Raising money is the most passive response of cultural practitioners to social crisis, a response that perpetuates the idea that art itself has no social function (aside from being a commodity), that there is no such thing as an engaged, activist aesthetic practice […] Art does have the power to save lives, and it is this very power that must be recognized, fostered and supported in every way possible. But if we are to do this, we will have to abandon the idealist conception of art. We don’t need a cultural renaissance; we need cultural practices actively participating in the struggle against AIDS. We don’t need to transcend the epidemic; we need to end it.
this is truly sad. i had the pleasure of meeting this woman and hearing her speak, and share her ideas and wishes to investigate the prison industrial complex and sanitation systems, which largely remain a mystery to those with no contact with it in spite of contributing taxes to support them. she was a marvelous thinker and artist, and i am deeply saddened to hear of her passing.
London-based artist Claire Brewster uses discarded and out of date maps and atlases to produce these delicate paper cutouts of nature. Each final artwork is pinned directly to the wall and the light that shines through gives each piece a three-dimensional quality.
richard avedon at gagosian gallery (522 w 21 st, new york) open thru july 27, 2012
a truly incredible exhibit. avedon was a brilliant and thoughtful man who produced work that always leaves me without words. although there’s only a glimpse of this on the gagosian site (but beautifully displayed in the actual exhibit), avedon spent some time in vietnam during the war, and had so many tragically beautiful photos of vietnamese napalm and tiger-cage victims. they are devastating but so compelling, i had difficulty tearing myself away from them. alongside these photos are all the decorated soldiers as well as the ruthless scumbag politicians that created the senseless horror that was the vietnam war.
this exhibit did an exquisite job of collapsing the time separating the impact of these icons, and creating a cohesive narrative of the turbulent political culture of the sixties/early seventies.
in high school (2002/3) i saw a retrospective of avedon’s work at the metropolitan museum of art (photo of marilyn monroe courtesy met archives), that in essence shattered my tiny little sixteen year old brain. i left gagosian today feeling a very similar sensation in my head.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas. An exhibition of Thomas’s recent paintings, “Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe,” is on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art through August 19.
Thomas’s work is in the collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Photographer Marco Breuer, whose latest work is on view now at Chelsea’s Von Lintel Gallery, is the second guest. Breuer’s manipulations of photographic paper create fantastic, often surprising abstractions.
His most recent museum exhibition was last year’s“Marco Breuer: Line of Sight,” which was organized by Julian Cox at the de Young in San Francisco.His work is in the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, MoMA, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Harvard Art Museums and SFMOMA.
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Image: Mickalene Thomas, Sista Sista Lady Blue, 2007. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Gabriel Orozco (Mexico, b. 1962)
Sala de espera / Waiting Room, 1998
C-print, 16 x 20 in.
Gary and Tracy Mezzatesta Collection, Los Angeles
last day at moma’s diego rivera exhibit!
Wood/Cut/Figures - Terry Winters
Silent Auction for BOMB Magazine
Photo Courtesy of Alex Wein and Rob Brulinski
Sigrid Lauren, 25: Sitting in the brightly painted kitchen. Lauren is a performance artist and actor of plays held within the Copy Cat building.
Residents are free to design their loft spaces as they choose. In any given room you might find a skate ramp, a band rehearsing, a photo studio, a sculpture in progress. But also beds and couches and fridges. For the past few decades, artists have hosted gallery openings and parties, played music and performed plays there, among other happenings.