One hundred 10 x 8 Inch paintings by the highly accomplished American painter John Millei have for the past month been on display at the recently opened TI-155 Gallery, San Francisco’s new and exciting contemporary art gallery, exhibitions and public programs space on Treasure Island. The exhibition was curated by George Lawson and the exhibition catalog was created in collaboration with George Lawson Gallery and TI-155.
The transformative energy that can be felt at the heart of TI-155 suits perfectly the one hundred 10 x 8 inch paintings that wind their way through the gallery space; each painting containing a world encountering it’s own unique state of flux, each harboring it’s own energy for the viewer to be drawn into and decode yet together make up a network of information like a string of DNA. Read More
Much has been written in recent years about the exploitative labor practices inherent to globalization, especially those pertaining to vulnerable migrant workers from the developing states. The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor, edited by Andrew Ross and featuring a deep bench of contributors from the social sciences, labor advocacy groups, and protest artists from around the world, provides a distinct voice and a highly specific contribution to the conversation. Focusing on the labor systems and practices of Persian Gulf states and the massive investments those states have recently made in cultural institutions–landmark museums, Western university satellite campuses—The Gulf makes a compelling case for opportunities to shine light on both egregious conditions ongoing from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Riyadh, as well as opportunities to confront and dismantle these oppressive systems. Read More
The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art’s “David Bowie Is” exhibit proves to be as colorful as its subject. The exhibit is curated from over 400 items from David Bowie’s extensive collection of artifacts from his career, originally organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. A quote on the museum wall explains Bowie’s standards and intentions with his music videos, as well as each of his artistic endeavors: “It has to be three-dimensional. I’m not content just writing songs.” The exhibit succeeds in presenting Bowie’s collection as a three-dimensional, larger-than-life display that honors the artist himself. Read More