Frith Street Gallery

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Press from 2009


    Published in The Guardian , December 2009

    Tacita Dean is an artist I revere. This year, she’s done the Tate Christmas tree; it is typical of her unostentatious and honest art. An ordinary Christmas tree stands in the entrance hall of London’s Tate Britain. Its only unusual aspect is to be lit by real candles, instead of electric fairylights. Lit every day at 4pm, the candles burn down as the sun sets. Time visibly passes.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean


    Published in The New York Times, November 2009

    Related artists: Tacita Dean

  • THE MODERN DANCE ~ Martin Herbert

    Published in Kaleidoscope, November 2009

    Related artists: Thomas Schütte


    Published in ARTFORUM, October 2009

    Some time after we worked together on ‘“Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS”, Merce asked me to collaborate with him on an Event. Through CalArts, Merce and Trevor Carlston, the executive director of the company, had found this huge space in Richmond-a former Ford factory.

    I didn’t want to film the performance but the rehearsal. I couldn’t even stay for the actual Event. I filmed for four days-the first day it was raining and Merce just looked at the space. The next few days, the dancers came. There were pelicans everywhere, and the craneway was surrounded by glass., it was stunning light. Coincidentally, we filmed November 3-6 last year to do it. Obama was elected on the first day in the film, but I resisted putting any reference to that.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean

  • A Tribute to Merce ~ Tacita Dean

    Published in Art in America, 23 October 2009

    I am in the unique position of still being able to work with Merce Cunningham. I encounter him daily, listening to him and taking my cues from him, as I spend my summer cutting the film we decided to make together last year. His death has meant I have lost the pleasure in imagining him watching it, so in that sense I have lost my muse, but the film cannot change as a result of this: it is about Merce and his dancers, in a particular place and at a particular time. I am just very sad that he will never see it.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean

  • INGRID CALAME: Artist finds abstract beauty in traces of Buffalo’s past ~ Colin Dabkowski

    Published in The Buffalo News, 8 October 2009

    Her drawings and paintings combine the meticulous tracings from the wading pool, the parking lot and the steel plant into layered abstractions that give little hint about their source. Several of the pieces look like color-coded topographical maps of otherworldly landscapes; others have the look of more traditional abstract painting.

    All of them are infused, in ways that are anything but obvious, with Calame’s ideas about mortality, her own family history and her interest in the perceptions of abstraction and representation.

    Related artists: Ingrid Calame

  • Raqs Media Collective ~ Kathy Noble

    Published in Frieze, October 2009

    Raqs Media Collective are self-styled critics and polemicists of the globalized world, urbanization and political representation, making work that is multi-facited and hyperactive, including installation, exhibitions (most recently a section of Manifesta 7) and publications. ‘Escapement’ (2009), their installation at Frith Street Gallery, comprised 27 clocks, each allocated to a city and the hands set to their respective time zones. However the clock hands marked emotions rather than time - epiphany, anxiety, duty, guilt, indifference, awe, fatigue, nostalgia, ecstasy, fear, panic, remorse - as if each city was on a nietzschean treadmill, doomed to an eternal return of extreme feeling.

    Related artists: Raqs Media Collective
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  • Thomas Schütte: Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany ~ Quinn Latimer

    Published in Frieze, October 2009

    [Thomas Schütte] has long pursued a multivalent practice that – though it grew of the Minimalism and Conceptualism of the early 1970s Dusseldorf, where Schütte studied under Gerhard Richter and Benjamin Buchloh – has spoken mostly to itself. That conversation, broaching biggies like power, modernity and monument-making, carries forth with an internal humour that the viewer readily identifies but cannot entirely understand. Obscure or not, it’s this humour – dry, dark, a bit jumpy – that ties together Schütte’s wide-ranging oeuvre.

    Related artists: Thomas Schütte

  • FIONA BANNER: PEEP SHOW ~ Jack Hutchinson

    Published in Twin , October 2009

    Forget words. Fiona Banner turns punctuation into art. She explores the problems and possibilities of written language. For Banner, it’s all about the space between words, the urge and failure of communication. The British artist’s public artworks have included bronze casts of giant full stops, to be used as seats or to lean against. They’re objects to pause against just as we pause in conversation.

    Related artists: Fiona Banner

  • Raqs Media Collective: Frith Street Gallery ~ Eliza Williams

    Published in Art Monthly, October 2009

    The 27 clocks in ‘Escapement’, which span both real and fantastical spaces, the world appears simultaneously larger than ever before and yet somewhat flattened. Even the face moving around the column seems impassive, a kind of every-person.

    There are many positives qualities to this homogeneity, however – it is reassuring to recognise the qualities that all human beings share, to emphasise that we all feel panic, have epiphanies, feel awe and indifference. This is especially true when looking at the clocks from war-torn cities such as Kabul or Baghdad, where it seems more important that ever to recognise the similarities between people, rather than to concentrate on the differences.

    Related artists: Raqs Media Collective
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