“Are we gonna go on video?” the artist Frances Stark asked us when we caught up with her on Skype a few weeks ago. She was back in Los Angeles—she teaches at the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California there—after being in New York for the opening of “Osservate, leggete con me,” her show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village that runs through April 21.
“I didn’t know if that was the plan,” we typed back. “Your call!”
“Well let’s start out this way…”
Piss Christ photographer Andres Serrano’s new series “Anarchy,” debuts next month at the Armory Show at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art’s booth. The photographer is returning to photographing figurines, as he did in his earliest work, though with a new subject: war. The Hanging shows a figurine hanging from a tree, while Level of Disobedience has a hooded man being held up at gun-point. “It’s disconcerting because the toys are not necessarily playing nice,” said Serrano. “They allude to death, war, disaster, confusion and abomination. But children don’t really play nice with their toys when they bash them or instruct them to kill.”