Uh-Oh: Frances Stark 1991-2015 at the Hammer Museum previewed in the New York Times.
Azimi, Negar, “Frances Stark and the Art of Narcissim,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, August 31, 2015.
Piejko, Jennifer, “Intimism Isn’t Over: Frances Stark at the Art Institute of Chicago,” Modern Painters, September 2015.
Intimism, a term associated with paintings of domestic scenes filled with family and friends, expertly describes the video and digital offerings in this expansive, beautiful and playful show. Leave it to Stark, best known for “My Best Thing,” a video animation of a relationship formed on Chatroulette, to shed light on the contrast between private and public in our digitized lives.”
MFA No MFA tumblr site, with Fact Sheets
“A Few Good Reasons to Drop Out of Art School,” by Roger White
The New Yorker
“Roski Faculty, Students Call on USC to Prioritize Quality Education Over Profits”
The Artist As Debtor
“The USC Roski Fiasco Points to the Corrosion of Art Education Nationwide,” by Sean J. Patrick Carney,
“First-Year MFA Class Drops Out En Masse at USC,” by Kyle Chayka
“Entire first-year class at USC drops out,” by Morgan Baskin
Screening: My Best Thing
June 11, 2015
The Art Institute of Chicago
Use code FYAFRIEND for free tickets: http://bit.ly/1zJdLoB
“Kelley’s ‘fierce rage at institutions’ also stuck with her. On that note, Ms. Stark is displeased about USC’s acceptance of a $70 million donation from Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to create the Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. But that was a lecture for another time: ‘I’m going to talk about it in really ugly, disgusting detail soon, and I will be sure to invite you all to hear that.’ She showed the view from the parking lot of her L.A. studio of two stumpy, fortress-like buildings off in the distance, the sort of banal, bureaucratic structure that Kelley spent his career sullying, mocking and provoking. ‘It’s called the Twin Towers, it’s the L.A. County Jail,’ she said. ‘And I have a view of it every day when I come to work and leave work. So I think about that a lot—I think about my own freedom and what I can do and what other people can’t do.'”
“Stark Realities: Frances Stark on Mike Kelley at PS1” by Andrew Russeth; read it here.
Complex Education: Paying Homage
A presentation by Frances Stark
Sunday, January 19, 2014
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
more info: http://momaps1.org/calendar/view/483/
“Virtual Curb Crawling, Lurkers & Terrorists Who Just Want to Talk, by Darren Tofts in Alephbet: Essays on Ghost Writing, Nutshells & Infinite Space
“Unmade Beds: Dwelling and Dreamspace” by Kirsty Bell in The Artist’s House: From Workplace to Artwork
My Best Thing will be on view on Vdrome’s website and at MOCA Detroit, Vdrome’s new physical site, from Sep 20-29. Introduced by Lauren Cornell.
* “Vdrome is an online platform that offers regular, high quality screenings of films and videos directed by visual artists and filmmakers, whose production lies in-between contemporary art and cinema. Each screening is presented during a limited period, as in a movie theatre. Vdrome makes available a program of exceptional artists’s films and videos that are selected due to their importance, quality and innovative strength, many of which are only shown in the context of film festivals, exhibitions or specific surveys, being therefore of very limited access. Vdrome is an initiative conceived and promoted by Mousse. Vdrome has a permanent viewing location at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit.”
Both recent and older works, including major videos from the last several years, will be on view at the newly opened Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf. The exhibition opens September 6 at 7pm; all are invited!
About the collection: “The JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is an international private collection of contemporary art with a focus on time-based media art. The collection opened in 2007 and comprises installations, videos, photographs, paintings and sculptures. Each year a different exhibition presents, documents and makes available to the public different aspects of the collection. Key areas of focus include presenting academic analyses of the content of the works, highlighting art-historical references within the collection and revealing connections between individual works.”
More info here.
My Best Thing is screening July 13th and 14th at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London as part of ICA Student Forum’s show Manga Made:
“Looking to establish a reading beyond a Western portrayal of gender in illustration, Manga Made seeks to be reflexive of the concepts explored in the Keep Your Timber Limber exhibition by opening the dialogue to other regions of the world. The display explores different perspectives of identity politics in popular culture, through manga and animation that put forward an alternative viewpoint to what some would call a ‘global queerness’.
This alternative display space will bring together new artworks and publications created for commercial contexts that are not considered ‘art’, yet still challenge specific social, political or stylistic conventions. With manga, graphic novels, and contemporary art works such as Ranma ½ and Futaba-kun Change alongside works such as Pierre Huyghe’s One Million Kingdoms, 2001 and Frances Stark’s My Best Thing, 2011.”
See ICA’s website for more information.
An excerpt of Frances Stark’s 2011 film My Best Thing in on view as part of “Life Work” — an online exhibition curated by Amy Owen for Little Paper Planes.
Frances Stark’s series of cat videos, beginning in 1999, are included in the current group show at White Columns in New York City called “The Cat Show.” More on the White Columns website here. They are also available for viewing on this site, from the Videos page, or at this link: http://francesstark.com/catvideos.html. Also on view at White Columns is a a drawing called Hopefully all of my cat videos… .
Frances Stark is exhibiting a new series of photographs in a two-person feature booth with Marc Foxx Gallery, alongside new paintings by Sanya Kantarovsky.
“To mark the 150th anniversary of the Tube, Art on the Underground has invited 15 leading contemporary artists from countries spanning the UK, USA, Bulgaria, Poland, Germany and South Korea each to create an image for reproduction as a poster and a special limited-edition print. Their individual interpretations of the Tube form a set of images that reflects their many approaches and processes, offering a vibrant contemporary picture of the London Tube – the world’s first underground network. The posters will go up on prominent sites at four central London stations: Gloucester Road, Southwark, St. James’s Park and London Bridge in June.” Read more
Frances Stark to participate in upcoming Carnegie International: “The 2013 Carnegie International brings together 35 artists from 19 countries, including a series of large-scale commissions throughout the museum and beyond. Three major projects join what is, in essence, a conversation among artworks, the museum, and its visitors: an exchange of experiences and perspectives. A playground, designed in 1972, and installed outside the museum entrance, will be contextualized by a richly illustrated exhibition of postwar playground architecture. An ambitious reinstallation of Carnegie Museum of Art’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art will explore the International‘s legacy and unique history. Finally, the 2013 Carnegie International amplifies its ongoing engagement with Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, inaugurated by the Lawrenceville Apartment Talks, which have been ongoing since 2011.”
For more info: http://ci13.cmoa.org/
South London Gallery will screen “Structures That Fit My Opening and Other Parts Considered in Relation to Their Whole” (2006) on May 1st, 7pm. For more info and to reserve tickets visit: http://southlondongallery.org/page/who-runs-may-read-2