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San Francisco Collecting Taps into Intrinsic Value of Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/15/15

Collecting art as a narcissist hobby is the most virulent kind of collecting, whereas collecting as a means of humble support seems to be the approved model—at least in San Francisco. A recent art panel in the city attempted to discern a difference between San Francisco and Los Angeles collectors. Moderated by LA gallerist Mieke Marple (Night Gallery), the panelists were Sofya Polyakov of Noun Project (LA), Sabrina Buell of Zlot Buell art advisors (SF), Jessica Silverman of Jessica Silverman Gallery (S... [more]

Armory Show 2015: The #Instagrammies   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/6/15

An art fair isn't the most innovative cultural event—it might even make you worry about the state of culture and raise concerns about the mental health of art industry workers. No, it's not the most relaxed way to experience art—bonus points for the most nauseating strip lighting in the world. Important questions are raised by this year's Armory Show, such as: why shouldn't I attach a GoPro to my dog? Why should a sweater have armholes? It also reminds us that the true frisson of art... [more]

Vernissage Report: Independent 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Independent March 5th - March 8th
Posted 3/6/15

Malfunctioning subways, icy roads, and slushy sidewalks did little to deter fair-goers from attending Independent’s Vernissage last night. It is year six for Independent, an art fair that continues to provide a refreshing alternative to the heavy-handedness of its behemoth counterparts on the piers. An open floor plan directs traffic in a meandering fashion, contrary to the congested roadways of gridded booths across town at Armory. This wandering through and around works not only creates a br... [more]

Armory Arts Week: Your Guide to the Fairs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/2/15

With the Armory Show each March comes the orbit of satellite fairs, each with their own set of opening parties, special projects, lecture series, performances, and "happenings." To help make sense of it all, we present The Guide—your one-stop doc for a week's worth of logistics, highlights, and unmissable Armory Week events. Click on the fair icons for additional information about location, dates, admission fees, etc. Culturunners photomontage by Azra Aksamija, ©Art Jameel and... [more]

Exclusive Video Interviews from GalleryLOG with VOLTA Featured Artists   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/1/15

VOLTA is Armory Week's invitational contemporary art fair uniquely dedicated to solo projects. In association with GalleryLOG and VOLTA NY, ArtSlant presents exclusive video interviews with six featured artists from VOLTA NY. Click on the link to watch the interview or find more information about each artist. Ida Kvetny Galleri Christoffer Egelund (Copenhagen, booth C4) VOLTA NY 2015 Dustin Yellin Richard Heller Gallery (Los Angeles, booth B1) VOLTA NY 2015 ... [more]

#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 during the... [more]

Zona MACO: Around Mexico City's Premier Art Fair in 10 Artworks   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/6/15

Bustling Mexico City has embraced the international art scene while continuing to develop its own independent arts agenda through multiple platforms and outreach. This week Zona MACO, Central America's most important art fair, brings it all together, garnering major works of art from around the world to its 13th edition. The overall vibe of this year's fair—which opened Wednesday and continues throughout this weekend—was very laid-back, with an evident rise of painting and sculpture works at gallerie... [more]

Your Guide to Navigating Los Angeles Art Events on This Very Important Weekend   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/29/15

Living in Los Angeles as an active member of the art scene involves making many choices on a weekly or even nightly basis. In other cities, where art spaces are packed tightly together in close proximity, it’s usually possible to hop around to visit a number of events on a given night, using public transportation or grabbing an Uber, no big deal. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is not one city: it is many. It is unimaginably spread out, and the vast distances between the different art enclav... [more]

Copy ‘n’ Paste Micro-guide: Tweets for ALAC, Paramount Ranch, and the LA Art Book Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/29/15

Art loving Angelenos, in advance of the busy weekend ahead of you, ArtSlant L.A. correspondent Chelsea Rector has prepared a tweetable index for your perusal. Consider it a micro-guide to L.A. fairs and art events. Or, better still, for the armchair tweeter, a copy 'n' paste, one-click template for socially mediating your week's art travels. Because wouldn't you rather be buying some art, reading some zines, or partying in the mountains than staring at your cell phone? By way of introduction... [more]

Seven Years On, India Art Fair Is Poised to Be Stronger Than Ever   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at India Art Fair January 29th - February 1st
Posted 1/27/15

Sandwiched between Art Stage Singapore and Art Dubai, the India Art Fair, now in its seventh edition, is relatively established in the region’s fair circuit, one that has seen the takeover of the former Hong Kong Art Fair by the Big One: Art Basel. Art Basel | Hong Kong shows the growing interest the world has in the region’s art, and also acts as a bridge connecting Asia with Australia. Positioned as India is between the Middle East and Far East, it has reliably showcased South Asia&rsquo... [more]

Villa Toronto: This Is Not an Art Fair!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/19/15

"Villa Toronto—This is not an art fair!" “Why are there so many people here?” “It’s for the Raptors game.” Ragnar Kjartansson, S.S. Hangover, 2013, Music by Kjartan Sveinsson; Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik and Luhring Augustine, New York This is a conversation I overheard between two hurried commuters while attending opening night for the event Villa Toronto a couple of evenings ago. Organized by Warsaw’s Raster Gallery and presented... [more]

LA Continues Growth as an Art Fair Destination in 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Los Angeles Art Show - Modern & Contemporary January 14th - January 18th
Posted 1/15/15

Art Weekend LA kicked off yesterday with the promise of a Los Angeles art calendar packed with attractions: from the dynamic program of museum exhibitions and gallery openings to the city’s growing number of art fairs. The latter set a quick pace from the outset and this January boasts a busy schedule, beginning with the LA Art Show and Photo LA, two of the city’s longest-running fairs, and closing with the comparatively new yet highly influential Art Los Angeles Contemporary. In antici... [more]

Edra Soto: Selling a Fantasy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Oren Pinhassi, Anastasia Samoylova, Sara Shaoul, Edra Soto, Adam Douglas Thompson at Aqua Art Miami December 3rd, 2014 - December 7th, 2014
Posted 12/4/14

Luxury is so often determined by a price tag. But commerce is rarely how we interact with the phenomena of high-end merchandise—its excessiveness, its indulgence; its extravagance is almost always (and exclusively) experienced visually. We feel the texture of opulent velvets and silks first with our eyes, the metallic gleam of a smooth reflection through its cool touch on our sight, in jewels that refract their prismatic color back onto our gaze. There is something intensely tactile in the... [more]

The Top 5 Art Basel Tips from Modern Matter's Olu Michael Odukoya   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/2/14

Olu Michael Odukoya is an art director, publisher, and curator who has founded two independent art magazines—Kilimanjaro, a large-format magazine which has produced monograph editions with artists like Roni Horn and Hans Josephsohn, and Modern Matter, a contemporary arts and culture biannual whose new issue is covered by Sarah Lucas. Here, Olu chooses his five favorite things at this year’s Art Basel Miami for the discerning ArtSlant reader. Via NY Observer, Hans Olbrist in C... [more]

Positions Solo Project Previews from 7 ABMB Galleries  
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12/2/14 Posted 12/2/14

Positions, one of Art Basel Miami Beach's nine sectors, was conceived as a platform for established gallerists to present to one major project by a single artist they represent. Visiting curators and collectors meanwhile lick their lips at the presumed cream of the crop, with the new talents of 16 global commercial art venues being introduced to the arena. What is involved in a gallery's decision making process as they select an artist from their roster? How will their artist stand out to the ferve... [more]

Visions from the Present Future: Artissima's Top Emerging Artists   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Artissima November 7th, 2014 - November 9th, 2014
Posted 11/6/14

Now entering its 14th year, Artissima’s Present Future is an acknowledged launch pad for the careers of emerging young talent. Indeed, internationally renowned artists such as Dora García, Jeremy Deller, Ryan Trecartin, and Phil Collins all had early presentations in this section of the fair. This year, 20 artists have been selected by a team of five international curators: Luigi Fassi, Catalina Lozano, Piper Marshall, Jamie Stevens, and Xiaoyu Weng. Each curator’s distinctive aesthet... [more]


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