Plenty of artists have sought to present art-making—painting and drawing in particular—as a “daily practice,” an activity that is meditative and sustaining as well as exploratory and expressive. The idea reflects well on its proponents, who appear a little less focused on fame and fortune as a result, and closer to joggers or monks in their relentless quest for self-improvement or self-realization. The problem is that the results of all this self-discipline are not inherently interesting to look at. When quality control ceases to be an issue, the rough inevitably cohabits with, and sometimes pushes out, the smooth. Guillermo Kuitca’s intermittently enjoyable but ultimately forgettable “Diarios” at the Drawing Center is a classic example of this all-too-familiar outcome.
In an e-mail to press today, the director of Soho’s Drawing Center, Brett Littman, announced that it will officially reopen to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 7, after being closed for more than a year for extensive renovations and an expansion.
Catherine de Zegher, the director of Soho’s Drawing Center from 1999 to 2006, has been named curator of the next Moscow Biennale, which hits the city in 2013. Baibakov Art Projects’ blog very helpfully shared the news today, which was announced in a Russian-language news release.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced today the inaugural recipients of its Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant program, awarding a total of $800,000 to nine organizations. The winners, picked from 65 applicants, will receive funding ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 to fund the creation of new programs.