Vernacular & street art blow open the gallery doors, unleashing Art into the streets. Lauren Traetto explores the Heidelberg Project of Detroit Michigan and its mission of fostering the artistic community by creating a dialogue with public spaces.
The landcape architecture of Roberto Burle Marx is the interstitial fluid that lubricates the intersection of nature and artifice. As the lines blur that separate insular impulses of design, the artist reimagines the usefulness––and ultimately, the paradigm––of deliniation. Gean Moreno takes us through Burle Marx’s garden of forking paths.
Artist Truong Tran presents his second major exhibition in San Francisco, At War, and interviewer Matthew Sherling joins in the fray. As close to home as the living room in Haight Ashbury where poetry is read, music is played, and the plastic cube everyone has been photographed naked in sits placidly, Tran’s art is a natural extension of his poetry––and his distrust of it.
Here’s an idea: art is about access to an imagined experience. Half Seward Street slide and half Escaliers de Montmarte, Carsten Höller’s Untitled (Slide), 2011 is the centerpiece/centrifuge of his New Museum installation Experience, running from October 26 through January 15, 2012. Bradford Nordeen takes a trip through the funhouse of Höller’s making and sends back reports on the waiting front. Here’s the slide, here’s your ticket ro ride.
The exhibition Nancy Spero – initiated at the Centre Pompidou, Paris last fall and adapted for Serpentine Gallery, London this past spring – was the first major retrospective of Spero since the artist’s death in 2009. Wandering between the two, in a landscape populated by feminine bodies, hieroglyphics, and Antonin Artaud, David Berridge explores the dialogue that exists between Spero, artists of the past, poetics of the present, and artistic politics yet to be born.