Brian Droitcour

App Happy

The 1st Silicon Valley Contemporary

April 2014 SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

LAST THURSDAY, while at the opening night preview of Silicon Valley Contemporary, a new art fair in San Jose, I shared six posts on Instagram. Here they are, ranked by likes:  1. The Marina Abramović Institute presented The Mutual Wave … READ ON

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Mind the Gap

July 2013

THE INTERNET IS THREATENING HIGHER EDUCATION. Clay Shirky, academic and media theorist, predicted on his blog that online courses will upset the economic model of universities the same way Napster disrupted the music industry. Why buy an … READ ON

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Brian Droitcour

December 2012

THE BEST PAINTING OF 2012 was the botched Jesus, the inexpert restoration of a nineteenth-century religious fresco. You can Google the restorer’s name and the location of her church if it matters to you; the painting interests me as one … READ ON

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It’s Always Sunny in Dnepropetrovsk

Olafur Eliasson at the Interpipe Steel Mill

October 2012 DNEPROPETROVSK, UKRAINE

OLAFUR ELIASSON has been thinking about steel. “The people who work with steel refer to it as something fluid,” he said. “No one ever referred to steel as something static.” We were in Dnepropetrovsk, an industrial city of a million… READ ON

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Michael Bell-Smith

Foxy Production

September 2012

It is impossible to identify a beginning or end to any of Michael Bell-Smith’s four new videos. By convention they should be called loops, but the word feels wrong here. A loop creates the impression of an image fallen out of time through… READ ON

PICKS

Last Dance

The closing party for the Central Utah Art Center

August 2012 EPHRAIM, UTAH

ON SATURDAY NIGHT I boarded a chartered “pARTy bus” from Salt Lake City to the Central Utah Art Center in Ephraim, Utah. Mikell Stringham, a member of CUAC’s board, welcomed passengers on the bus to the “Farewell to Ephraim Party.… READ ON

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Participant Observation

The opening of Documenta 13

June 2012 KASSEL, GERMANY

1. THE Q&A at Wednesday’s press conference was bracing. Reporters were long-winded and rude. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev resisted them with sass, though at times her frankness lost its edge and spilled over into strangeness. One asked her … READ ON

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Borna Sammak

JTT

May 2012

Extrusion grinds food down to tiny pellets and presses it into shapes. It is the manufacturing process that gives Cheetos and Doritos their addicting uniformity. The term is also used to describe the rendering of three-dimensional images, … READ ON

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Darren Bader

MoMA PS1

April 2012

One of the cats hid under the couch. But the sweet black-and-white one cuddled and played. They were up for adoption from the SaveKitty Foundation of Queens, New York, and they were sculptures by Darren Bader. “Each cat-adopter will get an… READ ON

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Artie Vierkant

MEDIA

March 2012

IN ARTIE VIERKANT’S EXHIBITION at China Art Objects in Los Angeles last October, he presented works from the series “Image Objects,” 2010–, which consists of thick, wall-mounted Sintra PVC sheets imprinted with bright abstractions … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2012 [TOC]