Trenton Doyle Hancock

December 19, 2008 · Print This Article

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Last Friday Art21’s Blog posted a 45 minute interview with Trenton Doyle Hancock about his latest show at James Cohan Gallery.

“Hancock recently opened a new chapter in his ongoing saga of the war between a race of emaciated mutant Vegans and their fleshy Mound counterparts in Fear, his fourth solo show at James Cohan Gallery. But instead of painting scenes of all-out warfare, Hancock captures super-charged moments of tense waiting or vivid torture, suggesting that his epic narrative has reached a crossroads.”

It’s a bit long and after the halfway mark the audio is totally off from the footage. But it’s still worth taking a look at.




Saving MOCA

December 18, 2008 · Print This Article

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Over the past week the financial crisis that has been plaguing L.A.’s MOCA has had some new developments. On Tuesday LACMA proposed a merger. According to the LA Time’s Culture Monster the terms of the merger would include; “…MOCA’s collection and programs would be exhibited at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary Space in Little Tokyo, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA and at LACMA’s Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, under construction on the LACMA campus. Additional programs are planned for MOCA’s Grand Avenue site.” When asked if MOCA would part with some of it’s collection they responded with a not so confident probably not. Then Yesterday Christopher Knight gave it to use straight.

In other Los Angeles museum news The Getty’s Endowment is down 25%.




Episode 172: John Jennings and Damian Duffy

December 14, 2008 · Print This Article

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Mark Staff Brandl, the Central European Bureau and EuroShark, is in Central Illinois this time, interviewing Prof. John Jennings and Damian Duffy, curators of the traveling exhibition “Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics,” which originated at Krannert Art Museum in Champaign. Jennings and Duffy discuss their curation of several shows, their own art and writing such as the graphic novel The Hole, their teaching, the extension of sequential art beyond the “Masters of American Comics” notion, theory, the socio-political, African-American culture, impurity, art history and more. Hey Kids, Comics, Fine Art and Filosofizing! Big fun for one and all
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Whitney Names 2010 Biennial Curators

December 12, 2008 · Print This Article

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I haven’t updated in a bout week. After returning from New York I was swamped with art students trying to print their final projects. Everything will be back to normal this coming week. I’m hoping to post a recap of art viewing from my trip and a recap of what is going on with MOCA. In the meantime, The New York times has an article on next years Whitney Biennial curators. Former BAS guest Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari have been named curators of the 2010 show.

via the New York Times:

“…First, the Biennial. Although it seems as if there just was one (there was, ending in June), officials at the Whitney Museum of American Art are already plotting the sequel, scheduled to open in March 2010. This week they are announcing the choice of curators, who in years past have consisted of
all-Whitney teams, groups of outsiders, or variations in between.

This time the museum has paired Francesco Bonami, 53, a seasoned Italian-born curator with an international reputation, and Gary Carrion-Murayari, 28, a homegrown senior curatorial assistant. Mr. Bonami will serve as curator for the Biennial, with Mr. Carrion-Murayari acting as associate curator.”

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Bad at Sports Episode 171: Mark Napier and Dirty Words

December 7, 2008 · Print This Article

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This week a sick Duncan MacKenzie bumbles his way through a dramatic and sweeping discussion with Mark Napier.  They speak of “Net Art,” its less then stellar critics, and how we think about these new kinds of cultural products.

Napier was an early pioneer of net art and is still charting it’s future at Potatoland.org.  His interview is followed by Terri and Joanna discussing the new book “Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex” by Ellen Sussman.

The intro is a gem.