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20160607120633-jpg_lower_res_glasses_-2007_-penny-pritzker-and-bryan-traubert-collection Reflecting on History While Presenting a History of Perception   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Luc Tuymans at MAS | Museum aan de Stroom May 13th - September 18th
Posted 6/6/16

The history of eyeglasses goes back almost a thousand years. In his Book of Optics, dated 1021, the Arab scientist Alhazen had already mentioned the use of a convex lens to enlarge images. The translation of this treatise into Latin led to the invention of magnifying glasses held together by a frame in thirteenth century Italy. The earliest depiction of someone wearing glasses, Tommaso da Modena’s portrait of a Dominican cardinal, dates from 1352. Since then corrective eyewear has been s... [more]

20140904170942-brey3 The British (and the French) are coming!: Veterans meet new arrivals during Brussels Art Days   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/4/14

That Brussels has a thriving art scene is no longer a secret to the international art community. We’ve reached the point where some media have even baptized what was formerly regarded as a dull and grey city as the “New Berlin.” There’s no better moment to check it out with your own eyes than during the seventh edition of Brussels Art Days (BAD), Brussels’ reply to the Gallery Weekend in Berlin you might say. Twenty-nine galleries open their doors next weekend, while others not affiliated under the... [more]

20140712142435-10 Genuine Collecting at the Herbert Foundation   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Herbert Foundation July 4th, 2014 - November 8th, 2014
Posted 8/6/14

Among Belgium’s many private collections, one of the most impressive is definitely Annick and Anton Herbert’s. Focused on minimal and conceptual art from 1968 to 1989, it is internationally respected and of a museum-like quality. Indeed, various institutions (Eindhoven’s Van Abbemuseum, Barcelona’s MACBA, Austria’s Kunsthaus Graz…) have already dedicated exhibitions to it. Since June 2013, the collection has also found a permanent dwelling in a former industr... [more]

20140613154233-prouvost1 Trading Places   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Laure Prouvost at MOT INTERNATIONAL, Brussels June 6th, 2014 - August 2nd, 2014
Posted 6/13/14

I didn’t know what to expect as I entered MOTInternational for Laure Prouvost’s first solo exhibition in Belgium. I knew the artist by reputation and by some of her videos I’d viewed outside the context of their installations—but that did not prepare me for seeing her work in situ. The French born, London-based artist, most recently celebrated for winning the Turner Prize for her installation Wantee (2013), is known for stepping away from linear narratives, unhinging com... [more]

20140517113146-mezzaqui Things are not as they seem at Villa Empain   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Karel Adamus, Jordi Alcaraz, Helena Almeida, Anton Alvarez, Noriko Ambe, Élodie Antoine, Jørgen Craig Lello & Tobias Arnell, MAR ARZA, Christian Astuguevieille, Maarten Baas, Roger Ballen, Juan Carlos Batista, Gregor Beltzig, Mónica Bengoa, José Bento, Julien Berthier, Andrea Bianconi, Jean Boghossian, Bram Boo, Florian Borkenhagen, Etienne Bossut, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Mark Brazier-Jones, Alfonso Brezmes, Eyal Burstein, Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, Jonathan Callan, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Daniel Canogar, Giuseppe Capitano, Charley Case, Noor Ali Chagani, Ka-Lai Chan, Gad Charny, Kyungwoo Chun, Tobias Collier, Christophe Coppens, Christopher Coppers, José Pedro Croft, Jacob Dahlgren, Muriel de Crayencour, Paul de Guzman, Baptiste Debombourg, Boris Dennler, Brian Dettmer, Lauren DiCioccio, Tom Dixon, Vincent Dubourg, Stéphane Ducatteau, EliKuka, Sammy Engramer, Ninar Esber, Héctor Falcón, Mounir Fatmi, Flavio Favelli, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Darren Foote, Aurelien Froment, FRP2, Takaya Fujii, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Carlos Garaicoa, Gelitin, Maddalena Fragnito De Giorgio, Anthony Goicolea, Geert Goiris, Matt Golden, Máximo González, Antonio Diaz Grande, Yoeri Guepin, Rune Guneriussen, Tal Gur, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Thomas Heatherwick, Pepe Heykoop, Hilal Sami Hilal, Eva Hjorth, Chourouk Hriech, Zhao Huasen, Richard Hutten, Hisae Ikenaga, Emilio Isgrò, Boukje Janssen, Svein Fannar Johannson, Michael Johansson, Sean M. Johnson, Kenneth Josephson, Charles Kaisin, Tamar Kasparian, André Kertész, Krištof Kintera, Takehito Koganezawa, Dasha Krotova, Anouk Kruithof, Brig Laugier, Soon Young Lee, Wonho Lee, Isabelle Lenfant, Arik Levy, Tim Lewis, Miller Levy & Olivier Liegent, Kai Linke, Jacques Lizène, Sharon Louden, Chema Madoz, Esko Männikkö, Alicia Martin, Jeremy May, Rebeca Menéndez, Eugenio Merino, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Mihael Milunovic, Aiko Miyanaga, David Moises, Francesco De Molfetta, Linarejos Moreno, Louise Nevelson, Nurbossyn Oris, Edgar Orlaineta, Luis González Palma, Daniele Papuli, J & PEG, Lucien Pelen, João Penalva, Emilio Chapela Pérez, Adrien Petrucci, Stephane Plassier, Ivan Puig, Pol Quadens, Ilya Rabinovich, Sandra Ramos, Raw-Edges, Pablo Reinoso, Tejo Remy, Nadine Rennert, Fiona Roberts, Marc Andre Robinson, Andrei Roiter, David Rückli, José Rufino, Georgia Russell, Doris Salcedo, Ana Sánchez, Amparo Sard, Reiner Xaver Sedelmeier, Noah Sherwood, Chiharu Shiota (Japan), Shirley Shor, Danny Simon, Jana Sterbak, Tobias Sternberg, Carmen and Switzerland, Janna Syvanoja, Koji Takei, Cécile Le Talec, Yuken Teruya, Stéphane Thidet, Nazif Topçuoğlu, Jade Townsend, Hiroko Tsuchida, Massimo Uberti, Jerry Uelsmann, Bob Verschueren, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Peter Weibel, Stefan Wewerka, Philip Wiegard, Sam Winston, Julia Winter, Erwin Wurm, Tao Xue, Tokujin Yoshioka, Anna Zholud, Sylvie Zijlmans at Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation March 1st, 2014 - September 7th, 2014
Posted 5/17/14

In the Internet age we’ve all heard it said that content is king. Although now part of popular nomenclature, this idea is not novel. Susan Sontag asserts in her seminal 1966 essay, “Against Interpretation,” that “whatever it may have been in the past, the idea of content is today mainly a hindrance, a nuisance, a subtle or not so subtle philistinism.” It is not difficult imagining that the curators at the Boghosian Foundation’s Villa Empain had both this concept... [more]

Art Brussels Special Edition: Homage to the Collector, at the Fair and Beyond   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 4/28/14

Homage to the fair's most important asset Edo Dijksterhuis looks at Portrait of the Collector as a Work of Art, an Art Brussels exhibition celebrating Belgium's beloved collectors. It was in the mid-eighties that the organizers of Art Brussels approached KunstRAI—later known as Art Amsterdam—with a proposition to merge the two fairs. Both events were then only a few years old and scraping along in a slowly developing art market. The new event would take place alter... [more]

20140422080111-paul-casaer-checked-hres Portrait of the collector as a producer   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Rodrigo Bueno, Paul Casaer, Clairenadiasimon, Alfred D'Ursel, Manu Engelen, Filip Gilissen, Sophie Giraux, Meggy Rustamova at CAB April 23rd, 2014 - June 21st, 2014
Posted 4/22/14

Much has been said about the so-called “Belgian collector.” For captains of industry and local dentists alike, collecting contemporary art almost seems to be part of the Belgian DNA—which explains why the country is reputed for having the highest concentration of art collectors per square kilometer. Yet, as more and more Parisian collectors make the move to Brussels, the Belgian collector is becoming increasingly French. In addition to Art Brussels’ Portrait of the Colle... [more]

20140422192515-heather_phillipson_the_original_erogenous_zone_sketch There Are Metaphors Everywhere: Heather Phillipson, Art Brussels SOLO Projects   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Art Brussels April 24th, 2014 - April 27th, 2014
Posted 4/22/14

Can art speak for itself? Heather Phillipson's voice is the deadpan monotone to hyper coloured installations and playfully bizarre videos: the ironic, non-plussed commentary to match the over-saturated, sardonic simulacra of our now everyday existence. Her voice accompanies us in the first-person, along with the sounds of dreamy love songs, navigating the open-ended narrative, through Freudian slips and homophones. For Phillipson, language is paramount; her other vocation, as a poet, confirms this... [more]

20140422095135-sam_durant Homage to the fair’s most important asset   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Stanley Brouwn, Ross Chisholm, Nigel Cooke, Thierry De Cordier, William Daniels, Hans Op de Beeck, Sam Durant, Simon Fujiwara, Jacob Kassay, Sol LeWitt, Lucy McKenzie, Juan Muñoz, Rob Pruitt, Wilhelm Sasnal, Jan Schoonhoven, Nick van Woert, Matthew Weir, Haegue Yang at Art Brussels April 24th, 2014 - April 27th, 2014
Posted 4/21/14

It was in the mid-eighties that the organizers of Art Brussels approached Amsterdam’s KunstRAI—later known as Art Amsterdam—with a proposition to merge the two fairs. Both events were then only a few years old and scraping along in a slowly developing art market. The new event would take place alternatingly in the Dutch and the Belgian capital. The Northern party declined. In 2007 Art Cologne changed its date from fall to spring. The world’s oldest fair for modern and contempora... [more]

20140215160305-brother__brother__brother__2013 Victims of a plague, victims of society   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Sophie Nys at Galerie Greta Meert February 7th, 2014 - April 5th, 2014
Posted 2/15/14

Angelina Jolie, a lapdog, and a bottle of bubbly: three entities whose relationship to one another doesn’t exactly surprise the modern mind. Yet I was not expecting to see the composition of a celebrity event on the back walls of Greta Meert as I peered in through the gallery’s large windows at Sophie Nys’ third solo show at the downtown venue. My suspicions dissipated when I took an invitation card introducing the exhibition. It featured an image of a plague stone, a motif that would reverberate... [more]

20140104122508-photo-4 Power(Point) in numbers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Michael Riedel at Michel Rein Brussels December 13th, 2013 - February 1st, 2014
Posted 1/4/14

Visiting the new Michael Riedel show is like stepping into a PowerPoint presentation. I felt like an avatar, moving between lines, shapes, codes and text, half expecting something to swipe past me on my way round. PowerPoint. The word conjures dreaded memories of antiquated designs for clumsy high school presentations with slides of rotating, circling texts and crude clip art images used in an attempt to jazz up the almost-always tedious topic under discussion. The days of relying on the once ubiqui... [more]

20131129164942-2 Filling in a blank in the image bank   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Kerry James Marshall at MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp October 4th, 2013 - February 2nd, 2014
Posted 11/29/13

In the eyes of European curators and collectors, Kerry James Marshall is a quintessentially African-American artist, dealing with the idiosyncrasies of a place far removed from the Old World. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but this can be the only explanation for the complete absence of Marshall’s work in European museum collections. Only two private collectors, one in London and one in Amsterdam, have actually bought paintings by the artist who in the United States is considered one of the... [more]

20131116082050-amce_grj2013-1 Bubblegum bombs over Brussels   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Adam McEwen at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen November 8th, 2013 - December 21st, 2013
Posted 11/16/13

Something as banal as chewing gum irregularly stuck to New York pavements has inspired British artist Adam McEwen’s most recent body of work, currently on show at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen. Comprising ten large inkjet prints on a cellulose sponge material, McEwen’s new Sponge works are a continuation of his Bomber Harris series, which gained the artist international recognition. McEwen’s photographs of the chewing gum-riddled New York pavements inspired the placement of spots in his B... [more]

20131004224324-zombies The Photo and the Filing Cabinet   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Adam Helms at Almine Rech Gallery Brussels September 6th, 2013 - October 29th, 2013
Posted 10/4/13

In his seminal 1986 essay “The Body and the Archive”, Allan Sekula argued that photography, bolstered by notions of veracity both for and by its scientific and legal usage, could be an apparatus of power used for social categorization, repression, and criminalization. He demonstrated how in the nineteenth century the photographic archive, an epistemological, systematizing institution, came to designate a “criminal body” constituted as much from police photography as from... [more]

20130910184712-kgee140 Fall Preview: Brussels Art Days   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/10/13

There’s something appealing about Brussels’ approach to the reopening of its contemporary art galleries in September. Some cities take a couple weekends of openings to repopulate their galleries with new artworks. Others have one night when the entire local art scene switches on, decisively ending the August blackout. These evenings are fun – whether they come in staccato bursts or roaring symphony – but they’re also exhausting. And if you happen to be craving actua... [more]

20130614192058-largegelitin_reine_magarine_rilke_jean_jacques_643ba "Gelitin, come out to play?"   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Gelitin at Tim Van Laere Gallery May 16th, 2013 - June 29th, 2013
Posted 6/14/13

The last time Gelitin had a show at Tim Van Laere they constructed an elevated outhouse atop a bare bones stairway and invited visitors to urinate in it. The pee flowed down through a transparent tube where it collected in a giant yellow bladder of a waterbed on which said visitors were encouraged to recline. Yeah, that happened. As you can imagine, when I recently visited the collective’s second show at the Antwerp gallery I was ready. I wanted to pee on something. Or burn something. Or knock something over. Bri... [more]

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