February 26, 2006 · Print This Article
It’s our sixth month anniversary and there is much excitement for all!
This week we talk to John Corbett and Jim Dempsey of Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery. Also we reflect on six months of weekly podcasts and mull whether or not to go on. A very special episode of Bad at Sports. Like an afterschool special with expletives.
This week we interview Chicago gallerist Wendy Cooper. Then the BAS team reviews new shows at the Renaissance Society (Yutaka Sone’s Forecast: Snow) and the Hyde Park Art Center (4-Reel). Amanda checks out more shows on her own, and–possibly the most exciting segment of the show yet–Duncan and Richard go to see Unshackled, recorded live at the Pacific Garden Mission.
I’m sick, this will be a less glitzy and amusing e-mail than usual. Hence this notice coming out so late.
We set the record straight about our rumored conflict with Gallery 400, although we definitely didn’t like the show they have up right now. We check out the utterly fabulous collection of shows at the Cultural Center. AND to make it total art overload, we go to the MCA and take in an array of shows there too. Also our London branch (Ben Tanner and Christian Kuras) checks in and we get a brief NOVA plug from Michael Workman.
Duncan and Richard interview James Rondeau, superstar curator and Cecelia Edefalk, superstar artist. We just bought the right to the word “superstar” so we are compelled to use it as much as possible. Stealing liberally from the AIC’s press release bank we now paste the following for your enlightenment.
“The Art Institute of Chicago presents the first solo U.S. exhibition of Swedish artist Cecilia Edefalk as part of its Focus exhibitions of contemporary art. Double White Venus, a series of 12 paintings all titled Double White Venus, will be on view in Gallery 139 of the museum from February 2 to April 23, 2006. Born in 1954, Edefalk draws viewers in by exploring, through repetition as well as innovative installations, the mechanics of making and looking at painted images. Edefalk works slowly and deliberately, in direct contrast to our high-speed, image-based world; she began Double White Venus in 1999 and completed its 12 paintings over the course of nearly 7 years.”
James Rondeau is the Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and a damn nice guy. He has overseen the significant growth and expansion in recent years of the Art Institute of Chicago’s commitment to contemporary art.
Brian Andrews our west coast correspondent has really been earning his keep these days. This week he interviews Andrew Bancroft aka the superstar rapper Jelly D. from the brilliant Maximum Wage video.
“The son of an ex-pool hustler and former Catholic nun, Andrew Bancroft grew up in Maine, where he developed an early love of acting and music. Andrew graduated with honors from Wesleyan UniversitySan Francisco in 2000. Andrew’s many film credits include the title role in Gabriel Angel Of The Lord, as well as directing and starring as rapper “Jelly Donut” in Illbilly’s mock music video Maximum Wage . He has many other performance credits, including The Ken and Andy Show and Popcorn Anti-Theater.”
If you don’t go check out www.Illbilly.com your toes will rot off.
Names Dropped: Stan Douglas, Anne Goldstein, James Coleman, Michael Asher, Madeleine Grynsztejn, Jeremy Strick, Claude Monet, A. James Speyer, Philip K. Dick, Robert Gober, Francesco Clemente, Robert Ryman, Sean Scully, Buzz Spector, Suzanne Ghez, Francesco Bonami, Thomas Hirschhorn, Lisa Dorin, Chalres Stuckey, Neal Benezra, Anne Rojimer, James Wood, James Cuno, Kenny Taylor, the all important Bob’s Donut Shop in San Francisco, CA, and more, more, more
Reviews from London, Gallerist Wendy Cooper, maybe some reviews, c’mon I just finished this damn show do I really need to dish about what we have for next week. Sheesh.