Looking at the garish and the free

| May 10, 2007

Looking at the garish and the free

by Monty Dipietro

Let’s face it, there really is nothing like the face. Lovers dream of faces, poets stretch and struggle to juggle the words so that they might capture and communicate a countenance. Even businesspeople, the ultimate pragmatists, will travel across towns or oceans — when ...

The satellite in the room

| Apr 26, 2007

The satellite in the room

by Monty Dipietro

The NSAT-110 is a Japanese telecommunications satellite built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems and launched in October 2000 from French Guiana on an Ariene 4 rocket into a geostationary orbit some 35,000 km above Indonesia. Plywood, as you probably know, is a bonded-composite ...

Something for everyone

| Apr 12, 2007

Something for everyone

by Monty Dipietro

Fine art collecting being widely regarded as a pursuit of the privileged, one can appreciate the trepidation of the everyman regarding the auction and gallery scene. These almost sacrosanct environments, of hushed tones, thin goatees and Ermenegildo Zegna, moderated by the arcane ruminations of ...

We make great pets

| Mar 22, 2007

We make great pets

by Monty Dipietro

Imagine if you will a female Japanese artist who dresses as a hamster and scurries round amid wood chips and scraps of torn paper, wide-eyed, nibbling on croissant-size, cookie-dough “sunflower seeds.” Yes, in this city with its insatiable sweet tooth for art, it does ...

The Germans come to play

| Mar 8, 2007

The Germans come to play

by Monty Dipietro

In most all of the world’s larger cities, traditionally the grandest buildings have been religious in orientation. As places of congregation, they were necessarily characterized by large open spaces. As conduits to the spiritual, their design included surging spires, pagodas or minarets. The current ...

Blood, guts and bathing

| Feb 8, 2007

Blood, guts and bathing

by Monty Dipietro

Colonialism leaves a peculiar scar. As generations pass and ethnicities merge, the distinction between indigenous and invader becomes increasingly blurred until it is impossible for either side to regard the other without finding something of themselves reflected there. Some 500 years after the arrival ...

A great space waiting to be filled

| Jan 25, 2007

A great space waiting to be filled

by Monty Dipietro

Wow. It’s huge. Proposed during the halcyon optimism of the bubble era and constructed during a period of economic slowdown almost a generation later, the National Art Center, Tokyo has finally opened and is positioned to be the jewel in the crown of the ...

Rooms for art

| Jan 11, 2007

Rooms for art

by Monty Dipietro

The hotel, be it flophouse or five-star, is what distinguishes cosmopolitan man from the nomad. Yes, it may be a humdrum need for shelter and food that brings us to hotels. But when we slip into that unfamiliar room, and for one night make ...

Suspended in abstraction

| Nov 23, 2006

Suspended in abstraction

by Monty Dipietro

‘Maybe there are too many things in Tokyo,” says Katsuhiro Saiki, “because for me, New York City is the only place where I can relax — although I think it could be said that there are too many artists in New York City.” Best ...