Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Yes Men

The Yes Men, a performance art group with an activist agenda, consist of two men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, that impersonate respresentatives of big companies such as Exon, Halliburton and even the US Federal Government in order to bring … Continue reading

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James Franco at Pace Gallery Reviewed by Roberta Smith

James Franco’s “New Film Stills” at Pace Gallery recently received a dismissive and amusing review in The New York Times. Although the exhibit, characterized by Roberta Smith as desperate and cynical, hardly seems worth mentioning, its content relates to works analyzed in … Continue reading

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Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory

Kara Walker is creating an enormous work of art in the old Domino sugar factory in Williamsburg. Opening on May 10th, the sphinx-like sculpture will actually be made out of Domino sugar, and is entitled “A Subtlety”. The New York … Continue reading

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Speaking of video art…

Speaking of video art, I would also like to share one of my favorite video pieces by contemporary Belgian artist Francis Alÿs. In his Alÿs’ best-known work (and my personal favorite), When Faith Moves Mountains (2002), the artist recruited 500 volunteers in suburb outside … Continue reading

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Christian Marclay’s “The Clock”

An audio-visual collage, Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” (2010) consists of thousands of cut and pasted movie clips, all of which feature visual (ie: an image of a ticking clock or watch) and/or aural cues that reference a specific time of … Continue reading

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Maya Lin and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial–and the controversy that ensued after its installation–exemplifies the ongoing battle between realism and modernism that tends to dominate the art world. The entire debate began with Jan Scruggs, a veteran himself who founded the Vietnam … Continue reading

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Hatoum and Fani-Kayode: Exploring the works of refugee artists in the UK

  The Light at the End (1989), an installation created by Palestinian-Lebanese artist Mona Hatoum, uses depth and darkness to portray the absence of identity and feeling of loss experienced by refugees in the UK. Six electrical heated rods are … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Calder in Abstraction at LACMA

Calder in Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art explores more than forty quintessential works of the late Alexander Calder from the mid 1930s until the 1960s.  Of particular interest are Calder’s hanging mobile … Continue reading

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Discussion of Richard Serra’s “Tilted Arc”

Excerpt from “Discussion of a Subject of Space: the Forms, Functions, and Consequences of Richard Serra’s ‘Tilted Arc,’” presented by Francesca Miller on April 10, 2014 In 1979, Richard Serra was chosen by an independent panel of art professionals to … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Jordan Wolfson at David Zwirner

                          Employing a wide range of media, including sculpture, painting, video, instillation, and animatronics, artist Jordan Wolfson explores the complex themes of social communication, identity, and physical existence. … Continue reading

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