- Frozen lake sounds. (ackackack.com)
- Edward Winkleman pens an op-ed in the Art Newspaper to declare that the sky is not falling just ‘cuz MOCA appointed a gallerist as its new director.
- In related news: L.A.’s gain is New York’s loss says Jerry Saltz of the Deitch appointment.
- The first announcements are out for the Art Olympics, I mean the Venice Biennale.
- In unrelated news: The Art Handling Olympics. Looks hilarious.
- Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Hyperallergic is on the hunt for the Worst. Press. Release. Ever. (Art Fag City.)
- ¡Blogga smackdown! Tyler Green versus Regina Hackett, the sequel.
- Andrea Zittel’s floating island. And I gotta confess, it looks ever so slightly like an upside down bidet. Plus: Zittel’s favorite books.
- Photographers to gather in London tomorrow for street photography rights.
- A tree in jars.
- Paprika Mars.
- Tire truck Buddha.
- Vintage passport photos of artists, actors, writers and poets. My favorite. (Coudal.)
- The proto-TMZ.
- A Banksy movie about trying to film Banksy. Here’s the trailer. (@SamSifton, @unurth.)
- Today’s Street Art: Aakash Nihalani.
- Deitch to close his gallery with a Shepard Fairey show.
- Part country cabin, part I-don’t-know-what: The cool looking Rennes Metropole Museum by architects Guinée et Potin.
- The personal flying suit. Want.
- In S.F.: Tucker Nichols, Temporary Storage Overflow Plan Option 3, at Baer Ridgway, opens Saturday.
- In L.A.: Women Photographers: Put Your Finger on the Button at New Image Art, opens Saturday at 7 p.m.
- In L.A.: Mitch Dobrow, Tropospheres, at Kopeikin Gallery, opens Saturday. Artists reception to take place on January 30 at 6 p.m.
- In Miami: Jacin Giordano at Fred Snitzer, opens Friday at 7 p.m.
- In Miami: Gustavo Roman, Yet Nightly Pitch My Moving Tent, at David Castillo, opens Saturday at 7 p.m.
- In NYC: Bruce High Quality Foundation, Open House, at 225 West Broadway, on Friday at 8 p.m.
- In NYC: Zoe Crosher, The Unraveling of Michelle du Bois, at DCKT Contemporary, opens Friday at 6 p.m.
On a recent visit to San Francisco’s once nitty gritty Mission district, we paid a visit to the studio of Clark Sorensen, a ceramicist known for his outrageous glazed and high-fired floral urinals. Interestingly, Sorensen was raised as a Mormon in Utah (and once proselytized for the Latter Day Saints in France) but found himself as a pinko leftist queer in San Francisco where he came to his senses, and he has recently let his politics creep into his work. In addition to producing some highly unusual urinals (ever tinkle on a cala lilly?), he also has a series titled Down the Drain: The Legacy of George W. Bush — a fitting urinary tribute to those eight lousy years. There’s no telling what his next series will be devoted to, but may we kindly suggest the addition of hysteria-monger and kooky gold shiller Glenn Beck.
Squeak Carnwath’s paintings are too big to be shoplifted. Otherwise, I would happily “own” one or two of the idiosyncratic, icon-addled, blackboard-sized canvasses from her first solo museum show at the Oakland Museum of California — at the tender age of 62. As one of the leading California artists no one’s ever heard of (unlike her cohorts Viola Frey and Jay DeFeo), Carnwath fuses the personal symbology of a genius Waldorf preschooler with the flawed humanity of the psychotherapy couch. The result is pure Californication.
I couldn’t not love her recurring guilt-free zones (Everything(2)), or her collection of good luck symbols (Good Luck ), bunnies (Long Happy Life ) and record albums (Side One ) — the latter representing about the side-oneness of life. There’s a shameless appropriation of periodic table grids (Four Months), confession (Promise) and assorted visual elements that once led people to associate her work with outsider art. Each painting reads like a short story asking universal questions. Then on the video at the end of the show, there’s Squeak with all the answers. And you walk out feeling like you just had a great talk with your therapist.
Painting Is No Ordinary Object runs through Aug 23.
San Francisco Street Art. (Photo by C-M.)
Photographer Steve Rotman has just released a photo book devoted to all things S.F. (He’s also the author of Bay Area Graffiti.) Among the artists featured in San Francisco Street Art are perennial favorites such as Miss Van, D*Face, Doze Green, Swoon, Neckface, Ron English and Shepard Fairey — as well as some funny pieces by Thesis, Hug and Dome.
Leave a comment below to enter to win this palm-sized hardback. If you’re looking to buy, you can find it here.
I had never wanted to hug intestines until I saw Marina Vendrell Renaut’s knitted sculptures at Johansson Projects, part of a group show called Flaming Furbelows. There were eviscerations, udders and other mammalian pudenda hanging like stalactites from the gallery ceiling. Undoubtedly, they’re meditations on the love/hate/grossness we feel towards our innards. And Renaut employs reduce-reuse-recycle tactics like a good citizen. But you just can’t get past how fun the pieces must have been to make. Imagine sweater heaven at the Salvation Army, combined with flea market furs and afghans. Grandma would turn in her grave if she saw the oversized tentacled sock monkey called Coochie Boo Hoo, and her phallus-enhanced tea cozies fitted over remote-control toy cars. But the cherry on top are the five bissected marmots, above. Pull the tassels and they croon lullabies like ghoulish mobiles.
Unfortunately, Renault’s humorous touchables make the paintings on the walls — by Kate Tedman and Eric Siemens, working collaboratively here as “Kate Eric” — look fussy and cold by comparison. The pair must love watching the Discovery Channel. Tiny alien hybrids of bugs and fish alternately war, screw and puke in heavily impastoed acrylic on paper. The technique is as precise as a Dungeons and Dragons drawing, so that you have to examine each monster up close. The animal violence provides a stark contrast to the jellyfish-like silks billowing through the compositions. But ultimately, between chopped up animals and light existential drama, the artists are well-paired, echoing each other in mutually controlled chaos.
Flaming Furbelows runs through May 2.
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- CEO performance declines as fame rises. (Art Fag City.)
- Evan Wright guest DJs at KCRW.
- Mass firings in the arts departments at Parsons and the New School. Eageageag has more on the story. Plus, a faculty member speaks out at Hrag Vartanian.
- Photos from the Havana Biennial.
- The day in big museum shows.
- Cool: William Kentridge video. (Modern Art Notes.)
- William Eggleston on Paris.
- The Tate Modern’s Herzog & de Meuron-designed expansion is approved by the local council. Now, all they need is the money. Related: Jonathan Glancey at the Guardian is all for it.
- ¡Art Industry Smackdown! Blogga Girl Fight Edition: Another Bouncing Ball versus CultureGrrl versus Another Bouncing Ball, on the subject of asking readers for dough.
- Hrag Vartanian does a links round-up on art and politics at Art21.
- Nick Cave’s sound suits. (NotCot.)
- Hamster power. (ackackack.)
- Today’s Street Art: Poppy van Oorde-Grainger.
- A video of the WiiSpray.
- Prince Charles designs spectacularly fugly building in Poundbury, England. (Arts Journal.)
- For the engineering geeks: all about the high-tech concrete used in the girders for I-35 bridge in Minneapolis. (The Skyline.)
- There’s concern in Miami about the future of the Modernist mosaic-covered Bacardi building now that Bacardi has moved out.
- American Institute of Architects gathering in San Francisco will have far less attendees than originally envisioned due to the economy. (Arts Journal.)
- I heart Werner Herzog.
- Your moment of Cat Shit One.
- Post modern. Even more post-modern.
- The Top 10 most visited museums. Louvre #1.
- The Getty’s hipster ad campaign.
- How to imitate a MoMA museum guard. Related: Top 10 questions for art museum guards. (Art Fag City.)
- An exposé on the Met called Rogues Gallery has the museum’s trustees sweating it out.
- Cuba is having its first show of American art in 25 years. (Arts Journal.)
- Desperate times call for ridiculous measures: A round-up on the guy in Florida who is suing Christie’s because his Francis Bacon didn’t sell.
- Knit lamps. (reBlog.)
- Our oceans are turning into “plastic soup.” (reBlog.)
- German officials buff famous Berlin Wall painting of Brezhnev and Honecker kissing. (Arts Journal.)
- Artist Yale Wolf honors NYC graffiti history with mock plaque and subway posters.
- L.A.’s Chaka to have his first gallery show.
- Cambodian graffiti.
- MBW redoes an Ericailcane wall in L.A. with clip art. (@lunapark.)
- Molotow now selling energy drinks.
- A.J. Fosik’s beer sweater collection.
- Miami Beach trying to cut back on Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony project to save some cash.
- Nicolai Ourosoff on rethinking the American city: “The problem in America is not a lack of ideas. It is a tendency to equate any large-scale government construction project, no matter how thoughtful, with the most brutal urban renewal tactics of the 1950s.”
- Google Street View time lapse.
- Your moment of Andy Warhol meets Rick Ocasek.