The Cycle: A Brief G...

An Original Rant by Randy Gladman for Akrylic.com Seek out a young artist whose work you love.  Find her work online, in a gallery, discussed in magazines, or sprayed on walls in alleyways.  Identify with the intelligence of the work, not just the aesthetics; remember that only new ideas that...

Collecting That Matters: The Art Collection of Alison and Alan Schwartz Jul12

Collecting That Matt...

By Randy Gladman for C Magazine Sheltered from public view and largely unknown, private collections of international contemporary art exist in a nearly invisible secret world. The artworks they contain may have been exhibited at galleries when they were new but they soon disappear from public...

Just Before the Dawn...

Catalogue Essay by Randy Gladman for LE Gallery A vast promise of better times ahead sweeps through the paintings of Matt Bahen.  Earthy and grounded, his allegorical landscape scenes whisper of turning points in history.  These are the moments when all is finally quiet on the northern front...

Video Art in the Dig...

By Randy Gladman The glorious invention of digital editing software and plasma flat screen monitors in the 1990s injected new life into Video Art, a previously anemic and fringe visual culture format that had always struggled to compete with Painting, Photography, and Film, its more alluring...

Why We Collect: The Unique Bond

By Randy Gladman A vast array of analytical essays exists in the blogosphere that seeks to explain why we collect art. Like trying to understand why we fall in love, the gamut of explanations is at once highly diverse yet difficult to nail down. The need for decorative embellishment, the expected investment value, the putting on of sophisticated airs, the desire for direct participation in culture… These certainly affect acquisition decisions and add fuel to the art market fire but they do not explain the emotional, cerebral pleasure collectors receive from their art trophies. Ask anyone who truly values the pieces they have acquired and...

Hydroponic Hot House...

By Randy Gladman Arriving a few days ago in this wealthy city-state at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula in order to attend the third Singapore Biennale, I wondered what type of contemporary arts could thrive in a city whose well-earned reputation is one of fabricated perfection and...

How Street Art is Taking its Seat at the Table of ...

By Randy Gladman The website of the Southeastern Centre for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, recently posted a six-minute long time-lapse video of the production of an onsite mural painted by the artist Dalek (James Marshall) and his team of assistants. Created for the exhibition North Carolina New Contemporary, Dalek’s vibrant and kaleidoscopic abstraction of video-game aesthetics slowly assembles in front of the camera lens to the beat of a jazzy soundtrack. As I watched the video this past Saturday night, with a touch of cabin-fever inspired by the Hoth-like Toronto winter outside my window, I thought about how...

The Three Ring Miami...

By Randy Gladman I’ve resisted attending the annual art carnival that is Art Basel Miami Beach since my last excursion in 2003. From that trip, during the convention’s second iteration, all I remember is a blur of expensive cars, beautiful women at exclusive parties in boutique South Beach...

Interview with Galle...

By Randy Gladman Some management gurus say there is no better time to start a new business than in the belly of a recessionary dip. While cautionary conservatism and fearful retreat seem to characterize conventional behavior during bad days, the contrarian view is that economic slowdowns are...

The Artists Who Wield Ideas Like Burning Torches

By Randy Gladman Contemporary culture is at its best when it is fresh and stuffed with wide-ranging and original ideas. Many of the most interesting contributors to the current arts have a fierce facility with extreme variety. While many of us get trapped in whirlpools where our bright ideas get replayed until they grow dull, great artists move from idea to idea, their notions adjusting in interesting ways at each pivot point. Sometimes the changes they push are vertical in that the artist dives deeper and deeper into a concept, unveiling ever-richer interpretations and aesthetics or carrying hot ideas across boundaries into new mediums....

Inquisition of Conra...

By Randy Gladman Mexican beer company Dos Equis recently ran a wonderful advertising campaign, presenting “The Most Interesting Man in the World”. In these radio and television spots, a dignified, slightly accented, well-dressed, rough yet sophisticated man is described in impossibly exciting...

Rewind: Dalek

By Randy Gladman Dalek’s first solo exhibition in Canada introduced Toronto audiences to a Brooklyn-based member of a large underground urban art movement that is attracting attention in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. While the group is still effectively unnamed, the members of this...

Matt Bahen at Moore ...

By Randy Gladman One of the strange and disappointing characteristics of the Toronto art scene is the way our local and national art critics have a knack of missing important exhibitions. In 2004, Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini, hosted a museum quality posthumous exhibition of the work of Joseph...

Viet Art Forum Inter...

The important Vietnamese contemporary art blog Viet Art Forum, based in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), interviewed Randy Gladman via email in March 2009.  Viet Art Forum seeks to educate Vietnamese artists on how to promote their careers internationally. PHỎNG VẤN: An Interview with Art Critic...

Sign Language: A Brief Explanation of the Work of ...

By Randy Gladman Popular understanding of human history is often given chronological shape by dividing the time we have spent on this planet into various eras defined by our most significant technological innovations.The Stone Age, for instance, marks a broad prehistoric time when humans made their first technological advances, widely using stone for toolmaking. As our ancestors discovered the benefits of metal, the Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages followed. More recent eras are characterized by the development of highly sophisticated and complex achievements in culture and science; the Age of Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the...