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Amazing reviews!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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He An’s What Makes Me Understand What I Know?; Photo: Josh Franzos

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Untitled works by Vincent Fecteau; Photo: Josh Franzos

We worked hard on this show; gave everything and the last bit at the opening on October 4, 5, and 6; and then fell into a coma to wake up delighted about the amazing reviews. Pittsburgh had trembled at the thought of being bashed by New York, but New York discussed it (what bigger compliment is there?), liked it, and acknowledged some touchdowns. Roberta Smith of the New York Times: “This lean, seemingly modest, thought-out exhibition takes the big global survey of contemporary art off steroids…”; Peter Schjeldahl of The New Yorker: “The strikingly thoughtful new edition of the venerable Carnegie International…”; Andrew Russeth of the New York Observer: “The more time I spent [with the exhibition] the more I envied the people of the Steel City, who get to have it at their doorstep for the next five months.”

New York not being everything, there were (and still are coming, we’ll keep you posted) other reviews with great insights. Kerr Houston’s critique was one them for Baltimore’s Bmoreart; another one was Nessia Pope’s “A Seriously Playful Carnegie International Brings Welcome Attention to New Artistic Visions” for Artspace; a third was by Bryne McLaughlin in Canadian Art, and (not) finally, a more visual one was by Contemporary Art Daily.

Other journals, magazines, and blogs focused on individual artists like Taryn Simon (Telegraph), Zanele Muholi (Huffington Post), Mladen Stilinović (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), Zoe Strauss in Artforum and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Transformazium’s Art Lending Collection, Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl’s interview, John Kane (prominently shown in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection reinstallation), Henry Taylor, and Dinh Q. Lê.

And the Lawrenceville Apartment Talks.

And the Collection component of the exhibitionsee this archive timeline, these archives on Tumblr and Pinterest, and this article from The Exhibitionist.

And The Playground Project in The New York Times by Carol Kino. Another great review by architect Sean Sheffler of AIA Pittsburgh.

And there were interviews and articles where we raised our voices (or they were raised for us)—a profile on Tina Kukielski, Dan Byers, and Daniel Baumann; Tom Eccles in conversation with the three co-curators for the British ArtReview; Jay Sanders in discussion with Daniel Baumann in Spike Art Quarterly.

THE catalogue!

Wednesday, 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, (more…)

A playful worm for Carnegie Museum of Art

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Lozziwurm Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Lozziwurm Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Are we the only art museum in the world building a playground? Maybe, maybe not, but hey, it started as a wild idea or serious joke (or both) and now kids play out there! We are still puzzled that it happened. I know that you know that it isn’t enough to just have an idea. It needed the thing itself—the Lozziwurm as invented in 1972 by Swiss artist and designer Yvan Pestalozzi. Which isn’t enough either.

It needed Lynn Zelevansky, our visionary director, and the great enthusiasm of Marilyn Russell, our chair and curator for education, and the generosity of Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, co-chairs of the Friends of the 2013 Carnegie International. But it needed even more than that, it needed the women and men on the ground, Rob Thompson of Terra Design Studio, the crew from Plantscape Inc. and from Technique Architectural Products, and Knoepfel Kunststoffe in Switzerland; it needed Carnegie Museum’s of Art John Lyon, Jeff Lovett, Hannah Silbert, Tony Young, and super MC of organization Sarah Minnaert. Still not enough though—because what’s a play sculpture without children? Well, they came, saw, and conquered it. Last Saturday, hundreds of them! And yes, this is part of The Playground Project of the 2013 Carnegie International opening on October 4, 5, and 6, 2013.

Steel City Angels Present

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

2013 Carnegie International October 5, 2013–March 16, 2014 carnegieinternational.org

Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl, Phyllida Barlow, Yael Bartana, Sadie Benning, Bidoun Library, The Collection, Nicole Eisenman, Lara Favaretto, Vincent Fecteau, Rodney Graham, Guo Fengyi, Wade Guyton, Rokni Haerizadeh, He An, Amar Kanwar, Dinh Q. Lê, Mark Leckey, Pierre Leguillon, Sarah Lucas, Tobias Madison, Zanele Muholi, Paulina Olowska, The Playground Project, Pedro Reyes, Kamran Shirdel, Gabriel Sierra, Taryn Simon, Frances Stark, Joel Sternfeld, Mladen Stilinović, Zoe Strauss, Henry Taylor, Tezuka Architects, Transformazium, Erika Verzutti, Joseph Yoakum. More information

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