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20140707031009-deimantas_narcevicius_01 Everything is Near: Culture Softens Violence in Manifesta 10   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pavel Arseniev, Kathrin Becker, Anna Bitkina, Pavel Braila, Lado Darakhvelidze, Ekaterina Degot, Gluklya, Alevtina Kakhidze, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ilya Orlov and Natasha Kraevskaya, Deimantas Narkevicius, Emily Newman, Kristina Norman, Alexandra Pirici, Jonathan Platt, Rimini Protokoll, Aaron Schuster, Slavs and Tatars, Anna Baumgart and Andrzej Turowski, Mierle Laderman Ukeles at State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg June 28th - October 31st
Posted 7/7/14

The Cossacks are an East Slavic ethnic group who have long retained independence from the Russian territorial zone. They exist in Crimea, Ukraine, South Caucasus, and even China. Brutally persecuted in Soviet Russia, Cossacks have now reassumed their legitimacy in the Russian national identity, building on their previous historical role as paid militia for the Russian Empire. A 2005 law reinstated this role under Putin and it has been ascertained that Cossack paramilitary activities in East Ukraine and Crimea constitute a form o... [more]

20140630083111-m10_gsb_hirschhorn_thomas_abschlag-03 The subtle subversions of Manifesta 10   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg June 28th - October 14th
Posted 6/30/14

Engagement with local contexts has been a strength of the Manifesta biennial from the outset. The nomadic biennial has been addressing the changing realities in Europe from its start in the early ‘90s, with each edition selecting a different European city or region as its host, with a preference for peripheral and contested areas; for instance, the last edition took place in an old coalmine in Genk, Belgium. For its 10th anniversary Manifesta has organized its easternmost edition to date... [more]

Art Basel #2: Parcours Through the City, Interview with LISTE Director Peter Bläuer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/23/14

Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets Federico Florian introduces the latest edition of Parcours, Art Basel's site-specific sector that takes the city as its backdrop. 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... [more]

Art Basel #3: The "Olympics" of the Art World, Impressions of Basel   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/23/14

Diversity rules at 45th edition of art market’s Olympics Edo Dijksterhuis reports on trends from Art Basel including the best of the Galleries, Feature, Statement, and Unlimited sectors Art fair participants complain, what’s new? But instead of the usual lamentations about hesitant collectors keeping their pocket books closed, this year dealers’ biggest worry was overly aggressive buyers. They just waltzed into a booth, pointed out a work and did not take no for an answer, even i... [more]

20140620004550-img_0516 LAX -----> BASEL   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel June 17th - June 22nd
Posted 6/20/14

The utterance of “Basel” rolls off the tongue like a whisper. No matter the inflection or language in which it’s spoken, the name of the small city in Switzerland is synonymous with one of the most influential art fairs of the calendar year. For a single week in the middle of June nearly all hotels are booked. The quaint and picturesque city in Northern Switzerland that straddles France and Germany, measuring a mere 9.2 square miles, becomes an international hub where hundreds... [more]

20140619152617-sterling_ruby Diversity rules at 45th edition of the art market’s Olympics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel June 17th - June 22nd
Posted 6/19/14

Art fair participants complain, what’s new? But instead of the usual lamentations about hesitant collectors keeping their pocket books closed, this year dealers’ biggest worry was overly aggressive buyers. They just waltzed into a booth, pointed out a work and did not take no for an answer, even if the work had already been sold. This marks the cautious upswing in the art market which has been getting back up on its feet after being hit by the global financial crisis. Although Art Base... [more]

Art Basel #1: Performing Bodies in 14 Rooms, Satellite Fairs and Events Guide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/17/14

Performing Bodies in Basel: 14 Rooms of Living Art Keren Goldberg on this year's much anticipated performance component to Art Basel. Much more interesting than the description of the 14 Rooms performance series, which will take place as part of Art Basel and is organized by star-curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is its call out for participants/performers to take part in it: “If you have an identical twin, use the opportunity to be part of Damien Hirst’s work. War veterans are sought after for par... [more]

20140616222710-preview_15 A Young Fair with a Lot of Experience: An Interview with LISTE Director Peter Bläuer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at LISTE June 17th - June 22nd
Posted 6/16/14

LISTE was founded in 1996 as a new, self-confident generation of gallerists came of age at the end of the 1980s, gallerists who had little chance of securing a space at the world’s most important art fair, Art Basel. The first LISTE, dedicated exclusively to this new generation, presented thirty-six galleries from twelve countries and as a result of its success has continued growing ever since to include seventy-eight galleries today. Peter Bläuer, the Director of LISTE, took some tim... [more]

20140616212042-francescoarena278kmasaletterofnietzsche 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]

20140615191356-marina_abramovic Performing Bodies in Basel: 14 Rooms of Living Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marina Abramovic, Ed Atkins, John Baldessari, Allora & Calzadilla, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, Jordan Wolfson, Xu Zhen at Art Basel June 14th - June 22nd
Posted 6/15/14

Much more interesting than the description of the 14 Rooms performance series, which will take place as part of Art Basel and is organized by star-curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is its call out for participants/performers to take part in it: “If you have an identical twin, use the opportunity to be part of Damien Hirst’s work. War veterans are sought after for part of Santiago Sierra’s performance, and anyone who speaks colloquial British-English and is similar in appear... [more]

20140615193350-photo_3 Art Basel on the Side   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at VOLTA Art Fair Basel June 16th - June 21st
Posted 6/15/14

Satellite fairs and art shows seem to be mushrooming around their big brothers. With nearly two-dozen fairs, Miami is definitely the leader, followed by the Armory show, which this year had at least eight side fairs. The month of June though is reserved for the old continent and Art Basel, which is one of the oldest contemporary art fairs and one of the most important when it comes to the concentration of well-established art galleries. Some 4,000 artists will be featured in various sectors, providing for a... [more]

20140525171033-figure_4-_villar_rojas__2_ A Thousand Doors: A Journey into Knowledge and Language   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Edward Allington, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Pavel Büchler, Michael Dean, Ceal Floyer, Isa Genzken, Shuruq Harb, Nigel Henderson, Georg Herold, Susan Hiller, Hannah Hoch, Kostas Ioannidis, Valentina Karga, Jannis Kounellis, John Latham, Mark Manders, Juan Muñoz, Nikos Navridis, Giuseppe Penone, Elizabeth Price, Michael Rakowitz, Annie Ratti, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Adrián Villar Rojas, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Daniel Silver, Francis Upritchard, Paky Vlassopoulou, Jane and Louis Wilson at The Gennadius Library May 4th - June 30th
Posted 5/25/14

On a beautiful, sunny, typically Greek day in early May, I walked up the steps to the Gennadius Library of The American School of Classical Studies, in the heart of Athens, looking forward to seeing a newly opened exhibition titled A Thousand Doors. While I attempted to decipher its flow, a woman behind me, sensing my confusion, asked if I wanted to join in with her group since they were about to begin a tour. As luck would have it, this lady was in fact Elina Kountouri, the co-curator of the exhi... [more]

20140523083514-jay5 Jolie Laide (Back)   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jay Isaac at Monte Clark Gallery May 3rd - May 31st
Posted 5/23/14

Vancouver is a city notoriously inhospitable to painting. For a town with less than a million people, it's foisted into the world influential artists like Jeff Wall, Ken Lum, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace, and Steven Shearer. Graham occasionally makes a private Picasso, where Shearer, when he makes paintings, seems to be making paintings of paintings. Jay Isaac's first solo show with Monte Clark in Vancouver is full of authentic and experimental paintings. Big strange abstract paint... [more]

20140504112340-figure_3_julianeeirich_palm_tree_ii_itoshima Juliane Eirich’s Quiet Complexity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/4/14

“Being a photographer, you become curious by profession. This curiosity is what inspires me and makes me enthusiastic about photography.” In 2011, Juliane Eirich, a young German photographer, was accepted by Studio Kura’s Artist in Residence Program in Itoshima, a rural city in subtropical southern Japan. Her stay translated into fifty-one evocative and curious pictures. The timing of Eirich’s visit was key to her work; it was shortly after the Fukushima nuclear plant explosion. The photographer... [more]

20140424061949-forsman_bigdrop New Western Art: Gazing Upon Chuck Forsman's Not-So-Wild West   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Elena Dorfman, Chuck Forsman, Isabelle Hayeur, David Sharpe at Robischon Gallery March 20th - May 10th
Posted 4/24/14

Western Art in America has seemingly changed little in over a century. Romanticized cowboys, portraits of Native Americans, and the persistent embrace of the sweeping Western landscape. While such paintings remain highly sought after and evoke nostalgia for the wild frontier, for painter and photographer Chuck Forsman, these images are relics of a dated tradition that has persisted beyond its relevance. Forsman is Westerner through and through: born in Idaho and raised in Oregon and Northern Californ... [more]

20140412065504-185 Black as midnight on a moonless night   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jordan Tate at Transformer Station March 28th - June 14th
Posted 4/12/14

"Black as midnight on a moonless night." That’s how Special Agent Cooper likes his coffee, and that’s what I thought of when viewing SUPERBLACK by Jordan Tate, at Transformer Station in Cleveland, Ohio. “That’s pretty black,” says Pete Martell, as he pours a cup of coffee for Cooper in that first episode of Twin Peaks. SUPERBLACK is pretty black all right. In fact it’s the blackest black you’ll ever see. It’s… excuse me… really fucking black. ... [more]


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