Because these Photoshop layers are real world status, fuck digie. We got back-of-the-envelope sketches, designers’ tipsy doodles, scrawls on 1970s cocktail napkins. All that, writ large. “Back of The Envelope: Seth Price at Petzel.” But see, that’s just t              

Dec 21, 2012

folklore u.s. – seth price
friedrich petzel – October 26 – December 22, 2012
this looks amazing.  more here at c.a.d.
please enjoy the time and space.
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whatever meaning can be separated from specific form is, however fundamental to the intentions of the artist, not merely secondary, but ultimately trivial even, mere biography – the noise surrounding the personal engagement with what stands in front of…              

Dec 20, 2012

my friend amie used to send me stuff like this all the time.  the anxiety of meaning.

“We must embrace the laws of the infinite… infinity, divided by infinity, equals one, where one is creation.” – georges Vantongerloo

i’m going on a Vantongerloo bender next time i have a minute.

please enjoy the time and space.

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Printed Matter presents the first annual LA ART BOOK FAIR, February 1–3, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. The opening will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 31.              

Dec 19, 2012

perfect. now i have two reasons to go to l.a.  the bernard piffaretti and this.
The LA ART BOOK FAIR is free and open to the public.
Friday, February 1: 11–5pm
Saturday, February 2: 11 am–6pm
Sunday, February 3: 12 am–6pm
and of course there’s a bunch of other reasons too.
please enjoy the time and space.
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In the critically aligned art world of the last 30-40 years, there has been this expectation that for a painter to continue as a painter there has to be some basic level of self-reflexivity, some wry acknowledgment of the problematic status of continuing              

Dec 18, 2012

Lesley Vance, Untitled (detail), 2011

painter painter” opens at the walker art center in february.  really excited.  a few faves showing work i’ve never seen in real life :)
here’s a nice interview with the shows curators on kaleidoscope. here’s the deets.
for some reason, when i heard the title of the show, i thought it was the name of a belle & sebastian song. now i can’t shake it.  i want it to be this song.
please enjoy the day.
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Here is a picture I took in Miami last week – yeah as you can see, it’s not below 0° everywhere – I love this very Margaret Howell look, even more because the girl wearing it has the perfect attitude to go with it, a little tomboy, a little gallerist (yes              

Dec 16, 2012

lulu wolf!
gallery director at mondo cane, street fashion in miami wearing various projects !
on garancedore.fr
pretty fun!
please enjoy the time and space.
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My painting is built around a great paradox: To deny in order to better assert. My painting thinks and put its thinking on display. It will unfold and thus deny its essential issues and underlying basis: chronology, origin, ending, incompleteness, series,              

Dec 15, 2012

Bernard Piffaretti  
cherry & martin january 12 thru feb 16 2013
good enough reason for me to go to l.a.   :)
via atelier
please enjoy the time and space.
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in perhaps his most legendary work, the italian artist Roberto Cuoghi, who was at the time "a pierced punk", decided to follow all his father’s daily routines of eating, dressing and working, and eventually came to closely resemble the middle-aged man.              

Dec 15, 2012

kind of obsessed with roberto cuoghi, especially this work…
“In an attempt to reverse the natural progression of time, he assumed the appearance of his father who, shortly after, became seriously ill. Cuoghi gained six and a half stone, dyed his hair white, grew a long beard, and dressed and acted like his father. Within a few weeks, the artist had transformed himself into an old man: the numbers had been inverted, time accelerated. Neither a performance nor a disguise, Cuoghi maintained his new persona for several years, in an ambiguous struggle between fiction and reality. Although it generated no further art works, news of Cuoghi’s attempt to ‘life-share’, to duplicate and consequently prolong another existence, spread by word of mouth until it passed into art-world lore. Cuoghi’s imitation survived the original, but his body paid a high inheritance tax: when his father passed away, the artist started to reverse the premature aging, but the stress to which he had subjected himself over the years rendered the process extremely slow and painful, even necessitating some surgical operations.”
maybe what draws me to him is a “notion of constant transformation and change, the hybridization of forms and identities.”  reminds me of what cage and many others point out “everything is always changing all the time.”  there’s also this word the mono-ha artists used ” jokyō” which means everything… rather than signifying a certain condition or state embodies a a holistic view of the world. It encompasses not only the sign, concept, epistemology, and Buddhist theology, but also temporality and spatiality.
makes me happy.
quotes via frieze and i discovered Cuoghi’s work via peter eleey in this talk.
please enjoy the jokyō.
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〇〇 – Curated by Rob Halverson (c-o-o-l art) – Bianca Beck / Kristan Kennedy / Chadwick Rantanen / Sue Tompkins / B. Wurtz / Amy Yao / Anicka Yi – Opening reception:12.16 SUNDAY BRUNCH 13:00-16:00 (Following the reception the gallery will remain open….              

Dec 15, 2012

〇〇 Curated by Rob Halverson (c-o-o-l art) – Bianca Beck / Kristan Kennedy / Chadwick Rantanen / Sue Tompkins / B. Wurtz / Amy Yao / Anicka Yi
misako & rosen – Kita-otsuka, 3-27-6, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0004, Japan
wow! congrats rob!
always lots of places i wish i was.  at the same time, always happy where i’m at.
please enjoy the time and space. both real and imagined.
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curated by lulu wolf: andy beach, eric timothy carlson, matt connors, ditte gantriis, gemma holt, doug johnston, clemens kois, max lamb, mary manning, ian mcdonald, jonathan nesci, jim oliveria, study o portable, omar sosa + nathalie du pasquier, ro/lu @              

Dec 13, 2012

wish i could be there!  so many of my faves!  have fun everyone! all under $500!
under 500
curated by lulu wolf
dec 13 thru jan 3
opening reception: thur dec 13 6 to 9 pm
mondo cane, (aka mondblogo!)174 duane street tribeca nyc
andy beach, eric timothy carlson, matt connors, ditte gantriis, gemma holt, doug johnston, clemens kois, max lamb, mary manning, ian mcdonald, jonathan nesci, jim oliveria, study o portable, omar sosa + nathalie du pasquier, and ro/lu 
please enjoy the time and space.
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