...and if there was ever an art/life divide, this is absolutely the end of it. And that is good.
Well this day just wouldn't be complete without a Dali film screening WITH a pre-show performance, vaguely ritualistic and featuring a woman in a black veil holding a prism AND a scythe, moving like a greasy, wobbling worm followed around by a man carrying a bright light, trailed by a weeping elder man daubing his eyes with a hankie, and you finally, you guessed it, a live goose.
One thing that is beginning to stare me down is that there is a lot at stake. The common cynicisms I might hold about contemporary art--that it's become, through market forces, nothing more than a luxury good, or that it's a narcissistic masturbate-a-thon, or that it's a nauseating, theory-gagged, class-fed academic self-eating monster….well these thoughts are really just NOT in play very much here. And with that bitchiness out of the way, there is so much space for the possibility that art could be a noble act of hope, rigorous intellect, spirit, and optimism. Dare I say LOVE?
So Documenta, if you don’t know about it, is a site-specific art takeover of the small city of Kassel, in central Germany. It occurs every five years for a duration of 100 days, and it is happening right now, through September 16th. Maybe the future is happening and I want to be there when it's happening and maybe even talk about it happening? I also like traveling alone in countries with good selections of heavy dairy products and deep pastry traditions. I decide that if I can get a few days off work and find decent airfare, I will go. I do and I do and I do!
The Mars Curiosity Rover could easily have been a clinical vehicle of science now appears as an intrepid, curious robot, eager to live up to its name (and to send us fantastic high-res pictures of the Martian surface). Robots have been part of the public consciousness for a long time, in formats both science and fiction. MAD—then the American Crafts Museum, or ACM—was one of the first American museums to mount a comprehensive exhibition on the topic (so the museum’s press releases claimed, at least). Meet some of the rover's predecessors, Robots circa 1984.
On the occasion of the opening of Space, Light, Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta, MAD jewelry curator Ursula Ilse-Neuman sat down for a conversation with Hattula Moholy-Nagy. Hattula is the daughter of László Moholy-Nagy, the gifted and multi-faceted artist, who was a great influence on Margaret De Patta. For more than 40 years, Hattula has devoted herself to researching her father's life and work, while continuing to work in her own profession as a pre-Columbian archaeologist.
In response to comments from visitors about the ethereal layout of Space, Light, Structure: the Jewelry of Margaret De Patta, we decided to sit down with exhibition designer Rupert Deese. Interviewed by Rachel Weisman, Deese talks about his plans and practice, key concepts from the show, and his connection with Donald Judd.
Erica Rosenfeld's piece, Ladies of Ellendale, Cake of the Month Club, 1953, is a time capsule...which looks a lot like her studio. Read on for a glimpse at her workspace and some potent vintage inspiration.
After several experiments sessions with talented candy makers, The exhibition at Papabubble New York (artisan candy store) has officially opened last Saturday! My hard candy sculpture, " Sweet Vessels" is currently up on the window display.
It’s fascinating when you consider family histories to see how talents and interests often run through the generations. I’ve thought about this whenever I’ve considered the career of my father, Edgar Bartolucci, who is a retired industrial designer and former Chicago Bauhaus student. When my Dad was in Chicago, his favorite teacher was Edward Bielawski, who taught the wood workshop. Evidently, when Margaret De Patta attended the school shortly before my father, he had also been one of her favorite teachers too, because shortly after my father finished his studies, Bielawski moved to the Bay Area and ultimately married De Patta. Small world, isn’t it?