Who is the hell doesnâ€™t know what Highlander is? For shame. All of you, add it to your netflix queue pronto!
This week: Duncan, and a panel of superstar critical thinkers, Lori Waxman, Kathryn Hixson and James Yood discuss, Highlander, Artropolopolopolis, Robert Storr vs. the universe, and regionalism in an action packed, smack down of art critical smartness.
To digress for a moment, in googling everyoneâ€™s name to minimize errors I was astonished to find that there once was a Chicago Art Critics Association. Sadly their website was last updated in 2006. It seems to have died of disinterest. I wonder if the meetings entailed â€œBeat-itâ€ style knife fights, alas Bad at Sports missed the boat there.
Only Duncan will be amused by the opening song, as he knows there can be only one, and only Kaveh Soofi and Dominic Molon by the closing song.
Joseph Mohan. There Duncan, I said it.
WTF? this weeks show is as long as your arm and brimming with what you need to
know about the art world around you…
It’s a three shows for the price of one deal!!!
First Duncan takes on the Chicago Artist Coalition to find out, what they do and
what business they have publishing a magazine.
Next,Terri and Serena talk to David Adjaye and Cydney Payton at The Museum of Contemporary Art: Denver
and figure out how you go about building a museum.
As if that was not enough, Mark Staff Brandl our European Chief checks in to remind us
how important it is to be a member of a community.
The show closes with a tribute to the Birthday of Joseph Mohan.
This week the West Coast Crew heads down to Ratio3 to talk to Ryan McGinley and gallerist Chris Perez.
Ryan McGinley makes large-scale color photographs of nudes in abstracted natural landscapes. With his subjects as willing collaborators, he used photography to break down barriers between public and private lives. Drawn from skateboarding, music, graffiti and gay subcultures, his models perform for the camera and expose themselves with complete self-awareness.
McGinley’s more recent work signals a departure from the urban youth culture images for which he is well known â€“ over the past few summers he has been working almost exclusively in natural settings in the American west.
At 24, he was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also had solo exhibitions at PS1 and in Spain at the MUSAC in Leon. In 2007 he was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity award by the International Center for Photography.
THIS WEEK IT’S THE AMANDA BROWDER SHOW!!! GUEST STARRING TONY MATELLI!!!
Tony Matelli has always been interested in the underdog. He has become well known for his hyper-realistic sculptures often depicting characters and things just barely getting by; things nearly dead, hopelessly lost or otherwise totally unwanted. These sculptures serve as metaphors for our own social malaise and our general struggle for survival. They mimic inner states of desolation, panic, ambivalence and despair; frequent conditions associated with trying to locate ones self within our social world.
Tony Matelli has exhibited extensively in the US and in Europe. His work was most recently seen in â€œ5 Billion Years,â€ at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and Into Me/Out of Me, at P.S. 1 MOMA New York, travelling to KW Berlin Institute of Contemporary Art. Upcoming projects include Evolution: Tony Matelli/Alexis Rockman, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Still Life, at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, and Die Macht der Dinge – The Power of Things, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin.
Also Duncan tries out his acting chops, with mixed results.