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Shahkaar - In Conversation with Sumaya Durrani  
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12/1/16 Posted 2/11/16

As we flock around her right after our final MA Visual Arts First Year Juries and I request some time for an interview as directed by my professor Sir Quddus Mirza (Editor of ArtNow), there is a yes and a no in the answer that I get. The word enigmatic is a constant in all the published material that I’ve read about Sumaya Durrani in my humble quest to know a bit about her and we, the visual arts Master's students frozen in the space of her eloquence, are proof that it’s true. Dur... [more]

Coming to Power (Again): A 1993 Exhibition of Sexually Explicit Feminist Art Still Resonates  
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Pnina Jalon Armour, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Louise Bourgeois, Ellen Cantor, Patricia Cronin, Mary Beth Edelson, Nicole Eisenman, Nancy Fried, Nan Goldin, Nancy Grossman, G.B. Jones, Doris Kloster, Joyce Kozloff, Zoe Leonard, Monica Majoli, Marilyn Minter, Alice Neel, Lorraine O'Grady, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Nancy Spero, Hannah Wilke at Maccarone (Morton Street) 9/23/16 Posted 9/23/16

Entering Maccarone Gallery on the evening of the opening for Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-plicit Art By Women, almost felt like walking into a reunion. This is possibly because the exhibition is a restaging of a 1993 show curated by Ellen Cantor at the then brand new David Zwirner Gallery, but also because there is a level of communal excitement that goes beyond the usual group show fervor. It’s an excitement indicative of the unprecedented effort on the part of Maccarone and si... [more]

Featured Painting “Mirage” – A World of Ambiguity  
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9/22/16 Posted 9/22/16

My Mirage, a fantastic painting, was based on a vision visited me when I was falling asleep but with enough mental presence to get up to make quick notes – a distant town, whose outlines barely discernible, in the manner of those commonly seen in old Dutch or Flemish landscape paintings, overwhelmed by several enormous and boldly sketched black feathers floating above the sky. Behind those dark and somewhat ominous feathers, a delicately pretty pale blue sky flashed through persistently. Ye... [more]

SAVE THE DATE - BA CONTEMPORARY 2016 Vienna  
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9/12/16 Posted 9/12/16

BA CONTEMPORARY 2016 Vienna An alternation of photography, figurative and abstract painting and installation AUSSTELLUNGSRAUM Gumpendorfer Strasse 23 1060 Vienna / Austria Opening: September 26, 2016, 6 – 8 pm Opening of the exhibition by Dr. Barbara Vincenzi and Judith Frisch-Wurth, MAS Duration: September 26 – October 9, 2016 Opening hours: MON – SAT 2 – 7 pm, SON 11 am – 2 pm Opening hours on October 1, 2016 (Lange Nacht der Museen): 4 &nda... [more]

Meleko Mokgosi: On Love in Democratic Intuition  
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9/8/16 Posted 9/8/16

New York, September 2016: Democratic Intuition—for those preoccupied by a tumultuous election season, the title has a timely ring. But Meleko Mokgosi’s expansive project, now halfway through its eight planned chapters, has little to do with the drama that is U.S. presidential politics. The artist, who painstakingly researches and storyboards his enormous paintings, had mapped out his newest works long before anyone had ever imagined a Trump/Hillary showdown in the cards. Lerato and... [more]

"Fernando Carpaneda was named as a Juror's Choice for Visual Art at the 2016 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. "The Rebirth of Punk" sculpture was one of three pieces of art to receive the award."  
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9/7/16 Posted 9/7/16

"Fernando Carpaneda was named as a Juror's Choice for Visual Art at the 2016 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. "The Rebirth of Punk" sculpture was one of three pieces of art to receive the award." https://www.seattleerotic.org/2016-visual-art-award-winners/ [more]

Fall 2016 Gallery Preview  
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9/6/16 Posted 9/6/16

Jump to: New YorkLondonSan FranciscoAmsterdamBerlinToronto September, cool breezes and a glut of exhibitions, it's our favorite time of year. Galleries set the tone for their exhibition schedule and we get to see a ton of new work. To ease the visual overload, we're here to clarify your calendar. Check out the best openings from around the world below: Get the most out of the ArtSlant Calendar! Plan gallery and museum trips, map venues and events, share exhibitions with... [more]

Cut, Copy, and Print: Magalie Guérin on Replicating Her Own Paintings  
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8/31/16 Posted 8/31/16

I first met Magalie Guérin in the early 2000s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn—long before Greenpoint was made famous by the TV show Girls. She ran a small gallery called GV/AS, and curated shows that fused serious painting with something personal and quirky (Rodney Dickson's exhibition of paintings of Tanya Roberts still stands out as one of his most interesting exhibitions). One could always find Magalie sitting the gallery and working on drawings—in retrospect, combining elements of art... [more]

“Guilt is not the curse of the human – the body is.”  
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8/29/16 Posted 8/29/16

“Guilt is not the curse of the human – the body is.” These words, uttered in 1966, characterized a paradigm shift. These words, especially for women, formed the nucleus of the emergence and omnipotence of sin. As women came into existence, they became the synonym of sin and their bodies the essence of sin. It is not an accident that the woman’s body, rather than the man’s, was framed as sin. Forever, well, ever since forever existed, the man’s body was epitom... [more]

My Favorite Paintings at Xu Beihong Museum in Beijing  
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8/29/16 Posted 9/1/16

Xu Beihong (1895-1953) was a renown Chinese artist, who was uniquely accomplished in both western oil paintings and traditional Chinese paintings. The museum bears his name, Xu Beihong Museum in Beijing had many of fine representations of his works. One of his most famous oil painting was a portrait titled "Sound of Flute", which, though somewhat veered towards sentimentality, was redeemed by the heroine's shagginess, which transported her to the purer and more primitive and private world. Rather than... [more]

The Parlance of Shanshui: Guan Zhi and His Chinese Traditional Ink Painting in Contemporary Landscape  
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8/28/16 Posted 8/28/16

by Danny Castillones Sillada “You can enjoy a grander sight, / By climbing to a greater height.” ~ Wang Zhihuan, On The Stork Tower Merced, California — One does not only see the flowing or cascading waters but also imagine their origins, how they murmur, drift, and converge in a particular event in space and time, as if the artist had painted hundreds of miles of a meandering river, the waters explode with vivacity on the white plane, capturing their sensuous details in a single pictorial nar... [more]

My Favorite Paintings at National Art Museum of China, Beijing  
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8/26/16 Posted 8/30/16

The National Art Museum of China in Beijing has interesting oil painting collections, but when I visited it many years ago, the only oil paintings on display were a group of portraits of political and bigness bigwigs, uniformly done in the quite pompous and imperial fashion, therefore the only works worth seeing were some Chinese paintings and here are a couple of such samples. The 1960 landscape "Xiling Gorge" by FU Baoshi was a bold presentation of an often painted subject - one of the renown... [more]

My Featured Painting: Birches  
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8/23/16 Posted 8/23/16

Nurtured by many Russian novels while growing up, I developed a special feeling towards the omnipresent birches, which not only aptly set the scenes and evoke the particular melancholy especially associated with Russia and Russian people, and finally, I made effort in 2006 to try to capture such feelings with a painting titled Birches, which is currently showing at the McGuire Real Estate gallery in Berkeley as part of the “Crowded by Beauty” exhibit. I love the slender shapes of the... [more]

Rosae Novichenko with International Exhibition RIO ART OLYMPICS 2016  
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8/21/16 Posted 8/21/16

ROSAE NOVICHENKO, Brazilian worldwide awarded artist, with the International Art Exhibition RIO ART OLYMPICS 2016. Curator: Salvo Nugnes Rio de Janeiro - Al Tiffany's Ipanema Hotel Residence la mostra internazionale "Rio Art - Olimpiadi dell'arte" Con il contributo straordinario di grandi personaggi della cultura e dello sport Dal 5 al 21 agosto 2016, la splendida Rio De Janeiro sarà al centro dell'attenzione pubblica mondiale, ospitando la 31° edizione dei Giochi Olimpici. Pro... [more]

Transformation II by Chalchitra Academy Exhibition Text (Ganges Art, Kolkata, August 19-21, 2016)  
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8/19/16 Posted 8/19/16

EXHIBITION TEXT Transformation II by Chalchitra Academy 31 artists. 19 of them ‘contemporary’, 12 ‘traditional’. This gathering of artmakers which include fine art degree holding artists, professional illustrators, a print collective, self-taught art object-makers, family-trained traditional art and ritual object makers, a 3D street artist, a performance artist and many more whose practice can’t be neatly categorised, is contrary to contemporary exhibition trends t... [more]

My Favorite Paintings at Liaoning Provincial Museum, Shenyang, China  
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8/19/16 Posted 8/26/16

The main museum in my hometown, Manchurian city Shenyang, Liaoning Provincial Museum, boasted some magnificent artifacts and Chinese paintings, due to the fact that the last imperial dynasty was originated from Manchuria, and had kept a rich trove of art treasures in Shenyang, especially during and after World War II, when Manchu elites retreated back to northeastern China. Like many cities in China, Shenyang has experienced rapid expansion in the last decade or so, resulting in the move of it... [more]


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