Tuesday, January 22, 2008

ADAA "Art Show 2008" in New York

"America's most prestigious art fair, now celebrating its 20th year, has announced an outstanding list of exhibitors for 2008, comprising top galleries from across the country." Source: ADAA "Art Show 2008" Opens Soon — Art News NonstarvingArtists.com

Most prestigious art fair in America? Not so sure about that. Although it is a highly respected fair. Noteworthy galleries that are participating: Gladstone Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, PaceWildenstein, and David Zwirner Gallery.

Dates for fair: February 21 – 25, 2008
Website: ADAA

Monday, January 14, 2008

2001 Turner Prize Winner Awarded Prestigious Tate Commission

Martin Creed Awarded Tate's 2008 Duveen Galleries Commission

Was it my endorsement of Martin Creed in an earlier blog post here on Art Comments that led to him securing the prestigious Duveen Galleries Commission at Tate Modern? We shall never know.

Not too long ago Jackie Wullschlager, in an FT article derided Creed's Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, for which he won the 2001 Turner Prize. In this instance, I disagree with her. One can't help but notice in Wullschlager's article (click here: Not all prize-winners are equal) the prevalent bias for paintings which is not a correct starting point for judging Creed's work or any other artist whose medium is not a traditional one. Jackie writes, "This piece of punk-pretension was silly enough when first exhibited in 2001".

Last year, here in New York, Bard College had a comprehensive survey of his work, here's a link: Press Release Bard College.

Martin Creed is represented by the gallery Hauser & Wirth.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Hudson River Bump and Grind

Gallery Review: Sit Back And Get Comfortable, This Will Take Awhile

By Dianne Bowen in New York

In an age of one minute to feel anything, sound byte moments, and short attention spans, artist Chris Coffins’ (sound component by Jeremy Slater) DVD and sound installation Hudson River Bump and Grind, 20 minutes in length, does not adhere to the notion that the public is said to only spend five minutes viewing a work of art. His work is the exact opposite, requiring your attention with all senses ready… Sit back and get comfortable, this will take awhile…

Image; courtesy of the artist (c)Chris Coffin Hudson River Bump and Grind, 2006

The black and white video of frozen ice on the Hudson River moves from large over view angles to close up shots of particular pieces. Large broken forms of ice become abstract, bumping up against each other by the natural rhythm of water. In a macro view they are a collective of shapes reminiscent of cells, or a carapace protecting the fluid underneath. It is as if one is watching something so large it is impossible to comprehend its scale, breathing, watching, waiting, and sleeping an ancient guardian of the ocean. Moving slowly into close up shots of individual sections, the bumping and grinding against each other take on living characteristics, nudging, sliding, flickering lines of light surrounding the forms where the water catches light are a silent communication. An alien pattern seemingly rooted in mathematics or musical composition. The nervous system or brain’s electrical flickering also comes to mind. Natural sounds of the environment surround you, wind, water flowing and lapping up against the ice forms…. Crackling sounds repeat… and you move in for an even closer view, now of two forms. Their edges rounded by centuries of movement, your sense of time slows down, and you’re in a prehistoric realm observing the earth shift. One piece, bobbing in the water, nudging the other as if it is its soul mate appears tender and lamenting. The second form appears still, floating in the water, life-less. They are like a pair of large orca’s or hump back whales, in the vast ocean, and you are a voyeur within the most private intimate moment between them, hoping for the forms to somehow connect. The depth of the water, smaller piece’s submerged, their weight and thickness throw you off kilter, questioning, contemplating the relationship and responsibility between human-kind, the environment and the universe itself. After a deep breath, I emerge from the small room into the bright, large expanse of the warehouse space, changed, affected, emotions laid bare.

Back Side

A collaborative exhibition featuring:

Chris Coffin, Michelle Jaffe', Kristine Robinson, Chris Walsh

45-46 21st Street second floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Exhibition Dates: Sat. Jan 5th 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday Jan 6thopening 3:00pm to 6:00pm
*Monday Jan 7th 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sat. Jan 12th 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday Jan 13th 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Friday, January 04, 2008

Gallery opening in New York: Are We There Yet?

Art Comments


"Are We There Yet?"
STUX GALLERY 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001

Saturday, January 5 - Saturday, February 2, 2008

NEW YORK - Irreverently provocative paintings and pipe cleaner sculptures by Don Porcella will be presented in the artist's premiere solo exhibition at Stux Gallery aptly titled "Are We There Yet?"

Porcella regularly contributes exhibition reviews for Art Comments that cover the contemporary art scene in New York. The exhibition will open to the public Saturday, January 5, from 6pm to 8pm, and the artist will be present.

For further information please contact the gallery at