Friday, December 21, 2007

Best of 2007

Best of 2007 by Don Porcella

  1. Nintendo Wii – senior citizen centers report the game's use in rehabilitating older population. Use of game increases physical activity of aging generations.
  2. Apple's IPhone – revolutionary touchscreen interactivity, camera, music player and phone all in one.
  3. San Francisco taxing high fructose corn syrup soda drinks. Mayor Gavin Newsom wants large grocery stores to help fight obesity by paying fees on sodas and other beverages they sell in San Francisco.
  4. Cities across the world banning plastic bags at supermarkets.
  5. SUV hybrid and subsequent commercial signaling the new "coolness of going green" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSikJHuUBYY
  6. New Museum and NoHo Galleries – The New Museum opend in December and even before that galleries were moving and new ones opening up in the SoHo, NoHo and the Lower East Side area of Manhattan. Thus signaling a transformation in the Art market and the New York Art Scene.
  7. Youtube – Andy Wharhol's proclamation that in the future everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame has never been more true as YouTube makes filmmakers and stars out of all of us.
  8. Bob Barker leaving Price is Right - After holding the job for nearly 35 years and having been in television for 50 years, Barker retired in June 2007.
  9. LED's in Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – energy efficiency and LED's presence in all aspects of design and lighting.

Man of the Year - Al Gore

Best Museum Show: Chelsea Art Museum The Incomplete (currently up)

Best Artist: Misaki Kawai at Clementine Gallery January 2007

Best Curator: Kathy Grayson for Mail Order Monsters Show at Deitch Projects September 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Recap: Art Basel Miami 2007

A Game not for the Timid or Meek

Email
From: anonymous@email.com
To: peter.duhon@email.com

"40% of the work has sold before it even travels to Miami! (offered to some clients via email before hand!) and there are 400 private jets in Miami for Art Basel!!!
Craaaazy world of art buying!!"

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Quote of the Week: Keith Tyson

London Artist Keith Tyson at Haunch of Venison

``I want to record every day, every day is miraculous. I don't see things as mundane. It is a profound thing to write a shopping list.'' - Keith Tyson.

  1. Bloomberg Article on the show at Haunch of Venison in London
  2. Haunch of Venison

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Art of the Smoking and Dan Levenson

The Guy Debord Show at New General Catalog

Danger. The allure of the sensual often predates unexpected consequences to the naive which is why I am highlighting Dan Levenson's penetrating and deceptively humorous performance at New General Catalog which included enticing onlookers (or spectators, you decide) at the gallery to engage in seemingly innocent acts of smoking. Here's the link to the episode:
  1. http://www.cameandwent.com/ngc/episode4.html
Trong G. Nguyen, the curator of 'The Guy Debord Show,' a show that presented several episodes of performance art and presented them via video across the Internet that can be found on the aforementioned website, is also a taking park in some performance art tonight in Manhattan's LES: All You'll Need is Love.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Three Notes from Art Comments

Next week Larry Gagosian is opening a new gallery in Rome with a Cy Twombly show.

Sadly, the London based contemporary art gallery Emily Tsingou is closing shop December 22nd.

Art Basel and Design Miami are seriously considering an additional fair in Bejing, obviously a smart move if they decide to move in that direction. RĂ©nee Sham, chief executive, of MCH Messe Schweiz is quoted on ft.com as saying, "We cannot simply replicate Art Basel directly for Asia because the Asian market is still at a very developing phase and the art market is so demand-driven and there is already a shortage of quality artwork. But certainly features of our franchise, adapted to the state of the Asian market, is now possible with Design Miami."

Thursday, December 06, 2007

2007 Turner Prize: Mark Wallinger

Thoughts on the Turner Prize

I have to admit, I'm a little underwhelmed with Mark Wallinger winning the prize. His installation for which he won the prize, appears to lack any contemporary inventiveness and originality. He should receive some credit for selection of subject but beyond that, I don't see anything compelling or challenging. The fact that so many critics and people applaud him winning the prize is a cause for concern in and of itself. We all remember the "impressionists" and the derision they received for years...

Despite the art writers and public who dismissed Martin Creed's win of the Turner Prize several years ago, my hat goes off to him.




Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

2007 Turner Prize Awarded: Mark Wallinger

Anti-War Installation Wins 2007 Turner Prize

Conceptual artist Mark Wallinger has won Britain's most prestigious and coveted art award, the 2007 Turner Prize, for his installation titled "State Britain", which is a recreation of Brain Haw's 2001 peace demonstration against sanctions imposed on Iraq by Britain.

The common rhetoric that artists today are not commenting on the war on Iraq should cease for awhile, not that I personally share the sentiment since I've seen various artists give their take on the war, but a new debate has been sparked concerning artistic authorship and originality.

Noteworthy Links:
Telegraph
New York Times
Tate

Monday, December 03, 2007

Possible to Navigate Art Basel Miami?

Roadmap for Art Basel Miami

No matter the camp, the link to the succinct article featured in New York magazine will stoke the trip of any international traveler to Art Basel Miami this December: The Tribes of Art Basel Miami.