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2008 Armory Show

March 31, 2008


Joe did a write-up of the 2008 Armory Show for Theme Magazine. It went something like this.

The Armory Show, New York
March 27-30, 2008

Hedi Slimane’s hyper-glossy acrylic-coated photographs of disco balls unintentionally reflecting the back-lit logo of a Pepsi machine offer an apt synopsis of the 2008 Armory Show—a slick, well-executed amalgamation of art and commerce. The work on display is not all surface, though. A few notable installations include Jenny Holzer’s pristinely machined LED displays at Cheim & Read, Ori Gersht’s photographs of exploding “still-life” vases at Angles Gallery, Joseph Kosuth’s etymology of the word “light” rendered in white neon at Sean Kelly Gallery and Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s defiant hammer-and-nails installation at Johann Konig Gallery. For the last piece, Haghighian, a Berlin-based artist known for her confrontations with the tropes of art institutionally identification and approval, responded to an invitation from her gallery to produce a piece for the Armory Show by hammering hundreds of nails into a wall to form the words “I Can’t Work Like This.” Yes, there’s a touch of irony in that statement.

We’re glad to see that a few of Beijing’s most prominent galleries have made the trip to New York for the fair as well. Galleria Continua is showing a lustrous purple orb by Anish Kapoor that was on display in Beijing this winter, while Galerie Urs Meile has several pieces from Beijing art-star Ai Weiwei at its booth. Another Beijing-based art fair staple, Cao Fei, is represented by New York’s Lombard-Freid Projects, which is showing “RMB City,” a 6-minute single channel video shot in Second Life in which Cao appears to mock the rapid, oft ill-advised development taking place in China’s urban centers.

One more project that caught our attention is Maix Mayer’s documentation of an abandoned resort development in Sanzhi, Taiwan. The space-age architecture captured in advanced disrepair has sci-fi written all over it, but is actually a product of Taiwan’s economic meltdown in 1990 coupled with it’s sub-tropic climate. Check Flickr for some gorgeous photo sets from others who have passed through Sanzhi.

Hedi Slimane, disco, armory
Hedi Slimane

Armory Show
Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Jenny Holzer, NYC Armory
Jenny Holzer

Armory Show
Joseph Kosuth

Ai Wei Wei, Armory Show
Ai Wei Wei

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In a Crowded Place

March 28, 2008

the journal gallery Being True exhibit opening.

williamsburg, the journal, party, photographers
So many people! I was worried I might knock something over on the wall and have to sneak away through the crowd. Luckily, no damage was done.

williamsburg, brooklyn, the journal

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Bear in a tree

March 27, 2008

For some reason, I’m posting a lot of photos of stuffed animals lately and I’m not sure why. This one is hard to make out clearly, but it looks like a bear in a tree. The rain and the cold make it particularly sad, as if it were stuck up there with no way of getting down. Only a pair of shoes to keep it company.

bear, tree

bear, tree

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The Kiss

March 26, 2008

I don’t know where this photo was taken and I honestly don’t know who took the picture, but I think it belongs in the dead animal archive. In the real dead animal archive, that is. That’s David kissing, by the way.

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OC Dinner

March 25, 2008

Humberto’s mom is in town, and was kind enough to put together an amazing dinner using only the minimal kitchen in the Opening Ceremony office. The chili and ceviche — so good.

Trying to look very serious here.

Stacy, Shannon and Skaught at the ping pong table. Skaught and I were discussing our love for JabbaWockeez, but S + S had no idea what we were talking about. They still agreed to watch the finals with us this week.

Brian, paddle in hand, at the end of the table.

Humberto looks suspicious.

There was an impromptu makeover for Carol.

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Deviled Eggs

March 24, 2008

I’m a huge fan of deviled eggs, so Shu and I decided that our contribution to Easter dinner would include a tray of nouvelle stuffed eggs. The bacon and tarragon worked out pretty well, but the horseradish, dill and smoked salmon seemed to be the crowd favorite.

This photo is from our John Baldessari Comes to Dinner series.

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King Tut

March 22, 2008

Some snaps from last night’s send-off for Raina, who is off to Amsterdam to learn some university students some lessons.

Lisa & Raina

From an ongoing series of Lisa and Joe with contrasting expressions.


Alice & Geoff


We somehow neglected to capture Sameer’s pro-Obama freestyling over hits from the 90s. A shame, that.


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Art Attack

March 19, 2008

One of the most startling and amusing exhibitions we’ve seen in a while is Robert Barta’s show up at Cueto Project on W 21st. Don’t want to ruin any surprises, but things aren’t quite what they seem in Barta’s world.

Shu and Joe in a circle
Robert Barta, Falling In Love With You, 2007, mirror, magnet, sensor

Another worthwhile stop is Jeppe Hein’s solo show up at 303 Gallery. The artist has positioned both small and large sculptural pieces in various hiding spaces throughout the gallery in an effort to make the gallery experience a bit more exploratory and interactive.
Jeppe Hein, PLEASE ENJOY…, 2008, neon, mirror

A relatively new addition to Chelsea is the Honey Space founded by Thomas Beale. The space is not heated and is being leased to Beale free of charge by the building’s owner. Honey is currently featuring an installation by Adam Stanforth.


Mark Dion’s The Octagonal Room at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. We were hoping to see Hallie, who has watched over the installation during its run, but no sign of her.

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Simplicity in a Name

March 18, 2008

Website Van
Simple, straightforward. No doubts about what this company does. Clean white van. They make websites.

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Pash Buzari Review

March 16, 2008

A piece I wrote back in November for NY Arts Magazine about Pash Buzari’s exhibition at Universal Studios Beijing finally surfaced in the March/April issue. It’s also online at

Pash Buzari, Colima, 2006. C-print, 35 x 45 cm.
Courtesy of Universal Studios-Beijing.

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