Archive for May, 2011

We Need To Talk About Kevin

May 26, 2011

A short teaser from Lynne Ramsay’s latest. Appears to be a very dark and twisted film, starring the incomparable Tilda Swinton.

Police Action Painting

May 19, 2011

Nasser Shiyoukhi—AP

Time Lightbox has put together a portfolio of images titled Color In the Midst of Protest.

Yawar Nazir—Getty Images

Depicting police and various security forces spraying protesters with brightly colored water, the images are completely out of the ordinary and quite disturbing.


John Divola

May 17, 2011

John Divola, from the Vandalism Series, 1973-75

John Divola’s exhibition currently on view in New York is pretty wonderful in many different ways (conceptually, photographically, aesthetically), but for those who can’t make it, there is always Divola’s incredibly rich and all encompassing website.

John Divola, from the Zuma Series, 1977

Divola’s site is truly a gift as there aren’t many artists of his generation that I can think of who have published their entire creative output online.

John Divola, from Generic Sculpture, 1986

If you are just getting to know Divola’s work, start with some of the performative work from the 70’s and make your way forward in time.

Throughout his long career, Divola has explored photography through the prism of performance, conceptualism, abstraction as well as appropriation to name just a few.

John Divola, Continuity – Mirrors # 4, 1995

If you are well-versed, take a look at some of his most recent large-scale work hidden inside the Reviewer Resources link at the bottom of the navigation menu.

John Divola, from Dark Star, 2008

The site is most definitely a labyrinth but well worth your time to investigate and discover the multi-faceted mind and ground breaking work Divola has made over the years.

For further reading, see this great article on Divola written by Daniel Shea for Ahorn Magazine.

The Anxiety of Photography

May 10, 2011

Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Madeline, 2009

The Anxiety of Photography is a new exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado which opens this Friday, May 13th.

The exhibition “examines the growing number of artists who embrace photography’s plasticity and ability to exist, sometimes uneasily, in multiple contexts.”

The exhibition features many familiar names as well as a few you might not have heard before: Colby Bird, Miriam Böhm, Liz Deschenes, Roe Ethridge, Brendan Fowler, Mario Garcia Torres, Leslie Hewitt, Matt Keegan, Annette Kelm, Elad Lassry, Anthony Pearson, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Matt Saunders, David Benjamin Sherry, Erin Shirreff, Dirk Stewen, Sara VanDerBeek, and Mark Wyse.

A catalogue has been published (available here) which includes three insightful essays that are definitely worth reading.

Fortunately, the museum has posted the catalogue essays online for all our reading enjoyment.

The Object Lost and Found by Matthew Thompson, Associate Curator

The Photographic Paradox by Anne Ellegood

Why Red Cabbage? by Jenelle Porter

The Anxiety of Photography</em> is on view at the Aspen Art Museum from May 13 – July 17, 2011.


The Century of the Self

May 10, 2011

The Century of the Self is Adam Curtis’ 2002 must-see documentary which “examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.”

Released on British television, “the film focuses on the family of Sigmund Freud, particularly his daughter (Anna) and nephew (Edward Bernays), who influenced the way corporations and governments throughout the 20th century have thought about, and dealt with, people.”

Watch the film in four parts right here or search for it on YouTube.

David Salle on Painting

May 10, 2011

David Salle, Orange Raft, 2010

“I always tell students that I think “intentionality” is overrated. All these people running around with their intention on their sleeve — it kind of skews things in a certain overly rational direction. Other things — like talent, for example — are ultimately more important.”

David Salle in conversation with Emily Nathan on Artnet.

Somewhere to Disappear

May 9, 2011

Somewhere to Disappear is screening tonight at The New School.


Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, New York

Admission is free.


May 6, 2011

John Divola at Wallspace

Roe Ethridge at Andrew Kreps

Donald Judd at David Zwirner

Matt Keegan at D’Amelio Terras

Martin Kippenberger at Luhring Augustine

Louise Lawler at Metro Pictures

Carter Mull at Taxter and Spengeman

Jack Smith at Gladstone Gallery

Meek's Cutoff

May 6, 2011

People have mostly raved about the Coen Brother’s remake of True Grit, their western film which came out late last year. True Grit certainly packed a punch but I would quickly trade it in for Kelly Reichardt’s revisionist western, Meek’s Cutoff, which is probably her most accomplished film to date and the most surprising.

Meek’s Cutoff is a quiet and and extraordinary film. Understated and remarkably slow paced, the story (or lack thereof) is actually quite gripping, the acting first rate and the cinematography just perfect. The pastel coloring and overall dusty look of the film is what elevates it to another level in my mind. Visually, the film is completely naturalistic and never looks lit or contrived in any way.

There is something very photographic in the way it’s shot and composed, part of which might be the almost square aspect-ratio which brings to mind the 6x7cm medium format camera frame.

Meek’s Cutoff is currently screening at Film Forum through May 12, 2011.

This is one film that really should be experienced on the big screen in a darkened theater.

Daniel Gordon: Thirty-One Days

May 5, 2011

Daniel Gordon published an artist book last year called Thirty-One Days and set up a website in order to distribute it.

The nice thing about this artist book is that it’s only available as a free download which you print and assemble by yourself.

Download the book here.