David Velasco

Plug ‘n’ Play

The 42nd edition of Art Basel

June 2011 BASEL

IN THAT “DEAD” WEEK between Venice and Basel, what did you do? Did you follow the 2011 art bus to Berlin or Città della Pieve? Retreat to Geneva, Milan, Helsinki, Bedford? If you were lucky, perhaps you spent the entr’acte in London,… READ ON

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Everything Is ILLUMInated

The 54th Venice Biennale

June 2011 VENICE

“MAGIC!”  “Orgasmic.”  “Courageous . . . ”  “I hate this place.” I heard this more than once, and really, Venice can be such a drag. It’s a town of hyperbole and hubris, the sort of place where you can park your 377-foot… READ ON

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Take a Bow

A gala for MoMA and Volkswagen

May 2011 NEW YORK

“MADONNA HAS SO MUCH INFLUENCE in every sphere. I think she could kill people just by looking at them.”  We walked by the paparazzi step-and-repeat and down a blue carpet in MoMA’s sculpture garden, passing male models who held umbrellas… READ ON

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Press Play

The New York contemporary art evening sales

May 2011 NEW YORK

THE SATURDAY BEFORE LAST, Christie’s hosted a tony “Bear Party” in a big plastic tent erected at the Seagram Plaza in Midtown. No bears attended. “A straight person must have thought of that name,” someone murmured outside, their … READ ON

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Long Weekend

Gallery Weekend Berlin

May 2011 BERLIN

AI WEIWEI WAS NOT at the dinner held in his honor Friday night at Tim Raue, the Michelin-star restaurant around the corner from that old-school symbol of the old-school cold war, Checkpoint Charlie. Nor was he amid the convocation of concerned… READ ON

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“Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”

May 2011

Considering the eloquent bravura of Alexander McQueen’s creations, it’s no surprise that the designer redefined the runway as a stage for high-concept theatrics.… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Terence Koh

May 2011

For better or worse, Terence Koh is a serious artist. You have to be serious to spend twenty-six days in a gallery circumnavigating a mountain of salt on your knees, as Koh did for “nothingtoodoo,” his solo debut at Mary Boone Gallery. … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2011 [TOC]

Twilight Zona

The eighth Zona Maco

April 2011 MEXICO CITY

“THE WORLD’S GOTTEN SMALLER,” a dealer tells us in the car to Polanco from Mexico City International Airport. “Everywhere is important. You can’t overlook anyplace. No matter how provincial.”  “Excuse me,” a writer pipes up.… READ ON

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Sarah Michelson

March 2011

It’s a bit like Sarah Michelson has taken the carcass of dance and reanimated it via some sort of highly personal transvaluation machine, an apparatus powered not by a storm but by rakish lighting and thunderous music. But this makes the … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2011 [TOC]

CLOSE-UP: BORROWED TIME

David Velasco on Christian Marclay’s The Clock

February 2011

IT SEEMS WE GO TO THE MOVIES TO FORGET TIME, or at least to think it differently. There’s good reason Graham Greene considered his four and a half years reviewing films for The Spectator an “escape.” Christian Marclay’s The Clock, … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2011 [TOC]