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Announcing ArtSlant Prize Round 2 Jurors  
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4/8/14 Posted 4/8/14

Announcing the Round 2 Jurors for the ArtSlant Prize 2014 Francesca GavinVisual Arts Editor, Dazed, London. Francesca Gavin is a writer and curator based in London. She is the Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused, a Contributing Editor at Artsy.net, Twin, AnOther and Sleek magazine. Gavin is the author of five books including The Book of Hearts, 100 New Artists and Hell Bound, published by Laurence King. She curated exhibitions at spaces including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris,... [more]

Bavaria Reaches Agreement with Munich Art Hoarder on Schwabing Art Trove  
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4/8/14 Posted 4/8/14

Cornelius Gurlitt, photo by Markus Hannich Officials will continue to investigate the “Schwabing Art Trove” for Nazi looted art; pieces not under investigation will be returned “without delay.” Those are the conditions of the agreement reached by Bavarian officials and Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt, who’s been a focus of media attention since officials seized over 1,400 pieces (valued at $1.3 billion) from his home in Munich two years ago. The agreement was... [more]

Sotheby's Hong Kong Sees 9 Record Breaking Sales for Asian Artists  
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4/7/14 Posted 4/7/14

Zhang Xiaogang, Bloodline: Big Family No. 3, via Sotheby's A slowing economy does not seem to be stalling demand in China’s growing art market. Sotheby’s Hong Kong closed Saturday with record auction sales totaling $86 million, breaking nine records for Asian artists and bringing the auction house to some $140 million in sales in the first three days of its spring auctions. Included in Saturday’s sales was Contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Big Fami... [more]

ArtSlant Exhibitions: Douglas Mandry's Promised Land  
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4/7/14 Posted 4/7/14

Douglas Mandry, Montagne I (Ponction, volutes), 2013 ArtSlant Prize Exhibitions presents Douglas Mandry, the first artist to be selected for our ArtSlant Prize exhibition series, 2014. Mandry's photography is in response to the standardized representation of the landscape and the possible loss of material references in the digital era. In an effort to get closer to the process of analog retouching, his photographs are first printed, then reworked, exploiting their physical properties; the print... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Eva Bauer  
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4/5/14 Posted 4/5/14

(Image: Eva Bauer, without title, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas; © Eva Bauer) Eva Bauer (b. Braunschweig, Germany) My early work was figurative – life-size wooden wall figures. Since 2002 – Concrete Art - Minimalism - Color Field. The central theme is: Color and Shapes and the infinite possibilities. In my works, I use numbers or fragments of numbers as mere forms concentrating on the interaction of colors and shapes by utilizing multiple media like works on canvas – ph... [more]

Your Favorite Disney Villains as World Leaders  
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4/5/14 Posted 4/5/14

Saint Hoax is at it again, this time serving us world leaders as Disney villains. The Middle-Eastern artist (he hasn’t revealed his real name or where he lives) caught our attention when he turned world leaders into drag queens (now available as sweatshirts) and then into blow-up sex dolls. He rewrites history through visual lies, calling the work “POPlitical." In this latest iteration exploring the performativity of global politics, Saint Hoax imagines Sarah Palin as Cruella de Vil,... [more]

20140405152127-87_jab106_img_6591-web Watchlist Artist: Athanasios Argianas  
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Athanasios Argianas at Aanant & Zoo > Berlin
4/5/14 Posted 4/5/14

The work of Athanasios Argianas thrives between media. He makes objects which encode pieces of music he may have composed in the past, and designs objects to be used as structures for performances in the future and vice versa. At the last Performa Biennial, for example, he made slides of tree branches, which were treated as a score for a Theremin (a modernist protosynthesizer from the early 20th century), while at the last São Paulo Biennial he presented a sculptural structure supporti... [more]

20140303235233-mj_1 A Million Little Pieces  
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Meredith James at Jack Hanley Gallery- New York > New York
March 15th - April 13th
Posted 4/4/14

The red-and-white checked, anamorphic floor of Meredith James’s video installation Delmar, showing through April 13th at the Jack Hanley Gallery, primes viewers to expect a puzzle. The video triptych behind the green velvet curtains at the far end of the gallery doesn’t disappoint. As a form, the triptych can be traced from the painted altarpieces of the early Renaissance to modern films. Before the now standard use of widescreen in film, Abel Gance made use of a triptych format to... [more]

20140404092026-2014_03_willbenedict_059 Watchlist Artist: Will Benedict  
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Will Benedict at dépendance > Brussels
4/4/14 Posted 4/4/14

Comparison Leads to Violence In her dreams Hillary Clinton was funny and poignantly critical. In one such dream she found herself back in the dreaded and competitive atmosphere of parenting a child through a junior high school science fair. Where all around her were the co-labourings of father and daughter, mother and son, she had left her younglings to their own device to discover themselves as amateurs. The theme of this years fair, though not outwardly stated, was the crustacean-like-penis. Ebo... [more]

Dogs to Diplomats: President Bush Reveals His Series of Portraits of World Leaders.  
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4/4/14 Posted 4/4/14

When we joked about Putin becoming a painter for April Fools, we considered photoshopping his face onto a photo of President George W. Bush standing next to one of his paintings. Then we decided it was too easy. Well, Bush is still a bush-league painter and it looks like the joke is still on Putin. Today on the Today Show, the former president unveiled his latest series of paintings. If you thought he may have peaked early with first exhibition of dogs, you were wrong. Bush’s series of po... [more]

20140403003551-elcomsicomarfagreatlandscape_1_ Marfa Digital Residency  
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Tom Estes at El Cosmico > Worldwide Marfa
March 30th - April 3rd
Posted 4/3/14

The Biennial Project’s Marfa Artist Residency provides an international artist with the opportunity to participate in a career-making event. It took over a year of intense fundraising from local and international private patrons for BRMAC to realize the Marfa Digital Residency (http://the-biennial-project.com/blogengine.net/post/2014/01/11/.aspx).Now, you may ask, why Marfa, Texas? And for those of you who might not know – prepare to get all fired up, because the tiny town of Marfa, perched on the high plains of the Chihuahua desert, is nothing less than an art’s world station of the cross, like Art Basel or Doc... [more]

Brussels Is Good For You! Get In on Our Art Brussels Special Edition  
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4/3/14 Posted 4/3/14

With one of the strongest collector bases in Europe, it’s no wonder Art Brussels makes sure it has something for everyone. Like the city's flourishing art scene, the fair brings emerging artists and galleries together with their more established peers. Take advantage of the opportunity to get your artwork noticed by our worldly readers (not to mention Belgian collectors). Spaces are now available in ArtSlant's upcoming Art Brussels Special Edition; reserve now. FEATU... [more]

“CHIAROSCURO” Pop-Up at Ace Hotel Downtown LA (via Art Nerd LA)  
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4/1/14 Posted 4/1/14

The Ace Hotel DTLA has partnered with SAGE PROJECTS for a special Pop-Up art show April 10 – 29, 2014! This event looks great, see you at the opening APRIL 10 – APRIL 29, 2014 OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, APRIL 10th // 7-10pm RSVP: rsvp@SAGE-projects.com SAGE PROJECTS in association with Ace Hotel DTLA are pleased to present Los Angeles based fine art photographer and filmmaker, Matthias Koenigswieser, in his first solo exhibition. “CHIAROSCURO”, a Renaissance-derived term des... [more]

Showcase Watchlist: Ben West  
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4/1/14 Posted 4/1/14

(Image: Ben West, Processed ll, 2013, Collage on Card; © Ben West) Ben West (b. 1974, UK) Ben is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates work that is inspired by nature, and is influenced by environmental and ecological issues. His practice explores and defines the traces within the fabric of the natural landscape of mans technologic, economic, and political interaction. The work he creates is invariably encoded with the symbols of human development and intervention. Whilst the images he... [more]

News: MoMA Announces 2015 Focus on Women Artists, Gagosian to Open Yet Another Gallery, Jemima Kirke Quits Girls, and Putin Reveals His First Solo Exhibition  
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4/1/14 Posted 4/1/14

MoMA Plans Only Female Art for 2015 An Archive as Impetus performance in MoMA’s Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, 2013, where artist Xaviera Simmons read a list of demands, including to "erase sexism at MoMA" clearly made an impression on the Museum leadership. Photograph courtesy of Xaviera Simmons. To mark the 30 year anniversary of the first Guerrilla Girls protest at MoMA, Director Glenn D. Lowry announced yesterday plans to give the museum over exclusively to women artists for the entire year... [more]

20140403191832-1661859_760905907262551_2093231482_n "Visions and Revelations" at Point Park University  
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June Blumberg, Pennie Brantley, Elizabeth Myers Castonguay, Jean Goddeau, Annette Jaret, Claudia Kleefeld, Carole P. Kunstadt, Linda Lippa, Virginia Mallon, Michelle Manley, Judith Modrak, Sharon Navage, Mary Alice Orito, Sally Ruddy, Anica Shpilberg, Betty Usdan Zwickler at Point Park University > Worldwide Pittsburgh
March 28th - May 18th
Posted 4/3/14

https://artsy.net/post/thenawa-visions-and-revelations-at-point-park-university [more]


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