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20141017074842-er-lckpu-e63e0seoqlmokok9j0wvll8wm0d6oe7ioi_unclc-iygtsp0jxkoxmsrzxppmnsuyp0r9sxth08v9s_eavtlqlvtojmni5wzfjhwjfrszc6ggqjxihifbzy7ym_nzfr0zhcvuj_gwfec8r2l23xog2b3zb55bypfm4ggdg_aez0ozgd5dqbqrch6-rg2k_hxvanbbvzd8mg Who is Responsible for the American Dream?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Josef Strau at Renaissance Society September 21st - November 9th
Posted 10/17/14

I had a dream a couple years ago in which a new, previously unknown continent was discovered on Earth. The knowledge entered my consciousness first like the ambient news of a radio dispatch. It was an impersonal knowledge, born through the slippery medium of dream space, the source of the transmission overlooked as my dream self wondered instead about the profound consequence such a discovery might have on the rest of humankind. The next thing I remember is that I stood on the ground of the new cou... [more]

20141016162503-grosz George Grosz' Grotesque Humanity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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George Grosz at Highgate Gallery October 11th - November 9th
Posted 10/16/14

Every bit as run-down as I remember it, the escalator at the tube station ejects me onto the dull evening streets of Archway. In the queue for the cash machine, a flower-seller smiles and asks me to move aside so he can manoeuvre his heavy but empty trolley closer to the curb. As I insert my card, in the light coming from the doors of the bar on the corner, three men with the yellow-grey skin of a longtime drinker bicker and spit. They give me looks as I pass. From within comes the lilting sound of a... [more]

20141016102120-frieze_sounds Frieze on the cheap: Frieze Sounds   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Keren Cytter, Cally Spooner, Hannah Weinberger at Frieze London October 15th - October 18th
Posted 10/16/14

Frieze Art Fair is very much not free. A day ticket will cost you £33 this year. If you want to pop in after work, a 5–7 PM entry is £15. Heaven forbid you want to bring a child. Doing so will set you back £21, even if they sleep through it. Jake Chapman recently caused controversy by stating in public that children shouldn’t be taken to see contemporary art because they don't get it. In the case of Frieze, I’d have to agree with him—it's unlikely to be worth spe... [more]

20141015103045-mcginley Carry Your Ghosts: Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen, and the Specters of Youth   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ryan McGinley at Team Gallery - Grand St September 7th - October 12th
Posted 10/15/14

When I moved to New York in 2007 one of the first things I picked up was a copy of New York Magazine with Dash Snow, Dan Colen, and Ryan McGinley in bed together on the cover. The image, shot by Cass Bird, has stayed with me. It shows a bird’s-eye view of three friends in their underwear, snuggled together like a small litter of puppies. The picture is intimate but it becomes oddly intrusive on a magazine cover, in part because no one is making eye contact with the photographer. Instead all t... [more]

20141016104205-fried-eggs Frieze Camden: Sarah Lucas' Fried Eggs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sarah Lucas at Frieze London October 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 10/15/14

Given that I am now older (although no wiser, perhaps) than I was when I was 21, there are very few things which can coax me over to the Camden area these days. To make your first trip back there after you've reached something sort-of-approximating adulthood is like having the lights flicked on, abruptly, in a low rent simu-dive-bar: Soylent Green may be people, but the human skulls on the bar here are made of B-grade plastic, and the candles shoved into them are melting their crania. Its patina... [more]

20141015182203-gp362_the_upper_classes_at_bay_2012_full-web An American Response on the Default Man   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/15/14

Grayson Perry, Turner Prize winning potter, weaver, draftsman, transvestite and Brit wrote a poignant essay on the "Default Man" last week for The New Statesman. While he applied his critique of embedded privilege to England alone, this concept most definitely exists internationally and particularly, in Western cultures where white, straight, middle-class males are the dominant, benevolent rulers. This, like any other western nation, is a country of the Default Man. The Default Man—white,... [more]

20141016104339-instagrammies #FriezeMania: The London Instagrammies   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/15/14

If only real life were more like Frieze: a psychotropic world full where adults jump without fear through giant dice and emoji come to life. Look closer, and you'll see the colorful people, bobbles jangling copiously from every seam; the artwork might even pass you by as another vermillion suit-clad publisher slides by; this is the time the chrysalis is shed, and the beautiful butterflies inside, emerging to live and flourish for only a few days, flee towards their nectar: the front-facing camera. ... [more]

20141015211637-img_5297 Frieze London: Overheard at the VIP Preview   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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London Exhibitors at Frieze London October 14th - October 18th
Posted 10/15/14

Here is a series of eavesdroppings from the first day of the Frieze Art Fair. A pleasure and a parody of itself, the fair is a collection of arms and legs and moans and groans tumbling and trellising over each other. The atmosphere is absurd from the upstart: people want to buy a line, a point, an idea, an experience. This carnival is both carnivorous and celebratory. The reactions to the work and random parley make up a tantalizing network of conversation, collaboration, and cacophony. If we we... [more]

20141014115852-marcobrambilla_rendering2 WTF? Art-Fash Fail: The Gap's Latest Collection at Frieze   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/14/14

It's the perfect desk fodder for all the art world haters: fresh in our inboxes this morning were images of the latest limited edition releases as part of a collaboration between smock sweatshop "long history of supporting the arts" corporation Gap Inc. and "even the name sounds like a Kanye invention" Visionaire. They have teamed up and made a "super exciting" collection, printing artworks featured in their previous issues onto sweatshirts and t-shirts. As Visionaire's co-founder Cecilia Dean... [more]

20141014140315-2 The Art Fair Card: Can Replication Be a Form of Criticism?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/14/14

It’s been played. The recent onslaught of exhibitions quoting and using the art fair as a form is well established—and some artists use it better than others. While the market is undeniable, and the phenomenon of the art fair is internationally far-reaching, what are the implications of its criticism through replica? As case studies, two recent exhibitions come to mind: José Lerma's La Bella Crisis at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), which took place over the summer of this year... [more]

20141014140513-p-20141010-00192_hires-jpeg-24bit-rgb Ten Hallucinations from Spaced Out   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/14/14

1) A young woman in skinny jeans pauses outside the entrance of Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior. She pulls her cell phone away from her ear and peeks in at the pink shag carpet lining the floor and Fred Tomaselli’s Diary (1990). She tells whoever is on the other end of her phone call to hold on a minute as she turns her head toward the bouncer, “What the hell is going on in there?” she wants to know, “Is this some kind of surrealist circus or what?” Jim La... [more]

20141012181106-12_foto_ursula_kaufmann Frieze Previews: Jérôme Bel's Inflammatory Disabled Theatre Makes Its London Debut   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Frieze London October 15th - October 18th
Posted 10/12/14

It seems like this year, perhaps influenced by the performance series 14 Rooms that took place at Art Basel a few months ago, Frieze has taken a performative turn. Many of its special projects incorporate live shows, and a new section called Frieze Live will introduce performance-based works and reenactments of historical performances at the fair itself. For example, the Japanese duo United Brothers will offer the visitors a soup made of vegetables grown in the region of Fukushima’s 2011 nuc... [more]

20141012190352-planningtorock Frieze Previews: Digital Discussions and Genderless Aliens   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/12/14

We've already recommeded Disabled Theatre, a "hip hop party"-like performance, and a Frieze Project at the zoo. Here are a few more events and performances to look out for this week: Part of ICA London's Off-Site programme during Frieze this year is a series of panel discussions organized in collaboration with Rhizome. Taking place from Wednesday to Friday, the three panels of "Do you Follow? Art in Circulation" will focus on the politics of digital circulation and its effect on contemporary art... [more]

20141012190639-cerith_wyn_evans_1 Frieze Previews: Frieze Projects Heads to the London Zoo   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/12/14

Also part of Frieze Projects 2014 is Cerith Wyn Evans' offsite project that will take place at the London Zoo at Regent’s Park. Wyn Evans, known for his neon works, will create an installation at the impressive Snowdon Aviary, designed in the 1960s by Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Frank Newby, and Cedric Price. The work will be viewed together with the rare birds from the see-through structure, and on Thursday the 16th, at 5:30 PM, a special performance will take place, with... [more]

20140811145232-family1z_website Ed Fornieles: Post-Internet Art and the Modern Family   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ed Fornieles at Chisenhale Gallery September 19th - November 9th
Posted 10/12/14

In the run up to Ed Fornieles’ solo show, Chisenhale Gallery's Instagram feed was peppered with quick-moving pictures of wholesome family activities—brightly colored breakfast cereals, food porn and sleeping infants, angelic kids growing up to uplifting muzak, hand-holding—some of which descend into destruction, fire, or violence. Other images remained open-ended, such as the repeated phrase "Be Yourself." Fornieles, a British artist now working in LA, who was part of Sarah McC... [more]

20141012181406-korakrit_arunanondchai_charles_roussel_-20140323-4425 Frieze Previews: Korakrit Arunanondchai's "Midnight Hip Hop Party" Comes to London   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/12/14

The ICA London will feature its Off-Site series of performances and talks throughout Frieze days, at the special location of The Old Selfridges Hotel. On one of the most intriguing nights, Thursday the 16th, Korakrit Arunanondchai will present four videos combined with performances: 2012-2555 (2012), 2556 (2013), Painting with history in a room filled with men with funny names 2 (2557) (Part 1) (2013), and his recent on-going work, The Future (2014). The Thai artist, known for his body painting on denim canvases and his semi autobiographical video work... [more]


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