Bad at Sports
Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, badatsports.com focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.

This week: Live from Volta 2014 Duncan, Amanda, and Richard talk to:

Saul Ostrow Founder and President
David Goodman Secretary and Director of Projects and Programs
Susan Bowman Treasurer and Director of Design and Communication

of Critical Practices!

 

MISSION

CPI, founded in 2010 and incorporated in 2012, was established to support the emergence and development of new practices within the field of cultural production. We believe that the producers of critical culture are a community whose needs for peer discourse and engagement are underserved by current institutional conventions. Operating outside of normative institutional and marketplace models, CPI uses the common objectives, goals, and concerns of a diverse community of producers as its point of departure for programming. Our intent is to create a dynamic network and platform for the diverse points of view necessary to shape and sustain critical, theoretical, and artistic practices.

 

HISTORY

CPI has an auspice genealogy.  Former artist (now Critic and Curator) Saul Ostrow has occupied the loft space at 162 West 21 Street since 1974. When he first moved to Chelsea, he shared this space with Rick Witter who worked for the gallery OK Harris, and the photographer Larry Topper.  In the 1970s during the winter months Sunday Salons were held at which participants would show films give slide presentations or talk on topics of interest, as well as drink tea and coffee, and  mingle.  Annually two Parties where held: one in the Fall, celebrating the beginning of the art season the other in late June marking its end. By the end of the 70s Topper, and Witter had moved out and the “Loft.” For a year or so, the artists Diane Mayo, Rex Lau, and John Wallace occupied it.  In 1979, Saul Ostrow moved back into the Loft and through the 80s had  a succession of roommates that included Jack Tilton, Donald Lipski, Muna Tseng, Eric Bass, Tseng Kwong Chi, and David Clarkson.  Between 2003 – 05 it served as the studio of the painter Shirley Kaneda.  In 2006, Ostrow moved back into the Loft. In 2011, a exhibition of works from the 1968-70 by the painter Don Dudley, was mounted for his 80th birthday party. With this event the 21ST.PROJECTS program was founded as a by-appointment-only project space.

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This week: Richard talks to Susan Blackman president of Art Advisory Ltd. about what it takes to be an art advisor, what they do and how they could sell your work!

 

http://www.artadvisoryltd.com/index.html

 

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This week: Neysa Page-Lieberman and Amy Mooney tell us about Risk! Dana B. of What's the T with Dana B kicks off her series from the Material Art Fair 2014 live from Mexico City!

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This week: This week, our resident feminist commentator Patricia Maloney sits down with one of her heroes, the Los Angeles–based artist Andrea Bowers to talk about her solo exhibition, Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, on view through April 13, 2014 at the Pitzer College Art Galleries and Pomona College Museum of Art in Southern California. #sweetjane explores the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case and the social media–driven activism that brought the young men responsible to trial in two distinct ways. At Pitzer is a 70-foot long drawing of the text messages sent between the teenagers in the 48 hours following the assault on the young woman who is known in the media and throughout the trial as Jane Doe. At Pomona is a video installation comprised of appropriated media footage and billboard-size photographs of disguised Anonymous protestors at the trial. Taken together, the installations create an incredibly damning document, not only of the events and of the young men, who were depicted sympathetically by the media, but also of the significant tolerance in this country around sexual assault.Bowers’ activities in creating this work reflect the fluidity between art and activism that is a hallmark of her practice, as well as her belief that art can bear witness to the individual gestures and commitments that collectively enact significant social change.

 

 

 

An abridged text version of this conversation will be published by our friends at Art Practical  on March 27, 2014.

 

 

 

Andrea Bowers received her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 1992. Solo exhibitions include: Secession, Vienna, Austria; REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA; and the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Sammlung Goetz, Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

 

 

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This week: Wanna know what Coagula firestarter Mat Gleason and formalist Max Estenger thought about the Whitney? They're happy to tell you. At least one painter Richard used to work with is likely to drop Mat from his Christmas card list. Mat doesn't mind.

Things go far off the rails, drinks are spilled, accusations are made, someone's mom's toilet paper consumption is discussed, punk rock is sung badly and, I shit you not,  we meet Marcel Duchamp's illegitimate son on mic during the interview and he looks EXACTLY like dad. Even Mat with his lifetime of navigating LA culture and subculture admits "this is some serious weirdness". Without question the most out-of-control interview we've ever done, and the most painstaking edit in 450 shows, it is a classic. You think this is unfocused and wacky, it started life clocking in over 2 hours. Bootlegs for sale in the lobby at the merch table.

Read Mat Gleason's review of the Whitney:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mat-gleason/insiders-are-not-outsider_b_4919996.html

See Max Estenger's show: www.johnmolloygallery.com

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This week: Katy Hamer, who in addition to her superior intellect and charm ALSO has stamina. So she demonstrates that stamina in our bed... and by bed we mean our bed booth at VOLTA in NYC this past weekend during which she tells us all about the art fairs. What did you think we meant? What the hell is wrong with you, we don't roll like that. Well, okay there was that time at a certain campingy art residency but I was drunk and I didn't know it was a sheep. But Katy should have her good name sullied by associationw with us! She is a talented writer and critic, how dare you.

Read her wildly impressive blog:

http://eyes-towards-the-dove.com

 

 

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This week live from the CAA conference 2014,  we welcome Adrienne Klein, Deborah Robinson, Paul Thomas, Paul Catanese, and Claire Pentecost to discuss what the heck the space of "interdisciplinary art" means, why it maters to all art made today, and how do we teach it?

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This week: CAA continues with our interview with Dushko Petrovich and Roger White, founders of Paper Monument on the wild and wooly world of foundations!


Paper Monument is a print journal of contemporary art published by n+1 and designed by Project Projects. Paper Monument relies on the support of our readers. We also receive financial support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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This week: Duncan and Richard at CAA 2014! We talk to Michael Rakowitz in the first of what will eventually be a multiple interview series, this time we discuss his work The Breakup, currently on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Next Richard's new hero Jenna Frye on Makerness, BAS pal, artist, curator Jesse Malmed on WACH, and art book genius Matthew Smith of http://arenotbooks.com/.

This show is an epic. E P I C. So we put our hands up like the CAA can’t hold us.

Who on Earth eats spearmint gummy. Yuck.

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This week: Live from Miami, well it was broadcast live at the time, whatever, anyways, Sharon Louden!!

Sharon M. Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

Sharon Louden's work has also been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as other publications. She has received a grant from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and has participated in residencies at Tamarind Institute, Urban Glass and Art Omi.

Louden's animations continue to be screened and featured in many film festivals and museums all over the world. Her animation, Carrier, premiered in the East Wing Auditorium of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in March, 2011 in a historical program of abstract animation since 1927. Sharon also premiered a new animation titled, Community, at the National Gallery of Art in the program, "Cine Concert: Abstract Film and Animation Since 1970" on September 8, 2013.

Louden was commissioned by the Weisman Art Museum to make a site-specific work in dialogue with Frank Gehry's new additions to the museum. Entitled Merge, this solo exhibition consisted of over 350,000 units of aluminum extending over a 3,000 square foot space and was on view from October 2011 through May 2012. This piece was then reconfigured and permanently installed in Oak Hall at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT and completed in January, 2013.

Also in 2013, Louden received a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in the category of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design.

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition of new work including Community (the animation that premiered at the National Gallery of Art), as well a site-specific installation, painting, drawing and sculpture at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York in October through November, 2013. Currently on view is  a solo exhibition of Louden's paintings and drawings at Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary Art in Birmingham, Alabama, which will run through February 16, 2014.

Sharon Louden has taught for more than 20 years since graduating from Yale in 1991. Her teaching experience includes studio and professional practice classes to students of all levels in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Colleges and universities at which she has lectured and taught include: Kansas City Art Institute, College of Saint Rose, Massachusetts College of Art, Vanderbilt University and Maryland Institute College of Art. Sharon currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art in New York City. Last summer, Sharon taught experimental drawing and collage in the School of Art at Chautuaqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

In addition to teaching at the New York Academy of Art, Sharon also conducts a popular Lecture Series where she interviews luminaries and exceptional individuals in the art world and from afar.

Louden is also the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. The book is already on its fourth printing since the first run sold out before its official release on October 15th, and has been #1 on Amazon.com's Bestseller List of Business Art References. It was also on Hyperallergic's List of Top Art Books of 2013Recent press includes an interview in Hyperallergic blogazine, "How do Artists Live?"

A book tour started on November 2, 2013 which includes Sharon Louden and other contributors visiting cities across the United States and in Europe through 2015.  Highlights include an event in the Salon at the Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair this past December, 2013 as well as a discussion and book event at the 92nd St Y in New York and a panel discussion at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC in January, 2014. For more information on the book tour, please click here

In addition, she continues to conduct Glowtown workshops in schools and not-for-profit organizations across the country. Louden is also active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers.

Sharon is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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