Tuesday, April 28, 2015

UICA shows us how to take art collecting to the next level

By Rick Beerhorst
Mariano Chavez's "First Date" uses depicts what looks like a page taken straight out of a dusty old science textbook in a chapter exploring the theory of evolution. Chavez has added weird blue spheres and flower bouquets into the hands of our primal ancestors to suggest some kind of cultural transaction may be going off the rails.
MICHIGAN---Could it be that the in an age when many have chosen to put distance between their inherited religious cultures that they may now find connection to the spiritual in the art gallery rather than the mosque, the temple or the church? The current show at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) with the poetic title of "Power Objects: The Future Has a Primitive Heart" provides us with a wonderful example of what it means to build an art collection with a singular vision. If anything the role of art making and art collecting has some how remained the constant.... [link]