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FEATURES
MAKOTO AIDA, KORAKRIT ARUNANONDCHAI, TAKASHI MURAKAMI, SHUNYA HAGIWARA, AI WEIWEI, DANH VO, HOU HANRU, GAO SHIMING, ERIC NAKAMURA, TIM BLUM, PHONG BUI, JAPANESE MAIL ART, 1956-2014 // Plus coverage from Istanbul, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia....and much more.

COLUMNS
TOWARD A FOLK VIDEO GAME (PART 1) by NICHOLAS O’BRIEN / MAKING IT ONLINE by BEN VALENTINE / PROTECTING AND PROMOTING THE OPEN INTERNET by INGRID BURRINGTON / ON POINT 2.03 by MARK VAN PROYEN / ACHIEVEMENT, FAILURE, ASPIRATION: THREE ATTEMPTS TO UNDERSTAND CONTEMPORARY ART (PART 1) by JOHN RAPKO

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WHO'S AFRAID OF THE NEW ABSTRACTION JARRETT EARNEST with ALEX BACON

Art Linkage

A selection of articles from around the interwebs hand picked by the editors of SFAQ

 

 

Art Everywhere is waiting to be stepped on

Art Everywhere is waiting to be stepped on

 

 

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Peter Schjeldahl on the perils of mass art spectacles, Art Everywhere

August 7th The New Yorker

 

The boring effects of middle class taste on the arts

August 9th, The Guardian

 

The Gentrification of Marfa by it’s Art Folk

August 11, Hyperallergic

 

The decline of private sales at Sothebys

August 12th Artnet News

 

The insulting Picasso that was foisted on Robert Williams

August 12th Artnet News

 

A look at Bogota’s democratic graffiti scene

August 12th The Economist

 

The problem of Marina Abramović and her mediocre mindfulness

August 13th Hyperallergic

 

Leon Black, owner of Publishing house Phaidon, buys Artspace.com online art market

August 14th Bloomberg

 

Moma to digitize the entirety of Warhol’s film collection

August 15th Artnet news

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION DEFICIT DEFIERS:

 

 

Cory Arcangel on Warhol and his early precursors to todays digital art and the archiving process needed to rescue the artists files from his archaic Amiga computer

ArtForum

 

The enlightenment that Bertolt Brecht brought to the arts, and the delightful torture his body lived through

The Times Literary Supplement

 

The secret life of Samuel Beckett, spy

Independent

 

A reminder of the important work of art historian and critic Meyer Schapiro

Artspace

 

Jed Perl believes liberals are the cause for the demise of good art, or at least that’s what his publisher wants you to believe with their audacious headline “Liberals are killing art”

New Republic

 

 

-SFAQ STAFF, Week of August 17TH 2014.

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“What is Art”—On My Birthday

One year ago on my birthday I tried to define “art” for Carter Ratcliff’s guest editorship of The Brooklyn Rail “What is Art—Why Even Ask?” On this birthday morning I’ll add a few more points:

 

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I’m in my blue period, which means all my clothes are blue and I think about “blueness”. Which is not to say I’m sad—there is an entire emotional spectrum within “blues”.

 

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Color is contingent on time, space, and feeling. I have a mental catalog of colors encountered on particular surfaces, in certain places, at exact times of day, during different emotional situations—the real specifics of color are almost infinite.

 

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I’ve been thinking about feelings, as in this passage from “Tess of the D’Urbervilles”:

 

“But the complexion even of external things seemed to suffer transmutation as her announcement progressed. The fire in the grate looked impish— demoniacally funny, as if it did not care in the least about her strait. The fender grinned idly, as if it too did not care. The light from the water-bottle was merely engaged in a chromatic problem. All material objects around announced their irresponsibility with terrible iteration. And yet nothing had changed since the moments when he had been kissing her; or rather, nothing in the substance of things. But the essence of things had changed.”

 

Art seems more about these essences than substances; or rather, I am interested in how the essence of material things changes in our perceptions because of our feelings.

 

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Watching Nina Simone sing “Feelings” live in Montreux 1976, over and over again: the empty lyrics that become flooded by the intensity of her performance, which is incandescent, oppositional; she antagonizes the audience as a way of wanting them closer—a desire to be feeling together.

 

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The most important and embattled quality now is imagination. So much current art fails to imagine any new way of being in the world; instead it settles for exploiting the way things are.

 

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Writing about art, like making it, means being concerned with every aspect of that human life; no feeling is beneath its dignity and no experience irrelevant.

 

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Jarrett Earnest
New York
13 August 2014

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SFAQ Pick: “Pat’s Pigeon Club,” solo exhibition by Pat McCarthy at Muddguts, New York.

“Pat’s Pigeon Club”

Pat McCarthy

Muddguts

41 Montrose Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11206

August 11 – August 22, 2014

 

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Monday, August 11, Muddguts opens “Pat’s Pigeon Club,” a new exhibition by Pat McCarthy. The exhibition takes the form of a supply depot for pigeon enthusiasts, stocked with coop supplies, feed, training tools, as well as handmade porcelain nesting bowls and whistles. Pigeon keeping is practically as old as time; between symbolic meanings and ceremonial uses for the bird, the employment of pigeons as carriers of messages, and their use in biological and behavioral studies, the pigeon has served myriad functions. McCarthy celebrates the legacy and practice of pigeon keeping, very much alive today in Brooklyn, with an exhibition serving as both supply shop and meeting place.

 

Pat’s Pigeon Club is open daily from noon into the evening.

Various events, conferences, and radio broadcasts will take place during the course of the exhibition.
 

Courtesy of the artist.

Flyer for “Pat’s Pigeon Club,” on view at Muddguts, New York. Courtesy of the artist.


 


 

The exhibition remains on view through August 22.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “The Perimeter of the World: Contemporary Travel Photography,” a juried exhibition at Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: “ONES AND ZEROS,” group exhibition at di Rosa, Napa.

-SFAQ Pick: “Hood Pass,” solo exhibition by Stephen McClintock at Louis B. James, New York.

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SFAQ Issue 17 // Out Now

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ISSUE 17 HITS THE STREETS THIS WEEK  //  NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

 

Features

GEZI PARK: ONE YEAR LATER by ARIE AMAYA-AKKERMANS / THE INACCESSIBLE OTHER by MARIE MARTRAIRE  /  SÁN ART: VIETNAM’S LEADING CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER by COURTNEY MALICK /NEW SPACES IN CONTEMPORARY ART interviews by COREY ANDREW BARR / CONTEMPORARY ART IN INDONESIA, DEBORAH ISKANDAR AND ASTRI WRIGHT interviewed by GIANNI SIMONE
  /  THE LOSERS OF CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART by ELAINE W. HO / TOM MARIONI: ON ASIAN ART /JAPANESE MAIL ART, 1956-2014 by JOHN HELD, JR. / MAKOTO AIDA, BUILDING A MONUMENT TO NOTHING interviewed by GIANNI SIMONE / KORAKRIT ARUNANONDCHAI interviewed by COCO YOUNG / AI WEIWEI ON ALCATRAZ by TERRI COHN / SHUNYA HAGIWARA interviewed by AARON HARBOR AND JACKIE IM /DANH VO by  SHANA BETH MASON / YOKONORI STONE interviewed by CHAD CALHOUN / TAKASHI MURAKAMI by GLEN HELFAND / HOU HANRU interviewed by MARIE MARTAIRE AND XIAOYU WENG /GAO SHIMING interviewed by REAGAN LOUIE
 / TIM BLUM interviewed by COURTNEY MALICK / PHONG BUI interviewed by CONSTANCE LEWALLEN / ERIC NAKAMURA interviewed by CARLO MCCORMICK / ED HARDY (part two) interviewed by V. VALE / LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI (part 3) interviewed by JOHN HELD, JR. /  BAY AREA NOW 7 BETTI-SUE HERTZ AND CECI MOSS interviewed by LEORA LUTZ

Columns

TOWARD A FOLK VIDEO GAME (PART 1) by NICHOLAS O’BRIEN / MAKING IT ONLINE by BEN VALENTINE  / PROTECTING AND PROMOTING THE OPEN INTERNET by INGRID BURRINGTON / ON POINT 2.03 by MARK VAN PROYEN / ACHIEVEMENT, FAILURE, ASPIRATION: THREE ATTEMPTS TO UNDERSTAND CONTEMPORARY ART (PART 1) by JOHN RAPKO

 

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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE NEW ABSTRACTION 

JARRETT EARNEST with ALEX BACON

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SFAQ Pick: “The Perimeter of the World: Contemporary Travel Photography,” a juried exhibition at Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco.

“The Perimeter of the World: Contemporary Travel Photography”

Rayko Photo Center

428 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Reception: August 6, 6-8

August 6 – September 3, 2014

 

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Wednesday, August 6, Rayko Photo Center hosts a reception for “The Perimeter of the World: Contemporary Travel Photography.” Juried by Judy Walgren, director of photography for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Ann Jastrab, director of exhibitions at the Rayko Photo Center, the exhibition features artists exploring new directions in travel photography. Judy Walgren, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for her work with the Dallas Morning News, has worked as a war photographer, food stylist, photo/video editor, and more. Ann Jastrab has curated exhibitions for a number of prominent San Francisco art institutions, and evaluates work for a variety of renowned national and international portfolio review programs. The jurors’ awards will be announced at the reception.

 

The reception takes place Wednesday, August 6 from 6 – 8 pm.

 

Photograph by Guy Reynolds

Guy Reynolds, included in “The Perimeter of the World: Contemporary Travel Photography,” Rayko Photo Center, 2014.

 

 

Oliver Klink, included in "The Perimeter of the World: Contemporary Travel Photography"

Oliver Klink, included in “The Perimeter of the World: Contemporary Travel Photography,” Rayko Photo Center, 2014.

 

The exhibition remains on view through September 3.

For more information, please visit the Rayko Photo Center website.

 

Included artists: Jane Alexander-Perry, Stan Banos, Jaime Beechum, Giselle Brewton, Carter Brooks, Annette Burke, Anirudha (Robi) Chakraborty, Steve Chapman, Thomas Cole, Valentino Columbo, Stuart Cox Jr., Amber Crabbe, Carly Cram, Petra Davis, Mark Dawson, Monica Denevan, Henry Dombey, Rudi Dundas, Ben Fash, Thomas Foster, Mark Francis, Michael Gandy, Alexis Gerard, Dave Getzschman, Mike Glad, Steve Goldband & Ellen Konar, Michelle Govang, Esha Gupta, Elaine Heron, Patricia Houghton Clarke, David Janesko, Oliver Klink, Curtis Koshimizu, Guilhem Lacaze, Lucille Lawrence, Mido Lee, Christine Lenzen, Claire Lerner, Elaine Ling, Susan Lirakis, Joyce Lopez, Michael Lopez, Ernie Luppi, Horia Manolache, Nina Menconi, Chester Ng, Eben Ostby, Hendrik Paul, Guy Reynolds, Eleonora Ronconi, Nicolo Sertorio, Yon Sim, Jason B. Smith, Kyle Smith, Jon Soliday, Santiago Vanegas, Imrich Veber, Sandra Chen Weinstein, Joanne Winship, and Yisheng Wu.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “ONES AND ZEROS,” group exhibition at di Rosa, Napa.

-SFAQ Pick: “Hood Pass,” solo exhibition by Stephen McClintock at Louis B. James, New York.

-SFAQ Pick: “MATRIX 254,” solo exhibition by Geta Bratescu at BAM/PFA, Berkeley.

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SFAQ Pick: “ONES AND ZEROS,” group exhibition at di Rosa, Napa.

Aaron Finnis, Charles Gute, Matt Lipps, Sanaz Mazinani, Simon Pyle, Stephanie Syjuco, and Margo Wolowiec

“ONES AND ZEROS”

di Rosa, Gatehouse Gallery

5200 Carneros Hwy, Napa, CA 94559

Reception: August 2, 6-8 pm

August 2 – September 28, 2014

 

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Saturday, August 2, di Rosa hosts an opening reception for “ONES AND ZEROS,” a group exhibition of Bay Area artists addressing the impact of digital technology through relatively traditional artistic means. Artists Aaron Finnis, Charles Gute, Matt Lipps, Sanaz Mazinani, Simon Pyle, Stephanie Syjuco, and Margo Wolowiec present reflections on an increasingly digital, virtual contemporary life, taking technology as subject rather than as vehicle. An undeniable element of technology’s rapid development is the obsolescence of parts, including the computers, screens, media players, speakers, and sensors artists might employ; the artists of “ONES AND ZEROS” factor the transience of specific technologies into their work, exploring digital devices, behaviors, and systems in artistic forms that can both accommodate and preserve this particular, peculiar moment in time.

 

The opening reception takes place August 2 from 6 – 8 pm.

di Rosa hosts a preview for members before the reception, from 5 – 6 pm.

 

 

Stephanie Syjuco, "RAIDERS: International Booty, Bountiful Harvest (Selections from the Collection of the A____ A__ M_____)," installation view. Digital archival photo prints mounted onto lasercut wood, hardware, crates, dimensions variable, 2011.

Stephanie Syjuco, “RAIDERS: International Booty, Bountiful Harvest (Selections from the Collection of the A____ A__ M_____),” digital archival photo prints mounted onto lasercut wood, hardware, crates, dimensions variable, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

Margo Wolowiec, "Due North," Handwoven polyester, cotton, linen, dye-sublimation ink, fabric dye, 81 × 57 in, 2014. Courtesy of di Rosa.

Margo Wolowiec, “Due North,” handwoven polyester, cotton, linen, dye-sublimation ink, fabric dye,
81 × 57 in, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

 

A panel discussion organized in conjunction with “ONES AND ZEROS” will take place September 11, at 7 pm.

Admission is $10.

 

The exhibition remains on view through September 28.

For more information, please visit the di Rosa website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Hood Pass,” solo exhibition by Stephen McClintock at Louis B. James, New York.

-SFAQ Pick: “MATRIX 254,” solo exhibition by Geta Bratescu at BAM/PFA, Berkeley.

-SFAQ PICK: “Superobjects: Subversive Souvenirs,” lecture by John de Fazio at SFAI, San Francisco.

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SFAQ Pick: “Hood Pass,” solo exhibition by Stephen McClintock at Louis B. James, New York.

Stephen McClintock

“Hood Pass”

Louis B. James

143B Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Reception: July 31, 6-8pm

July 31 – August 28, 2014

 

 

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Thursday, July 31, Louis B. James hosts a reception for “Hood Pass,” a new exhibition of photography and video by Stephen McClintock. McClintock works with a range of cameras and film, capturing contemporary subjects with a refreshingly traditional focus on the technicality and authenticity of an original image. Imagery ranges from biographic views of New York City and reflections on Camden County, New Jersey, where McClintock grew up, to more explorative photographic projects like his “Food Series,” in which the artist appropriates and composes elements of commercial photography.

 

The opening reception takes place July 31, from 6 – 8 pm.

 
 

Stephen McClintock, "Food Series #1," 35 MM C-prints, 20 x 28", edition of 3, 2014

Stephen McClintock, “Food Series #1,” 35mm C-prints, 20 x 28″, edition of 3, 2014

 

The exhibition remains on view through August 28.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “MATRIX 254,” solo exhibition by Geta Bratescu at BAM/PFA, Berkeley.

-SFAQ PICK: “Superobjects: Subversive Souvenirs,” lecture by John de Fazio at SFAI, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: “The White Album,” group exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

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SFAQ Pick: “MATRIX 254,” solo exhibition by Geta Bratescu at BAM/PFA, Berkeley.

Geta Bratescu

“MATRIX 254”

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Curator Walkthrough: July 27, 1 pm

July 25 – September 28, 2014

 

 

Sunday, July 27, curator Aspara DiQuinzio leads a walkthrough of the newly opened exhibition by Geta Bratescu at the Berkeley Art Museum. DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art, provides insight into the life and work of a prolific artist largely unknown to international audiences until quite recently. Bratescu (b. 1926) has been living and working in Bucharest since the 1950s in a dynamic combination of media, including but not limited to drawing, collage, photography, video, performance, and printmaking. MATRIX 254, Bratescu’s first solo U.S. museum presentation, includes a selection of works made between 1977 and 2000, including “The Studio,” an early film.

 

The curator walkthrough begins on July 27 at 1 pm.

 

"Towards White," 9 b/w photographs, mounted on paper, 1976-2011. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin.

“Towards White,” 9 black and white photographs, mounted on paper, 1976-2011. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Barbara Weiss.

 

"Atelier Continuu," installation view, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, 2014. Courtesy of Galerie Barbara Weiss.

“Atelier Continuu,” installation view, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, 2014. Courtesy of the artist of Galerie Barbara Weiss.

 

The exhibition remains on view through September 28.

For more information please visit the museum’s website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ PICK: “Superobjects: Subversive Souvenirs,” lecture by John de Fazio at SFAI, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: “The White Album,” group exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift that keeps on giving,” solo exhibition by Korakrit Arunanondchai at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles.

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SFAQ PICK: “Superobjects: Subversive Souvenirs,” lecture by John de Fazio at SFAI, San Francisco.

John de Fazio

“Superobjects: Subversive Souvenirs”

San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94133

July 25, 6:30 pm

 

This Friday, July 25, the San Francisco Art Institute welcomes artists John de Fazio as a guest speaker in their Graduate Lecture Series. de Fazio creates commemorative sculptures that reference and reflect upon contemporary life, depicting figures and elements of politics and mass media with both humor and sincerity. de Fazio’s sculptures take their forms from ornate historical and ceremonial objects, and their content from the present; the results are a record of our time, in the physical language of the anthropological display. Three of de Fazio’s “superobjects” were recently acquired by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

 

The lecture begins at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP on the SFAI website.

 

Please note that Saturday, July 26 is also the last day of “Wrong’s What I Do Best,” the current exhibition in the SFAI Walter and McBean Galleries.

 

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For more information, please visit the SFAI website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “The White Album,” group exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift that keeps on giving,” solo exhibition by Korakrit Arunanondchai at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Way Out West” Launch Party at Heron Arts, San Francisco.

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SFAQ Pick: “The White Album,” group exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

Christopher Badger, Kristin Beinner James, Eduardo Consuegra, Alika Cooper, Dan Finsel, Mark Hagen, Daniel Ingroff, Barry Johnston, James Krone, Max Maslansky, Dianna Molzan, Laurie Nye, Fay Ray, Amanda Ross-Ho, Kathleen Ryan, Owen Schmit, Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, Mary Weatherford, Jonas Wood

“The White Album”

Richard Telles Fine Art

7380 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Reception: July 19, 5-7 pm

July 19 – August 16, 2014

 

 

The new exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art, “The White Album,” features nineteen Los Angeles-based artists working in painting, sculpture, video, performance, and more. Curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, the exhibition takes its name from an essay and book by Joan Didion in which she explores various aspects of California in the 60s. Exhibiting artists address Los Angeles, and California more generally, as a place of myth, mysticism, and transformation. A publication produced in conjunction with the exhibition includes texts by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, Lia Trinka-Browner, and Itza Vilaboy.

 

The gallery hosts an opening reception Saturday, July 19 from 5 – 7 pm.

 

At 6:30 pm the night of the opening, expect a performance by the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, the collaborative project of Astri Swendsrud and Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg.

 

 

Daniel Ingroff, "Parrot," acrylic on canvas, 54 x 40.5 in., 2014. Courtesy of Richard Telles Fine Art.

Daniel Ingroff, “Parrot,” acrylic on canvas, 54 x 40.5 in., 2014. Courtesy of Richard Telles Fine Art.

 

The exhibition remains on view through August 16.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift that keeps on giving,” solo exhibition by Korakrit Arunanondchai at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Way Out West” Launch Party at Heron Arts, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: “Go With the Flow,” group exhibition at The Hole, New York.

 

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