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20140724051947-1 Being a bit too breezy about the sky   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Constant, Anne de Vries, Leo Gestel, John Körmeling, Hendrik W. Mesdag, Jan Sluijters, Guido van der Werve, JCJ Vanderheyden, J.H. Weissenbruch, Carel Willink at De Hallen Haarlem June 21st - September 8th
Posted 7/24/14

Compiling an attractive and wholesome summer exhibition: it’s an art form in itself. During the cultural low season, when the regular audience has migrated to southern European beaches, museums hoping to maintain healthy visitor statistics choose to cater to tourists, staycationists, and day-trippers. And that requires a special type of show. Of course, the fun factor is to be reckoned with; the subject should not be too highbrow and instead have a broad, preferably universal appeal. Some couleur locale... [more]

20140702165411-onzichtbare_man__1_-_michiel_voet How to Depict the Invisible Man?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Michiel Voet at Nieuw Dakota June 15th - September 7th
Posted 7/2/14

One of the most remarkable images in the Jeff Wall exhibition currently at the Stedelijk Museum is the constructed photograph After "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison, The Prologue (1999-2000). Ellison’s nameless protagonist sits in his underground hideaway, surrounded by 1,369 light bulbs illuminated by currents rerouted from Monopolated Light & Power. To counter his invisibility he surrounds himself in light. And if the world doesn’t want to see him, he’ll exploit that, thumbing... [more]

20140619073443-untitled_1970_c_larry_clark__courtesy_of_the_artist_and_luhring_augustine_new_york Shooting up on youth’s immortality   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Larry Clark at Foam - Fotografie Museum June 13th - September 12th
Posted 6/19/14

When Kids came out in 1995 it kicked up quite a storm. Larry Clark’s debut feature film depicts a group of teenage skate punks smoking dope, drinking excessively, shoplifting, talking nonsense, basically wasting their lives away. The main character, a world class egomaniac named Telly, has unprotected sex with every eleven year old girl he can talk out of her pants, since according to him virginity is the best protection against venereal diseases. At the end of the movie it turns out he himsel... [more]

20140605101458-bikini_bar Stripping life down to its bare essentials   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Vrijstaat at Kasteel Keukenhof June 1st - October 1st
Posted 6/5/14

The Keukenhof is under siege. Across the road from the world famous flower park, both tourist magnet and symbol of bourgeois dowdiness, two men are loading a howitzer. There’s no mistaking the trajectory of this Big Bertha—the nearby sea of tulips is going to get blown to smithereens. The men are faceless and featureless, like anonymous puppets blindly following orders, ready to become cannon fodder themselves. They are very basic archetypes, just like the hut sitting on the lawn a f... [more]

20140521151156-image_1 Marcel van Eeden: Murder he drew   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marcel van Eeden at GEM, The Hague May 16th - August 24th
Posted 5/21/14

Marcel van Eeden’s work is all about time, but it always starts with a location. In his series of drawings van Eeden tells stories taking place roughly between World War I and 1965, the year of his own birth. Drawing from photographs, advertisements, and, less frequently, short texts, he creates the building blocks of a partially true and partially fictional history. With every new episode, which doesn’t necessarily follow chronology but always connects with the others and often features... [more]

20140507170641-_bwc3792 Reinventing the museum as a relevant social arena   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch March 8th - June 15th
Posted 5/7/14

“The coming twenty years we’ll be okay, with all the baby boomers retiring. But after that we’ll have to come up with a different way of doing things otherwise museums will soon be obsolete.” It was Arnoud Odding, director of Rijksmuseum Twenthe, who said this when I asked him about the most pressing priorities in the Dutch art sector. Odding has given the subject a lot of thought. In 2004 he published Het Gedroomde Museum (The Dream Museum), about the museum as a place for... [more]

20140425083244-hitosteyerl_how_not_to_be_seen_a_fucking_didactic_educational_mov_file_2013_9 How not to be eaten by an out-of-focus monster: A fucking didactic educational exhibition review.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hito Steyerl at Van Abbemuseum April 12th - June 22nd
Posted 4/25/14

“I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. It's not the photographer's fault. Bigfoot is blurry, and that's extra scary to me. There's a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run, he's fuzzy, get out of here.” – Mitch Hedberg Mitch Hedberg’s enduring Bigfoot joke is predicated on a misunderstanding that conflates image-making technology and distribution with real world appearances. It’s the same one that Berlin-based writer and filmmaker Hito Stey... [more]

20140409133755-safe_from_harm_2012_c_richard_mosse__courtesy_of_the_artist_and_jack_shainman_gallery__new_york Can war photography be beautiful?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Richard Mosse at Foam - Fotografie Museum March 21st - June 1st
Posted 4/9/14

“Are you an artist or a journalist?” Marcel Feil, the Deputy Director of artistic affairs at Foam, wasted no time getting to the big questions. The recipient was Richard Mosse, who had arrived in Amsterdam that morning for the installation and opening of his exhibition The Enclave. Once the jokes about typical Dutch candor died down the Irish photographer swiftly dismissed the idea that he might be a journalist: “I’m an artist, though I’ve got documentarian blood.&rdq... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 6, Issue 2: Corporate Collections, Crowdfunding, and the Almighty Patron   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/27/14

Corporate Collections: On the threshold of a new type of patronage Edo Dijksterhuis profiles the important role corporate collections play in the Netherlands art world. Some 45,000 works of art. That’s the number of artworks owned by the twenty member companies and institutions upon the 2005 launch of the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN – Netherlands Association of Corporate Collections). That’s half as many as the Stedelijk Museum has on displa... [more]

20140326165229-ola_lanko Corporate Collections: on the threshold of a new type of patronage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/26/14

Some 45,000 works of art. That’s the number of artworks owned by the twenty member companies and institutions upon the 2005 launch of the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN – Netherlands Association of Corporate Collections). That’s half as many as the Stedelijk Museum has on display and in storage. Less than nine years later the number stands at roughly 100,000 works of art and the ranks of the VBCN have swollen to forty-six. Suffice it to say, corporate collections in... [more]

20140326170646-c-viviane-sassen-zone-01-umbra-series-2014 A peddler of abnormal pictures   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Viviane Sassen at Nederlands Fotomuseum March 8th - June 1st
Posted 3/26/14

“Shadow is built like a cattle rustler’s dream girl: long-legged, long-armed, long-framed,” writes Moses Isegawa in a story in Flamboya, Viviane Sassen’s 2008 photobook. It’s not hard to recognize the photographer herself in this fictitious character – Sassen is tall, with a model’s figure. Moreover, Isegawa, author of the Abyssinian Chronicles (1998), describes Shadow as “a nomad,” qualifies the photographs she shows him as “abnormal,&rd... [more]

20140313071313-jw_invisible_man_by_ralp_ellison__the_prologue_1999-2000_transparencyinlightbox_174x250_5cm_courtesytheartist Bending the frame of photography: Jeff Wall tweaks reality   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeff Wall at Stedelijk Museum March 1st - August 3rd
Posted 3/13/14

The Jeff Wall show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam contains fewer works than the large retrospective held at Tate Modern in 2005-2006 – the score is thirty-seven against more than fifty. Also, it covers a shorter period than the London presentation of two and a half decades of work. And there is some serious overlap with the older show. Still, the Amsterdam exhibition is probably the better. Jeff Wall 1978-2004 at Tate Modern followed a largely chronological path. It led visitors through the art... [more]

20140227035336-raymond I saw the clouds were beautiful and I watched them cover the sun.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nina Yuen at de Appel Arts Centre February 8th - April 13th
Posted 2/27/14

Like a great pop song or a poem, Nina Yuen’s work enchants, making you feel like she’s speaking to you alone. Her performative films, which are currently on view at de Appel arts centre, bind the universal with the ultrapersonal. They fill the second floor of the Prins Hendrikkade space in an exhibition consisting mainly of these short, fantastical films of approximately six or seven minutes each, plus some prints titled as studies for her films Andoe and Lea. Although it is nice to see Yuen’s work in other m... [more]

Art Rotterdam's Great Leap Forward: Your Guide to the Fair and More...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/17/14

ART ROTTERDAM'S GREAT LEAP FORWARD Edo Dijksterhuis looks at a growing fair and its newest exhibitors Fifteen years into the game Art Rotterdam has comfortably settled into the role of top contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. But director Fons Hof is not resting on his laurels. Edition 2014 signals a Great Leap Forward. This is to be taken quite literally as the fair is moving from the Cruise Terminal on the Kop van Zuid to the monumental Van Nellefabriek. The new venue, with its peripheral location bringi... [more]

20140204001434-20140203170241-marleen_sleeuwits Art Rotterdam’s Great Leap Forward   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Rotterdam February 6th - February 9th
Posted 2/3/14

Fifteen years into the game Art Rotterdam has comfortably settled into the role of top contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. But director Fons Hof is not resting on his laurels. Edition 2014 signals a Great Leap Forward. This is to be taken quite literally as the fair is moving from the Cruise Terminal on the Kop van Zuid to the monumental Van Nellefabriek. The new venue, with its peripheral location bringing to mind Frieze New York, has a lot going for it: the catering – slow and poor... [more]

20140203171320-object_rotterdam_2014_-_lizan_freijsen Art Rotterdam Week: Across the Bridge   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Object Rotterdam February 6th - February 9th
Posted 2/3/14

Recently Rotterdam placed prominently in a number of travel guides’ 2014 lists – Rough Guides named it eight out of its Top 10 Cities to visit this year, while The New York Times charted it at ten on its 52 Places To Go list. An abnormally warm winter makes February the perfect time to dive into the city’s most exciting month when it comes to contemporary art. The IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) will warm up the public with its selection of global cinema, followed by... [more]


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