Testimonio, 2003, by Isabel Ruiz, from Guatemala. Painted on 23 handkerchiefs are testimonies of violent incidents during Guatemala’s Civil War, from 1960-96. (All photos by C-M.)
The Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MADC) in San Jose, Costa Rica is the single biggest, most important center for contemporary art in Central America — with a permanent collection that is focused on the region. I’ve been to the museum countless times, but this time I was lucky enough to stumble into a show of works from their permanent collection. (It’s a small institution, so display areas are usually occupied by temporary exhibits.) Always refreshing to see work by artists operating outside of the Bermuda Art Triangle.
Colección MADC is now on view.
I’ve seen lots of crazy shit that uses the rainforest as marketing ploy (Rainforest Cafe, anyone?), but this is pretty spectacular: Costa Rican Rainforest Premium Water. Only $3.50. (U.S. dollars, of course.)
Pensive howler monkey. Displaying a spectacular set of nuts. (Photo by C-M.)
The latest edition of Lonely Planet’s guide to Costa Rica is out and it’s got several chapters by yours truly. So, if you want to know where to find the best effing cinnamon rolls in San José or are looking for the spiciest Caribbean chicken in Tortuguero or simply want to know where to take a hike in the Central Valley, then this is the book for you.
As always, I’ve got an extra copy to give away. Leave a comment below and this little baby could be yours.
Huellas del silencio, 2003 by Paulina Ortiz, in the spa at the Four Seasons, Costa Rica. (Photo by C-M.)
- A history of words and language, via Google Books. (@stevesilberman.)
- On surveillance. A fascinating episode of Studio 360 — which includes a segment with Trevor Paglen.
- AA Bronson asks to have his work removed from the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek exhibit in the wake of the Wojanrowicz controversy. The NPG says no way. Tyler Green has an interview with the artist.
- Related: Hyperallergic reports on yesterday’s protest in NYC against the censorhsip. And Modern Art Notes has a helpful links round up on the latest surrounding the controversy.
- Blu, on the removal of his mural from MOCA in L.A. The museum’s board members don’t appear too concerned about the whole fracas. Related: Ayatollah Deitch.
- The European Commission has ruled that Dan Flavin’s art isn’t art. It’s “light fittings.”
- The Best in Food-Art, 2010.
- Speaking of which: Steak sandwich à la Richard Wentworth. Looks tasty.
- Bad at Sports has an interesting audio interview with Julio Cesar Morales, talking 19th century food and California history, among many other interesting things. Set aside an hour for this.
- Want to understand that Paul Thek show at the Whitney? Read John Perreault’s informative essay.
- Jeff Koons, shopping.
- Play chess with Marcel Duchamp. Or at least his bot likeness.
- The Day in Art Merch: a Josef Beuys-inspired Cape Coat — as worn by a hot chick. And Tracey Emin stationery.
- Vogue magazine, in abstraction. Weirdly fascinating. (ackackack.)
- Today’s Street Art, anteater edition: Ovbal and Sego in Mexico City.
- 3-D animated graffiti. Very Transformers. (The Smithian.)
- “I hate the word starchitect. Stuff like that comes from mean-spirited, untalented journalists.” — Frank Gehry, on everything.
- Mies’s Farnsworth House, filled with butterflies.
- For Sale: Slightly Used Apocalyptic Warning Sign.