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20160429110742-20160428180617-kerryjamesmarshall_20160421_072 To You, From Me // Meditations on the Poetics of Revolution: A Letter to Kerry James Marshall   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Kerry James Marshall at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) April 23rd - September 25th
Posted 4/29/16

I. I don’t subscribe to transcendental notions, generally. I like for things to be firmly rooted in reality and then negotiate from there. I’m not evading, trying to avoid, or trying to distance myself from anything. Let’s get in it. As most of us recognize...no matter how dire circumstances seem to be for human beings, we always find a way to preserve the capacity for joy and the capacity for pleasure at the same time that we’re negotiating disturbing and troubling c... [more]

20160428183217-img_8982 The Exhibition Speaking Out Against Honor Killings in Kuwait   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Maha Al-Asaker, Zahra (Zouz The Bird) Al-Mahdi, Musa Al-Shadeedi, Zuhair Alsaeed, Amani Althuwaini, Tagreed Al Bagshi, Mehdi Darvishi, Thuraya Lynn Al Jasem, Deena (Machina) Qabazard, Farah Salem, Tarek Sultan at JAMM Art Gallery April 28th - May 8th
Posted 4/28/16

Five thousand women are murdered annually by their fathers, sons, brothers, or husbands in so-called honor killings. Or at least that’s the most widely cited number, derived from a UN estimate in 2000, the last time an official study was done. The real number, according to experts like Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini, who has covered the subject for over 20 years, is likely much larger. Honor killings are often considered an internal family issue; they’re a highly sensitive topic, a... [more]

20160425093146-nm_2016_gripgrabstacksqueeze_install3_bf_web1 Nathan Mabry: Postmodernist Sculpture for a Modernist's World   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Nathan Mabry at Cherry and Martin April 2nd - May 14th
Posted 4/25/16

Nathan Mabry’s exhibition gripgrabstacksqueeze, at Cherry and Martin, opens with a black, partially abstract, figurative sculpture suggestive of indigenous art placed on an oil drum. The upper half of this totemic form seems to have emerged from the drum, its dark and glutinous texture reminiscent of tar. With this opening work, Mabry succinctly kicks off the show with a meditation on the fetishism of early peoples and their artifacts, as well as the loss of these cultures as a result of m... [more]

20160420121845-mlamar_one_archives_003 M. Lamar Turns a "Negrogothic" Lens onto Black Masculinity and the White Gaze   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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M. Lamar at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives April 15th - July 30th
Posted 4/20/16

In Funeral Doom Spiritual, a multimedia installation that recently opened at ONE Gay and Lesbian National Archives at the USC Libraries, artist and composer M. Lamar confronts themes of Black masculinity, collective trauma, and the white gaze through his singular “Negrogothic” vision. Combining Lamar’s operatic sounds, sadomasochistic visuals, and lots of smoke, the exhibition’s multichannel black-and-white videos are beautifully Gothic, yet also haunted by symbols of racial violence, slavery,... [more]

20160413122311-hw_s_night Revisiting LA’s Contested Development: Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Shapes Its New Neighborhood, for Better and Worse   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/13/16

Walking down the nonlinear streets in Downtown’s Arts District, Traction Avenue looks about the same today as it did two weeks ago, but it’s changed a lot from how it looked last summer, when I first reported on the gentrification and development of the area. Storefronts and tenants continue to shuffle—the retail space 12345 once occupied has sat empty with a “For Lease” sign in its window since August; District Gallery is gone; Traction Avenue Gallery closed down a fe... [more]

20160413142406-event_listeners As Authentication, Currency, and Inspiration, Bitcoin Finds a Growing Share in the Art Market   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/13/16

It took a crisis to spark off the next revolution in technology. In 2009, a year after Lehman Brothers’ disastrous crash and its subsequent domino effect on the rest of the financial sector, the Bitcoin was launched. The concept of cryptocurrency, cashless and operating in a peer-to-peer network, had been around for some ten years but until the dawn of the New Great Depression no one had felt the need to explore it in depth. Its stability—the conversion rate has been hovering around... [more]

20160419142417-installation_view_1 In Chelsea, Staring Through People's Windows to Look at Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/19/16

Last Thursday evening, with the sun setting and the air slightly chilled, I stood on the corner of 22nd Street and 8th Ave with a group of people all waiting to tour the two residential Chelsea blocks that had been turned into an outdoor exhibition by curator Lal Bahcecioglu. With her show entitled Sneak a Peek, Bahcecioglu turns four residential buildings and one commercial storefront into exhibition spaces by installing video monitors in the street-facing windows. The result takes the viewer out of the... [more]

20160411153554-12239684_500657786772972_659386652875931279_n Mourning As Political Act: Women Artists from Turkey Seek What's Hidden in Loss   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Canan, Fulya Çetin, Evrim Kavcar, Neriman Polat, Arzu Yayıntaş, Nalan Yırtmaç at Karşı Sanat March 25th - April 17th
Posted 4/12/16

“Will women always die? Let some men die too. I killed him for my honor,” uttered Çilem Doğan, defending herself with a heartfelt statement. Arrested for murdering her abusive husband, who beat her—even while she was pregnant—and forced her into prostitution, Doğan resisted the long-term abuse one day and shot her husband with bullets originally aimed at her. Doğan’s story isn’t unique within Turkey’s long history of violence—domestic and o... [more]

20160411120327-omerfast_02 Trauma, Technology, and Truth: Omer Fast’s Disquieting Videos Confound Narrative Expectation   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Omer Fast at BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art March 18th - June 26th
Posted 4/11/16

A consistent theme across Omer Fast’s work are the many facets of trauma, particularly those which arise from the conflicts being played out across the western world today. But it is how he uses narrative tropes to explore these contemporary tensions that make Fast one of the most talented video artists working at the moment. A major presentation of the artist's videos, currently at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, is a testament to his layered and moving practice. 5,000 Feet is the Be... [more]

20160408072021-adriana_lara_install_view What Does an Interesting Theory Look Like?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Adriana Lara at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler February 27th - April 9th
Posted 4/7/16

Interesting. The word says a lot and nothing at all. We often leverage it to describe people, projects, and ideas that we don’t quite know what to make of yet—or notions too complicated to be quickly defined. Used and abused, the word teeters on the brink of vacuity. Defining something as interesting insists on a radical subjectivity, the spark of a personal constellation of references and affinities. Yet it equally connotes the superficial bundle of affects often tendered in digital exc... [more]

20160406091127-wallpapers_small Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Sara Ludy   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/6/16

According to her CV, Sara Ludy “currently lives and works everywhere.” Her art reflects this notion through its eerily universal aesthetics that are somehow simultaneously alien and familiar. Ludy’s work has always stood out from her contemporaries in the new media scene through her explorations of virtual places and objects that exist in the spaces between architecture, dreams, and the digital universe. For the past three years Ludy has been developing an expansive 3D archite... [more]

20160404113530-aw_1 Annette Weisser Traverses the Unsettled Moral Territories of Contemporary German Identity   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Annette Weisser at MiM Gallery March 26th - April 23rd
Posted 4/4/16

Annette Weisser is interested in the remnants of history on the human psyche. The Berlin-based artist came of age in rural Germany in the 1980s, grappling with the specter of National Socialism and her own political socialization in West Germany. As part of the Kriegsenkel generation (the “grandchildren of the war”), Weisser and her contemporaries are caught in a moral crisis, horrified by the fascism of the past and unsettled by their nation’s ethos of repentance since the 1960s. H... [more]

20160331005853-coll How Do Artists Find Gallery Representation? We Asked Galleries and This Is What We Learned   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/31/16

How and why an artist comes to be represented by a gallery is a seemingly mysterious process, one of many parts of the industry that exist behind a veil of secrecy. Yet for an artist who has committed to making a living from their art, it is naturally a topic of some interest, one we wanted to look into a bit further. While our exploration hardly threw the entire process open—if anything it highlighted what an individual and idiosyncratic process establishing gallery representation is—we did... [more]

20160329153722-screen_shot_2016-03-29_at_4 Aukje Dekker Makes Patrons Decide When Her Paintings Are Finished—And It Could Cost Them   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Aukje Dekker at Vriend van Bavink Project Space Pacific Place April 8th - April 23rd
Posted 3/29/16

I’m not a gambling man by nature, never quite understood the allure of the blackjack table or roulette wheel. But when Aukje Dekker invited me to a game of Stick or Twist I couldn’t resist. The game starts at 150 euro. Dekker’s ante is an empty canvas. When she adds something to the painting my deposit increases by 50 euro. At every stage she asks me whether I’ll “stick”—in other words, buy the work as is—or “twist,” and go for another round. I... [more]

20160330154627-artslant_susanhancock_artcollection_nathalycharria_interview_02 Kusama in the Morning, Prince Before Bed: Susan Hancock on Collecting and Living with Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/30/16

Art collectors strike a delicate balance between patron and artist. Though emerging creatives view collectors as a golden ticket to success, stardom, or just their next meal, mid-career artists view their relationship more as a shared dialogue constantly shifting the scope and focus of their endeavors. A shroud of mystery often pervades collectors, radiating with the air of inherited privilege and market control. Susan Hancock, the owner of the former Royal/T Gallery in LA’s Culver City... [more]

20160331154436-ex Lee Godie's Photo Booth Portraits Show Moments of Self-Invention from a Life Lived in Public   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Lee Godie at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art April 8th - July 5th
Posted 3/31/16

Lee Godie, pronounced “go-DAY.” She was a French Impressionist; her portraits and still-lifes were “better than Cezanne.” Or so went the sales pitch from her habitual perch—and erstwhile studio—on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago. Living on the streets, sleeping in the park, sprawling out on the floors of local libraries to draw, using a supermarket as an informal bank, Ms. Godie has become one of the most recognized Chicago artists, perhaps because for a while she... [more]


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