SÃO PAULO BIENAL 2010
Get your tickets now to attend the 29th São Paulo Bienal, Sept. 25-Dec. 12, 2010, which features works by almost 150 artists organized under a notably poetic theme -- "There is always of glass of sea to sail in," a phrase from poet Jorge de Lima’s 1952 The Invention of Orpheus. Organized by general curators Moacir dos Anjos and Agnaldo Farias and co-curators Fernando Alvim, Rina Carvajal, Yuko Hasegawa, Sarat Maharaj and Chus Martinez, the show is wisely designed to celebrate "the artistic" as it affirms art’s social responsibility.
The bienal features a strong Latin American presence, needless to say, but also includes artists from around the world, ranging from Adrian Piper, Aernout Mik, Ai Weiwei and Allan Sekula to Tatiana Trouvé, Tobias Putrih, Yael Bartana and Yto Barrada.
The exhibition takes place at the Ibirapuera Pavilion, but within a venturesome architectural setting. The exhibition space includes six "terreiros," or yards, which double as meeting places and which are inspired by Brazil’s omnipresent plazas and courtyards. The performance terreiro, titled O Outro, O Mesmo (The Other, the Same, a book by Jorge Luís Borges), is designed by architect Carlos Teixeira, while the space for discussions, dubbed Dito, não ditto, interdito (Said, not said, interdicted), is a collaboration between architect Roberto Loeb and graffiti artist Kboco. A space for "breathing, reflection and rest" is being designed by Ernesto Neto.
ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES 2010
Before the art world opens up shop next month, hipsters head up to the Catskills for this year’s edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties at Kuchers Country Club, a borscht-belt relic about an hour and half from the city. Always art-damaged in the best ways possible, the three-day fest is guest-curated this year by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.
The event includes an art show (works by Eric White and Tim Biskup), auteur movies, readings by contemporary writers (including Luc Sante), and enough music to make your ears bleed with ecstasy. Among the attractions are Iggy Pop and the Stooges performing their classic album "Raw Power," Wu Tang Clan veteran Raekwon, and art-world darlings Sonic Youth, but go to see all the bands you’ve never heard of so when you run around the usual glut of openings in the following weeks you’ll actually have something hip to say.
-- Carlo McCormick
SUPERFLEX FREE BEER IN LOS ANGELES
Tom Marioni’s legendary Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art is reprised this month at the Hammer Museum (opening Aug. 28), but first the Danish art collective Superflex (Rasmus Nielsen, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen) is holding a "Free Beer BBQ" for the "L.A. release" of its own Free Beer at 1301PE Gallery on Wilshire at 5-8 pm today, Aug. 16, 2010. It’s the debut of the four-year-old project in the U.S.
Superflex’s Free Beer, which has been presented in several versions at art sites around the globe, is designed to be like open-source software, with a recipe that anyone can use as long as Superflex is credited. The beer is a "classic ale" with one unusual ingredient: Guaraná berries, for "a natural energy boost." Want some via the U.S. Postal Service? Sadly, it may be better as legend than reality, as the website’s buy-online links are out of order.
"TWISTED PAIR" IN PITTSBURGH
Start September with a two-day full immersion in Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, as the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh presents a symposium, "Further Thoughts on the Twisted Pair," Sept. 11-12, 2010, in conjunction with the museum’s current show, "Twisted Pair: Marcel Duchamp / Andy Warhol," May 23-Sept. 12, 2010.
Among the participants are top thinkers in the field, including Hal Foster, Francis Naumann, David Joselit, Ingrid Schaffner, Michael Taylor, Julia Robinson, Jay Curley, Anne Collins Goodyear, James W. McManus, Bradley Bailey and Carroll Janis, as well as a panel of young scholars including Robert Bailey, Mariluz Hoyos and Cindy Lisica. The event also includes an evening performance of Duchamp’s musical works as well as pieces by John Cage. Tickets are $50 a day, or $80 for two days. See www.ticketweb.com.
WOMEN SURREALISTS IN MEXICO CITY
The Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts in Norwich, England, begins the fall season with "Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna," Sept. 28-Dec. 12, 2010, an exhibition focusing on the three women Surrealists who fled war-torn Europe and met in Mexico City in 1943. The work of Carrington (b. 1917), who still lives in Mexico City, and Varo (1908-63) is relatively well-known; the Budapest-born Horna (1912-2000), a photographer who took pictures in Paris and during the Spanish civil war, worked for Mexican newspapers as well as documenting the work and lives of her friends.
A two-day conference is slated for Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2010. The exhibition is organized by Stefan van Raay, Joanna Moorhead and Teresa Arcq for Pallant House Gallery in Chicester, where it is currently on view.
ART: THE HEDONIST’S GUIDE
Artnet Magazine’s trusty London correspondent, Laura K. Jones, has assembled a book that is bound to become required reading this fall. Promising access to the artworld’s "darker reaches" as well as its "enchanting pockets," Hg2 / A Hedonist’s Guide to Art (Hg2, London, $18) features 90 essays on art and hedonism by authors ranging from Norman Rosenthal and Hans Ulrich Obrist to Gilbert & George and Sarah Lucas.
Among the texts are "The Secret History of Modern Art" by Anthony Haden-Guest, "Performance Art on the Auction Block" by Simon de Pury and "Trading in the Sauce for the Sausage" by Mark Gisbourne. Publication is set for Oct. 10, 2010.
NEW GALLERY IN BROOKLYN
Among the things you missed while you were on vacation: The opening on Aug. 15, 2010, of "Parts and Labor" at Soloway, a new artist-run gallery at 348 S. 4th Street in Brooklyn. The joint initiative of artists Paul Branca, Munro Galloway, Pat Palermo and Annette Wehrhahn, Soloway is housed in the former storefront of a plumbing supply store (named Soloway Plumbing and Heating), and the first exhibition has been assembled "in the spirit of renovation." The show features multiples by more than 30 artists, including Sari Carel, Rochelle Feinstein, Margaret and Mary Weatherford, Alex Weinstein and three of the four founders.