Several points to Barbara Kruger. [via Complex]
Barbara Kruger, on the Supreme/Leah McSweeney lawsuit.
Ryoji Ikeda - The Transfinite (2011)
“A huge, immersive, electronic light-and-sound installation consisting of an immense wall — 54 feet wide by 40 feet tall — which serves as a screen for streaming video projections.
On one side, horizontal black, gray and white stripes and bands divided into left and right sections scroll downward, flickering furiously to the sound of aggressively percussive, buzzing and whistling electronic music emitted by powerful speakers. T
he bar-code-like patterns extend across the white floor in front of the wall, where visitors who have doffed their shoes may loll, dance or meditate. It’s like a walk-in, animated Op Art painting.
On the other side, the floor is covered by soft black fabric and the wall is flooded by finely articulated, incomprehensibly complicated numerical and graphic data.
What is it to be human in such a universe? What values other than statistical ones sustain us?”
Damien Hirst / The Row, “Nile” backpack with multicolored prescription pills (2012).
And here we have a tangible metaphor for everything that is wrong with the art world.
A limited edition collection created in collaboration between Damien Hirst and CFDA award winner designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and their brand The Row featuring just 12 bags, all made out of crocodile leather featuring iconic colour spots, a signature of the legendary British pop-artist. All bags will be signed by the artist, and a certain percentage of each sale will go to benefit UNICEF.
My particular favourite out of all 12 is this one decorated with prescription pills. Well, you will certainly need a soothing pill after you find out the price of this bag, which is a mere $55,000 USD. Ouch.
Peter Doig, Untitled (Ping Pong) (2012).
In the wasteland that is The Contemporary Art World, I believe that Peter Doig is a truly exceptional painter. The brilliant acidity of his colors, the tiny flecks and splatters that animate the action, and ghostly, etherial quality of his figures seem to capture a moment and abstract it into a what feels like a haunting memory.
Peter Doig, Painting For Wall Painters (Prosperity P.o.S.) (2011-12).
The House with the Ocean View
Adam: How's life?
Me: Life? Remember that Marina Abramović piece where she lived in the treehouse inside the gallery with the knife ladders and didn't eat or speak to anyone for two weeks? Life's kind of like that.
Me: But, you know, in a good way.
Adam: Like Beuys living with that wolf for a while
Me: Nah, I'd be too tempted to eat the wolf.
Chu Yun, This Is Lacy (2006).
From the New Museum’s 2009 “Younger Than Jesus” show. Female participant. Sleeping pill. Bed. Tired, tired, oh-so-tired concept.
Cornelia Parker, The Maybe (1995).
On view at Charles Saatchi’s Serpentine Gallery, The Maybe was a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton, who slept inside a Damien Hirst-like vitrine for eight hours a day.
Chad Valley — Young Hunger (2012).
William Powhida, What Has The Art World Taught Me? (2012).