Saturday, December 10, 2011

Art Basel Miami 10th anniversary

Art Basel's 10th Anniversary
What does it mean? Art Basel Miami has become an epic fixture in the art world! YAY!!
A few of my favorite finds this year:
I can't help but think  little bit about Warhol's famous line about the best art being good business. Aritist Paulo Nazareth took a stand (no pun intended) with his  his Banana Market/Art Market at the booth of Sao Paulo gallery Mendes Wood. With a sign around his neck reading, "My Image of Exotic Man for Sale". Commentary on supply and demand? I don't know, all I could think of was tally man! tally my banana....

Richard Jackson complementary colors face to face (red/green) Hauser&Wirth
I finally have figured out why I love Jackson's sculptures. Besides the fact that they make me laugh, he's a neo dadist! There's a total disorder to his work outlining a process. They just hit me right.

another Smile inducing piece. What does it mean? More to come Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Houston: Chronicles of Unexpected Art Delights

Jeb in the Cruz-Diez Disco 70's chamber
Art hotspot Houston was full of highlights: Engaging, enticing and eclectic. Highbrow lowbrow and everything in between. Houston is full of good art. Really good art. Amazing Art. We embarked  on a whirl wind tour of everything art in Houston, leaving no stone unturned. Our trusted art guide, Barbara Claiborn, navigated us through the Houston art world.

The Fine Arts Museum Houston is everything a big city art museum should be. After seeing the impressionist exhibit and drooling over a Degas' Horse painting, we strolled over to the Beck building through the hallucinatory Turrell light tunnel  and then on to the Law building to the chromatic environments of  Carlos Cruz-Diez. This retrospective bears the stamp of a true revolutionary and visionary artist.We loved this room below, but weren't too excited about the very worn little slippers we had to wear. Totally worth it though.

Unfortunately the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum was mostly closed up due to a leaky roof. Their Museum store is to die for delightful. Many unique treasures.No website, which is probably okay because I might go broke.

I can only wonder what Warhol would have thought of The Beer Can House. An engagement with mass culture on the grandest scale! Is this a piece on scale with Barbara Kruger and Andy Warhol or is it the house of a hops lunatic?The creator, John  Milkovisch  Said, 
“I don‘consider this art. It‘s just a pastime. But sometimes I lie awake at night, trying to figure out why I do it.”
 More Houston Art Tales soon...................

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Stuck in San Diego

Recently stranded at the San Diego airport after installing art in Southern California, we decided to hoof it downtown to check out the art scene. Although we only made it to the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, MCASD, we were blown away by Jennifer Steinkamp's Madame Currie Exhibit. This new commission is inspired by Steinkamp’s recent research into atomic energy, atomic explosions, and the effects of these forces on nature. The projection of moving flora rendered realistically for this work include rambler roses, wisteria, chestnut blooms, and hop plants, among many others drawn from a list of over 40 plants mentioned in Marie Curie's biography written by her daughter, Eve Curie are delightful, meditative and awe inspiring.
Installation view
Click here to watch the piece in motion on Jennifer's website...truly amazing!
I would love this in my house. It would be like moving wallpaper.
The Museum website says, "Steinkamp is one of the most accomplished time-based, digital video artists working today. Her video installations of projected animations engage space and architecture to foster moments of intense public intimacy in our Age of New Media. Physically overwhelming, her animations utilize cutting-edge projectors and digital masking applications to enhance or contradict the architectural features they inhabit and immerse viewers in new phenomenological territory."

The Staff at the museum went above and beyond, letting us leave our luggage at their front desk while we strolled through the museum.