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Reopening of Museum Tamayo, Mexico City

The Museo Tamayo in Mexico City reopened on August 26, 2012 after a major renovation and expansion of the museum. The expansion project was designed by Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon, one of the architects of the original building that was designed over 30 years ago. The Tamayo Museum openes with seven new exhibitions and projects organized by the museum’s curatorial team and guest curators.

Pierre Huyghe created a site-specific intervention titled El día del ojo in the museum’s sculpture patio; Ryan Gander presents an exhibition that is constructed around the artwork The Corridor by George Segal titled Boing, boing, squirt; Michael Stevenson shows a work titled New Math; the exhibition Tamayo / Trayectos is a retrospective exhibition focusing on the diverse ways in which Rufino Tamayo approached various classical art historical genres; the exhibition Tomorrow was already here is a group show that includes works by artists such as Dorit Margreiter, Pedro Reyes, Simon Starling, and Victor Va…

John Valadez "Santa Ana Condition" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

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John Valadez is widely considered the most significant artist to have developed a realist pictorial language recording the Chicano experience in Los Angeles during the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. His work has come to define the iconography of Chicano identity of the period, situating it within the changing dynamics of the city rather than nostalgically attempting to reconstruct a mythical and distant past. His style is derived from street photography as he records the life of his community and of other inhabitants of downtown Los Angeles. Yet, his interest in the documentary photographic tradition is also closely related to the use of this genre by experimental L.A. artists who, since the 1960s when portable cameras became ubiquitous, have directed their lenses toward artistic ends. Valadez turned the ordinary snapshot into a source for his portrayal of a large, diverse cast of urban inhabitants drawn from his everyday life. Born in Los Angeles in 1951, Va…

Martin Creed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

In works that range from intimate poetic objects to large-scale neon signs, Martin Creed (British, b. 1968) reevaluates the status of art with a generous sense of humor. As part of a yearlong residency at MCA Chicago, Creed brings his avant-garde sensibility to the building and the city. In each month of 2012, Creed unveils an artwork in a different space of the MCA, progressing upward through four floors of the building and extending his work outward to the sculpture garden and plaza and into the city of Chicago. Some works live as sculptures in the museum’s public spaces, and some projects are site specific—for instance, murals in the atrium and café. Others still, such as a work that takes the form of crumpled balls of paper placed in each of the museum’s public spaces, play with the notion of the carefully curated object. Extending his project beyond the MCA, Creed—who fronts a rock band—explores the city’s vibrant music scene as well. The artist’s work and projects …

Becky Kolsrud "Road to Rondo" @ Tif's desk at Thomas Solomon Gallery

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When gallery space is hard to come by and there are a lot artists that want to show, Tif Sigfrids, the director at Thomas Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, California, has come up with an interesting idea. Why not make the work desk the exhibition space? During the summer, Tif has been doing a number of projects where her desk and the walls around her desk become a gallery within a gallery. This month Tif invited Becky Kolsrud, a recent MFA graduate from UCLA, to do a project entitled "Road to Rondo," to show works based on a short story written by Frederick Barthelme.

Ann is pretty, divorced, a product model who didn’t go far because of her skin, which is very fair and freckled. After lunch, she comes into my recently redecorated office- the company has done both of its floors in charcoal carpet, ribbed wallcovering, chipboard-gray upholstery, and gunmetal Levolors; the windows were already tinted. “I feel like I’m inside a felt hat,” she says, waving a manila folder …

Group Show "Fridge" at Control Room, Los Angeles, California

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Siamese twins hold the skirt hem of the woman in front of Gray in the checkout line. They aren’t very tall and want to get the woman’s attention. They want the woman to buy them salty peanuts and a package of gummy sharks. Gray starts to think of making paintings about this experience and the really fucked up textures they could have- aged paint over 90’s stucco. “Please,” they say in unison. The woman acts occupied and ignores the request. Gray remembers being a dependent and tells the clerk to charge the peanuts and gummy sharks to the next bill. “If that’s okay,” Gray says looking at the woman who the twins are attached to. “Fine,” the woman says without any expression. They all checkout.
A lamppost in the parking lot appears to have bark, but it’s just the light and the stains on the post. Lampposts don’t have bark. Gray knows this, but the twins from the checkout line walk towards the post to make sure the material is metal and not tree. Gray stops to watch as one o…