Sunday Morning Coffee [Biggby’s with Bob]

Ariana Russell’s Sail via DesignBoom

DesignBoom says, “American artist Ariana Russell responds to the unique components of her skin to draw painless, temporary, and ephemeral designs on her body, the designs visible just long enough to photograph the results. Russell has a skin condition called dermatographia…” Read more of the DesignBoom article here.

The image above is an oddly appropriate transitional image from today to tomorrow. Today is the last day of my vacation, I move from bright blue lakes and warm wind back to the chilly bustle of Chicago. I’m cleaning out my email at Lansing, Michigan based Biggby Coffee with lukewarm decaf. Our vacation was wonderful but I’m looking forward to getting back to SAIC and some writing projects. Ta-ta, summer! Enjoy the links below!

Edward Hopper in 3-D via DesignBoom.

A human harp via DesignBoom. This reminds me a bit of Miru Kim’s Naked City Spleen.

A stunning reaction to devastation via DesignBoom.

Gwangju Design Biennale opens on September 6. Read a quick intro via e-flux.

What’s coming up at Doosan Gallery in New York and Seoul.

Next time I’m in Seoul I really need to visit this space.

Sunday Morning Coffee [Ladies in the Limelight]

via Lil Mol’

Maud Lavin write about the “Bad Barbies” Gang for Slate Magazine.

Irina Ionesco pays her daughter Eva Ionesco for the explicit photos the mother published of her daughter when she was a young girl via Art Daily. 

Gwangju Design Biennale appoints Young Hye Lee to be director  for the 2013 Biennale via e-flux.

South Korea nominated their first female president on Wednesday, Park Guen-hye. She is the daughter of former president Park Chung-hee who is responsible for both an economic turn around and a dictatorship-like reign. Some hope that a female president in South Korea will help break down traditional Confucian social boundaries. 

London is getting contemporary Korea crazy!



I wish I were spending the month of June in London. Not because I want to spy on royals and eat scones (does that still happen in London?) but because this month London is looking at the contemporary art scene from South Korea. If you happen to be in London and you have an ounce of my passion for the subject, I hope that you are able to take advantage of these amazing programs:

*A Roundtable on the 9th Gwangju Biennale at the Tate Modern. E-flux gives a nice summary of the biennale listing the curators, themes, and other information.

*The Korean Contemporary Art International Conference: Between Tradition, Modernity, and Globalisation a conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Sunday Morning Coffee (Superbowl Sunday!)


Above is an art homage to the Superbowl at the Indianapolis Museum of Art by Robert Indiana. Enjoy your chili!

I have a VCS Noontime Lecture this Friday in MC 112 South Michigan, Room 501. I’ll be discussing Body Project and I’d love to see you there!

Art Radar‘s third installment of What is ahead for contemporary Asian art, 2012 and beyond? Part III.

The earliest copy of Mona Lisa found at the Prado.

More on the  9th Gwangju Biennale. If I were in Korea I would try to get to one of these workshops.

First Family art stroll.

Paul Gauguin right before he died said, “I have wished to establish the right to dare anything…The public owes me nothing, since my achievement in painting is only relatively good, but the painters–who today profit by this liberty–they owe me something.” Modern Art by Sam Hunter, John Jacobus, and Daniel Wheeler page 44.