Monthly Archives: March 2011

Art, theft, and curators: an (old) converstaion with Saskia Bos


Crap Shoot. An exhibition curated by five young curatorial students from de Appel, which opened 15 years ago this April.

It was the Dutch art world’s cause célèbre of the year. Perhaps the decade? The ticket booth smashed to pieces. Rudy Fuchs, the then director of the Stedelijk Museum, followed by a hapless private detective. The contents of the office, as well as the exhibition of Paul de Reus, stolen from Bloom Gallery. An exhibition almost universally panned at the time.

The day after the opening, the artists and curators held what was meant to be a panel discussion. In the end it was closer to a public lynching. The crowd jeered and heckled. The panel responded, or at least tried to.

Before the dust had a chance to settle, I was asked to interview Saskia Bos for the Crap Shooter, the newspaper that accompanied the show. It was Bos who indirectly started the whole fuss when she created De Appel’s Curatorial Training Programme two years before.

This was to be her chance to respond to the critics, and she took it.

Download a copy of it here.

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As seen in: Bogotá

Some apparently young and up and coming artists at Ensayos Para un Mundo Perfecto, at the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Casa Republicana.

Esteban Peña.

Carlos Castro.

Some embassy art with Dayanita Singh at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá.

Old school performance (in a pool) by José Alejandro Restrepo, at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Cali: Fallas de Origen, a clever combination of work investigating the narco trade and its impact on the city of Cali, at La Central.

Wilson Diaz’s, Cali Coca Gardens and Fallas de Origen.

Detail with Coca leaves.

Jose Horacio Martinez’s The Bodyguard, and Margarita Garcia’s Cali Cartels.

Detail of Margarita Garcia’s Cali Cartels.

And last, but not least, a local favorite of mine, Victorino García’s Dead Nuns at the Museo de Arte del Banco de la República.

Material Apparatus

Material Apparatus
Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville
March 19 – September 18

Material Apparatus features videos from artists that use the medium in unexpected ways. These works go beyond using video to document a performance or to create a linear narrative. Video, in this case, is an actual element of the work, used as a tool to help create structural environments.

These artists approach this subject in different ways; humor, balance studies, sewing, drug addiction, and the use of BB guns. Artists include Maria Pithara, Jacob Tonski, William Lamson, Jill Wissmiller, Otto Berchem and Amelia Winger-Bearskin.

Curated by Dwayne Butcher