Heaven’s Light


Xu Longsen: Light of Heaven. (2018) Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In Chinese mythology, the Kunlun Mountain is home to many gods and goddesses, it demarks the center of the four points of the compass, and it’s the place where Earth and Heaven meet.  For artist Xu Longsen, it served as the inspiration for an ambitious serious of site-specific paintings and sculptures that calculatedly respond to the architecture of the Art Institute of Chicago’s suite of Asian art galleries.  Continue reading

Standing In Place Of: Shelly Rahme and Jannick Deslauriers


Jannick Deslaurier, Sentence, souffle, et linceul

Representation. Well, there’s a loaded term if ever there was; a veritable minefield. It has myriad meanings, associations, connotations, what have you. So let me narrow it down – quite a bit, actually – to what I’ll call “standing in place of.”

By that I basically mean the displacement of something – in this instance, aesthetic displacement – and that shape of the consequent void being occupied by something “other,” something, well, something “standing in place of.” Continue reading

Cecilia Mendez Casariego – Rostros que lo dicen todo


Galeria Schlifka Molina 2014

Nacida en Buenos Aires, Cecilia Mendez Casariego es escultora y docente, formada en Escuela de Bellas Artes “Manuel Belgrano” como Maestro Nacional de dibujo (2002) y Profesora en Artes Visuales (2012). Su formación se completa con las clases de dibujo con Marcia Schvartz en la Escuela de Bellas Artes Ernesto de la Cárcova así como las clínicas de obra con Sergio Bazán y Silvia Gurfein. Continue reading

Agnieszka Kurant: Complex Systems


Agnieszka Kurant A.A.I (10-15) 2017 Termite mounds built by colonies of termites from colored sand, gold and crystals .Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
. Photo: Dylan Wilson

“My work is about how aggregated social capital can be used for good causes. Its value can even be calculated.” – Agnieszka Kurant

Agnieszka Kurant  is preparing to install one of her collective signatures on the façade of the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology. Her commission for the SFMOMA was launched earlier this month.  In 2017, Kurant’s recent exhibitions include a solo show at SCAD MoA in Savannah and at the CCA in Tel Aviv and commissions for Guggenheim Bilbao and for Bonner Kunstverein. In 2015 she did a commission for the façade of the Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 2013-2014, the artist presented a major solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center, New York. Continue reading

Thefts at Art Sales & Festivals

Unzipping her booth tent the second morning of an arts fair, mixed-media artist Patricia Hecker of Bloomington, Indiana knew that someone had been there the night before. Her artwork was OK, but a cabinet had been broken into. “I’m sure someone was looking for money,” she said. Fortunately, she had made sure to take all cash and receipts back to the motel the evening before, so there was no loss on that end – just a damaged cabinet. Hecker mentioned the break-in to the fair sponsors, who had hired security guards and had otherwise required all of the participating artists to sign a contract in which they acknowledge that all property at the site is left there at the vendors’ own risk, but not to her insurance company. Why bother? The $1,000 deductible on her policy far exceeded the value of the cabinet, “and if you report a claim they’ll just raise your rates.” Continue reading

Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway’s Upcoming Public Fantasy: in dreams awake


Kathy Ruttenberg, In Sync, 2018. 96” high x 52” diameter. Broadway Ave and 72ND St.
Image Courtesy of Fionn Reilly

From April 27TH through February 2019, after a tremendous amount of artistic labor and industry, a display of six large-scale sculptures will linger, like a daydream, along the pedestrian great green way of Manhattan’s Broadway—between 64TH and 157TH St. Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake is a commissioned project by the Broadway Mall Association; organized in coordination with NYC Parks, who for over 50 years has brought contemporary public artworks to the city’s parks, establishing New York City as one of the world’s largest open-air galleries. Continue reading

Don Maynard: Through a Glass, Lightly


Don Maynard, Tidal Mass (installation detail)

This starts with glass. Again.

This time, though, it’s not the hot glass of the studio, but rather the commercial and industrial variety. Like Pyrex, that stuff so familiar to us through its use in durable kitchenware for cooking (and maybe less familiar for its use in laboratory glassware). And the setting is of course neither a kitchen nor a lab, but an austere gallery space – your standard white cube. Along one long wall stand 700 long and thin Pyrex rods. The rods are transparent, and actually lean relatively untidily against the wall. Continue reading