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In Which Dave Hickey Offends Canada, and Says Something True

Blouin ArtInfo’s Sky Goodden tells a tale of revered, crotchety, newly retired art critic Dave Hickey offending an auditorium full of academics from Guelph University in Canada. 

Many of you who know Hickey’s writing, or even just read his Dear John letter to the art world a few months ago, will maybe not be completely surprised by this incident, considering Hickey’s reputation for being, to put it mild, abrasive. 

Do his inflammatory remarks ring true in the end? Click the link and decide for yourselves! Let us know what you think.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights “Gutai: Splendid Playground” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The program’s first guest is Alexandra Munroe, who co-curated the exhibition with Ming Tiampo. The exhibition’s beautiful and important (but index-lacking) cataloguewas published by the Guggenheim and the show’s website is rich with information, images and a 10-minute introductory video.

Gutai was a two-generation Japanese art movement that was active from about 1954-72. Gutai artists built upon post-war openness and explored art as a particular kind of freedom, making work that embraced performance, including audience in artworks and non-traditional materials.

This is Motonaga Sadamasa’s Water (1956, re-created for the Guggenheim exhibition). It was originally installed at an outdoor Gutai exhibition in 1956.

Alexandra Munroe is the senior curator of Asian art at the Guggenheim. Her previous exhibitions include “Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity, “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia 1860-1989, and “Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe” and a 1989 retrospective of Yayoi Kusama.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See images of art discussed on the program.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features two of the top exhibits of Italian art on view in the United States:  “Bernini: Sculpting in Clay” at the Kimbell Art Museum and “Piero della Francesca in America” at The Frick Collection. The first guest on the program is Kimbell curator of European art C.D. Dickerson III, who co-curated “Bernini” along with Frick director Ian Wardropper. Then “Piero” curator Nathaniel Silver joins me to discuss Piero. “Bernini” is at the Kimbell through April 14, while “Piero” is on view through May 19.

“Bernini” reveals how the artist developed his ideas in clay and on paper, ideas that resulted in some of the most dramatic statuary in Rome. It includes about 40 of Bernini’s terracotta sketch models together with about 30 drawings. Its rich catalogue was published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is distributed by Yale University Press. Silver’s show is the first monographic exhibition of Piero in the United States. It brings together seven works at the Frick (and an eighth, which is unable to travel, in the catalogue).

This week’s program will also feature a special bonus: An extended clip of Llyn Foulkes playing his Machine at the Hammer Museum on Feb. 26. The Hammer is featuring a retrospective of Foulkes’ work through May 19. The Machine is a Foulkes-created one-man apparatus featuring lots of horns, a water jug, cowbells, organ pipes and plenty more. You can view the entire performance — and it’s a blast — on the Hammer’s website.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See images of art discussed on the program.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license.

Spring Break!

Anybody going to be on Spring Break next week? Make sure to have some art encounters as well!

Rumor has it that admission to the Nasher will be half price for Spring Break and there is so much happening all over DFW! Check out our calendar of events at artthisweek.com and get something special out of this Spring Break.

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Marina Abramovic meets Ulay

“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”

O Geez, too many feels…

Not sure if y’all have seen this gif set yet, but it is definitely one of many powerful moments in time in Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present at MoMA in 2010.

(via jshea890812)

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THE DAILY STORY

Stolen Ai Weiwei seeds sprout new exhibition
Couriers of Taste will open at Danson House in Bexleyheath in April and, with a little help from Ai’s light-fingered international fans, aims to explore themes of “international trade, cross-cultural influences and authorship”. Those with a stolen seed (and a guilty conscience to assuage) should emailseeds@dansonhouse.org.uk by 8 March. The curators promise to keep seeds separate and return them to their “owners” in October. No questions asked. [From the Independent]

dailyartspace:

THE DAILY STORY

Stolen Ai Weiwei seeds sprout new exhibition

Couriers of Taste will open at Danson House in Bexleyheath in April and, with a little help from Ai’s light-fingered international fans, aims to explore themes of “international trade, cross-cultural influences and authorship”. Those with a stolen seed (and a guilty conscience to assuage) should emailseeds@dansonhouse.org.uk by 8 March. The curators promise to keep seeds separate and return them to their “owners” in October. No questions asked. [From the Independent]