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

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

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

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

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

December 6, 2011

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

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 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

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

September 2, 2011

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

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

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

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

June 6, 2011

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

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

April 26, 2011

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 []...
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Posted by greg at 9:44 AM

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

February 19, 2011

I've Got Mail

I order so many random books, usually from random independent or used booksellers on Abebooks, that don't arrive with anything like the robotic precision and up-to-the-minute email notification of Amazon, that I never know what's come in the mail until...
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Posted by greg at 9:12 PM

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

February 16, 2011

'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

January 23, 2011

On Stage

In 2002, as I was still trying on various kinds of public writing, I tried to capture the transformative experience of listening to--no, experience is the better word--On Kawara's One Million Years. That post was even titled like a...
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Posted by greg at 11:29 PM

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 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

October 19, 2010

¡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

September 20, 2010

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

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 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 11, 2010

'We Who Change The World'

"My cover would go right here." [image via] Just like the Wallace Sayre quip about academic politics being so vicious because the stakes are so low, maybe the hubris and self-regard are so extraordinary because it's the Venice Architecture...
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Posted by greg at 11:05 AM

September 3, 2010

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

August 24, 2010

CityLAB's Duck & Cover

And in other Venice Biennale of Architecture exhibition news: cityLAB, Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman's architecture think tank at UCLA, is also in the US Pavilion show, Workshopping. One of the projects they're apparently showing is called Duck &...
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Posted by greg at 2:22 PM

How To Make A Biennale Pavilion Architectural Intervention

MOS, of the PS1's woolly mammoth carcass MOSes, is one of seven architecture firms and collaboratives included in "Workshopping: an American Model for Architectural Practice," at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibit is curated by Michael Rooks of the...
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Posted by greg at 1:38 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

June 9, 2009

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 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

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

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

March 31, 2004

A 4 week-old baby reviews the Whitney Biennial

She slept through the almost the whole thing*. Until we walked into the Cecily Brown gallery, when she started screaming at the top of her lungs. On this advice, we cut our visit short, leaving via the elevator so as...
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Posted by greg at 1:23 AM

June 16, 2003

Venice: Vidi, Bitchy

The Venice Biennale is finally over open, and not a day too soon. For a bunch of whiny Americans, anyway. In the Times, Carol Vogel complains about having to see art "amid relentless heat intensified by the power needed for...
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Posted by greg at 11:16 AM

June 11, 2003

Utopia Station

Utopia Station is a project opening at the Venice Biennale, curated by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. In Venice, there's a space, a Station, designed by Tiravanija and Liam Gillick, which will host a series of...
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Posted by greg at 1:41 AM

May 15, 2003

One Million Years (Future), on MP3

Last year, I wrote about the utterly moving experience of On Kawara's work, One Million Years (Past) at Documenta XI. Now, I find the brilliant art site, ubu has put out a 73-minute excerpt of One Million Years (Future)...
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Posted by greg at 1:37 AM

July 2, 2002

How the Village Voice agrees with me (generally) on Documenta 11

It may be a little overwrought ("So let's receive this Documenta as the proclamation of a state of emergency."), but Kim Levin's Village Voice review of Documenta 11 is pretty right on. I mean, she generally agrees with me, reinforcing...
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Posted by greg at 4:41 AM

June 24, 2002

Peter Schjeldahl reviews Documenta 11

Peter Schjeldahl reviews Documenta 11 in this week's New Yorker. He snidely and wearily compliments the show for its "robust, mature...festivalism," which I take to mean they figured out how to show video-based works. But he at least notices two...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 AM

June 18, 2002

Still in Kassel, at

Still in Kassel, at least mentally. The bad news first: Michael Kimmelman's embarassing writeup of Documenta 11 in todays NYTimes is not only self-contradictory, but almost every complaint or criticism he makes of the show can be refuted by the...
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Posted by greg at 1:43 AM

June 17, 2002

Setting: Fredericianum, Documenta 11, Kassel,

Setting: Fredericianum, Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany The voice of a woman reading from within a freestanding glass booth echos through the gallery: Nine hundred eighty eight thousand four hundred and twelve. B.C. You watch, slightly amused. A set of black...
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Posted by greg at 8:35 AM

June 16, 2002

Report from Kassel: Got back

Report from Kassel: Got back Saturday, after an ultimately successful and fulfilling trip, but with entirely too much driving. Friday afternoon, the Documenta technical office installed a new monitor in the Ashkin piece, calibrated the timing of the three monitors,...
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Posted by greg at 4:36 AM

June 13, 2002

KASSEL - A mammoth contemporary

KASSEL - A mammoth contemporary art exhibition. First things first: Documenta 11 is at least an order of magnitude better than last year's Venice Bienale, and not just because it's not so freakin' hot. While pursuing some gratuitous VIP ego-stroking...
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Posted by greg at 11:16 AM

June 12, 2002

BASEL - A mammoth contemporary

BASEL - A mammoth contemporary art fair. A pleasant scattering of familiar faces and new (and old) work by favorite artists. And tons of work by artists I don't really care for. A surprise DJ/friend from NYC turning up at...
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Posted by greg at 3:52 AM