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20150904155554-expo-1-daniel EXPO Chicago: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Daniel Buren, Mickalene Thomas, Oh My!   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/4/15

One of our favorite fairs of the year is fast approaching and EXPO Chicago is pulling out all the stops. With their full programming recently announced, we thought it wise to give a little primer of what to see and what to do. First off, Daniel Buren, famed polychromatic installation artist will contribute a large work to be hung from the rafters as part of the IN/SITU program, curated by the Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin, Louis Grachos. Buren will also contribute an outdoor installation which will stay in C... [more]

20150904083219-screen_shot_2015-09-04_at_10 Art or Not?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/3/15

Art or Not? Most of the art we feel is impressive is the art that doesn't feel possible. The corollary seems to be that the art that doesn't feel probable should also impress us: but when we see improbable art, our usual reaction is something like "I could have done that." The inevitable infuriating response "but you didn't, did you?" loops us back to the start. Is an artistic action enough in itself? What would all those could-have-been artworks look like? This week: art, or knot? (Or art and kno... [more]

20150829174758-ntdxp5z0mpe83thrcq4pldkxostc3zr7eb-d5kaxt9o The Best Public Art Installations & Murals Around the World This Season   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/29/15

One of the best things I read about the status of art in the public space this year was written by Edo Dijksterhuis, covering Taturo Atzu's rooftop intervention on Amsterdam's oldest church: "It becomes like urban furniture, not something people notice. No one seems to care about monuments or how they’re perceived, whether they’re perceived at all. It takes a conscious effort to really see them again." This really made me think: public art is a huge commitment, but it's true—i... [more]

20150901185618-brenda-goodman-_euff_-2015 This Is What Tomorrow Looks Like: On Painting   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/1/15

Michael Heizer once wittily described the Fall art season as the art world equivalent to duck hunting season, with collectors and viewers returning from their summer homes hungry for new art experiences. While it might seem a bit of a stretch, and maybe a little deprecating to the artist ducklings, there is some truth to that feeling of anticipation we have of wanting to see what is going on after the dog days of August. Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2008, Oil and paper on canvas, 78 3/4 x 94 1/2... [more]

20150901210131-5 The Best Non-Profits Art Spaces in San Francisco   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/1/15

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrunity of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. This summer, we're seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the third stop... [more]

20150902125211-9781784781453-3c43f56110e45fe20ec30f98d3e269bd Interview: Hal Foster on Bad New Days   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/1/15

Hal Foster's new book, Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency, is set for release on Tuesday, September, 8. In it, Foster, Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, works through art's recent history to find what is and isn't working within the arts. Considering recent paradigms of art ranging from "abject" to "post-critical," Foster uses his plain, incisive style to help locate the failures of contemporary art in hopes that more novel and critical art can come to the f... [more]

20150903123839-55_xenopolis04 Top 15 Exhibitions in Europe and the Middle East This Fall   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/30/15

It's time to emerge from our summer carapace and get on the gallery trail again. ArtSlant's editors and writers have been sifting through the torrents of press releases and Facebook events to find the best September has to offer—from the big institutes to the alternative art venues that might not be on your radar. How do we decide what makes it into our top 15? Of course, there are many good exhibitions to be found outside of this necessary reduction, but our editorial staff have an eye f... [more]

20150827120407-screen_shot_2015-08-27_at_1 Knock-Off Art and Tales of Artistic Production in Advanced Capitalism   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/27/15

I was recently at an art fair where one gallery—that shall remain nameless—presented the work of a young artist in a solo booth. The work, while distinct in some ways, was at the very least derivative of Anish Kapoor’s wall mounted discs. Enameled aluminum panels in sweeping gradients, they were perfectly suited to the market of the fair: take it home, put it on a wall. They were robust, large works that shouted “wealth.” Sold for $800-$2000 apiece. By the third da... [more]

20150827094446-20150805013858-katybinks_studio_2 Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/27/15

In today's mode of techno-voyeurism, we're constantly peeking into the factory to see how the sausage is made. The artist's studio has always had an allure, the inchoate site of creativity, the setting for private practice—like an escort's boudoir, the biggest mystery is, what do they do when they're alone in there? We zoom in closer to see what artists keep on their most personal work space: their desk. What does it reveal about them, or about their art? We invite artists from very different... [more]

20150828095133-screen_shot_2015-08-28_at_10 Art or Not?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/27/15

Art or Not? Visitors to the museum or fine art institution are often concerned about being the butt of an artist's joke, not privy to some marketing ploy, where they are statiscial cogs in a machine churning out money for ideas. But wouldn't it be a fine thing if we could make artworks out of experience—removing the need for product, structure, and market, altogether? This week: Awkward mishaps happen. But which of the images described below is a clandestine capture of a situation staged by a very ra... [more]

20150826205800-the_broad_photo_by_iwan_baan_4854 The Broad Collection: Inside LA's New Free Art Museum with Director Joanne Heyler   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/26/15

The Broad Museum’s September 20 opening in downtown Los Angeles is just under a month away. “You had to remind me of that,” Joanne Heyler laughs—her humility doesn’t quite feel nervous, more pragmatic. If there is anyone capable of executing the huge task ahead, it’s her. “Ars longus, vita brevis. I’m living that,” says Heyler, describing her long-standing career with the Broads. Heyler began working at The Broad Art Foundation back in 1989, and... [more]

20150825101829-nerman_-_spring_2015-7122 Amir H. Fallah Creates a Portrait in Cactus and Lava Lamps in The Caretaker   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Amir H. Fallah at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art May 28th - September 27th
Posted 8/25/15

Amir H. Fallah’s portraits resemble the site of an archaeological dig. When Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb, the young pharaoh’s body was wrapped in shrouds with his material possessions painstakingly arranged around him. Likewise, Fallah incorporates everyday objects from a subject’s home into ornate, unconventional portraits that obscure the figure’s face, finding profound connections in the seemingly mundane and charm in the ugly. It’s not coincidental t... [more]

20150824103011-20150824013023-untitled-7 The Best B Movies About the Art World   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/23/15

When art and artists appear as a subject in cinema, it's typically in the form of a too lengthy/too sexy biopic (think: Mr. Turner or Frida) or a hyperbolic thriller that suffuses the cliché of scintillating glamor with filthy corruption (The Thomas Crown Affair, anyone?) The big screen is always attracted to prurience, but there are some movies in the straight-to-dvd crate that, whether they present artifice or archetype, deserve to be revived for the morsels of wisdom they impart abou... [more]

20150818164950-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Nicole Miller   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/18/15

Welcome to the eighth installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?" Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman Episode Eight | Nicole Miller: Conducting Subjectivity Laughing yoga (4:00) The audience completes the work (5:45) S... [more]

20150820001120-dmitry-enteo Moscow Orthodox Protester Smashes Soviet Era Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/20/15

Sculptures We Do Not See, an exhibition showcasing Soviet Era art, opened last Friday at Moscow's Manege Center. The exhibition included works from participants of the LeSS group, active in parallel to conventional art of the Soviet era, including artists such as Vadim Sidur, Nikolai Silis, and Vladimir Lemport. Topics surrounding the works include religious themes—a censored subject during Russia’s Soviet reign between 1922 and 1991. Decades after creation, and the sculptures stil... [more]

20150821112610-screen_shot_2015-08-21_at_12 Art or Not?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/20/15

Art or Not? The internet has taken a lot of art out of its context, so that it floats in mass visual culture. When we look at art out of context, how does it appear? Do the texts that tag along with it become more necessary or block the pure usufruct of art? This week: standard lamp, or serious lampoon? #1 The artist often draws upon the quirky banalities of his own autobiographic existence to develop his sculptures and performances. His work merges art and life with a comedic twist that is instantaneously... [more]


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