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20150227141656-2015-02-26_10 Paris Dispatches: The Day of the Markets / La Bonne Dimanche   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/27/15

Paris Dispatches is the blog of ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence, Brett Day Windham, who will be undertaking her residency in Paris during January and February 2015. She will be using the blog to share her process, work, and experience throughout the residency. Georgia Fee Summer 2015 Residency Session is now accepting applications. You can find more information about the residency and how to apply here. —For Allison— “What strange phenomena we find in a great... [more]

20150227100942-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e4 Made-Up With Danny Volk: S1E4 with Paul Mpagi Sepuya   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/26/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Danny is at the studio of photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya. More About... [more]

20150226140029-nominal_natura Botanical Arts: a Heritage of Naturalist Imperialism   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/26/15

Colombian artists have shown a fascination with nature over the last two decades. Many of these artists apply pseudo-scientific methods and tools to address issues of the relationship between humanity and nature. This interest is so prevalent in Colombian art that José Roca, one of Colombia’s most respected curators, opened up FLORA ars+natura, a space dedicated to the relationship between art and nature in Bogotá in 2012. These artists exercise a vast array of approaches: fr... [more]

20150226115322-amaral_olga_-_ww-067 #ArcoColombia: Colombia Across Madrid   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at ARCO Madrid February 25th - March 1st
Posted 2/25/15

In its 34th edition, ARCOmadrid has invited Colombia to participate as guest of honor under the moniker #ArcoColombia. Since 1996, the organization has presented a special focus on a different country each year (last year we covered ARCO's #FocusFinland, also furnished with a readymade hashtag). This year the special program encompasses a selection of 10 galleries curated by Juan A. Gaitán for the main fair alongside a broad repertoire of exhibitions and events that will parallel ARCOmadrid... [more]

20150225132706-7637120150220_9036 The Making of Violence: Doris Salcedo at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Doris Salcedo at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) February 21st - May 24th
Posted 2/25/15

Internationally acclaimed artist Doris Salcedo opened her first US museum retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) last week to great anticipation: Latin Americanists had been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Bogotá-born artist’s survey, and it seemed all of Chicago was enthusiastic as well. Co-curated by MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and with assistance from Steven L. Bridges, the exhibition presents Salcedo’s larg... [more]

20150225142952-4 Has the Net Made Us More Nervous?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/25/15

A handful of the UK’s young artists have nervousness on the brain—or so it seems, judging by a recent crop of artistic endeavors discussing 21st century anxiety. Among current examples are Helen Carmel Benigson’s solo show Anxious, Stressful, Insomnia Fat at Carroll/Fletcher, London; Rosamund Lakin’s cyberchrondriac film First Opinion at Modern Art Oxford and "This is not a Symptom," a South London Gallery lecture series on the micropolitics of nervousness, facilitated by... [more]

20150223132253-_ Fractal Realities: A Look at Lala Abaddon's Amazing Photo-Weavings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lala Abaddon at Castor Gallery February 26th - March 29th
Posted 2/24/15

Mixing painting and weaving with 35mm photography, Brooklyn-based artist Lala Abaddon creates intricate woven works that “create space and time within a stationary moment” through her use of color and contrast. By cutting printed photographs into hundreds of strips, which she then weaves together, Abaddon creates a deconstructed collage of worldly experience, exemplifying alternate realities of chaos, color, and the universe. Her work dives into the cerebral components of human connecti... [more]

20150223113905-screen_shot_2015-02-23_at_12 A Major Survey of Belgian Art Opens... in Havana   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/23/15

So you walk into El Floridita, one of many Havana bars that prides itself on being a former haunt of barfly Ernest Hemmingway, and there is Guillaume Bijl, the Belgian artist known for absurd installations in which he brings a driving school or travel agency into a museum context. On your way out, you try to hail a taxi, but it is already occupied by Joëlle Tuerlinckx. In a nearby eatery, video artist Johan Grimonprez is having lunch. It feels like Havana is having a Belgian moment—and i... [more]

20150223150008-2 Preview: MENAM at Armory 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/23/15

Middle East-centric shows are having a moment in American museums, but the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean (MENAM) focus at this year’s Armory Show (March 4-8) will mark the first time a fair in the US has brought a large showing of art from the region to a commercial environment. Curator Omar Kholeif and focus partners Edge of Arabia and Art Jameel have selected a handful of galleries, each of which will feature a maximum of two artists, balanced between modern and contemporary. The overall curatorial vision for the s... [more]

20150220202335-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e3 Made-Up With Danny Volk: S1E3   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/20/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: artist Zachary Harvey and host Danny Volk dress up as cowboys. Mor... [more]

20150103152323-pl049_qf_wiley_kw-pa12-033-shantavia-beale-ii-crop_428w Kehinde Wiley's Empire of Vulnerability   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kehinde Wiley at Brooklyn Museum of Art February 20th - May 24th
Posted 2/20/15

“Kehinde Wiley is everywhere right now,” said Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, as the small press tour began. This was not an exaggeration by any means; Wiley garnered recent attention when his paintings appeared as backdrops in Fox's Empire, a highly stylized melodrama from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong that collages black stereotypes while positioning black bodies into a King Lear-like drama, and for his fashion week photoshoot wit... [more]

20150219102555-image_4 Buy a Cardigan and the Holocaust Painting Is Half Price   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/19/15

About eight years ago, before J.Crew arrived in Toronto, I was having a conversation with a colleague at the University of Toronto. He was an Art History PhD from Ohio, who specialized in medieval Italian church frescoes and dressed like the quintessential preppy yuppie: buttoned-down gingham cotton shirts, khaki pants, Clarks. He complained about how he couldn’t shop in Toronto, because it hadn’t yet caught up with “civilization” by having a J.Crew. Recently, I found myself wander... [more]

20150219120141-7 Morning Star: Marshall Scheuttle Photographs Las Vegas in a New Light   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/19/15

Las Vegas-based photographer Marshall Scheuttle explores the American landscape, documenting archetypes of American youth and the narratives which develop around them—exploring our place and identity within the world. Borderland, his first body of work, focused on the individual and their surroundings; his latest project, Morning Star, turns its attention to the specific dynamic of Las Vegas, in response to the stories he uncovered in his earlier series. Scheuttle shoots analogue using a lar... [more]

20150218124428-1 15 Curators to Watch in 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/18/15

Curators are stealing the spotlight in the art world—mostly, for a good reason. This year brings an international showcase from a growing cohort of curators who, from Miami to Tel Aviv, have organized exhibitions we can look forward to—including public art and analogue photography. Ask a curator how they feel about curating and you might get mundane answers about the day-to-day tediums of mothering artists and battles with the internet, but the big picture is ever more exciting. The f... [more]

20150217131214-michelberger The Freelance Cafe Guide: Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/17/15

You know who I'm talking about: sipping the dregs of an hour-cold flat white, hidden amidst a fortress of MacBooks and Moleskines, using a public cafe as their own personal workspace. Yeah, you've see them—you may even be one of them. And I confess to you: I too am one of those people. It wasn't always like this. I used to rent a studio space. It was cold, smelled of fish (from the market below) and the WiFi was more selective than the bouncers at Berghain. More and more often, I found myse... [more]

20150217133403-10527855_711199368928289_2632844304672246228_n Is Beirut Going Blank? New National Policy Threatens City's Street Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/17/15

Savvy Lebanese talk show host Zaven Kouyoumdjian broke a story on February 10 announcing that Beirut Municipality may remove all street art murals and graffiti from the city as part of a new overarching national policy to ban political slogans, posters, banners, and flags from public spaces. While technically street art has always required a permit from the municipality, that rule was seldom enforced in the past, and writers from all over the world have visited Beirut to beautify the already v... [more]


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