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We Me

March 16, 2009

It rained all weekend, so we finally had time to begin putting things on the walls…

Pash Buzari, We Me, 2005

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Trees Can Draw, too

March 6, 2009

British artist Tim Knowles attaches pens and pencils to trees and lets them “draw” on paper with the help of the wind.

Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree.

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Forth Plinth Project

March 4, 2009

I like Antony Gormley’s proposal for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. The project is scheduled to begin this summer. (via PSFK)

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After Felix

February 17, 2009

Ben Schumacher has posted a clever homage to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ Perfect Lovers.

Ben Schumacher, Perfect Lovers(Narcissism) – After Gonzalez-Torres (2009)
a found .gif ticks in perfect synchronization with itself until the host of removes the file.

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Read/Write Think/Dream

January 14, 2009

John Baldessari talks about his 2001 installation for UCSD, Read/Write Think/Dream and his experience as a life-long teacher.

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Op-Art Intrigue

November 26, 2008

In the mid-1970s Victor Vasarely designed and paid for the construction of what he christened the Centre Architectonique d’Aix-en-Provence. The structure was intended to act as a permanent exhibition space for Vasarely’s work, but also as a populist community center for artists and designers, a focal point for an as-yet-unrealized artists’ colony. Today the building is largely disused and in disrepair. What’s worse, the majority of the artist’s archive, which was housed in the Centre and a second museum he established in Gordes, has been pilfered by Vasarely’s relatives and sold off. His grandson, Pierre Vasarely, is out to right such wrongs and has been involved in a court battle with his step-mother Michèle Taburno for years. Taburno is generally credited with masterminding the dilution of Vasarely’s archive and has made herself quite wealthy in the process. The whole sordid story was covered by Artinfo.

Monument marking the entry to the Vasarely Foundation

Vasarely Foundation, Aix-en-Provence

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The Bathrobe

August 20, 2008

“…in the morning, at daylight, he would get up, carefully turning around, and go and put on his white bathrobe. When he went, he left it with me.”

Sophie Calle, French, born 1953. Self-Portrait (“The Bathrobe”), 1988. Gelatin silver print

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Rosler Library

July 18, 2008

I’ve fascinated by personal libraries, or collections of any sort, as forms of cognitive mapping. E-flux founder Anton Vidokle has collaborated with Martha Rosler to transform the artist’s 7,700 volume personal library into a traveling installation/map/research room. The collection began its tour at the e-flux space in downtown Manhattan in November 2005, and will make its appearance at Stills in Edinburgh in August. You can explore the bibliography of Rosler’s collection here. Below, one of Rosler’s most well known works, Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975).

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July 14, 2008

Robert Therrien is an artist who works with scale. From the Gagosian Gallery press release:

No Title (Folding Table and Chairs) comprises four sets of card tables and chairs in authentic ‘institutional’ tones of beige, brown, and green. The monumentality of these objects invites the viewer to walk around and beneath them, altering perspective and experience to render a formerly familiar situation strange.

No Title (folding table and chairs, dark brown), 2007. Painted metal and fabric. Table: 96 x 120 x 120 inches (243.8 x 304.8 x 304.8 cm)

Four chairs 104 x 64 x 72 inches each (264.2 x 162.6 x 182.9 cm)

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Interview with a cat

After going to the Sammlung Hoffmann, I’ve been inspired to do some research on the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers. I was surprised to discover that he made quite a few films during his career. This isn’t a film, but it’s nearly as interesting. In the 5-minute interview, we realize the answer to Broodthaer’s complicated art questions is often a simple “meow.”

Interview With A Cat 4’54”

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