At the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s “People’s Biennial,” curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann have selected a group of established artists to, in turn, choose their own non-art world collaborators. But “outsider art” hardly begins to cover the kinds of creative practices on display.
It’s not a new idea to try and recreate the artist’s studio inside the gallery. “Material Affair,” though, fortunately proves that the idea can be carried out in a way that doesn’t fetishize the artistic process. “Material Affair” presents the artist’s studio not as a clichéd, Joyce Pensato-style, paint-splattered sanctuary, but alternately as a workshop, a storage facility, and a place of compiling and categorizing that contemporary, multidisciplinary artists will certainly find true to life.
I spent a few days in Grand Rapids looking at the juried and public prize finalists at ArtPrize. ArtPrize describes itself as a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.Basically, it’s a city wide exhibition in which the public and a jury vote on their favorite art works. The top winner of the juried and public vote prize takes home $200,000. The top winner for category prizes takes home $20,000.
In case you’re wondering what I thought of the finalists, I spent a bit of time on TV talking about each of them. The winners, I haven’t weighed in on until now. A few thoughts: