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Special Edition: Art Rotterdam
by ArtSlant Team


ON ESCAPE ROUTES AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Art Rotterdam New Art, by Andrea Alessi

I’ve had a soft spot for Art Rotterdam ever since the first time I attended. Pausing to drink a coffee (Illy no doubt) and consolidate notes on what I’d so far seen, I looked out one of the former Holland America Line Cruise Terminal’s giant windows to have my tired gaze met by the spectacular Erasmus Bridge. Visitors, this is my advice to you: no matter how disoriented, claustrophobic, or weary you get collecting business cards and taking mnemonic photographs of artwork you are soon to forget, the looming view of the bridge will always sort you out. It’s a lifeline assuring you the world has not been reduced to an expanse of perfect white boxes...

I understand the need for galleries to diversify, present options for many types of buyers, but this approach doesn’t always make for the most savory viewing. Tastes get muddled, flavors confused. It’s hard to appreciate an unmoored artwork, especially one among many lonely stand-ins for represented artists’ practices. This is all a long way for me to say that I (and I suspect plenty of you) enjoy a good solo presentation at an art fair. I’m always on the look out for a palate cleanser, be it a glimpse of a bridge or some art I can actually sink my teeth into – and perhaps even have the time to digest before the next course arrives....

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AN UNUSUALLY SOULFUL AFFAIR

Peripheral events at Art Rotterdam, by Georgia Haagsma

With the dull smell of hired carpet and the overkill of artificial smiles, art fairs can be the kind of places where, if it wasn't for the rare chance that you may bump into Will Ferrell, you'd rather shoot yourself in the appendix than waste your time by hanging around.

But then there's this one. The art fair in Rotterdam is coming up and, as a welcome breath of fresh air, the city is about to show us some good old-fashioned character with which we can feed, instead of deplete our tender souls. Especially this year's peripheral art events, which come well crafted and aplenty, are worth a mention here.

I am personally most looking forward to see what will happen at a shiny new shindig called Art at the Warehouse. Not just because I love a good warehouse, but because the programming is promising something great. Art at the Warehouse, as well as the RAW Art Fair (in its second year and good, but certainly second best) will be hosting some fantastic art, events and performances to guarantee that all five senses get the satisfaction they need...

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Spanish artist Carlos Irijalba’s video Inertia will be one of nineteen video works featured at Art Rotterdam 2013 in the new Art Rotterdam Projections hall. Andrea Alessi spoke with the artist at his new studio a mere week after his arrival in Amsterdam for his residency at the Rijksakademie....

AA: So in an ideal world would you transport all your viewers to the space and forget about photography and film all together?

CI: Yes, that is the point I’m getting to. What I want to work with is experience...

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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/6/13

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