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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]

20160212152310-piggy-2 Virtual Embodiment: Beyond the Death of Pig   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/11/16

The annual Berlin festival transmediale engages the crossroads of art, media, and technology. This year’s edition, given the title conversationpiece, was held at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt from February 3–7, with diverse events and artworks organized in four streams: Anxious to Act, Anxious to Share, Anxious to Make, and Anxious to Secure. On the morning of the final day, I entered the cafe stage area to find a computer monitor displaying a scene from the vantage point of a pig... [more]

20151207133937-vmsgroup_victorymarchonredsquare_2001 Dissent and Resistance in Post-Soviet Art: Carnivals, Clowns, and Slapstick as Political Tools for Today   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/7/15

Two uniformed Russian officials stand among snowy birch trees, the pale forest background in contrast to the grey, bureaucratic foreground of their uniforms. It could be a chilling, serious scene, and yet, the whole effect is undone by the fact that these “officials” are locked in an intense kiss, hands clasped on each others’ buttocks: an absurd, yet tender reversal of the crackdown on “gay propaganda” in Russia. Kissing Policemen by contemporary Russian provocate... [more]

20151102103202-photo_by_nicolas_buenaventura How to Get a Seat in Ai Weiwei's Coveted Class in Berlin   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/30/15

Ai Weiwei is now a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. So when you stop him for a selfie on the streets of the German capital—or when you spot him somewhere collecting Lego—be sure to holler “Professor Weiwei!” The Chinese artist spoke at a press conference this week confirming his guest teaching position, which starts November 1 and will run until 2018. He kicks off his Einstein Visiting Professorship with a public lecture which is open to the public and will be streamed live—even faculty work on weekends, it seems. Image: Nadja Sayej The artist s... [more]

20151014155421-png2015_presse_st_1 Uttering "Other": Across Berlin Slavs and Tatars Parse Language and Difference   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/14/15

Raised plastic titles display Arabic lettering. The text is slightly enlarged so that it imitates brail—raised to suggest that the shapes could be read with hands—turning texture into thought. A red exclamation point disrupts the script—a western interruption bordering on fusion. These are some of the constructed artifacts on display in the Preis der Nationalgalerie exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof by the collective Slavs and Tatars, who were nominated for this year’s award. Th... [more]

20150922143057-xenopolis02 Berlin's City-Themed Blockbuster Falls Short with a Pessimistic Look at Urban Living   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Laurence Bonvin, Loris Cecchini, Theo Eshetu, Mwangi Hutter, Anri Sala, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag at KunstHall - Deutsche Bank September 16th, 2015 - November 8th, 2015
Posted 9/22/15

The city is a cosmic place. It is home, playground, office, and dreamland all in one. Stadt/Bild: Image of a City is the second time four Berlin institutions have collaborated in their contemporary art program. The project, initiated and funded by the city of Berlin, is part of the city’s pursuit of prestige events that draw attention to Berlin Art Week and its commercial epicenter, the abc art fair. Two years ago, Painting Forever! was thought banal and unexciting but successful enough (i... [more]

20150914103031-xchange_main3_1024px Greater than the Sum: Berlin's Indie Project Spaces Share Ideas and Venues for XCHANGE Festival   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/14/15

Independent project spaces have an inherently tenuous nature. But don’t misinterpret that as an inadequacy. Often working within more confines than their established gallery and institutional counterparts, project spaces leverage their upstart spirit by converting restricted budget, resources, and square meters into an enticing enthusiasm that yields lively results. Project Space Festival is proof positive of this resourcefulness. Recently, it’s hit its stride in maximizing the potentia... [more]

20150914184627-png2015_presse_st_2 Nationalgalerie Preis Exhibition Focuses on Mediation and Interdisciplinary Practice   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Christian Falsnaes, Florian Hecker, Anne Imhof, Slavs and Tatars at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart September 11th, 2015 - January 17th
Posted 9/14/15

The first edition of Germany’s Preis der Nationalgalerie in 2000 included three of today’s most well known Berlin-based artists: Olafur Eliasson, Katharina Grosse and Christian Jankowski. Strangely, the fourth nominee and that year’s winner, Dirk Skreber, has had less shows since 2000 than the four nominees for the 2015 Preis der Nationalgalerie. Museum award competitions give artists considerable amount of exposure in the media and tend to catapult the artists’ careers, their market... [more]

20150913175438-unnamed-2 Five Unmissable Shows During Berlin Art Week   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/13/15

Now in its fourth year, Berlin Art Week is fast becoming a fixture in the German capital’s art scene. While blockbuster exhibition Stadt/Bild is taking over four of the main art institutions, the week is also a moment for smaller galleries, project spaces, and non-profits to shine. And then, of course, there are the art fairs: Art Berlin Contemporary and platforms for emerging art, Positions and Liste. Ubiquitous at any major art event these days, there are also a vast number of talks, panel discussions and one-off tours, but it&rs... [more]

20150911222352-arena_berlin_badeschiff Berlin Art Week Preview: A Quick Guide   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/10/15

Berlin Art Week starts on Tuesday and features seven different locations around the city of Berlin. As always, it's a celebration of the diversity of spaces and artistic practices that the European artistic capital has become known for. If you need a hotel room for Berlin Art Week, visit Cheaprooms.co.uk. On this website you will find a selection of affordable hotel rooms in stadtmitte Berlin. Below is a quick preview of the best events during Berlin Art Week: Neue Nationalgaler... [more]

20150909145007-somos The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in Berlin   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/9/15

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. This summer, we're seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the fourth st... [more]

20150624090330-kw_fire_and_forget_photo_timo_ohler_03 Fire and Forget: Artists Respond to Modern Warfare   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Marina Abramovic, Ron Amir, Roy Brand, James Bridle, Luis Camnitzer, Mircea Cantor, Joan Castro, Marcelo Cidade, Jem Cohen, Martin Dammann, Chto Delat, Öyvind Fahlström, Harun Farocki, FRANK&ROBBERT/ROBBERT&FRANK, Daniil Galkin, and Keren Yeala Golan, Rudolf Herz, Damien Hirst, Clara Ianni, Emily Jacir, Hunter Jonakin, Joachim Koester, Korpys/Löffler, Barbara Kruger, Armin Linke, Robert Longo, Jazmin Lopez, Kris Martin, Michael Müller, Timo Nasseri, NEOZOON, Katja Novitskova, Tal R, Pipilotti Rist, André ROBILLARD, Julian Röder, Henning Rogge, Martha Rosler, Hrair Sarkissian, Ori Scialom, Timur Si-Qin, Santiago Sierra, Javier Téllez, Ulay, Julius von Bismarck, Sharif Waked, Gillian Wearing, He Xiangyu, Amir Yatziv, Ala Younis at KW Institute for Contemporary Art June 14th, 2015 - August 30th, 2015
Posted 6/24/15

Entering Fire and Forget. On Violence, the viewer passes through two of the four rotating gates in Daniil Galkin’s installation Tourniquet. Beyond this eerie passage, a provocative text speculates on the impact of technology on modern warfare. Its thesis can be characterized as follows: since modern technology has largely emancipated warriors from a traditional active sense of duty—allowing them to literally fire and forget—does this change in confrontation halt the production and inev... [more]

20150601125617-02_elaine_sturtevant_lichtenstein_laughing_cat The Prescient Plagiarist: Sturtevant’s Works on Paper   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Elaine Sturtevant at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart May 30th, 2015 - August 23rd, 2015
Posted 6/1/15

It’s often said that originality is simply undetected plagiarism. In the past couple of years, several major art institutions and museums have revisited the work of American artist Elaine Frances Sturtevant (1924–2014), known simply as Sturtevant, who was both as original as they come, but also a well-known plagiarist. Recent exhibitions include Double Trouble at the MoMA, New York City, and MOCA, Los Angeles (2014–2015), Leaps Jumps and Bumps at the Serpentine Gallery (2013), and Image O... [more]

20150523134830-dsc_0839__1024x687___1_ Ai Weiwei and Joan Baez Receive Amnesty International Honor   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/23/15

For the first time, Amnesty International awarded their annual Ambassador of Conscience Award to a visual artist. Ai Weiwei received the international honor, which was presented at an award ceremony Thursday night at the Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, in absentia. The artist can’t leave China, being under government surveillance and having his passport revoked. In place, he designated London’s Tate Modern curator Chris Dercon to accept the award on his behalf. The award is devoted to... [more]

20150429160659-mg_3634_mirza_butler_-_unreliable_narrator_-_waterside_contemporary Gallery Weekend Berlin Preview: The Unreliable Narrator at Campagne Première   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Karen Mirza and Brad Butler at Campagne Première Berlin May 2nd, 2015 - June 27th, 2015
Posted 4/29/15

Truth is complicated. We live in a world bombarded by coded messages that urge us to perk up, pay attention, take sides, and weed out those that are trustworthy from those that are less so. In film, television, print, and online we are in a constant state of self-definition: this is us, that is them. We define ourselves against a backdrop of trusted leaders, voices, guides, and influencers. But ultimately, how can you tell the truth? How can you tell the truth? As part of this year’s Gallery... [more]

20150402101039-ks_and_jb Kill Your Gallerist! Art for All!   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Joseph Beuys, Dieter Hacker, Nam June Paik, Blinky Palermo, Sigmar Polke, Dieter Roth, Group Show, Klaus Staeck at Akademie der Künste - Hanseatenweg March 18th, 2015 - June 7th, 2015
Posted 4/2/15

Joseph Beuys, Sigmar Polke, Rosemarie Trockel, and Christo are just some of the artists included in the exhibition at Berlin’s Akademie der Künste in under the slogan Kunst Für Alle (“Art for All”). The comprehensive show encompasses over 300 works by more than 150 artists from the Klaus Staeck collection. Stefan Wewerka, Homburger, 1970. ©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015. Photo: Roman März Lawyer, graphic artist, political rabble-rouser, artwork publisher a... [more]


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