Gonzo Burroughs tribute

Louisa Buck: A multidisciplinary tribute to US author William Burroughs in the grand surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank on Saturday was masterminded by the musician and actor Richard Strange to mark Burroughs’ centenary year. MORE

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:12:00 GMT

Ada the robot struts her stuff

Louisa Buck: Before Frieze London unleashes its special “Live” section this week, the major role of genre-blurring performance in the current London art scene was already being foregrounded by two outstanding one-off live events this weekend. MORE

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:09:00 GMT

Ai Weiwei, Alcatraz and the radical side of conceptualism

Jori Finkel: Over the past decade, Ai Weiwei has illustrated just how many forms activist art can take, from the monumental to the ephemeral. He started off blogging and tweeting before taking to Instagram, putting all to such creative uses that they seem like a natural extension of his practice. MORE

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:58:00 GMT

Newfoundland down in South London

Louisa Buck: It takes something very special to bring the great and the good down to an industrial estate next to West Norwood bus station in the depths of South London. But they came in their droves when the industrial estate contains the studio of the ceramic artist and author Edmund de Waal which is, just for this weekend, housing “Newfoundland”, a joint show of de Waal’s work and new jewellery by Romilly Saumarez Smith, the wife of RA’s chief Charles. MORE

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Dear God, it’s me Gerhard

Louisa Buck: There was much admiration at the first sneaky preview of Marian Goodman’s magnificent new London HQ this morning, which occupies the grand former premises of Bernard Quaritch booksellers on Soho’s Lower John Street. MORE

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:05:00 GMT

Feelin’ blue

Louisa Buck: All senses were assaulted (but in the nicest possible way) at Chisenhale Gallery’s patron’s dinner hosted this year by Nicoletta Fiorucci in her Foundation’s art-bedecked HQ just off Sloane Square. The refreshments themed to match L’Heure Bleu, the indigo-splattered wall-piece created by the 2013 Duchamp Prize winner Latifa Echakhch, which dominates the Foundation’s well-appointed kitchen. MORE

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 23:17:00 GMT

Serpentine repartee

Louisa Buck: There was a potentially sticky moment during Michael Bloomberg’s special personal tour of the Serpentine Gallery’s Cerith Wyn Evans exhibition when the former Mayor of New York and Serpentine chair came to an abrupt halt in front of Wyn Evans’ projected vintage photograph featuring a statuesque naked woman sprawled in the lap of a barely visible gentleman, and inquired as to the identity of its subjects. MORE

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:19:00 GMT

Tea and sympathy at Peer

Louisa Buck: Autumn has now arrived in London with a vengeance, but there was tea and sympathy in abundance over at Peer art space in Hoxton to alleviate the rain-lashed Saturday that heralded the end of the capital’s Indian Summer, with Christine Binnie’s pop-up, one-day-only Tea Pavilion attracting a stream of soggy visitors for a brew, a biscuit and a spot of storytelling. MORE

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:20:00 GMT

Confronting art world sexism

Jori Finkel: In New York, Sperone Westwater comes in at 91 versus nine. Team Gallery at 85 versus 15; Matthew Marks at 84 versus 16, and Mary Boone at 83 versus 17. Some of the top galleries in Los Angeles tell a similar story: Blum & Poe is 89 versus 11; Prism is 88 versus 12; Thomas Solomon is 85 to 15, and Patrick Painter is 83 to 17. MORE

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:42:00 GMT

Make sure the artists are on board

Jori Finkel: Finances tell part of the story; staff size tells another. But you could also chart the recent vicissitudes of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, through the four artists who famously served as board members: John Baldessari, Catherine Opie, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha. MORE

Fri, 30 May 2014 17:10:00 GMT

The life and death of Mike Kelley

Jori Finkel: When I visited Los Angeles on spring break in 1992 during my final year of university in New York, lured by the promise of sunshine and tennis courts more than by any cultural event, I happened to catch “Helter Skelter: Los Angeles Art in the 1990s”, a generation-defining group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA). MORE

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:07:00 GMT | 1 comments

Biennials, far from the crowded art market?

Jori Finkel: Dating back at least to the time of Jackson Pollock in the 1940s, the Whitney Biennial—then an annual exhibition—has had notable powers as a market maker. When it releases its list of artists for each edition, the burden of cultural curiosity shifts for many of us. MORE

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:03:00 GMT

Lessons of California’s droit de suite debacle

Jori Finkel: It’s not surprising that the history of resale royalty legislation in the US began with an auction and an altercation. The fight took place in 1973 outside the Sotheby Parke-Bernet auction house. Taxi mogul Robert Scull had just sold off many works of art at historic prices. MORE

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:34:00 GMT

Angels needed in LA

Jori Finkel: Packed with celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Salma Hayek, the annual Art + Film gala of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) in November raised $4.1m for the institution. But don’t let the parade of Gucci gowns or glitzy red-carpet moments fool you. MORE

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:31:00 GMT

Texas, part three: High hopes and heels, and JFK’s Hotel Texas

Charlotte Burns: We hit the tarmac running in Dallas, where the temperature feels hot like Hell’s breath. Fresh from the flight, we jump in our third car of the week (Japanese again, so all is well), blast the air-conditioning, hurrah at the blue skies and head out on one of the city’s endless freeways. MORE

Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:40:00 GMT

Texas trip, part two: Marfa

Charlotte Burns: All you can see are oil fields as you descend into Midland-Odessa. I’ve never seen anything like it. They stretch for hundreds of miles, dividing the rust-coloured earth all the way to the horizon. We’re on our way to Marfa. MORE

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 03:35:00 GMT

Texas trip, part one: Houston

Charlotte Burns: I had visions of rolling ranches, big blue skies and the occasional oil drill. These notions are swiftly punctured upon arrival to Houston. It's a grey city and an endless urban sprawl. As we drive out of the airport, the dark clouds overhead promise thunder and rain while, on the ground, our first impression is formed by the oppressive freeways that squat over the landscape. MORE

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:04:00 GMT

Lee Kit’s ‘You (you)’ is Great (Great)

Wenny Teo: Lee Kit is precisely the kind of artist that people either love or hate. Those from the sneering "my-kid-could-do-that" school of spectatorship will want to stay well clear of the young Hong Kong artist's solo show, but everyone else should make it a point to visit. MORE

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:15:00 GMT

"The Unicorn and the Dragon" brings China closer to Venice

Wenny Teo: Many Chinese artists exhibiting in Venice over the years have attempted to retrace the rich historical and cultural connections between Italy and China. Indeed, some might still recall Cai Guo-Qiang’s dramatic gesture of Bringing to Venice What Marco Polo Forgot in the form of an exotic junk boat loaded with traditional Chinese medicine, spectacularly marooned somewhere along the Grand Canal, in 1995. MORE

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:52:00 GMT

Rebuilding Utopias in Venice

Aaron Cezar: Draped across the exterior of Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, with views down the channel towards San Marco airport, Emily Jacir's hand-painted banner Untitled (SOLIDARIDAD), 2013, welcomes visitors not only to the Emergency Pavilion but also to Venice itself. MORE

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:43:00 GMT

Kaleidoscopic exhibition presents many facets of Chinese art

Wenny Teo: "Voice of the Unseen" is a sprawling survey of Chinese independent art from 1979 to the present, presented in the Tese delle Nappe, Arsenale Nord. It is an unapologetically spectacular and, indeed, encyclopaedic exhibition curated by the admirable Wang Lin. MORE

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Anita's diary: meetings and greetings

Anita Zabludowicz: I had a fabulous day in the rainy weather as this poor gentleman dragged himself home. We continued to party and socialise with Matthew Williams and Alex Gartenfeld. Ellen Altfest and young collector Jamie Diner. MORE

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:44:00 GMT

Neocolonialism as multiculturalism at the Kenya pavilion

Wenny Teo: Several pavilions have chosen to include artists of different nationalities in their exhibitions this year, but none have done so as crudely as the Italian commissioners and curators of the first ever Kenyan pavilion. MORE

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:41:00 GMT

(Soft) Power Play at the Chinese pavilion

Wenny Teo: The theme of this year's Chinese pavilion is "Transfiguration”—an elegant English approximation of the Chinese term "bianwei" that literally means “a change of position”. There is no doubt an unfortunate irony in this, given that China's most powerful living artist and activist has not one but three exhibitions currently on display in Venice (none in the Chinese pavilion of course) but has not been allowed to leave the country since his arrest, in 2011, to oversee their installation. MORE

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:27:00 GMT

Several generations of Russian artists together in Venice

Klara Kemp-Welch: "Lost in Translation", at Ca' Foscari, is a delicious treat of a show that brings together several generations of Moscow Conceptualists with less well known contemporary artists. A vast grey, trembling woolly mammoth greets visitors in the courtyard,Russian Elephant by Iced Architects, 1997-2013. MORE

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:20:00 GMT

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