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Public Art in the Metropolis: The Polarizing Power of London’s New Commissions   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/15/14

Public art has to strike a difficult balance in a city like London that is constantly evolving. It carries with it associations of permanence but its presence isn’t always welcome and, perhaps worse than being openly disliked, works in situ over long periods of time can turn into street furniture, invisible to those that pass by day in day out—the ‘public’ for whom the work exists. Tilted Arc (1981), Richard Serra’s public commission for the Foley Federal Plaza in New... [more]

Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Francesco Arena, Darren Bader, Gottfried Bechtold, Pierre Bismuth, Jean-Luc Blanc, Chris Burden, Zeng Fanzhi, Ryan Gander, Mario García Torres, Mark Handforth, Seth Price, Eva Rothschild, Guido van der Werve at Art Basel June 18th - June 22nd
Posted 6/16/14

The Dreiländereck (literally, “angle of the three countries”) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It’s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations—Switzerland, France, Germany—meet together. Basel is a city wedged into the core of Europe; it’s a border town, stuck in the offshoots of Swiss mountains and split in two by an ample bight of the Rhin... [more]

Polka Dots for Holly Solomon  
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1/27/14 Posted 1/27/14

But What Does it All Mean? An Exploration of John Randall Nelson’s “Polka Dots For Holly Solomon” By Kristin Bauer “To be or not to be: that is the question.” It may be terribly cliché to begin anything with the aforementioned Shakespeare quote, so overly referenced, adapted and turned over in our modern society that it has been rendered virtually meaningless. However, in discussing the recent body of work, Polka Dots for Holly Solomon, by artist John Randa... [more]

Times Square Transformation call for proposals  
Posted 11/2/13

Times Square Arts Courtesy of @TSqArts. Times Square Transformation call for proposals October 2013–December 2015Deadline for first round of proposals: November 18, 2013Duffy Square & Broadway Plazasbetween 41st–47th StreetsNew York, New Yorkwww.timessquarenyc.org Times Square Arts and The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) have partnered to turn the construction fences in Times Square into a large-scale canvas for a... [more]

The FIAC 40th Anniversary Show   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at FIAC October 24th, 2013 - October 27th, 2013
Posted 10/22/13

It’s that time of year again. As the Grand Palais opens its doors to host the annual Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, thousands of amateurs d’art, gallery owners and dealers flock to the cultural centre to gawp, gasp and gander. And this year promises even more as FIAC celebrates its 40th anniversary and welcomes 184 galleries from twenty-five countries. FIAC describes itself as “an opportunity to discover an exceptional artistic programme in Paris and in France.&rdqu... [more]

Performance in Sculpture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Erik Samakh at Musée Rodin May 18th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 9/24/13

As part of its contemporary art programme this year, Musée Rodin invited Erik Samakh to hold a solo exhibition in the museum garden. Describing himself as a “hunter-gatherer” of images and sounds, Samakh always aims to create a unique experience for the audience; for this show, the artist has created a sound installation in the rose gardens surrounding The Thinker and The Three Shades, and an installation of ten natural stone blocks placed throughout the rest of the garden. T... [more]

Theaster Gates: Space is the Place   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Theaster Gates at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 18th, 2013 - October 6th, 2013
Posted 8/30/13

Artist. Entrepreneur. Potter. Bureaucrat. Singer. Arts Administrator. Host. Urban Planner. Collector. The list could go on and on, but the take away from all these labels might be that Theaster Gates is hard to pinpoint or define. Because his practice combines so many disparate disciplines and mediums, it's counter productive to try and categorize the work he does, and the work he makes. Up until now, that hasn’t been too much of an issue—he’s fit comfortably in the trending, self-ref... [more]

Mix, Remix: Interview with Ala Ebtekar  
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8/25/13 Posted 8/25/13

San Francisco, Aug. 2013: I first saw Ala Ebtekar’s work on a billboard in downtown San Francisco. Juxtaposed amidst condo developments and rush hour traffic, it was a visual reprieve. It broke up a familiar landscape, one where billboard iconography is quite familiar and expected, and presented a new motif. The animal-like character featured in the center of a patterned background was almost recognizable, perhaps a ceremonial beast of some ancient history, but just abstract enough to welcom... [more]

Tête-à-Tête   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Amanda Ross-Ho at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) July 23rd, 2013 - November 1st, 2013
Posted 7/26/13

In his 1973 text,The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom cited a term called poetic misprision. What he was referring to was a process that artists, in his case literary authors, adopted in order to further themselves from their sources and avoid being derivative. As an artistic process, it’s a brilliant explanation of how to deal with appropriation and context in contemporary art – to consciously and deliberately misread your source in order to create new meaning. For The Character and Shap... [more]

Norway: Call for Art  
Posted 7/17/13

In commemoration of the terror attacks of July 22, 2011, the Norwegian Government is to establish two national public art memorial sites – one in Hole and one in Oslo. As a first step in planning the memorials, artists, architects and interdisciplinary collaborative teams from around the world are invited to participate in an open call for prequalification entries which will end on September 1, 2013. The assignment has been initiated by the Ministry of Culture, who have set the main parame... [more]

Alex Israel's Public Billboard @Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive, West Hollywood  
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4/6/13 Posted 4/6/13

(Source: Email) LA> Alex Israel’s billboard located at Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive in West Hollywood features a self-portrait of the artist concurrently with his exhibition Lens on view at LA>   Lens is Los Angeles born and based artist Alex Israel’s first sculpture that has been made, not rented. The sculpture’s industrially machined form, high-polished plastic materiality and relationship to the Southern California sunshine link it to the history of LA art and design: the Finish Fet... [more]

The Sahmat Collective: Politics and Performance in India   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Manjeet Bawa, Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta, Zarina Hashmi, Rummana Husain, Bharti Kher, Nalini Malani, Pushpamala N., Gigi Scaria, nilima sheikh, Vivan Sundaram at Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago February 14th, 2013 - June 9th, 2013
Posted 3/21/13

Mounted on a red wall, a large black-and-white photograph of a funeral procession carrying a coffin draped in a hammer and sickle flag greets visitors to The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989. This striking first visual and the room that follows set the premise and tone of the exhibition with plentiful wall text, reading materials, and documentation to supplement and contextualize the work to come. The exhibition introduces an American audience to an Indian art collective... [more]

The Art of the Wall and the Spirit of Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/7/13

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the current state of the East Side Gallery. Thousands of people, including myself, have expressed their outrage at the city of Berlin and the profit-driven property developers for carelessly dismantling one of the city’s most treasured landmarks. (A current petition on change.org holds over 70,000 signatures.) “It’s a part of history!” we shout. “No more expensive housing!” we plea. Up to this point, the protests and arguments have centered on the Wall as historical artifact and its recent commodification as a site for potential luxury condominiums. Yes, that’s right. They’r... [more]

Realigning Contexts – Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Columbus   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/23/12

Columbus, in a memorialized bold swish of the hips, stands confidently atop a dark, wooden coffee table, glaring off into the corner of a poshly decorated living room. The thirteen-foot tall statue finds an odd home as the axis of this imagined living space. Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Columbus is this Japanese-born, Berlin-residing artist’s latest work. He has become well-known for his construction of living spaces around architectural ornaments, such as Hotel Gent where a clock tower incised a s... [more]

Please, Be Kind to Your National Monuments   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/18/12

Populating great boulevards and guarding doorways to draconian, bureaucratic buildings, plaza baubles and pigeon perches, ubiquitous and unavoidable, monuments make up Washington, DC. This capital’s become a concentrated, interlocking display of triumph and trauma, mammoth legacy down the street from mammoth legacy, histories weighty and impossible to re-conceive. There are grassy parks for freedom fighters. There are mourning stones carved with names, and names, and names.   There, a pock-marked bust commemorates the writer who r... [more]

Mural Painting Project of the New Countryside Laboratory   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/24/12

(Editor's Note: Art in the street can be found in every corner of human habitation: not only urban spaces, but even in the far reaches of rural China. Unlike most street art and graffiti this particular public art project was conducted not only with permission, but with the total cooperation of the community. In this local effort in China, perhaps we find something even more subversive--a collective vision realized in togetherness, in a simple, yet affirmative gesture of opposition against gove... [more]


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