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Shows if I was near, I'd go see in a hurry.

Yes, I’m still away on Thanksgiving holiday, however that does not mean I’ve forgotten about you. These shows (all over the place…) point to exciting signs of life all over the country (and one is in England, which, let’s face it, is practically in the US. – I joke.. I am a kidder).

Phillip Guston – Small Oils on Panel 1969 – 1973.
Through 12/31 at McKee Gallery NYC.
I’m so impressed with the spirit and courage that Guston had when he made the change from his abstract paintings to these that I would probably have followed him anywhere…

3 X 3 – Painting by Imi Knoebel, Robert Mangold and Jason Martin, Sculpture by Richard Deacon, Joel Shapiro and Peter Shelton. 1/14 through 2/13 at L.A. Louver, Venice, California

Susan Rothenberg – Moving in Place.
Through January 3 at MAM Fort Worth, Then Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe (1/22 – 5/16) then Miami Art Museum (10/15 – 1/9 2011)

Mark Tansey through January 23 at Gagosian London.
I think Tansey is way under-rated as a painter. I think that might start to change with his new gallery…

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Some things from the National Gallery (DC)

I did a quick video of the Leo Villareal installation, Multiverse (below). I love this Rachel Whiteread sculpture (above). You can probably tell why – but you’d be wrong. It’s not because of the gridded nature of the work (although there is something to be said for that…) – it’s about the artworks ability to describe space in something that we talk about but never physically define.

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A quick video of Avant Fairfax visuals

Many thanks to Andrew McCrarry and Adam Lister for all of his help in getting me into the show and being such a positive force.

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Big art day yesterday…

Interviewed Ted Larsen (photo above) for the blog later next week – What I didn’t know about his work is the life change that took for him to move into his current direction. This should be really interesting. More about Ted’s work is here.

Had a drink with Sharon Butler (photo above) of Two Coats of Paint, and talked about a bunch of stuff, Sharon is going to be joining us at 246 Editions – so that was exciting. I had a great time talking about the Guston’s she had just seen at the NGA.

I believe it is time to clean my studio (or at least get the hockey sticks out), as this short video will no doubt show…

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PUBLIC/PRIVATE at Arlington Arts Center

Jeffry Cudlin has put together a thought provoking show built on a premise of Arts relationship with life as we live it. All of the artists have developed works that are built with objects and items that are in our day-to-day life experience.

My highlights of the show:
Anissa Mack, My Sister’s Diary. Every week, new copies of redacted pages from the artist’s sister’s journal are posted onto this public bulletin board outside of the arts center. What I really like about this is the handwriting of the journal pages are different and the same all at the same time – it has an authenticity that is really engaging.

Mandy Burrow, creates tableau that are made and meant to be seen in her subjects’ living spaces. The installations could be just about anything, but the artist claims a collaboration with the intended subject. I believe this, but miss what might be a certain unspoken eccentricity to the installations. They seem almost too in order. However they are rich in detail and pathos.

Christian Moeller, Mojo. A curious video of a theater spotlight follows random passer-bys’ as the move through the beam. This is both amusing and weirdly big brother-ish. I feel it asks more questions than it answers and at the same time, the questions are barely whispered by the art – while only coming to the forefront upon further thought about the work.

All in all the show puts forth an idea of art not always thought about or seen. If fact I’m sure you could point at some of the “major art critics” of our time (and years gone by) and see their disdain for this sort of thinking. It’s a curious place to visualize a group of art works from, and to be most successful, I think it requires viewers to think about the show afterwords and question a notion or two about what they expect from the art in our time.

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