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  • cathykimball 10:52 pm on March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    New York, New York 

    I was in New York a couple of weeks ago for the art fairs, but I think enough has been written on them, so I’ll spare you more bad reviews…

    However, I did get to a number of museums and saw some good exhibitions. The first was “Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective,” which runs through May 11. Maybe some of you saw it at LA MOCA where it originated. It’s a seminal show including TONS of work by the conceptual artist who died unexpectedly in 1997 at the age of 44. Check out MOMA’s website for more info on the show. There is also a very comprehensive catalogue that accompanies the show.

    Another work at MOMA that really caught my attention was by a Lebanese artist named Walid Raad. It’s part of a permanent collection show called Here is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art, which is on display through March 23. The installation consists of a series of works on paper arranged in a grid. Each piece is approximately 20 x 24 inches and there may be as many as 40, all framed in simple wood frames. Each work in the grid contains a miniscule image in the middle of a large sheet of white paper. Those tiny images are fragments of much larger photographs that depcit some horrific bombing in a middle eastern city. The city and the date are noted on the right-hand corner of each piece. It so simply and poignantly points out our lack of attention to these atrocities — the astounding loss of life, the massive destruction of towns and cities and culture, the grief and pain of thousands and thousands of survivors. For some reason, the piece had an overwhelming effect on me.

    If you get to MOMA, or not, you should check out Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh. Tehching Hsieh is a performance artist who, in this particular piece from 1978-1979, locked himself in a cage for one full year, deprived of human contact, art, news, reading material, etc. His friend brought him food once a day and removed his waste. He also photographed the artist on each day of  Hsieh’s self-imposed incarceration. I had heard about the work, but had never seen the documentation. I’m still not sure what to think of it, but it DOES make me think….He also has an installation at the Guggenheim documenting another year-long performance where Hsieh punched a timeclock with a camera every hour, every day, every month, for an entire year. The photographs and a time-lapsed video are part of the installation. Grueling, it would seem…..but, fascinating to see the documentation. I’d love to know what you think.

    The punch clock installation is part of The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 – 1989. This show was a high point in my art viewing. According to Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, the exhibition is about how ideas from Asian sources have been transmitted to American artists. The exhibition includes iconic art and artists from  the late 19th century and most of the 20th century– much of it very familiar work, but seen through a very different lens. I was  happy to see the inclusion of many CA artists: Bruce Connor, Tom Marioni, Paul Kos and David Ireland, to name just a few. However, the one CA artist they missed and whose work fits perfectly with the exhibition’s theme is Lewis deSoto. (Fortunately, you still have time to get to the ICA to see his solo show through this Saturday, March 21. ) Ann Hamilton was also included and created a site-specific work for the Gugg’s rotunda that responds to the show’s thesis. If you’re in the Museum, and you hear a bell ring, get to a railing and look up. The Gugg’s website for The Third Mind exhibition includes a great clip that gives a good overview of the exhibition.

    Of course, I came home sick as a dog — but it was worth it!

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  • virginiaterry 6:01 pm on March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Around town: keep art in your schedule 

    Looking for a great way to spend an evening? Look no futher! These Bay Area art and entertainment spots have plenty to offer.

    • Check out 3 x 3: three artists – three installations, on view at Cabrillo College with artists Jack Howe, Ruth Boerefijn, and Philo Northrup. March 13 – April 24, 2009
    • Support local artists! Over 30 Bay Area artists are clearing out their backstock at Art Object Gallery March 21st – 28th with a reception on Saturday March 21, 6-9 pm
    • Stop by MIX Thursday, March 19 featuring acoustic soloist Jason Lucero and highlighting the Cantor Art Center’s new exhibition Pop to Present. 5:30-7:30 pm, free admission, cash bar and free parking. MIX is a lively social event at the Cantor Arts Center for young professionals, offering art, cocktails, music, and conversation in an inspiring setting every third Thursday
    • Attend Where the Girls Are: Women Artists, Science and Technology with SF Curator Marcia Tanner, Monday March 30th 7:30-9 pm, part of The Art Technology & Culture Colloquium at the UC Berkeley Center for New Media
    • And never far from home, don’t miss the ICA’s Talking Art discussion Printmaking Today, Thursday April 9th, 7-9 pm.  Watch printmaking demonstrations and participate in a lively discussion on what’s happening in the  very active and vibrant Bay Area printmaking community
     
  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 6:41 pm on March 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Download: Printmaking Field Trip 

    Last weekend about 60 C3 and C4 ICA members and staffers met in SF to spend the day touring three exceptional fine art printmaking studios/galleries.  The tour was “realized” by our own amazing in-house Master Printer, Fanny Retsek.  We started off the day at Electric Works with Noah Lang who showed us a number of very cool published works, large scale prints, William T. Wiley’s “punball” machine, and a sneak peak at an upcoming Enrique Chagoya “game” piece commissioned by Electric Works. 

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    Electric Works

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    Electric Works Store

    Then we clawed our way through the St. Paddy’s day parade kerfuffel and gathered at Lulu’s for a wondeful lunch. We rolled outta Lulu’s and headed for Gallery 16 and were introduced by Griff  Williams to Elliot Anderson who led us through his dreamy, luminous cloudscapes from his Equivalents exhibition.

    Gallery 16

    Gallery 16

    Again, we all wanted to stay and see more but had to head out to our final destination, the renowned 47 year old Crown Point Press.  Director Valerie Wade gave us a whirlwind tour including the fascinating history of the place and its founder Kathan Brown, introduced the exhibitions, pointed out John Cage’s series of prints produced at CPP that marked his forray into the visual arts world, and we finished with an exceptional tour of the presses and studio.  Whew! the ideas, the art, the people, the experience –  it’s still all trickling in. Would we do it all over again? Ubetcha!

    Crown Point Press

    Crown Point Press

     
  • cathykimball 12:40 am on March 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Why Marfa? 

    I’m a little behind on the blogging. Sorry about that, but stay tuned for news of my New York trip last week.

    But, before this gets too old, I want to answer the question: Why Marfa? Fortunately Lorri provided ample reasons to Kathy’s question, but I wanted to include the links here:

    Ballroom Gallery
    Chinati Foundation
    Judd Foundation
    Gallerie Urbane
    Marfa Book Company

     
  • Susan O'Malley 8:38 pm on March 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Calling Palo Alto Area Artists! 

    CALL FOR ENTRIES: RADIUS
    2009 June 18 – September 6, 2009
    Juror: Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center

    The Juror will select multiple pieces by selected artists for the exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center [PAAC]. Artists agree to a possible studio visit for final selection. Radius artists may be selected to present associated programs to the public. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up of work that is ready-to-hang or install. Non-refundable entry fees: Palo Alto Art Center members $20.00 Non-members $30.00
    Eligibility: Open to artists residing and/or working in Atherton, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Stanford, and Woodside. Radius 2002 artists are not eligible. The link to the call for entries is here.

     
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