David Velasco

Real to Reel

The finale viewing party for Bravo’s Work of Art

August 2010 NEW YORK

LAST WEDNESDAY, parents, press, and punters joined artists and “celebrity guest judges” like Will Cotton and Richard Phillips at the “world-famous Brooklyn Museum” for the finale viewing party of Bravo’s Work of Art. I would have … READ ON


Wild West

A Ryan Trecartin opening at LA MoCA


SHARON STONE, Eva Longoria, Jeffrey Deitch: check. No James Franco, Salma Hayek Pinault, John Baldessari. But yes: Joaquin Phoenix, Rose McGowan, Michael Govan, Michel Auder, Ruben Ochoa, Yoshua Okon, Shaun Caley Regen, Liz Goldwyn . . . … READ ON


Tony Basel

The 41st edition of Art Basel

June 2010 BASEL

FOR ALL ITS undeniable charm, Aarau is not an obvious destination on the art-world map. But there many of us were early on a sunny Sunday morning, hovering over a very orderly Swiss buffet brunch of käse and brot and kaffee. It’s possible… READ ON


Manhattan Transfer

The opening of “Mixed Use, Manhattan” at the Reina Sofía

June 2010 MADRID

MADRID NUNCA DUERME, they’ve said. Of course, New York never sleeps either. (No rest for the wicked.) So it wasn’t so strange, perhaps, that the two cities became bedfellows last Wednesday during the opening of Douglas Crimp and Lynne … READ ON


Catherine Opie

June 2010

Catherine Opie began her “public” artistic career in 1991 with a series of thirteen photographs titled “Being and Having.” The title was a seeming allusion to Jacques Lacan’s contentious psychoanalytic system that posits women as … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2010 [TOC]

American Idols

Christie’s and Sotheby’s evening sales

May 2010 NEW YORK

“LADIES!—TEN TO FIFTEEN,” said a woman in gray sweatpants eyeing Lot 45, Warhol’s Silver Liz, 1963. She meant the estimate: ten to fifteen million.  “Not very well stretched,” sniffed another, wearing a quilted Burberry jacket.… READ ON


Late Show

Art Cologne and Art Brussels

May 2010 COLOGNE

BY THE TIME I reached Art Cologne, Eyjafjallajökull had pretty much stopped its hysterics.  But this didn’t mean everything was back to normal. To arrive on day three of an international art fair at the tail end of the largest airspace … READ ON


Matthew Barney: Prayer Sheet with the Wound and Nail

May 2010

Holbein, Dürer, Cranach, Schongauer, Baldung Grien . . . Matthew Barney: an unorthodox lineup, to be sure, but not necessarily an unnatural one (think perfervid narratives of suffering flesh and transubstantiation).… READ ON


Jamie Isenstein

May 2010

“Live” art is for the living; by extension, it can die. Narratives around performance art have begun to adopt the language of endangered-species programs, with words like re-creation and preservation becoming switch points for whole … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2010 [TOC]

Faye Driscoll

Faye Driscoll talks about There is so much mad in me

April 2010

In 2008 the choreographer Faye Driscoll’s 837 Venice Boulevard was hailed as one of the top five dances of the year by the New York Times, and in 2009, her video Loneliness was featured in “Younger than Jesus,” the first edition of the… READ ON