Monday, January 28, 2008


That was an unmissable show last night and I'm glad I un-missed it. Thanks to soundguy Andy, it had impeccable sound, and the Mantles upheld their title of the hardest workin' band in show business. Yellow Fever were really fun. They are really early 90's, in a great way. They trade instruments a lot. It's charming that it's so evident that they're from Texas. Cats and Rats is quite a hit, check it out on their myspace. I bought their other 7 inch last night, but now I'm gonna order Cats and Rats. Done, thanks to paypal. Mt. St. Mountain are going to put out their next single.
I caught the last day of the Jeff Wall exhibit (see above) at the sfmoma. Pretty cool, but it didn't make me a big fan. I had read about him and always figured it would help to see them in person, because the scale is so big, and they're exhibited on light boxes, but I was not blown away. The Olafur Eliasson exhibit is interactive and a definite crowd pleaser. It's still there until almost the end of Feb. The next big photo exhibit is a Lee Friedlander one (feb 23rd to may 18th), which is more up my alley. That reminds me, for you artist types out there, if I were to subscribe to one art magazine, which one would you recommend? That moma show inspired me to follow the contemporary art scene more closely, but I don't want to subscribe to some mag that sucks.


josh chapstick said...

How about fART? That's my fave.

Dani said...

Frieze is very good. Purple, even though it features more fashion than art, is also one of the best.

beckler said...
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beckler said...

frieze looks cool, and it seems that most of its content is online so i can just look at it for free. gerhard richter did stain glassed windows for a church in Cologne? There's another reason that Cologne sounds worth a visit.

google that richter window in cologne. it looks great.

Liv Moe said...

Frieze is good! I check out Art Forum a lot too as a good laundry list resource for what's coming up and what's already been.

Parkett is pretty sweet but it's 'spensive and they don't really off much online content.

ANP Quarterly's super good and it's free, free, free. Olipom carries it here in town.

Art Fag City is a great blog. I've found out about so many new artists as a result of PJ. It's mostly New York stuff though.

Klog is a good bay area resource. I read a review of the Eliason show on there that cracked me up. In truth I was pretty disappointed by the OE show. I originally saw his work at the Tate and it rocked my world so I was all antsy for his appearance in SF. I thought the MOMA show for lack of a better word was pretty polite. I think my favorite part of the whole thing was the fan.

More importantly, did you see the Douglas Gordon exhibit while you were at the MOMA?

Nerd out!!!!!!

beckler said...

we did see the douglas gordon, and I thought it was pretty amusing, the sound clips especially made me laugh, even though i can't put my finger on what made them funny, but we were looking at it in a room with about 25 people in there, so everywhere you stood, you felt like you were in front of someone, and every time you tried to listen to the headphones it seemed like someone was waiting for you to be done, so it was hard to get into it. i liked the sexy captain kirk clip and the intensely unsexy lux interior clip

my favorite eliasson thing was the water room because it was fun to figure out what was going on. also, the mirror balcony thing made it possible for me to look up at my butt from way below, which is something that i never thought that i would do. i recommend getting stoned before you go to that show.

Liv Moe said...

i had a lot of favorites in the douglas gordon show. it sucks that it was so crowded. it's definitely a like 4 at a time deal.

i loved the footage of his hands having intercourse with each other, the taxi driver stuff - which i think is on you tube, and the decapitated head footage from about a hundred years ago that was initially shot as an experiment to see how long the brain will react to stimulus after the body is no longer attached.