Saturday, April 30, 2005
Art Chicago 2005
"A rechristened and reconfigured Art Chicago in the Park opened Apr. 29-May 2, 2005, in a 75,000-square-foot tent erected on Butler Field behind the Art Institute of Chicago. Of the 94 exhibitors, 71 come from the U.S. and 23 from overseas -- mostly Korea, Spain and Canada. Of the 23 Chicago galleries, seven are new to the show and one has returned after a ten-year absence. But 17 galleries who participated in 2004 are not here -- and they include some heavy hitters: Bodybuilder & Sportsman, Richard Gray, Carl Hammer, Rhona Hoffman, Monique Meloche, Peter Miller and Zolla/Lieberman among them....." too read more go to artnet.com
Friday, April 29, 2005
Saturday night fashion show
Event Date: April 30th, 2005
Doors Open at 7:00pm
Show Starts at 8:15pm
Location: 4731 Gallery
4731 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: (313) 894-4731
Map To 4731
Thursday, April 28, 2005
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a city where fame is an industry and privacy is a mark of privilege, guerrilla artists have erected mock guard towers to protest what they see as a disturbing proliferation of gated communities.
the fall of painting
The Decline and Fall of Painting
by Charlie Finch
"It’s a paradoxical truism that, in an era with more art-world energy, action and money in play than ever, bad derivative painting is everywhere...."
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
"The latest trend is that gallerists and museums are starting blogs. Last week we mentioned the Walker Art Center's blog, which has gone silent since the museum opened. This week the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh just started a blog too." - artsjournal.com
Now I will pose a long awaited question to you: Is there anyone out there and do you find this blog a useful resource for Detroit art events and criticism?
meadow brook senior show
Meadow Brook Art Gallery
Senior Thesis Studio Art Exhibit
April 22- May 22, 2005 Tue-Sun 12-5pm
high school with money
"The art world is like high school with money. These hyped-up days, that school seems to have morphed into the one on Beverly Hills 90210. It even has what might be called its own paper: the gossipy Diary section of artforum.com. Although the regular Artforum remains rigorous and the diary entries from other cities aren't as overheated, the gushy New York items read like the Us magazine of art criticism, regularly reporting the flings and bling of an insular group of art worlders who regularly mingle with and applaud one another. I love the art world and the social life it generates. We all spend huge amounts of time alone, so going out is a way to avoid going insane. Yet the Diary can make you think that the same 55 people are bounding from bash to bash like some giant high-fashion molecule......
The parties and Diary may be only background radiation, yet combined with the crazed tenor of things, they're adding to a collective frustration, notably at the lower end of the food chain. These days it's not unusual for grad students to fret if a dealer hasn't picked them up yet, or for people still in school to already be making tens of thousands of dollars off their work while their critic-teacher is making next to nothing."
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
A Sight For Sore Eyes?
It seems that someone else has taken notice to Phaedra Robinson's show at Meadowbrook. A review of her show and panel discussion is critiqued in a Metro Times article. I was somewhat surprised by the unfavorable review being that Robinson writes for Metro Times. I started to think that maybe I missed the point of her show and that "art" was now over my head. I have spoken with many other Detroit artists who were also left questioning the visual message of her solo show. Another question is how did she get a solo show at Meadowbrook??
Cy is gay?
'You cannot fully understand Twombly's art unless you know that he is gay. It's often fatuous to reduce an artist to his or her sexuality, but Twombly is working in a tradition that associates homosexuality with an ideal human freedom. This tradition strives for an art unfettered by purpose, function, or meaning. You find such a style in Frank O'Hara's casual aimlessness and in John Ashbery's aimless obscurity - both poets think in the strokes of a subtle crayon......"
So I guess if an artist has playful, doodles of lines and pictures he or she must be gay? This review seems absurd and out of nowhere! I see no correlation between being gay and Twombly's work, unless it is used in the old fashion context of oh, how gay it is to draw with such vigor!
Monday, April 25, 2005
LYNDA BENGLIS at susanne hillberry
Lynda Benglis at Susanne Hillberry through 18 june
These twisted, origami explosions are quite deceiving to the eyes. What looks like light copper foil is really solid bronze. The pieces are heavy, huge wall sculptures with an enormous price tag. Let's just say you could buy one of these or a fancy car or small house!
The bronze sculptures had the most presence and the way the light hit the ruffles was nice...but just nice not amazing. The eye trick of materials was the most enticing but still not enough for me to want to live with one.
Some reminded me of splatter-painted twist ties of the eighties!
And others were soft tied-up intestines with more splatter paint.
The show as a whole was nicely displayed and a variety of materials kept it interesting. But I would also like to say that because Susanne has a beautiful space that some works of art just look "nice" because of the large, gorgeous gallery. I sometimes think that I am impressed by the shows there because I am supposed to be. Maybe any artist's work would look serious there. If you drive a fancy car and live in a big house you must be rich and successful? And if you show at a well respected galleries and have shows in New York you must be a great artist? Or maybe not....
Saturday, April 23, 2005
If you didn't make it out to cranbrook last night the opening was packed!! I recommend that you definitely check it out.....and if you went last night go again so you can actually see the work! Even if you scoff at art openings or cranbrook this is worth your time. There is something for everyone here! I was able to take some preview pictures but it was hard because of the packs of viewers. Enjoy....and see it for yourself!
Interesting design: desk/bed
Yes....you can even play with the art!
There was a fashion show too! Too bad it was cold!!
And the after party for the students was packed also! Everyone had a great time and danced the night away.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
16 April - 28 May 2005
Albert G. Richards
There is a certain familiarity to the collection. A likeliness to a grandmother's relics but with a fuzzy remembrance. The ornate and sometimes decorated personal items have a new take on the past. "It is a lot about memory," reveals Revolution Gallery's assistant director. From the super sized birds, ceramic dishes, ruffled drapery, and floral prints, SO BEAUTIFUL is a thought provoking group exhibition.
Although the items are not grandmother's old collectables, the works of art blend together an art viewing that allows for a dissection as a whole as well as singly. Some pieces stand on their own while others set the background to the scene. The show is essentially about evoking the feeling of the object.
Lightly draped fabric pools into leaves and soft puddles of sculpted cloth. Sarah Wagner (
Immediately entering the gallery, the viewer is confronted with large oil paintings of birds. Yes, giant colorful birds. There is no avoiding the bold, somewhat strange subject matter of artist Thomas Rapai (
Colorful ceramic bowls sit on shelves like fancy candy jars not to be touched. It is funny how in a gallery environment they are seen completely differently than if they were at home on the counter or in a china cabinet. They now have a preciousness to them that may not have existed otherwise. Within the context of the show they contribute to the decorative, delicate theme but as for on their own they might be lost in the spaciousness of the gallery. The artist Leopold Foulem (
Along the back wall (not pictured) is a line of black and white prints that are made using a technique called radiography. Albert G. Richard teaches radiography at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The detailed value studies are of curving flowers and organic pieces of plant and nature. It is an x-ray view into the meticulous shapes and values of nature. The prints mimic the ceramic bowls' decorative level, leaving less for thought and underlying intent than beauty.
SO BEAUTIFUL is the perfect spring show. The show was currated during one of
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
with LYNDA BENGLIS:
Thursday, April 21 at 7:30pm: Lynda Benglis, sculptor
CCS's Woodward Lecture Series presents the internationally renowned
artist Lynda Benglis, whose sculptural explorations have been called
expressionist, feminist, exhibitionist, pop, funk, minimalist and
post-minimalist. Benglis has also worked extensively in video and has
experimented with printmaking, cast paper, painting, drawing and
ceramics. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Susanne Hilberry Gallery,
which will open an exhibition of Ms. Benglis' work on Friday evening,
April 22 from 6-8pm. This exhibition will run through June 18.
Seating is limited. This lecture will take place in the Wendell W.
Anderson Jr. Auditorium inside the Walter B. Ford II Building, at the
corner of John R. and Frederick Douglass streets on the CCS campus. Free
parking is available in the CCS parking structure, located on Brush
Street, just north of Frederick Douglass.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Cranbrook Graduate Show Friday
Opening reception Friday April 22 6-8 pm. Click here for details.
Monday, April 18, 2005
"there is nothing deep about depression"
"What if Prozac had been available in van Gogh's time? Might a use of medication deprive us of insight about our condition?" These questions were addressed by Peter Kramer in his recent New York Times Magazine article. The article goes on to consider the notion of eliminating depression though the use of medication. Doctors agree that depression is a disease, yet to rid the planet of depression might raise some red flags. Some think that depression is associated with "perceptiveness, interpersonal sensitivity and other virtues". Kramer also asks the question, "What sort of art would be meaningful or moving in a society free of depression?"
I don't believe that there is a right answer to this question. Depression can affect people differently and on different levels. For some the disease can take over and is chemical while others are drawn to a tragic lifestyle. Like the article mentions, depression is an "innocent suffering" that can attract attention and seem very romantic. A friend of mine once said to me that sometimes life just gets stagnant and a little drama and self torment can shake things up. Using art as a relief for artists struggling with the blues can make for some of the best expressionist works of art. Or do we just feel that it is the best work because of the struggle that took place to create it? Viewers can also identify with expressive art because it is that same romantic notion of sympathizing for the maker. Should we examine the relationship to self pain and the works of art that are created? Can strong art arise from a happy, positive outlook? I am positive that it can but it is strange to think about art created by a happy population and the topics that would be addressed.
worst mayor ever
Sunday, April 17, 2005
do art critics still matter?
art writers? anyone?
the big night
So, now you have gotten past the big to-do-opening jitters and you are still asking yourself the same question. The number one answer should be to support the Detroit art scene even if the art is sometimes less than satisfactory. It is also been said to me that you should attend for the potential to be wowed. Sometimes ten bad shows are worth one good one. Last night I experienced that surprise at Revolution. I am always a sucker for a fresh, odd painting. The key to attending openings is that it may also start a chain letter effect. The more people going out to view art means more art networking and art relationships made.
A new exhibition at Lemberg Gallery in Ferndale features "A Decade" of artist Suzanne Caporael's work. The show includes examples of ten years' exploration of subjects including the periodic table, the elements of pigment, ice melts and tide waters and concludes with new work.
Immediately after entering the gallery, the viewer is bombarded with warm, fuzzy colors of spring. The palette leans toward avocado greens, oranges, and slate grey. The decade of work circles the gallery and includes a range from sculpture, drawings, oil paintings, and watercolors. The minimal work has a haziness about, where the pigment appears to float on the surface.
The colors and brushstrokes remind me of using the "spray paint tool" in photoshop. The surface of this painting is plastic-like yet still on linen. She is able to create foggy color fields that are like happy-color-explosions. Her work explores scientific formulas in a playful visually pleasing nature. Even if you didn't know that she was trying to de-code elements of nature you would still be pleased.
The "books" are like puzzle pieces of her paintings.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
MONA opening tonight!
new photography from the
@ the museum of new art
artists' reception : 16 April, Saturday 7-10pm
regular hours: 12-6pm Thursday through Saturday
MONA is located at 7 N.
Friday, April 15, 2005
Center Gallery show to check out
A bit Stella-like.....I argued with another viewer about the non-tradional shape of the canvas. Apparently there was no agreement, so a painting teacher at CCS stepped in. I think that if an artist is using a "shaped canvas" the artist has to be aware that the shape is saying something. The shape cannot be an after thought. But I guess artists can do anything they want so I think the arguement is at a truce?
To me this looks like a wonderful lighted cake!! Maybe it was just the food table that inspired me..hahah.....
More box-like-found-object-relics that for me bordered on decorative.
I had to take a picture of the food at the opening! This was only the half of it! I enjoyed this "work of art"! mmmmmm....
For those who missed Katz
Thursday, April 14, 2005
In celebration of glass month, Axiom Glass studio is opening its doors to the public. Artists Andrew Madvin, Kevin Carlin, and Holly Addis will be exhibiting new works and holding hot glass blowing demonstrations.
Opening night: Friday April 15, 7pm - late. Art, music and drinks served.
Open studio and glass demos Sat. and Sun. April 16 and 17 from 11am-4pm.
Studio: 1604 Clay Ave. 5th floor- Russell Industrial Detroit MI 48067
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
This was in the free press today. Oh, Kwame, cutting the funding to all the arts and Detroit entertainment is a great idea! I am sure people will want to come spend their money in Detroit then......hahahahhaha....
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
What not to do in art today.......
PANEL DISCUSSION INCLUDING:
The funny thing about art discussions is that they always pose more questions than they answer. It is like discussing religion. Everyone has their beliefs and in this case it was the rules of art. The panel discussion was held in the Meadowbrook Gallery hung with Phaedra Robinson’s show Communicable Consumption in the background.
Robinson opened and led the discussion. It was hard to focus on Robinson’s overtly wordy descriptions of the means of her art. If you are looking for a complete review I would recommend reading thedetroiter.com. The idea of communication is bombarded over and over with written text, found objects and swirling lines in drawings and sculpture. Sometimes in communication less is more. I understand the meaning being put out there but for me art has to stand visually on its own. The varied material was distracting and the use of color and basic design principals seemed overlooked at times.
Dick Goody began with saying that Detroit is “quite significant” in terms of other cities and their art consumption. Goody then proceeded to list his likes and dislikes as if he was suddenly on a dating show. His personal dislikes in painting included: narrative theme, literal, overly sentimental, narrative realism, and gestures. His likes included: ambiguity, color, portrait realism, diptychs, and schematic elements. He also makes a good point that for those who don’t like contemporary art, don’t understand the language.
Gilda Snowden, teacher at CCS and artist, reveals that she teaches with no rules. She enforces rules on herself though. She must paint from subject matter. Her recent series comes from poetry phrases and also her beloved movement of abstract expressionism. Her likes include works that are least like her work, narratives that make her laugh, and minimalism.
Sculptor, Mary Herbeck makes vessel-like sculpture. Her preference is of metal and earthy materials. Her only rule is to make art for herself first. There is compulsiveness about her work and she is interested in form and object making.
Fabio Fernandez is currently curator at Cranbrook and a working artist. While he started out with a business degree he switched to art for his masters, which he completed at Cranbrook. Fernandez works with words and the hidden jargoned meanings. His craftsmanship shows through on his crisp, wood puzzle pieces of text. He also poked fun with an installation called, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover which consisted of 50 different colored suitcases stacked on shelves.
The discussion of course ended with more panel questions that rehashed the idea of what the rules are. Every artist has an outline for which they go by. For some, what not to do is exactly what should be done. Art is a silly thing that gets a lot of people heated. A good discussion is always good for getting the heart pumping.
Alex Katz lecture
This Thursday, April 14 at 7:30pm: Alex Katz, painter
CCS's Woodward Lecture Series welcomes Katz, one of the most important American artists to have emerged since 1950. Throughout his long career, Katz has produced a remarkable and impressive body of work, including portraits and landscapes, in his own distinct brand of modern realism combining aspects of abstraction and representation. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Susanne Hilberry Gallery.
Seating is limited for all lectures.
The Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium is inside the Walter B. Ford II Building, at the corner of John R. and Frederick Douglass streets on the CCS campus. Free parking is available in the CCS parking structure, located on Brush Street, just north of Frederick Douglass.
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Panel discussion at Meadowbrook tonight
"What Not To Do In Art Today"
Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00pm
Fashion at the Ford
March 4-July 13, 2005
Fashion is a reciprocal. Fresh off the fall runways are a look back at history's past trends and patterns. Currently designers pull from past decades to influence their collections. Even if you aren't one of fashion's elite, I am sure you can sense a bit of the 80's making a comeback. A new exhibit which may normally go unnoticed is at The Henry Ford Museum. This show features Elizabeth Firestone's vast collection of couture clothing and gowns. Mrs. Firestone is none other than the wife of Harvey Firestone, of Firestone Tires and Rubber. Check it out at The Henry Ford Museum.
Enter the world of high fashion and sophisticated style as you explore fifty dresses and two hundred accessories from one of
Cristobal Balenciaga, Peggy Hoyt and Carrie Munn-it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view this never before exhibited collection.
Prior to her death, Mrs. Firestone and her family realized that the clothing she owned offered a rich and sweeping view of fashion history to future generations, and a large segment of her wardrobe was donated to The Henry Ford. Today that collection includes over 1,000 dresses, shoes, gloves and other accessories, from early home-sewn creations including her wedding dress to custom-made American and European designer fashions. Each dress is truly a work of art--crafted by inventive couturiers for a patron who not only collaborated on the result, but well understood the contribution each made to the life of her family and the society of the day. Don't miss this showcase of her dynamic high-style fashions on exhibit in
Sunday, April 10, 2005
lots to see....
Just when you thought there was nothing to do in this city, detroit proves you wrong with another action packed night of openings!!
District Arts was packed with people checking out the glass show, also featuring assemblage artist Peterson. A rope tied sculpture (Paul Runde) of glass can be seen through the window at a distance. This piece is an eye grabber and looks like clusters of fruit or candy. Once up close, the preciousness of the glass tasseled together is quite a contradiction of how glass should normally be shown, which makes for a visually and conceptually complex piece.
The sunset on the glass...
CAID offered an exciting opening of art that you were encouraged to sit on! From metal chairs recliners to melting ice sculpture chairs....these chairs were typical Cranbrook sheik. Concept, concept, concept.....
The trendy opening was the "place to be" and had a broad mix of artists, collectors, writers and art enthusiasts. With the interactive opening and spinning dj, it was good to see CAID up and running again.
555 had a salon style photography show as well. The show also well attended, was more on the "student level". It was hard to get into all of the photos because of the nature of the large space and many artists showing. The photography all seemed similar and no one piece or artist stood out.
I have noticed the potential of 555 but for now the openings seem short of their intent. Too much to focus on. With a little editing and some limits being pushed, the show would have come together.
Unexpectedly a new gallery was open late. 101up Gallery is a new gallery run by former CCS students Greg Frederick and Mark Sengbusch. The gallery at 10:30pm had all the lights on and an open sign!! With a little ring of the door bell, you are immediately greeted and let into the freshly remodeled space. "The Second Show" featuring Matt Lewis' thick, creamy, colorful oil landscapes fill the room. His surfaces are tactile and suggest depth within the painting. Definitely this is a space worth watching.
Check out 101up Gallery at: 4470 Second Ave. , Detroit MI 48201 (313) 212-1201