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Anyone in a Fine Arts program in the last 3 decades would eventually have came across the work of Barbara Kasten. Seeing her work for the first time taught me that a photograph could be so much more than just a document. Part performance, sculpture, still life and abstraction – her work blends varied traditions from multiple mediums. There are many who have explored photography this way but they all owe Kasten a nod for mining this territory so well and thoroughly.

This is the first retrospective of her work at ICA and not to be missed.


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Barbara Kasten: Stages is the first major survey of the work of artist Barbara Kasten. Widely recognized for her photographs, since the 1970s Kasten has developed her expansive practice through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation. Spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectonic form, this exhibition situates Kasten’s practice within current conversations around sculpture and photography. Kasten’s interest in the interplay between three- and two-dimensional forms, her engagement with staging and the role of the prop, her cross-disciplinary process, and her new approaches to abstraction and materiality are all intensely relevant to the present artistic moment, resulting in a new generation of artists who have drawn inspiration from Kasten’s aesthetic and method.

Kasten’s work has roots in the unique and provocative intersection of Bauhaus-influenced pedagogy in the US, the California Light and Space movement, and postmodernism. Taking its cue from the multiple ways in which Kasten herself has staged her work, both in the studio and on site, the exhibition makes links between her more well-known photographic series of studio constructions and architectural interventions and her earliest fiber sculptures, mixed media works, cyanotype prints, and forays into set design. In addition, Kasten will create a new site-specific installation in the ICA galleries.

Organized by Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Program Curator. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication that includes a biography of the artist, new scholarly essays by the curator as well as by art historians Alex Kitnick and Jenni Sorkin, and a conversation between Kasten and artist Liz Deschenes.


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via ICA and



Exhibition: Barbara Kasten at ICA

Art that understands the vocabulary of its past always catches my eye. Beth Lipman who shows at the wonderful Claire Oliver Gallery in New York knows still life. Her glass sculpture speaks to that over the top still life tradition of the 17th century where bountiful excess was all the rage. (Wait!!! That seems to be our era as well!) History has a way of repeating itself but not Beth. These are really wonderful works that take this ancient tradition and spin it so that it speaks to us here and now.

Keep an eye out for her exhibition in April 2015.





All images via Claire Oliver Gallery




The Work of Beth Lipman

The Work of Do Ho Suh

October 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

In Art School they told us to either make the extraordinary ordinary or make the ordinary extraordinary. I will leave you to figure out what Do Ho Suh is up to with these miraculous and luminous objects and environments.


Specimen Series: Stove, 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013 polyester fabric 73.66 x 36.22 x 34.8 inches 187.1 x 92 x 88.4 cm Edition of 3

Specimen Series: Radiator, 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013
polyester fabric
73.66 x 36.22 x 34.8 inches
187.1 x 92 x 88.4 cm
Edition of 3


Specimen Series: Stove, 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013 polyester fabric 73.66 x 36.22 x 34.8 inches 187.1 x 92 x 88.4 cm


Seoul Home/Seoul Home/Kanazawa Home, 2012 silk, metal armature 573.62 x 282.28 x 153.94 inches 1457 x 717 x 391 cm Edition of 3

Seoul Home/Seoul Home/Kanazawa Home, 2012
silk, metal armature
573.62 x 282.28 x 153.94 inches
1457 x 717 x 391 cm
Edition of 3


Wielandstr.  18, 12159 Berlin, 2011 polyester fabric 138.58 x 82.68 x 258.27 inches 352 x 210 x 656 cm Edition of 3

18, 12159 Berlin, 2011
polyester fabric
138.58 x 82.68 x 258.27 inches
352 x 210 x 656 cm
Edition of 3

All Photos via




The Work of Do Ho Suh



Once upon a time in the art world if you started your career selling your work at a home furnishing chain store it might have been a career killer. In the past year Restoration Hardware has opened an Art Gallery in Manhattan showcasing a large stable of artists. One of them, Samantha Thomas, is doing work far beyond her years and really reminds me of some of the works by the late, great artist Antoni Tapies ( see image below).



Samantha Thomas has a more intimate relationship to fabric when sculpting it into bold, undulating abstract works that deftly and powerfully intersect the worlds of painting and sculpture in a series she calls: LandscapificationIf she keeps up this type of amazing output my bet is she will not be at RH much longer… 


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Samantha Thomas 8

All images via RH Contemporary


The Art of Samantha Thomas

Prune Nourry’s project on recreating the famous Chinese Terracotta Warriors as Terracotta Daughters is brilliant, wonderful and the perfect political comment on the long tradition around the globe of parents preferring a male to that of a female firstborn.

Terracotta Daughters

In the continuation of her Holy Daughters project in India, Prune now reflects upon gender preference in China and infiltrates the local culture through the familiar symbol of the Terracotta Soldiers, by creating an army of 116 life-size Terracotta Daughters.

India and China alone represent 1/3 of the world population and both encounter a similar gender imbalance. This sociological phenomenon is due to the preference parents give to having a son. The number of single men has been increasing ever since the 80’s, and the misuse of ultrasounds to select the sex of the child. This leads to disastrous consequences for the situation of women in Asia (kidnappings of children and women, forced marriages, prostitution, population migrations…).

The work process for each one of Prune’s projects always begins with a research trip where she meets specialists on the societal subject of interest. It’s at the University of Xi’an that the most eminent sociologists study the question of gender preference in China, notably Professor Li Shuzhuo. Prune interviewed him in June 2012 during her first research trip for this new project. Li Shuzhuo initiated the Care for Girls government campaign aiming to ameliorate the condition of girls within Chinese families.

It’s also in Xi’an that are located the Terracotta Warriors familiar symbol Prune has chosen as inspiration to her project. The artist nods to the beauty and cultural richness of the Chinese artifacts dating back to 210 BC. The army, that was discovered in March 1974 by farmers digging a well, had for purpose of protecting China’s first emperor Qin Shi in the afterlife. The warriors are now a national pride, exhibited all around the world, and registered as a UNESCO site. Estimated at more than 8,000 and measuring between 1.80 and 2 meters, the soldiers are all unique.

Emulating the style and ancient techniques of the Terracotta Warriors, Prune collaborates with local Xi’an artisans specialized in the copies of the terracotta soldiers to create the Terracotta Daughters project.

Prune sculpts 8 life-size Terracotta Daughters modeled after 8 Chinese orphan girls. The clay used in the process is the same one that was dug up over 2,000 years ago for the original warriors. For this project, the artist learns the local copyists’ technique based off of the ancient practice.

Once the 8 original sculptures completed, the craftsmen use the molds interchangeably to create an army of 108 life-size Terracotta Daughters. The faces will then be individually personalized and signed by the craftsmen, as it was done with the ancient soldiers, to make each Terracotta Daughter unique.

The army, along with other Artworks derived from the project, were presented in an exhibition in September in Shanghai at the gallery Magda Danysz. The exhibition design is mostly be focused on the installation of the 108 life-size sculptures displayed in accordance to the archeological site from which they are inspired. The other Artworks include the 8 original Terracotta Daughters, bronzes, plaster molds, as well as a video – between Artwork and witness of the process. This exhibition will then be followed by a world tour throught 2014 with shows in Paris in April, Switzerland in June, curated by Tatyana Franck (Curator of Picasso at Work. Through the lens of David Douglas Duncan at the Museo Picasso of Malaga, the Museum of Art and Industry La Piscine à Roubaix, the Museum of Art and History of Genève 2012), New York in October commissioned by FIAC’s Crossing the Line festival and one last American destination in December.

Prune met the 8 orphan Chinese girls that inspired the Artworks of the project through the non-profit organization The Children of Madaifu, which was founded in 1999 by Marcel Roux, former Vice-President of Doctors without Borders. She photographed the girls during her visit of their respective villages in August 2012, and uses the portraits as models for the sculptures.

With the idea of continuity in mind, Prune works hand-in-hand with The Children of Madaifu to support the education of the 8 little girls for a minimum of 3 years thanks to the sale of the 8 original sculptures. In addition, each one of the little girls will be invited to the exhibition in Beijing in order to meet their terracotta double. The girls will also receive a 30 cm artist proof of Prune’s Mini Terracotta Daughter.

Thus, each collector who acquires one of the 8 unique original terracotta sculptures supports the project, as well as 3 years of the education of the little girl depicted in the Artwork.


Terracotta Daughters by Prune Nourry