MBG Issue #191: Tickets, Please

Issue # 191Tickets, PleaseMay 29, 2012share with a friend:Joachim Koester, To navigate in a genuine way, into the unknown necessitates an attitude of daring, but not one of recklessness (movements generated from the Magical Passes of Carlos Castaneda), 2009, still from 16mm film. Courtesy of Joachim Koester, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin.from the editorIt’s hard for me to imagine a more thankless … Read More

MBG Issue #190: My Parrot Can Talk, Can Your Honor Student Fly?

Issue # 190My Parrot Can Talk, Can Your Honor Student Fly?May 16, 2012share with a friend:Installation view of the Repair Station (with Sam Ratanarat’s hands) in SPACE PROGRAM: MARS by Tom Sachs at Park Avenue Armory. SPACE PROGRAM: MARS is co-produced by Creative Time and Park Avenue Armory. Photo by Genevieve Hanson, NYC. from the editorCoffee in hand it’s time to wade into the rising tide of … Read More

MBG Issue #189: Beer Here! Get Your Beer Here!

Issue # 189Beer Here! Get Your Beer Here!May 4, 2012share with a friend:Daniel Firman, Butterfly, 2007-2010, Galerie Perrotin, Frieze Art Fair 2010 in Regent’s Park, London. Photo by Linda Nylind for Frieze.from the editorUnder no circumstance did I set out to write this weeks letter about art fairs. Our recommendation this week, with the warranted reservations and skepticism, of Frieze New York … Read More

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MBG Issue #188: The Return Of The Really Really Realest Real

Issue # 188The Return Of The Really Really Realest RealApril 20, 2012share with a friend:Original postcard image by Mike Monteiro.from the editorAfter attending a 35mm screening of Canadian-filmmaker David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983) last weekend, my relationship to the screens in my life has become a little more uneasy. Cronenberg’s hallucinatory look into the pervading—some might say dehumanizing—influence of technology and its eventual … Read More

MBG Issue #187: Two Helpings Of The Future, Yes Please

Issue # 187Two Helpings Of The Future, Yes PleaseApril 6, 2012share with a friend:Andy Coolquitt, chair w/paintings, Lisa Cooley, March 30 – May 6, 2012. Photo: Cary Whittier.from the editorWhen I sat down on Sunday evening to watch Morley Safer’s 60 Minutes exposé on the contemporary art world I went in with low expectations. His first story, circa-1993, hadn’t set a very high … Read More

MBG Issue #186: Paging Sun Ra, Place Is The Space

Issue # 186Paging Sun Ra, Place Is The SpaceMarch 23, 2012share with a friend:Gabriel Kuri, rr, 2012, Steel, concrete, lacquer paint, 6 ¼ x 78 ¾ x 47 ¼ inches. © the artist. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.from the editorAs I find myself in the frenetic last week of my stay in Omaha, the idea of place has once again … Read More

MBG Issue #185: Self-Bursting Buckyball

Issue # 185Self-Bursting BuckyballMarch 9, 2012share with a friend:Desert Dome at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. Image courtesy Henry Doorly Zoo.from the editorWhen I stepped away from teaching and the trappings of academia two years ago, I readily admit to some fairly aggressive abdominal butterflies. At that point I’d been in school, in some form or another, for my entire existence—moving … Read More

MBG Issue #184: Hall of Mirrors

Issue # 184Hall of MirrorsFebruary 24, 2012share with a friend:Yael Bartana, 22. The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection, 2008, Black and white photograph, 15 3/8 x 23 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.from the editorWe talk a lot about democracy in this country. Much is made of our high-minded ideals of inclusivity, tolerance, choice and the freedom from intrusion … Read More

MBG Issue #183: If This Is An Avalanche Make Me A Skier

Issue # 183If This Is An Avalanche Make Me A SkierFebruary 10, 2012share with a friend:Sherrie Levine, Crystal Skull, 2010, Cast Glass, 5 1/2 x 7 x 4 1/2 inches, ©Sherrie Levine. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.from the editorMuch has been written about our dwindling attention spans in the face of the digital deluge. Our brains are apparently in … Read More