Friday, August 26, 2011

This blog may be moving to wordpress, via new blogger rules about links and other content. Move TBA.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

found: Lili Reynaud-Dewar

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

An unfinished thought:

A tendency I've run into several times in research since starting grad school is a tendency in artists who are working primarily in sculpture to position their work pointedly as opposing a kind of Michael Fried non-theatrical painting or "painting as window on the world" take on painting. Even Karla Black continues to talk of her sculpture-based work as "the opposite of the traditional condition of painting, which is a window onto another world, an optical escape." I don't think this is an intentional refusal to consider painting in the present, but an odd fixation on painting as a stilted opponent, etc.

See 'Objects, But Only Just: A Conversation with Karla Black' by Ana Finel Honigman in Sculpture magazine (viewable here - scroll down to page 22)

Also, see Jan Verwoert's 'Why Are Conceptual Artists Painting Again? Because They Think It's a Good Idea' in Afterall magazine. For example: Painting as a stilted opponent, etc.: "conventional painting that relies uncritically on a traditional understanding of the medium."; a call for "painting to be discussed as a relevant medium again, and thereby liberat[ing] it from the curse of a premature rejection at the hands of a normative understanding of history."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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"The more bullying Eisenman’s jokes and the more retrouvé her aesthetics – that is, the more she seems like the riot grrrl Currin – the less affecting her efforts. Where she eschews the traps and tropes of the 1990s, both the irony and the traditionalism, the multiculturalism and the commercialism, she seems more likely to transcend the cheaper thrills of her cohort."

-from Ian Chang's review of Nicole Eisenman at Frieze magazine

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

found: Vanessa Püntener

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Monday, August 15, 2011

found: Samantha Bittman, and two by R.H. Quaytman

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

found: Ted Gahl, Jess Fuller, Andy Boot

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

"A base function of art is to shine a light on areas in our society that have grown dark or invisible. Artists do so by challenging conventions of both form and content, by carving out a space for themselves among these issues by de-territorialising our standardised rhythms and patterns of action and thought."

-from 'Precocious and Precarious: The Future is Unstable (and it always will be, so deal with it)' by Amy Fung

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Over at abstract critical, Luke Elwes' critical review 'A Wrong Turn? : Cecily Brown at Gagosian' pinpoints what really isn't working in Brown's new paintings.

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"The paint needs either to describe something or else assume a life of its own. As it is, they amount to abstraction as the absence of figuration, a lazy solution delivered to deadening effect." (read more)

Oh and I just want to point out the obvious following comparison (would you say a more relevant painter, particularly today?):

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