The Sundance Institute is perhaps best known for its annual Film Festival, which opened this year on January 22 and concludes on Sunday. But in recent years the Institute has also been busy building an increasingly influential artistic program forged at the crossroads of film, fine art, media, live performance, and technology.
New Frontier was established in 2007 as a dynamic initiative to identify and nurture independent artists working across diverse media to pioneer new methods of storytelling.... [more]
Philadelphia's renowned Mural Arts Program have announced the artists who will exhibit as part of their latest high profile project: Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space. With its mix of some of the most sought-after names from the "street art" circuit alongside distinctive names from contemporary art, the selection reveals a roster of exhibitors who all share an institution-friendly quality.
Odili Donald Odita, Heaven’s Gate, 2012, Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA. Courtesy of Odil... [more]
Of course it takes a movie to show how unbelievable the art market can be: for his Oscar-nominated film Big Eyes, Tim Burton had a lot of material to work with. The movie tells the true story of painter Margaret Keane (portrayed by Amy Adams), whose paintings of big-eyed children infiltrated pop culture in the 1960s and how her husband Walter (played deviously by Christoph Waltz) took credit for them.
Margaret Keane, San Francisco, Here We Come, 1991. Keane Eyes Gallery, San Francisco, via Flickr user Rocor
Throughout the film critics, collectors, and viewers a... [more]
Imagine: one day in the near future, you might wake up to find that all of your Facebook friends are gone.
A little while ago, while ostensibly doing research for a review I was writing on Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch’s Regen Projects exhibition, I learned that Trecartin had essentially been “discovered” through Friendster. Curious, I went hunting for the evidence. What did Ryan Trecartin’s Friendster profile look like? Who were his friends in the early 2000s? What did th... [more]
"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 p... [more]
The French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou was the first to proclaim “Art’s Birthday” as a public holiday on January 17. Coincidentally, Art shares the same birthday as Filliou, who came up with the idea in 1963. The myth is that 1,000,000 years ago, someone threw a dry sponge into a bucket of water and voilà: Art was born. It was first publicly celebrated in Aachen, Germany, and Paris simultaneously in 1973, and the phenomenon has grown every year with celebrations now taki... [more]
“The body is always a body that is an unfinished entity.”
—Lisa Blackman, The Body (Key Concepts), Berg, 2008
“We have a whole history of representation in which the black body was not the privileged body,” Kerry James Marshall said in an interview a few years ago. “So there was no crisis of representation for me, because the black figure is underrepresented.” Marshall has patiently, and masterfully installed black figurative paintings in predominan... [more]
At the start of 2015 Călin Dan, art historian and artist in the duo subReal, was hired as director of Romania's National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), following the death of the museum’s founding director, Mihai Oroveanu, by heart attack in August 2013.
MNAC opened in 2004 in one wing of the largest administrative building in the world, built at great human sacrifice by Romania’s former dictator Ceaușescu as his own palace. Before the fall of communism the building was called th... [more]
To some, the relationship between art and pop is pretty negligent. It exists in the value of Kanye West's design collection (est. $946,708 net worth) or the newsworthy copy of Millie Brown vomiting over Lady Gaga, but symbiotically? Yeah, I hear the groans. "Pretentious!"—they exclaim towards the latest Bjork multi-platform app or "turn this fucking shit off" as I'm forced to remove the needle from Trout Mask Replica. To these people, the clever, meaningless lyrics of early Eno and Ferry ar... [more]
Curator Rodrigo Campuzano, our man in Mexico City, selects the Mexican artists he thinks will make a big impact on the international scene in 2015.
1. Jose Dávila
Right before handing over the Sean Kelly Gallery space in New York to Marina Abramovic, Jose Dávila presented Lightness of Weight, a charming exhibition featuring his soon-to-be-famous “balance sculptures” which are comprised of massive marble slabs held together by delicate ratchet straps. His iconi... [more]
How can we present entire Museum collections, acquired from different periods of time, different countries, and with different motives and aesthetics, in a way that makes them comprehensible for diverse audiences? The co-curators of a new exhibition in Israel write about their approach to tackling the permanent acquisitions at their institute, forging surprising new connections between works from different eras.
The collection of the Haifa Museum of Art was accumulated in two defining periods in... [more]
In 2015, museums, galleries and other art spaces will be packed with Latin American art. The global art world is increasingly interested in the southern continent, where solo and group shows of Latin American artists are more and more common. Not only artists from Latin America, but also ones from Africa and Southeast Asia have slowly started to exhibit, publish, and exert more influence in the international circuits. However, one should ask, why do such categories matter? Can Latin American Art be cal... [more]
I go back and forth between feeling like Anthropocene is a buzzword for contemporary hysteria—our generation's equivalent to the Cold War—and recognizing it as a practical reality. Either way it is the nexus point between published facts and our dogged consumerist lifestyles: we live in the 6th Great Extinction, yet guzzle gas and consume plastic with aplomb. Responding to an already lush rubric of 2013 exhibitions, several 2014 shows explored ecocritical themes, as will a number of presentations in the coming year, all composing vivid curatorial landscapes that challenge our his... [more]
When a street piece catches your eye do you ever stop to think: was that done by a man or a woman?
No survey has tallied the exact number of men versus women street artists, but since its beginning, the major names in New York graf were male. Taggers took on dangerous—often illegal—and arduous physical activities for the sake of getting their names on trains, billboards, and freeway underpasses. As graffiti evolved into street art, so did its expressions of rugged individualism and... [more]
The position of the Art Museum has become tricky, thanks to the rise of the independent cultural producer, pop-ups and nomadic curators, and the increasing popularity of free public art. In the same way Hollywood was broken up by agents in the 50s, the institute is under siege. To be relevant to a demographic spread—with rising ticket prices and all—art centers are having to work hard within their parameters.
In 2015, visitors expect more than just blockbusters with an educational fiber, s... [more]
The New Year: you feel fattened, you have to go back to work, everything you've just bought is now half the price of what you paid for it, it's cold and bleak. It's also the most depressing time of the year. But fear not: the affliction of New Year's resolutions still prevails over us all, ensuring that we will feel even worse in two weeks when we fail to see any of them through.
Our resident misanthrope Philippa Snow sets herself some imminently doomed challenges for 2015.
1. I will not buy... [more]