wow. Olafur Eliasson's Your Rainbow Panorama opens Thursday on the roof of ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark. It's a 360-degree glass promenade which paints the cityscape with every color of the spectrum. Too bad the promenade roof's not...
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Posted by greg at 9:55 PM

May 23, 2011

Weight, Weight, Don't Tell Me

On October 4th, 1994, at an artist panel discussion for MoMA's Cy Twombly retrospective, Richard Serra made an offhand comment about how "The last century of art has been based on a misreading of Cezanne." To a young, impressionable...
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Posted by greg at 8:41 PM

May 22, 2011

'One Of The First Works That They Made After Becoming A Couple'

In Memory of My Feelings - Frank O'Hara, 1961, Art Institute of Chicago I've had a jpg of Jasper Johns' 1961 painting, In Memory of My Feelings - Frank O'Hara on my desktop for months now. It was one...
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Posted by greg at 8:36 PM

May 21, 2011

Powerless Structures, FIg. 19, 1998

All this Rapture hype reminds me of this old school Elmgreen & Dragset piece from their Powerless Structures series. Even though I'm sure the Rapture people are sure the two guys not wearing these outfits are goin' straight to...
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Posted by greg at 10:23 PM

May 20, 2011

The Secret Bauhaus's Other Ball

Andy helpfully pointed out this mirrored glass ball, which I'd missed in the catalogue for Phillips' upcoming design auction. Everyone knows the Bauhaus was a huge party school. And during the Winter 1929 semester, Oskar Schlemmer had put an...
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Posted by greg at 2:53 PM

May 19, 2011

Serra 'Designs His Works To Last.'

Well this certainly wasn't in his MoMA retrospective. There are rubber and neon pieces dated from 1966-7, of course, and because they look prescient now, Benjamin Buchloh's catalogue essay discusses early Richard Serra sculptures like Doors and Trough Pieces as...
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Posted by greg at 11:00 AM

Charline Von Heyl Is Reading Your Blog

Von Heyl-bait: Spatial Force Construction, 1921, Lyubov Popova A couple of weeks ago Charline von Heyl made a refreshingly badass presentation on painting at the Hammer Museum. [It was organized by UCLA's art department.] The tenor was quite different,...
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Posted by greg at 9:17 AM

May 17, 2011

ArtCash

ArtCash by Rauschenberg (top) and Tom Gormley, via nymag Whatever else it was, Billy Kluver, Bob Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman's Experiments in Art & Technology was wildly successful at never selling out; the collaborative was constantly broke and getting...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 AM

May 16, 2011

Police Action Painting

Police spraying protesters in Kampala, Uganda, May 10, 2011 [image james akena/reuters via cfr.org] I haven't been able to get these images out of my head since Brian Sholis pointed to them; they're stunning and disturbing at once. As...
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Posted by greg at 8:38 PM

Richard Serra Was Not Pleased With The US Government.

Richard Serra, The American Flag is not an object of worship, 1989, 288 x 376 cm One of the artworks ImClone CEO Sam Waksal bought from Gagosian but didn't pay sales tax on in 2000 was a huge, $350,000...
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Posted by greg at 10:54 AM

May 15, 2011

On Looking Into Tarkovsky's Mirror

I just watched Tarkovsky's 1975 film The Mirror for the first time as an adult, basically; when I saw it in college, I had no clue and was bored out of my gourd by it. In fact, for a...
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Posted by greg at 10:16 PM

From The Department Of Corrections: Side-Stepping

You never know what you'll find digging around in archives, even your own. While looking back at greg.org posts about Alexander Payne and Dany Wolf, I bumped into this gem from 2003, the reconstructed list of artworks Sam Waksal bought...
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Posted by greg at 6:44 AM

May 14, 2011

The Fall Of Bootleg (Empire)

In 1997 Douglas Gordon surreptitiously videotaped two hours of Andy Warhol's Empire during an installation in Berlin. He called it Bootleg (Empire):'I did a version of 'Empire', which was called 'Bootleg Empire', it is almost like the amateur version...
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Posted by greg at 12:00 AM

May 13, 2011

The Artist Presently Known As Man

Not quite sure what to make of this, but this image showed up this morning on the golden livestreaming page for Man Bartlett's piece, #140hBerlin. And though maybe he wasn't even born when it came out, it immediately made...
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Posted by greg at 10:14 AM

Leviathan Is Architecture

Believe me, I know how this looks. But also this. Balloons and the Grand Palais go way back: And anyway also this, Leviathan has a groin vault: and is the venue for a concert performance by minimalist composer and...
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Posted by greg at 9:35 AM

May 12, 2011

Sforzian, Deleuzian. Deleuzian, Sforzian.

"One idea could be using mirrors so photographers could do their jobs out of the president's sight line, the White House's Earnest said." My mind is blown and I am still picking up the pieces after contemplating the possibility that...
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Posted by greg at 10:16 PM

Point Break

Untitled (Point Break), 2010, Roe Ethridge, via andrewkreps This is in Le Luxe, Roe Ethridge's awesome show at Kreps, through July 3rd. Related: Crafting Genre: Kathryn Bigelow, a retrospective of the director's film titles, combined with her early videos,...
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Posted by greg at 11:03 AM

May 11, 2011

Photomural Collecting Not A Trend Yet

If my intermittent obsession with photomurals, and especially with the actual prints themselves, overlooked objects with a presence and character that feels now like a visual and experiential precursor to the monumental painting and photography of the contemporary era,...
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Posted by greg at 1:36 PM

There's No Escaping Leviathan

Hm, OK. I think we're in the clear here, satelloon-wise. It is true that Anish Kapoor's Leviathan is inflated, and 35 meters tall. But when you enter the Grand Palais to see Leviathan, you enter Leviathan itself. It's a space,...
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Posted by greg at 7:17 AM

May 6, 2011

And Then They Came For The Sarah Morris Origami Paintings

Oh boy, here' we go again. As @BDPNT, @joygarnett, @robertpearre, @shelawterry, and @Copycense tweeted, "Welcome to Cariou's world." A leading origami artist, Dr. Robert Lang, has filed suit along with several other designers, charging Sarah Morris with copyright infringement...
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Posted by greg at 10:08 PM

May 5, 2011

Richard Prince Deposition Book All Grown Up

"THE WITNESS: This could be a cool book." - Richard Prince Deposition Transcript, p. 328 Dude, Richard Prince just blurbed my book. Between the lawyers on both sides of Cariou vs. Prince et al, about 275 pages of the...
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Posted by greg at 10:46 PM

Tate Something Something Bricks Whatever

I've been thinking a lot lately of governments' relationships to modernism and, by extension, contemporary art, and the controversies that erupt around it. So I was kind of stoked to see the headline in The Art Newspaper, "Revealed: secrets of...
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Posted by greg at 2:15 PM

May 4, 2011

Curators Gonna Curate, Politicos Gonna Politick

Tom McCormack's lengthy look at the contentious, suspicious history of US government support for the arts is worth reading for itself. But it also got me off my butt to write something that's been bugging me since attending the Smithsonian's...
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Posted by greg at 11:22 PM

Where is that Leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein?

So all this time, I've assumed it's common knowledge that I am planning to recreate a satelloon and exhibit it in the nave of the Grand Palais in Paris. And if the curators of Monumenta, the annual contemporary art...
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Posted by greg at 8:00 AM

May 3, 2011

Could Be?

via Eyeteeth | "File under: This could be art" Can't tell you how awesome this is. I would pay cash money to see the biennial that shows it....
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Posted by greg at 12:12 PM

May 2, 2011

The US Expo 67 Pavilion Has Seven Fathers

I'm getting pretty comfortable with my love affair/obsession with the US Pavilion at the Expo 67 in Montreal. I mean, it's got Buckminster Fuller; Alan Solomon curating gigantic paintings; photomurals; and satelloons, what's not to love, right? So seeing...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 PM

Tuymanmatic

Apparently the first footage released from inside Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound was shot on an iPhone with Hipstamatic's new Luc Tuymans filter....
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Posted by greg at 9:54 AM

April 29, 2011

The greg.org Evening Sale

Flipping through the lots for Christie's upcoming contemporary sale feels like diving into the greg.org archives. Besides the Rauschenberg combine coming out of the Ganz's closet, there's also: a great Johns White Numbers painting (1991) by Sturtevant. This text is...
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Posted by greg at 8:15 PM

Mister Rauschenberg's Neighborhood

Christie's is selling The Tower, a 1957 combine by Robert Rauschenberg which Victor and Sally Ganz bought from Betty Parsons in 1976. The work is a double portrait assembled from found, painted objects and light bulbs, and was originally part...
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Posted by greg at 1:36 PM

April 27, 2011

The Free Speech Movement Monument Was Censored.

In 1989, a group of veteran activists organized the Berkeley Art Project to create a monument marking the 25th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. Mark Brest van Kempen's conceptual proposal won the elaborate national competition and dialogue. It is...
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Posted by greg at 9:23 PM

Pass It On

In 1969, Rene Block in Berlin published Blaues Dreiecken, Blue Triangle, an instruction-based edition by Blinky Palermo. It includes a large triangular stencil, a tube of blue paint, a brush, and a print made with same. The instruction sheet reads,...
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Posted by greg at 7:09 AM

April 26, 2011

In Fighting Cubists Of All Sorts

Mr. Kenyon Cox expresses the views of a sound artist and a rational human being in relation to the so-called art of the cubists and the futurists in an interview reported in the Magazine Section of THE SUNDAY TIMES....
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Posted by greg at 8:59 PM

On John R. Pierce, Or The Satellite Has Two Daddies

Everyone [sic] probably has the story tucked away in their head that science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke was the father of the communications satellite. I only recently realized, though, that satellites have, if not a thousand, then at least...
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Posted by greg at 10:12 AM

Thomas Hirschhorn Stamps

I ♥ the fact that Switzerland had Thomas Hirschhorn make a series of stamps to mark his involvemente in the 2011 Venice Biennale almost as much as I ♥ Thomas Hirschhorn's stamps. Stamp | Crystal of Resistance [crystalofresistance.com]...
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Posted by greg at 9:44 AM

April 25, 2011

9 Artists/ 9 Spaces: OG Minnesota Awesome

Oh, RO/LU, you are so awesome for posting this. 9 Artists/ 9 Spaces was a public art exhibit organized in 1970 for the Minnesota States Art Council, while the Walker Art Center's new building was under construction. The concept of...
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Posted by greg at 11:34 PM

Did You Buy A Copy Of The Richard Prince Deposition Book?

Then please email me if you haven't already. greg at greg dot org Electronic or print, either one. Because I have something for you....
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Posted by greg at 11:38 AM

WTF Copyright! Photomurals At The Louvre

Good grief. When McDonald's in the Louvre made a giant photomural wallpaper from a Jake Dobkin photo of REVS & COST tags, which was included in a Hugo Martinez book, did they bother to ask either REVS or COST...
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Posted by greg at 11:05 AM

Witch Balls And Gazing Balls

I've seen a million and one lawn ornaments without ever noticing any connection to satelloons. And then I saw this odd ball self-portrait of Edwaerd Muybridge last spring at the Corcoran [detail below], and I"m like, big shiny Victorian garden...
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Posted by greg at 7:52 AM

April 24, 2011

Andrea Bowers On The Political Landscape

Thomas Lawson's 2010 interview with Andrea Bowers is like five kinds of great. It concerns the works in her show at Susan Vielmetter in Los Angeles, "The Political Landscape." Bowers' story of making a video piece about activist and Bush-era...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 PM

April 22, 2011

Verne Blosum Found! Or Rather, Found By Verne Blossum

You stumble upon something that Google doesn't know anything about, and you post about it, and then a while later, the other handful of people wondering about the same thing eventually email you, and you try to figure this...
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Posted by greg at 12:26 PM

April 19, 2011

Hotel Palenque Street View

I've been meaning to post more about this for months, but now I'm glad I waited. In January curator/writer Pablo Leon de la Barra posted Google Street View photos of the Hotel Palenque on his blog, Centre For The...
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Posted by greg at 9:01 PM

Robert Irwin's Black Plane

Andrew Russeth has a great post about the making of Robert Irwin's Black Plane. As part of the Whitney's 1977 survey of the artist's work, Irwin had the museum staff paint the intersection of 42nd St & Fifth Avenue,...
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Posted by greg at 2:09 PM

April 18, 2011

On Size Matters

And speaking of Richard Serra. I can't figure out how James Meyer's 2004 Artforum essay on the problematics of size in contemporary sculpture got by me until now. It ends too soon, but it's pretty great. Beginning with the overwhelming...
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Posted by greg at 10:22 PM

Richard Serra Drawings: The Making Of

Richars Serra's work, and especially his drawings and sketches, have a pretty foundational place in my art worldview. So I'm stoked to see the Met's drawings retrospective, especially after Brian Dupont's process-oriented perspective on the work and the show. I...
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Posted by greg at 10:13 PM

One Foot Scale

The curators of NIST's collection of historical and scientific artifacts have thrown open the racks in hopes of crowdsourcing the origins of some unknown pieces. On top of the list: this brass one foot scale, in a handy, fitted,...
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Posted by greg at 10:01 PM

Yes Rasta Indeed.

Another book report just came in, this one from Andy: "Bonus: ups driver was smoking in the truck. Box smells like weed." Thanks for partaking!...
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Posted by greg at 2:00 PM

April 17, 2011

1,000 Or 1 Chairs

Though there was some buzz about the "Chinese Embassy" on 42nd Street, which is actually the UN Mission, I wasn't seeing anything in the twitterstream about the protesting the arrest and detention of Ai Weiwei by restaging a global version...
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Posted by greg at 3:13 PM

April 16, 2011

Source Material

What is the point of books if you're just going to store them out of sight? I mean, just look at the back cover of A.R.T. Press's 1992 interview of Vija Celmins by Chuck Close. If only I'd had this...
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Posted by greg at 1:57 PM

April 15, 2011

An Artistic Discovery: The Congressional Art Competition

I know what it is, and what it's for, and where it is, and what what. But still. In a year when politicians' considerations of art have had considerable impact on art, artists, and the art world, it is fascinating...
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Posted by greg at 8:37 PM

April 14, 2011

Powhida Street View

As they say in Blurmany, this is ucking awesome. You, a new print by WIlliam Powhida at 20x200.com [20x200.com] Previously: Google Art Project, or Les Blurmoiselles d'Avignon Blurmany and the pixelated sublime...
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Posted by greg at 3:17 PM

April 13, 2011

That's Where All The Deals Are Being Made These Days

You know how at the end of The Player, Griffin is talking on the car phone to his erstwhile rival-colleague Larry Levy, who's driving through Century City, on his way to an AA meeting? And Griffin says, "Gee, Larry, I...
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Posted by greg at 11:45 AM

April 11, 2011

From Jasper Johns' A History Of Orgies

Barbara Rose called this partially obscured page of text "The most tantalizing fragment" visible in Jasper Johns' 1962 painting, Map, and speculated that it came from "probably ripped from a paperback book Johns had in his studio." The visible...
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Posted by greg at 7:53 AM

April 8, 2011

The Orgies Of Art History

Map, 1962, Jasper Johns, via moca.org For her contribution to the Jasper Johns Gray (2007) catalogue, Barbara Rose writes about the history and significance of Map, 1962, the artist's first big, gray masterpiece. Johns made it to raise money...
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Posted by greg at 11:12 PM

Process Color Street View

I kid about Jon Rafman, but it's out of love. Just check out this incredible pano of BF wherever stitched together from different CMYK separations. It could be a Rauschenberg or something. By which I mean it'd make a...
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Posted by greg at 8:35 AM

April 7, 2011

The Satelloons Of Buckminster Fuller

You know, every once in a while, I think that it's crazy to be considering satelloons as art instead of what they really were--aestheticized objects designed to be seen and exhibited. And then I'll catch a glimpse of Expo...
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Posted by greg at 9:52 PM

Device For Producing Light Effects

This is basically the funniest Oskar Fischinger post you will ever read. Oskar Fischinger's Love Machine [lacmonfire]...
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Posted by greg at 8:19 PM

April 6, 2011

Some Vija Celmins Interviews

This LACMA interview with Vija Celmins about her show there of early work is just great. [The show itself is great, too; it was first at the Menil.] No sooner did I watch it, than Celmins' name came up in...
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Posted by greg at 9:01 PM

April 5, 2011

Dwelling For Seclusion, By Observatorium

I'm trying to remember what made me think of this. I'm coming up blank. In 1995, Geert van de Camp, Andre Dekker and Ruud Reutelingsperger decided to work together to create space which facilitated longer-term contemplation. They called their...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 PM

Publishing A Book? Check Your Wok

So I try to create a book with as little creative alteration as possible, to hew as closely as I can to the court documents themselves, without changing, editing, or annotating them at all. OK, so I weave images from...
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Posted by greg at 8:58 PM

Quote Of The Day

Italics in original:Nan Rosenthal: Does the color gray carry for you a suggestion of ambiguity? Jasper Johns: Everything carries for me a suggestion of ambiguity. From the q&a in Jasper Johns Gray...
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Posted by greg at 1:40 PM

On The Execution of Maximilian

The Execution of Maximilian, Edouard Manet, image via national gallery Edouard Manet made three large paintings in 1867-8 on The Execution of Maximilian, a subject torn from the day's headlines, but which, because they were critical of Napoleon III's...
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Posted by greg at 7:43 AM

April 4, 2011

What Books May Come

Looks like Monday is Unboxing Day. Whether UPS or USPS, be sure to thank the union members who worked through the weekend to bring you your art nerdy books. The hardback with the current cover design [updated link, see...
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Posted by greg at 4:58 PM

April 3, 2011

ペプシ館 EXPO'70 Poster

image via Morioka Yoshitomo's online syllabus of Art & Technology I don't collect posters, I really don't. I just buy some. And then some more. But when I saw the description of this poster in the Getty's E.A.T. archive...
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Posted by greg at 8:26 PM

Google Street View's Shiny Balls

People often ask me, "What is it that makes your Google Street View Art so different, so appealing?" Actually, no one asks me that, they just send me "Hey, look!" emails with links to Jon Rafman and Michael Wolf. But...
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Posted by greg at 7:02 PM

Merz van der Rohe

When Kurt Schwitters died in 1948, his lawyer inherited the art the artist had held onto. After his death in 1956, it was dispersed. Sidney Janis bought this 1922 Kurt Schwitters Merz collage, titled er, and then promptly sold...
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Posted by greg at 7:42 AM

April 2, 2011

So Sue Me, I Think My Richard Prince Depositions Book Looks Awesome

Wow, can I just say that, when combined with the rapid production power of our digitized present, appropriation art is just awesome? I just got the first hardcover copies of the first version of the book I conceived of a...
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Posted by greg at 6:37 PM

April 1, 2011

The Sun Never Sets On Your Richard Prince Depositions Shopping Cart

You know what, in my six days as a published author, out there flogging his book, I find myself thinking, again, of Cervantes and Don Quixote. I mean, I it really feels like I'm living in the Quixotian name I...
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Posted by greg at 10:19 PM

On The 2nd Through 8th Tatlin's Monuments To The Third International

So I'm slowly making my way through the 35-page press release [!! those were the days, right?] for MoMA's 1968-9 exhibition, "The Machine As Seen At The End Of The Mechanical Age," which included a long-lost, recently stumbled-upon in a...
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Posted by greg at 9:02 PM

What Did People E.A.T. In 1971?

I recently found a poster for a Pontus Hulten exhibition at Moderna Museet called "Utopier & Visioner, 1871-1981," which I think may have come from Billy Kluver's own collection. There's not much information online about the show with that title,...
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Posted by greg at 1:45 PM

March 31, 2011

Size Matters?

As I have tried to make sense of the Cariou v. Prince decision, to figure out how Judge Batts found it so easy to dismiss Prince's detailed explanation of his transformative ideas and process, I can come up with two...
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Posted by greg at 8:31 PM

That's So Great! The Andy Andy Monument

We know that Rob Pruitt made the chromed fiberglass figure for The Andy Monument by bodyscanning his friend and collector, the Cincinnati former car dealer Andy Stillpass. But am I the only one who thinks the sculpture's face, too,...
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Posted by greg at 1:03 PM

OG Fujiko Nakaya Fog Sculpture

I may be too late to see the Getty Research Institute's exhibit on postwar Japanese art, but I think it's also past time I hotfoot it out there and start digging through the E.A.T. archives. If there are more...
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Posted by greg at 9:31 AM

March 29, 2011

From The Department Of Corrections: Archivists Do Not Find My Anecdotes Amusing

I guess if you think about it, archivists really wouldn't think it's exciting, or even that amusing, when you tell a story that wrongly makes it sound like they've been taking smoke breaks for 25 years, leaving their random blogger...
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Posted by greg at 9:47 PM

The Drawing Machine As Seen At The Beginning Of The Digital Age

Before I talk about Microworld, the 1976 industrial film made for AT&T by Owen Murphy Productions, let me just state the obvious, and get it out of the way: We are long, long overdue for a comprehensive, scholarly retrospective...
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Posted by greg at 9:03 AM

March 28, 2011

And Now For Something Completely Different

Enough Prince! Let's talk about someone else! Richard Serra, for example. Bellamy, 2001, Richard Serra, image via gagosian.com Did you know--I did not, which is why I am kind of fascinated to mention it here--that one of Richard Serra's early...
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Posted by greg at 2:00 PM

Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: Sample Spreads

Thanks for the support and feedback on the Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: Selected Court Documents &c., &c. book. [updated link info below] Some folks who ordered the electronic version--the first to get the compilation in their hands, since...
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Posted by greg at 12:22 PM

March 26, 2011

Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: The Book

from greg.org: Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: Selected Court Documents, &c., &c. in hardcover, 290pp. $24.99 [updated link info below] Because really, why not? It's always bugged me when I read a news story about a legal case,...
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Posted by greg at 6:38 PM

T-Shirt All T-Shirt No T-Shirt

Has it already been two weeks since I went to Rirkrit's show at Gavin Brown? Sheesh. Despite being there on a Thursday, there was no soup, but there were T-shirts. Nick was cranking them out, and I wanted to...
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Posted by greg at 12:13 AM

March 24, 2011

Richard Prince Decision? You're Soaking In It!

What with all this Prince in my head, I start seeing and reading and remembering things in relation to the Canal Zone case. For instance: In conjuring up a meaning for Richard Prince's Canal Zone work that fit the crime...
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Posted by greg at 9:27 PM

March 23, 2011

The Five Most Ridiculous Things About The Richard Prince Copyright Decision

Paddy and her commenters have already done a pretty good job sorting through the decision in the Cariou vs. Prince & Gagosian case, and there are other folks out there with far more expertise and time than I who...
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Posted by greg at 11:39 PM

Richard Prince's Spiritual America

Holy smokes, Richard Prince, Patrick Cariou, Larry Gagosian, Judge Batts, Bob Marley, Richard Serra [! I know, right?], Brooke Shields, $18 million in artwork, the fate of appropriation, the implosion of the gallery system, copyright apocalypse, there's so much...
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Posted by greg at 7:46 AM

March 22, 2011

Looks Like I Picked The Wrong Week To Give Up Everything

Holy crap, I go away for a long weekend, and what happens? The death toll in Japan doubles, The number of meltdowns triples [or something], We are at war in Libya, The Death Star has the T-Mobile rebellion caught in...
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Posted by greg at 12:22 AM

March 16, 2011

Enzo Mari X IKEA + 6-Year-Old =

So I guess you could argue--and you wouldn't be completely wrong--that no matter how many coats of hand-rubbed varnish it has, no matter how carefully calculated its design, or how flush its finishing nails, how stainless its many steel...
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Posted by greg at 1:02 PM

March 15, 2011

The Good Wife

You know, I tried. I really tried, but there just are not enough hours in the day. You can all take down David Colman's John Currin & Rachel Feinstein Style section article yourselves. Lord knows everything but the headline--"Their Own...
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Posted by greg at 11:57 PM

March 14, 2011

Animal, Vegetable or Minimalism?

Have we considered Damien Hirst's vitrine sculptures from the Wunderkammer perspective? Because the giant grab-bag auction at Pierre Berge & Associes in Brussels is stuffed [heh] with disturbing taxidermy, eerie medical/scientific specimens, and elaborate butterfly displays. Yes, that is...
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Posted by greg at 8:59 PM

The Second Meeting With The First Meeting Of The Erik Satie Society

I totally remember seeing John Cage's The First Meeting of the Erik Satie Society in the summer of 1994. An unbound version was on view at the Fuller Building on 57th Street. Susan Sheehan Gallery. It was on during...
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Posted by greg at 9:29 AM

March 13, 2011

I Am An American

I've written and been inspired by Ansel Adams' WWII Japanese-American internment camp photos for years, but inexplicably, I haven't looked closely at Dorothea Lange's. Paul has some intriguing examples at Eyeteeth. He also notes that Lange was actually covering...
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Posted by greg at 4:46 PM

March 9, 2011

Mormon Missionary And Companion, For Sale, By Jim Shaw

I don't know how this slipped by me, but now it's going up for sale tomorrow at Christie's: a very early Jim Shaw pencil & airbrush drawing from 1981 with the obvious-now-that-you-mention-it title, Mormon Missionary and Prostitute Making Each...
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Posted by greg at 8:40 PM

From The Mixed Up Files Of Basically Everyone

What's that, dear? Oh, nothing, just some legendary but unknown drafts for the first film adaptation of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale, by veteran Hollywood screenwriter Benjamin Hecht. After reading various references to the early 60s script, Jeremy Duns decided to...
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Posted by greg at 5:43 PM

March 8, 2011

Live From The Gramery Hotel

Warm nostalgia apparently equals d-bag public access video + time. Reading Andrew's report from the Dependent Art Fair, I kept flashing back to the Gramercy, and all the art in the bathrooms, and on the beds, and the insanely crowded...
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Posted by greg at 12:03 AM

March 7, 2011

19th Century Photo Murals

Holy smokes. Of course you know that blogger/collector/scholar Jim Linderman published The Painted Backdrop: Behind the Sitter in American Tintype Photography 1860-1920. Which would make him the go-to guy for anyone with some actual, original, extraordinarily rare, painted 19th...
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Posted by greg at 8:47 AM

March 6, 2011

Stainless Steel Brillo

So awesome. Is there nothing that can't be made better by Rirkrit chroming the hell out of it? Fear Eats The Soul, Rirkrit Tiravanija, through April 16 at Gavin Brown's Enterprise [gavinbrown.biz] Awesome photo of chrome stainless steel Brillo...
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Posted by greg at 8:35 PM

March 4, 2011

'200 Inch Photograph'

Yeah, there's photomurals, but anyone who's spent some time poking around greg.org might have found my even longer-lasting photo obsession: the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey [see background and making of info here and here.] The idea is to take he...
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Posted by greg at 7:30 AM

March 3, 2011

Oh, That's Right, Philip Johnson Was A Nazi

So I'm searching through the New York Times archive, trying different combinations of keywords to find references to photomurals at the Museum of Modern Art, and I find this intriguing 1934 headline:TWO FORSAKE ART TO FOUND A PARTY; Museum Modernists...
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Posted by greg at 10:42 PM

March 2, 2011

Lennart Olson, Photomuralist

In other seemingly obscure art historical news from 53rd Street: while Googling around on Compo Photocolor, I found this mention in a 1964 press release [pdf] from The Modern, which turns out to be a checklist for the newly...
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Posted by greg at 10:02 PM

'Coaxing the Illusion of Crisp, Clear Light from Pigment'

When I first came across the pixelated Dutch landscapes on Google Maps , I imagined the polygonal camo distortions hovering over the sensitive sites. From the ground, I thought, maybe it looked like a Gerhard Richter overpainted snapshot. But now...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 PM

Where To Make A Steichen-Style Photomural: Compo Photocolor

While trying to find out where and how to make a photomural, or at least how they used to make them, I found this slightly ridiculous 1966 Popular Science article about making photomurals in your very own home. And...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 AM

March 1, 2011

On War-Era Murals

The question or theme or whatever hadn't crystallized for me, but when Tyler linked to the previous two posts about Lt. Comm. Edward Steichen's wartime propaganda exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, he noted that "there's a lot...
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Posted by greg at 9:47 PM

February 26, 2011

How To Make A Giant, Steichen-Style Photomural

Looking through the installation photos for Road To Victory, Edward Steichen's 1942 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, I find myself asking two things: Who took these photos, and how did they make them? [Of course, my real...
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Posted by greg at 12:21 AM

February 24, 2011

The Road To Victory And Beyond

So in my ersatz zigzagging through the history of photomurals, I kind of skipped from Edward Steichen's landmark Family of Man exhibition in 1955, where Paul Rudolph deployed enlarged photo prints for content and experience, as well as architectural...
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Posted by greg at 10:56 PM

February 20, 2011

La Tour Eiffel Vu En Ballon

In 1909, balloonist/photographers André Schelcher and Albert Omer-Décugis took this picture from about 50m above the top of the Eiffel Tower. It is one of 40 images they published that year in a book titled, Paris vu en ballon...
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Posted by greg at 1:47 PM

February 19, 2011

Shiny Balls, By Gerhard Richter

Oh no! I mean, oh yeah! Gerhard Richter did do other steel balls. At the end of his 1973 interview with Irmeline Lebeer, he complains about my favorites of his series, the grey monochromes:the only problem with them is that...
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Posted by greg at 2:05 PM

Art Poster

Honestly, I don't know why I didn't see it before. The answer's staring me right in the face. And I was so close with the Serra, too. Annunciation After Titian, 343-1, 1973, Gerhard Richter [image via g-r] This morning I...
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Posted by greg at 7:32 AM

February 18, 2011

On Frieze At 20

Frieze has been around 20 years? That's crazy. I feel so old. I'm really liking the dips into the archives by invited Big Thinkers. Jens Hoffmann's picks focus on biennials and such. My favorite has to be Jenny Liu's firsthand...
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Posted by greg at 9:14 PM

What Other Photo Of A Giant Thing Would You Turn Into A Life-Sized Silkscreen Poster?

It's true, I like Mason Williams' 1967 Bus for what it is. But right now I love it for how it was made, the whole ridiculous, unanticipated, dogged, improvised, and ultimately successful process: the 4x5 negative; the 16x20 print; the...
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Posted by greg at 2:40 PM

Warhol Invented Twitter?

My Twitter feed is so complicated right now....
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Posted by greg at 11:45 AM

February 17, 2011

Bus, 1967, Mason WIlliams

A 1968 NY Times review of Robert Rauschenberg's giant Autobiography edition by Hilton Kramer was titled "Art: Over 53 Feet of Wall Decoration." And the abstract mentioned simultaneous installations at the Whitney and MoMA, so I was interested to...
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Posted by greg at 11:13 PM

Recognition Models

Air Training Corps cadets building recognition models, via CollectAir Looking for the "Plaster of Paris Aircraft Corp." and coming up empty [stay tuned], I did find plenty of aircraft made from Plaster of Paris: WWII-era recognition models used to...
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Posted by greg at 9:44 AM

Provenance

Wow, so I'm just throwing Jasper Johns' name into the archives of New York Magazine, and up pops this wild story from 1982 about Frank Waxman, a Philadelphia doctor who amassed a blue chip collection of tiny artworks by stealing...
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Posted by greg at 7:39 AM

February 16, 2011

Flags And Flags And Flags

Andy sent along this great ffffffound fffffflag picture, posted today on thekingof.tumblr. which reminds me of one of my favorite Johns riffs, the 2005 work by Jonathan Horowitz, Three Rainbow American Flags for Jasper in the Style of the Artist's...
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Posted by greg at 6:06 PM

Collages And Constructions, 1958

I think Robert Rauschenberg's Short Circuit was exhibited only twice in its original state: once in the Spring of 1955, in the Stable Gallery annual exhibition for which it was created, and once at the White Art Museum at...
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Posted by greg at 1:24 PM

'It's The First Time In History All These Four Artists Are Gathered Together.'

I cannot believe this has under 1,000 views. I'm only about 8:00 into this YouTube video, and already, Viktor Pinchuk is my hero. While anyone with a yacht or a palazzo could assemble a tranche of the art world...
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Posted by greg at 10:43 AM

Friends Of Alan Solomon

Johns, Flag: "American artist Jasper Johns has produced a distinguished body of work dealing with themes of perception and identity since the mid-1950s." -whitehouse.gov I've been trying to get a better sense of the first decade for Rauschenberg's Short...
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Posted by greg at 8:22 AM

February 14, 2011

The Great Letterpress Of The United States

During some recent archive dives, I've come across a ton of different letterheads. Apparently, people used to write letters to each other all the time, can you imagine? Must've taken forEVER. Anyway, one I particularly ilke is the United States...
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Posted by greg at 10:26 PM

Richter's Balls, Regrets

So I'm reading along in my new copy of Gerhard Richter: Writings 1961-2007--which is pretty awesome, and which does appear to supersede the artist's previous collected writings, The Daily Practice of Painting, which is good to know, but really, what...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 AM

February 13, 2011

MIchael Wolf Wins World Press Photo Honorable Mention For Google Street View Photos

Michael Wolf thought he would be provoking a heated response when he entered four of his series of Google Street View photos in the World Press Photo competition, and he was right. The "A Series of Unfortunate Events" project...
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Posted by greg at 1:27 PM

February 12, 2011

From Robert Rauschenberg's 1968 Autobiography

A couple of weeks ago, while stopping by the symposium attached to the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" exhibition, I saw a huge, intriguing Robert Rauschenberg work, Visual Autobiography, in the lobby of the Patent Building auditorium. I noticed it...
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Posted by greg at 4:21 PM

February 11, 2011

Goodbye Janette Laverrière

I'd say, "Adieu" or "Au revoir," but Janette Laverrière was as fierce an atheist as she was a communist, designer, and artist. So I'll just say I'm slow and sad to learn that Laverrière died last month at the age...
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Posted by greg at 11:45 PM

Exodus, 1997, Steve McQueen

One of my absolute favorite Steve McQueen films is one of the first ones I saw, a one-minute super-8 called Exodus. But until now, I'd never heard the making of story of this found scene. According to Carol Kino's...
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Posted by greg at 9:09 PM

February 10, 2011

Any Ignoramus In The Universe

Wall Text from MoMA's Picasso Guitars show, via @bryanthepainter I've been loving Bryan's tweets of the various pullquotes in MoMA's incredible Picasso Guitars show, but none more than this one from Andre Salmon in 1919, where Picasso apparently invented...
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Posted by greg at 11:03 AM

Spies Like Us

Demonstration from a STASI disguise workshop, via Simon Menner If Germany's a little touchy about Google's Street View panopticon, maybe it has something to do with how, for the last half of the last century, half the country was...
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Posted by greg at 9:10 AM

February 8, 2011

Which Flag Story? Which One Do You Know?

Flag, 1954-55, via moma The creation myth for Jasper Johns' Flag is well-known, and well-told. Like Leo Castelli's story of discovering Johns' groundbreaking oeuvre, fully formed, while he and Rauschenberg were raiding the icebox, and how Johns' first show...
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Posted by greg at 8:28 PM

Mientras Tanto En Mexico,

While poking around online about Tate Modern's version of the Gabriel Orozco retrospective, I found this rather incredible letter from 2009, written, apparently by Orozco himself, to his dealer Jose Kuri. The letter is an ostensibily-but-not-really private round in an...
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Posted by greg at 1:57 PM

Yves Klein, Ex-Voto Ex-Monastero

Sister Andreina holding Yves Klein's ex-voto for Santa Rita di Cascia in 1999, photo: David Bordes I get the sense that in the contemporary art world, an artist's religiosity or spirituality is often perceived as an obstacle, an eccentricity...
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Posted by greg at 7:38 AM

February 7, 2011

Google Art Project: The Making Of

Now we're getting somewhere. James Davis was Tate Britain's pointman for the Google Art Project, and he gives an interesting behind-the-scenes account of getting locked in the museum with the Street View Cart overnight:[It] seemed to me to be...
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Posted by greg at 9:30 PM

Noguchi Akari Lamps: The Making Of

Isamu Noguchi's Akari lamps have been manufactured at the Ozeki Lantern Company in Gifu, Japan since 1951. They are contructed from paper and bamboo using the traditional techniques for which Gifu's lanternmakers are famous. In Japan. [via @freduarte via @langealexandra]...
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Posted by greg at 1:36 PM

February 6, 2011

Google Ramp View, Or My Google Art Project, Part 2

Sometimes I can't tell when something is obvious, or when it's just obvious to me. But whichever this was, the idea came to me as soon as I figured out that the unidentified guy who was photographed at least...
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Posted by greg at 2:57 PM

February 5, 2011

My Google Art Project, Part 1A

Here's the introductory text I wrote last Spring for Walking Man - A Collaborative Self-Portrait With Google Street View. I made some proofs, but I'm still figuring out the best size. If I do decide to publish it, I...
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Posted by greg at 7:31 PM

February 4, 2011

My Google Art Project, Part 1

Last February, I realized that the subject of this awesome, distorted Google Street View portrait was not just a random pedestrian. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people around the world have been photographed once by Google's roving,...
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Posted by greg at 8:55 PM

February 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Gertrude Stein

May your wife have a cow every time....
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Posted by greg at 2:15 PM

Your Uprising Has Consequences

Hannibal Hanschke/dpa/picture-alliance/newscom via tpm Believe me, I've tried, but I can't look at this photo of protestors under a sodium streetlamp in Cairo and not see Olafur Eliasson's 2003 Turbine Hall installation, The Weather Project. image via mark barkaway's...
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Posted by greg at 7:15 AM

February 2, 2011

'Much To See But Not Much Shown'

I took the kid to see Merce Cunningham Dance Company's Legacy Tour the other night. And as I'm reading up on the funding of the Trust that will oversee Merce's choreography after the company disbands, I found a mention...
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Posted by greg at 11:40 AM

February 1, 2011

'The Excess of Unimportant Information'

Though to a guy making something called Atlas in his spare time it still probably feels pretty empty and limited, Gerhard Richter's website is pretty expansive. Via Twitter, we learn that his web elves have just added a quotes section,...
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Posted by greg at 1:55 PM

We Are All Google's Art Project

Nice, someone on the Google Art Project has a sense of art historical awareness, or at least a sense of humor. The gallery included in the British National Gallery contains Hans Holbein the Younger's painting The Ambassadors, which is...
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Posted by greg at 10:38 AM

Les Blurmoiselles d'Avignon

Alright, this is kind of killing me right now, not just with its awesomeness, but because I have been planning to do a very similar project, and also because like half my blog these days could be called Google...
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Posted by greg at 9:37 AM

January 30, 2011

Les Ballons de Léon Gimpel

Last week in my interview with Mike Maizels for Pinkline Project, I'd mentioned how the Grand Palais in Paris would be an acceptable art venue for exhibiting my satelloon project. Not only was the grand nave one of the few...
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Posted by greg at 8:11 PM

January 29, 2011

Having A Cow

After dropping in on the National Portrait Gallery's daylong symposium [it's still going on, in fact] connected to Hide/Seek just now, and though I only saw two presentations, whoa--I feel like a cigarette. Jonathan Katz, co-curator of Hide/Seek, titled his...
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Posted by greg at 5:50 PM

Pebble Beach Pollock Revealed! Or Scenes From A Boston Marriage

So much history-making postwar art missing, so little time! The Pebble Beach Art Heist had gone cold for a while, but now, thanks to a new website ["made on a Mac"!] it is flaming back to life. And for the...
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Posted by greg at 9:25 AM

January 28, 2011

Haven't Found Tacita Dean's Sound Mirrors Yet

Maybe it was me looking for Tacita Dean's Sound Mirrors that brought me there, but David Williams' 2009 post at Skywritings about Dean, Derek Jarman, Dungeness, gardens, Tehching Hsieh is pretty wonderful:Everything here has been found, salvaged, re-cycled from...
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Posted by greg at 4:46 PM

An Avalanche Of Awesome

I've been kind of busy, and I didn't want to get fingerprints all over the signed edition, and my few original issues are in storage somewhere, so I'm really only now getting a look at Primary Information's beautiful facsimile...
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Posted by greg at 3:09 PM

January 27, 2011

Abmassadorial Commodity

John Powers just retweeted it now in parts, and he included it in his epic Star Wars Modern piece at Triple Canopy last year, but this quote from "American Painting During the Cold War," Max Kozloff's 1973 Artforum article, is...
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Posted by greg at 9:38 AM

The Global Puppy On Terror

In reviewing Johan Grimonperez' 1997 film, Dial H.I.S.T.O.R.Y., which was exhibited at Deitch, Ronald Jones underscores artists' failure to, well, to matter very much in contemporary culture. And he reminded me of this, which I had completely forgotten:Paul Goldberger's...
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Posted by greg at 12:43 AM

January 26, 2011

Art In Process: Reading Finch College Museum

Now we're getting somewhere, even if it's only to the library. Since the Finch College Museum was originally [and wrongly] fingered as the site of the theft of Johns' Flag from Rauschenberg's Short Circuit, I've been looking for months...
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Posted by greg at 6:36 AM

January 24, 2011

People Sitting In Front Of Me

While I'm obviously no David Hockney, after a year or so, I see a Brushes trend emerging: people sitting in front of me. On the most recent one, I decided to pare it down. From the width of the...
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Posted by greg at 11:30 AM

January 22, 2011

Q For Institutionally Affiliated Readers Of greg.org: Res 10?

If you can see the full text of "On Collaboration In Art," David Shapiro's conversation with John Cage, published in the Autumn 1985 issue, (No. 10) of Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, perhaps you can tell me if it does, in...
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Posted by greg at 2:29 PM

From Solomon's 'The New Art'

A little Saturday stenography. Alan Solomon wrote "The New Art," a catalogue essay for "The Popular Image," one of the first museum exhibitions of Pop Art, organized by Alice Denney in the spring of 1963 at the fledgling Washington Gallery...
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Posted by greg at 9:51 AM

'Happens To Like Flags!'

So I thought I'd check Jasper Johns' bibliography to see if there was a review for Alan Solomon's group exhibition at Cornell, which included Short Circuit. There was not, but after seeing the first entry for 1958, from Johns' hometown...
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Posted by greg at 9:33 AM

January 21, 2011

'Construction With J.J. Flag'

tiny detail of a Robert Rauschenberg registry, dated 1957-9, which I can't reproduce in full because of the terms of access to the Leo Castelli Gallery Archive at the Archives of American Art Another day back in the Leo...
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Posted by greg at 2:03 PM

January 19, 2011

ETH Bibliothek Bildarkiv Jean Prouve-Lookin' Video Kiosk Thing

I tried searching the 150,000 million images in the ETH Bibliothek photo archive, too, but I sure didn't come up with one of these: One thing's for sure, though: if I were ever to show some videos on little screens,...
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Posted by greg at 8:53 PM

January 17, 2011

'Active Participation in the Life and Thought and Movement of Their Own Time'

Huh, so I'm poking around online for info on the Saarinens' unrealized design for a Smithsonian Gallery of Art [above is a SI photo of the model, built in 1939 by Ray and Charles Eames, of all people, perched...
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Posted by greg at 11:23 PM

Eye On Saarinen; Camo On MoMA; Photomural On Wall

You know what, it's been too long since we had a good, old-fashioned photomuralin' around these parts. And one that combines a bit of Google Maps-ready, roof-as-facade architecture? And camo? Even better. I only go to the Museum of the...
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Posted by greg at 10:03 PM

January 16, 2011

Like Some Michael Crichton Novel

Maybe it's the CSI-ification of everything, but as I dig through archives and piece together timelines, and interview people--oh, I haven't really mentioned the interviews, have I?--while trying to track down the story of Robert Rauschenberg's Short Circuit and its...
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Posted by greg at 11:01 AM

January 14, 2011

Stedenboek

This just in from the greg.org Department of Stunningly Beautiful Digitized Maps of The Netherlands: Bibliodyssey has some highlights from the National Library of the Netherlands' fresh upload one of the rarest and most beautiful atlases in history, mid-17th century...
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Posted by greg at 6:46 PM

January 13, 2011

'Loss of Painting - American Flag - Jasper Johns'

So here is where, after a few months of searching, I basically get caught up to the editors of Johns' collected writings, who noted in 1996 that Johns' Flag painting disappeared from Leo Castelli's warehouse sometime "before June 8,...
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Posted by greg at 1:24 PM

January 12, 2011

Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA)

Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991RB Before I knew you I saw something... You know what I'm going to say? FGT I dedicated a piece to Ross. RB Exactly. I thought, this is so sweet, I want to...
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Posted by greg at 10:25 PM

January 10, 2011

Bondeno Street View

Compared to Germany's digital scrim effect, the Italian Google Street View opt-out regime is extraordinarily, even romantically, naturalistic. Haha, no. It's a photo from Elmar Haardt's careful and unassuming project documenting Bondeno, a seemingly unremarkable small town in Ferrara. [via...
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Posted by greg at 9:41 PM

January 5, 2011

The Four Color Process Manifesto

One of the first Japanese sayings I learned was "Chiri mo tsumoreba, yama to naru," "Pile up dust and it becomes a mountain." At his incredible blog Four Color Process, John Hilgart continues to mine the gap between comic...
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Posted by greg at 8:08 AM

January 4, 2011

What I Looked In 2007 & Again Just Now: Myron Stout

Doug Ashford ended the 2009 presentation I just posted about, "Abstraction as the onset of the real," with a slide of this beautiful painting, Untitled, 1950 (May 20) by Myron Stout. Washburn Gallery had a sweet little early Stout...
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Posted by greg at 11:04 PM

'Art Directly Builds Who We Are - It Engenders Us'

I'm still trying to figure out quite what he said, but whatever it is, Doug Ashford said the hell out of it. Forget speaking or writing like this, I wish I could even think like this. Brains back on, people!...
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Posted by greg at 10:49 PM

'On Kawara's Last Piece!'

Maybe it was the news, or those long family car rides over Christmas with his cousin's evangelical radio station going the whole way. But Frank Wick has of late been considering The Big Questions of Life, questions such as,...
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Posted by greg at 7:26 AM

January 3, 2011

What I Looked At Six Months Ago: Douglas Coupland's Roots Paintings

Holy smokes, it's been 15 months since I found the Dutch Camo Landscapes on Google Maps; just over a year since I started systematically screengrabbing them; a little less than a year since Google's particularly beautiful Delaunay triangulation distortion...
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Posted by greg at 8:54 AM

January 2, 2011

Untitled, By The Pachinko Ginbasha Master Of Amakusa

A dismal, depressing subject can be made enjoyable by great writing. And the spirits can be lifted by an awesome photo at the end. These are my takeaways from Richard Hendy's travel/history/economics/politics/apocalyptic decline essay on Amakusa, a hardscrabble group...
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Posted by greg at 1:33 PM

December 21, 2010

'Someone May Have Located The Stolen Painting'

It's exactly the kind of scribbled note I dug through five boxes of Smithsonian archival material hoping to find: "Someone may have loc. stolen ptg. So Charles will talk to Bob about it." Well, I talked to Charles about it....
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Posted by greg at 9:43 PM

December 20, 2010

Browser Tab Cut Or Run

So much to blog, so little time. I may have to institute a new practice of dumping my interesting-looking browser tabs if I don't write about or use them within a month, or blogging about them. For example, ever since...
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Posted by greg at 10:10 AM

December 19, 2010

Whither Washington, Post-Gopnik?

You know, some things have just been bugging me about this Blake Gopnik/Washington Post situation. I deeply don't care about Gopnik in a gossipy way. I suppose if I were pressed, I'd be generically glad for him now that it...
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Posted by greg at 9:23 PM

December 17, 2010

Badass LEGO Instruction Manuals, Vol. 2

Did I mention that I got a copy of the 316-pg instruction manual for Lego Set 10179-1: The Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon? It is worth every penny. It is a thing of beauty. And gigantic, the first coffee table LEGO...
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Posted by greg at 9:34 PM

Lucienne Bloch's Muralphotos

I didn't realize how closely the Modern's 1932 Murals and Photomurals exhibition and the anti-communist controversy it provoked dovetailed with the far better known confrontation over Diego Rivera's rejected and destroyed commission at Rockefeller Center. Rivera had a hugely...
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Posted by greg at 2:22 PM

December 15, 2010

Ant Farm 20:20 Kohoutek Letterpress

I've been deep in the commercial letterpress lately, and neglecting my Ant Farm. Fortunately, Mondo Blogo is there to bring me back in line, with this awesome poster the Farmers made for 20:20 Vision, their show at CAMH. 20:20...
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Posted by greg at 8:38 PM

December 14, 2010

MoMA's Murals By American Painters And Photographers, 1932

New York, montage photomural, Berenice Abbott, all images via moma's 1932 catalogue I've been meaning to post this for a couple of months, but with museum censorship battles and political mural controversies in the news, what better time, right?...
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Posted by greg at 9:45 PM

The Gala As Art As Slideshow

The Gala As Art, greg.org, at #rank 2010 from greg allen on Vimeo. Here's the narrated slideshow I did at #rank during Art Basel Miami Beach. Many thanks to Jen and Bill for inviting me, to Magda for instigating, to...
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Posted by greg at 9:23 AM

December 12, 2010

Thomas Struth On Gerhard Richter

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a sweet Struth photo of the Cologne Cathedral, and somehow, Gerhard Richter's pixel-style stained glass window is not the most awesome thing about it. Also, is that a mop on that ledge in...
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Posted by greg at 2:47 PM

December 11, 2010

The Performance Art In Embassies Program

I'm trying to imagine this happening today, or this century--or last, for that matter--and I just can't. The best account of it I've found is from Calvin Tomkins' 1964 New Yorker profile of Rauschenberg, so I'll just quote him:[Rauschenberg and...
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Posted by greg at 8:11 PM

Television's Force Field Of Inaction

I realize I only tweeted it, and that doesn't count, so I'll say it here: Nick Stillman's essay about Chris Burden's television-based work at East of Borneo is great stuff:Velvet Water feels like the culmination of a thread that began...
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Posted by greg at 11:53 AM

Italian Line, Farm Journal

The New Yorker obsoleted my old New Yorker Magazine Database by finally letting Google index their website and adding a search function, and making their archive available online, and that's as it should be. But whenever I browse the...
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Posted by greg at 10:03 AM

December 10, 2010

Van Gogh, Haring, Razzle Dazzle: Car Camo Wraps

I love it when a tossed-off plan comes together. In this case, it's the idea of artist-designed vinyl car wraps. And camo. The Times had a great story about auto spyshots, and the increasing use of camouflage vinyl wraps...
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Posted by greg at 9:23 AM

December 9, 2010

Short Circuit Flag: Finch Is Off The Hook

There's some interesting background info as well, but the big news [sic] today in piecing together the history of Rauschenberg's Short Circuit is that Finch College is off the hook--and Holland Cotter is right after all....
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Posted by greg at 10:04 PM

James Turrell At Kijkduin

Does an Anglo calling The Hague "Den Haag" sound as obnoxious as one calling Florence "Firenze" or Milan "Milano"? This is not a rhetorical question. I really need to know. Celestial Vault in 1996, James Turrell, image via: stroom.nl...
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Posted by greg at 1:08 PM

December 8, 2010

Whoa, James Seawright

It's crazy sometimes how long it takes to see what's right in front of your face. I've been thisclose to artist James Seawright's kinetic and electronic sculptures over the last couple of years, and yet I only really discovered...
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Posted by greg at 10:46 PM

Gala As Art Talk: The Making Of

I was nervous, I admit, but I really had a blast last week giving my Gala As Art presentation last week at #rank. The crowd was great; the other #rank folks I met were nice, with interesting projects and...
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Posted by greg at 6:04 PM

December 7, 2010

Jasper Johns' 'Short Circuit' Flag: One Place It Isn't

After a brief break, during which I briefly pwned Miami Art Basel, the search for the Jasper Johns flag painting which was included in Robert Rauschenberg's 1955 combine-painting Short Circuit [above], continues. Actually, because I had to carry on...
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Posted by greg at 12:56 PM

December 6, 2010

Dance + The Whole World = The Whole World

Via Ubu comes a provocative essay, "Constructed Anarchy," from the poet and John Cage critic Marjorie Perloff. She takes the death of Merce Cunningham and the company's plans to dissolve after a worldwide farewell tour as an opportunity to ask...
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Posted by greg at 10:37 PM

Bruce Weber's Next Book Will Be Titled, Let Me Help You Out Of Those Wet Things

In my talk at #rank in Miami Friday, I called for more scholarship on the growing genre of yacht art. Which, via this NY Times Style section slideshow caption, now includes at least one work of hybridized performance/institutional book party...
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Posted by greg at 7:18 AM

December 5, 2010

Johns, Merce, Duchamp: Walkaround Time

image: walkerart.org Welcome to one of the oldest tabs in my browser: the inflatable balloon set for Merce Cunningham's 1968 piece, Walkaround Time, which is based on Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass, which was made by the company's artistic director...
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Posted by greg at 9:35 PM

December 1, 2010

'It Gets Better' Doesn't Mean The Bullying Stops

I recently went with my daughters to see "Hide/Seek" at The National Portrait Gallery. They're 2 and 6, so most of the content of the show is way over their heads. [Much of the work, like the vintage photographs,...
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Posted by greg at 7:24 AM

November 30, 2010

Henri LaChambre And His Nancy Balloon

Rather than post this beautifully composed 1895 photo of Henri LaChambre's rather awesome gas balloon inflated at Nancy, I should've freakin' bought it by now. Of course, my problem is that, now that I've seen it, I've filed it...
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Posted by greg at 10:59 AM

Drawing About Architecture About Music

I've got a lot of browser tabs to clear before I head to Miami. Am I not listening or looking in the right place, or is there really not enough discussion about MoCA's exhibition of drawings by the composer/architect/polymath Iannis...
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Posted by greg at 10:34 AM

November 28, 2010

'Relational Aesthetics For The Rich' - Friday 12/3, 1PM In Miami

It's less than a week away, and I can't believe I haven't hyped it yet: I'm giving a presentation this Friday in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach titled, "Relational Aesthetics For The Rich, Or A Brief History Of The...
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Posted by greg at 12:18 AM

November 27, 2010

Jean Nouvel Should Build A Better Bedouin Tent

At least now we know what NY Times museum building critic Nicolai Ourossoff has been up to lately. Just as I am thinking I need to add Saadiyat Island and the names of the grand new patrons of the...
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Posted by greg at 11:48 AM

This Flag Is My Flag. This Flag Is Your Flag.

Something Holland Cotter wrote today made me really think: "Short Circuit is a sweet reminder of Rauschenberg's collegial generosity; he believed in art making as a communal endeavor, and acted on that belief." Collegial generosity is certainly one way...
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Posted by greg at 12:11 AM

November 26, 2010

Wait, What? I Thought Johns' Flag Was Stolen From Short Circuit In 1967.

In his review of the Robert Rauschenberg show at Gagosian, where the work is somehow different because it is for sale, Holland Cotter explains Short Circuit's origin as an attempt to get his recommended artists' work into the Stable Gallery's...
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Posted by greg at 4:43 PM

November 24, 2010

Short Circuit 2: Wheeere's Johnny?

Alright, the search is on; I'm working to trace the history of Robert Rauschenberg's 1955 combine Short Circuit and especially to figure out what happened to Jasper Johns' flag painting, and when and how Sturtevant's flag painting got in...
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Posted by greg at 10:15 PM

November 23, 2010

The Photographic Book Series By Ofer Wolberger

Brooklyn-based photographer Ofer Wolberger is right in the middle of an interesting project: The Photographic Book Series, twelve limited edition artist books, each with a specific subject or theme. Sometimes he uses source photos, sometimes they're [presumably] his own....
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Posted by greg at 4:38 PM

November 21, 2010

Please Sir, I'd Like Some Meer

Also up at Phillips today was this nice little [25x25cm] seascape, Meer (Sea), a 1973 offset print by Gerhard Richter. Richter replaced the sky in one snapshot with the sea from another. This particular example sounds like it had...
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Posted by greg at 7:42 PM

Washington Monument Peace Sign

An interesting curatorial pairing where you'd least expect it: deep in the middle a random, Sunday afternoon print sale at Phillips de Pury. Lot 327: Washington Monument, is an unnumbered edition sliced up from a wallpaper Andy Warhol made...
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Posted by greg at 4:19 PM

Blurmany: The Dortmund School

More of Germany is appearing on Google Street View, and we can start to see what 240,000 blurred out residences looks like in a country of 8 million-plus: a lot. Far from being a marginalized fraction, the blurred structures...
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Posted by greg at 10:57 AM

November 18, 2010

Fun In Paint

I don't know why I do it either, but here is Washington Post arts blogger Blake Gopnik ruminating on just what it is that makes Arshile Gorky's paintings so upbeat, so appealing:The most striking thing about this AbEx show...
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Posted by greg at 8:57 AM

November 16, 2010

Have You Seen Me? Jasper Johns' Little Short Circuit Flag

The Rauschenberg show at Gagosian is pretty incredible, but then again, I've had Walter Hopps' incredible show of Rauschenberg's 50s work imprinted on my brain from day one. Anyway, here's a little art history mystery about one of the...
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Posted by greg at 1:31 PM

November 13, 2010

Sea Force One

Christoph Brech is the master of the meaningful tight shot. In Sea Force One, he focuses in on a pair of workers in a small boat who are scrubbing the hull of Francois Pinault's black yacht in front of Punta...
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Posted by greg at 11:55 AM

November 12, 2010

The Ultimate Collector's Book Of The Millennium

We go to History with the culture we have, not the culture you want, or might wish to have at a later time. 316 pages. 136 Mb PDF download. Not including the copyright notices, well under 1,000 words. I can't...
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Posted by greg at 9:27 AM

The Cruel Radiance, Or What Are You People Thinking?

Remind me again where I got the idea to buy Susie Linfield's new book, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence? I ordered it two weeks ago, but it just arrived yesterday, which turns out to be too long after...
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Posted by greg at 7:35 AM

November 11, 2010

Tinguely's 'Black Tie Dada,' Or Worlds Collide In MoMA's Sculpture Garden

So fantastic. When I started digging around a bit on its history, I just assumed Jean Tinguely's kinetic masterpiece, Homage to New York, would itself be the most interesting find. Not quite. After making a name for himself in Europe...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 AM

November 10, 2010

Is That An On Kawara Boardbook? Yes, Please.

Our stop at the Stedelijk over the weekend gave me On Kawara on the brain. Which makes me sad to have missed the San Francisco Art Institute's show this summer, On Kawara: Pure Consciousness In 19 Kindergartens. It was about...
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Posted by greg at 11:34 AM

George Catlin's Bird's Eye View

Now I knew George Catlin did some bird's eye views, but I did not realize he also did some Bird's Eye Views. This is one of the latter, an 18-inch gouache from 1827, Bird's Eye View of Niagara Falls....
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Posted by greg at 10:43 AM

Announcing A Landscape Show I Will Be Curating At The Smithsonian

I am aware of the argument that because a) I have never spoken to anyone at the Smithsonian1 about this show, it follows that, b) the specific venue, date, and funding for this show being, to say the least,...
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Posted by greg at 8:24 AM

'General Landscape Scene'

"Good for any part of the country." I love it. And not just because it reminds me of one of my favorite Olafur photogrids: The Landscape Series, 1997, horribly hung in an image by Christies....
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Posted by greg at 8:12 AM

November 9, 2010

Why Enzo Mari Is Not Your Capitalist Art Market Stooge

Looking at objects and vintage photos in isolation, it blows my mind that Enzo Mari is somehow not a famous, formative artist, but only [sic] a designer. How did that happen? Did he make all his work in secret? Did...
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Posted by greg at 9:22 AM

November 8, 2010

Museumnacht At ARCAM, Or Greg.org: The Exhibit

When we last considered the techno-militartistic merits of pre-WWII era sound location devices, I wondered where to start. And now I know: the Netherlands. I'm not sure why, but it was acoustic locator-palooza over there. On the wall of the...
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Posted by greg at 8:42 PM

Cage, Yoga, Museumnacht At The Stedelijk

The last time we were in Holland for a Museum Night, it was in Rotterdam, and it was an infuriating mess. All the museums in the city stay open until 2AM and program special activities and events. In 2005,...
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Posted by greg at 11:25 AM

November 5, 2010

Meanwhile, In The Hague...

I don't know why i ended up with so many art projects in and about The Hague this year, but there you are, or here I am, really. It's one of the most interesting places on Google's green Earth. Anywhay,...
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Posted by greg at 10:37 AM

November 3, 2010

Enzo Mari, Artist

Look, I don't doubt that Enzo Mari hates the art world as much as he hates design. Even more, probably, since he's a faithful communist in an era when--Picasso bedamned--it's really hard out there in the art market for...
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Posted by greg at 11:04 AM

November 1, 2010

The Wound Dresser, Set In Stone

I'm feeling more serious about turning Richard Neutra's Cyclorama building at Gettysburg into an educational monument to the wounded and a wheelchair-accessible battlefield observation platform. War becomes history, reduced to its most basic contours, a date, a bodycount, and a...
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Posted by greg at 7:45 AM

October 29, 2010

William Lamson At Pierogi Boiler

"...how, slowly and patiently, Mr. Lamson, wearing welder's goggles, moves his drawing machine along." William Lamson's show at The Boiler, "A Line Describing The Sun," got a nice review from Ken Johnson in the Times today. The 2-channel video...
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Posted by greg at 10:04 AM

October 27, 2010

Art Is Where You See It: YouTube Play @Guggenheim

Though I had considered entering, and I'd sampled a few of the 125 videos on the shortlist, I had planned to not write about the YouTube Play Biennial at the Guggenheim. But then reps from a couple of the...
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Posted by greg at 9:55 PM

October 26, 2010

999 Mylar Balloons

Holy smokes, experiential science artist Nelly Ben Hayoun has re-created Japan's Super Kamiokande neutrino detection facility as a Disneyland ride. Visitors in white Tyvek bunny suits are guided by an actual particle physicist through a boat ride tunnel where...
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Posted by greg at 9:53 AM

October 25, 2010

There's One! Irving Blum's Pasadena Type Brillo Box

The close follower of the Warhol Brillo Box saga will surely find amusement in the details of Lot 137: a Pasadena Type box that once belonged to Warhol's early early LA dealer Irving Blum at Christie's upcoming Morning After...
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Posted by greg at 11:05 PM

Black & White

Holy smokes, the auction's normal size, but the catalogue for Christie's upcoming contemporary evening sale is huge. And some interesting stuff. This late Rothko, Black on Gray (1969-70), for example. In his biography of the artist, Jimmy Breslin referred...
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Posted by greg at 10:32 PM

October 24, 2010

Ansel Adams' Japanese American Internment Camp Photos At MoMA. Shhh!

Someday this will all look and sound really coherent, I swear. But for going on, wow, 20 years, some of the most powerfully influential photos for me have been the images Ansel Adams took at Manzanar, the desert prison...
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Posted by greg at 10:32 PM

Related: Photomurals In Stardust Memories By Woody Allen [Not Related]

My recent photomural binge has flushed out some interesting comments and suggestions, including one from Craig about the use of a photomural as a key interior design element in Woody Allen's 1980 film, Stardust Memories. Allen's character, filmmaker Sandy...
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Posted by greg at 2:54 PM

October 20, 2010

'No Monuments To Jesus'

One of the most incredible works of visionary art in Washington DC is James Hampton's The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nation's Millennium General Assembly. Hampton, an African American WWII veteran and janitor at the General Services...
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Posted by greg at 6:13 PM

October 19, 2010

So What Are You Up To Thursday Night?

While I've mentioned it on my Twitter feed--the 500 people who read this blog are the same 500 who follow me there, right? @CheapDrugs4U?--I should say here, too, that I have been invited by the folks at 24|7 Creative, a...
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Posted by greg at 2:10 PM

¡Pasarán In! The Spanish Pavilion, Paris 1937

Worlds Fairs turned out to be the perfect venue for photomurals--they were catchy, usually didactic, packed a visual punch, and got the point across to the shuffling masses. And at least in the 1930s, they looked like the future....
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Posted by greg at 11:16 AM

October 18, 2010

The Enlarged Pictures Generation: Alvar Aalto's 1939 Finnish Pavilion

image: vintage silver gelatin print, signed, Ezra Stoller, 1939, via morehousegallery Do turning back another chapter or two in the history of enlarged pictures, photomurals, and photomontages, where do they turn up the most [besides/before the Museum of Modern...
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Posted by greg at 10:36 PM

The Family Of The Family Of Man: Steichen, Miller, Rudolph, Stoller...

I'm on a bit of a photomural binge at the moment. In email, Dr. Olivier Lugon, he of the awesome article about Stephen Shore's Signs of Life photomurals, points out two things about Edward Steichen [and, let's give the man...
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Posted by greg at 11:20 AM

October 16, 2010

Stephen Shore's Photomurals, I Mean, 'Architectural Paintings'

So yes, I've got a million other things to do, but thanks to this Mies thing being auctioned, and Michael Lobel's article on the the photography and scale--and by implication, photography and painting, pace Chevrier's forme tableau--I'm become slightly...
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Posted by greg at 8:29 PM

October 15, 2010

Other Barcelona Pavilion Photomural

Hah, it didn't occur to me until I started looking into the history of photomurals, and--thanks to Michael Lobel's great exploration of contemporary photography and scale in the new Artforum--I sucked it up and started reading Michael Fried's new book...
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Posted by greg at 6:27 PM

October 13, 2010

Imagine There's No Made In Heaven

Christian Viveros-Faune's ruthless smackdown of the Luxembourg & Dayan show of Jeff Koons' porny 1990 Made In Heaven series is an acid, but necessary reminder of how economically and critically disastrous the early 1990s were for the artist. [Though I'm...
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Posted by greg at 11:43 PM

Jeff Koons, Commodities Broker

So I think I had a breakthrough in figuring out the details of Jeff Koons' Wall Street Era. I just wrote a post about it. It is so long. So I put it below....
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Posted by greg at 8:10 PM

What I Didn't See

The other weekend, I pigeonholed former Washington Post art critic Paul Richard after his talk, titled "What I Saw," at the National Gallery of Art. I said that I'd been interested to hear his take on public art over his...
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Posted by greg at 12:55 PM

October 12, 2010

A Small Collection Of Awesome Browser Tabs

Here are some things I find I have kept open for several days or weeks, which I guess is one measure of how they are sticking with me: Andrew Russeth's look into the market and objects of Marcel Duchamp is...
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Posted by greg at 9:56 PM

October 11, 2010

Consider The Artist

Karen Green has a show of her most recent art work at the Space Art Gallery in South Pasadena. Thematically, it is similar to her show last year:The work of making the pieces in "Latent Learning Experiments," Ms. Green said,...
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Posted by greg at 11:36 PM

October 8, 2010

Oh, The Places You Go, Little Brillo Box

Bob Adelman, Castelli's house, 1965, fairly ganked and shrunk via corbis] Now that they're selling for a million dollars or whatever, it's hard to imagine how Warhol's Brillo Box sculptures were perceived at the time they were made. When...
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Posted by greg at 9:14 AM

Facture-Checking Warhol's Brillo Boxes

The Brillo Box formerly known as Stockholm type, and formerly known as being by Andy Warhol, sold at Christie's in 1998. So awesome. The Beverly Hills art dealer Robert Shapazian's bequest to the Huntingon Museum of 10 Brillo Boxes...
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Posted by greg at 7:51 AM

October 7, 2010

After 26 Years, The Smithsonian Will Put Alexander Calder's Gwenfritz Back Where It Belongs.

What if they decided to put Tilted Arc back? What if the General Services Administration, and the Jacob Javits Federal Building folks called up Richard Serra and said, "You know what this Federal Plaza needs after all is a...
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Posted by greg at 9:35 PM

October 5, 2010

Going Long On Terry O'Shea

Terrance O'Shea, late 1960s, 11x11x2 slab of laminated plexiglass This summer while poking around into the conflicted treatment of the Pasadena Art Museum's Warhol Brillo Boxes, I found a tangential mystery: 10 or 30 or 40 or more Kellogg's...
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Posted by greg at 8:36 PM

Lowe's Balloon Gas Generators: The Making Of

About this time last year, while pondering the ur-satelloons that were Prof. T.S.C. Lowe's Civil War-era aerial reconnaissance balloons operated for the Union Army, I was struck by the idea of re-creating the rather awesome-sounding and -looking portable hydrogen...
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Posted by greg at 9:56 AM

Barcelona Pavilion Photomural

I've never done an actual, in-depth search for any, but I've always wondered what became of the giant photomurals architect Paul Rudolph used for the exhibition design of Edward Steichen's landmark 1955 MoMA show, Family of Man. [vintage scan...
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Posted by greg at 12:03 AM

October 4, 2010

Rodeo, Cowboy

Now I love me some rodeo, but primarily bull riding. It pains me to think how many rodeos I've missed at Madison Square Garden. So seeing legendary Magnum photographer [wait, is there any other kind?] Ernst Haas' 1957 photo...
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Posted by greg at 10:25 PM

Robert Rauschenberg, Piece For Tropic, 1979, Edition Of 650,000

While pursuing his MFA at the University of Miami in 1976, artist Leo Rosenblatt created a printmaking process called Stat Art, "a technique incorporating drawing and mixed media on large sheets of commercial copy film in conjunction with light...
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Posted by greg at 6:00 PM

October 3, 2010

What I Heard: Paul Richard

I just got back from hearing longtime Washington Post art critic Paul Richard speak at the National Gallery of Art. Richard is an excellent speaker and an alluring storyteller. His lecture, titled "What I Saw," began with his move from...
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Posted by greg at 5:25 PM

October 2, 2010

Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures by Dharma Mittra

From the website of Sri Dharma Mittra, the Asana Yoga pioneer of Gramercy Park, and the Bernd & Hilla Becher of yogic typologies:In 1984 Dharma completed the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, as an offering to his Guru,...
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Posted by greg at 5:57 PM

Ahnighito

I don't know why, exactly, but as I was looking online for Zakaeuses this morning, the description of this early 18th century Inuit knife from the British Museum caught me off guard:This type of knife was made and used...
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Posted by greg at 12:57 PM

October 1, 2010

When Copyright Pandas Attack

Hahahahahahawesome. Threadless pandaterrorists used facebook to plot a silent but hilarious panda-in at Gavin Brown yesterday to protest Rob Pruitt's "alleged misappropriation [to put it mildly]" of a panda t-shirt design by Jimiyo and AJ Dimarucot. Never mind that...
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Posted by greg at 7:03 PM

AP

It's taken a while, mostly because I've been slack about following up on them, but the artist proofs from the 20x200.com edition of my print, Untitled (300x404), are in the mail and should be here very soon. I've seen...
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Posted by greg at 2:57 PM

Ditto That

Huh, I didn't notice that, but maybe I liked Ditto's limited edition Why Shapes What? book so much because of its gorgeously saturated palette? I wonder what Untitled (300x404) would look like stencil-printed on a Riso V8000? How would...
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Posted by greg at 1:38 PM

September 30, 2010

How To Make 4-Color Halftones

So after posting about Four-Color Process, I was looking around to see who is working to preserve this masterful, cheap, laborious-looking halftone printing process. I mean, we brought letterpress back, right? Well. So far, on the printing front, I'm not...
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Posted by greg at 11:46 PM

Some Nude Paik

UbuWeb's tweet about Nam June Paik's music reminds me it's long past time to post this hilarious story of Paik's 1965 Fluxus-style performance in Reykjavik, where he and Charlotte Moorman nearly capsized Iceland's nascent new music movement. Artnews.is quotes a...
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Posted by greg at 12:00 AM

September 29, 2010

Richard Prints At 20x200's Booth At The Affordable Art Fair

Sure, you can get it for free right here, in all its original jpeg glory, but if you want to see the velvety printed goodness of Untitled (300x404) in person, you should head to 20x200's booth at the Affordable...
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Posted by greg at 5:26 PM

September 28, 2010

The Palomar Sky Survey-I, The Makers Of

As longer-term readers of greg.org know, I am slowly trying to locate an original copy of the National Geographic Society-Palomar Observatory Sky Survey, an 1870-plate portrait/catalogue of the visible universe [or the universe visible from the Palomar Observatory, anyway] taken...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 PM

Model Dome Home

This is so awesome, a dome home that doesn't leak:Lot: 207 R. Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Home model Pease Woodworking Company USA, c. 1960 mixed media 13 dia x 7 h inches Pease Woodworking Company was licensed by Fuller to...
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Posted by greg at 9:33 PM

September 27, 2010

Hand Held Day: Time Mirror Displacement by Gary Beydler

Holy smokes, Gary Beydler. A Los Angeles experimental filmmaker whose 1974 time-lapse silent short, Hand Held Day, was just mentioned by Steve Roden. It's incredible. Youtube user austinstein posted this version in 2007, before Beydler's too-small body of work...
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Posted by greg at 11:42 PM

September 26, 2010

Four Color Process

Trying to clear some browser tabs. From John Hilgart, the guy who brought the world Comic Book Cartography, comes his next foray into the overlooked, undersung details of comics history, Four Color Process. It's an incredibly beautiful collection of...
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Posted by greg at 3:03 PM

September 24, 2010

How To Make A Degas Bronze Modèle

So I just got Odd Man In, Suzanne Muchnic's 1998 bio of Norton Simon, and yeah, the Pasadena Art Museum was a mess, and Simon's takeover of it was pretty stunning. But Muchnic portrays it as of a piece with...
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Posted by greg at 7:52 AM

September 23, 2010

Teeny Tiny Kelly

Tyler thought the inadvertent awesomeness of this Hirshhorn photo of Ellsworth Kelly's Red Yellow Blue V (1968) was right up my alley. And he's right. It is awesome enough to make me think the photographer might have been especially...
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Posted by greg at 6:03 PM

Jerry Hall Says Goodbye To Middle-Aged Joys

Ed Ruscha is the most handsome 'cowboy' artist I've ever seen. I think his paintings are not only beautiful to look at but also have a sad, poetic and painfully truthful commentary on America... He is a true American hero:...
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Posted by greg at 7:49 AM

September 20, 2010

An Incomplete History Of The Gala-As-Art Movement

The movement predates his arrival, but on a sunny Sunday in September, with the wave of relational aesthetics breaking against the rocky Malibu cliffs beneath his feet, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art powerfully proclaimed his institution's support...
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Posted by greg at 11:30 PM

On The Making Of The Lost Biennale Machines Of Daniel Libeskind

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Hal Laessig, a Newark architect, developer, and artist who was a graduate student of Daniel Libeskind's at Cranbrook, and who came back to build three fantastical, fantasy machines for LIbeskind's...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 PM

Shocked, Shocked To Find Marketing In Here. At Gagosian.

Jerry, Jerry Jerry: Once upon a time in the nineties, art that wanted to be complicit with the system, that tried to lure collectors as it criticized the artist-dealer-buyer complex, had an edgy Trojan-horse coerciveness. A lot of people got...
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Posted by greg at 9:31 AM

September 18, 2010

Daniel Libeskind And The Grand Academy Of Lagado

God bless the Internet and all who surf upon her. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about what I thought was an esoteric topic, even for greg.org: the fantastical lost machines from "Three Lessons of Architecture," Daniel Libeskind's exhibition...
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Posted by greg at 9:08 PM

September 17, 2010

Must Credit greg.org!!

Hey you people, with your dying print venues, muscling in on my action! "A visit to the show might end with a broad smile at three paintings by Arcimboldo (pronounced Arch-im-BOLD-o)" - Blake Gopnik, Washington Post "In the current show...
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Posted by greg at 9:09 PM

September 15, 2010

The Unoriginal Copy

Dear Art World, Please arrange the following on a 2x2 grid for me? Or maybe a spectrum? Because I cannot: Eve Sussman's 89 Seconds at Alcazar (2004), which I quite like, but: Peter Greenaway's Nightwatching (2007) and his cinematic projections...
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Posted by greg at 2:53 PM

Bernd & Hilla Becher Made A Movie. In Color.

And so far, I can't find it anywhere:UEZ: when your work first started to appear and was classified as Conceptual art, did you have a secure visual language which you knew would be viable over time? Or could you have...
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Posted by greg at 7:28 AM

September 14, 2010

Who Will Write The History Of The Pasadena Art Museum?

It's funny how I think I know the history of the Pasadena Art Museum, when all I'm doing is projecting back and assuming a bunch of stuff based on a bunch of great-sounding anecdotes: First museum shows for Duchamp, Lichtenstein,...
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Posted by greg at 2:23 PM

I Rumori Dell'Arte

That's Futurist painter Luigi Russolo on the left being helped by his friend Ugo Piatti, probably around 1913 or 1914. They stand amidst Russolo's musical instruments, intonarumori, noise-intoners, which were designed in accordance with the principles laid out in...
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Posted by greg at 9:38 AM

September 12, 2010

Oh, And Hail Cannon. Must. Remake. The Hail Cannon.

Good grief, it was only a couple of hours ago, and I can't even remember what took me to this three-year-old link roundup on BLDGBLOG that mentions hail cannons. I mean, hail cannon. Turns out they still make'em, they just...
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Posted by greg at 10:05 PM

Must. Remake. Acoustic Mirrors & Locators

My list of incredible objects and machines from the past that need to be refabricated as art objects continues to grow. Actually, I guess the acoustic mirrors, built in the 1920s and early 30s as part of a sound ranging...
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Posted by greg at 2:58 PM

September 11, 2010

Cretto Street View

Christopher Knight took the occasion of an Alberto Burri retrospective in Santa Monica to tweet about Cretto, the artist's absolutely incredible 20-acre memorial/earthwork, in which the earthquake ruins of the Sicilian town of Gibellina were encased in a grid...
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Posted by greg at 2:20 PM

September 10, 2010

Keep Calm, Arts, And Carry On

Here [via COS] is David Shrigley's animated short for Save The Arts, which is trying to help arts organizations in the UK avoid debilitating budget cuts. At first, I thought WTF?? The Arts are so screwed! Then I thought, well,...
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Posted by greg at 11:39 AM

September 9, 2010

Lichtenstein's Electric Seascapes

Seascape I, 1964, screenprint on Rowlux, ed. 200, from New York Ten portfolio [via] You know how you just think you'll blog about one thing, and then you want to get a little context, so you dig a bit,...
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Posted by greg at 10:49 AM

Now That's A Fire!

This is why greg.org readers earn the big bucks, people. GF-R spotted this hilarious/sublime juxtaposition of ad and content from the LIFE Magazine report on the 1958 fire at the Museum of Modern Art and asks,:coincidence? Or the work...
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Posted by greg at 7:14 AM

September 8, 2010

Roy Lichtenstein's Billboard Excursion, 1967

Over the weekend, I hit the road to interview some people I've wanted to meet and talk with for months now. I'll be publishing the results soon here on greg.org. One of the artists whose work I've been interested in...
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Posted by greg at 1:16 PM

September 6, 2010

Space Race

And in other Just Cold Stealin' My Satelloon Idea Before The Fact News: This has been stuck on my iPad for way too long. At a space flight conference a couple of months ago, the Global Aerospace Corporation announced their...
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Posted by greg at 10:23 PM

September 3, 2010

Tools And Tactics Aren't Art's Alone

I can't quite figure out how it ties to the rest of the story, but I still think Sean O'Toole just shortlisted himself for arts lede of the year:For every Joseph Beuys and Yves Klein there is a fascist doppelgänger...
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Posted by greg at 8:48 AM

Sedia Veneziana, Chaise Bordelaise

via la_biennale So Venice is not a total bust. Raumlaborberlin have installed their 2006 mobile inflatospace sculpture, „Das Küchenmonument," in the Giardini. And next to it is The Generator, an on-site workshop for knocking together "sedia veneziana," which are...
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Posted by greg at 7:32 AM

September 2, 2010

Venetian Mirror

via tsaaby Yeah, so I'd been poking around flickr for a while, looking to see how MOS's project for the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale turned out. Because well, because. via Erika-Milite And hmm. What is it...
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Posted by greg at 11:23 PM

It's Reagan Men! Hallelujah!

This is where Nightcrawler 'ports in and shouts, "Ausgezeichnet!" Here is Joseph Beuys, pop singer, performing his greatest anti-US, anti-nuclear hit from 1982, "Sonne statt Reagan, [Sun not Reagan]." Reagan, remember, is a German homonym for rain [Regen], so it...
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Posted by greg at 4:53 PM

MoMA On Fire

The fire at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC this morning reminded me of the incredible story of another museum fire, at The Museum of Modern Art in 1958. Before my time, I know, but I'd only learned of...
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Posted by greg at 1:10 PM

August 31, 2010

Thomas Houseago Speaking At The New School

It's taking me a while to warm to Tom Houseago's sculptures, but that's fine. It took me a very long time to come around to Rachel Harrison's work, and boy, is it worth it, so I'm happy to give...
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Posted by greg at 11:26 AM

Don't Hang Up, Just Talk About It!

The Ed-werd Rew-Shay Memorial Art World Pronunciation Guide keeps on growing! the latest additions include: Richard Anuszkiewicz Huma Bhabha Thomas Houseago And some great mispronunciations that needed addressing: Chinati Laocoon Modigliani Also, I just know the Aperture Foundation's video editors...
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Posted by greg at 9:39 AM

August 29, 2010

August 28, 2010

Do Daniel Libeskind's Awesome Machines Mean I Have To Stop Hating His Work?

In the 1980s Daniel Libeskind was an increasingly prominent architectural theorist who--I was about to say "who had nevertheless not actually ever built anything," but the whole thing that's turning my head upside down is that he did, in...
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Posted by greg at 1:57 PM

August 27, 2010

The Trendmaking Eye

One of the great stories surrounding MoMA's 1965 exhibition "The Responsive Eye" is how collector/garmento Larry Aldrich turned several Op paintings he owned into fabrics, and then into dresses, which fed into the Op Art Trend that was apparently...
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Posted by greg at 9:31 AM

August 26, 2010

Creative Time And The Afro-Icelandic Liberation Front

Danish artist Jacob Boeskov flew to Lagos, Nigeria to make and star in a short action film he wrote titled, Dr. Cruel and the Afro-Icelandic Liberation Front with the noted Nollywood director Teco Benson. The film was produced by...
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Posted by greg at 7:55 PM

August 25, 2010

I Didn't Know 'What I Did On My Vacation'

Holy smokes, Gordon Hyatt, I didn't know what you did 44 summers ago. Among the episodes of CBS's news program "Eye on New York" which were acquired by The Museum of Modern Art in 1967 for their Television Archive...
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Posted by greg at 12:47 PM

MoMA, CBS And The Responsive Eye

After watching the first segment at maryandmatt's blog, I was hooked. Mike Wallace, shooting a 1965 episode of WCBS news show Eye on New York in and about The Museum of Modern Art's blockbuster exhibition of Op Art, "The...
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Posted by greg at 8:45 AM

August 23, 2010

If You Can't Say Anything Nice, Come Sit For Me

I watched the documentary Alice Neel last night, made in 2007 by the late artist's grandson Andrew Neel. It's pretty good, definitely worth a watch. Documentaries by family members come with a whole set of conflicts and challenges baked in,...
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Posted by greg at 2:21 PM

August 22, 2010

Paint Stick? Painting Crop?

Dear painting experts, Please tell me that the brush-steadying stick with the sock on the end which is so vital to the painting process that it must be included in Serious & Important Photographic Portraits of such artists as Arnold...
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Posted by greg at 1:06 PM

August 21, 2010

In The Medium Of Google

I know that what's really needed around here is a redesign, and probably the addition of a few thousand tags. But right now that's an 8th burner project, and I've only got a 4-burner stove. But in the mean time,...
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Posted by greg at 2:43 PM

Michael Wolf, Street View Photographer

I'm glad and not surprised to see I'm the only person using Google Street View as an artistic source. Since at least last year, photographer Michael Wolf has been making a series of Street View-based works that explore urban...
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Posted by greg at 12:00 PM

August 20, 2010

Casting Long Shadows

This has been sitting on my desktop since last month, when Google Maps announced the addition of 45-degree Aerial View imagery for new locations, including Dortmund, Germany. So I clicked over to Dortmund, and zoomed in there to the central...
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Posted by greg at 1:47 PM

Wary Mari

And thus we see the painful difference between meaning to buy Wary Meyers' awesome-looking design project book Tossed and Found and actually buying it. I would have been inspired by their Enzo Mari autoprogettazione-esque mantle many months ago. What...
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Posted by greg at 1:31 PM

August 18, 2010

Voice Of The Taxpayer (1990) By John Czupryniak

When it was publicly announced in March 1990 that the National Gallery of Canada had purchased Barnett Newman's 1967 painting, Voice of Fire for $1.8 million (Canadian), there was an immediate press and political uproar that so much public money...
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Posted by greg at 7:23 AM

August 17, 2010

Flame Canada

Speaking of National Gallery of Canada upheavals, Walrus Magazine, late-career post-minimalist kitsch, and Blake Gopnik: In March 2010, Walrus celebrated the 20th anniversary of longtime NGC contemporary curator Brydon Smith's purchase of Barnett Newman's towering 1967 painting, Voice of Fire...
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Posted by greg at 12:50 PM

O Brother Where Art Thou?

It takes a big man to acknowledge when he agrees with Blake Gopnik. Paddy Johnson's post about controversy at the National Gallery of Canada led me to "Pop Life: Art in the Material World," Jack Bankowsky et al's solipsistic exhibition...
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Posted by greg at 9:04 AM

August 15, 2010

Art Is Where You See It

Dealer-turned-public art empresaria Emi Fontana talking in Artforum about West of Rome:...people believe that public art needs to occupy planned and assigned spaces. What we're doing is much more fine-tuned: You have to find the space that resonates with the...
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Posted by greg at 3:47 PM

August 14, 2010

How To Make Lantern Slides Of Spiral Nebulae

While wandering through the National Air and Space Museum [family's in town], I stumbled across James Keeler's lantern slides of spiral nebulae, taken at the Lick Observatory outside San Jose beginning in 1888. Keeler was a pioneering astronomer at...
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Posted by greg at 9:34 PM

How To Make A Gerhard Richter Color Chart Painting

Well, a color chart print, anyway. In 1974, at the height [and end] of Gerhard Richter's production of painted grids of colored squares and rectangles, he also published Colour Fields. 6 Arrangements of 1260 Colours, a portfolio of six...
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Posted by greg at 3:04 PM

August 13, 2010

John Cage's One11: The Making Of, Now In English

A couple of weeks ago, I watched Henning Lohner's film essay/documentary about working with John Cage to make One11 and 103, Cage's only feature film project, completed just before he passed away in 1992. It's on YouTube, chopped up...
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Posted by greg at 2:18 PM

Highlights From Creative Time Summit I

In anticipation of Creative Time Summit II--it's October 9-10, just a few weeks away!--I've been watching some of the talks from last fall's Summit, organized by Nato Thompson held at the NY Public Library. [For an overview, check out Frieze's...
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Posted by greg at 12:18 AM

August 10, 2010

أنا ♥ نيويورك

John Emerson saw an "I [HEART] NY" flyer in Arabic posted in the East Village a few days after September 11, 2001. He posted a large, printable graphic version on his blog a year later. A few months after...
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Posted by greg at 1:32 PM

August 9, 2010

The Raum der Gegenwart, Then And Now

In addition to being the subject of his film and photographic work, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's Light Space Modulator modulated light and space as a sculptural installation, and it served as a Light Prop for an Electric Stage. But in 1930, the...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 PM

So Many Light Space Modulators

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Licht Raum Modulator, 1970 reconstruction, image: bauhaus.de Did I say a few minutes? Laszlo Moholy-Nagy spent around eight years [from 1922-30] building his Light Space Modulator, and then he carted it around Europe, and to America, reworking...
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Posted by greg at 4:14 PM

July 29, 2010

Light Space Modulator, Remade

I'd known Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's 1930 kinetic sculpture Light Space Modulator indirectly as a film subject, and then in 2002 through incredible color photographs Oliver Renaud-Clement showed at Andrea Rosen in 2002. [And again, in direct relation to the artist's sculptures...
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Posted by greg at 9:15 AM

July 27, 2010

Heinz Mack, Daddy

Digging around on Moholy-Nagy's Light Space Modulator and its relation to a later generation of kinetic light works by artists like Otto Piene, I came across some early works by Piene's Zero Group co-founder, Heinz Mack. As early as...
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Posted by greg at 9:20 AM

July 26, 2010

Someone Get Moving Serra Moving

Breaker, Breaker One-Nine, I got Moving Serra, a documentary about transporting Richard Serra's 242-ton sculpture Sequence cross-country, from MoMA to LACMA on a fleet of flatbeds, that's blowing my mind right now. We need a convoy of Serra torqued...
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Posted by greg at 2:57 PM

July 23, 2010

The Gerhard Richter Website Reveals All. Almost All.

Oh Gerhard-Richter.com, why did I ever doubt you? Last February, while holed up in the Snowpocalypse, I thought the hell out of the Serpentine Gallery's catalogue for Richter's 4900 Colours. The work consists of 25 enamel color squares arranged randomly...
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Posted by greg at 12:36 PM

Gerhard Richter 4900 Colours Microsite

In addition to the world's greatest artist website, artist Gerhard Richter also makes paintings. Now these two endeavors come together with the debut of a micro-site devoted to 4900 Colours, the set of 196 5x5 grids of 25 randomly...
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Posted by greg at 8:28 AM

July 22, 2010

Lichtspiel/ Lightplay by Laslo Moholy-Nagy

That Google Street View snafu yesterday reminded me of a still from Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's 1932 abstract//constructivist short film, Lichtspiel, or Lightplay. Normally, I'd say that's the art-nerdiest possible free association in the world, but I've actually been meaning to...
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Posted by greg at 2:37 PM

July 21, 2010

Dali's Pen Is

While scoping out the 1974 video art conference at MoMA, "Open Circuits, the Future of Television," filmmaker Jose Montes Baquer decided that for some reason, Salvador Dali should be the artist he would collaborate with for his documentary. Baquer...
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Posted by greg at 4:20 PM

Google Lens Cap View?

I was on the phone, trying to give directions to a friend to a small Japanese grocery store in Rockville, Maryland, so I pulled it up on Google Street View. Which turned out to be useless, but weirdly beautiful....
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Posted by greg at 3:13 PM

Two Degrees Of Project Echo: Les Levine's Slipcover

Holy smokes, people, just watch how these things turn out. In April, I spotted this photo at MoMA; it was in the second floor hallway just past the cafe, with no caption, and a date: 1970. I spent a...
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Posted by greg at 12:09 AM

July 20, 2010

Let Brillo Give You The Moon--Free!

I was half-watching the German artist Ferdinand Kriwet's Apollovision, a film & sound & video collage of the Apollo 11 moon landing as American media spectacle made, incredibly, in 1969, when I heard this:Now you can follow the Apollo...
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Posted by greg at 8:32 AM

July 18, 2010

I'm Ready For My Closeup, Brother DeMille

The things you learn at church. So of course I knew that the late illustrator Arnold Friberg's dramatic paintings of scenes from the Book of Mormon, with ripped Nephites and Lamanites striding around the Promised Land, are lodged in...
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Posted by greg at 8:11 PM

July 17, 2010

Fumis de L'UX

The only word I can think of is the one Things already used: epic. Sean Michaels goes long and deep for a Brick Magazine profile of the not quite invisible, not quite underground world of L'UX, Untergunther, La Mexicaine de...
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Posted by greg at 3:35 PM

July 15, 2010

Melvin Sokolksy Bubble Collection, Pas Touché

Melvin Sokolsky's classic Bubble Collection photoshoot for Alexey Brodovitch's March 1963 Harper's Bazaar got BoingBoinged this week, and given the recent reorientation of the blog towards retrofuturistic orbs, Jason kindly passed along exactly what I was looking for: the...
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Posted by greg at 5:54 PM

Making Copies

The Times reports happily on the bright future of enlarging and printing our digital images--a future which is here today!Some companies offer the option to print onto a stretched canvas. The effect is instant art, ready to be hung. Canvas...
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Posted by greg at 10:27 AM

July 14, 2010

The Wildman Of Chelsea

So woohoo, Andrew Russeth pointed back to a Charlie Finch artnet gossip column from 1998, and just wow. I was there, I mean, I remember a lot of that stuff, and it is freaking me out how alien and...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 AM

July 12, 2010

These Lovely Arting Gifts

From Artforum: On Thursday evening, the 2010 Renaissance Arts Prize awardees were announced. Winners Barbara Nati, Steffi Klenz, Laura Mergoni, and Natalia Saurin received awards donated by David Morante, cofounder of the prize and former Consul General of Italy in...
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Posted by greg at 11:34 AM

Washington Color School Dropout

I was talking shop with Tyler Green this weekend, and he told me that the Washington Post's art critic Blake Gopnik actually did devote more than a paragraph in a review of two unrelated shows at a different museum to...
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Posted by greg at 10:00 AM

July 11, 2010

Len Lye's Wind Wands Saved The West Village

Len Lye called his kinetic artworks Tangible Motion Sculptures, or just Tangibles, because they made visible motion and other phenomena, like the wind. In 1960, he and his wife Ann, along with some other friends, headed over to huge...
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Posted by greg at 2:41 PM

Fog Line, by Larry Gottheim

Larry Gottheim's 1970 short film Fog Line is just beautiful to watch. 11 minutes of fog imperceptibly but inexorably dissipating in a rural landscape. It reminds me a bit of Tacita Dean's Banewl, a 63-minute fixed shot of a...
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Posted by greg at 12:13 AM

July 10, 2010

Len Lye Is Famous In New Zealand

I came across a mention of Len Lye's spectacular-looking kinetic sculpture a couple of weeks ago, while reading 1965 coverage of the Buffalo Festival of the Arts. Sandwiched in between a photo of Robert Morris and Yvonne Rainer in...
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Posted by greg at 1:02 PM

July 9, 2010

'The Oberlin Brillo Boxes'

How much of this is really unanticipated, unexpected, unsurprising, and ultimately, unauthorized? The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College [no relation] has two Warhol Brillo Boxes from 1970. It describes them as "(enlarged refabrication of 1964 project)." Then this:Exhibitions...
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Posted by greg at 7:15 AM

July 8, 2010

If You Love greg.org, You'll Love History Detectives!

Wow, I knew about the Moon Museum segment because Jade Dellinger emailed about it. But I didn't know the first episode of this season's History Detectives also included a whole segment on satelloons and Project Echo. I love how they...
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Posted by greg at 2:43 PM

July 7, 2010

On Gilbert & George

I didn't make it the first time, of course, but I did see Gilbert & George's reprise of "The Singing Sculpture" in 1991 at Sonnabend. It left a pretty deep impression on me in a way their photo compositions...
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Posted by greg at 10:50 PM

FAZ Overpainted Of, By Gerhard Richter

According to the Gerhard Richter's website, FAZ Overpainted, a 2002 squeegee paint-on-paper edition is based on a photograph of a 2001 copy of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The hand visible on the right is that of Richter. The...
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Posted by greg at 3:06 PM

July 5, 2010

The International Symposium for Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes

The Moment has a Q&A with Mike Bidlo, whose work, Not Warhol (Brillo Boxes, 1964), 2005 is currently on view in the Lever House lobby: Did you ever meet him [Warhol] more formally? Yes, at a party at Jean-Michel...
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Posted by greg at 10:12 PM

Mark Leckey's In A Long Tail World @ICA

Last October, Mark Leckey presented In A Long Tail World at the ICA in London. From the writeups, it sounded like a cross between Chris Anderson, Joseph Beuys, Ted by way of the Guggenheim Las Vegas. Leckey's now loaded...
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Posted by greg at 5:30 PM

The Planck All-Sky Survey

ESA has released images of the first all-sky survey from the Planck space observatory, which is currently in orbit around Lagrange-2, a balancing point between the gravitational exertions of the moon and the earth. Planck rotates at a constant...
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Posted by greg at 4:16 PM

The Hamamatsu Photonics R1449 And R3600 Photomultiplier Tubes

Photomultiplier Tubes, or PMT, are vacuum tubes used to detect electromagnetic energy. In 1979, Hamamatsu Photonics began development of the world's largest PMT, 25 inches across, which would be used in the Kamiokande proton decay detector being constructed by the...
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Posted by greg at 2:15 PM

The Rainbow Bombs

NPR's Robert Krulwich had a fascinating story the other day that works even better online. Because there are slideshows and video footage of Starfish Prime, the hydrogen bomb the US detonated in space on July 9, 1962. The launch...
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Posted by greg at 1:44 PM

July 3, 2010

Blow

This FT essay by Daphne Guinness about buying Isabella Blow's estate before it was dispersed at Christie's is a wonderful, sad, incredible thing. [via @artnetdotcom] All the way back in 2002, I overwrote a long post about Blow, Walter Benjamin,...
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Posted by greg at 4:32 PM

July 2, 2010

Decommission Commission: Harrier And Jaguar By Fiona Banner

Harrier and Jaguar, Fiona Banner's commission for Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries opened this week, and from the making of film and interview with the artist, it looks spectacular. Banner has installed two decommissioned fighter jets--a BAe Sea Harrier XE695...
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Posted by greg at 10:38 PM

Olafur Street View

One of the simplest, best parts of Innen Stadt Außen [Inner City Out], Olafur Eliasson's multiple public and museum projects in his adopted hometown of Berlin this year, is now online as a short film. In what feels like...
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Posted by greg at 8:46 PM

July 1, 2010

Someone Get Souren Melikian A Blogspot Account

Souren Melikian's auction analysis for the International Herald Tribune/ New York Times is almost always entertainingly specious, but he is at his best/worst when he writes about contemporary art, about which he obviously knows nothing:The next lot, "Cristina Passing By,"...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 PM

Arshile Gorky Was An Expert Camoufleur

I like writing the word camofleur. In response to the burning question [sic] that arose from Ad Reinhardt's chronology, what was up with Arshile Gorky wanting to start a camouflage school in 1943? Because everyone knows that Gorky was...
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Posted by greg at 11:33 AM

A Pixel Is Not A Little Square! [Except When It Is]

Thanks to greg.org reader Fred for sending along a link to a memo computer graphics pioneer Alvy Ray Smith wrote in 1995, soon after his company Altamira [the one he founded after Lucasfilm and Pixar] had been assimilated by...
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Posted by greg at 8:28 AM

June 29, 2010

On Warhol's Rain Machine[s]

First up, a high five to Andrew Russeth at ArtInfo for highlighting Nicholas Robinson Gallery's summer installation of Andy Warhol's unusual Rain Machine (Daisy Waterfall). What a weird, wonderful--but mostly weird--work. It's basically a mural of shimmering, lenticular photos...
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Posted by greg at 10:39 PM

Wherein The Inventor Of The Pixel Totally Agrees With Me, Even Though I Don't Totally Agree With Him

53 years later, the guy who invented the square pixel regrets the error. In 1957, NIST computer expert Russell Kirsch scanned the world's first digital image [a photo of his infant son, above] using the country's first programmable computer....
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Posted by greg at 8:08 PM

Chronology For, By Ad Reinhardt

How much of discovery is really just rediscovery? or learning remembering? I was waiting to read how editor/art historian Barbara Rose had decided to model the chronology at the opening of her 1991 book, Art-as-Art: The Selected Writings of Ad...
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Posted by greg at 1:08 PM

Really? Really.

I'll confess, when I saw the tweets start flying about Mira Schor's essay on Otto Dix, Greater NY, and Bravo's Work of Art, I was skeptical. How the hell was she gonna fit any of those, never mind all three--at...
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Posted by greg at 12:12 PM

June 28, 2010

Wilkommen To The German Dome

See, now here is another reason I've gotten so backed up: I was overwhelmed by the awesomeness of this. It's currently freaking me out how much is turning on the Osaka 70 World Expo. It's as if there's a...
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Posted by greg at 11:21 PM

Bruno Munari's Original Xerographies, Freshly Copied

After I posted about Sigmar Polke's photocopied masterpiece Daphne, Mondo-Blogo emailed the great news that Corraini has republished Bruno Munari's Original Xerographies. I have the original Original Xerographies in a box somewhere; it's more handbook-ish than I remembered--which is...
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Posted by greg at 9:44 PM

Beginning With Anne Truitt's Japanese Works

I hear blogging is out, everyone's tweeting or facebooking now. While I don't quite buy it, I am finding that I'm more likely to keep something I find interesting in my browser tabs for months rather than post it straightaway....
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Posted by greg at 4:22 PM

June 26, 2010

'Waking Up, It Was The First Thing I Saw'

Thanks to Paul Schmelzer at Eyeteeth for pointing to Bob Nickas's great 1999 interview with Maurizio Cattelan. Good times. I really wanted to focus on his experience with painting, so this excerpt starts kind of in the middle of the...
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Posted by greg at 10:07 PM

Vinyl Wrapped Art Car Update

First, the good news: The Jeff Koons BMW Art Car ran in Le Mans! The bad news: it totally sucked and crapped out after just a few hours. I know how it feels, Jeff. I once helped organize an all-female...
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Posted by greg at 11:46 AM

June 25, 2010

Perfect Lovers (Forever), By Tobias Wong

I only met Tobias Wong a couple of times, but it took me aback to see so many people I do know were described or quoted in Alex Williams' NY Times piece as Tobi's friends. Tobi liked to give other...
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Posted by greg at 10:38 PM

Say Amen, Yves Klein!

I may have something to write later about Yves Klein, I don't know. Peter Schjeldahl summed up what I'd already noticed, that the art discourse is very uncomfortable--or at least largely silent--on the topic of Klein's apparently deep or abiding...
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Posted by greg at 4:45 PM

June 24, 2010

Walking Man? What Walking Man?

Alberto Giacometti's figures look the way they do because he tried to capture what he called, "The moment I see them" and the way "they appear in my field of vision..." Arthur C Danto said this accounted for "the...
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Posted by greg at 2:15 PM

June 22, 2010

Muybridge Had A Posse

Now before we get too far, let me state for the record that so long as there's no thievery or lying involved, but appropriate credit or consideration is, I got no problem at all with a man who takes another...
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Posted by greg at 8:46 PM

June 20, 2010

Found The Warhols?

Last fall, I was looking for a way to paper the art world with giant versions of the awesome PDF wanted posters the LAPD Art Theft Detail had created for Richard Weisman's stolen Warhol Athletes Series paintings. So I created...
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Posted by greg at 5:18 PM

June 19, 2010

Daphne, As Photocopied By Sigmar Polke

I didn't follow Sigmar Polke's work closely. At least not consciously. This excerpt from Reiner Speck's essay about Polke's 2004 artist's book Daphne is awesome, even if it sounds a bit like someone's been huffing toner at the end:An...
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Posted by greg at 9:16 PM

We're All David Salle Now

So funny, last night at the Brooklyn Museum, Andrew Russeth was saying as how some late Warhol paintings look remarkably like David Salle. Villaca Caja, 1929, at Galerie Hopkins-Custot And I was flipping through The Art Newspaper's Basel daily edition,...
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Posted by greg at 8:32 AM

June 18, 2010

On Ian Wilson's Art Objects

Ian Wilson's conversation-based art practice reminded Ben of the introduction to Asif Agha's 2006 book, Language and Social Relations. An excerpt:...It is therefore all the more important to see that utterances and discourses are themselves material objects made through human...
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Posted by greg at 3:00 PM

June 16, 2010

The Art World Has An Attention Span Of A Gnat

I've long admired Ian Wilson's conversation-based art works, though for years I've wondered if selling conversations as art doesn't complicate one's daily interactions with people, sort of a conceptual version of how doctors always get hit up for medical advice...
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Posted by greg at 10:48 PM

June 11, 2010

How To Make A Gerhard Richter Painting

I find Gerhard Richter's squeegee paintings to be both endlessly fascinating and seemingly endless. I don't sweat too much when I think about the one I didn't buy when I could have; it's just so hard to decide that this,...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 PM

June 10, 2010

Untitled (300 x 404) @ 20 x 200

When I offhandedly declared a jpg of Richard Prince's 2003 rephoto, Untitled, (Cowboy) to be my own work a year ago, I had no idea it would ever leave my blog post. As an idea, appropriating an appropriation might be...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 PM

June 9, 2010

Whoa, Cowboys. The Hirshhorn Yves Klein App Is So-So At Best

I'm as excited as the next guy that there's an app for the Yves Klein retrospective at the Hirshhorn. I bought it the first day to try it out. I did not expect it to be as cool as the...
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Posted by greg at 9:32 AM

June 8, 2010

Prints: I Did An Edition With 20x200.com. It Comes Out Tomorrow.

Look, no one is more surprised than I am about this. But when Jen Bekman and I started talking about it a while back, it started sounding like the awesomest thing in the world. So I've done an edition with...
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Posted by greg at 8:57 PM

A Sharp Sticker Car In The Eye

The day I watched the video of Jeff Koons' crew wrapping the vinyl decals on his BMW Art Car was also the day I surfed across Little Lamb, Richmond artist/musician Sara Gossett's awesome blogspot compendium of psychedelia [which has...
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Posted by greg at 10:05 AM

How To Make A Jeff Koons BMW

It's a testament to the PR-fed, context-free media machine, I guess, that Olafur Eliasson, the last artist to make a BMW Art Car, goes entirely unmentioned in the promotions of Jeff Koons' iteration. [One exception: Richard Chang at the...
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Posted by greg at 7:37 AM

June 7, 2010

HowTo: Make A Vija Celmins Night Sky Painting

The Brooklyn Rail's Phong Bui interviewed Vija Celmins about her show at David McKee GalleryBrooklyn Rail: About the night sky paintings, I always wanted to ask you, with all of the subtleties of gray tones embedded in the white...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 PM

The Race To The Moon Museum

Whoa, check that out! The Moon Museum's on the Tee Vee! Or it will be, June 21st. The PBS show History Detectives is trying to figure out whether the Moon Museum, a SIM card-sized ceramic wafer created in 1969...
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Posted by greg at 7:16 AM

June 4, 2010

More Is More: Warhol's Silver Clouds In Mies' Crown Hall

Bell Labs' Billy Kluver guided Andy Warhol to the Mylar balloons the artist used for Silver Clouds, his 1966 installation at Leo Castelli Gallery. And at Ferus Gallery. And at the Cincinnati Arts Center. At the time, Bell Labs...
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Posted by greg at 11:33 AM

June 2, 2010

Pour Copie Conforme

After bagging on Blake Gopnik's comments on Marcel Duchamp playing the buyers of his readymades for fools, I started looking more closely at Duchamp's actual statements and working process. It's so easy to consider him as just a source of...
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Posted by greg at 10:22 PM

May 29, 2010

The Greatest Camo Story Ever Told

Sure, there's Dutch Camo Landscapes, and Razzle Dazzle, and the Civilian Camouflage Council, but it all pales in comparison to the truly epic WWII camo accomplishments of Jasper Maskelyne and The Magic Gang. Maskelyne was a British magician-turned-Army camo mastermind...
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Posted by greg at 3:03 PM

May 28, 2010

The Togs Must Be Crazy

Colorful, cheap African textiles: they're not just for Yinka Shonibare anymore! Called Pagne in West Africa and Kanga [also khanga] in Tanzania, 1x1.5m screenprinted cotton wraps are produced all across Africa. There is a tradition to make commemorative kanga...
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Posted by greg at 9:43 AM

May 26, 2010

Nouveau manuel complet du fabricant et de l'amateur de photos

So fantastic. I stumbled across this inadvertent diptych in Google Books, it's pp. 86-7 of P. Ch. Joubert's 1844 addition to the Manuels Roret series, Nouveau manuel complet du fabricant et de l'amateur de tabac. It's beautiful, somewhere between...
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Posted by greg at 5:53 PM

May 24, 2010

'Cieli ad alta quota' by Alighiero e Boetti

Hans Ulrich Obrist, is there anything you haven't done? In 1993 as part of the Museum In Progress project, Obrist helped the Italian conceptual artist Alighiero e Boetti realize a longtime idea of putting art on airplanes. In addition...
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Posted by greg at 10:49 PM

Everyone's An Artist

Artist/curator Anton Vidokle reworks an excellent lecture on the problems of curator/artists in the latest issue of e-flux journalI feel that whereas artists' engagement with a range of social forms and practices not normally considered part of the vocabulary of...
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Posted by greg at 8:44 PM

Pixel Art Minidoc By Simon Cottee

This 11-minute documentary short by Brisbane animator Simon Cottee gives a nice look at contemporary pixel art and its origins. Unsurprisingly, game developer Jason Rohrer has the most thoughtful perspective on the idealized, ex-post-facto perception of pixels as these perfect,...
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Posted by greg at 9:22 AM

Slow Cinema vs. Art Cinema

On the occasion of Apichatpong Weerasethakul [1] winning the Palme d'Or, Frieze's Dan Fox has a incisive recap of the debate over Slow Cinema that erupted after Nick James' Sight and Sound recent op-ed calling the genre out as a...
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Posted by greg at 7:42 AM

May 23, 2010

Slate-Roofed Houses

A couple of months ago, I wondered aloud about the reason Yves Klein schlepped all the way out to the Parisian suburbs to make the leap into the void for his famous photocollage, Leap into the Void. The site, 3,...
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Posted by greg at 11:47 AM

May 21, 2010

Oh My Heck, Spiral Jetty India Pale Ale

That is so Epic. From Epic Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah. Spiral Jetty IPA | Epic Brewing Company [epicbrewing.com via the freshly relocated tyler green] Related? The Shoppes at Rozel Point, from Visiting Artist (sic), a lecture involving Smithson...
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Posted by greg at 10:02 PM

Of All The Satelloon Photos I've Loved Before

A digitized collection of vintage NASA Goddard Space Flight Center newsletters led me to the June 23, 1963 issue of LIFE Magazine. If it were possible for any photo of a Project Echo satelloon to be slightly less than awesome,...
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Posted by greg at 11:41 AM

May 20, 2010

'No Artists Were Paid In The Making Of This Commercial'

The ad's been running for a while now, but Jean just spotted this disclaimer at the end of AT&T's "Blanket" commercial last night: "The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have no direct or indirect affiliation or involvement with AT&T." I...
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Posted by greg at 7:59 AM

Please Go To Philoctetes Tonight And Tell Me How It Was

My buddy John Powers has been working on this insane project forlikeever: an artists commentary track--with pictures!--that runs alongside Star Wars IV. Tonight he's presenting it at Philoctetes, and discussing it along with Colby Chamberlain and Luke duBois, who's made...
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Posted by greg at 6:24 AM

May 19, 2010

Koons Makes Art The Old-Fashioned Way

I think we all know that Jeff Koons worked on Wall Street before he became an artist. It's mentioned in many of his profiles. But what, exactly, did he do? And what relevance, if any, does it really have...
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Posted by greg at 2:38 PM

Magnasanti vs. Slave City

Holy smokes, this is so incredible. Vincent Ocasla beat (sic) Sim City by spending three years designing and building Magnasanti, a six million person city that runs flawlessly (sic, again, obv) for 50,000 years. The YouTube video is ominously awesome....
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Posted by greg at 10:37 AM

May 18, 2010

If You See Something, Say Something

Do you find yourself wanting to talk about Group Zero, but the only names you can pronounce are Fontana and Klein [and Westwater]? Do you ever call galleries you're about to walk into, just to hear them say the artist's...
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Posted by greg at 6:04 AM

May 17, 2010

Chip Of Fools

Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik commenting on the tiny chip of porcelain Eva and Franco Mattes, the formerly anonymous artists behind 0100101110101101.org, reportedly took from one of Marcel Duchamp's urinal sculptures: In the case of Duchamp's "Fountain," could it...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 AM

The Civilian Camouflage Council

December 1942, the US is at war, and everyone is tinkering in his basement, doing his part to protect the civilian and industrial landscape against the latest technological threat: aerial photo reconnaissance. From a lengthy, fascinating article in Popular Mechanics:But...
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Posted by greg at 8:02 AM

May 14, 2010

'Mock Fuselage On Stilts'

First up, let me just say these are fantastic; I would love to see this row of bombardier training simulators parked in any gallery in the world, right next to Chris Burden's homemade B-Car. But then you'd have to...
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Posted by greg at 8:07 PM

Non Realizzate: Proposta Per Un'Auraprogettazione

Apex Art just announced that Courtenay Finn and Gary Fogelson were selected for this year's open curating slots. Finn's proposal uses a work by Bruce Nauman as a jumping off point for a show about "the role of reading in...
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Posted by greg at 4:26 PM

May 11, 2010

What Do We Think Of Ed Ruscha's Photogrids?

10 works from Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1962/1989, each 50x58cm, edition of 25 I am a huge Ed Ruscha fan, have been for a long time. His artist books of typological photographs were some of the first works of art...
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Posted by greg at 11:36 PM

May 8, 2010

What's Happening?

This explains the "two or three Happenings" discrepancies; there was a matinee Happening on Thursday. Also: "Globe Poster - Baltimore." I've had this on my desktop so long, I've forgotten where I ganked it. Oh, that's right, Oldenburg's print...
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Posted by greg at 7:53 AM

April 29, 2010

Hilton Kramer: TMI

God bless him, even if he's on the wrong side of [most of the intervening 40 years of] contemporary art history, you gotta love Hilton Kramer's eviscerating takedown of MoMA's 1970 conceptualist exhibition, Information, curated by Kynaston McShine:The exhibition is,...
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Posted by greg at 11:03 PM

The Guy With Brushes Is Present

with apologies to Marco, whose skin, which is not really chartreuse, was done early on, before I figured out a more suitable color....
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Posted by greg at 8:18 AM

April 27, 2010

Otto Piene's More Sky

Alright, all y'all who didn't tell me about Otto Piene's classic of the books-written-in-longhand era, More Sky: what else have you been hiding?Otto Piene literally opens up new horizons here in both art and art education. His book is a...
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Posted by greg at 4:35 PM

Works On Paper

Thanks to Judd [no relation] Tully, I pulled Martha Buskirk's book, The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art down again and was reminded of how awesome it is on the fascinating conflicts between Giuseppe Panza di Biumo and Donald Judd [and...
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Posted by greg at 10:41 AM

April 26, 2010

A Spy In The State Department

No, not Michael Whitney Straight. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in a 1995 interview with Rob Storr:There's a great quote by the director of the Christian Coalition, who said that he wanted to be a spy. "I want to be invisible," he...
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Posted by greg at 10:59 PM

April 25, 2010

On Photographs, Stars, Abstract Images, Reality

More from Giuseppe Panza's 1985 Archives of American Art Oral Histories interview with Christopher Knight, this time on Panza's preference for abstraction: But I believe that the modern science reveal to our knowledge a world which is far above the...
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Posted by greg at 11:04 PM

'It's An Inducement To Memory'

Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, interviewed by Christopher Knight in 1985 for the Archives of American Art:DR. PANZA: Well, the connection between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art was made through Rauschenberg, because if you look at Rauschenberg, you see also the...
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Posted by greg at 9:04 PM

So, Shall I Call You Count Panza?

On 2nd, 3rd and 4th of April 1985, there was a discussion between Christopher Knight and Count [sic?!] Giuseppe Panza di Biumo. What was said remains in the collection of Christopher Knight. And in the Archives of American Art. And...
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Posted by greg at 8:30 PM

April 24, 2010

Remains

On some day in January 1972, there was a discussion between Count Panza and Ian Wilson. What was said remains in the collection of Count Panza.--A guess at what a young gallery assistant named Jeffrey Deitch typed up on a...
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Posted by greg at 3:34 PM

April 23, 2010

The Judd Conference

I cannot go to Oregon for the weekend, but I would pay cash money right here and now to watch a livestream of the Judd Conference, the Univerity of Oregon's day-long exploration of Donald Judd's fabrication methods. The official title...
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Posted by greg at 9:37 AM

April 20, 2010

Art Fleet: Domes & Trucks & Art Things That Go

While researching the National Gallery of Art's Barkley L. Hendricks paintings, which were purchased by J. Carter Brown with money from Michael Whitney Straight, I came across one of the crazier space-meets-art moments in the history of exhibition design: Art...
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Posted by greg at 7:06 AM

April 19, 2010

'Real Art D.C.'!

Oh, I take it all back. The Washington Post does support a vibrant local art scene. If they didn't, would they be "looking to discover the Washington Region's newest talents" with their "Real Art D.C." Art Contest? I didn't think...
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Posted by greg at 10:14 AM

Lichtballettafel?

Sperone Westwater calls it Light Ballet on Wheels, 1965. Sure. It's hard to tell from the microfilm, but a photospread of artist-made household objects in the New York Times Magazine ["They Call It Art," (-ouch), Sept. 25, 1966] sure...
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Posted by greg at 9:14 AM

April 18, 2010

Otto Piene's Light Ballets & Exhibiting In The Sky

Following on to their 2008 retrospective of ZERO, Sperone Westwater is exhibiting work by the group's co-founder, Otto Piene. " Otto Piene: Light Ballet and Fire Paintings, 1957-1967" runs through May 22nd. [16 Miles has very nice installation shots.]...
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Posted by greg at 2:50 PM

April 17, 2010

The Name Is Dumas

Figure in Landscape, 2009 I'm probably enjoying reading the legal filings in Craig Robins' lawsuit against David Zwirner a little too much. [Randy Kennedy's got a nice summary in the NYT today; basically, Robins says Zwirner revealed a confidential...
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Posted by greg at 8:59 AM

April 15, 2010

OG: Ono Grapefruit

Cross a first edition of Yoko Ono's 1964 "event score"/instruction-based art book Grapefruit off my Ones I've Let Get Away list. Turns out it's not just me:There are no copies of the first (limited) edition of Grapefruit currently being...
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Posted by greg at 9:13 PM

Walking Men, Or The Google Street View Trike Has A Posse

Some interesting developments since putting the Walking Man self-portrait collection out there. Thanks for the feedback and responses. I think it's becoming clearer that walking man is not, as I wrote, a guy who "came upon the Google Street...
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Posted by greg at 9:56 AM

April 14, 2010

Finally, Primary Information's Facsimile of Avalanche

You could argue that Primary Information's facsimile editions of Avalanche, the awesome artist-run journal published in the mid-1970s by Liza Bear and Willoughby Sharp, are only the 3rd and 4th greatest editions of Avalanche, after Wade Guyton &co's bootleg photocopied...
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Posted by greg at 8:42 PM

April 12, 2010

Google Trike Plus One?

Google Street View Bilbao 2 Originally uploaded by artberri I have no idea who walking man is, and ultimately it doesn't really matter to me; the portraits of him that got inserted repeatedly throughout Google Street View ultimately stand...
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Posted by greg at 10:01 PM

Whoa, Autoprogettazione X Artek Mashup

HUGE news from on the Enzo Mari autoprogettazione X [Scandinavian Furniture Giant] mashup front: The Finnish manufacturer Artek will announce 'sedia 1- chair,' "the first object from Mari's thought-provoking project 'autoprogettazione' to go into production" with the company. "the...
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Posted by greg at 12:55 PM

April 10, 2010

walking man - a self-portrait collaboration with Google Street View

In the Summer of 2009, an unidentified young man came upon the Google Street View Trike preparing to map the Binnenhof, the center of the Dutch government, in The Hague. He decided to tag along. The man walked alongside...
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Posted by greg at 11:53 AM

April 9, 2010

The Meaning Of Maps, By Google's Michael Jones

He's pretty harsh on unnamed governments who complain about unblurred faces, and got more than a bit of engineer's arrogance, which is why, I guess, he works for Google, but Michael Jones's talk, "The Meaning of Maps,"at O'Reilly's Where...
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Posted by greg at 9:18 PM

CORRECTION: When'd The NGA Show Such Awesome Barkley Hendricks Paintings?

If there's something I'm happy to be corrected on, it's my assertion earlier this week that the National Gallery of Art has never exhibited its awesome, early, major Barkley Hendricks portraits. It turns out they have, and here's how we...
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Posted by greg at 8:08 PM

Who Knew There Was Writing Inside Those Aspen Magazines?

Making no small plans, the very first issue of Aspen contained a little booklet titled, "Configurations of the New World,", papers, speeches, essays, discussions on the future [of cities, mostly] from 13 of the whitest guys they could find, as...
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Posted by greg at 1:34 PM

April 8, 2010

5 Things I Dig About This Vintage California Home Magazine Cover

5. That plant. 4. That Girard-lookin' wall hanging. 3. Those Piet Hein Eek-lookin' sofas. 2. The Courier-lookin' typeface on those teasers. 1. A tie between Curries & Smog. via LA Modern, which will be auctioning this and other vintage...
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Posted by greg at 11:25 PM

April 7, 2010

'Just Traces In The Snow In Winter'

Dealer Leo Castelli in a December 1969 interview with Paul Cummings, discussing the early work of John Chamberlain:Then before that, he had done those foam rubber sculptures, which were really very, very good. At that time, people were more...
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Posted by greg at 8:38 PM

April 6, 2010

In Xanadu Did Rauschenberg A Stately Parachute Deploy

It's hard to say where the momentous awesomeness of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art's 1963 Pop Art Festival first overwhelmed me. When I learned that noted Pop Artist John Cage performed on opening night? When I found out that...
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Posted by greg at 7:39 AM

April 4, 2010

Have You Seen Me?

Maybe that should be, "Hast du mich gesehen?" Do you have Andrea Fraser's Michael Asher book? Because as of Summer 2008, she would still like it back. Please mail it to her gallery, no questions asked:I PURCHASED MICHAEL ASHER'S Writings...
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Posted by greg at 11:48 PM

How'd The National Gallery Get Such Awesome Barkley Hendricks Paintings?

Seriously. It's been eating at me for over a year. Like everyone else who saw them in "Birth of the Cool," Nasher Museum curator Trevor Schoonmaker's retrospective, I was in awe of Barkely L. Hendricks' straight-up full length portraits...
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Posted by greg at 9:06 PM

April 3, 2010

Cage Match

I was reading Calvin Tomkins' 1963 New Yorker profile of abstract sculptor Richard Lippold, who was a favorite of the International Style and High Modernist architecture crowd. Depending on your mood, Lippold's giant, intricate, and ambitious metal & wire works...
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Posted by greg at 9:23 AM

March 31, 2010

What's Happening? Claes Oldenburg's Stars Via Time And Alice Denney

I've already mentioned the May 3, 1963 Time Magazine article about the Washington Gallery of Modern Art's Pop Art Festival; it's really not much, but it contains the most extensive contemporary account of Claes Oldenburg's 1963 Happening, Stars. Here's how...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 PM

How Your Street View Panoramas Are Made

I've been looking into how Google Street View panoramas are made, and it's been kind of awesome. Each equirectangular panorama is stitched together on the fly out of 21 photos. Equirectangular projection, or plate carrée (flat square), is a...
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Posted by greg at 8:01 AM

March 30, 2010

greg.org's Top One Tips For Making A Book Using Blurb.com's BookSmart Tool

So the last couple of months, I've been working on an idea for book, and I wanted to see a mockup/proof. It's mostly photographs/images, with a very text introduction, and I wanted only one image per spread, like a nice...
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Posted by greg at 2:39 PM

On Being Ivan Karp In 1962

The Archive of American Art's collection of transcripts of Paul Cummings' interviews with art world figures is always good for a firsthand account and an interesting nugget or reflection. But I don't think I've ever had quite the visceral reaction...
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Posted by greg at 8:57 AM

What's Happening? Nina Burleigh Takes On Claes Oldenburg

In her 1998 biography of Mary Pinchot Meyer, Nina Burleigh used Stars, Claes Oldenburg's Happening at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art's 1963 Pop Art Festival, as a bellwether for sophisticated Georgetown/Washington's temperament towards contemporary art. Here's how Burleigh described...
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Posted by greg at 8:28 AM

March 27, 2010

Waiting For Gopnik

Hello, English-speaking media world! What have you been doing the last twenty years that you have not ever produced an article on Tejo Remy, the only designer to consider the borders of furniture and art? Never mind, Blake Gopnik is...
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Posted by greg at 8:22 PM

March 25, 2010

What's Happening? Art Buchwald Lunches With Claes Oldenburg

The week before The Pop Art Festival in Washington DC, Art Buchwald had lunch with Claes Oldenburg, WGMA Assistant Director Alice Denney, and publicist John Mecklin. The topic was Oldenburg's upcoming Happening, Stars. Buchwald wrote (in the first person...
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Posted by greg at 3:09 PM

Photography Is Dead

In Frieze, Jennifer Allen [no relation] declares the death of photography. Film photography, that is:Digitalization brings photography closer to cinema, too. The galloping horse that Eadweard Muybridge photo-graphed with 24 cameras can now be captured with one high-speed digital camera....
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Posted by greg at 12:57 PM

March 24, 2010

Roel Wouters' Shiny Silver Balls

Suddenly silver mirrored balls are everywhere. Music video and filmmaker Roel Wouters created the trailer for last year's International Film Festival Breda: A silver sphere on an endless checkerboard floor is the default for many 3D modeling applications. It can...
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Posted by greg at 5:01 PM

March 23, 2010

Shiny Space Balls? Yes, Please, I'll Take Two. No, Four.

I could feel Mondo-Blogo was baiting me as I scrolled through the photos from MoonFire, Taschen's luscious 2009 commemorative book for the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. He was amped about the text by Norman Mailer, and the...
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Posted by greg at 10:48 PM

What's Happening? Tracking Stars, Claes Oldenburg's 1963 Washington DC Happening

It's been a few months, and now I've been researching it so many places, I can't remember exactly where I first discovered that Claes Oldenburg did a Happening in Washington DC. And an early one, too. He was invited...
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Posted by greg at 3:42 PM

March 22, 2010

We're All Chris Burden Now

Through The Night Softly was a 1973 performance piece-as-latenight-TV-commercial by Chris Burden. It's a 10-second video of the artist, in a Speedo, inching on his stomach across a parking lot full of broken glass. [View it on UbuWeb.] Burden...
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Posted by greg at 10:23 PM

March 21, 2010

Sehgal, Herzog, Patel, Oldenburg: Some Links I Like

A great post on language & progress, Claude Levi-Strauss & TIno Sehgal. Some of the most interesting commentary I've read on discerning the actual structure and contours of Sehgal's This Progress, too. [futureofthebook.org via @briansholis] Which makes me wonder: do...
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Posted by greg at 3:28 PM

March 20, 2010

Wanted: Smithson's Movie Treatment For Spiral Jetty Poster

I've been working on a shot-for-shot remake of the Spiral Jetty film for a while, and so I'm quite familiar with the storyboard-like drawings Smithson did for it. Familiar with them as drawings, that is. He called them Movie...
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Posted by greg at 11:07 PM

March 19, 2010

On The Soviets On The Moon

It doesn't feel like a tangent to go from satelloons and museums on the moon to other aesthetic aspects of space and the space race. Plus there's the fascination at discovering, as a grown man, how much I hadn't...
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Posted by greg at 9:45 PM

Ken Price & Josef Albers At Brooke Alexander

Roberta Smith loves loves loves the Ken Price/Josef Albers show at Brooke Alexander. I all but stumbled across it a couple of weeks ago after finding Brooke's interview with Price (PDF), and I have to agree. It is incredibly...
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Posted by greg at 12:03 AM

March 18, 2010

'Marina Abramovic Is A Total Stone Cold Diva.'

Ivan Lozano's post about Marina Abramovic, Joan Jonas, Tino Seghal, and the conservation of performance art is absolutely fantastic. [It's built off the Performance Workshop Klaus Biesenbach held a couple of weeks ago, which was written up by Carol Kino...
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Posted by greg at 11:31 PM

March 16, 2010

Found, Sort Of: Vern Blosum

You remember how, a couple of months ago, I could find next to nothing online about Vern Blosum, the mysterious artist whose crisp, deadpan paintings of parking meters were featured in one of the very first museum exhibitions of Pop...
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Posted by greg at 10:18 PM

Catching Up With Vito Acconci

While rummaging around in Vito Acconci's early exhibition history for traces of Kathryn Bigelow's work [more on that in a second], I came across a set of three early, short Super 8mm films I'd never heard of: Three Attention...
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Posted by greg at 1:17 PM

The Lady In Blue Meets The Lady In Red

"The lady clad in bright red silk was having her picture taken from every angle around Abramovic's performance. It was spectacular." C-Monster has an awesome photoset and a firsthand account of experiencing Marina Abramovic's MoMA performance, The Artist Is...
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Posted by greg at 11:02 AM

Quick, Do Not Think Of Rielle Hunter

From a 1983 New York Times profile of up-and-coming artist/photographer Cindy Sherman:One day several years ago, in the studio of David Salle, who borrows extensively from the media, Miss Sherman saw a soft-porn magazine photograph of ''a housewife looking sexy''...
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Posted by greg at 9:40 AM

March 15, 2010

And Who Was Writing Those Ian Wilson Invoices?

I'm slightly fascinated with the talk-based artwork of Ian Wilson. The last couple of weeks, I'd been working on a Conceptualism-related proposal, and so I had out my catalogue for Ann Goldstein and Anne Rorimer's awesome, formative [for me, anyway]...
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Posted by greg at 4:34 PM

What Is Progress, And The Paper [Of] Record

Can I just suggest that, when you buy an article from the New York Times Archive, you go ahead and buy a 10-pack? In addition to supporting your local paper in their time of financial distress and dire need [ahem],...
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Posted by greg at 11:09 AM

March 14, 2010

Selections From The NASA Library: How-To Build A 100-Foot Satelloon

Part of re-creating the Project Echo satelloons as art objects is tracking down the documentation and history of it all, identifying archives and primary source materials, and finding out how, exactly NASA built these early, early satellites. Because it's...
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Posted by greg at 5:41 PM

March 13, 2010

In An Art Film That Time Forgot. Kathryn Bigelow IS. That Girl On Lawrence Weiner's Sofa.

Like everyone else reading it on OSCAR NIGHT®, Andrew Hultkrans' 1995 Artforum interview with Kathryn Bigelow gave me hope for the films-by-artists genre, if not quite from the direction people might expect. To hear a double OSCAR® winner say of...
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Posted by greg at 7:40 AM

March 12, 2010

The Weirdest 'Actually' In The New York Times

was in Carol Vogel's article on the Hirshhorn's upcoming Yves Klein retrospective [and the Kleins being auctioned to coincide with it]:A colorful figure who was an aspiring judo instructor, Klein studied Rosicrucianism and was obsessed with philosophical and poetic investigations...
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Posted by greg at 6:48 PM

On Ken Knowlton, Bell Labs, Art & Technology

Ken Knowlton's artistic collaborations have been less well-known that his Bell Labs colleague, Billy Kluver, who created E.A.T. Experiements with Art & Technology, with Robert Rauschenberg and who introduced Andy Warhol to Mylar. But we'll get to that. In...
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Posted by greg at 12:54 PM

Poemfield no. 2, Stan VanDerBeek & Ken Knowlton

Stan VanDerBeek and Ken Knowlton at Bell Labs collaborated on a series of digital structuralist computer/graphic/text animations in 1966. They used BeFLIX, [Bell Flicks], an 8-bit graphics programming language Knowlton developed in 1963. The Tate's clean version of Poemfield No....
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Posted by greg at 12:16 PM

March 9, 2010

'Preparing An Exhibit For The House Space Committee'

I'm still looking for the c. 1958-9 images of the 12-foot satelloon prototype being inflated in the US Capitol Building as part of NASA's push to fund the 100-foot version. But look what I found in the March 14, 1961...
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Posted by greg at 8:53 PM

Bedazzled Joannou

The story smells a little planted, but as long as a couple of these awesome Razzle Dazzle, Dakis Razzin,' New Museum critiquin' posters find their way into a mailing tube and land on my doorstep, I will definitely play along:...
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Posted by greg at 2:02 PM

'A Bunch Of Kids Offering Tours'

I often wonder what it'll do to my kids to grow up immersed in contemporary art the way they are: reading Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series at bedtime; seeing every vertical line in a painting as a "zip"; choosing to watch...
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Posted by greg at 12:25 PM

March 8, 2010

Bidwell And The Lost Virginia Abstract Expressionists

In 1961, Hazleton Laboratories, a pioneering biological sciences testing company based in Falls Church, Virginia, was growing rapidly. For one of their expansions, executives and scientists were given allocations to buy cutting edge abstract art for their offices. Which...
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Posted by greg at 9:31 AM

March 6, 2010

'Hier ist die Future' By Matthew Thompson

I just bought this incredible poster at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, designed by Mies van der Rohe, in DC. It's for "Hier ist die Future," an exhibition held last year at the library by British artist...
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Posted by greg at 2:25 PM

March 5, 2010

Henri Matisse, Photographer

Jeffrey Weiss's Artforum article on the implications of forensic analysis of paintings has me stoked to see "Radical Invention," Stephanie d'Alessandro and John Elderfield's incredible-sounding exhibition of experimental Matisse in the 1910s. Weiss calls out the potential trap of uncritically...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 PM

March 4, 2010

The Allure Of Permanence

A lot of people are excited about the takedown of Nicolai Ouroussoff in Design Observer this week. And I can see their quaint, anti-starchitect point. But for me, Ouroussoff's biggest crime only became clear this afternoon. That's when I...
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Posted by greg at 8:38 PM

In The Hopper

I'm afraid there's part of me that sees Edward Hopper as a little too loved-it-in-high-school, the Salinger of painting. But I still like Empty Room in the Sun, 1963, and I really like the way Brian O'Doherty talks about...
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Posted by greg at 8:26 PM

March 3, 2010

The Not So Spiral Jetty

For a generation of art watchers, Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty existed primarily as an image, via the making-of film and Gianfranco Gorgoni's iconic aerial photographs, which were exhibited at MoMA's seminal Information show and were published in Smithson's Artforum...
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Posted by greg at 11:31 PM

Wait, 'Highly Developed Dutch Cartographic Traditions'?

From Ken Johnson's thrilled NYT review of "Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age," which was at the National Gallery last winter:The painters of the golden age in Holland brought the city onto center stage and made...
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Posted by greg at 1:36 PM

Molly Dilworth's Painting For Satellites

547 West 27th Street Proposed Rooftop Painting Originally uploaded by Madilworth Last fall as the Dutch Landscape paintings idea was kicking into gear, artist Molly Dilworth emailed me a link to her rather awesome project, Paintings for Satellites. For...
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Posted by greg at 1:22 PM

March 2, 2010

On Celestographs And Photograms

Apparently, in the 1890s, the Swedish modernist playwright August Strindberg went through a period of intense imagemaking. He created paintings and photographs [hold that thought] that sound and look decades ahead of their time using chance and natural/chemical processes...
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Posted by greg at 10:55 AM

March 1, 2010

On Thomas Ruff At Aperture

Joerg has an interesting recap of Thomas Ruff speaking with Philip Gefter a couple of weeks ago at Aperture. I'm a fan of several of Ruff's series of work--and distinctly not a fan of others, but hey. Here's a...
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Posted by greg at 9:43 PM

February 26, 2010

#Class-y! Collector Panel Saturday 2/27, 6-7pm

Hey Snow People, I'll be participating in a "non-hierarchical panel discussion" about collecting art tomorrow, Saturday, 2/27 at #class, that's hashtagclass, Bill Powhida and Jen Dalton's show/performance/talk-in at Edward Winkleman Gallery. The gig is organized by Barry Hoggard and James...
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Posted by greg at 4:52 PM

February 25, 2010

On Etienne-Jules Marey And The Photographic Depiction Of Time

I've been thinking about this image from Google Street View, the one of the Mauritshuis which contains two distorted images of the guy's head. As that elongated lower head shows, Google's image knitting algorithm apparently combined two photos of...
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Posted by greg at 11:29 PM

February 24, 2010

Your Imploded View (2001) By Olafur Eliasson

For all my talk lately about satelloons, Olafur's stayed very politely quiet about his own giant, swinging aluminum balls. Maybe because he only has one? Seriously, though, I hope it's an edition. Your Imploded View is a 51-inch diameter, 660-lb...
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Posted by greg at 10:20 PM

February 23, 2010

Some Writings On Giacometti & Looking

These are mostly for me, just kind of gathered here without order or comment for the moment. I've been thinking about Alberto Giacometti lately, and his sculptural, spatial pursuit of that moment when a figure comes into view. Arthur...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 PM

February 22, 2010

Mauritshuis Gets Google Street View Camo?

Because I now appear to be constitutionally incapable of doing otherwise, after mentioning the Mauritshuis, the Vermeer-loaded Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, I checked to see if was camo-obscured on Google Maps. [I kind of knew it wasn't,...
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Posted by greg at 5:36 PM

February 21, 2010

What I Looked At In 1995: Vermeer's View Of Delft

The inconvenient intrusion of war and political upheaval [i.e., the collapse of the Dutch government and the looming withdrawal of Dutch troops from their frontline deployment in Afghanistan] into my Dutch Landscapes project has sent me trying to re-find...
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Posted by greg at 5:27 PM

February 20, 2010

Dutch Camo Landscapes On Google Streetview? Nee

You may recall how Google Maps recently changed the polygonal camouflage on one of the Dutch landscapes I was using for my painting project. I was back there, getting a clean shot of the nicely distorted grid plaza--the site...
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Posted by greg at 9:45 AM

February 19, 2010

On Reading Auras

As you can guess from the mentions of Sherrie Levine, I've been studying the issues around copying and reproducing and originality and authorship. And whenever you do that, Walter Benjamin comes up, specifically his concept of aura. Basically, it's what...
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Posted by greg at 8:44 PM

Uncle Rudi, Is That You?

Who are the freaks and nerds who call out picayune corrections in newspaper articles? Me, for one. On a New York Times piece I did once, I changed an entire line during the copyediting process. The piece was much,...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 AM

Gareth Long's Untitled (Stories)

Gareth Long's giant lenticular prints based on the iconic-yet-anachronous 1991 cover designs for JD Salinger's books are freaking me out right now. They're like Noland or Morris Louis canvases, reanimated through some immediately dated, retrofuturistic technology. Something an aesthete...
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Posted by greg at 8:26 AM

February 18, 2010

On Printing German Wallpaper & Richter's Film

For their "Art of Two Germanys" show in 2008, LACMA recreated part of a 1966 gallery installation by Gerhard Richter called Volker Bradke, which was designed to mimic or reference the postwar German bourgeoisie's penchant for ticky tacky floral wallpaper....
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Posted by greg at 1:05 PM

February 17, 2010

More Levine, More Meltdown

Here's Sherrie Levine talking in 1993 about the making of her Meltdown woodblock print series with BAM's Constance Lewallen in the Journal of Contemporary Art. Levine did just what Susan Tallman, who reviewed Meltdown kind of negatively in 1990, feared:...
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Posted by greg at 3:42 PM

February 16, 2010

What I Looked At Today: Sherrie Levine's Meltdown

Reductivist abstraction and pixelated photo-appropriation? If only it could involve a short film, an Ikea table, or a White House stage set, I could wrap this whole blog up with a bow and go home. From Peter Blum Editions' text...
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Posted by greg at 11:50 PM

February 10, 2010

ZERO Adds A Zero

Wow, Sotheby's auction of iconic Zero works from the Anne and Gerhard Lenz collection today in London went through the roof. Whether it was the recent renewed critical interest in key Zero artists beyond the big names--from Klein, Fontana...
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Posted by greg at 11:49 PM

February 9, 2010

The Collection Of Duda Miranda

So from what I can gather, Duda Miranda is a fictional collector persona, created by an artist, who collects by fabricating replicas of conceptual artworks. He first exhibited his collection in his [or someone's] house in Campinas, Brazil, in...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 PM

February 8, 2010

What I Looked At In 2000: Torben Giehler

As soon as I started thinking that Dutch Polygonal Camo on Google Maps would make great abstract landscape paintings, I thought of a some giant, abstract, polygonal landscape paintings I'd seen way back in 2000-2. But for the life...
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Posted by greg at 11:04 AM

Dutch Camo Mashup Goodness

I guess that's the whole point of camo, you just never really know what you're gonna see. In February 1942, the Dutch minesweeper the HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen survived the Battle of the Java Sea, in which the Japanese Navy...
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Posted by greg at 7:22 AM

February 5, 2010

Called It

Been waiting to finally see one of these. Looks like this week is my chance:In the main gallery upstairs, Eliasson exhibits a series of watercolor drawings on paper. Configured in sequences, they use ellipses and circles as narrative exercises...
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Posted by greg at 8:17 PM

February 4, 2010

The Everchanging Dutch Camo Landscape

Gather ye screengrabs while ye may, I guess. The camo-obscuring of sensitive sites on Google Maps by the Dutch Intelligence Service (MVID) is a dynamic process. One of my favorite sites I found last November is a complex along the...
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Posted by greg at 8:58 AM

February 3, 2010

On Drop Shadows And Diagrammatic Abstraction

I swear, I didn't plan to go all Errol Morris and do three posts about one photo in one catalogue about one artwork. So look at this other photograph! The second thing you notice--first if you just crack it open,...
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Posted by greg at 8:04 PM

4900 Colours: The Making Of

OK, now it's been bugging me a bit, this catalogue photo of Gerhard Richter with a paint brush, ostensibly going to town on the work that is the lone subject of the book, 4900 Colours, which is comprised of...
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Posted by greg at 2:57 PM

February 2, 2010

One Of 4900 Colours

So my copy of the Serpentine Gallery's catalogue for "Gerhard Richter: 4900 Colours" finally came. This is the frontispiece, a photo by Joe Hage [who is turning up everywhere in Richterland now? He's the collector who's helping the artist...
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Posted by greg at 8:51 PM

Richter On Idiots

A 2001 visit to Gerhard Richter's studio, from when Michael Kimmelman used to write about art:He puts a canvas on an easel at the end of the room and slides the photograph into a projector. The photo appears, projected onto...
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Posted by greg at 1:12 PM

As Seen On TV: Echo II Satelloon Inflation Video

I've been searching for historical and primary source material for Project Echo, one of NASA's earliest missions, which kicked into high gear in 1958. The giant, inflatable satelloons were functional--passive reflection communication satellites. That they were shaped just like...
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Posted by greg at 6:58 AM

January 31, 2010

On The Existence Of Duchamp

I finally picked up a copy of the exhibition catalogue for the 1973-4 Duchamp retrospective organized by the Philadelphia Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Here is the end of Hilton Kramer's non-review of the show for the New...
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Posted by greg at 9:35 AM

January 30, 2010

The Eternal Sunshine Of Souren Melikian's Spotless Mind

I was going to call it a guilty pleasure, but entering Souren Melikian's reality distortion field every weekend is clearly a vice. Melikian covers the art world for the International Herald Tribune--which, for him, begins and ends at the auction...
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Posted by greg at 7:29 PM

In Your Face, Detroit!

The nightly LED show on the facade of the new Motor City Casino in Detroit [via sweet juniper] Multiverse a now-permanent installation by Leo Villareal at the National Gallery of Art: I think it's clear that when it comes to...
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Posted by greg at 8:46 AM

January 29, 2010

That's What She Said

So I went to the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian this morning to do a little research on the Washington Gallery of Modern Art. Unfortunately, most of the WGMA's archives are still at the Corcoran, which merged...
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Posted by greg at 12:32 PM

Danish Moisture Farmers

Ten years, people. That's how long it took me to spot this. Ten. Years. What can I say, I got no excuse. I let you down. Olafur Eliasson, Double Sunset, 1999 [olafureliasson.net] While I'm on the topic, my friend...
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Posted by greg at 8:01 AM

January 28, 2010

Nice Rack! R.H. Quaytman On MoMA/PS1's Blog

So jealous. MoMA bought R.H. Quaytman's awesome little storage rack of paintings, Iamb: Chapter 12, Excerpts and Exceptions, with Painting Rack, which the artist filled over the course of eight years, and showed in 2009 at Miguel Abreu. [Abreu,...
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Posted by greg at 5:52 PM

January 27, 2010

Temporary Waterfalls Return To Brooklyn

The BBC has nice footage of the mockup for Michael Arad's World Trade Center Memorial waterfalls, which was constructed in Brooklyn last week. My impression: unexpectedly Olafur-esque. Also, the [engineer?] guy saying it is to be an "Eternal Waterfall"...
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Posted by greg at 10:36 AM

January 26, 2010

Everyone's An Earth Artist: Lamanites

I guess if God can appear to a backwoods New York farmboy, send an angel to groom him for four years, and then command him to translate a sheaf of golden plates into the Book of Mormon, He can...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 PM

Everyone's An Earth Artist: Dolphins

I know dolphins are supposed to be super-intelligent and all, BUT. While this detournement of Smithson's Spiral Jetty executed from rapidly dissipating, tail-agitated mud is passably performative, as a critique of entropy, it's a little too pat and predictable....
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Posted by greg at 7:25 PM

January 23, 2010

On Tom Wesselmann And The DC Dither

When DC art lecturer and blogger John Anderson emailed to ask if I'd heard about the scandal surrounding the Washington Gallery of Modern Art and the Tom Wesselmann, I was like, "Tom Wesselmann scandal? Do tell!" He pointed me...
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Posted by greg at 7:00 PM

January 22, 2010

Mary Meyer, Proto-Minimalist?

I've been poking around to find examples of the artwork of Mary Pinchot Meyer, the Washington DC painter who was connected romantically to both Ken Noland and JFK. When her work is discussed at all, she's generally been associated...
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Posted by greg at 1:19 PM

January 21, 2010

The Washington Wives School

You start pulling on a thread, and you never quite know what starts to come out. For some great stories about the Washington Gallery for Modern Art and "The Popular Image Exhibition," reader JA suggested, I should really check out...
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Posted by greg at 10:52 PM

January 20, 2010

Anyone Tell Me About Vern Blosum?

As I've been digging into the history of modernism and contemporary art in Washington DC, one of the most prominent events I keep coming back to is "The Popular Image" and its performance companion, the "Pop Art Festival." Organized Alice...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 PM

January 19, 2010

Never Mind! Bruce High Quality Foundation Made The Gate, But Not The Article

A little while back, when I realized that Bruce High Quality Foundation, the ambiguous, anonymous art collective and The New Hotness, were behind The Gate, I took them at their word and began to question whether what we knew...
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Posted by greg at 7:52 AM

January 18, 2010

Mind The Storr: On Gerhard Richter's September

Seriously, I could fall into Gerhard Richter's website and not surface for days. There's just so much stuff. And related stuff. And meta-stuff. Auction histories for specific works? Cross-referenced Atlas pages? It just goes on and on and on....
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Posted by greg at 11:06 PM

German Landscape Paintings? Triangulation X Gerhard Richter

Now that I can make any map or image into a color-averaged, triangular camo abstract wonderscape, I am in big trouble. Triangulation - web interface [triangulation.jgate.de via andy] original image: Stadtbild PL, 1970, Gerhard Richter [gerhard-richter.com]...
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Posted by greg at 9:54 PM

January 17, 2010

On Abstraction And The Ready-Made Gesture

As someone who backed into a project last September of making paintings of readymade abstraction, I was nervous, stoked, and inspired by "Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and the Ready-Made Gesture," the group show curated by Debra Singer which...
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Posted by greg at 3:29 PM

January 15, 2010

Lindsey Adelman's Autoprogettazione Chandelier

I've recently stepped up my search for more examples of objects that resonate with Enzo Mari's autoprogettazione model: artists and designers who offer not just the non-authorial conceit of "made by anyone," but "permission to make it yourself." It's...
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Posted by greg at 11:14 PM

January 12, 2010

Hey Look, Forrest Myers Has More Of The Moon Museum Etchings

Regular readers of greg.org will recall the Moon Museum. Initiated by the artist Frosty Myers--who know prefers to be called Forrest Myers, I take it--the Moon Museum was the first art on the moon, a tiny ceramic chip containing...
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Posted by greg at 10:50 PM

'Little Uglies'

I've had a research question simmering on the back burner for a while, trying to figure out what the history of modernism and contemporary art have been in Washington DC. Partly, it was the dearth of good modernist architecture that...
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Posted by greg at 4:41 PM

January 10, 2010

'The Art Game In Washington'

Recently I've been researching the postwar history of contemporary art and architecture in Washington DC. This article sounds like it could have been written last week:The Art Game in Washington Amid a growing art boom, local artists feel they are...
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Posted by greg at 4:43 PM

January 9, 2010

Things 'We' Did Not Know In 2009: BHQF Did The Gate

This also goes on my Lists Of Things 'We' Did Not Know In 2008 and 2007, Which Is When James Wagner Mentioned It. I admit, I largely pulled back from the whole Bruce High Quality Foundation hype when it, well,...
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Posted by greg at 5:03 PM

Primary Atmospheres at David Zwirner

Last month I watched the essentially sculptural process of designing and making fiberglass Eames chairs, and I wondered "how design and art ever stayed separate in those days." The answer, of course, was that it didn't. David Zwirner just...
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Posted by greg at 12:29 PM

Carry On With The Despair

My first reaction on reading the BBC's 2009 list 100 things we didn't know last year for 2009 was, "What you mean 'we,' Kemosabe?" But seriously, the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was never actually used in WWII,...
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Posted by greg at 9:13 AM

January 8, 2010

Call For Submissions: Larry Sultan Pin-Up Show At CCA

The California College for The Arts is organizing an open pin-up show to honor Larry Sultan, the photographer, conceptual artist, and teacher who passed away last month:This show is a way for us to mark his passing and his enormous...
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Posted by greg at 8:24 AM

"American Pixels," Adaptive Jpegs By Jörg M Colberg

Jörg M Colberg [who blogs photography at concientious] introduces complexity and subjectivity with content-sensitive jpeg compression:These Adaptive Jpegs (ajpegs) [1] - "American Pixels" - are an experiment. Jpegs are images where the original information was compressed to save space....
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Posted by greg at 7:33 AM

January 7, 2010

Ashes To Ashes, Toast To Toast

So I was watching Marie Lorenz' video, Capsized, on WNYC's Culture Blog, like I was told to do. And not just because she had co-curated Invisible Graffiti Magnet Show inside those Richard Serra torqued spiral segments stored along the Bronx...
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Posted by greg at 9:39 AM

January 6, 2010

'The Most Important Unreported Stories In The Art World'

Inspired by Hans Ulrich Obrist's perennial interview question, I wrote about artists' unrealized projects a few years ago for the NY Times. As I stack up some [as-yet] unrealized projects of my own--including, alas, catching up on my unread e-flux...
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Posted by greg at 11:34 PM

January 5, 2010

Lookin' For Love In All Wrong Places

Last night on very short notice, I went to "Running for Cover(age), A panel discussion on arts criticism in the DC area," organized by the Washington Project for the Arts. Here are the impetus and content of the discussion in...
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Posted by greg at 9:58 AM

January 2, 2010

Which Crystalline Minimalism?

I'm fine with somethings in the air, and zeitgeists, and influences, and inspirations, and appropriations. When I finish some of these Dutch Landscape paintings, I'll go up to Mary Heilmann and Gerhard Richter and a dozen other folks and give...
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Posted by greg at 5:47 PM

Whoa, Have You Ever Heard Of The DESTE Foundation??

Just getting caught up on some blogs I lost track of the last couple of months. Regine at We Make Money Not Art has a great writeup of an amazing-sounding show in Athens at the DESTE Foundation titled, "A...
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Posted by greg at 3:08 PM

Neto > Bloc > Klein

While poking around last night looking for more films and videos made by Ernesto Neto, I found this clip, a black & white making-of short for Looking for the end, an installation Neto made in the southern Paris suburb of...
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Posted by greg at 9:02 AM

January 1, 2010

Ernesto Neto's Coconut Manifesto

What's the bigger news, that the traditional shell-and-machete-based distribution system of beachfront coconut water is threatened by industrial-scale canned product? Or that Ernesto Neto is releasing catchy video manifestos for the cause on YouTube? Água de coco Ernesto Neto...
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Posted by greg at 10:09 PM

December 29, 2009

Pebble Beach Pollock Case Gives Year-End Burst Of Crazy

Thanks to Find The Warhols! and the Pebble Beach Pollock, 2009 was the Year Of Sketchy Art Thefts here on greg.org. Definitely didn't see that coming. But after a couple of intense months, both cases have grown dishearteningly cold of...
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Posted by greg at 1:13 PM

December 17, 2009

The AMNH's Digital Universe Atlas

The American Museum of Natural History maintains a Digital Universe Atlas, which maps all the objects in the universe using the most current data available. They just released The Known Universe, an animated version of the data, in conjunction...
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Posted by greg at 11:03 AM

Delirious DC

At the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball, more than a dozen New York architects came dressed as their buildings: [l to r] A. Stewart Walker [Fuller Building], Leonard Schultze [Waldorf-Astoria], Ely Jaques Kahn [Squibb Building], William Van Alen [Chrysler Building,...
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Posted by greg at 7:48 AM

December 15, 2009

Merz-y Christmas!

Paddy recognized a good match for MOCA's Felix Gonzalez-Torres [Christmas] light string card. If the folks at Luhring Augustine would hop to, we can still get this printed and sent in time for Kwanzaa, at least. Alternate headlines: Deck...
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Posted by greg at 9:55 AM

Time To Make The Doughnut

Sweet. The Hirshhorn Museum is floating the idea to turn its central plaza into a 4-story event space by filling it with a giant temporary balloon pavilion by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The $5 million pavilion would be put...
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Posted by greg at 7:47 AM

December 14, 2009

Felix Navidad

Not sure how I feel about this, I'll tell you when my order arrives. Pretty damn pleased with the headline, though. Felix Gonzalez-Torres Holiday Cards: Last Light, $14.95 for a box of 10 [mocastore.org]...
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Posted by greg at 1:29 PM

Bubbly Museums 2.0

Robin Pogrebin reports on all the museums waking up with a financial and strategic hangover after a decade of Bilbao Effect-ed building. It's good, obvious-and-not-just-in-hindsight stuff. I seem to recall during the midst of the boom, the American Cinematheque in...
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Posted by greg at 10:47 AM

December 13, 2009

I C U & U & U

The first time I did the Miami collection visit circuit was in 1998, with MoMA's Junior Associates. A few things stuck out in my mind: Ernesto Neto camped out on Rosa de la Cruz's floor with a sewing machine; Zhang...
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Posted by greg at 10:07 PM

Slight Of Hand

Considering how important and incredible the work is, it's funny how ambivalent the Times' Gabriel Orozco feature sounds. Ann Temkin did a great show of Orozco's work in Philadelphia, and yet she comes across as a bit flustered discussing the...
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Posted by greg at 7:54 AM

December 12, 2009

Mercury's Tethered Balloon Experiment

A periodic check on eBay for Project Echo-related material turned up this photo from April 29, 1963: "NASA-MERCURY, HANGAR 5, CCMTA - Left to Right - William Carmines and William Armstrong of NASA describe the balloon experiment for the...
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Posted by greg at 9:14 PM

December 10, 2009

Making Eames Shell Chairs, c. 1970

So fantastic. This promo film was made by Eames Office for Herman Miller in 1970, and it shows the making of fiberglass shell chairs, from the analog beginnings of design to the box. The idea of design has been...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 PM

The Eames Solar Do-Nothing Machine - The Remaking Of

I'm fallen in love all over again with the Solar Toy Ray and Charles Eames created around 1956-7 for Alcoa. Writing about it in 1958, Charles Eames also called it the "Do Nothing Machine." As Steve Roden discussed a...
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Posted by greg at 9:06 PM

Anne Truitt, Cool Warrior

I've always smiled when I read this exchange from James Meyer's 2001 interview with Anne Truitt: JM: People often try to connect the artist's life and work In obvious ways: They refract the art through the lens of biography. I...
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Posted by greg at 4:56 PM

December 7, 2009

The Parmalat Picasso: Calisto Tanzi's Secret Art Stash

Whoops, looks like the number of spectacular corporate fraudster's secret art stashes about be pawned off to unnamed Russian collectors has dropped by one. The Guardia di Finanza del Nucleo Polizia Tributaria in Bologna raided several Parma homes of...
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Posted by greg at 9:43 AM

December 6, 2009

Domes In Dutch Landscapes: Awesome Worlds Collide

I love it when several plans come together. Apparently, not all the Dutch Google Maps landscapes camo'd out by the Military Intelligence Department are actually sensitive sites. And some sites will toggle in and out of camouflage without warning...
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Posted by greg at 7:03 PM

December 5, 2009

The NYT On Dan Flavin's 1964 Green Gallery Show

So how did the New York Times review Dan Flavin's seminal 1964 show at Green Gallery? Actually, it didn't. Stuart Preston just gave it a snarky, inaccurate blurb in the weekend gallery listings on Nov. 28. I can't imagine it...
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Posted by greg at 11:54 AM

December 4, 2009

Holland Cotter's Revanchism

I understand the back to basics theme that Holland Cotter's working with in his Chelsea walkaround. But I'm baffled by the retrograde sniping about authorship in his non-review of Alighiero e Boetti's maps:Gladstone on West 21st Street has pulled...
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Posted by greg at 10:38 AM

December 2, 2009

Shift: No Alt, No Delete

Add Shift, a seminal, early site-specific sculpture from 1970-72, to the list of Richard Serra works you can see on Google Maps. The series of wedge-shaped, concrete walls is tucked away on remote farmland in King City, Ontario. The...
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Posted by greg at 8:32 AM

November 30, 2009

On Remembering Ross Laycock

I've thought about similar situations before, so when I saw the mention in the NY Times article about all the dela Cruz's Felix Gonzalez-Torreses I realized I was surprised at how infrequently I hear or see Felix's partner mentioned...
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Posted by greg at 6:23 PM

November 29, 2009

What I Looked At Today - Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter used a randomizing computer program to place the 11,500 hand-blown squares of glass in 72 different colors in his 2007 stained glass window for the Cologne Cathedral. He used the same program at the same time to...
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Posted by greg at 10:51 PM

So They're Surrealist Dutch Landscapes?

Been trying to think about where the idea of painting an intentionally obscuring, computer-generated, institutionally applied abstract pattern onto a systematically produced aerial photographic map of the entire world fits into the historical painting/photography, abstract/representational context. From Andre Bazin's 1945...
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Posted by greg at 2:16 PM

November 25, 2009

No Redwoods Were Harmed In The Making Of That Serra?

In 1969, Allen Ruppersberg created Al's Cafe, a detailed, functioning facsimile of an archetypal diner, which was to operate/perform one night a week. Allan McCollum, who was making work in Los Angeles at the time, wrote about Ruppersberg and Al's...
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Posted by greg at 9:08 AM

November 24, 2009

Feigned The Warhols!

You know what we haven't been hearing much news about lately? That's right, art crime. No Pebble Beach "Pollocks" bollocks, no Find The Warhols! updates from LA... So it's a relief to hear that hilarious Warholian scams haven't all disappeared....
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Posted by greg at 9:54 PM

November 23, 2009

Neuester Himmels-Atlas, By Christian Goldbach

Just another, particularly beautiful, addition to the list of sky atlases throughout history which showed the entire universe. Or the known universe. Or the known universe that they could show: Zwillinge (Twins : Gemini), a 1799 constellation map by Christian...
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Posted by greg at 11:46 PM

November 21, 2009

Shaquille O'Neal Curates An Art Exhibit

Well known Twitter pioneer Shaquille O'Neal is curating an exhibition next February titled "Size DOES Matter," which will look at the issue of scale in contemporary art. The show will take place at the Flag Art Foundation, which was founded...
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Posted by greg at 2:05 PM

Umberto Eco Curates An Art Exhibit

'We Like Lists Because We Don't Want to Die' The headline was glib enough that I waited several days before actually reading it, but Spiegel's interview with Umberto Eco does turn out to be worth it. SPIEGEL: But why does...
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Posted by greg at 1:37 PM

November 20, 2009

The Roni Horn Memorial Signage System

Pentagram has nice coverage of Abbott Miller's work for the crisp signage and graphics systems at Thom Mayne's spectacular new building for the Cooper Union. Which looks, in some of its particulars, quite like Roni Horn sculptures. I look...
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Posted by greg at 6:10 PM

November 19, 2009

Correction: A Serra NOT Named Bellamy

So last winter, after finding Jake Dobkin's, and Nathan Kensinger's photos during my search for Richard Serra sculptures visible on Google Maps, I got a little fascinated with the massive Cor-Ten sculptures Richard Serra stores in a riverfront machine...
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Posted by greg at 6:15 PM

November 18, 2009

What I Looked At Today [Until My Eyes Glazed Over] - Goethe

I don't know who Bruce MacEvoy is, but his is the most exhaustive series of comparative analyses of various theories of color theory I've found. [aha. A web guy/artist who sold YHOO better than I did.] As I debate in...
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Posted by greg at 2:38 PM

November 17, 2009

Fischer Foul?

Is Charlie Finch feeling left out? In his new column on artnet, Finch downplays the New Museum's Dakis controversy--by throwing out several blind items he thinks are even bigger, yet unacknowledged scandals, including a claim he made in his Urs...
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Posted by greg at 9:49 PM

November 14, 2009

The Player

I can't say how I feel about Francesco Vezzoli's work; that's not how my mama raised me. I will grant though, that he's extremely smart and astute and has successfully identified an elemental dynamic of the art world and makes...
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Posted by greg at 5:45 PM

November 13, 2009

Project Echo & Satelloon Conservation

The first Project Echo satelloon may have started out as a 100-meter sphere, but it didn't stay that way. Echo IA launched on August 12, 1960, and it stayed in orbit and visible to the naked eye until May...
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Posted by greg at 4:05 PM

What I Looked At Today - Alex Brown

Though they're pixelated abstractions, and though they're almost as likely to be landscapes as people, Alex Brown's paintings feel a bit like the opposite of what fascinates me about the Dutch Landscape paintings I'm working on. From a q&a...
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Posted by greg at 2:27 PM

November 12, 2009

What I Looked At Today - Hiropon Factory

I didn't realize it until I surfed across this half-pixelated Takashi Murakami painting, but I have Murakami's factory lodged in my brain as a model of digital-to-analog painting and production. Back before the whole Louis Vuitton thing, even before...
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Posted by greg at 9:50 PM

November 10, 2009

What I Thought Of Looking At Today: Tomma Abts

More from Paper Monument, the print version #1, an interesting critique of Tomma Abts' Turner Prize-winning exhibition in 2006 by editor Dushko Petrovich:Understatement is of course a wonderful tactic, provided that you first have something to state. Without content, the...
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Posted by greg at 8:05 PM

Chromatic Modernism Meets Tweeds Catalogue

Oh, Paper Monumentalists, please keep going. The only thing I don't like about your almost-too-short-to-tweet reviews is that there are too few of them:Josiah McElheny "Proposals for a Chromatic Modernism" September 12 - October 17 Andrea Rosen Gallery Ruined by...
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Posted by greg at 1:37 PM

November 6, 2009

What I Looked At Today - Dean Fleming

You never know what'll turn up. In the same sale as that Sheeler study is this 1965 geometric abstract painting by Dean Fleming, one of the pioneers of SoHo. In 1962, Fleming founded the Park Place Gallery, an artist...
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Posted by greg at 8:37 PM

What I Looked At Today - More Charles Sheeler

To be honest, I've never felt very interested in the late paintings of Charles Sheeler. After his Precisionist, industrial peak, and his consistently strong, modernist photography, the delicate, highly constructed, cubist/abstract Pennsylvania barn compositions seemed a little twee. They...
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Posted by greg at 7:57 PM

Let Them Eat Ribs!

Jacques Torres chocolate bunny, originally uploaded by 16 Miles of String. Wow, I am sorry I missed the opening party for Performa 09 last Friday. A ton of ribs, a ton of honey, a ton of ice, a ton...
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Posted by greg at 10:17 AM

November 5, 2009

Curate The Controversy?

So now that the White House has returned Alma Thomas's 1968 painting, Watusi (Hard Edge) to the Hirshhorn amid a flurry of interest in its making and in the artist herself, I assume the museum will quickly put it...
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Posted by greg at 2:05 PM

November 4, 2009

Oy. White House Sends Alma Thomas Painting Back To The Hirshhorn

I guess I can understand if the White House saw the rightwing faux-controversy over Alma Thomas's Watusi (Hard Edge) as an unhelpful distraction, and it's not like the country elected Obama to be curator-in-chief, but that doesn't mean their...
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Posted by greg at 11:43 PM

John & Merce's Bob

Walter Hopps' 1991 exhibition at The Menil, Robert Rauschenberg: The Early 1950s, changed my art life, basically. Bob and Cy trekking around Italy. Bob and John and Merce collaborating. Bob and Jasper, whoa. Did not hear much about that...
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Posted by greg at 12:36 PM

November 2, 2009

Digital To Analog Paint Matching?

Maybe I've just been living in the digital world too long, but I'd like to somehow extract a color list from these polygon-laden Google Map images, and then order paint that matches. Only I'm not finding a vast, well-developed, digital-to-analog...
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Posted by greg at 4:03 PM

November 1, 2009

Collecting Dutch Landscapes

I just got the first prints of Dutch Landscapes to paint. And I've captured a few more to prep for printing. Here are a few more of the camo-obscured Dutch sites I also like but haven't gotten around to capturing...
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Posted by greg at 5:19 PM

'The Sound of Footsteps'

Tacita Dean on the making of Craneway Event, the rehearsals of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in a former auto factory on the San Francisco Bay, which she filmed exactly a year ago: I edited it alone on my film-cutting...
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Posted by greg at 8:15 AM

October 31, 2009

What I Looked At Today - Mondrian Transatlantic Paintings

Anyone with an interest in Piet Mondrian's painting technique probably already has Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings, published by the Harvard Art Museums in 2001. It's a fascinating, in-depth, and not-at-all boring look at a unique body of Mondrian's work,...
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Posted by greg at 5:15 PM

October 30, 2009

What I Looked At Today: Theo van Doesburg Edition

It's hard to see Theo van Doesburg's work up close these days, especially paintings. But for this Dutch Landscapes paintings project, the technical and theoretical logic of both Mondrian and van Doesburg is pretty inarguable. Though the de Stijl...
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Posted by greg at 11:07 PM

October 29, 2009

The Knew Museum

At the press preview of the New Museum's Urs Fischer show yesterday, curator Massimiliano Gioni said that Fischer "treats reality as if it were software," an assessment I suspect is designed to be tweeted more than analyzed. Gioni and...
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Posted by greg at 8:08 AM

October 28, 2009

Autoprogettazione Updates From All Over

Sheesh, as if I wasn't painfully aware of the nearly finished Enzo Mari x Ikea Mashup table sitting behind my sofa, I get this, from Peter Nencini, [above] which frankly just hurts:A couple of weeks ago we reassembled 32...
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Posted by greg at 1:21 PM

Korean Art Flipper Eats It On Schnabel Dog

It happens all the time in the Old Masters market, but I could never understand how a work of art could sell at auction for one price, only to reappear--and to sell--at a fair a few months later with a...
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Posted by greg at 7:23 AM

October 27, 2009

100-ft Spheres In The Center? On Buckminster Fuller's Original Expo 67 Pavilion

From the Other Things I Didn't Know About What Goes Inside Geodesic Dome Pavilions Department: Christine Macy and Sarah Bonnemaison devote a chapter in their 2003 book, Architecture and nature: creating the American landscape to geodesic domes, including this description...
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Posted by greg at 11:16 PM

American Painting Now Then

How to account for my dogged fascination with the temporary/permanent, futuristic/historic paradoxes of Expo art and architecture? Buckminster Fuller's 20-story Biosphere was far and away his greatest single success and the hit of the most successful modernist world's fair,...
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Posted by greg at 12:17 PM

October 26, 2009

Don't Find The Warhols Yet, Anyway

So it looks like we won't be finding the Warhols just yet. The Kickstarter project deadline came today, and only $265 of the $1400 or so required to print and ship a batch of giant Wanted posters had been pledged....
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Posted by greg at 11:46 PM

October 22, 2009

Holden Caulfield, Curator

From the Observer profile of Massimiliano Gioni:Growing up outside Milan in a town he likened to Newark, Mr. Gioni found himself drawn to art precisely because there were no adults talking to him about it. "It didn't belong to the...
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Posted by greg at 7:28 AM

October 21, 2009

The Quality Of A Skillfully Executed LeWitt

Yale just held a panel discussion on conservation and artist intention. This kind of thing drives me a little crazy:Not all work inevitably degrades, though. Some art improves with careful conservation. [Yale University Art Gallery director Jack] Reynolds showed a...
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Posted by greg at 11:28 PM

It's So Hard To Get Good Help Finding The Warhols These Days

Yeah, well it's like five days until the Find The Warhols! project expires on Kickstarter, and we're still a ways to go from our goal. Normally this would right about the time that a groundswell of sympathy for the...
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Posted by greg at 9:24 PM

October 20, 2009

Original = Higher Resolution

Lawrence Weschler narrates a slideshow of David Hockney's iPhone/Brushes drawings for the NY Review of Books:When he finishes one of these drawings, he sends it out into the world... There's about 15, 20 people, and he assumes that we send...
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Posted by greg at 8:47 PM

Norton Family Christmas Project At The MoMA Store

Wow. Every Christmas since 1988, Peter Norton and his family have commissioned artists to create a work, which they produced and sent out to friends, family and other art world folks. Now Norton, a MoMA trustee, is emptying out...
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Posted by greg at 5:26 PM

First The Good News: Helio Oiticica Heirs Say Not Everything Burned After All

Note to self, the Brazilian media & world's wire services: the guy standing outside his burning house and saying he lost everything does not, in fact, know that everything is lost. Such is the case with the Projecto Helio Oiticica,...
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Posted by greg at 7:50 AM

October 18, 2009

Fire Destroys '90%' Of Helio Oiticica's Work

Unbelievable. The Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica refused to sell his work; his estate, the Projecto Helio Oiticica, held an estimated 95% of his entire output when he died in 1980. The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston had a...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 PM

October 17, 2009

Greatest Hits: Highlights From The LAPD Art Theft Detail's Wanted Gallery

Considering the awesome graphic power of their official publications, you'd think I would have visited the Los Angeles Police Department's Art Theft Detail website sooner. Well, let me make amends: THE LAPD ART THEFT DETAIL WEBSITE IS FANTASTIC! Seriously,...
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Posted by greg at 12:37 PM

On Second Thought, Don't Find The Warhols??

Well that's complicating. Richard Weisman has withdrawn his $25 million insurance claim for the 11 Andy Warhol paintings he reported stolen last month from his home in Los Angeles. As a result, the insurance company, Chartis, has withdrawn its...
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Posted by greg at 8:54 AM

October 15, 2009

Deal

Maybe Jonathan Monk had the same misremembering of Walter de Maria as I did. His series at Lisson Gallery at Frieze comes with various, built-in resale price caps. [via sarah douglas for artinfo]...
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Posted by greg at 10:17 AM

October 14, 2009

What I Looked At Today - Phillips Edition

Why, I feel just like Alma Thomas, what with my shopping around for a modernist painting technique to use on my Dutch camo Landscape series... Anyway, I headed over to the Phillips Collection in search of Arthur Dove paintings....
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Posted by greg at 1:35 PM

There's No Telling What You'll Have To Do

The late, great curator Walter Hopps on his Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles:Anyway, one of the painters I loved--and I realized that a number of the artists, including [Robert] Irwin, also really loved him--was Giorgio Morandi. No one was showing...
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Posted by greg at 8:15 AM

October 12, 2009

Echo I

This 1960 LIFE Magazine photo by Grey Villet of Antenna bouncing first message off Echo I satellite is a great, uh, echo of Trevor Paglen's The Other Night Sky series....
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Posted by greg at 2:40 PM

October 11, 2009

What I Looked At Today

So I decided to make the Dutch landscape paintings I wanted to see made from those incredible security-obscured Dutch Google Maps I found a couple of weeks ago. I'll print the images out and paint over them. Since they...
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Posted by greg at 9:39 PM

October 10, 2009

On Wingnuts On Alma Thomas

I guess it doesn't matter anymore that I don't see why the White House's art borrowing is news now, when almost the entire list was already published and discussed four months ago [and many weeks before that, too]. Because...
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Posted by greg at 1:23 PM

On Knuckleheads On Anne Truitt

I'll have more to say about the incredible work of Anne Truitt in the Hirshhorn's retrospective, thoughtfully curated by Kristen Hileman. Whether on canvas, paper or sculpture-like wooden armatures, Truitt's exhaustively spare paintings induce, by design, a lot of...
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Posted by greg at 6:47 AM

October 9, 2009

I Am So Banacek, Ch. 2: So Now They're Prints

I'm really busy Finding The Warhols!, but when the Palm Beach Pollock heist went down, and no one in the crime beat media seemed to know enough about art to spot the inconsistencies and implausibilities in collector/dealer/boytoy Angelo Amadio's claims,...
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Posted by greg at 7:54 AM

October 7, 2009

The Modern's Image Of Freedom Competition

News that the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth acquired a painting by Charles Sheeler of the Boulder Dam sent me looking for more, and guess what I found? Sheeler's painting is one of six commissioned in 1938 by...
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Posted by greg at 3:44 PM

October 6, 2009

So The Pollock Isn't Unknown, It's Secret? Or How I Am So Banacek

So first the big news about the Pebble Beach Pollock Caper: did I call it or what? The Monterey Herald reports from the Sheriff's Dept. press conference today that Angelo Amadio and Ralph Kennaugh are now being considered suspects in,...
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Posted by greg at 11:35 PM

October 4, 2009

Oh, You Mean From The Dead Coke Fiend Pollock Hoard

Now that the Monterey Herald's on the case, I think the Pebble Beach Pollock heist will be wrapped up pretty soon. Then we can get back to Finding The Warhols! Out of Angelo/Benjamin Amadio's shifty, grifty interview with reporters Larry...
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Posted by greg at 8:26 AM

October 2, 2009

Cherchez La Femme [Qui Pisse]

Stolen art aficionados, please don't let the reports of a giant $60 million art theft in Pebble Beach distract us from Our Important Task of Finding The Warhols, because it is a big gay hoax. I'll bet you a Warhol...
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Posted by greg at 12:32 PM

September 30, 2009

BeDazzled At RISD

BeDazzled was an exhibition organized by the appropriately named RISD librarian Claudia Covert of the library's collection of WWI Dazzle Camouflage patterns and photographs from the US Shipping Board:Maurice L. Freedman donated the plans and photos in the collection...
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Posted by greg at 8:15 AM

Razzle Dazzle

Last year Jeff Koons covered Dakis Joannou's angular yacht Guilty [designed by Ivana Porfiri] with a pattern inspired by WWI naval camouflague. The technique, known in the US as Razzle Dazzle and in the UK as just Dazzle Painting,...
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Posted by greg at 7:15 AM

September 28, 2009

Gerhard Street View

A Google Street View image of a French radar-jamming installation obscured by order of the Ministry of Defense or an overpainted photograph by Gerhard Richter? You decide....
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Posted by greg at 9:22 PM

September 27, 2009

Houses Of Orange

NL Architects thinks it might make a good Herzog & deMeuron project, but I think Google Maps' security pixelization of the Dutch Royal House's Noordeinde Palace in Den Haag would make an absolutely fantastic series of landscape paintings. Where...
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Posted by greg at 8:18 PM

September 26, 2009

If You Don't Make It Here, You'll Make It Anywhere

Sheesh, build an Empire State Building out of Erector Sets at Rockefeller Center and the NY Times still thinks you're dead:The greatest enchantments at Inhotim are produced by works that not only draw on powerful subconscious currents but that also...
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Posted by greg at 8:20 AM

September 21, 2009

Have You Seen Me? The Find The Warhols Project

Earlier this month eleven portrait paintings by Andy Warhol were reported stolen from the home of Los Angeles collector Richard Weisman. The paintings, known the Athletes Series, depict some of the greatest athletes in the world in 1977, plus...
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Posted by greg at 9:25 AM

September 16, 2009

Ai Weiwei Undergoes Emergency Surgery In Munich

For a month after being beaten and detained by Chinese police, artist Ai Weiwei had complained of constant headaches. While in Munich to install a show, he went to a doctor, who sent him into emergency surgery to alleviate a...
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Posted by greg at 11:12 AM

The Sentence As Earthwork

Not that it doesn't sound fascinating, but a diagram of this sentence would be as big as the Lightning Field itself: In this lecture Chris Taylor will present Land Arts of the American West as a work that makes other...
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Posted by greg at 9:17 AM

September 14, 2009

Much Is Published, But Little Printed

From Henry David Thoreau's Walden, quoted by Mark Noonan in the Columbia Journal of American StudiesBut while we are confined to books, though the most select and classic, and read only particular written languages, which are themselves but dialects and...
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Posted by greg at 8:45 PM

On The Public-Sculpture Gravy Train

It's got shiny spheres, and science re-creations, and DC artists and quotes from curator and museum director friends. But it's been a few weeks now, and the only thing I can say about Blake Gopnik's mind-numbing/blowing article on Jim Sanborn...
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Posted by greg at 1:58 PM

LLC Tuymans

16 Miles found the money quote [heh] about his upcoming US retrospective in Luc Tuymans' TAN interview : "The US tour should lead to steady sales." But wait, there's more! That guy has had it up to _here_ with...
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Posted by greg at 11:58 AM

September 13, 2009

Floating Cloud Structures, Or We All Live In A Fuller Satelloon

Just like how, once you've learned it, you start hearing a word all the time, now I see satelloons everywhere. Including at the Buckminster Fuller retrospective last year at the Whitney [which went on to Chicago this summer.] Buckminster...
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Posted by greg at 9:09 PM

September 12, 2009

A Small Compendium Of Shiny Orbiting Balls

In a 1970 paper, two Harvard/Smithsonian scientists proposed A Passive Stable Satellite for Accurate Laser Ranging. Dubbed project Cannonball, the 38-cm spherical satellite would be covered with triangular reflectors and would weigh--did someone drop a decimal?--a prodigious 8000 pounds. Cannonball...
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Posted by greg at 9:22 PM

September 11, 2009

Share Your Bed

I've steered way clear of architect's Michael Jackson Monument Competition because--hello, in what universe does that decision actually require any explanation? Because. Anyway, after seeing the winners, I just have to raise a single, ungloved--and as yet unmittened, hold...
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Posted by greg at 10:37 AM

Show Me The Monet

The [Modern] bought its first large waterlily painting -- at 18 feet across, the widest painting to enter the collection up to that point -- in 1955, for the equivalent of $11,500. A mere three years later it paid the...
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Posted by greg at 7:23 AM

September 9, 2009

Malibu Air: Lens Color Cast Corrections

House exterior (test) Malibu, CA Kitchen Malibu, CA Ian James is a recent CalArts graduate. He posted a series of images--photos--of Lens color cast correction on his blog. which are kind of fantastic:Lens Color Cast is an dilemma specific...
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Posted by greg at 11:21 PM

September 6, 2009

Public Art On The Mall: Centerbeam & Icarus

While we contemplate the Colombian Heart Attack that has befallen Washington DC, it might be worthwhile to remember the good old days, such as they were, when the National Mall was the site of ambitious public art projects. Projects...
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Posted by greg at 1:48 PM

September 4, 2009

Fall 2009 NY Events Calendar

For anyone interested in improving his chances of running into Brian Sholis at a brainy and/or arty event, he has compiled a rather awesome calendar of openings, symposia, talks, readings, screenings, and other happenings in New York. Me, I just...
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Posted by greg at 10:23 AM

September 3, 2009

Now I Know Where That Idea Came From

Grain Edit has some truly spectacular gouache/lithograph-based advertising work done for the late TWA by the late David Klein. It's one truly beautiful poster after another, starting with this piece featuring the Gateway Arch. Tyler Green just got back...
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Posted by greg at 3:02 PM

Isolated Depiction of the Passage of Time

Isolated Depiction of the Passage of Time, originally uploaded by id. As Antoni helpfully pointed out in an email, Canadian artist Brian Jungen has created a work wherein he carves a design into the gallery wall with a router,...
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Posted by greg at 12:20 PM

September 2, 2009

The Passage Of Time Obscures The Past Somewhat

And speaking of "The Quick And The Dead," I swear I've seen a nearly identical piece to Pierre Huyghe's Timekeeper, 1999, before. I thought it was at the 1995 Whitney Biennial, on the east wall of the central gallery,...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 PM

Above The Weather

Clearly, I miss some good things that are posted to the Walker Art Center's blogs in between my visits. Such as Peter Eleey's discussion last April on the opening of "The Quick And The Dead," the Walker's exhibition of...
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Posted by greg at 9:39 PM

September 1, 2009

Things Fall Apart: Au Centre Cannot Hold

Ouch. As if things weren't bad enough in the art world last October, a 1969 Brice Marden diptych titled Au Centre fell off the brackets in its travel crate while in transit from Moscow to New York. The fall...
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Posted by greg at 10:43 PM

August 31, 2009

Stickin' It To The Man

Classic. Throw it on the compost pile; it is done. Burning Man's official delusional complicity in its own cynical corporate exploitation is now complete. This year, the Man has been set atop a pyre [above] made of 2x4s swirled...
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Posted by greg at 11:05 PM

Another In An Apparently Infinite Series

See what happens when you just ask? My posts the last couple of days about [mis]remembering Walter de Maria's 1966 stainless steel sculpture, High Energy Bar/ High Energy Unit, is shaking loose some interesting bits of information on the...
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Posted by greg at 1:46 PM

August 30, 2009

Engraved On My Memory, Perhaps

After blogging about it the other day, I thought it was high time I get the real story on the msyterious Walter de Maria stainless steel edition I'd been watching for all these years, the one which has never...
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Posted by greg at 2:55 PM

August 26, 2009

1,000 Fake Giacomettis Look As Shitty As They Sound

Three people--a 59-year-old phony aristocrat and an art dealer couple in their 60's--were arrested in Stuttgart, Germany for fraud and copyright infringement [!] after police broke up an international Alberto Giacometti forgery operation. Over 1,000 fake Giacommetis were confiscated...
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Posted by greg at 3:03 PM

The SA-60 Spherical Airship

According to BoingBoing, the Sierra Nevada Corporation's been testing its SA-60 Spherical Airship at the Reno-Stead Airport. [SNC's the same company whose surveillance blimp was set to be mooned this month by 1,500 hundred angry Canadians in the quiet...
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Posted by greg at 1:42 PM

While We're On The Subject Of Polished Metal Objects: Walter De Maria

And speaking of conceptually loaded minimalist objects of precision-crafted metal, here are a couple of early Walter de Maria works I was looking at a few months back: Betty Freeman bought Melville [1967, above] in 1968. It's a polished, book-sized...
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Posted by greg at 9:52 AM

Making The Scene With Le Grand K

Turns out the IPK is on the cover of one of Andy's favorite books, The Best Book Designs 1997, designed by Simon Davies: Also, from Metric Views, a blog of "commentary about the British measurement muddle," a PDF of "Standard...
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Posted by greg at 8:36 AM

August 25, 2009

The International Prototype Kilogram, Or Le Grand K

Caught this on the CBC last night. I always assumed a kilogram is equal to the mass of a liter of water. But it turns out to be messy/tricky/complicated to measure water accurately enough, plus, some scientists decided to...
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Posted by greg at 7:31 AM

August 21, 2009

Pedro Friedeberg, "Hairless Hearts Of Some Hairy Nuns"

My step-father bought this crazy Pedro Friedeberg painting in 1966 in Mexico City. It's ink and paint on board, and the title is Hairless Hearts Of Some Hairy Nuns. Here's a large detail of the central rooster, who is...
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Posted by greg at 9:51 PM

August 15, 2009

Rethinking Ai Weiwei, Who Was Just Detained And Beaten By Chinese Security

I've never thought much of Ai Weiwei's work; despite some of its undeniable power, he'd been compared to Warhol a few too many times for me to take him seriously. Well, it's time for me to rethink that. First and...
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Posted by greg at 1:46 AM

August 12, 2009

Putting The Fun In Fundraising--With Facebook!

Hah, Michael Govan's kickback public engagement in LACMA's decision to suspend its film program surprised me, but not as much as seeing the museum basically organizing its own netroots opposition. Now, barely ten days into the LACMA Film Program Deathwatch,...
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Posted by greg at 9:29 AM

August 10, 2009

You Didn't Have To Be There, And Even If You Had

It's now known as "Theater Piece No. 1," and it is considered to be the first multimedia happening. It included simultaneous solos of dance, poetry readings and a lecture, along with slides, film, painting, and phonographic recordings. But if John...
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Posted by greg at 11:43 PM

August 8, 2009

Dim Bulbs

I'd ignored Artforum's recap of the recent Süddeutsche Zeitung report that the EU's looming ban might pose a problem for museums and artists whose work incorporates. incandescent lightbulbs. I mean, it seems like such a piddly little question, right? Sure,...
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Posted by greg at 12:01 AM

August 4, 2009

James Turrell On Earth Shadow, Anti-Twilight, And The 15-Minute Museum Experience

The newly redesigned Design Observer would've been awesome even without hosting the archive of Places: Forum of Design For the Public Realm, a print journal published by the architecture faculties at MIT and UC Berkeley from 1983 until Spring 2009....
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Posted by greg at 10:22 AM

Frosty Myers Winners

Before I realized that if I wanted to see an exhibit of a 100-ft silver balloon, I'd have to make it myself, I was still just ruminating on art I hoped/wished someone would make. One of those projects I...
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Posted by greg at 12:03 AM

August 1, 2009

Tim Burton X Donald Judd

Tim Burton was at MoMA yesterday, talking to media folk about a film dept. retrospective of his work, which includes an exhibition this fall of sketches, storyboards, props, puppets, etc. from his wacked out output. I wasn't in town...
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Posted by greg at 12:12 AM

July 31, 2009

On LACMA Killing Its Film Program [To Save It?]

Regular readers of greg.org know it, but I'll say it upfront: I'm Team MoMA. I've supported the museum for years--I feel like I grew up in it, art-wise. And film-wise. Right now, MoMA's film department and programming are stronger than...
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Posted by greg at 12:05 AM

July 29, 2009

Microarchitecture On ebay.fr, Only Two Days Left!

Estuaire is the three-time biennale in beta for the Nantes region. This year, the second incarnation includes I.C.I., Instant Carnet Island, a habitable, riverfront collection of micro-architecture which is for rent--EUR10/person/night, bring your sleeping bag--and for sale. Several of...
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Posted by greg at 8:00 AM

July 27, 2009

Nam June Paik On Art & Boxing

Was watching this ancient panel discussion, "Time and Space Concepts in Music and Visual Art," from Pleiades Gallery in 1978 with Merce Cunningham, but then I totally fell for Nam June Paik all over again instead. A couple of...
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Posted by greg at 1:20 PM

July 26, 2009

A Closer Look At Tauba Auerbach's Pixels

I'd seen Tauba Auerbach's text- or letter-based paintings before, but I didn't know about her prints. She did a couple of pairs of prints using pixels last year with Berkeley-based Paulson Press. There's a black and white set, 50/50,...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 PM

July 25, 2009

Heh, Joghurtbecher

Not only is Becher German for gridding up large assortments of black & white photos of similar things in a self-consciously futile attempt to catalogue the entirety of the built environment, it also means cup! Beierle + Keijser's joghurtbecher...
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Posted by greg at 8:41 PM

July 24, 2009

Stephen Shore Interview At Vice

Here are some dots I never would have connected. When Stephen Shore took his photography-changing 1972 road trip from New York to Amarillo, was he going to see Stanley Marsh 3? No se, but as this portrait shows, Shore definitely...
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Posted by greg at 10:05 PM

July 24, 1973 Was A Tuesday

I was researching a project just now, came across this, and then noticed the date:ROBERT SMITHSON, 35, A SCULPTOR, IS DEAD July 24, 1973, Tuesday Page 41, 227 words Robert Smithson, a sculptor, was killed in the crash of a...
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Posted by greg at 9:41 PM

July 21, 2009

On Billboards, Or More Precisely, Not On Billboards

Damn, but that is one fantastic propaganda billboard. James Hill shot it for the NY Times. Apparently, it's in Abkhazia, and the two guys are the presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two breakaway provinces of Georgia. LAXART curates an...
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Posted by greg at 2:56 PM

Convergence

If I'm a little high right now, it's just because these conservators just hit like every art button I have:To photo-document Spiral Jetty, we used a tethered helium balloon about 8-10 feet in diameter, attached to a digital camera...
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Posted by greg at 1:55 PM

July 20, 2009

For the Record, The Spiral Jetty First Re-Emerged In 1994.

Not 2004 when the state put up a sign pointing to it. Not 2002, when my sister first took a college date out to see it but Artforum's Nico Israel couldn't find it. 1994. After a Salt Lake City artist...
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Posted by greg at 6:50 PM

On The Art Of Failure And Vice Versa

I've had Christy Lange's long 2005 Tate Magazine essay about revisiting conceptual art systems open in my browswer tabs for weeks now, but I hadn't read past the Walter deMaria section that first led me to it. Well, it's just...
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Posted by greg at 11:48 AM

July 16, 2009

Julius Shulman Is Dead! Long Live Julius Shulman!

Like everyone else, I see modern architecture--the whole modern world, or at least the West Coast of it--in glorious black and white, thanks to Julius Shulman. Just as Hugh Ferris's smoky charcoal skyscraper renderings defined Gotham a generation earlier, Shulman's...
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Posted by greg at 10:57 PM

You Had Me At Muschamp in Monaco

Herbert Muschamp in a giant weather balloon movie in Monaco WHAT?This is something we did in Monaco where we put Herbert Muschamp's text, "Bubbles in the Wine," to film. It was my job to go out and find these...
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Posted by greg at 7:15 AM

July 12, 2009

Now I Feel Twice As Useless About My Shirtboards

Gay Talese writes everything everyday on shirtboards-- INTERVIEWER Do you use notebooks when you are reporting? TALESE I don't use notebooks. I use shirt boards. INTERVIEWER You mean the cardboard from dry-cleaned shirts? TALESE Exactly. I cut the shirt...
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Posted by greg at 11:54 PM

Do Tell

Solicitors for the National Portrait Gallery are apparently threatening legal action against a US Wikipedia user for downloading 3,300 digital photographs of paintings in the UK museum's collection, and then uploading them to Wikipedia. Says Londonist:All of the paintings are...
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Posted by greg at 9:43 PM

July 11, 2009

ORLY? Did The River Cafe Really Sue Over Eliasson's Waterfalls?

So earlier this week, the NY Post's Adam Nichols reported that the owner of the River Cafe, was suing for $3 million damages caused by Olafur Eliasson's The New York City Waterfalls:Their suit, filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court last week,...
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Posted by greg at 11:08 AM

July 10, 2009

After After After

From Linda Yablonsky's article on The Pictures Generation in Art in America:Bloom remembers seeing Levine's appropriated Walker Evans photos and thinking, "Oh my God, that is so radical and so insane. It was also brilliant. Sherrie didn't address any of...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 AM

July 9, 2009

Chris Burden's B-Car

In April 1975, Burden brought something of an end to the series of extreme and/or dangerous performances that brought him such critical acclaim and notoreity. For a piece called "Doomed," he installed himself under a pane of glass in...
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Posted by greg at 11:44 PM

July 8, 2009

The DaVinci Crowd

When I first saw Sebastian's stunning photos of the Mona Lisa at C-Monster, I was, naturally, stunned. I haven't been to the Louvre since 2005, when la Joconde was moved to its new, purpose-built space, designed by Peruvian architect...
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Posted by greg at 10:35 AM

July 1, 2009

Pictures At A Pictures Generation Exhibition

Of all the work in the Met's Pictures Generation show, Jack Goldstein's surprised and intrigued me the most, but I liked Louise Lawler's the best. That Pollock/soup tureen photo that's been making the marketing rounds for the show is...
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Posted by greg at 1:35 PM

June 30, 2009

On The Likelihood Of The National Gallery's Barkley Hendrickses Ending Up In The White House, Ch. 1

The "What art should the Obamas hang in the White House?" story rolls slowly onward. Last week in ArtInfo, Ruthie Ackerman published the suggestions of several of the art world's greatest minds. Greatest among equals, obviously, is Magda Sawon of...
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Posted by greg at 8:17 PM

June 29, 2009

Enzo Mari x Ikea Mashup, Being Mashed Up

ikea x Mari mashup being mashed up, originally uploaded by gregorg. I realized I'd been putting off the actual assembly of my Enzo Mari table, daunted by the impending exactitude and fearful of the commitment of actually screwing all...
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Posted by greg at 10:05 AM

June 28, 2009

House On The Moon On The Ericsson Globe

Josh Foer is on fire, and I'm like a moth to the flame. Foer's guestblogging at BoingBoing, and is just lobbing up one crazy-awesome megasphere after another. It was his charticle in Cabinet a while back about the history...
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Posted by greg at 9:56 PM

June 27, 2009

Do You Know Who I Am?

Artforum's William Pym covering the extremely non-chalant X-Initiative opening this week:Jordan Wolfson, hovering by Barcelona's Latitudes, took several prods before he could even remember that he was participating in a group show with healthy buzz opening at I-20 Gallery round...
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Posted by greg at 12:13 AM

June 25, 2009

Photochroms? Photochromosomes?

On his incredible illustration blog A Journey Round My Skull, Will has posted several selections of photochromes, or photochroms, or photochromosomes. [here and here] They were color-retouched photolithographs popular around the turn of the last century. They used at...
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Posted by greg at 10:35 PM

And Even MORE Astonishing? Matthew Barney Has A Watch

From Linda Yablonsky's account of a Matthew Barney/Elizabeth Peyton colabo on Hydra, sponsored by Dakis Joannou:"Barney looked at his watch. 'Just about two hours,' he said to Peyton. 'Not bad. After all, there's a limit to how long you can...
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Posted by greg at 7:42 PM

June 24, 2009

This Weekend: Nothing But What Is Therein Contained, By Steve Roden

Steve Roden's sculpture and sound installation, nothing but what is therein contained is in the previously closed off top rooms of Founder's Hall at Girard College. It was created as part of the Hidden City Philadelphia festival, and this...
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Posted by greg at 11:03 AM

Les Ballons du Grand Palais

VOISIN STANDARD TYPE BIPLANE (1909), originally uploaded by public.resource.org. The Grand Palais was already the best of the three venues in the world capable of accommodating my Satelloon project--a re-creation of NASA's Project Echo (1960), the 100-ft metallic spherical...
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Posted by greg at 12:11 AM

June 23, 2009

Le début du point de vue Google Mappienne

On June 19, 1885 Gaston Tissandier and Jacques Ducom set off in across Paris in a balloon. They were on a photo expedition, and managed to get seven shots. This one, of the pont Louis-Phillippe, at the western tip...
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Posted by greg at 8:09 PM

June 19, 2009

Sculpture In The Medium Of Rietveld

I'd seen this installation shot of Johannes Wohnseifer's show at Johann Koenig in Berlin, but I couldn't track down any details of the sculptures until now. But I see from Contemporary Art Daily that Koenig has finally posted some...
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Posted by greg at 10:29 AM

June 14, 2009

There's A Sale At Jenny's!

Jen Bekman's Art for The People gallery, 20x200 is having a sale, 20% off all prints and photos through Tuesday. [see details and promo code info here.] There's a bunch of interesting stuff; among my favorites are Jorge Colombo's...
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Posted by greg at 4:58 PM

June 12, 2009

An Open Letter To Bootleggers Of Video Quartet

Dear Bootleggers of Christian Marclay's 4-channel masterpiece, Video Quartet, First off, you're fabulous. Second, rather than pan back and forth and back and forth across the four screens, if you would please station yourself to the side and get...
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Posted by greg at 8:13 PM

June 11, 2009

Check In Kiev

Artforum reports today that The Art Newspaper reported Tuesday that the Washington Post reported that Ukrainian mogul/collector Viktor Pinchuk is the "fourth stakeholder" in the made-up "sale" of Damien Hirst's £50 million diamond skull. What no one reports, though, is...
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Posted by greg at 12:13 PM

June 10, 2009

Richard Prints: Untitled (300 x 404)

I just got my first edition of Untitled (300 x 404, after Untitled (Cowboy), 2003 by Richard Prince) from the printer. It's a 1px = 1mm version, which came out to be 12 x 16 inches, inkjet printed on...
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Posted by greg at 2:59 PM

June 9, 2009

Yes We Kandinsky!

P060709PS-0038, originally uploaded by The Official White House Photostream. That would be the President and all his men getting a private view of the Pompidou's Kandinsky retrospective, as seen in the official White House flickr stream. Also: Calder; Goncharova,...
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Posted by greg at 3:27 PM

Wait, Which "Ban" Was That Again?

Francesco Bonami, director of the 2003 Venice Biennale, writing for the NY Times' blog, The Moment:...the sculptor Bruce Nauman, the Sam Shepherd of Contemporary Art, was awarded the Gold Lion for best national pavilion. (A sign that the Obama effect...
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Posted by greg at 9:42 AM

June 7, 2009

Enzo Mari x Ikea Mashup, Ch. 6: Ikeaness

Enzo Mari x Ikea - Joinery, originally uploaded by gregorg. The tile in the guest bathroom in North Carolina was handmade and sun-dried in Mexico, as you can tell by the single square with the artful flaw, a footprint...
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Posted by greg at 11:00 PM

June 6, 2009

Elmgreen & Dragset & The Collectors

But enough about muscly, young, naked performance art hustlers in Venice staging homoerotically charged events for attention and acclaim for a moment. My friends Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset just won a Special Mention Award at the Biennale for their...
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Posted by greg at 7:09 PM

Starting With Chris Burden's TV Ad, Through The Night Softly

In 1973, Chris Burden bought a month worth of late-night ad time on a local TV station in Los Angeles, and aired a 10-second film clip of Through the Night Softly, a performance where Burden, clad only in bikini...
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Posted by greg at 3:51 PM

June 5, 2009

Chris Burden's Beam Drop, &c.

Apparently, it's Chris Burden day. Kottke just posted a clean clip of Chris Burden's 1979 work, The Big Wheel, in which a massive, 19th century iron fly wheel is set into rapid motion by a little motorcycle wheel. I think...
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Posted by greg at 10:20 AM

June 2, 2009

Found, Sort Of: That Buckminster Fuller Prism Chandelier

You remember how Buckminster Fuller had some folks handwire together a basketweave Perspex prism truncated icosahedron chandelier as his wedding present [two years late] for Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon? Of course you do. Now it turns out that the...
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Posted by greg at 11:09 PM

June 1, 2009

Khaan! A 23rd Century Portrait

Wow, the 2-minute clip of Daniel Martinico's 15-minute Khaan! is fantastic. This is more what I thought Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno's Zidane would be like, but wasn't. LA Weekly review from a 2008 screening [laweekly via boingboing]...
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Posted by greg at 4:34 PM

May 31, 2009

Oasis 7, Haus-Rucker, Documenta 5

In 1972, the Austrian architecture collective Haus-Rucker installed Oasis Nr 7 at Documenta 5. A steel pipe structure was cantilevered out the window of the Friedericianum, and a platform, two palm trees, and a hammock were installed. The entire...
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Posted by greg at 11:46 PM

May 27, 2009

77 Million Paintings On The Sydney Opera House, By Brian Eno

image via flickr by RobieRob Composer Brian Eno is projecting some of the 77 million iterations of his 77 Million Paintings series onto the Sydney Opera House as part of the Luminous Festival. The Festival, which Eno is also...
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Posted by greg at 9:33 PM

May 26, 2009

Mariner 2 Float In The Rose Bowl Parade

Amazing to think that all this was happening at the same time as the satelloons of Project Echo and just five years after Sputnik. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory director William Pickering was the grand marshal of the 1963 Rose...
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Posted by greg at 8:28 PM

Pastel By Numbers

In 1965, after the Mariner 4 probe had possibly transmitted its first closeup images of Mars and in the many hours before JPL computers would finish processing that image, mission scientists were concerned about what, if anything the data...
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Posted by greg at 7:27 PM

Call Me When Sir Charles Has An Audience

According to the very slowly reported story [1] in the Wall Street Journal, the Obamas have been selecting modern and contemporary art for the White House from among pieces in national and museum collections. The artists they requested includes...
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Posted by greg at 4:10 PM

May 23, 2009

Enzo Mari x Ikea Mashup, Ch. 5: In Process [Rev.]

An update on the Enzo Mari x Ikea autoprogettazione table project: I just finished putting on the second coat of varnish sealer, and now everything's drying and curing in the basement. The picture above was how the wood sat...
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Posted by greg at 2:07 PM

May 21, 2009

Dress, 1952, by Ellsworth Kelly??

Though I suspect the easiest thing would be for Michael to let Cerre know where he scanned the image from, here's what I can figure out about this dress made by Ellsworth Kelly in Sanary, France in 1952: Sanary,...
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Posted by greg at 9:22 PM

May 20, 2009

300x404: The Making Of

So the other day, I was still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Slate's editors were, "ironically, unable to get permission" to reproduce Richard Prince's Untitled (Cowboy), 2003 for Sarah Boxer's slideshow review of "Into The...
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Posted by greg at 4:07 PM

May 18, 2009

West Trademark F(*#$Up

From Slate's review of MoMA's "The Wild West," "Into the Sunset," [thanks todd] a scattershot exhibit on photography's role in forming perception of the American West:And the opening shot of the show--right at the entrance to greet you--is Untitled (Cowboy),...
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Posted by greg at 11:13 AM

May 16, 2009

Frederic Remington's Night Paintings

Did you know that the National Gallery had the first show ever of Frederic Remington's paintings of night in 2003? Me either: Frederic Remington (1861-1909) has long been celebrated as one of the most gifted interpreters of the American...
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Posted by greg at 10:10 AM

May 14, 2009

Frederic Remington, Modernist?

Frederic Remington, Ceremony of the Fastest Horse, c. 1900 [art institute of chicago] Look, I'm as surprised as you are that I was stoked to see a Frederick Remington painting, but here we are. As a card-carrying East Coast...
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Posted by greg at 8:52 PM

Black & White & Read All Over

via Artforum:At its May meeting, the College Art Association board of directors made difficult decisions on behalf of the esteemed organization, including strategic budget reductions and other measures. These have been instituted throughout the association to balance the budget and...
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Posted by greg at 8:44 PM

May 13, 2009

Yeah, For Half What You Paid For It

May 13, 2009, LOT 221: est. 400,000-600,000 Sold 2007: $964,000 Sold 2009: $458,500...
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Posted by greg at 3:12 PM

Many Happy Returns

I know it deeply doesn't matter, and I feel kind of dickish pointing it all out, but since it involves the famously impolitic Daniel Loeb, I'll just say Carol Vogel's account of last night's Sotheby's sale was like one...
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Posted by greg at 11:59 AM

May 9, 2009

Content Machine & Vessel Interview

Hans Ulrich Obrist - My last question, Olafur, is one I've asked you many times before: what is your favorite unrealized project? Olafur Eliasson - I would like to build a museum--to reevaluate the nature of a museum and build...
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Posted by greg at 11:59 PM

May 7, 2009

Classy Raccoon

Yo te amo, Cintra Wilson:One $75 T-shirt bore the word ARTIST across the chest in a bold glitter font. Now, any artist I know who's worth his salt would print the shirt himself if it cost more than $22 --...
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Posted by greg at 8:12 AM

May 4, 2009

Visiting Untitled, My Bathroom

Untitled, Tom Friedman, 1999 Untitled ( Perth Amboy Series), Rachel Harrison, 2001 [via] Untitled (My Bathroom), Greg Allen, 2009 Reservations Advance reservations for an overnight stay at Untitled (My Bathroom) are required, and are accepted beginning March 1 for...
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Posted by greg at 10:13 AM

May 3, 2009

This Poeme Electronique Was Brought To You By Philips

Hello, Earth to Le Corbusier archive! Corbusier conceived Poeme electronique for the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Expo in Brussels. It was an 8-minute immersive light, film and sound experience which told mankind's long, hard slog towards peace. Don't...
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Posted by greg at 10:45 PM

April 28, 2009

Prayer Flag Abstraction, Also Darren Almond's Grandmother, Also

This gorgeous Darren Almond photograph, Infinite Betweens: Becoming Between, Phase 3, of an impossible-to-map landscape covered with Tibetan prayer flags is coming up at Philips in a couple of weeks. It reminded me how quietly strong his work is,...
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Posted by greg at 11:47 PM

April 27, 2009

On Dean On Ballard On Millar On Smithson

Who knew? Tacita Dean writes in the Guardian about her late friend JG Ballard's shared interest in Robert Smithson:My relationship to Ballard had begun a little earlier, with our mutual interest in the work of the US artist Robert Smithson....
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Posted by greg at 8:05 AM

April 25, 2009

Enzo Mari X Rirkrit Tiravanija

Untitled (Autoprojettazione, 1123 xE/1123 xR), 2004 courtesy kurimanzutto As I've said before, the first Enzo Mari autoprogettazione furniture I ever saw was by Rirkrit Tiravanija. He had tables and chairs fabricated from polished stainless steel, which his gallery from...
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Posted by greg at 5:01 PM

April 24, 2009

"Tasteful In A Lily Tomlin Sense"? Also, John Cage

In its first iteration in 1984-5, The Territory of Art I was described as "a sixteen part series of half-hour radio programs that explored issues of contemporary art and design through commentary, interviews, original drama, and new music from more...
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Posted by greg at 11:20 AM

April 20, 2009

I Salone Mio: Everyday Life Objects Shop

If you're in Milano--and after all, why wouldn't you be this time of year? It's Il Salone del Mobile, after all--definitely check out Everyday Life Objects Shop, an experimental retail exhibition of sorts organized by Apartamento Magazine and master curator/shopkeep...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 PM

April 18, 2009

First Time As Farce, Second As Tragedy

"Somebody wants to buy your apartment building!" Oh, how developers long to hear those words again. Who could know how or when a work of art transmutes into an icon? Andy Warhol may have had some ideas on the...
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Posted by greg at 8:08 AM

April 17, 2009

Little Big Cremaster

Awesome. YouTube user fluxlaser has created levels in Little Big Planet based on The Cremaster Cycle. So far, there's Cremaster 4 [above] and Cremaster 1 [below], which is tighter. I can't wait to see the mirrored salt flat rodeo...
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Posted by greg at 10:25 PM

On Library Of Dust

He starts out a little twee, and there's a tugging undercurrent of ambivalence, but Andrew Hultkrans' Artforum writeup of an artistic evening at the Angel Orensanz Foundation inspired by David Maisel's Library of Dust is pretty awesome. He totally nails...
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Posted by greg at 3:54 PM

April 16, 2009

Visiting Artist [sic], Parts 7 & 7: Robert Smithson

These are the last two segments from the lecture I gave at the University of Utah School of Art in 2007, titled Visiting Artist [sic]. They're both about Robert Smithson. The first [above] is about Smithson's own 1972 slideshow...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 PM

Strange, I'd Seen This Piece Before

But it turns out Torqued Ellipses in the rain and at night are as awesome as classic Grace Jones....
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Posted by greg at 10:08 AM

April 14, 2009

Every Abandoned House On The West Robinson Street Strip

On one block of West Robinson Rd West Robinwood Rd in Detroit, all but five of the houses are abandoned. Jim Griffioen took photos of both sides of the street. His massive, stitched together photos are on Sweet Juniper...
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Posted by greg at 11:20 PM

April 8, 2009

Visiting Artist [sic], Parts 4 & 5: On Throwing Art Away

I didn't realize it at the time, but these two clips about Cary Leibowitz and Joep van Lieshout end up being related. Both artists make work that directly questions the value that the "Art" label imbues to an object....
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Posted by greg at 10:03 AM

April 7, 2009

Visiting Artist [sic], Parts 2 & 3: Dan Flavin

In April 2007, I spoke at the University of Utah as part of their Visiting Artist lecture series. I was stoked, partly because Robert Smithson had famously spoken at the UofU, too, in 1969; his lecture and slideshow, "Hotel Palenque,"...
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Posted by greg at 11:07 AM

April 5, 2009

Amar Kanwar's The Torn First Pages

Last September was the first anniversary of what's now called the Saffron Rebellion, where Burmese monks took to the streets to protest the military government. As a commemoration of that movement, the Stedelijk Museum showed the first of three...
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Posted by greg at 1:47 PM

April 1, 2009

Demands On Washington

Tyler Green turned his critical shredder on the National Gallery's new group of Thomas Demand photos depicting his life-sized re-creation of the Oval Office:The result is a photographed stage set of a stage set used by the United States...
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Posted by greg at 10:19 PM

March 30, 2009

Apparently, Bill Levitt's Sister Was Something Of A Photographer

Helen Levitt passed away; she was 95, and an incredible, sensitive photographer of city life. Her pictures of childrens' chalk drawings are probably my favorites, and I wish the documentary short she made after WWII with James Agee and...
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Posted by greg at 11:27 PM

March 26, 2009

The Ambush Photo They Save May Be Your Own

Apparently, with all the digital technology and whatnot, they hold onto that stuff at Bloomberg News, even if you're not indicted immediately. Art Dealer Charged With Stealing $88 Million [image: chip east/bloomberg news, photographed in 2007]...
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Posted by greg at 11:38 AM

March 25, 2009

On The Potential Trainwreck That Is The Artist Talk

What do we really want when we go to an artist's talk? It's not like the conventions of the format--darkened auditorium, daisy chain of thank you's, cuing of slides, thoughtfully forced repartee, polite laughter, tidbit or two of gossip, annoying...
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Posted by greg at 12:03 PM

IRL: Art On Google Maps Smackdown

Paddy Johnson is taking the search for art on Google Maps to a place it's never been before: In Real Life. This Saturday, at Capricious Space in Brooklyn, Paddy is hosting a Google Maps artwork faceoff, a real-world, real-time challenge...
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Posted by greg at 11:40 AM

Artist Tattoos I Have Not Collected

The closest I've ever come to getting a tattoo was this one, a 1992 work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. The artist first showed this motif, a circle of dolphins that looks like it could have come from the border of...
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Posted by greg at 9:58 AM

March 22, 2009

On A More Conceptual Approach To Hair Loss

I'm not interested in the so-called PC aspects of discussing hair loss. The parody of an apologetically sensitive term like "follicularly challenged" is still of a piece with the negative connotation baked into the term, "hair loss" itself. Same with...
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Posted by greg at 10:16 PM

March 17, 2009

Notes To The Future Builders Of My Museum

taro blimp, originally uploaded by hige_megane. While I would like a blimp--or technically, a satelloon--on display, I think I want to forgo the life-sized mannequin of myself. Thanks all the same. [via andy] taro okamoto museum, originally uploaded by...
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Posted by greg at 4:13 PM

March 13, 2009

Meanwhile, Agnes Varda Is Making Installations Now

Agnes Varda, who's DV mini-masterpiece The Gleaners was formative in my own decision to start making movies, tells Artforum:I've been making films for so long, for over fifty years now, but I really think I have two paths of work--cinema...
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Posted by greg at 10:02 PM

See. The Artist. Be. The Artist.

Dan Fox, an editor at Frieze, has a long but excellent essay? article? exploration? of what it means to be a "professional artist." How should artists behave? How should we discuss art, build venues to show it in, tell people...
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Posted by greg at 9:33 PM

My Notes From James Turrell & Richard Andrews' Demetrion Lecture

Just because I haven't yet doesn't mean I won't eventually throw out the April 2008 issue of Bookforum on which I scribbled down the following notes last night [ex post facto additions in brackets]: Eliminate the object of perception and...
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Posted by greg at 2:17 PM

Greet The Light. Ask The Light How It's Family's Doing.

I've been all 'round this great big world, and I've seen all kinds of Turrells, so I couldn't wait to get to the Hirshhorn last night for the sweetest Turrell lecture in the world. What a horrible opening. Turrell...
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Posted by greg at 8:58 AM

March 10, 2009

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Dendur

G -- He is an archeologist and an anthropologist. A Ph.D. He's a doctor, he's a college professor. What happened is, he's also a sort of rough and tumble guy. But he got involved in going in and getting antiquities....
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Posted by greg at 10:03 AM

March 9, 2009

Now A Painting? Who Do I Think I Am?

Besides, obviously, Christopher Wool?...
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Posted by greg at 8:53 PM

March 7, 2009

Announcing The Establishment Of The greg.org Home For Unwanted Gerhard Richters

Pet Shop Boys - Love Etc. (HD) [youtube via andrew sullivan] For the moment, "Love etc." is playing largest on the PSB's homepage [petshopboys.co.uk]...
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Posted by greg at 7:33 PM

March 5, 2009

Art Fair Tip: Benjamin Cottam @ Volta

We're out of town with family all weekend, so we'll miss the art fair circuit. Which is too bad because my brother-in-law Benjamin Cottam is showing some work at Volta. In addition to 'landscapes' and 'blue skies' paintings [hopefully...
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Posted by greg at 12:00 PM

March 2, 2009

Civilian Conservation Corps, AKA The Earthworks Progress Administration

Over the holidays, I taped an interview with my great uncle Wayne. He is my paternal grandfather Champ's older brother. [Yes, I did ask him about my grandfather's name. His recollection was that my great grandfather Chester Jehiel Allen hated...
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Posted by greg at 3:29 PM

February 25, 2009

Shoulda Caillebotte It When They Had The Chance

The Metropolitan Museum will get its first painting by Gustave Caillebotte, courtesy of collector/patron Iris Cantor, who made a promised gift of the painting, Femme nue étendue sur un divan, "as a tribute to former museum director Philippe de...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 AM

February 24, 2009

Ely Kim

If Laurel Nakadate ever got knocked up by one of her video subjects, and then sent the kid to Yale for his MFA, too... BOOMBOX from Ely Kim on Vimeo....
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Posted by greg at 7:55 PM

February 21, 2009

High Five To The Warhol Foundation Arts Writers

Awesome, I just read through the announcement of the 2008 Arts Writers Grant recipients, and I have to give a huge shoutout to Paddy Johnson whose Art Fag City is one of the first two blogs to be recognized by...
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Posted by greg at 11:25 PM

February 20, 2009

Wait, When Exactly Did Ken Johnson Become Hilton Kramer?

[via] Or was it Blake Gopnik? Because Johnson's review titled "From China, Iraq and Beyond, but Is It Art?" of the New Museum's current show is so embarrassingly obtuse, it could almost be in the Washington Post. At first, I...
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Posted by greg at 10:49 AM

February 17, 2009

A Serra Named Bellamy

11/09 UPDATE: Or not. Writing about her visit to the stored Serra for the journal Afterall, Mary Walling Blackburn reports that it is not Bellamy after all. Bellamy is currently in England. There is, in fact, an I-beam on-site spray-painted...
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Posted by greg at 8:04 PM

Art & Fear by Bayles & Orland

Whether it's right or not, this book sounds fantastic:Making art provides uncomfortably accurate feedback about the gap that inevitably exists between what you intended to do, and what you did. In fact, if artmaking did not tell you (the maker)...
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Posted by greg at 10:50 AM

February 15, 2009

"Calder on the Roof"

In 1967 Henry Geldzahler, while lecturing the Women's Group at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, suggested to Mrs LeVant Mulnix III that the city might do well to install a public sculpture on the plaza in front of city...
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Posted by greg at 11:20 PM

February 13, 2009

Misconceptual Misappropriation

Tyler Green Twittered the following from the ICA Philadelphia panel discussion on the 20th anniversary of the Mapplethorpe NEA implosion:[Rob] Storr coins 'misconceptual' art: artists who shortcut to the now via conceptual art without understanding history of conceptualism.tight, tasty, and...
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Posted by greg at 6:08 PM

February 12, 2009

Justin Cooper's Lines

Just discovered Chicago artist Justin Cooper's work [thanks bevel & boss]. Some of his sculptures are these fantastic lines that have a life of their own, which is all the more awesome because it's obviously impossible. It's like he...
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Posted by greg at 11:05 PM

February 11, 2009

All We Are Is Hope In The Wind

Google Earthworks-meets-Sforzian Backgrounds? This is Jorge Rodriguez Gerada's Expectation, a 650-ton sand painting of Barack Obama on the beach in Barcelona. Here's the site, just next to the Forum de les Cultures. Not only was the mockup done in...
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Posted by greg at 5:07 PM

February 8, 2009

Is NOT! Is TOO!

Explain to me how Shephard Fairey can still be a sellout if he got arrested for tagging on the way to his museum show....
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Posted by greg at 5:02 PM

February 7, 2009

Amen To All That Theanyspacewhatever

It's not even a participatory artwork, just a single parenthetical, but Brian Sholis hits the nail on the head in his review of Nancy Spector's theanyspacewhatever "relational aesthetics" show at the Guggenheim:(To be clear, I myself am sympathetic to the...
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Posted by greg at 4:49 PM

February 5, 2009

Georgia Republican Saying Arts Workers Aren't "Real People" Hits Nerve

From a Boston Globe article, "Stimulus funding for arts hits nerve":Representative Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican, wants to transfer the proposed NEA funding to highway construction. He failed to get the House to vote on his proposal, so he is...
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Posted by greg at 12:05 PM

February 4, 2009

Note To Self Re: Dome Projection Using Spherical Mirror

There's nothing specific on the horizon, but the way things are going, what with all the domes and mirrored domes and Buckminster Fuller and movies and all around here... I mean, you never really know--and by you, I obviously...
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Posted by greg at 11:19 PM

Google Earthwork: JR's Projet Women Of Kibera

Well that didn't take long. From the always awesome Wooster Collective comes word of a new work by the underground artist JR, Projet Women of Kibera, part of his ongoing 28 millimetres series he has been working on since...
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Posted by greg at 9:20 AM

February 2, 2009

Richard Serra Sculptures On Google Maps

The whole thing about the only human construct you can see from space is the Great Wall of China will be amusing to people growing up in the Google Maps era, where you can't hide anything from the satellite's...
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Posted by greg at 6:08 AM

February 1, 2009

Serra From The Block

Someone is storing his Richard Serra sculptures along the East River in the Bronx. As massive, vertiginously curved steel plates are wont to do, they tend to stand out, and so they get noticed or discovered periodically. Jake Dobkin...
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Posted by greg at 2:06 PM

January 30, 2009

La Monte Young, Mormon Composer

The contemporary art world's three most [only?] prominent Mormon artists are Wayne Thiebaud, Paul McCarthy, and La Monte Young. Of the three, I'd have to say Young is at once the least well known, the most highly influential, and, surprisingly,...
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Posted by greg at 5:49 PM

January 28, 2009

Rose C'est La Vie?

What a weird, insane s**tstorm is brewing around Brandeis University's sudden announcement that it's closing the Rose Art Museum and selling off its 6,000 piece collection. All the usual outrages and condemnations are moved and seconded, of course, but there...
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Posted by greg at 12:50 AM

January 15, 2009

Will The Owner Of The Chrome Car Parked At The Hirshhorn In 1974 Please Come To The Information Desk?

LIFE Magazine's digitized photo archives includes a few sweet pictures by Gjon Mili from the opening party at the Hirshhorn Museum in 1974. [here's a great shot of a whole gallery full of Giacomettis. Do they still have all...
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Posted by greg at 12:28 AM

January 14, 2009

Photographing Photographing Dan Graham's Project For Slide Projector

For their first show in 2005 Orchard, the collaborative gallery/exhibition space on the Lower East Side, recreated Dan Graham's 1966 Project for Slide Projector:Project for Slide Projector was presented as a set of instructions for an experimental work and...
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Posted by greg at 11:38 AM

Nice Hustle, Dia, You Get Right On That.

Red-headed Dia director Philippe Vergne was dressed in optimism--the new armor under Obama--and spoke of his mission this week to save Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty from contamination by oil companies planning to drill into Utah's Great Salt Lake. "We're going...
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Posted by greg at 12:31 AM

January 13, 2009

Refreshments

Of the three Mormon-raised artists I'll be talking about at the Sunstone Symposium on January 31st, painter Wayne Thiebaud is probably the most recognizable and accessible. Thiebaud's brightly lit paintings of cakes, pies, candy, and other American diner delights were...
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Posted by greg at 11:17 PM

Gregor Schneider's Cube Venice At Sotheby's

Buy this nice c-print study of Gregor Schneider's unrealized Cube Venice at Sotheby's next month, and they'll throw in a fatwa for free! Sale L09621, Feb 6, 2009, LOT 213: GREGOR SCHNEIDER, CUBE VENICE, 2005, numbered 2/6, 3,000--4,000 GBP...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 AM

January 12, 2009

David Hammons On Not Liking To Show In Gallery Spaces That Much

On a visit to Alexandria, Egypt, artist David Hammons asked a curator to ask a local non-profit, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, if he could do a project with them:I had to explain that it wasn't going to be in their...
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Posted by greg at 10:59 PM

W-T-F-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

I'm a fan of Walt Disney. I used to work at Disney. Disney has a place in the history of art. But Paul Richards' four-page curatorial fantasia in the Washington Post yesterday calling for more Walt Disney in Our Nation's...
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Posted by greg at 8:59 PM

January 8, 2009

Richard Prince Sued For--What Else?--Appropriating Photographs

Via Cityfile, we learn that Paris photographer Patrick Cariou has filed suit against Richard Prince, Gagosian [the man and the gallery], and Rizzoli for copyright infringement. Prince used photos from Cariou's 2000 book Yes Rasta in the Canal Zone paintings...
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Posted by greg at 1:18 PM

January 7, 2009

Google StreetView Van Reflections

by Joe McKay. Awesome. Now if someone'll do Every Google StreetView Van Reflection On The Sunset Strip, we can close the loop. [via jmb's best of the web @ afc] Previously: every building on the sunset strip--and then some...
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Posted by greg at 8:33 AM

A Favorite Kippenberger Made From A Favorite Richter

The Martin Kippenberger retrospective closed yesterday at MoCA, which means it's just a few weeks away from opening at MoMA, which means I'll finally be able to see one of my favorite-from-afar Kippenbergers in person. The Happy Ending To...
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Posted by greg at 12:13 AM

December 31, 2008

Hey, MTA! Vik Muniz Called.

He wants his concept back....
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Posted by greg at 1:17 PM

Donate To ArtFagCity's Year-End Pledge Drive

Paddy Johnson does great work at AFC. By contributing today--right now, in fact--you can help support the expansion online of art, its creation, exhibition, and its thoughtful interpretation. And thanks to her collaboration with Momenta Art to manage AFC's fundraising...
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Posted by greg at 11:48 AM

On Mormon [sic] Art, 31 Jan 2009

The greg.org Unannounced Holiday Break [UHB? Oh wait, that's already taken] is over. A month from now, on Jan. 31, I'll be part of a panel discussing Mormon art and artists at the Sunstone Symposium in Washington, DC. It's sponsored...
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Posted by greg at 8:49 AM

December 19, 2008

Astute And Observant Viewers Get Fischli & Weiss

It just keeps going and going! From Steven Kaplan emailed with a reply from MoMA curator Christian Rattemeyer about the consciousness of edits in Fischli & Weiss's Der Lauf der Dinge: "It is his contention that many astute and observant...
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Posted by greg at 2:08 PM

Miguel Barcelo, 100 Tons Of Paint And $25 Million Walk Into The UN...

Spanish artist I've never heard of #48 Miguel Barcelo got the commission to paint the domed ceiling of the UN Palace of Nations' Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations chamber in Geneva. Eyeteeth has some photos; Designboom has some background...
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Posted by greg at 12:12 AM

December 17, 2008

Vik Muniz Gets Fischli & Weiss

I've been searching for more critical acknowledgment of Fischli & Weiss's Der Lauf der Dinge as an edited construct instead of the miraculous documentation it's normally perceived/presented to be. Though he's talking about another Fischli & Weiss piece [above],...
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Posted by greg at 4:08 PM

December 16, 2008

Just Do It?

A spectacular image by Reuters photographer Yiorgos Karahalis of a rioter in Athens. Until Joy Garnett gets around to it, the full-size version at the Big Picture is the best way to see it....
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Posted by greg at 11:17 AM

Ceci N'est Pas Un Warhol?

Careful, this might not be a Warhol. After all, it's only a signed drawing of a Campbell's Soup can. But it's in a Warhol book that has the Warhol self-portrait on the cover which Warhol presented to a collaborator--and...
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Posted by greg at 12:51 AM

December 13, 2008

D'oh, Don't Tell Chris Burden

Toothpick Engineering is Dentist's Hobby [popular science, feb 1940, via boingboing]...
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Posted by greg at 4:16 PM

Der Kauf Der Dinge

Artforum reports that Fischli & Weiss's 1987 film, Der Lauf der Dinge, (The Way Things Go), [1] was recently sold at Christie's in Zurich for 1.02 million Swiss francs. Which is awesome [2], I first thought, since I have...
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Posted by greg at 11:26 AM

December 10, 2008

A Tree Grows In Poundbury

I liked Stephen Bayley's takedown of New Urbanist prig Duane Urbany in the Guardian last weekend, partly for its awful description of Poundbury, a traditionalist-veneered village [sic] in Dorset that's beloved of Prince Charles:To visit Poundbury is to be delivered...
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Posted by greg at 8:57 AM

December 7, 2008

Fuller x Noguchi Colabo: Dymaxion Car Model

In what has apparently become an annual feature here on greg.org, I present Rare And/Or Unique Buckminster Fuller Objets. This time last year, it was the Perspex prism chandelier Fuller [had] made as a wedding gift for Princess Margaret....
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Posted by greg at 8:47 PM

Warning: Don't Invite Julian Schnabel To Anything

Or if you do, don't have ellipsis in the name, because Schnabel will inevitably fill in the blanks with his name. From the WSJ's article on Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..., the Sundance Channel's excellent-sounding new TV talk show about music:But...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 AM

December 3, 2008

A Long Time Ago, In A White Cube Far, Far Away

Wait, The Empire was the US and the Rebellion was the North Vietnamese, but Lucas only put them in space after Hollywood suits wouldn't let him make Apocalypse Now? And the grunge was a simultaneous obeisance and refutation of...
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Posted by greg at 12:15 AM

December 2, 2008

Art, Love, Or Money: Choose Any Two

In September, a group of artists organized as W.A.G.E [Working Artists and the General Economy] appeared at a Creative Time-organized event to talk about the economic inequities of artists' interactions with museums and other institutions. They certainly earned their speaking...
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Posted by greg at 11:42 AM

November 26, 2008

On Land Art Growing Up/Old

As much as I love it, Brian Sholis's new blog reminds me how little I actually read and think these days. Here's a quote from an excellent essay he points to by Lucy Lippard on the changing context for the...
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Posted by greg at 8:15 AM

November 24, 2008

White Cube Of Surrender?

Am I the only one who's heard rumours of bankruptcies in diamond-encrusted skull-showing places? update: apparently so. Last major financial transactions reported for Jay Jopling include buying £7.2 million worth of his own artist's work at Sotheby's in September. This,...
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Posted by greg at 9:44 PM

November 8, 2008

For The Record, I Am Not Daniel Young & Christian Giroux

Though with their combination of Ikean sculpture, reconstituted Cold War satellites, and geodesic dome playthings, I'm now not sure I'm not actually just a random projection of their collaborative imagination. Daniel Young and Christian Giroux began making work together in...
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Posted by greg at 10:43 PM

November 4, 2008

"Panel No. 59: In the North, the Negro had freedom to vote."

Last week, I took my 4-yo daughter to the Phillips Collection to see Jacob Lawrence's masterpiece, The Migration of the Negro. It turned out to be the last day of the exhibition where the entire 60-panel series was on...
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Posted by greg at 11:26 AM

Finding Double Negative has never been easier

Finding Double Negative has never been easier, originally uploaded by gregorg. Not since we programmed it into the navigation system of my in-laws' car, anyway. The car also has an offroad navigation feature that logs virtual GPS breadcrumbs at...
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Posted by greg at 7:58 AM

October 16, 2008

"Possible" By Jonathan Hoefler For Artists For Obama

"For as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on earth is my story even possible." I just bought Jonathan Hoefler's poster from the Barack Obama store. If you hurry, 4799 more of you...
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Posted by greg at 12:50 AM

October 15, 2008

Walter De Maria's Las Vegas Piece

Here's Walter De Maria describing his early land art work, Las Vegas Piece, to Paul Cummings in 1972. According to the Center For Land Use Interpretation, the piece is off Carp/Elgin Road in the Tula Desert, one exit north of...
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Posted by greg at 12:04 PM

Backroads Backstory: Walter De Maria On Michael Heizer

I started poking around a bit on the making of story of Michael Heizer's Double Negative. I'd known that it was commissioned by Virginia Dwan, the incredible gallerist who was also behind Smithson's Spiral Jetty. Here's a bit of her...
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Posted by greg at 12:24 AM

October 14, 2008

Went To See Double Negative Yesterday. Film At 11

So all this time I imagine that Michael Heizer's Double Negative, dug into the edge of Mormon Mesa, is like the lost earthwork, no one can get to it, no one can find it, &c., &c. Turns out the...
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Posted by greg at 10:01 AM

October 13, 2008

October Surprise

I was talking with an artist friend yesterday, and he made a reference to "Krauss's 'Sculpture and the Expanded Field'," and I was all, "huh?" And he was all, "WHAT?" And so I was like, "Don't know it," and he...
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Posted by greg at 12:37 AM

October 6, 2008

You Have A Stingel? No Way! I Have A Stingel!

In 1989, artist Rudolf Stingel published Instructions, an illustrated booklet showing how to make one of his silver paintings. "He challenges the process of creating a painting and questions the concept of the canvas and that of authorship," says...
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Posted by greg at 10:20 AM

September 26, 2008

So How's That Spiral Jetty Doin'?

Is he done? I think so. Tyler Green has turned Modern Art Notes into State of Spiral Jetty Notes this week, and it seems clear to me that the biggest entropic threat Smithson's masterpiece faces is not natural, but institutional....
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Posted by greg at 1:40 PM

September 23, 2008

Films, Fax Murals & More: Stan VanDerBeek At Guild & Greyshkul

I first encountered filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek's work in Aspen Magazine. His 1964 collaboration with Robert Morris, Site, combined dance/performance, art, and film. Performers create a physical, 3-D approximation of camera wipes and reveals using large black and white panels....
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Posted by greg at 11:30 PM

September 21, 2008

Overheard On 24th Street

"Hi, this is Dash."...
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Posted by greg at 9:53 PM

September 9, 2008

Met Throws Lot In With Curator

I really didn't follow the Metropolitan Museum's horse race to see who would replace Philippe de Montebello as director, but I find myself caring deeply that it's tapestry curator Thomas Campbell. Campbell's two shows on Renaissance and Baroque tapestries in...
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Posted by greg at 11:33 PM

September 7, 2008

Well, I Remember The First Time I Visited The Spiral Jetty

Former NGA curator and Dia director Jeffrey Weiss writes about the state of Land Art in the latest issue of Artforum. His focus: T.S.O.Y.W., a 3-hour Earthworks road trip movie/installation by Amy Granat and Drew Heitzler shown in this year's...
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Posted by greg at 10:33 PM

August 31, 2008

Don't Go Chasing 'Waterfalls' Before Lunch

The water that falls half as long falls twice as bright. If the best part of Olafur's New York City Waterfalls is how their manmade nature is emphasized by their somewhat arbitrary schedule, well, they just got twice as arbitrary,...
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Posted by greg at 10:19 PM

August 28, 2008

No One Cares About An "Arts Policy" This Year

I've had some intense conversations with people who wanted to know what the US presidential candidates thought about the arts, who is advising them, and what their policy statements were on the matter. Frankly, I couldn't have cared less at...
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Posted by greg at 12:54 AM

August 25, 2008

An Artist In The Medium Of Fake Fireworks

No doubt, Cai Guo-Qiang has always had a tricky line to walk, working in the ephemeral, unpredictable medium of explosives and fireworks and all. The expectations for spectacle get built up in the art world among collectors and work/performance...
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Posted by greg at 1:07 PM

August 21, 2008

More Beckett On Film, Or Stop-Action Animated Video, Anyway

Awesome. a Lego Mini-Fig interpretation of the first scene of Beckett's "Endgame." The grandparents are just hilarious. [youtube via choire]...
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Posted by greg at 5:02 PM

August 20, 2008

Waiting For Godot Times, Thursdays At 8, 9 Central

Daniel Birnbaum in Artforum, discussing "Beckett/Nauman," a Spring 2000 exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wien The organizers of "Beckett/Nauman," Kunsthalle Wien curator Christine Hoffmann and art historian Michael Glasmeier, aren't really out to prove anything, but their juxtaposition of works by...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 AM

August 12, 2008

The Making Of A John Chamberlain Sofa

More 1970's video awesomeness from Anton Perich's YouTube channel: this time it's John Chamberlain with a flensing knife in The Dakota. The site is a smallish, park-facing room in writer John Hersey's Dakota apartment. Much of the space is...
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Posted by greg at 1:19 PM

August 10, 2008

The Sound Of One Hand Patting Itself On The Back

Just, wow. John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Louise Nevelson, and yet the sycophancy and superciliousness of this 1974 interview in SoHo by a couple of early Interview contributors is almost unwatchable. Almost. I just watched it again:R. Couri Hay: My...
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Posted by greg at 12:00 AM

August 6, 2008

Shallow Waters Looking To Run Deep

Malcolm Mclaren gives Artforum 500 words on the occasion of his portrait series, Shallow:I think our culture today can be summed up by two words: authenticity and karaoke. They can both fit together, but you've got to be a bloody...
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Posted by greg at 8:42 AM

August 4, 2008

The Post-Apocalyptic Open-Pit Mines Are Alive With The Sound Of Music

Alright, so last night I made some wisecrack about a scene from Kevin Costner's 1997 film The Postman, where a mutant general pacifies his slave army by showing The Sound of Music on a floating theater on a lake...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 AM

Peter Coffin's UFO Project In Gdansk

Spectacular. New York artist Peter Coffin flew a 7-meter, LED-studded, SMS-controlled flying saucer on unannounced trips around the harbor in Gdansk, Poland last month. The lighting and structure were created with London's Cinimod Studio and with the help of...
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Posted by greg at 12:08 AM

August 3, 2008

"Truly 'Underground' Cinema"

I loved Cabinet before I wrote for them, and I love them after. In the latest issue, #30 The Underground, Colby Chamberlain looks at an awesome 1971 drawing by Robert Smithson titled, Toward the development of a Cinema Cavern...
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Posted by greg at 2:15 PM

July 27, 2008

Is The Spiral Jetty Visible? Check USGS Elevation Data

So the geocachers I've relied on to provide the link to the USGS real time data about the elevation of the Great Salt Lake have rejiggered their site. So here's the link I'm using to see if the Spiral Jetty...
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Posted by greg at 9:22 PM

July 15, 2008

Welcome To The Fly's-Eye Dome

buckminster fuller sculpture at La Guardia Place, originally uploaded by yuko 'n sherlock. The Center for Architecture, Max Protetch and the Buckminster Fuller Institute have teamed up to exhibit two of the original Fly's Eye domes, the last dome...
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Posted by greg at 1:52 AM

July 14, 2008

And That's The Way It Was

After seeing it posted here and there, I finally got around to reading the Times article on Rachel Barrett's photo series of NYC newsstands. The documentation & typology field has been well plowed, photography-wise, but I guess Barrett doesn't...
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Posted by greg at 12:22 AM

July 3, 2008

Agnes Denes's Wheatfield - A Confrontation

In 1982, the Public Art Fund commissioned Agnes Denes to create Wheatfield - A Confrontation. She planted, cultivated, and harvested two acres of wheat on the vacant landfill that is now Battery Park City. The image above is one...
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Posted by greg at 9:50 PM

July 2, 2008

Jeremy Blake's Video For Beck's "Round The Bend"

So elegiac. The chandeliers with the painted-on camera flares sequence is particularly beautiful. [youtube via artforum video] related: Interesting. Paddy put into a coherent statement what I briefly wondered and then forgot: what's the implication of ArtForum showcasing YouTube...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 AM

June 30, 2008

Paperwork: Gordon Matta-Clark & Public Art

Gordon Matta-Clark's 1975 film, Day's End, is on view at MoMA right now. It documents a guerrilla project where he and a couple of collaborators cut a giant, moon-shaped hole in the wall of an abandoned sanitation warehouse on...
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Posted by greg at 10:25 PM

June 28, 2008

The East River School

I'm out of town, so I haven't seen Olafur Eliasson's New York City Waterfalls in person yet. But even though I'm a fan and a friend of the artist, I'm getting a kind of relieved, embarrassed enjoyment reading the...
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Posted by greg at 9:24 AM

June 22, 2008

There's Still A Lot Left Untold In This Article About BYU's Art Collection Shenanigans

The scale of the scandal of the management of BYU's art collection was becoming clear just as I entered the art history program there in the late 1980's. For years, the collection had been ignored by everyone except one professor...
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Posted by greg at 3:05 PM

June 19, 2008

The Future Can't Come Fast Enough

Brian Eno and Kevin Kelly traded outrageous predictions for the future back in 1993. Here's one of Eno's I will definitely be looking forward to:* 2025 AD: A social archaeologist discovers a cowshed built from nineteen old Julian Schnabel paintings.Of...
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Posted by greg at 3:17 PM

June 17, 2008

Alexey Titarenko's City of Shadows

Though I find Alexey Titarenko's City of Shadows long-exposure photos of crowds in St. Petersburg a little too melodramatic, Geoff's comment about them struck a chord:But I suppose this is what the world would look like if we could...
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Posted by greg at 8:01 AM

June 13, 2008

Cellarius' Celestial Atlas, Harmonia macrocosmica

Christie's is calling Andreas Cellarius' Harmonia macrocosmica "PROBABLY THE FINEST CELESTIAL ATLAS EVER PUBLISHED." But then, they would; they have a first edition from 1660 they're hoping will sell for $80-120k next week. Cellarius compiled the celestial maps of...
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Posted by greg at 8:52 PM

June 11, 2008

PAGEOS: Second Generation Satelloon For Stellar Triangulation

When I first discovered satelloons a few months ago, I admit, I was a little disappointed to have fallen so hard for the first generation satelloons of Project Echo. This disappointment kicked in when I saw this photo of...
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Posted by greg at 3:39 PM

June 8, 2008

Holy Crap, Pittsburgh Rent-a-Guard Slashes Vija Celmins Painting

A guard at the Carnegie International defaced a Vija Celmins painting, Night Sky #2, making a "long vertical gouge" with a key. The conservator calls it a "total loss," though the Art Institute of Chicago, which owns the 1991...
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Posted by greg at 5:15 PM

June 1, 2008

Face Time

Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up Basel:Ferreira finally teased the name out of the Englishman, who turned out to be Nicholas Logsdail, founder of Lisson Gallery, at which everyone around me seemed to tense up a...
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Posted by greg at 8:15 PM

May 28, 2008

Peter Young Folded Mandala

Maybe I shouldn't post about this until I win the auction, but Peter Young's Folded Mandala paintings are spectacular, an entrancing mix of hippie, psychedelic beauty and rigorously visible process. Young left the New York art world behind literally...
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Posted by greg at 7:26 PM

Chladni Figures

Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni was the first to devise a way to visualize the sounds transmitted by solid objects using sand. "He demonstrated the method by sprinkling sand on plates of glass or metal and drawing a bow down...
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Posted by greg at 4:13 PM

May 27, 2008

Trevor Paglen's The Other Night Sky

A scroll back through the recent posts on this site will reveal my fascination with sky surveys, astronomers' attempts to systematically document in photographs the entire sky. The broadest such survey, the Palomar Sky Survey, completed in the 1950's, was...
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Posted by greg at 10:15 PM

May 22, 2008

Matthew Barney: Big Bucks, Many Whammies

Christopher Knight didn't have as bad a time at the performance/filming of Matthew Barney's "REN" as the audience members who were injured by flying glass when the backhoe went at it with the Chrysler Imperial in the auto dealer showroom:When...
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Posted by greg at 11:31 AM

May 13, 2008

MUTO By Blu

This is awesome, like OG William Kentridge in real space. MUTO is a new stop-action animation by Blu, a Buenos Aires artist, where I guess/hope they have different etiquette about painting over someone else's art on the street. MUTO a...
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Posted by greg at 3:02 PM

May 4, 2008

On The Sky Atlas And The NGS-Palomar Observatory Sky Survey

The Palomar Observatory Sky Survey was sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Over ten years, between 1948 and 1958, astronomers at Cal Tech's Palomar Observatory used a 48-inch Schmidt Telescope to create the most advanced sky survey ever, a comprehensive...
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Posted by greg at 8:53 PM

April 29, 2008

EE Barnard's Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way

Edward Emerson Barnard was a self-taught astronomer who built a house for himself and his new bride with money earned spotting comets. [A patent medicine magnate was offering $200/comet in the 1880's; in one year, Barnard spotted eight.] He...
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Posted by greg at 12:17 AM

April 26, 2008

Dude. Olafur Eliasson Has A Blog

Well, he and his studio do. Spatial Vibration documents a series of collaboration/experiments concerning the relationship of sound and space. Several of the experiments are on view in a show of the same name, "Spatial Vibration, String-Based Instrument, Study...
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Posted by greg at 1:08 AM

April 23, 2008

Thomas Ruff's Sterne Series

From around 1989-92, the German photographer Thomas Ruff created a body of work using astronomical survey photos from the European Southern Observatory in Chile. There is very little discussion online of this series[1], even though I believe it's the...
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Posted by greg at 10:08 PM

April 19, 2008

The Codicil To John de Menil's Will

In 2005, Robert Gober curated a show at the Menil Collection in Houston. In his catalogue, Robert Gober Sculptures and Installations, 1979-2007," for the Schaulager show, Gober says, "Initially, I was only interested in curating from the collection and not...
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Posted by greg at 1:21 PM

April 14, 2008

Rain Machine?

Just a Vegas-y two second video, but I wonder if this rain machine gives a hint of what's coming this week at Olafur Eliasson's MoMA/PS1 show....
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Posted by greg at 10:00 PM

April 11, 2008

It's A Little Abstract

Another of the things that Richard Serra said at LACMA last week has stuck with me was the artist's call to arms for abstraction: basically, for artists in the 20th century, you're either with us [i.e., Serra and Malevich] or...
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Posted by greg at 4:18 PM

April 10, 2008

Art Of Note

Andy designed this postcard for the Walker Art Center, which is cool. But the notes on the flickr photo are even cooler. cf. the most heavily annotated photo on flickr [kottke]...
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Posted by greg at 12:01 PM

April 2, 2008

If You Wake Up To Find The Found Object Murdered, I Know Who Did It.

Richard Serra. In the Broad. With a 600-ton steel plate. Serra's always good for a zippy quote, and even though I've heard his and Lynne Cooke's routine before, I figured it'd be worth the trip to hear them speak at...
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Posted by greg at 12:47 AM

March 25, 2008

Stuck In "The Office"

I don't know, is it a good thing to be rustled awake in the middle of the night by a compulsion to write about an exhibition you saw in December? It's like having a flashback, only to the Elk Grove...
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Posted by greg at 5:59 AM

March 24, 2008

On Re-Creating Dan Flavin's 1964 Green Gallery Exhibition

RC Baker gets all caught up in the spirit in reviewing Zwirner & Wirth's re-creation of Dan Flavin's historic 1964 exhibition at Green Gallery, the first time he exhibited only-flourescent works. The show sounds fascinating, and when combined with Flavin's...
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Posted by greg at 9:43 AM

March 19, 2008

Breuer's Whitney: NFSFN

So after the Whitney opens its downtown branch, it'll sell its Marcel Breuer building on Madison? That's the way I read the blueprints being unfurled in the NY Times the last couple of months. Buried in a late December...
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Posted by greg at 8:46 AM

March 11, 2008

Ceci N'est Pas Un Satelloon

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Géode, originally uploaded by zyber. But darned if it isn't pretty damn close. La Géode...
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Posted by greg at 9:33 AM

March 8, 2008

Angel Dust, 2000, Jeremy Blake

From "Jeremy Blake in Three Parts," written by editor/curator Bennett Simpson for PS 1's "Greater NY" show. In 2000, Blake's 20-min. digitally animated abstraction titled Angel Dust was in both the harried, hasty "Greater NY" and the Pompidou's "Elysian...
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Posted by greg at 4:10 PM

March 5, 2008

Solar Balloons Not Quite Satelloons

So I'm staring at these Solar Balloons by Coolearth Technology, caught like a deer in some headlights [actually, with this pair, maybe it's "caught like a spring breaker in some headlights, but whatever], and I can't figure them out....
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Posted by greg at 2:17 PM

February 29, 2008

From A Glimpse To A Panorama

If anyone's life's work could have at once so little and so much to show for it, it's Agnes Martin. From Brian Droitcour for Artforum:This brisk tour of Agnes Martin’s career—forty years in twenty drawings—is anchored by On a...
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Posted by greg at 9:35 PM

To See This Weekend: John Powers @ Virgil deVoldere Gallery

As he was working on it the last few months, my friend John Powers kept hinting that his upcoming show would have a bit of the Deathstar and a bit of the disintegrating disco ball. He's not kidding. The...
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Posted by greg at 6:55 PM

February 28, 2008

The Moon Museum

Holy ^%$&! Man Smuggles Art To The &%#$ing Moon! In 2003, Craig Kalpakjian proposed a series of Earthworks-style drawings that would be executed on the surface of the moon, like the Nazca Lines or 60's bad boys Michael Heizer's and...
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Posted by greg at 12:19 PM

February 27, 2008

No Kidding, It's A Small World

After riding the It's a Small World ride half a dozen times on my first trip to Disneyland, I sent off for information on how to become an Imagineer. I was seven. Yet somehow it's taken me until this week...
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Posted by greg at 11:53 PM

Joep van Lieshout: Those Who Can't Do, Make Art

Now I've been a fan of Joep van Lieshout's work for a long time, even if a lot of it's too irreverent or too bombastically oversexualized to evangelize about regularly. ["You see, mom, he builds these room-sized uteruses with built-in...
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Posted by greg at 10:31 PM

February 19, 2008

You Look Marvelous

LACMA director Michael Govan and photographer Terry Richardson--who looks great, by the way, has he had work done?--at the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum last week. Broad and Butter [artforum]...
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Posted by greg at 5:14 PM

February 16, 2008

Meanwhile, In The American Pavilion...

Here's a description of the American Pavilion at the Osaka '70 Expo from an online exhibit at Columbia called, "Housing The Spectacle: The Emergence of America's Domed Stadiums":Trying to best R. Buckminister Fuller's Geodesic Dome built for the U.S....
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Posted by greg at 11:06 AM

February 15, 2008

Q: Was The Pepsi Pavilion Art?

Of course, I'd only need to recreate The Pepsi Pavilion from Osaka 70 if it didn't exist anymore. Does it? No. As relations between Pepsi and Billy Kluver, the engineer founder of E.A.T., deteriorated over issues of budget and esoteric...
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Posted by greg at 5:38 PM

E.A.T. It Up: The Pepsi Pavilion

Let's get one thing out of the way first: I'm a Diet Coke guy. The very fact that The Pepsi Generation existed in 1970 should blow a hole in their brand's supposed youthy credibility big enough to drive a 90-foot...
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Posted by greg at 3:53 PM

February 8, 2008

Best Gallery Press Release Of The Year, And It's Only February

Now I'm probably biased because we've been longtime fans and collectors of Ruth Root's work, but damned if this isn't the most incredible press release for a gallery exhibition that you will see this year, last year, or next year:...
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Posted by greg at 12:05 AM

February 4, 2008

On Tomason, Or The Flipside Of Dame Architecture

純粋階段, originally uploaded by nor1. Atelier Bow Wow is my favorite Japanese architecture firm. Rather than by building or proposing some kind of Roarkian vision, they first made a name for themselves [besides the catchy name they made for...
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Posted by greg at 4:49 PM

Copyright Murakami, Not A Derivative Work

Augor Revok msk Originally uploaded by RIBBON CONTROLLER Augur & Revok tagged a Takashi Murakami billboard in December. LA Weekly now reports that Murakami took the billboard down for his own collection. [image via the woostercollective photo pool on...
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Posted by greg at 2:06 PM

February 1, 2008

Lemme Tell You A Story 'Bout A Man Named Smithson

Score one for the bloggers. In the face of an instant, last-minute, blog-fueled burst of attention, the Utah Department of Oil, Gas & Mines has extended the public comment period until Feb. 13 for Application to Permit Drilling #08-8853,...
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Posted by greg at 9:17 PM

January 28, 2008

And In Further Platinum Rhomboid Tessellation News...

At the risk of devolving into an Olafur fanboi site, I'll mention that I was flipping through Take Your Time, the photodocumentary magazine published by the studio in November. Turns out there are multiple shots of the making of...
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Posted by greg at 6:52 PM

January 26, 2008

And What Do You Do, Mr. Ando?

He's a tough guy and a really wonderful architect whose work has sent me on more than one pilgrimage in my life. But even so, I can't help but feel a little sorry for Tadao Ando. The most dazzling,...
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Posted by greg at 2:48 PM

January 23, 2008

Lady Madonna, Children At Her Teat

From the Great Opening Paragraphs Department, Matthew Placek interviewed NZ documentary filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly for V Magazine:In March of 2006 I traveled with Vanessa Beecroft to Rumbek in South Sudan on two separate occasions to produce an image for...
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Posted by greg at 11:42 AM

January 18, 2008

"Display Of Paintings, None Less Than Six Feet In Length"

Choire's got me hooked on the NY Times archives. Here's the headline of an April 2, 1947 review of a MoMA show that contains an early mention of Jackson Pollock:UNUSUAL ART SHOW OPENS AT MUSEUM; Display of Paintings, None Less...
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Posted by greg at 9:46 AM

January 3, 2008

Gerhard Richter's Cologne Cathedral Window Up-Close

Richter window Originally uploaded by Ralf Stockmann Seriously, the Cologne Cathedral is so on my list of places to visit, once the sunlight returns. I love this photo....
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Posted by greg at 7:36 AM

December 29, 2007

Undoing The Ongoing Web-based Invisibility Of Triple Candie's Jacob Lawrence Show

Yesterday Holland Cotter wrote a glowing review of Triple Candie's current exhibition of the largely white art world's history of misrepresenting the work of Jacob Lawrence. The show consists of full-size reproductions of all 60 panels of Lawrence's masterpiece, The...
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Posted by greg at 10:36 AM

December 27, 2007

Last Days Of Disco Balls

Rhonda Lieberman on the opening of Helmut Lang's exhibition, "Next Ever After," at the Journal Gallery in Williamsburg:If a New Yorker cartoon had to sketch a perfectly "hip" awkward situation, they couldn't have done a better job: a bunch...
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Posted by greg at 10:24 AM

December 26, 2007

An Object Tossed Back And Forth From One Country To Another

Though my reflex was to read David Antin's Artforum review of Lawrence Weiner's Whitney retrospective as a bit of an overshare:...these readings are as slippery as rain and evaporate fairly quickly. Take [a 1962 work] "an object tossed from...
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Posted by greg at 1:05 PM

December 9, 2007

Painting Was Not Dead: Manfred Kirchheimer's Stations Of The Elevated

Wow. I can't believe this was shot in 1977. Stations of the Elevated, Manfred Kirchheimer's remarkable documentary--is art documentary a genre?--of New York City's graffiti-saturated trains and their environs is a total throwback feast. The film puts graffiti into...
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Posted by greg at 12:14 AM

November 28, 2007

On The Table: Buckminster Fuller Chandelier

Buckminster Fuller wha? It was the photo caption in the photo spread of the Foreign Office Architects country house project in the November 2007 World of Interiors on the coffee table. I snapped a quick phonecam photo, thinking I'd look...
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Posted by greg at 1:27 PM

November 21, 2007

The Purpose Of Art Is To Make More Art

As the art market began heating up and becoming much more fashionable a few years ago, I started to wonder what the effect of all this demand would be on the art that was produced. Surely, 95-plus percent of the...
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Posted by greg at 10:42 PM

Sata-Koons

Alright, the clock is ticking, only hours to go until Jeff Koons' largest work to date, a 53-foot high balloon based on his 1986 sculpture, Rabbit, bobs down the west side in Macy's parade. It was made using a...
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Posted by greg at 9:20 PM

November 15, 2007

Architecture As Art History

I guess when you're a hammer, everything looks like MoMA. It's "Subverting The Dominant Installation" Week at Modern Art Notes, where Tyler is taking inordinate pleasure in shadow boxing with an opponent who retired long ago: Alfred Barr's rickety, linear...
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Posted by greg at 1:13 PM

November 3, 2007

Olafur's Home Movies

Hello, Olafur Eliasson's studio has a YouTube channel. A couple of months ago, right before the show opened at SFMOMA, he/they posted three videos that show various behind-the-scenes activities from your mobile expectations, the BMW Art Car project. Actually, part...
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Posted by greg at 5:33 PM

October 27, 2007

Cabinet's Got Huge Balls

The Joshua Foer photo timeline, "A Minor History of Giant Spheres," that got me all hopped up on Satelloons, is now online. It's in the latest issue of Cabinet Magazine. And while you should always buy or subscribe to Cabinet,...
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Posted by greg at 9:49 AM

October 23, 2007

JMW Turner Overdrive

Time has a great review of the big JMW Turner exhibition--at the Museum of Modern Art in 1966. The Washington Post, meanwhile, has an incomprehensible ramble about the bigger Turner exhibition at the National Gallery. Does Turner's 40+ year-old position...
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Posted by greg at 12:01 PM

October 22, 2007

Come To The Drawing Center Curator Slam, Fri. Oct. 26

The Drawing Center has invited me to participate in a "Curator Slam" this Friday to celebrate the launch of their new Online Viewing Program. One of the Center's greatest strengths has been its slide registry, which enabled artists who hadn't...
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Posted by greg at 11:57 PM

It's A Small Warhol's World

I'm still looking around for anyone who gave an account of yesterday's discussion of Warhol films at the American Museum of the Moving Image. Warhol Film Project director Callie Angell and film critic Amy Taubin were supposed to "discuss the...
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Posted by greg at 11:38 PM

October 16, 2007

Crate & Burial: UnterGunther's Pantheon Workshop

It looks like the RISD Mall Dwellers have some stiff, French competition. Via UX frontman and UnterGunther spokesman Lazar Kunstmann comes this most excellent photo of the crates the guerilla restorers used to camouflage their workshop in the Pantheon,...
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Posted by greg at 11:27 PM

October 9, 2007

UnterGunther: French Urban Explorers Sneak Into Pantheon For A Year, Repair 150-yo Clock

l: Pantheon r: Pantheon w/Ernesto Neto's 2006 installation, Leviathan Thot Wow, worlds collide, I feel like I'm in an Umberto Eco novel. At nights over the course of a year, a group of urban explorers in Paris who call...
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Posted by greg at 3:41 PM

October 8, 2007

If I Were A Sculptor, But Then Again...

Yes, I do have a ton of other things I should be doing, but I can't seem to get Project Echo out of my head. I really want to see this, 100+ foot spherical satellite balloon, "the most beautiful...
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Posted by greg at 11:21 AM

October 7, 2007

The Satelloons Of Project Echo: Must. Find. Satelloons.

image: NASM From about 1956 until 1964, US aeronautics engineers and rocket scientists at the Langley Research Center developed a series of spherical satellite balloons called, awesomely enough, satelloons. Dubbed Project Echo, the 100-foot diameter aluminumized balloons were one...
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Posted by greg at 11:00 AM

October 3, 2007

Tape Art And The Eleventh Of September

tape portrait of FDNY B.C. Dennis Devlin 23rd St, north side, between Park & Lex Wow. Before he became known as Apartment In The Mall Guy, artist Michael Townsend was Tape Art Guy. Over the course of five years,...
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Posted by greg at 3:13 PM

October 2, 2007

The Children Of The Ruins And The Apartment At The Mall

"Dude, you totally missed out on the shadow boxes from the Pottery Barn." Spectacular. It's the suburban corollary to the urban explorer-style underground cinematheque of La Mexicaine des Perforation: surreptitiously creating and programming space in that most sprawling of American...
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Posted by greg at 10:45 PM

September 29, 2007

Dara Friedman's Musical

Dara Friedman is unobtrusively videotaping people singing show tunes in public in New York City for a project commissioned by the Public Art Fund:The policeman on the staircase barely looks up; the two little girls beside him continue giggling about...
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Posted by greg at 4:50 PM

September 27, 2007

Saffron Revolution Stencil

A support campaign for the marching monks of Burma, including this stencil, which is downloadable as a pdf [saffronrevolutionworldwide.blogspot.com via monoscope]...
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Posted by greg at 10:26 PM

September 22, 2007

John Cage's Chess Pieces

I've been listening to WNYC's anniversary tribute programming for John Cage, and it's really great [if a bit over-narrated; I mean, who's going to listen to 24h33m of John Cage programming on-demand who isn't at least somewhat familiar with...
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Posted by greg at 11:44 PM

"the artist known as Mr. Prince"

Randy Kennedy has a great, if slightly artificially naive, article on Richard Prince, whose retrospective opens at the Guggenheim next week. Despite curator Nancy Spector's play-along comments to the contrary, Prince's "readymade" edition of three custom-built replicas of a...
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Posted by greg at 3:51 PM

September 16, 2007

Cuantos Obeliscos Portables? Mas, Por Favor!

Have Mexican artists ever met an obelisk they didn't want to make portable and drive to New York? Obelisco Transportable, 2004, Damian Ortega, on view with the Public Art Fund, thru 10/28 [image: Ortega's gallery, kurimanzutto]: Portable Broken Obelisk (for...
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Posted by greg at 8:14 AM

September 15, 2007

Have You Seen Me? Warhol's Lost Videos

still from Inner and Outer Space, 1965 Fascinating. In 1965, months before pioneering video artist Nam Jun Paik got his hands on his own first video camera, Norelco loaned Andy Warhol its new, $3,950 slant scan video recording system for...
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Posted by greg at 7:52 AM

September 14, 2007

On The Mixed Up Films Of Mr. Andy Warhola

Wait, the Warhol Museum called the 1-hour excerpt of Empire released on DVD an unauthorized bootleg? Yes they did, in 2004:"It's a bootleg!" says Geralyn Huxley, a curator at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.Which is odd. The Italian...
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Posted by greg at 6:28 PM

September 13, 2007

Any Club That Will Have Me As A Member

The Internet is a series of tubes. Also, the art world is a series of dinner parties. My favorite out-of-nowhere aphorism: "Forget about one-on-one art. This fall, elitism will find its feet in a rush of exclusive, invitation-only performances, like...
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Posted by greg at 1:22 PM

September 8, 2007

Seriously, People, He Did Not Get A $100 Million Check For The Skull

I continue to be baffled by the breathlessly uninformed reportage of the supposed sale of Damien Hirst's diamond-and-platinum skull. From the very first news report of the sale in the Evening Standard journalists have gotten it wrong, and everyone else...
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Posted by greg at 1:48 AM

September 4, 2007

Collecting Jackson Pollock

Ugh, Lee Rosenbaum's op-ed in the LA Times is so wrong in so many ways, even Tyler Green can't keep track of them all. She opines on the looming crisis facing museums ["Public collecting is endangered"!] who can't buy...
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Posted by greg at 1:33 PM

August 29, 2007

"If this has to happen, this is the way to go about it."

Is John Wilmerding the Karl Rove of the American Art world? In May 2005, Alice Walton effectively broke ground on her Bentonville, Ark. museum project Crystal Bridges, by buying Asher Durand's 1849 painting Kindred Spirits from the New York...
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Posted by greg at 9:32 AM

August 28, 2007

"For Months He Lived Between The Billboards"

When I saw images of front architecture's billboard-shaped house-on-a-pole floating about, the first thing I thought of was one of the first sculptures by Michael Ashkin I ever saw. It's title, "For Months He Lived Between The Billboards," pretty...
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Posted by greg at 4:21 PM

August 26, 2007

Please Say Hello To My New Phone Wallpaper.

Gerhard Richter's design for the stained glass window in the Köln Cathedral was unveiled yesterday. 11,500 handblown glass squares in 72 colors. German: das Gerhard Richter Fenster in Köln English: Gerhard Richter window in Cologne, hires image [washjeff.edu via boingboing]...
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Posted by greg at 8:32 PM

August 21, 2007

Olafur: The Magazine??

This is what I get for not going to the Serpentine Summer Party this year...Publisher of a new magazine that melds artistic and architectural experimentation, Eliasson is currently involved in numerous architectural projects such as the Icelandic National Concert...
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Posted by greg at 11:33 PM

Magic: Teller Like It Is

At a recent conference talk on magic given in Las Vegas, Teller [the quiet one] gave the most amazing definition of magic I wish I'd heard before writing about Scott Sforza for Cabinet Magazine's magic issue:[Magic is] the theatrical linking...
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Posted by greg at 6:43 PM

August 8, 2007

Philipp Otto Runge's Farbenkugel

In 1810, the last year of his young life, painter Philipp Otto Runge devised his Color Sphere, one of the first attempts to depict a comprehensive color system in three dimensions. Runge was a correspondent of Goethe, who was...
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Posted by greg at 12:16 AM

August 4, 2007

Ten Top Ten Lists Of Video/Films For The 21st Century

The Japanese magazine Art-iT asked ten artists, directors, curators and i-don't-knows for their top ten "'artistic' films of the 21st century". I was glad but just a little surprised to see Jeremy Blake's Sodium Fox, which I don't think was...
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Posted by greg at 5:23 PM

July 31, 2007

You Stay Classy, Bruce Ratner

In less than thirty seconds, I could rattle off a dozen people in the real estate business, and another easy dozen in the video and film business, and a dozen in the finance business, who have incredibly, admirably, even enviably...
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Posted by greg at 9:50 PM

July 26, 2007

Artnet: Cultural Learnings For Make Benefit Glorious Art World

Quadriceptica II is an amazing exhibition of which the Cultural Directorate of Rjamusz can be justly proud, and to which anyone seriously interested in pan-national trends in current post-market cultural production must direct themselves before the onset of locust season....
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Posted by greg at 9:47 AM

July 25, 2007

HowTo Photoset: Damien Hirst's Diamond Skull

Alright, I will grant that a 54-carat, flawless pink diamond would push the fabrication cost of an 1,100-carat pave' and platinum skull beyond the $3-4 million I was able to account for. Still, it's worth noting that the whisper...
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Posted by greg at 7:26 PM

July 22, 2007

Mitt Romney Dodges Questions About Whitney, Dia, Met Expansion

Good to see he's taking a brave stand against the one museum that isn't contemplating opening an annex on the west side of Manhattan, though. You stay strong, Mitt. [image and scoop: tmz.com, story and aide's inane excuse for...
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Posted by greg at 7:38 AM

July 20, 2007

Sorry, we got cut off. You were saying?

From Theresa's blog, The Wit of the Staircase:From the French phrase 'esprit d'escalier,' literally, it means 'the wit of the staircase', and usually refers to the perfect witty response you think up after the conversation or argument is ended. "Esprit...
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Posted by greg at 1:03 PM

July 19, 2007

Cabinet 26: "Perspective Correction"

Can I just say, I've reached a point in my life where I don't know what's left to accomplish? I mean, how can I top the thrill of getting to write for Cabinet Magazine? I just don't know. I've had...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 PM

July 12, 2007

"Viewfinder" Opens July 14th At The Henry In Seattle

There's only a partial list of artists included, but the premise of this show holds a lot of promise. Though I would hope that assimilation has more to do with exploration and manipulation, not just funny camera angles:Since photography’s inception,...
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Posted by greg at 2:51 PM

June 29, 2007

UbuWeb Sitdown With Archinect

There's an excellent, loong interview on Archinect with Kenneth Goldsmith, the artist, poet, dj, theory karaokeist [?], professor, and web developer behind the incomparable UbuWeb. Ubu began with just texts, and as collections and formats and partners came their way,...
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Posted by greg at 11:33 PM

June 26, 2007

Huge Props

So if you're going to see the Richard Serra exhibition at MoMA--and you should, it's really quite spectacular--you should see it when the museum is closed, because then you have the whole place to yourself. A friend John and...
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Posted by greg at 10:49 PM

June 23, 2007

Ferran Adria Exhibiting In Documenta's 'G Pavilion'

Holy smokes. Artforum reports that chef Ferran Adrià is participating in this year's Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany, by leaving a table for two open at El Bulli every night for exhibition visitors. El Bulli is in Costa Brava,...
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Posted by greg at 8:51 PM

June 7, 2007

Untitled (America)

It's actually happening. Ever since it was first announced that Felix Gonzalez-Torres would be the artist representing the US at the Venice Biennale, I've kind of held my breath to see if it would actually come off. And it...
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Posted by greg at 9:22 PM

June 5, 2007

Diamonds Are Forever! TODAY ONLY!

First things first: if someone DOES buy Damien Hirst's diamond-and-platinum skull, it won't be for $100 million. Any shlub billionaire walking in off the street would get 10% off, and any actual collector would get 20%. So if someone's...
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Posted by greg at 12:33 PM

June 1, 2007

My So-Called Audience

When I heard that Christopher DeLaurenti used body mics and a mini-disc-equipped vest to make his surreptitious recordings of orchestral intermissions, I was like, "Half the recording is probably the squeaks of his leather vest. What he's actually capturing isn't...
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Posted by greg at 6:14 PM

May 25, 2007

Now Fit To Print: Holland Cotter's Hippie Flashback

Look, wasn't born in time for this "Human Be-In" of which the Grey-haired Ones speak, but I own shagpad.com, so don't think I'm not down with the groovy, psychedelic 60's. But if going to the Whitney triggered a flashback...
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Posted by greg at 12:20 PM

May 19, 2007

Bombardment Periphery, Rotterdam

As part of Rotterdam 2007 - City of Architecture, the city commemorated the 15-minute-long German bombing on May 14, 1940 that destroyed the city center, precipitated the Dutch surrender in WWII--and ultimately provided the occasion for all that new...
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Posted by greg at 11:11 AM

May 16, 2007

Sig Heil, Bruder Maciunas

Raimundas Malasauskas: Can we ask him who he was in his past life? David Magnus: There might be a surprise, but he was an athlete, a preacher. He had something to do with the Mormons. I don't know what, I...
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Posted by greg at 10:49 PM

May 8, 2007

So September 10th

I have no idea what to make of this. Dresden painter Eberhard Havekost's Kontakt is coming up for auction at Phillips de Pury on May 17th. Its oblique, cropped composition depicts the flat, linear patterns of the facades of the...
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Posted by greg at 12:05 AM

May 6, 2007

The Ingredients In The MoMA Artists' Cookbook

Seriously, where do they find this stuff? In the 25th issue of the inimitable Cabinet Magazine, Jeffrey Kastner has a few tasty excerpts from The Museum of Modern Art Artists' Cookbook, by Madeleine Conway and Nancy Kirk, published in 1977....
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Posted by greg at 10:07 PM

May 3, 2007

This Japanese-American Internment Camp Life

We finally made it to the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco last weekend. I'll see a Sheeler show any time, any place, but except for a nice population of Diebenkorns and the well-stocked Oceanic galleries--oh, and Gerhard Richter's disorienting photomural...
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Posted by greg at 8:55 AM

April 17, 2007

Neutra For Sale: Calling Michael Govin [sic]

Richard Neutra's office building in Silver Lake is for sale. It's about 4900sf, plus two apartments in back, with some Neutra built-ins and fixtures. No price is mentioned, but the broker does helpfully provide a ceiling:RECENT SALES OF IMPORTANT...
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Posted by greg at 8:40 PM

April 11, 2007

It's Hard Out There For A Cremaster

And by 'out there,' I mean in North Korea. And by 'a Cremaster,' I mean Cremaster 1, Barney's foray into Busby Berkley stadium spectacle. NK's Arirang Festival has choreographed logistics to make even Barbara Gladstone blush [well, maybe]: 100,000...
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Posted by greg at 9:06 AM

April 9, 2007

The Fake Warhol Lectures, Part III: "He Used The Medium Of The Lecture Circuit, You Might Say"

My favorite line in the Daily Utah Chronicle interview with Paul Morrissey, where he admits Andy Warhol sent a double, actor Allen Midgette, to a lecture at the University of Utah, is from Kay Israel, assistant editor campus paper:Mr. Morrissey:...On...
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Posted by greg at 8:50 AM

April 7, 2007

Part II: Ute Reporters Scalp Warhol Over Fake Lectures

Staffers in the University of Utah Art Department raised suspicions that night that the man who'd just presented on campus was not, in fact, Andy Warhol, but an impersonator. As a result, event organizers withheld the $1,000 speaking fee while...
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Posted by greg at 12:06 PM

April 6, 2007

The Fake Warhol Lectures

So this week I gave a lecture about how collectors and the market get weird with art at the University of Utah. It was a lot of fun for me, and it seemed to go over alright. I took as...
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Posted by greg at 7:36 PM

April 1, 2007

Get Me Chocolate Jesus' Publicist

We had a four-hour layover at O'Hare yesterday, which was long enough to become thoroughly disgusted with CNN's non-stop toggling between three major crises: what if that dude with the hair wins American Idol? the daily truck bombings in Iraq,...
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Posted by greg at 10:55 AM

March 30, 2007

Leaving On A Jet Plane, Speaking On Art Tuesday

"Spiral Doily" postcard, Corinne, UT, 2005 Yow, didn't realize how radio silent it's been around here. I've been working on a couple of deadlines, one article I'll go into later, and a lecture I'm just tightening up right now....
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Posted by greg at 10:31 PM

March 13, 2007

Whew: Olafur Eliasson's Art Car For BMW

It had sparked one of those jump-the-shark anxiety attacks when I heard that one of the artists I most admire, Olafur Eliasson, had been commissioned to do an Art Car for BMW. Even as it included such respected artists...
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Posted by greg at 10:08 PM

February 26, 2007

Hello? Christian Marclay, Please. Speaking.

So the Oscars. Did I just miss their press release warning that they were going to inject off-off-Broadway wacky juice into the show? Because after being numbed into catatonia by years of Debbie Allen, Debbie Allen manques, and Gil Coates'...
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Posted by greg at 10:01 AM

February 23, 2007

Nailing The Armory

Paddy Johnson at ArtFagCity manages to capture the Armory Show and the entire art fair phenomenon in two sentences: "It's hard to know what to think of anything. Everything looks like you should buy it." The Armory Show: New Digs,...
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Posted by greg at 8:52 PM

For The First Time, All Over Again

So Christie's bought Haunch of Venison, which will open an outpost in Rockefeller Center, the spectacular, near-raw space where the Judd Foundation pieces were previewed? Great. But is it, as the NYT calls it, "the first time, an auction house...
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Posted by greg at 8:01 AM

February 18, 2007

MoMA's Feminist Future: A Picture Of Eileen Gray

WPS1 has posted the audio for MoMA's recent symposium, "The Feminist Future: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts." Listening to a panel discussion with no access to the visuals can be a tough sell, but the two talks...
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Posted by greg at 10:32 PM

February 6, 2007

Proof of Concept: Il Heliostat di Viganella

The idea to use a large heliostat to deliver winter sunlight to a small village deep in a valley of the Italian Alps, was a success: The mirror — 870 meters, or 2,900 feet, above Viganella and measuring 8 meters...
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Posted by greg at 9:26 AM

February 2, 2007

Aqua Teen Hunger Farce

I was beginning to think everyone in Boston, and most everyone in the media, and most certainly everyone in the cable news industry, was a freakin' idiot. [cf. nearly every angry, belligerent comment by an embarassed official; the smartass...
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Posted by greg at 11:03 AM

January 30, 2007

Super Columbine Massacre NYT!

The constroversy over Peter Baxter's decision to pull Super Columbine Massacre RPG! from Slamdance's Guerilla Gamemakers Festival hit the New York Times this weekend, and Baxter has yet another explanation for his actions. This time, it's not complaints by a...
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Posted by greg at 10:40 AM

January 25, 2007

Lego Moholy-Nagy

Marcos Vilarino has recreated some early landmarks of modern photography in Lego, including this interpretation of Laslo Moholy-Nagy, Feininger's "The Photojournalist" {note: it's Andreas, not Lionel/Lyonel, who was a painter] and the world's first photo, Niepce's view out his window...
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Posted by greg at 12:59 PM

January 11, 2007

Agnes Martin Documentary at Film Forum

There are very few artists I'd like to see a documentary about. For one thing, the narrative arc of a movie is usually ill-suited to either an artist's story/ideas or to the experience of the work itself. And no one...
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Posted by greg at 10:32 AM

What's The Edition Size? Is It Available?

Awesome. Just. Awesome. A couple who lives in the Rockefeller Apartments across 54th St from MoMA was watching the museum test the projections for the their upcoming Doug Aitken installation. Your Video Art Here [flickr via curbed] One of...
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Posted by greg at 10:14 AM

January 9, 2007

A Day In The Office In The Gallery

For the 2006 Turner Prize exhibition, artist Phil Collins had Tate Britain set him up with an office in the gallery, where he and two hired researchers worked every day on Phil's next project: "finding people who feel their lives...
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Posted by greg at 10:29 PM

January 8, 2007

The DaVinci Code Code

With six trans-oceanic flights last month, I ended up seeing The DaVinci Code with the sound off at least two dozen times. The only thing that surprises me about this Reuters story is that it's taken this long for other...
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Posted by greg at 3:03 PM

January 3, 2007

Quinze Love

Arne Quinze has a posse. The Belgian self-marketer began his cross-country promotional tour for the launch of the new Lexus flagship at Burning Man. Though he didn't really mention the tie-in to anyone there at the time, he sure has...
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Posted by greg at 2:52 PM

December 20, 2006

Nam June Paik's Early Work

I used to live downstairs from Nam June Paik. I was too starstruck to ever talk with him at length, but we had friendly chats when we'd see each other in the stairway of our Little Italy loft building....
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Posted by greg at 3:17 PM

December 13, 2006

"those blank looks, it seems, won out"

The funniest line so far from coverage of Miami Basel. It's from New York Mag's "Basel Blog," which reports that collectors have moved to buying work by safe artists from established galleries. Which is probably what it looks like if...
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Posted by greg at 10:09 PM

Wooster Collective's 11 Spring Street Open House

Sara and Marc are so awesome. The global street art blowout at 11 Spring Street organized by Wooster Collective opens tomorrow, and it runs through Sunday, 11-5 each day. Artists from all over, including some who installed their work on...
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Posted by greg at 7:43 PM

I'm Back. Did I Miss Anything?

Sorry, I was out of town. Did anything happen art-wise while I was gone? On the film/editing front, the votes were in, and I'm pleased to announce a new addition to the greg.org team: a husky MacBookPro and a couple...
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Posted by greg at 7:31 PM

November 30, 2006

Arty Like It's 2001

Roll up a host of moribund art magazines. Start an art news portal. Launch a big, glogsy new magazine about the [sic] Biennale Lifestyle. Buy an art fair. It hurts to say it because I have friends there, but am...
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Posted by greg at 4:14 PM

November 25, 2006

Art Blimps Over Miami

It's what I've always said Art Basel Miami Beach needed more of: blimps. And now they've got'em. It's almost enough to make me wish I wasn't going to be in Kyoto. A beachside Blimp Parade with characters from artists I...
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Posted by greg at 9:47 PM

November 21, 2006

Starring Steven Siegel As. Banacek.

The FBI said Monday that it has recovered a 1778 painting by the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya that was stolen as it was being taken to an exhibition earlier this month. "Children with a Cart," which disappeared en route...
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Posted by greg at 12:09 AM

November 13, 2006

And To Think That I Saw It On Sesame Street

Maurizio Cattelan's Not afraid of love, 2000, shown at Marian Goodman. [via artnet] and Mr. Snuffalupagus in storage on the set of Sesame Street [via flickr]...
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Posted by greg at 2:14 PM

November 8, 2006

A Roving Smithsonian Site Displacement

Today, this is just one more picture of a well-balanced bastard. Twenty years from now, though, this dude's family will sell this photo to the Guggenheim: Well Balanced Bastards of The Day [dethroner.com] The photo's from Hans Kemp's book, Bikes...
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Posted by greg at 6:03 PM

November 7, 2006

Wow. Last-Minute Court Order Blocks Sale Of Blue-Period Picasso Never Mind. Mind, Maybe.

Wow. The sale of one of the paintings I wrote about in the NYT the other day, a blue-period Picasso portrait being sold by Andrew Lloyd Webber,was recently ordered stopped by a Manhattan court. An heir to Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,...
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Posted by greg at 5:13 PM

November 4, 2006

My New Bidding Technique Is Unstoppable

That was my original choice for a title, but I'm happy enough just not botching the Hamlet reference. Thanks to all the people who helped with interviews and research and editing. Since the story closed, I've heard from a couple...
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Posted by greg at 11:37 PM

November 3, 2006

Ersatz Serra/Smithson 2-Man Show In Front Of The House

They're doing construction in DC, and the workers dumped a found-art version of a Richard Serra/Robert Smithson installation in front of our house....
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Posted by greg at 4:31 PM

October 24, 2006

The Relentless Pursuit Of Something, Anyway

Damn, I just hate when that happens. I hate when some sick poseur geezer company who makes SUV's for orthodontists or whatever totally rips off and corrupts the free, utopian, non-commercial, creative spirit of youth--of the future, even. As...
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Posted by greg at 1:39 PM

October 22, 2006

Paul Fusco's "Bitter Fruit": Photos Of American Soldiers' Funerals, 2004-present

Bronx, NY, 2004, Funeral service for Sgt. Luis Moreno Paul Fusco began photographing the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq in 2004 as a "personal protest against government attempts to downplay the costs of war." It's not the...
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Posted by greg at 9:06 PM

October 11, 2006

Wow [Make That, "WoW"]: In-Game Photography

We're beyond Machinima, people. Some titles have photography as part of the gameplay, and some players are tweaking the games themselves to take in-game photographs. The results are finding their way onto flickr, like Gregory Perez's homage [top] to...
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Posted by greg at 9:08 PM

October 9, 2006

Non-Sensical Non-Site Non-Art?: Smithson's "Hotel Palenque"

Curator Nancy Spector described Robert Smithson's Hotel Palenque, which the Guggenheim acquired in 1999 from the artist's estate [controlled by his widow Nancy Holt and represented by James Cohan Gallery] this way:Hotel Palenque perfectly embodies the artist's notion of...
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Posted by greg at 4:45 PM

October 4, 2006

Alberto Burri's Cretto

Like Pompeii in reverse, Gibellina has been remembered by its ghost-like burial instead of an unearthing. In 1968, an earthquake devastated villages throughout the Belice Valley of western Sicily. The Italian government's incompetent response to the disaster and the...
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Posted by greg at 12:38 AM

October 3, 2006

Four Nudes Too Nude For Texas

As has been reported before, Ms. Sydney McGee, an 28-year veteran art teacher in a Texas elementary school has been suspended after a parent complained that his/her child saw nude art during a field trip to the Dallas Museum of...
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Posted by greg at 9:18 PM

September 30, 2006

I Guess Everyone's Gotta Be Known For Something

Carol Vogel has a story about Damien Hirst's restoration replacement of the shark [yes, that shark]: Such is his reputation that when a seven-foot shark washed up on a beach in July, and the Natural History Museum in London needed...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 PM

September 28, 2006

In Milano Veritas

"In terms of the way the art world functions today, 'Scene & Herd' is the new October." Francesco Vezzoli is also working on a documentary funded by Miuccia Prada. Scene & Herd: Burden of History [artforum]...
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Posted by greg at 3:58 PM

September 27, 2006

Lost In Translation

I guess if Kaikai Kiki had wanted the name of its biannual Toyko otaku art fair, Geisai, spelled properly, they should've upgraded Walter Robinson's seat for him. Instead, as he wrote, he had to use his own frequent flier...
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Posted by greg at 12:59 AM

September 25, 2006

Wooster Collective At Conflux 2006

Now, after reading Regine's writeup of Marc and Sara's Wooster Collective presentation on street art, I'm double mad I missed Conflux this year. previously V-2's Adam Greenfield on taking Urbanist icons to the woodshed...
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Posted by greg at 11:45 PM

Art World Amazon Wish Lists

John Currin's list, for example, reads like his kid's birthday party gift registry. And while I'm tempted to buy Helmut Lang that $5 John Chamberlain wall relief catalogue, I have to wonder why it's on there at all. Did he...
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Posted by greg at 9:51 AM

September 19, 2006

I'm Venice Super Blog! Thanks For Asking!

The Venice Biennale of Architecture may have been a critical bust--both the Times' and the Guardian's people panned it, complaining that it's a book in exhibition format, or text and videos but no architecture--but I have to say, it...
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Posted by greg at 9:49 PM

September 16, 2006

Branding Man

I know a lot of you have been asking yourselves, "Hey, what's been going on with Greg and the Belgian Waffle?" No? Too bad. Cuz I'll tell you. The Burning Man curator known as LadyBee and I have been going...
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Posted by greg at 3:51 PM

September 4, 2006

Called That One

The last mention of Lee Siegel on this blog was also the first. Since about three hours after he published that dumbass comment about Twombly, I've basically taken pains not to read his criticism. Life was just too short. And...
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Posted by greg at 12:48 PM

September 3, 2006

Gerhard Richter's Stained Glass Window For The Cologne Cathedral

It took over 600 years to complete [from 1248 t- 1880], so it should surprise absolutely no one that it takes the Cologne Cathedral [or Kölner Dom] over 60 years to fix a broken window. Gerhard Richter has been...
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Posted by greg at 11:33 PM

August 30, 2006

AEI'm So Confused

Six years drinking at the open bar of power is enough to get anyone a little woozy, so it should be no surprise that the shots fired at MoMA from the right by two pundits from the American Enterprise Institute...
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Posted by greg at 4:43 PM

August 16, 2006

Modernism: Any Color As Long As It's White

For a couple of months now, I've been really pre-occupied by this discussion of the color white and its association with modernism. It's between Olafur Eliasson, curator Daniel Birnbaum, and Mark Wigley, the dean of Columbia's architecture school and...
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Posted by greg at 11:13 AM

August 2, 2006

Conspirasyriana

This: The Tangled Web of Syriana by Philip Dhingra [philosophistry.com via mathowie] reminds me of this: from Mark Lombardi: Global Networks, Nov. 1 - Dec. 18, 2003 [drawingcenter.org] in a good way....
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Posted by greg at 8:43 PM

Rem Sleepless, Or Discussion Is The New Performance Art

Much like the 24-hour interview-a-thon itself, Claire Bishop's report from the Serpentine Pavilion starts out hilariously--my original title for this post was to be "LOLOLOL"--and ends with unexpected substance and insight. Whether her declaration is the first, I don't care,...
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Posted by greg at 6:06 PM

July 25, 2006

I Think I'll Wait For The Book

Here's the schedule for this Friday's 24-hour interviewathon at the Serpentine Gallery pavilion. Mega-interviewer Hans Ulrich Obrist and perennial interviewee Rem Koolhaas will be tag-teaming on a whole slate of "culture industry" types. If you can't imagine ending your night--or...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 PM

July 8, 2006

Some Iceland Photos: Richard Serra

Afangar, Richard Serra sculpture on Videy Island, Reykjavik Originally uploaded by gregorg. I went to Iceland a couple of weeks ago, and I just put some photos up on flickr from the trip. This one is of Afangar, a...
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Posted by greg at 5:42 PM

July 1, 2006

I Feel Like I've Gotten Stupid

especially when I read something like this--and to be honest, I haven't even finished it yet: Design. Architecture. Football. [cityofsound.com via bldgblog]...
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Posted by greg at 12:30 AM

June 26, 2006

I Could Read This Stuff All Day

William EgglestoneThis is just a snapshot. I would not even have considered showing this. If you ware going to post pictures you need to make sure it is of something unusual or with a personal vision. Otherwise you are going...
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Posted by greg at 9:12 PM

June 25, 2006

Dialing Drawing Restraint: The Audio Guides Of Matthew Barney

Drawing Restraint, the exhibition of Matthew Barney's complete series of works of the same name, opened this week at SFMOMA. It originated last summer at 21C Museum for Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, which was the occasion for the production...
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Posted by greg at 4:15 PM

June 23, 2006

Like A Glittery Minted Coin At The Everglades State Fair

Q. The Times could set a much needed precedent by creating a culture-news blog that profits from the eyes of an editor, rather than the current norm in blogdom, which is for semi-informed scribblers to post unedited ramblings, and often...
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Posted by greg at 6:54 AM

June 13, 2006

Aaaarrrrrttt!

I'm skipping Art Basel this year--got a trip to Iceland and all--with the result that I hear my foreigner neighbors watching TV all day across the courtyard. They may not be able to comply with a "reserved parking" sign, but...
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Posted by greg at 8:02 AM

June 9, 2006

Go For The Cornell, Stay For The Brancusi

Nickyskye on Metafilter:Joseph wrote me love letters in which he couched his sexual interest in metaphors. I was told he used the image of a bird for penis and nest for vagina. His letters were full of birds and nests.Just...
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Posted by greg at 10:07 AM

June 8, 2006

Your Photoshared Experience: Olafur Eliasson On Flickr

It's funny, I've never really found the worlds of art and flickr to have that much overlap. Just look at the number of photos posted after the Maker Faire 2006 [4,055] compared to those posted after, say, Art Basel...
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Posted by greg at 8:41 AM

May 25, 2006

Coming Sooner Or Later

Yeah, I've got a post about the MoMA gig with Jim Mangold on Tuesday, which was a lo