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Color-Aid at Wasserman Projects @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — Color-themed exhibitions often indicate a sense of slapdash or uninspired curatorial practice, which is why it was surprising to hear that Wasserman Projects was mounting Color-Aid for its summer program. Director Alison Wong, an artist in her own right, has never been known to phone it in, so the real question was: How can […]

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Michele Oka Doner at Wasserman Projects @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — The exhibition Fluent in the Language of Dreams at Wasserman Projects picks up a project that Michele Oka Doner began 40 years ago. Doner is a native Floridian, but spent almost two decades in Michigan, pursuing degrees at University of Michigan and setting up an experimental studio practice. It was at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) that Doner first […]

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“Homemade Ice Cream” at Wasserman Projects @ Hyperallergic

For artist Jason Yates, mounting a solo show in Detroit is a homecoming of sorts. Fitting, then, that Homemade Ice Cream, a series of large-scale, interrelated, interdisciplinary sculptures, creates a life-sized playhouse of disturbing, funny, and monochrome domestic scenes. “It’s nothing if not kind of a weird retrospective of all my stuff,” Yates said during […]

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“City of Queen Anne’s Lace” at Wasserman Projects @ Art OnCuba, Issue #15

When you live in a place ruled by the shifting whims of nature, you learn to adjust to forces that exist beyond human control. In this sense, Detroit was an unlikely birthplace for the industrial era, with its goal of keeping automobiles rolling off the assembly line in a precisely timed cadence. The interplay and […]

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After Industry at Wasserman Projects @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — It is fitting that After Industry, a three-person show at Wasserman Projects concerned with the relationship between man and nature, came together, in the words of gallery director Alison Wong, “organically.” Yet the synthesis of three masters of divergent media — Italian sculptor Willy Verginer, Norwegian painter Christer Karlstad, and Michigan-based photographer Jason DeMarte — […]

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“Energy/Mass” at Wasserman Projects @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — According to artist Koen Vanmechelen, the chicken is the most domesticated animal in the world. “It gives us a lot of food — protein and eggs,” said Vanmechelen in an interview with Hyperallergic. “But another interesting part is that it also stands for culture, because in every country, we started to breed a […]

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Esther Shalev-Gerz at Wasserman Projects @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — “In Detroit, you can do things — and you must do things — that are different than anywhere else,” said Gary Wasserman, the founder of Wasserman Projects, one of Detroit’s newest galleries. He was addressing a full house at an artist talk for the current exhibition Space Between Time, a career survey of […]

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NKOTB – Wasserman Projects & David Klein Gallery @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — As the saying goes: be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. For years, participants in Detroit’s close-knit art scene have pointed to the underlying struggle: there is space, there are makers, and there are scenesters, but buyers are few to be found. The dearth of art-buying capital within city […]

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New players on the scene! Read all about it @ Knight Arts Blog

Expansion, diversity and cultural exchanges with other cities are all hallmarks of a thriving art scene. With new arts infrastructure falling into place and a roster of fresh players emerging on the landscape, Detroit is making great strides toward all three. One indication that perceptions about Detroit’s potential as an art market are shifting is […]

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