Brian and Marc recently collaborated on a review of Tony Lebat’s Bulk at Queens Nails Annex for Shotgun Review. Here’s an excerpt:
“Tony Labat’s exhibition Bulk opened to throngs of art students, smoking and drinking on the sidewalk. At first, the event seemed like any other gallery reception. However, as a show focusing on the manifestation of social relations in an art event, the students hadn’t come to see anything in particular, but to rather simply be with one another. With the gallery’s main space converted to a bar, complete with amateur bartenders, swill cocktails at criminal prices, and makeshift wooden tables; Bulk turned Queens Nails Annex into a speakeasy, one built like a cheap theatrical set.
… Bulk’s events have drawn together those who share in a common perspective – art students, gallerists, curators, etc.- participating in their prescribed roles of social exchange and power dynamics, as if the events had a written script. The exhibition doesn’t challenge itself to compose the audience, who provide its labor, or translate their efforts into meaning. Any examination into the relationship between the mechanics of audience as a means of production, and how it conditions the possibilities of interpretation, is absent. Without intervention, the events emerged as expected; codified and rigid. Creating work that fosters social relations shouldn’t reduce an event to the calling together of a coterie, turning the artist into a socialite of aesthetics whose practice would be a chain of well-hosted shin-digs. Bulk is emblematic of this festivalist, lackadaisical attitude that’s far too common in contemporary art.”
From everyone at BaS we all wish the King of Canada the best on now being part of North America and with his work to restore the National Parliament Igloo building.
New York Magazine has published their “Best in Art 07″ with their choices for the top shows in 10 different categories as well as Best Debut and Failure.
Debatable highlights include:
Best Show: Matthew Barney’s performance with Dog, Band, Bull, Urine & ’67 Chrysler
Freshest Century-Old Painting: Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon turned 100
Best New Scene: The Lower East Side Gallery District aka the last cheap place in Manhattan for real estate
Read them all here and let the argument begin.
Now there are a lot of reasons to love David Robbins. His book is great. He is very funny. He is genuinely insightful about art and life.
He was really hard on Duncan as a student.
He looks great in scarves.
And he might be right on about how creative individuals can move forward and abandon an art world that only loves its devotees and acolytes(and it only sort of loves them.) But my favorite reason to LOVE David is that he made these…
The 6th annual Art Basel Miami Beach closed Sunday reporting a higher overall attendance, more gallery participation and more international media coverage than in past years.
Messe Schweiz, the art fair’s owner, reported 43,000 visitors attended the fair, which officially kicked off Dec. 6 but began informally with collector parties, museum exhibition openings and other cultural events on Dec. 3.
The 200 galleries from 30 countries were selected from 850 applicants — the most the fair has received since it launched in December 2002. Art works by more than 2,000 artists were exhibited for sale inside the Convention Center and in shipping containers retrofitted for gallery space in Collins Park.
In addition to setting new attendance and gallery participation records, this year’s fair was the last under Art Basel Miami creator & director Sam Keller, who launched the inaugural fair as a sister to the original Art Basel in Switzerland.
In January, Keller will become director of the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland.
He will be replaced by a triumvirate to include director of operations and finance Annette Schonholzer, artistic director Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, and director for strategy and development Marc Spiegle.