David Velasco

Hi Concept

The opening of “The Quick and the Dead” at the Walker

May 2009 MINNEAPOLIS

THE BODY HAD BEEN BURIED and the time capsules unearthed by the time I arrived in Minneapolis last weekend for the opening of “The Quick and the Dead,” Peter Eleey’s intelligent and elusive exhibition of conceptual art at the Walker … READ ON

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1000 WORDS: SARAH MICHELSON

May 2009

WHAT BECOMES A GIMMICK MOST? For that matter, what becomes a gimmick? This is the sort of question that vexes the choreographer Sarah Michelson. Was it a gimmick to serve rotisserie chicken during intermission in Dogs, 2006? To include the … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2009 [TOC]

Stephen Petronio

Stephen Petronio on the 25th anniversary of his company

April 2009

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his dance company, choreographer Stephen Petronio has created a new work. I Drink the Air Before Me, featuring costumes by Adam Kimmel and Cindy Sherman and a musical score by Nico Muhly, … READ ON

500 WORDS

John Gerrard

April 2009

I never did get to see the pigs in John Gerrard’s Grow Finish Unit (near Elkhart, Kansas) 2008. Nor will I likely ever witness the culmination of the artist’s Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez/Richfield, Kansas) 2008. The animations’ … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2009 [TOC]

The Gulf Between

The ninth Sharjah Biennial and the third Art Dubai

March 2009 DUBAI

THE END OF BLING. Damien Hirst’s glittering death’s-head flashed on the screen. DUBAI EXPATS GIVE NEW MEANING TO LONG-STAY CAR PARK came a headline. Then, a quote from Anna Wintour: I DON’T THINK ANYONE IS GOING TO WANT TO LOOK OVERLY… READ ON

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Shannon Ebner

Shannon Ebner talks about her book The Sun as Error

March 2009

The artist Shannon Ebner is perhaps best known for her photographic and sculptural works that investigate language and its meaning. Ebner’s The Sun as Error, a book published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, coordinated by Dexter … READ ON

500 WORDS

Jaimie Warren

March 2009

Jaimie Warren is by no means the first—or the best—artist to embrace self-portraiture as an artistic methodology, but she certainly looks to be having the most fun doing it. An uneven selection of forty-two of her droll, scrappy photographs… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2009 [TOC]

John Giorno

John Giorno talks about his show at Almine Rech

January 2009

For over forty years, the poet John Giorno has explored the media through which poetry is disseminated. In 1963, Giorno was the subject of Andy Warhol’s Sleep, and recently Giorno collaborated with Rirkrit Tiravanija on the latter’s work… READ ON

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Donald Moffett

January 2009

Queer variations on a theme, the fourteen coquettish canvases in “Easy Clean,” Donald Moffett’s most recent exhibition at Marianne Boesky, all service the same end. In the front gallery, Moffett showed three monochromes, bristly sculptural… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2009 [TOC]

Fair Enough

Art Basel Miami Beach

December 2008 MIAMI

RECESSION MIAMI BASEL looks a lot like boom-time Miami Basel. Since its inception in 2002, ABMB has become an annual ritual of rigorous sublimation and denial, where the cultural spheres of art, fashion, film, and design collide in moments … READ ON

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