Jori Finkel discusses the future of the American kunsthalle in his article on Artnews.com.
"Neil Benezra, director of the collection-driven San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, agrees that this sort of experimental impulse is harder to preserve in a larger institution devoted to object stewardship. “A collection requires more resources, whether human or financial, dedicated to its oversight,” he says. “Smaller institutions that do not have collections can have a smaller budget, smaller staff, and be entirely focused on their program. There’s something quite wonderful about that.”
Read the entire article here.
Installation view of Nathaniel Donnett’s light installation in his exhibition “Nothing to See Hear” at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Photo by @edireson.
Robert Hodge, Forever Ever, 2014.
Acrylic, found cardboard, and spray paint
61 x 81 inches
Courtesy the artist
“It’s important to question the faith you have in anything, and the scientific approach is even based on that principle of doubting everything. The best scientists are always full of questions and doubt. Like, with the ones I met at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, there was no question that could be stupid—we could talk about cosmology as a scientific discipline or how the probability of the existence of god has been calculated to a mathematical number, and what it means to do that. These are matters of interrogation that may sound apart from science, but they were taken very seriously by the people I was talking to.
Then, when it comes to the Internet, almost everything is on the Internet, so you can have no generalization.”
- Excerpt from an interview by Andrew M. Goldstein with Camille Henrot.
Read the full interview and essay here.
Artist Debra Barrera will be at Moody Gallery this Saturday from 3-5PM signing copies of Sky and Space, her limited edition artist book.
"This collection of images are documentations of occurrences. These occurrences are recorded tangentially through a photograph of the sky at the moment they become. Each sky depicts a brief temporal reality and an exploration of place and memory. Looking above, the constancy of sky reveals truths hidden in direct observation." -Debra Barrera
Installation views of “Robert Hodge: Destroy and Rebuild” at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2014. Photos: Paul Hester. © Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2014.
Debra Barrera’s painting created after melting a large block of ice with powdered pigment onto a marble surface.
“Robert Hodge: Destory and Rebuild" opens tomorrow night at 6:30PM.
Contemporary Art Week!
Do You Want Moor?
2012, conte, graphite, color pencil and gold leaf foil, plastic and paper bags, 85in x 50in.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Jack Whitten and was taped in front of a live audience at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
MCASD just opened the first Whitten retrospective. Titled "Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting," and curated by MCASD’s Kathryn Kanjo, the exhibition features 60 canvases from the early 1960s through this year. The show reveals how, at a time when so many artists shrugged off painting, Whitten intensified his interest in the medium by marrying acrylic and canvas to conceptual strategies in an effort to address key issues in art and American society. After it closes in San Diego on January 4, 2015, it will travel to the Walker Art Center and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
This is the second time Whitten has been on The MAN Podcast. Last year he talked with host Tyler Green on the occasion of an exhibition at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
The image above is Whitten’s Dead Reckoning (1980), one of the ‘squeegee’ canvases that Green and Whitten discuss on this week’s program.
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The Bruce High Quality Foundation at Almine Rech Gallery.
Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver and artist Robert Hodge working in the gallery to put the final touches on Destroy and Rebuild. Join us for the opening reception of Robert Hodge: Destroy and Rebuild this Friday night starting at 6:30PM. For more information click here.