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20150702123701-dom_ The Tour de France: The Art of Le Grand Départ   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/2/15

The small Dutch city of Utrecht is receiving worldwide attention this weekend as its charming canals and cobbled corridors play host to Le Grand Départ: the launch of the Tour de France, which hits the road on Saturday. As with any major sporting event, the rights to host Le Grand Départ are as much rights to major commercial and tourism opportunities as they are to the Majesty of Sport. Naturally, Tour merch abounds and nearly every shop in town has a decorated Peugeot racer, sleek... [more]

20150610093053-venividimultiplex1 Art Meets Sustainability at an Urban Pop-up Campsite   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/10/15

Roughly one sixth of the Netherlands was once covered by water and has over the centuries been reclaimed with dikes and windmills. The latest addition to this growing mass of new land is the so-called Centrumeiland (Center Island), a slender strip attached to Haveneiland (Harbor Island) of Amsterdam's new IJburg housing estate. Some 800,000 cubic meters of sand were deposited, layer upon layer, to create space for much needed homes to accommodate the city's rapidly increasing population. Construct... [more]

20150602170009-rm_05_jake__cannes__48x72 The Very Last of Youth Subcultures   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Ryan McGinley at Kunsthal KAdE May 30th - August 30th
Posted 6/2/15

In early 2012 Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós challenged filmmakers to create videos for their album Valtari. Photographer Ryan McGinley chose the song “Varúð,” an eight-minute dream narrated by a raspy head voice over an unsteady piano and transparent strings. In his video a barefoot girl in a glittery gold wig and a washed-out blue nightie skips through the streets of New York City in slow motion. She passes trucks, taxicabs, construction workers, and business men, m... [more]

20150526173813-dries7 Dries Verhoeven’s Controversial Grindr Performance Is Back… with Some Changes   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/26/15

When Dries Verhoeven decided to put himself—and all his Grindr dating app interactions—on public display in real time in Berlin last fall, he had no idea the sort of community outrage he’d be met with. Now the Dutch artist’s controversial performance Wanna Play? Love in Times of Grindr is back—with edits—after its Berlin debut was shut down 5 days into a 15-day run last October. For the duration of the performance (10 days in its current iteration) Verhoeven lives... [more]

20150518183735-jenniferinparadise Robin Hood in Times of Digitally Induced Relativism   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Constant Dullaart at Art Space of the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) May 6th - May 29th
Posted 5/18/15

In the fall of 1987 John Knoll and his girlfriend Jennifer flew to Tahiti. For months they’d been working on the computer graphics of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and they needed a well-earned rest. It was at the pristine Bora-Bora beach that Knoll took a photograph which in the decades ahead became an icon of international geekdom: Jennifer, seen from the back, sitting topless on the white sand with the almost fluorescent blue ocean as backdrop. The picture would have remained just an... [more]

20150506193615-giuseppe_de_bruijn Bottling Local: Oh, the Smell of Amsterdam in the Spring...   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/6/15

First comes a wave of chlorophyll: a fresh and forward odor, the smell of tender green. Then, when the first vapors thin in the air and the nose digs deeper, the wood follows. It’s darker, heavier, earthier—soothing and more serious after the initial playfulness. The French have Yves Saint-Laurent’s eau de toilette, Paris, in its compact pink bottle. New York is well taken care of with Bond 9 having designed a different smell for every borough—and I’m not even mentioning Donna Karan&r... [more]

20150324155802-i Trying to Disarm a Racist Machine with Aesthetics   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin at Foam - Fotografie Museum March 20th - June 3rd
Posted 3/24/15

The capitalist economy is sexist: women earn less than men for doing the same job and the glass ceiling prevents them from ever reaching the top. Mainstream media are biased against LGBTs and propagate heterosexuality as the norm. It’s usually systems that are accused of being skewed against minorities, and usually on just grounds. But Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin take it one step further. The artist duo echoes French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who, when shooting a film in Mozambique... [more]

20150311125012-screen_shot_2015-03-11_at_1 Sonic Acts: This Is What the Anthropocene Sounds Like   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/10/15

As Caroline Picard pointed out earlier this year on ArtSlant, we’ve been living in the anthropocene our whole lives, but never before have we talked quite so much about it. Despite all the “age of man” chatter, “images of the anthropocene are missing,” argues one of two articles explicitly addressing the anthropocene in the latest e-flux journal. Irmgard Emmelhainz’s “Conditions of Visuality Under the Anthropocene and Images of the Anthropocene to Come” argues that the anthropocene “announces its own extinction... [more]

20150309175126-cobra_maart_2015_mg_7848 The Biggest Challenge Museums Face: Rekindling the Collection   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Bank & Rau at Cobra Museum March 1st - March 1st
Posted 3/9/15

When passing the ticket booth at the Cobra Museum everything seems business as usual: white walls with informative texts in an inoffensive font, the bold colors associated with the art movement's practioners Appel, Constant, Corneille, and Alechinsky visible from afar. But brace yourself and turn the corner. Entering Brutal Vitality is like receiving shock treatment—the sudden visual overload had me gasping for breath. Multi-colored bricks, blown-up black and white photographs, a bicycle, raggedy c... [more]

20150205095108-nicoline_timmer A Cross Section of Intersections: 1646, Hotel Maria Kapel, and A Tale of a Tub   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Art Rotterdam February 5th - February 8th
Posted 2/5/15

Rotterdam’s Van Nellefabriek—once a factory for processing coffee, tea, and tobacco—is one of the Netherlands’ most impressive modernist monuments. This concrete and steel colossus, with its imposing glass façade, was progressive in its use of light, air, and space, and in its attention to working conditions. Art Rotterdam moved to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and event complex in 2014. This year, the fair’s 16th edition does justice to the site’s legacy of... [more]

20150204104923-edwin_vd_heide_fog_sound_environment_ii_in_riga Spotlight on DordtYart, an Arts Organization Where Synergy Is the Gospel   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Zoro Feigl, Stéphane Gauchy, Nico Parlevliet, Karen Sargsyan, Group Show, Edwin van der Heide, Jeanne van der Horst, Peter Vink at Art Rotterdam February 5th - February 8th
Posted 2/4/15

DordtYart is not part of Art Rotterdam’s Intersections program—and with good reason. DordtYart could never be squeezed into the box labeled “artists’ initiative or non-profit space.” The organization from Dordrecht does stage exhibitions, which are often enriched with lectures and guided tours, but it does a lot more: it functions as an artists’ residency, a community workplace, a mirror for local history, an educational center, and a laboratory for crossbreed... [more]

20150129112905-screen_shot_2015-01-29_at_12 Copy ‘n’ Paste Micro-guide: Tweets for ALAC, Paramount Ranch, and the LA Art Book Fair   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/29/15

Art loving Angelenos, in advance of the busy weekend ahead of you, ArtSlant L.A. correspondent Chelsea Rector has prepared a tweetable index for your perusal. Consider it a micro-guide to L.A. fairs and art events. Or, better still, for the armchair tweeter, a copy 'n' paste, one-click template for socially mediating your week's art travels. Because wouldn't you rather be buying some art, reading some zines, or partying in the mountains than staring at your cell phone? By way of introduction... [more]

20150119124701-living2 Short Film Program IFFR: An Alternative Stage for Artists   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/19/15

Last year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, a Tiger Award for Short Films was won by Sebastian Buerkner, alumnus of the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2013, all three Tiger Awards in this category went to artists: Beatrice Gibson, Erik van Lieshout and Zachary Formwalt. And it could happen again this year. Twelve out of the sixteen eligible films carry the “art” label. When the IFFR shorts program started some ten years ago, the organization deliberately choose to foc... [more]

20150116110930-_mg_5341 Needle in Haystack Found: The Story of an Artwork Lost at Sea   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/16/15

When Lotte Geeven released two floating robots into opposite sides of the Atlantic last fall, she questioned the probability of them meeting within such a tremendous space and hoped to learn about the ocean by following their paths. “The moment the two robots touch the water,” she wrote, “the project's outcome is entirely ruled by the forces of nature.” Four months into the project, what she’s learned instead, and perhaps knew all along, is that oceans will do what they want... [more]

20141222172535-alluring_hell_2008_c_nobuyoshi_araki_in_collaboration_with_galerie_alex_dani_ls__reflex_amsterdam_02 Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Nobuyoshi Araki at Foam - Fotografie Museum December 19th, 2014 - March 11th
Posted 12/22/14

In the film After Life (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide. That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Ar... [more]

20141211203307-interior_stichting_onterfd_goed_-_bart_invites__amsterdam_2 "Adoption Agency" for Art Might Herald New Dynamic in Market   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Galerie Bart Amsterdam: Bart Invites December 3rd, 2014 - January 3rd
Posted 12/11/14

An empty wall to fill but on a tight budget? Looking for an original Christmas gift? Or are you just an avid bargain hunter? A semi-abstract print by Jaap Hillenius could be just the ticket for you. Price: somewhere between 175 and 250 euro—and that’s including the frame. If you like large formats, the reclining nude by Hans van der Ham costing 450 euro is an option. And at 175 euro a diptych by Bert Loerakker is a good deal—especially if you take into account the original price... [more]


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