New York-based independent curator Christopher Eamon’s exhibition Rearview Mirror: New Art from Central and Eastern Europe opened last week at the Art Gallery of Alberta. It includes twenty-two artists from eleven different countries and was previously shown at The Power Plant in Toronto. For over a decade Eamon was curator of the renowned Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection in San Francisco, guiding acquisitions and curating exhibitions such as Video Acts and Beyond Cinema. Prior to that he was Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum. He has also curated shows of video and new media art at the Hamburger Bahnhof, P.S.1/MoMA, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and other major institutions.
1. Newt Gingrich = Dwight Schrute
Nothing sends a clearer message than the juxtaposition of two photographic images. This recent Internet meme comparing Gingrich to Dwight Schrute from The Office looks like photo-conceptual art from the eighties, only better.
2. Maurizio Cattalan: All
Regardless of whether you are a fan of the artist’s work, you have to admit it takes chutzpah (and money and engineering know-how) to make an exhibition of every work you have ever made suspended from the glass dome of the Guggenheim, especially when your work includes marble sculptures of sleeping homeless people and a fibre-resin elephant.
3. Hilary Clinton's LGBT Rights Foreign Policy
In a largely ignored speech delivered at the United Nations in Geneva last fall, Clinton argued that human rights must include LGBT rights. The Miami Herald wrote last week that the State Department is funding gay rights organizations in “problem” areas such as Honduras, Uganda, Malawi, Pakistan, and Serbia. A better use of U.S. funds than destabilizing democratically elected governments, perhaps?
4. The Art-Architecture Complex by Hal Foster
I never get tired of reading Hal Foster. Whenever I am confused about an art world phenomenon or beginning to succumb to malaise, I find a new or recent book of essays by Foster that seems to sum it all up (or at least address the condition in so many words). This recent book on the collapse of architecture into art via the flows of capital gives us other perspectives from which to look at today’s Starchitects.
5. John Miller: Suburban Past Time
Out of the thousands of commercial gallery exhibitions there are in a month, it seems strange to pick one show for a hit list of five, but this new exhibition of art veteran John Miller at Metro Pictures is so fresh and thought-provoking, I think it worthy of note. Simultaneously addressing issues and ideas about the built environment, tourism, and performativity, he employs means he has used before, such as faux rocks and trees, and others that are new in his practice, such as live people in the space.
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