On Kawara at Guggenheim Museum

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I went to a very interesting show, On Kawara – Silence at Guggenheim Museum. Since On Kawara is a well-known Japanese artist, I know his work quite while. But I had never seen this volume of his work. This is the first full representation of Kawara’s output, beginning in 1964 and including every category of work, much of it produced during his travels across the globe: date paintings (the Today series); postcards (the I Got Up series); telegrams (the I Am Still Alive series); maps (the I Went series); lists of names (the I Met series); newspaper cuttings (the I Read series); the inventory of paintings (Journals); and calendars (One Hundred Years and One Million Years).
I think his work is performance art in funny way. We are not seeing when he is performing but seeing the record of his performance.

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PBS Art21, Documentary Series

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I saw PBS Art21, Documentary Series on Art and Life in the City, Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Step. This is a  8minutes mini documentary about a couple who are challenging to balance making their art works and family life. I think many artists are facing same challenge. I mean not only artists but also many of them. This is the phenomena our society is facing. Who can get everything?

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at MOMA

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Matisse at MOMA

What a pleasure to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at a day of middle of winter. I easily forgot we were still in winter. This show brought me spring to my eyes. Simple shapes and colors were blooming at MOMA.
This is a rare occasion to see Motisse’s cut-out pieces extensively. The last time New York audiences were treated to an in-depth look at the cut-outs was in 1961!

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MOMA

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Finally I went to the show, Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MOMA. It will end tomorrow.
The Heart Is Not a Metaphor is the first large-scale survey of Robert Gober’s career to take place in the United States. Gober (American, b. 1954) rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation.
This is the first time I saw his works with my own eyes. I had seen his works with photos and I hadn’t been interested in. I had thought that they were too conceptual and dry. But real works were really good. They were conceptual yet sensitive and poetic. They were opposite of my impression I had before. This is a lesson for me to learn that real works and their photos are sometimes different!

Investigation/ ART21 season 7 on PBS


I just watched first episode of ART21. This is a great show. I always enjoyed and learned about the artists and their arts. Leonardo Drew , Graciela Iturbide  and  Thomas Hirschhorn are in the first episode. I didn’t know all of them. But the way they are facing to their art making is inspired me to keep making my own art work. If you are artist, this is a must-see-show. And if you are not artist, this is also a must-see-show.



DUMBO Arts Festival

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DUMBO Arts Festival

I went to DUMBO art festival few weeks ago. My first impression was tens, thousands of people. So many families, kids, young people, old people.

There are outdoor and indoor visual art installations and exhibitions, digital art and projections, visiting artists in their studios or making murals on the street, dancers, poets as well as performers throughout the neighborhood, on street corners, and in the park.

Many people and many events. It was like an art Disneyland! Here are some photos I took.

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Puddle, pothole, portal at Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

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Puddle, pothole, portal at Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

Sculpture Center was celebrating their newly expanded facility and opening of Puddle, pothole, portal.

There were a lot of people. It was a fun Opening Reception and Community Day. Children enjoyed art works as well as adult visitors. The size of the show was just right. It was neither unsatisfied nor overwhelmed.

I love their building, – a former trolley repair shop built in 1907 according to their home page. Specially their basement floor! Narrow tunnel like space is good for site specific piece. I felt as if I was in ghost house. The works they showed basement floor were matched in their space.

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Chashama Open Studio at Brooklyn Army Terminal


I went to Chasama Open Studio at Brooklyn Army Terminal. I have never heard of Chashama. But it seems very unique art organization.

According to their home page, chashama partners with real estate professionals, receiving in-kind contributions of properties that are converted into highly subsidized studios, galleries, event and performance venues that artists at any stage of their career can afford.

By making use of real estate-in-transition, chashama brings culture, new audiences, economic activity, increased foot traffic to local businesses, and life to surrounding areas. This combination has made chashama a major force in the now vibrant creative-placemaking movement.
Here are some of the artists’ works from Open Studio.

Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughan http://nickandjakestudio.com/home.html

Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughan http://nickandjakestudio.com/home.html

chashama Open Studio, entrance wall

chashama Open Studio, entrance wall