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20140227041042-jwa_bad_director_s_chair_smb_2014_04 Candid Camera: John Waters and Bad Director’s Chair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Waters at Sprüth Magers Berlin February 7th - April 12th
Posted 2/27/14

The man who heroicized contenders for the title “Filthiest Person Alive” in his 1972 underground classic Pink Flamingos might have smirked a knowing smirk had he watched the line of punters push, shove, queue jump, and bicker as they endured the bottlenecked Schlange that led into his current Berlin exhibition, Bad Director’s Chair, at Sprüth Magers. For John Waters, the push and shove of narcissistic, jealous rivalry was far filthier than any of The Filthiest People Aliv... [more]

20140224061152-picture-_twitter__transfield__boycotttransfield__19bos__refugees_source-_twitter Artists and Gentrification: Don't Let Action Dissolve into Discourse   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/24/14

Whether you’re “poor but sexy” in Berlin, or “rich but sexy” in Hamburg[1], creativity brings people together, attracts tourists, and keeps investor money flowing into the real estate market. How do artists, cultural producers and activists deal with their complicity in the production and marketing of the city? In the Berlin project space am Flutgraben 3, concerned members of Berlin's independent art scene recently met with their Hamburg counterparts to sit down and compare... [more]

20140220131517-eshetu_final1 Monument Man: Theo Eshetu’s The Return of the Axum Obelisk   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Theo Eshetu at daadgalerie February 1st - March 15th
Posted 2/20/14

Given the media’s recent fascination with the Cornelius Gurlitt case in Munich, and the blockbuster fanfare surrounding the premiere of George Clooney’s Monuments Men, the world seems abuzz with the thorny issue of repatriation. The daadgalerie in Berlin brings an interesting voice to this conversation with their presentation of Theo Eshetu’s 2009 work The Return of the Axum Obelisk, on view through March 15th. Eshetu’s video installation follows the 2005 repatriation of the Axum Ob... [more]

20140212141557-fritz_klemm View Finder: the world according to an artist’s photojournalist   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Barbara Klemm at Martin-Gropius-Bau November 16th, 2013 - March 9th
Posted 2/12/14

With cameras as commonplace as body parts, what constitutes photojournalism? How does one present images that now seem easily replicated in purpose, content, and style by the average citizen? That seems to be the question implicitly asked in Martin-Gropius-Bau’s retrospective Barbara Klemm: Photographs 1968–2013. Gathering fifty years in some three hundred photos – including political journalism, travel snapshots, scenic visions, and celebrity portraits – the exhibition clearly... [more]

20140209113338-l [VIDEO] Martin Dammann: Aus Dem Über Heraus / Kunstsaele Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Martin Dammann at Kunstsaele January 25th - March 1st
Posted 2/9/14

In this report we focus on the work Schilderwälder (sign forests) from World War II by Martin Dammann exhibited at the Kunstsaele in Berlin. Six large-format banner prints are a precise selection from a total of 700 images, acquired by Martin Dammann from a militaria-trader for a private photo archive. We attend the opening reception of the exhibition Martin Dammann: Aus Dem Über Heraus, and Laura Jung (Manager of Kunstsaele Berlin) provides us with an introduction to the Kunstsaele... [more]

20140122105116-versuchsanlage The infinite potential of everything   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Roman Signer at Galerie Barbara Weiss December 14th, 2013 - February 15th
Posted 1/22/14

Berlin in January is a dark and cold place. There is no better time to stay indoors and look at some art. And even though some of the current exhibitions exacerbate the feeling of gloom by combining the Winter theme with a site-specific post-war historical touch, there are also a few that can counteract the melancholy. Topping the list of feel-good shows is the Roman Signer exhibition at Barbara Weiss. This show presents six new objects by the Swiss artist that transform the gallery into a place of... [more]

20140108082458-african_twin_towers Will be televised   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Christoph Schlingensief at KW Institute for Contemporary Art December 1st, 2013 - January 19th
Posted 1/8/14

King of schlock and shock, the late Christoph Schlingensief is widely considered one of the most eminent artists to emerge out of Germany in the last fifty years. Beginning as a filmmaker, he later incorporated theater, sculpture, installation, performance, and even literature into his practice before his untimely death at the age of fifty. Appropriating pop culture iconography for social activism, his democratic version of the post-Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk (total art) sought to integrate the publi... [more]

20131225141903-east_side_gallery Avoiding the Pomeranian Stampede: Berlin in Review   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/25/13

I can’t say I didn’t see this coming: the end of year review. I approach this time of year with a mix of dread and depressed resignation with our current mediascape. My Facebook feed currently includes such reflective gems as “The 40 Most Influential Poms of 2013” and “35 Most Important Texts of 2013.” (Spoiler alert: they’re neither important nor deserving of the title “text.” Also, “Poms” is short for “Pomeranians,” in case... [more]

20131211144950-b-nczech-13-0029 Authorial Checks and Balances   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Natalie Czech at Capitain Petzel November 23rd, 2013 - January 25th
Posted 12/11/13

Sign. Sensation. Meaning. The conveyance of subjective experience has always been, if not at the heart, then in the blood of art. I Cannot Repeat What I Hear, Natalie Czech’s new exhibition at Capitain Petzel is an eloquent experiment in mediation and interpretation coupling the conceit of synesthesia with her signature combination of text, collage, and photography. As the title suggests, the running theme questions an artist’s ability to convey her reception and interpretation of the w... [more]

20131127133303-daimler_ac_usa_003_300rgb Mashup alert! Daimler Contemporary goes contemporary   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Josef Albers, Jo Baer, Robert Barry, Karl Benjamin, Ilya Bolotowsky, Krysten Cunningham, Gene Davis, Adolf Richard Fleischmann, Andrea Fraser, Michelle Grabner, Marcia Hafif, Peter Halley, Frederick Hammersley, Michael Heizer, Al Held, Nic Hess, Alexander Liberman, Sylvan Lionni, John McLaughlin, Kenneth Noland, David Novros, Amish People, Robert Ryman, Tom Sachs, Oli Sihvonen, John Tremblay, Larry Zox at Daimler Chrysler Collection: Daimler Contemporary October 17th, 2013 - March 16th
Posted 11/27/13

Despite its prime Potsdamer Platz location in one of the busiest and most central areas of Berlin, the Daimler Collection remains a bit of a secret, brilliantly hidden in plain sight. To find it one must avoid getting sucked into the nearby shopping mall, multiplex theatre, or one of the uncountable restaurants. Look for Haus Huth, the only remaining historical building at Potsdamer Platz. A doorman will let you in. Take the elevator to the top and you’ll suddenly find yourself in a quiet s... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 5, Issue 2: The Return of the Zine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/27/13

Bibliophilia in Technophobia, Pt. II: The Return of the Zine Mara Goldwyn on the new zine-makers of today Some years back an acquaintance who I guess is about eight years younger than I am (I’m thirty-seven now, so at the time I was probably thirty-two and she twenty-four), sent out an email telling people about her “zine.” In the text, she said something like, “don’t know what a zine is?” and then included a link to a Wikipedia article … on zi... [more]

20131126081712-expozine_2013_poster Bibliophilia in Technophobia, Pt. II: The Return of the Zine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/26/13

Some years back an acquaintance who I guess is about eight years younger than I am (I’m thirty-seven now, so at the time I was probably thirty-two and she twenty-four), sent out an email telling people about her “zine.” In the text, she said something like, “don’t know what a zine is?” and then included a link to a Wikipedia article … on zines.[i] I smiled a bit haughtily; this somehow brought me back to my teens and early twenties, when I never quite... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 5, Issue 1: Bibliophilia in the Art World; Art Books and Your Career   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/13

Bibliophilia in Technophobia: A Dream Come True Mara Goldwyn on the recent resurgence in art- and self-publishing in the art world Let me tell you about a dream I had. It was a working-through, partially, of an 80’s era Twilight Zone I probably saw for the first time late at night on a television where there were still two knobs for UHF and VHF, re-ran on YouTube this past year. In the episode, words began to lose their meaning. The word “lunch,” for example, became “dinosaur,” and by the end of the day, there was s... [more]

20131120141415-view_of_the_la_book_fair__2013 Bibliophilia in Technophobia: A Dream Come True   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/13

The phenomenon of collecting loses its meaning as it loses its personal owner. –Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking my Library” Every artist should have a cheap line. It keeps art ordinary. –John Baldessari Let me tell you about a dream I had. It was a working-through, partially, of an 80’s era Twilight Zone I probably saw for the first time late at night on a television where there were still two knobs for UHF and VHF, re-ran on YouTube this past year. In the episode... [more]

20131114075803-ruff_em How’s that for photography?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Thomas Ruff at Johnen Galerie November 8th, 2013 - January 25th
Posted 11/14/13

It’s been years since photographer Thomas Ruff has taken a picture in the traditional sense – set the aperture, press the shutter release, develop the film. For most of his career, Ruff’s work has consisted of altering images he’s dug up everywhere, from the archives of NASA to Internet porn sites. In his latest series, Ruff disregards the camera’s role in the photography process altogether. In photograms, now on display at Johnen Galerie in Mitte, Ruff champions the... [more]

20131031072724-1276106_222495604580515_1769090461_o Singularity in Plurality: Plural Projekt in Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Atelierhof Kreuzberg September 7th, 2013 - October 5th, 2013
Posted 10/31/13

Berlin’s contemporary art scene induces a headiness not recommended for those lacking stamina. We’ve only recently moved on from the monstrously huge offerings of Berlin Art Week, Berliner Liste, and Preview Berlin. Meanwhile, with its constellation of galleries – from Prenzlauer Berg to Neukölln – it sometimes feels like Berlin bequeaths a cynical gaze of see all-seen all to the regular gallery visitor with cold curatorial formations framing the city’s famous r... [more]


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