Category: Street Art

Calendar. 04.10.14.

Swoon (American, born 1978), The Swimming Cities of Serenissima, Adriatic Sea, 2009. © Tod Seelie
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima on the Adriatic Sea. On view in Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Opens Friday. (Photo by Tod Seelie.)

Calendar. 11.20.13.

New Year's Party Balloon, from Brisbane, Australia, 2011, by Anthony Lister
New Year’s Party Balloon, in Brisbane, Australia, 2011, by Anthony Lister. From The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, by Rafael Schacter. A book launch will be held this evening at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn at 7pm. (Image courtesy the author and Yale University Press.)

Calendar. 10.17.13.

On the Water, by Stikman
On the Water, by Stikman. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit …in the house…, at the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Through November 13, in Philadelphia. Reception this Friday at 6pm. (Image courtesy of Stikman.)

Photo Diary: Barry McGee at the ICA Boston.

Untitled 2005-2012 by Barry McGee at ICA Boston
Untitled 2005-2012, one of Barry McGee’s wall “boils” at the ICA.

Detail from an untitled installation constructed with old letter press trays by Barry McGee.
Detail from an untitled installation constructed with old letter press trays.

An object from Barry McGee's
These are some of my favorite pieces in the show: bulbous paper mache (I think) spheres with bits of McGee’s trademark sign lettering on them. There’s something very Katamari Damacy about them.

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Calendar. 05.15.13.

Gemini capsule petroglyph by Kevin Sudeith
A petroglyph of the Gemini Capsule, by Kevin Sudeith. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit, Modern Petroglyphs, at 308@156 Project Artspace. Opens Thursday at 7pm, in the Flatiron District. (Image courtesy of the artist. Plus: see my WNYC profile of Sudeith from last year.)

Calendar. 08.01.12.

A street work by Os Gemeos in Grottaglie, Italy. The Brazilian street art duo are opening a solo exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston today. (Image courtesy of Luna Park.)

  • Santa Fe: Art in the Age of Truthiness, at SITE Santa Fe. Through January 6.
  • Santa Fe: Munson Hunt, Sculpted, at David Richard Contemporary. Through August 25.
  • Austin: Hybrid Forms, a group show featuring artists working at the intersection of digital technology, sound and light, at the Jones Center. Opens Saturday.
  • Nashville: Bread Box, a pop-up gallery by ZieherSmith. Opens Saturday, in the Gulch.
  • Durham, N.C.: Olafur Eliasson: The Uncertain Museum, at the Nasher Museum of Art. Through September 30.
  • Northampton, Mass.: Outside the Box: Boxes as Cross Cultural Art and Object, at the Smith College Museum of Art. Through September 30.
  • NYC: HI JACK!, a group show with Emily Jacir, Chris Mottalini, Malick Sidibé and many others, at Jack Shainman Gallery. Opens Thursday.
  • NYC: The Hullaballoo Collective, Joie de Vivre, at PSPS. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Rico Gatson, Grounded, at Airplane. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
  • NYC: Carousel, a cartoon slideshow, at Soloway. This Friday at 8pm, in Williamsburg.

Miscellany. 07.31.12.

Ox in Arcueil. (Image courtesy of Ox.)

MOCA Mess: Mess Harder
Unless you are plugged into the mainframe 24-7, it’s hard to keep up with all of the developments at MOCA. Principally, what you need to know is this: esteemed curator Paul Schimmel is still a goner. All the artists on the board (Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, John Baldessari and Catherine Opie) have quit over Schimmel’s ‘resignation.’ (Read the Kruger/Opie letter here.) Museum director Jeffrey Deitch finally got around to speaking to the press, but spent the conversation defending himself rather than articulating a long-term vision for the museum. He also posted a notice about his commitment to promoting MOCA’s legacy on the museum’s blog.

Getting nucular over MOCA.

Naturally, it’s time to cue the Greek chorus. Christopher Knight says the museum has OD’d on the ghost of Andy Warhol. Roberta Smith gives Deitch a scolding and offers her regrets for originally supporting the idea of Deitch as director. Culture Grrl says, “I told you so.” Even I’ve been in on the shit show. I appeared briefly on KCRW’s Which Way L.A. to discuss Deitch’s place in the NYC gallery ecosystem. (For the record: I was not having a terribly articulate day. Thankfully the other guests all contribute smart points.) The pièce de resistance came at the end of last week, when former UCLA Chancellor Charles Young sent a memo to Eli Broad saying it was time to can Deitch.

Some people (including Aaron Rose) have pitched this as a battle between a new generation that embraces pop culture and a stuffy old one that simply doesn’t ‘get’ stuff like graffiti. I think this is a mistake. Plenty of young artists have taken issue with the way that MOCA is being run. I, for one, have a deep appreciation of graffiti. But Art in the Streets did little to explore the subject in deep and meaningful ways. The whole Deitch debate isn’t a question about old guard versus avant-garde. It’s about wanting a public institution that is more than blockbusters and attendance figures and scene-y openings. Finances may be important to a museum, but museums aren’t a financial proposition. It’s the difference between running a Barnes & Noble and running a library. One is a place that sells books. The other is a repository of knowledge.

That said, I think it can be easy to turn Deitch into a whipping boy. I wasn’t necessarily against his hire. He’s a savvy guy. And lord knows plenty of people get hired for jobs for which they aren’t innately qualified (such as me). But a big part of this mess rests with the board. As in: where the fuck are they? Where is their commitment (financial and otherwise) to this institution? Is anyone gonna strap on a pair, lay down some cash, and challenge Eli Broad? And why are the people who led MOCA into the financial hole to begin with still in charge? Isn’t it more than a little weird that the two guys who ran this hot mess back in 2008 — David Johnson and Tom Unterman — are still there? The former as a co-chair, the latter as a life trustee?

Sure, you can fire Jeffrey Deitch. Hell, fire him ten times over if you want. But it doesn’t seem as if that will even begin to take care of the real problem.

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