Showing posts from March, 2009

Unica Zürn at the Drawing Center | Preview by Jill Conner

In 2006 the Halle Saint-Pierre of Paris exhibited over 100 drawings and watercolors by Unica Zürn, reviving her vast collection of work as an overlooked extension of Art Brut. Zürn was known, initially, as the wife of Surrealist artist Hans Bellmer and spent much of her life reeling from tragedies that tore at the core of her own identity. Born in Berlin, Germany on July 6, 1916 after the start of World War I, Zürn became the embodiment of Berlin Modern, the Weimer society of the Post World War I era, that flourished and crumbled, attracting artists and writers from different countries while the larger populace was torn asunder by the economic fall-out generated by war reparations.

In 1929 when Zürn was thirteen years old, her family’s house, situated in Berlin-Grunewald, was auctioned off with all of its furnishings intact, signifying the loss of her family’s middle class status. Not very long after, she and members of her family became involved with the National Socialist Party. …

Gary Rough at Cindy Rucker Gallery | Review by Jill Conner

When the art market was booming, everyone wanted to be visible. To be seen was to be known, and in the world of it’s not WHAT you know but WHO you know, opportunities bounded forth. As the art community continues to work in the shadow of the decadent era that came to a screeching halt once the financial markets fell apart, it is establishing a new location quite prominently throughout the internet rather than at bars, cafes, magazines and advertisements. In fact, social networking sites like Facebook have connected many disparate art critics and artists with one another, allowing for a series of interesting conversations. Gary Rough’s exhibition at NUMBER 35 entitled “I Want To Tell You” focuses on the odd yet disappointing contradictions that arise when freedom and ownership collide.

Within the gallery’s tiny space, that is slightly larger that a postage stamp, Rough covered each wall with torn pages from a small paperback book: George Orwell’s fictional narrative 1984. Publish…