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20150727025311-lady2x3_lowres Bodies and Beings: What Place Can Ceramics Have In Contemporary Art Now?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/27/15

From the didactically ornate, magical sculptures of Adrian Arleo to the pensive and powerful busts of Jacob Foran, Abmeyer+Wood gallery’s current exhibition Bodies + Beings represents a range of aesthetics that reflect the potential of ceramics today. Bringing together some of the most established names in contemporary ceramic art—including Patti Warashina and Richard Notkin—it also introduces some emerging artists working in a medium many once thought of as limited to cups and... [more]

20150727084432-_mg_7719 A Monumental Gesture of Intimacy   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Taturo Atzu at De Oude Kerk June 27th - September 6th
Posted 7/27/15

The number of tourists pouring into Amsterdam increases steadily every year. Obviously Madame Tussauds, the Anne Frank House and—of course—the red light district are popular destinations, but in the last decade or so museums have become a serious pull-factor. Number one on the list is the Rijksmuseum, welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors in 2014 and on track to break that record this year. For the exhibition Late Rembrandt alone half a million tickets were sold. Besides happy faces... [more]

20150724083227-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Andrew Maize   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/24/15

Welcome to the sixth 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 Six | Andrew Maize: The Tide is High “No” and New Earth (1:30) Maize’s 32-foot-tall ladder... [more]

20150723191159-ai_weiwei--_adam_dean Ai Weiwei Receives His Passport Back After 4 Years   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/23/15

Celebrated artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has received his passport back from the Chinese government four years after it was confiscated. The silencing of Ai Weiwei at the hands of the Chinese government has been a continued occurrence, due to the artist’s open criticism of China’s communist government and the country’s controversial human rights standards. In 2005, Ai Weiwei was invited to blog on China’s largest internet platform, Sina Weibo. He used the forum to di... [more]

20150723184953-takashi_murakami Los Angeles to Open Its Largest Free Contemporary Art Museum   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/23/15

Los Angeles’ latest contemporary art access point, The Broad Museum, will officially open its doors to the public on September 20. This is exciting news for Angelenos, as the 120,000-square-foot structure will house more than 2,000 works from the Broad Art Foundation and the personal collections of long-time philanthropists and art enthusiasts, Eli and Edythe Broad. According to Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation, this means access to more t... [more]

20150722092055-babz_flyer Why Collect Artist Books and Zines?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/22/15

“Ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.” —Walter Benjamin [1] Brooklyn-based publisher and curator Blonde Art Books recently organized its third annual Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair (BABZ). A three-day event, BABZ featured a few dozen independent publishers hawking their goods, plus workshops and performances throughout the weekend. The presence of something like BABZ is no... [more]

20150722104332-installation_view__hashtag_abstract___ronchini_gallery___2_july_-_29_august_2015__12_ Kamiar Maleki Turns a Passion for Collecting into an Exhibition—with an #InstagramTwist   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Oliver Clegg, Richard Höglund, Christopher Kuhn, Kasper Sonne at Ronchini Gallery July 2nd - August 29th
Posted 7/22/15

They say that for an art collection to have impact it must have a strong focus, a direction. For London-based collector and patron Kamiar Maleki, son of mega collectors Fatima and Eskander Maleki, that direction is found in the works of emerging artists, primarily young abstract painters. He’s looking for works that, in some way, speak to our time. And since digital media and social networking primarily characterize our time, for Maleki’s inaugural exhibition as curator he has put together... [more]

20150722123735-mgb15_p_sehgal_gruppe_1 Coming and Going: Staging Semiotics in Contemporary Performance Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/22/15

A young-girl enters the room, she gives a speech, she engages with the audience, she exits. Her acting double, an identically looking young-girl, enters the room after her. She performs the same speech in German with a slight variation. Both girls perform the same character—a character modeled after manga character Ann Lee. In their combined acting, they agree to share the personality of a constructed character schizophrenically. They (she) perform an idea of identity that has been crafted... [more]

20150721043737-theo150001_2 Boys Against Girls   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Lucy Beech, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Am Nuden Da, George Henry Longly, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Ben Schumacher, Richard Sides, Cally Spooner, Alice Theobald, Edward Thomasson, Jesper List Thomsen at Lisson Gallery July 17th - September 5th
Posted 7/21/15

If you look out the window these days you can’t help but see boys, girls, and the political all manifest on the pavement, floating large as a topic within our cultural exchange: girls walking as boys, boys becoming girls, girls still so horribly un-/mis-represented in Hollywood that Jennifer Lawrence comes across as a goddess for acting like a normal human being. Etc. Besides asking if Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation isn’t the final act of masculine hegemony—something along the li... [more]

20150721144157-hind_sbooks_2015 Paris Tear Sheets: Footnotes on Encounters   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/21/15

Paris Tear Sheets is the blog of ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence, Lara Atallah, who will be undertaking her residency in Paris during July and August 2015. “Paris tear sheets” refers to daily snapshots taken during the artist’s peregrinations in the city. She will use the blog to chronicle her encounters in Paris as well as her observations of the city. You can find more information about ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency here. Walking through Parisian streets is... [more]

20150720141714-rh1401028-10 Turning the Tables on Global Self-Evidence   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Georges Adéagbo, Brook Andrew, Raqs Media Collective, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mark Dion, Meschac Gaba, Simryn Gill, Mona Hatoum, Romuald Hazoumè, Femke Herregraven, Tsang Kin-Wah, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Batoul S'himi, Taryn Simon, Andrea Stultiens, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ghana ThinkTank, Tintin Wulia, Chen Zhen at Museum De Lakenhal June 27th - October 4th
Posted 7/20/15

Empty prisons, abandoned shipyards, derelict factories—in the past couple of decades these raw and unpolished places have become very popular as locations for art fairs, biennials, and temporary exhibitions. Often it’s simply because of their atmospheric quality. Or to stress the fact that the art on show really is connected to the outside world and not only functions within the artificial ecosystem of the museum. But it works best if the location’s identity and the exhibition... [more]

20150714204551-installation_shot_1-min We Contain Multitudes: the Hybrid Identities of Andrea Crespo   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Andrea Crespo at Hester July 12th - August 9th
Posted 7/15/15

Within the first few minutes of David Cronenberg’s 1999 movie eXistenZ, video game designer Allegra Geller is referred to as both “goddess” and “demoness.” The polarizing reaction to Geller’s games sets the stakes for the ensuing narrative—one in which “realists” fight against gamers, who, according to the realists, “deform” reality. Indeed, in immersive games like eXistenZ, players are never sure if they are themselves or their c... [more]

20150715102217-screen_shot_2015-07-15_at_12 Is the Internet Living Up to Its Promise as Democratic Equalizer of the Art Market?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/15/15

On June 20, the Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata sold an 18th century Chinese clock. Created by a Guangzhou workshop, the musical and automaton clock is ivory-mounted and adorned with figurines and pagodas set in a mountain scene. The bidding started with 300,000 euro. A mere ten minutes later the final bid of 3.37 million euro was made, setting a new online auction record. The buyer is an art world fixture: businessman Liu Yiqian, owner of the Long Museum in Shanghai. More remarkab... [more]

20150719161029-unnamed-3 Between Mock Ruin and Imagined Emergency   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/15/15

In a recent lecture on the work of Harun Farocki, Thomas Elsaesser proposed that in a time pervaded by performative approaches to social life, “we are all now insurance companies, risk-assessing a world of catastrophe and danger.”[1] This statement connects Farocki's notion of operational images with Ulrich Beck's concept of a risk society, while also alluding to current states of precariousness and self-regulation, and a resurgent popular fascination with narratives and images of disaste... [more]

20150716074402-20150714204805-anastudio Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/14/15

In today's atmosphere of techno-voyeurism, we're constantly peeking through the keyhole to see how other people live. The artist's studio has always had a certain allure as a site of creative aspiration and the setting for private artistic practice, like the escort's boudoir it ignites our imagination. But what do artists keep on their most personal work space, their desks—and what does it reveal about their art? Exclusively for our Collector's Catalogue, we invite artists we know from v... [more]

20150714205632-mocaa1 From Private Collection to Mega-Museum: the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/14/15

When private collections take on major dimensions, rather than donating works to existing institutions, the collectors who pioneer them tend to go public and open museums. This growth has led to a recent boom in museum-building globally. The private collection of Jochen Zeitz will be at the core of one such new mega-museum, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA) opening in Cape Town, South Africa. The Thomas Heatherwick designed building, which will boast 65,000 square feet of exhibition spa... [more]


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