THE catalogue!

| October 16th, 2013

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This is the freshest catalogue I have seen in a long time. Artist Pierre Leguillon said that it looks like an annual report—and it somehow is: no gimmicks but full of information worth its price. Or as New York Times critic Roberta Smith put it: “excellent.” It has new texts on all artists written by Dan Byers, Amanda Donnan, Tina Kukielski, Raymund Ryan, Lauren Wetmore, and myself. You can listen to one of them here, the e-mail interview with Wade Guyton.

The catalogue contains an introduction explaining what this show is about—see an excerpt below—as well as three essays by the co-curators laying out their different points of view. Art historian Robert Bailey explores the International’s unique history and its relationship to the museum’s collection; urban planner Gabriela Burkhalter contributes a pioneering article on the history of playgrounds—with amazing pictures. You will also find a quite engaging text from 1961 by former Carnegie Museum of Art director Gordon Bailey Washburn, unaware of the transformations the 1960s were about to unfurl; a scheme about play by the French intellectual Roger Callois from 1958; an introduction to abstraction by Chicago curator Katharine Kuh from 1951; a quasi-abstract reflection on the difference between art and action by French poet Stéphane Mallarmé from 1897; an astonishingly contemporary set of claims for a better use of public space by artist Robert Rauschenberg from 1968; an ode to the power of laziness as a form of resistance by exhibition artist Mladen Stilinović from 1993; and a reflection on spam describing the conditions of our technological world by artist and writer Hito Steyerl from 2011.

And hey, 1,000 thanks go to Katie Reilly, THE&OUR director of publication and to Chad Kloepfer and Jeff Ramsey, THE designers! More pictures!

Excerpt from the introduction:
Despite social media, the Internet, and our global information economy, it still makes a difference if you live in Tehran, a village near Kraków, Johannesburg, or Los Angeles. Yet all of the artists in the exhibition, while working from and within a local context, translate their views into pictures, Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s do this again soon.

| October 8th, 2013

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Joseph Yoakum and Roger Brown

| September 24th, 2013

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American artist Joseph Yoakum (1890–1972) is one of the 35 artists of the 2013 Carnegie International. The 57 drawings assembled in the Heinz Galleries represent a cross section of Yoakum’s vast body of work. The largest exhibition of his drawings in decades, it offers a unique opportunity to bring this “artist’s artist” back to broader attention. Admired by Vincent Fecteau, Sadie Benning, and many others, he was “discovered” and supported by a group of Chicago artists (also known as the Chicago Imagists). Lisa Stone and James Connolly of the Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) in Chicago forwarded me a letter by Roger Brown (1941–1997) from 1995 in which he describes how influential Yoakum’s work was.

“My experience of Joseph Yoakum was for me a very important part of a larger experience in the late 1960s and early 1970s. When I first saw an exhibition of Yoakum’s work in June 1968 I had just graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute. I also had become part of a close knit group of friends—artists who knew we had developed our first mature works. Don Baum, director of the Hyde Park Art Center had asked us to take part in the fall season with a group show. Ray Yoshida and Whitney Halstead, professors at the school who had influenced our work greatly were also very close friends to Eleanor Dube, Christina Ramberg, Phil Hanson, and myself. We younger students were enjoying the association of an older, more accomplished artist and art historian. We also had begun to attend the openings of the Hyde Park Art Center which were lively festive celebrations of art. The members of the ‘Hairy Who’ became our friends and we enjoyed social occasions at the home of Ruth Horwich, president of the Art Center. The things that were happening to us seemed to parallel what I had read about earlier artists who had become friends and had been part of a large social milieu of their own time. I could not help but think of the Impressionists, the Fauvists, the Cubists, the Dadaists, and the Surrealists. I thought of Gertrude Stein and I could not help but think of Dennis Adrian holding court in his own apartment stuffed with art and artists and elaborate tables of food and drink, or at soirees given by Ruth Horwich. This was an exciting and creative time for young artists who were just finding their own voices in the world of art.

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Tonight & also tonight

| September 20th, 2013

sisters' cafe

Join Dan Byers, Tina Kukielski, and me on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side for a very speZial event featuring LIVE PRINTMAKING at Artists Image Resource and a very special performance showcase from members of Cyberpunk Apocalypse. 6–10 p.m. & enjoy local food from Brassero Grill, Dozen Bake Shop, Franktuary, and printmaking activities. Live voting for our Playground Project Photo Contest (see below) will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m., so be sure to get there in time to cast your votes!

ContestContestContest! The Playground Project now extends beyond the museum walls to inspire you to gather, socialize, and play freely at some of Pittsburgh’s most unique public spaces—playgrounds! Snap some pics, share them with us on Twitter using #playpics, and you’ll see your work exhibited the night of September 20 at Artists Image Resource where attendees will be able to vote for their favorites. Any advance Twitter buzz your photos receive will be factored into the winning tallies, so get your photos up early and get folks talking! Zwitscher it!

Before heading to the North Side, don’t miss ALIEN SHE (curated by Astria Suparak + Ceci Moss)! 6–8 p.m.: Opening Reception with artists Ginger Brooks Takahashi (Pittsburgh), Tammy Rae Carland (Oakland), Miranda July (Los Angeles), Faythe Levine (Milwaukee), Allyson Mitchell (Toronto), L.J. Roberts (Brooklyn), Stephanie Syjuco (San Francisco); Archival Materials from: dumba collective; EMP Museum, SeattleInterference Archive; Jabberjaw; the Riot Grrrl Collection at the Fales Library & Special Collections, NYU; and many personal collections. Collaborative Projects and Platforms include: Counterfeit Crochet Project, Feminist Art Gallery (FAG), General Sisters, Handmade Nation, Joanie 4 Jackie, Learning to Love You More, LTTR, projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project, Sign Painters and more.

Tonight! Gertrude Quastler (1909–1963): Some forgotten drawings

| September 19th, 2013

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A small exhibition of an unpublished group of drawings by Vienna-born Gertrude Quastler (1909–1963). These evidently private sketches, executed on Long Island towards the end of her life (from around 1958, when she was progressively debilitated by chronic illness), are a parallel to the joyous art for which she is best known. In this group of 75 drawings shown at Pittsburgh’s Brillobox, which gravitate between a near-hysterical playfulness and a darkly neurotic outlook, a modern 20th-century realism can be discerned

Opening reception:
Thursday, September 19th, 2013, 7–10 p.m.
Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
On view through January 2014

Other times by appointment or by announcement.

—Daniel Baumann and Graham Shearing, curators

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