Tuesday, July 24, 2007

more in group shows

Larry Bamburg, in Stubborn Materials, at Peter Blum - his sculpture is made of silvery detritus attached to fishing line, spinning from a ceiling fan... really beautiful in the sunlight. I don't think there was any sound, but I'm remembering it like soft wind chimes.

I made a bad video, it's on youtube.

This show also had soft yellow foam sculpture... I think I saw three soft yellow foam sculptures in three different shows this visit, including the John Chamberlain at Zwirner. Plus, this is the gallery that recently had a yellow foam piece by John Beech. Some yellow foam pieces are better than others, for sure.... I liked the John Beech, but not the one in this show (can't remember who did it).

Philip Akkerman, at Goff + Rosenthal - he's in a three person show with Francis Alys and Stephen Bush. Akkerman is really good (again), Alys is interesting, and Bush is a snooze/yuk.

Here is a shot of Bruce and Ryan, studying Akkerman. Bruce is up to something... be careful, Akkerman!

Pierre Manzoni, in Substance and Surface, at Bortolami - Achrome, 1959 - stones on small canvas, painted white.

There is disappointingly little, in English, about Pierre Manzoni on the internet. It's funny to see what artists are on Wikipedia, and who is missing. Kind of a joke. Some galleries are really on top of all that, maybe? I think any artist that is bought by Saatchi, his people put on Wikipedia... but it's amazing who isn't listed... no Joe Overstreet, for example, no Rosalyn Drexler.

Not saying there is anything at all wrong about Saatchi, or whomever, putting his artists on Wikipedia... just that being included, or not, on Wikipedia doesn't seem to be much of a measure of artistic relevance or significance.

Elliott Green
Elliott Green, in By Invitation Only, at Kinz, Tillou + Feigen - Saw this show, enjoyed seeing the Elliott Green, and then happened to see the same painting on the cover of a literary magazine a few days later; he has a small spread of more work in the center. I think the magazine was called Fence.

He sometimes works with Amy Sillman and David Humphrey, as a collaborative called Team Shag; I also relate his stuff to Ellen Birkenblitt's.

barely related: the Elliott Green was at Kinz, Tillou + Feigen, the gallery that JB shows at. I can't believe it... and it wasn't long ago, late in the fairly depressing comments here, that I brought up Ader and Johnson, and the lure of suicide at sea. Too sad, maybe it isn't true.. nothing's confirmed.

Richard Artschwager, in Shadow, at Galerie Lelong - Speaking Woman - made of rubberized hair? So weird, rainbow afro.

Catherine Lee, also in Shadow, at Galerie Lelong - two flat hanging pieces of canvas, covered with a tiny grid, each little square filled with the same teeny tiny calligraphic element. I think it's from the seventies.

Didn't at all care for the dull Angelo Filomeno in this show. A big piece of silver embroidery, with skull. Covers all the bases I guess, except, no yellow foam.

Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith, in New Mutants, at Canada. Oh. He's on Wikipedia... that's funny.

The Ahmed Alsoudani drawings at Thierry Goldberg were good... bigger than I expected, after first seeing them on James Wagner.


The Lone Beader said...

The only artist I ever read about on Wikipedia is Andy Warhol:)

Barnaby said...

I'm on there...

Barnaby said...

Oh and Martin I posted that video.. I think you should loop it..

martin said...

barnaby - i don't see you on there. maybe you got edited out?

Barnaby said...

yep it's gone.. the link is still on the Dresden Dolls page but someone took me out..it was pretty fucking funny.. it was a total diss..like "a pastel artist who is probably only known as the cover artist for the Dresden Dolls DVD" ..Byrd kept trying to change it to be ..fleshed out somewhat.. but someone kept changing it back..ah well it was fun while it lasted...

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