What makes the SPRING/BREAK Art Show So Different, So Appealing?
Natalie Hegert chats with three SPRING/BREAK curators about their projects and what makes this show an Armory Week stand out.
The SPRING/BREAK Art Show inevitably feels like a huge art school party. Maybe because it’s held in a school. But also because of the almost cliquish camaraderie among the exhibitors, the artwork packed halls, the crowded downstairs bar area, and the perennial pack of artist-types chain-smoking outside. Having gone to grad schoo... [more]
The SPRING/BREAK Art Show inevitably feels like a huge art school party. Maybe because it’s held in a school. But also because of the almost cliquish camaraderie among the exhibitors, the artwork packed halls, the crowded downstairs bar area, and the perennial pack of artist-types chain-smoking outside. Having gone to grad school in NYC, it seems like I always run into people I know at SPRING/BREAK, either exhibiting, curating or just checking it out (because they know someone else who is exhibiting... [more]
It's undeniable that the proliferation, expansion and emboldening of the art fair is a distinct characteristic of our contemporary art world. The art fair industry over the last decade has grown exponentially, becoming a crucial part of the art landscape, developing from mere trade shows into elaborate events and necessary meeting grounds for art professionals. Charlie Schultz talks with Katelijne De Backer, the Director of Exhibitor Relations for SCOPE about the evolution of art fairs, her tenure as director of the Armory Show,... [more]
Let us imagine that we were to hold a costume party where the theme was “artists” – you would undoubtedly get a high volume of Dalis and Frida Kahlos and bald-cap Picassos, yes, but I’d say it was a fairly certain bet that you’d get at least three David Hockneys to boot. What I mean is that Hockney – with his distinctive appearance – is so much a part of the cultural furniture that we can expect to see Hockney-styled shoots in, say, Vogue Hommes Internationa... [more]
Artslant Street got the chance to sit down with Fountain Art Fair director and resident badass, Elizabeth Tully. Armed with her tool belt and an iPhone, Tully is the creamy center of Fountain’s production cookie. Working between founders Johnny Leo and David Kesting, Tully packs a bark just as big as her bite and the result has been five years in the drivers seat of the critically acclaimed alternative art fair. Celebrated as one of the leading satellite exhibition spaces for the emerging... [more]
I don’t think it’s fair to call Logan Hicks a street artist. It’s too confining for the man who spends hours cutting paper into fine details or risks his life climbing skyscrapers to get a photograph that no one else can capture. I don’t know. That’s just my take on it. Labels confuse me anyways, because I recognize artists based on their own achievements and not their achievements when compared to others. And quite simply, Logan Hicks can’t be compared to ot... [more]
F.A.T. Lab, F.A.T. GOLD Europe: Five Years of Free Art & Technology by Andrea Alessi Mike Baca, Aram Bartholl, Magnus Eriksson, Michael Frumin, Geraldine Juarez, Katsu, Tobias Leingruber, Greg Leuch, Golan Levin, Zach Lieberman, LM4K, Kyle McDonald, Jonah Peretti, Christopher “moot” Poole, James Powderly, Evan Roth, Borna Sammak, Randy Sarafan, Becky Stern, Chris Sugrue, Addie Wagenknecht, Theo Watson, Jamie Wilkinson, Bennett Williamson, Hennessy Youngman at MU | Witte Dame
November 13th, 2013 - January 26th
I crouched down, picked up a marker, and tried to remember the illegible scribble that used to be my “tag”: a gesture of sharp points and steady curves punctuated by a strategic line slashed through the whole inscription. In high school I would trace it onto book covers and notepads and think I was cool. It came to me eventually, the first delivery unsteady as I carefully considered which shapes fit where; in a second, more successful attempt, I let my arm do the work, confidently forging... [more]
If you're in Adelaide for the Fringe Festival, Cold Crush Gallery has put together a choice exhibition of small works by 30 local and international artists. Check out some selected works below.
Cold Krush has been operating for 5 years now as a retail outlet and Art Gallery. No stranger to putting on a great Art exhibition for the Adelaide Fringe, Cold Krush is currently working towards their next group show, “PRISM” for this years Fringe Festival.
Cold Krush is pleased to presen... [more]
On January 11th, the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), situated in the 1932 Art Deco building of the previous Royal Asiatic Society, opened Indian artist Bharti Kher’s first large-scale solo show within Asia. Curated by Mumbai-based art historian and Adjunct Curator at the Guggenheim, Snadhini Poddar, Bharti Kher: Misdemeanors surveys a fifteen-year span of the artist’s creative practice from the early 2000s to the present day. Twenty works comprised of sculptures, bindi paintings, photographs, in... [more]
Surprises, Surprises!: The Season of Spring opens at Flower Pepper Gallery by ArtSlant STREET adrienne adar, Isabelle Alford-Lago, Kelly Allen, Douglas Alvarez, Luis "Guava" Arevalo, Manly Art, Anthony Ausgang, Aaron Axelrod, Camille Banchad, Kristin Bauer, Lukaz Belcarski, Jud Bergeron, Terri Berman, Jon Bernad, Mark Bieraugel, Om Bleicher, Jason Brammer, Aaron Brown, Nicole Bruckman, Erin Burrell, Julian Callos, Miri Chais, Salao Coboi, J.A.W. Cooper, Jennie Cotterill, Dr. Cream, Graham Curran, Jessica Dalva, Jamie Dean, Comet Debris, MARY DELIOUSSINA, Tami Demaree, Michelle Devereux, Leah C. Dixon, Bob Dob, Keith Dugas, Ears, Mike Egan, Jay Erker, HAUNTED EUTH, T. Fail, Fausto Fernandez, Erik Flores, Robert Fontenot, GATS, Lauren Von Gaugh, Toby Goodshank, Dev N Gosha, Pamela Grau, Kio Griffith, Kimberly Hahn, Sarah Harkey, Yuri Hasagawa, The Radioactive Chicken Heads, Hieronymus, Michael C. Hsiung, Teddy Kelly, Claudia Kleefeld, Lizzi Kreteller, Laura Krifka, Allison Krumwiede, Alexander Laccarino (That Kid Who Draws), Poppy Lawman, Mashanda Lazarus, Lyndsey Lesh, lilstickyrice, Bradford Lynn, Rebecca Manson, Jacob Arden McClure, Liz McGrath, Ryan McIntosh, Scott Mcpherson, Mega, Brook Meinhardt, Trace Mendoza, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Andre Miripolsky, Rick Morris, Jules Muck, Malka Nedivi, Max Neutra, Anne Faith Nicholls, Cosmic Nuggets, Numskull, Liberated Objects, Orson Oblowitz, Quam Odunsi, Almighty Opp, Sinae Park, Gina Phillips, Chilin's Pinstriping, Emmett Potter, Little Friends of Printmaking, Javier Rameriz, Erwin Recinos, Joseph Remnant, Chris Rexroad, Mike Reynolds, Homo Riot, Rebecca Rose, Adam Roth, Kevin Russ, Jay Ryan, Huseyin Sami, Alex Schaefer, Ellen Schinderman, Reed Seifer, Septerhed, COLLIN VAN DER SLUIJS, Allison Smith, Ellen Stagg, JT STEINY, Jon Stich, Malcolm Stuart, Camilla Taylor, Ghost Ghost Teeth, Ben Tegel, Quentin "Shplinton" Thomas, Moss All The Time, Brad Tinmouth, Jesse Tise, Mark Todd, TSF, Ethan Turpin, James Van Arsdale, Jacob van Loon, Porous Walker, Cam Wall, Clark Walter, Victoria Warehem, Esther Pearl Watson, Bruce Lee Webb, Nervis Wreck, XVALA, alisa yang, Jeni Yang, Amy Yung, Zio Ziegler at Flower Pepper Gallery
March 1st - April 4th
The irrepressible Daniel Rolnik is at it again. He's curated a huge group show over at Flower Pepper Gallery that sounds like it will be a very fun event. Daniel told us, "The idea is that all of the artists made an original piece and then also included surprises with it. So when you buy James Van Arsdale's ninja star, it actually comes with a ninja star! And other cool stuff like that! Julian Callo's piece comes with three one-of-a-kind zines. It's pretty spectacular!"
The not-to-be-missed opening reception... [more]
Like a great pop song or a poem, Nina Yuen’s work enchants, making you feel like she’s speaking to you alone. Her performative films, which are currently on view at de Appel arts centre, bind the universal with the ultrapersonal. They fill the second floor of the Prins Hendrikkade space in an exhibition consisting mainly of these short, fantastical films of approximately six or seven minutes each, plus some prints titled as studies for her films Andoe and Lea.
Although it is nice to see Yuen’s work in other m... [more]
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]
Shanghai, Feb. 2014: When Xu Zhen was twenty-one-years-old he made a video piece called Rainbow (1998) in which a man’s back is turned red from a lashing that is heard, but not seen. The piece debuted at the 49th Venice Biennial. In another early video work, Not Doing Anything (1999), the artist whipped a dead cat’s body against a wall until there was little left. If there is an extreme end to an idea, Xu Zhen will take it, and his consistent willingness to push boundaries has made him... [more]
The first Armory Show in 1913 introduced European avant-garde painting and sculpture to the American public. Roughly a century later the New York fair has chosen contemporary works from China to be its focus. Sixteen galleries will travel to New York from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong next week and about half of them will be bringing the work of a young generation.
This year’s curator for the Focus section is Philip Tinari. Formerly the Chief Editor of LEAP magazine, Tinari i... [more]
There's a dubious trend in contemporary art in North America right now that seems to be flying under the radar, likely due to its pleasant appeal and harmlessly inoffensive nature. It's typically a combination of two seemingly nice things: nostalgia and sentiment.
This three-person show at Daniel Faria gallery is an example of a sentimental rehashing of modernist sensibilities, and it succeeds on certain levels, in that it looks just like art we know and love. On those same levels it fails.
An Te... [more]
From Realism to Radicalism
Iona Whittaker speaks with Focus: China curator Philip Tinari about contemporary Chinese art at The Armory Show.
The first Armory Show in 1913 introduced European avant-garde painting and sculpture to the American public. Roughly a century later the New York fair has chosen contemporary works from China to be its focus. Sixteen galleries will travel to New York from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong next week and about half of them will b... [more]