LOS ANGELES — The current show at Sprüth Magers gallery, Eau de Cologne, has a title that might seem like a play on words (that’s what I initially thought), but it is actually quite straightforwardly unironic.
Slouching Towards Banksy’s Dismaland
WESTON-SUPER-MARE, UK — Someone really should have sent a disgruntled teenager to review Dismaland, the latest Banksy extravaganza: part amusement park, part art exhibition tucked away in an abandoned former resort complex at the British seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.
Failing Better: Erroneous Art at Lisa Cooley
There’s a bit of curatorial sleight-of-hand in I Dropped the Lemon Tart, the summer show at Lisa Cooley on the Lower East Side. The title refers to a real-life mishap in a restaurant kitchen where imminent culinary fiasco turned into a triumph of pluck and invention.
Blitz! Jenny Holzer’s Dallas Cowboys Memorabilia Is on Sale
When Dallas Cowboys fans turned up to their team’s new stadium for the 2009–10 pre-season, they were greeted with a collection of Texas-size, blue-chip contemporary art.
Look Before You Sit: At Frieze New York, the Seats Are All Sculptures
Frieze New York opens its doors to the public today, but already during yesterday’s press and VIP preview the aisles were crowded, the common areas and restaurants filled with worn-out fairgoers, and it seemed as if the only empty seats were sculptures.
The Pursuit of Art, 2014
The exhibitions that rippled through our cultural fabric over the past year, at least those occurring in and around New York, have registered the predictable number of highs and lows, though 2014 did manage to plumb one nadir unlikely to be matched for a good long time.
Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”
Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War.
Advice from Jenny Holzer for the NFL and Ray Rice
What happens when you combine Ray Rice, football, a meme, and Jenny Holzer?
Mimi Smith’s Battle with Chase Manhattan Bank
Censored, blown up by terrorists, and the subject of a four-year legal battle with Chase Manhattan Bank, Mimi Smith’s 1982 installation “October 1, 1981,” an artwork inspired by television news, was briefly the subject of the news itself.
Dispatches from Hell: Nancy Spero’s Cruel Beauty
Nancy Spero died in 2009 at the age of 83. The current exhibition of her hand-printed collages from the 1980s and 1990s, From Victimage to Liberation, at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea, is the first show in New York to focus on her work since her death.
Why Are We Revisiting the Times Square Show?
Thirty-two years after being labeled the “first radical art show of the ’80s,” the Times Square Show, a raucous and revolutionary DIY art exhibition held in an abandoned massage parlor on 41st Street and Seventh Avenue in the old dirty and devastated Times Square, has been revived by the Hunter College Art Galleries in the exhibition Times Square Show Revisited.
Art Is Free …Sometimes
There are many an artist who dedicate themselves to subverting the commodification of their own work and the current exhibition at Nurture Art, Is This Free?, addresses the topic with a three-part summer exhibition.