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20160201162923-dtl_option2 Help This Artist Fight for Reproductive Justice in Texas—by Picking Up a Needle and Thread   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/1/16

On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in nearly a quarter century. The justices will weigh the legality of an underhanded and medically unnecessary 2013 Texas law that would shut down 75 percent of the state’s abortion clinics, leaving just 10, or fewer, women’s health clinics providing abortion services. The requirements of the law, known as HB2, are partially in effect today, and only 19 of the 42 clinics open in 2013 are currentl... [more]

20160112115812-v5mt_ivabanax_amulet_20_32_disp Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: V5MT   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/12/16

Polish native V5MT (aka Małgosia Woźnica) is one of the most beloved GIF artists working today. She creates work that resonates strongly with both the international new media community and the Tumblr generation of kids hungry for cool things to post on social media. Her art certainly feels like part of the net art zeitgeist, but is elevated above the pack by her flawless technical skills coupled with a wonderfully anarchic aesthetic identity. The name V5MT itself reflects the universal appeal of... [more]

20160113105848-library_drawing In New Artwork, Wafaa Bilal Enlists the Public to Rebuild a Destroyed Baghdad Library   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Wafaa Bilal at Art Gallery of Windsor January 30th - April 10th
Posted 1/12/16

During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad lost its entire library collection—some 70,000 books—when it was burned by looters. Today, 13 years later, faculty and students are still affected by this loss. The devastation of this and other libraries in 2003 recalls the destruction of another library: the Bayt al-Hikma, or House of Wisdom, a Baghdad institution that, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age, contained the largest collecti... [more]

20160108124518-3_la_fabrica_ Art Destination 2016: Buenos Aires   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/5/16

Rough Guides recently released their best destinations to visit in 2016, with some old favorites and some surprises (hello, City of Culture 2017, Hull!). We're gearing up for our year ahead by taking a closer look at some of our top cities to visit for art, where some of the most exciting galleries, museums, artists, and curators are converging. Our first stop is beloved Buenos Aires, long established as an arts hub, still on the rise as one of Latin America's key capitals of culture for the futur... [more]

20160103124121-grosse_fatigue_1 Memory and the Museum: We Need Artifacts to Live   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/3/16

There is perennial tension between the line of “progress” and infinite irretrievability and the circle (cycle) of repeating patterns; humans, in ongoing rebellion against the forward arrow, use all available tools to create and preserve the always-receding past. Closing on January 10, two exhibitions at Montreal's Musée d'art contemporain (MAC) work together to acutely frame their own dialogue about time, materiality, and the role of the museum in protecting and destroying it. ... [more]

20151230151604-e77942c86d368e57b5ea391fc784af25 With Collaboration and Performance Twin Photographers Represent South Africa’s Muslim Community   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Hasan & Husain Essop at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde November 16th, 2015 - January 7th
Posted 1/2/16

Twin brothers Hasan and Husain Essop have a completely collaborative photographic practice in which the two (after a lot of planning, arguing, and negotiating) reach consensus on every shot. Because of the danger of many of the locations they shoot at as well as the consensus-building character of their collaboration, the Essops’ practice is based entirely on in-depth preparation and leaves no room for spontaneous street shots or on-site experimentation. Unrest, their second solo show at Ga... [more]

20151220205353-20150909144028-insitu The ArtSlant Guides to the Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in the World's Most Commercial Places   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/20/15

This summer, we launched our non-profit series, bringing you guides the best spaces going against the grain in the world's most commercial cultural cities. Thanks to our discerning writers on the ground, we've been able to drill into the non-profit scenes, each with their own unique direction and criteria. We've also gained a huge insight into alternative models for showing high quality art that exist in some of the most expensive places in the world. Here are all of our non-profit art guides,... [more]

20151221092714-screen_shot_2015-12-21_at_10 ArtSlant Editions: Looking Back on the 2015 Issues of Our Inbox Magazine   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/19/15

Exhibition reviews and artist interviews have long been central to our editorial focus, but this year—in part as a reflection of how we see arts writing shifting in the digital age—we expanded the scope of ArtSlant's editorial project, exploring and introducing a much greater variety of content. In 2015 our Paris artists-in-residence blogged more than ever and we learned about art and audience in the ArtSlant podcast; we ran a popular series on non-profit art spaces and highlighted artists’ pr... [more]

20151221000208-rat_and_bear-theleastresistance The Shows to See in 2016, and Why   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/19/15

What’s on the menu for 2016? In blanket terms, the art we'll be seeing at some of the world's premier spots has a refreshing take on media and artists who have previously remained peripheral, with far more women-fronted institutional exhibitions for a start. We've also noted a continued interest in asserting the relevance of media like textiles, ceramics, video, and performance, showing them on a bigger scale and with contemporary perspectives digging deeper into the overlooked sections of... [more]

20151217194140-screen_shot_2015-12-17_at_8 Art or Not?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/17/15

Art or Not? This week we're suspended in the post-Miami, pre-Holiday state of bliss, where art resides in quiet content. You might, like us, have been out and about more than usual in the shopping malls and on city high streets, so here's a bit of nature to restore the ying and yang. What's the difference between a work of art, and the work of supernatural forces? We're not sure, but it's fun trying to figure it out. #1 The artist occupies herself with complex scientific theories on th... [more]

20151217151245-59_pix_inst_mickry3_01 The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in Zurich   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/17/15

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. We've been seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the latest stop in o... [more]

20151216215555-pretend_you_are_not_there A Year in the Words of Artists: 2015's Best Interviews   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/16/15

Interviews are some of our favorite content—and, we think, some of our most enduring. The ArtSlant “Rackroom” is an expanding public archive, filing away unfiltered insight straight from artists themselves. Over the years we’ve invited over 400 (and counting!) artists—emerging and established, some emerging who have since become established—into the Rackroom. These conversations touch upon urgent contemporary issues as well as the personal preoccupations of ou... [more]

20151209162608-nyu_abu_dhabi The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in the UAE   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/9/15

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. We've been seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the latest stop in o... [more]

20151209110347-header Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Laura Brothers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/9/15

We run an online magazine, so of course, we're interested in what's happening with art on the web. We invited online gallerist, founder, and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, to write a bi-monthly column for us. Every other Wednesday he'll be selecting a Web Artist of the Week. This week Petersen profiles Laura Brothers, who has given us 10 special and unique edits of her work. Laura Brothers is one of the great enigmas of new media art. This partly stems from the fact th... [more]

20151207140653-17-___aboubacar_traor___inch_allah__2015 Telling Time in Bamako: Curator Bisi Silva on the Anniversary Edition of the African Biennale of Photography   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/7/15

Founded in 1994, Bamako Encounters: The African Biennale of Photography (or Rencontres Bamako) has had a long legacy as the first and leading international platform dedicated to photography and video on the African continent. Over its 20-year history the biennale has played a role in the increased visibility of African artists internationally, promoting both lesser-known photographers and multimedia artists as well as prominent practitioners like Malick Sidibé, Samuel Fosso, Pieter Hugo, and Zanele Muholi. In... [more]

20151126133230-jpn In Dubai's Expanding Arts District, a New Foundation Celebrates the Patron-Artist Relationship   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/26/15

The Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods of New York City in the late 70s and early 80s were in many ways the hunting grounds of the original starving American artist. The painter Linda Francis puts it bluntly: “We were thieves.” She was part of an art tribe who illegally rented commercial lofts on the cheap and worked in a community, struggling to eat as much as to answer important questions about what constituted art. Was it Duchamp’s urinal turned fountain, Monet’s water li... [more]


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