Sunday Morning Coffee [Things I’ve been meaning to read/write about]

Image of Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show (source)

Article on Art Radar: nudity to challenge state corruption in China, an interview with Kimsooja (who represents South Korea in the Venice Biennale this year), an interview with Afghanistan’s first female street artist,  and finally, I was thrilled to see an article on Young Sun Han! Hang grew up outside of Chicago (and has since lived all over the world). I had the pleasure of meeting him last year. Some of his work addresses his North Korean heritage.

Last spring I had the privilege of seeing Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show at the MCA in Chicago. The experience was shocking, liberating, energizing, and hands down the most intelligent and provoking work I’ve seen on a stage. I also saw a talk with Lee before the performance and met her briefly afterwards, she was humble, intelligent, and gracious. This week I was thrilled to see a piece about her “We’re Gonna Die” on the New York Times. Here’s a clip about it on NYT (I love that the next clip is about Avenue Q) and Lee’s Viemo stream.

I always enjoy immersive art via DesignBoom.

Have you heard of the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania? The name of the museum doesn’t revel the content of the collection: sex and death. Here’s an article about it from the New Yorker.

Doosan Gallery in Seoul just opened the exhibition The Next Generation. Someone go take a peak for me!

Five films for those who are involved in the arts via Art Radar. I show Un chien Andalou to my students the second day of class!

Hazel Dooney on the gallery system.

Some portraits on DesignBoom: Kim Jong Il framed in pink,  colorful x-rays, and lego heads.

A little bit of nepotism, my sister just moved to England and started a new blog to document the experience with her stunning photography and marvelous writing. She used to write here.


“Supplementary Skins: the female nude in South Korean contemporary art” (Art Radar Asia)

I recently started contributing to Art Radar Asia! See my first two articles here and here. They also asked me to write an article on the female body in contemporary South Korean Art. I focused on Lee Rim, Miru Kim, and Nikki S. Lee for the article but could have included many more artists!

“Even today, artists using the nude figure create a distance between the model and the viewer and convey a sense of modesty. The body, even when fully unclothed, is exposed modestly.”

To read the piece in it’s entirety click here.


Normalizing Naked

Image via Art Asia Pacific

Can you imagine going about your everyday activities nude? Art Asia Pacific ‘s Michael Young wrote about his experience at artist Stuart Ringholt‘s naked tour of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He begins his article describing what he and his wife “wore” in the nude and continues to describe the less than enlightening experience of the tour. Read Young’s account here.

The New York Times’ Mark Whittaker also wrote an account of the tour. Ending on a more uplifting note, the conclusion, was similar to Young’s in that the experience of the art was not enhanced by being naked.

Recently on May 25, in conjunction with the exhibition <laughter>, Apexart in New York City hosted one of Ringholt’s tours.  

Would you go?

Jenny Saville


Another one of my morning reads is Art Daily.  This morning I read an article about Jenny Saville’s new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery.  I think because of my recent post about Alex Meade I immediately wondered if Saville’s figures were painted bodies.  Saville is known for painting and drawing bodies at dramatic angles on huge canvases.


I tried to find Saville’s website, instead I just found many gallery descriptions of her work.  A short excerpt of something Saville said about her work jumped out to me.  my work and research is about the body and moments of un-doing and mixing “conventional” gender.  Of the painting above Saville says, “With the transvestite I was searching for a body that was between genders. I had explored that idea a little in Matrix. The idea of floating gender that is not fixed.” Click here to read the rest.

Self to Product

I’ve been following Hazel Dooney for a long time.  She recently stopped blogging regularly so now her website, email updates and Facebook are how I keep track of her work.  I received an update this morning and wanted to share a paragraph she wrote,

“I never expected to discover within myself an enthusiasm for portraiture. Over the past decade, I’ve been asked many times to undertake portrait commissions and I have always refused. Then, about a year or so ago, I recognised a compelling connection between a long-standing theme of my work – the way advertising and entertainment media influence our identity – and the traditional role of the ‘public’ portrait. I became intrigued by the notion that I could create a reductive but still identifiable ‘idealisation’ of a subject which, like fashion advertising or celebrity portrait photography, might transform their real-world ‘self’ into an emotive ‘product’. As large-scale, gleaming, sexy, and super-real as a good fashion or lifestyle advertisement should be, these portraits might also be unsettling and revelatory, even to their sitters.”

*The photo above is a screen shot I took from the artist’s website

I find the “self” to “product” aspect of her work and her statement very interesting.  Those ideas of course bring me straight to gender representation and roles.  What looks “male” or whats “looks” female?  Of course that question can be seen as purely an inquiry about the actual naked human form but the influence of cultural products, advertising, and so forth can have an even greater impact.