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Torstrasse 166

September 26, 2008


Facade sculpture by Chiharu Shiota

Also known as the “House of Imagination,” curators invited 12 artists to choose an apartment in the building to create a site-specific installation. It also happens to be next door and I think I just heard a marching band playing outside.

Some photos inside the building:

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Three Well-Dressed Gentlemen


The Three Well-Clad Gentlemen [Les trios gentlemen bien en veste], February 1965© Malick Sidibé / association GwinZegal


The Chequered Woman [La femme a Carreaux] August 1971 © Malick Sidibé / association GwinZegal


Sidibe’s notebook

From the latest Malick Sidibe exhibition at Foam in Amsterdam.

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Sanggil Kim

Sanggil Kim takes photos of internet communities.

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Art Berlin Contemporary

abc will feature the works of 73 selected artists from over 40 Berlin galleries. The focus of this year’s edition of abc will be sculpture, installation and the projected image.


Yin Xiuzhen. Commune, 2008. Sewing machines, tables, chairs, lamps, steel construction, sewing equipment. 500 cm x 1000 cm.


Fiete Stolte. Turn, 2008. Monitor, CCTV-Camera, motor control unit.
This one was great and subtle. People kept tripping over the neon lights on the ground and they were replaced one by one. A camera is mounted above and the TV monitor shows everyone from a bird’s eye view.


Olaf Nicolai installation.

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The Illegal Operation

September 11, 2008

Ed Kienholz created his piece, The Illegal Operation, in 1962 as a comment on back-street abortions. Said to be one of the most important post-war sculptures in LA, the tableau was purchased by Kienholz’s friends Monte and Betty Factor soon after the artist had made it. Believing in the meaning and spirit of the piece, they had purchased it from Kienholz for a modest sum, throwing in an old boat and some clothes to sweeten the deal. The sculpture was then kept in a private upstairs dressing room in the couple’s home for the next 40 odd years.

“Many of our friends were not heavily into art, and they thought we were a little nuts anyway,” Factor said. “Few other people went up to our dressing room, but I walked by the piece every time I went to the bathroom. I thought it was the most deeply affecting work of art I had ever seen. It struck very deep into me.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently purchased the piece for their permanent collection for $1 million.

via The Los Angeles Times

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116 Suns (in honor of CERN)

September 9, 2008


Mariah Robertson, 116 Suns. 2007. C-Print, 30″ x 40″. Edition of 5, 2APs

But apparently, it’s not a problem.

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Knitting with Kevlar

Some new work by Dave Cole at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery. The show is entitled All American.


Dave Cole, Knitting with Loaded Shotguns (Safties Off). 2008, spun statuary bronze with 12 gauge shotguns, 72″ x 66″ x 10″.


Dave Cole, Kevlar Party Dress. 2008, Kevlar (Used Gulf War Bullet Proof Vest) cut, sewn, hand knit and hand woven, 22” x 15” x 6”


Dave Cole, Bullet Flag Study #2. 2008, recovered bullets and bullet fragments, 15.5″ x 29″ x 1.5″

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Man on a Leash

September 8, 2008

Just found this old photo showing Valie Export walking a man through Vienna on a leash. One doesn’t see a lot of blatantly “feminist” art like this these days.

Photo: Valie Export/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, via VBK, Vienna
via The New York Times

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Invisible Man

September 5, 2008

The Chinese artist Liu Bolin continues his ongoing photo project of “blending into” the background. This time, he embeds himself in slightly more politically loaded situations, including a poster for the Olympic mascots and a scene where he’s being grabbed by a policeman.

via ifgogo

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Rong Rong and Inri

Rong Rong started the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, housed in a massive Ai Wei Wei designed complex. He often works with his wife, Inri, on photographic projects and the two of them have a new show up at Three Shadows. Titled “From Six Mile Village to Three Shadows,” the works will delicately detail the path the two have shared together as a creative duo in the last decade. We wish we could be there to see it in person.

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