Among the artworks at the landmark exhibition of the artist FAILE at the Brooklyn Museum this summer is a massive, immersive installation done in collaboration with the infamous Brooklyn-based street artist Bast. The work is titled the “The FAILE and BAST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade” and it takes up several of the museum’s galleries.
The arcade is of the old-school 1980s-era style with pinball machines, pixelly video games and foosball tables all designed by the artists. The arcade’s decor and games are an edgy, playful, and noisy cavalcade of the FAILE and BAST aesthetic.
In a separate gallery with foosball tables, all of the available surface space is adorned with black-light posters. The videogames were designed by the artists and include one wherein the players must spur the cycle of urban gentrification of a derelict neighborhood into one with shiny new luxury condos.
We’ve been following the work of artist Chris Burden for a long time. We’re fans. Especially of some of his recent installation artwork like “Urban Light” LACMA and “Metropolis II” in Los Angeles, which we’ve posted about before. Burden has a new show at the New Museum in New York called “Extreme Measures,” and we’ve already gone to check it out a few times to re-experience the work (and have some photographic fun, too). The work pictured here is titled “1 Tone Crane Truck,” which is literally what you see.
We paid a visit to the New York City studio of Polish artist and filmmaker Aleksandra Niemczyk a couple of months ago to view work in progress for an upcoming solo show, which opened last week at Galleri A in Oslo, Norway. The show is titled “Density – Urban Landscape” and draws heavily from the architectural environment of Niemczyk’s New York studio and specifically from Manhattan’s vertical urban landscape. Niemczyk’s work is abstract and minimalist, but exudes a warmth rescued from big-city density. The exhibition runs through September 22. Check it out if you’re in Oslo or see more of the show via Niemczyk’s blog.
There’s currently a massive survey exhibition of work by New York-based Swiss artist Urs Fischer at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. It’s a great show and among the works are these massive cut-outs of the walls between three of the museum galleries.
At the current 10-year anniversary exhibition at the Mori Art Museum at Roppongi Hills, in Tokyo, a gallery was devoted to a mini-retrospective of the futuristic, thought-provoking design and style of cult Japanese fashion brand Final Home.
Last week we paid another visit to FOAM, the wonderful, influential photography museum in Amsterdam, where there is currently a major exhibition of photographs by Stephen Gill. Included in the show were several images from the British photographer’s “Covered or Removed” series, a collection of photos of urban spaces in the U.K. where graffiti has been scrubbed or painted over. Great stuff.
Beautiful, fading poster on Crosby Street in SoHo, New York, promoting artist-designer Dylan Egon‘s “Art as Lifestyle” exhibition and furniture collection this past December at reGeneration in New York
We’re live-mobile-blogging at the Armory Show in New York City today, the last day of the annual event, which is celebrating its 100th year. We’ll be posting some pix of stuff that catches our eye this afternoon and in the coming weeks.
Photos below of German artist Wolfgang Laib‘s sublime artwork “Pollen from Hazelnut,” a major installation piece in the atrium at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Laib’s work is made up of yellow pollen he painstakingly picked by hand himself in the village where he lives in Germany. The pollen was stored in jars and shipped to MoMA, where Laib gently deposited it in a square shape in a thin layer atop a low canvas-like platform. The work has been the source of some debate among art critics and bloggers.
Artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres‘ “Untitled” lightbulbs installation occupies the cavernous orange-carpeted fourth-floor gallery at the New Museum in New York City. The work is of one several pieces by Gonzalez as part of the show “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.”