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20150727025311-lady2x3_lowres Bodies and Beings: What Place Can Ceramics Have In Contemporary Art Now?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/27/15

From the didactically ornate, magical sculptures of Adrian Arleo to the pensive and powerful busts of Jacob Foran, Abmeyer+Wood gallery’s current exhibition Bodies + Beings represents a range of aesthetics that reflect the potential of ceramics today. Bringing together some of the most established names in contemporary ceramic art—including Patti Warashina and Richard Notkin—it also introduces some emerging artists working in a medium many once thought of as limited to cups and... [more]

20150724083227-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Andrew Maize   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/24/15

Welcome to the sixth installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?" Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman Episode Six | Andrew Maize: The Tide is High “No” and New Earth (1:30) Maize’s 32-foot-tall ladder... [more]

20150723191159-ai_weiwei--_adam_dean Ai Weiwei Receives His Passport Back After 4 Years   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/23/15

Celebrated artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has received his passport back from the Chinese government four years after it was confiscated. The silencing of Ai Weiwei at the hands of the Chinese government has been a continued occurrence, due to the artist’s open criticism of China’s communist government and the country’s controversial human rights standards. In 2005, Ai Weiwei was invited to blog on China’s largest internet platform, Sina Weibo. He used the forum to di... [more]

20150722123735-mgb15_p_sehgal_gruppe_1 Coming and Going: Staging Semiotics in Contemporary Performance Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/22/15

A young-girl enters the room, she gives a speech, she engages with the audience, she exits. Her acting double, an identically looking young-girl, enters the room after her. She performs the same speech in German with a slight variation. Both girls perform the same character—a character modeled after manga character Ann Lee. In their combined acting, they agree to share the personality of a constructed character schizophrenically. They (she) perform an idea of identity that has been crafted... [more]

20150720141714-rh1401028-10 Turning the Tables on Global Self-Evidence   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Georges Adéagbo, Brook Andrew, Raqs Media Collective, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mark Dion, Meschac Gaba, Simryn Gill, Mona Hatoum, Romuald Hazoumè, Femke Herregraven, Tsang Kin-Wah, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Batoul S'himi, Taryn Simon, Andrea Stultiens, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ghana ThinkTank, Tintin Wulia, Chen Zhen at Museum De Lakenhal June 27th - October 4th
Posted 7/20/15

Empty prisons, abandoned shipyards, derelict factories—in the past couple of decades these raw and unpolished places have become very popular as locations for art fairs, biennials, and temporary exhibitions. Often it’s simply because of their atmospheric quality. Or to stress the fact that the art on show really is connected to the outside world and not only functions within the artificial ecosystem of the museum. But it works best if the location’s identity and the exhibition... [more]

20150715102217-screen_shot_2015-07-15_at_12 Is the Internet Living Up to Its Promise as Democratic Equalizer of the Art Market?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/15/15

On June 20, the Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata sold an 18th century Chinese clock. Created by a Guangzhou workshop, the musical and automaton clock is ivory-mounted and adorned with figurines and pagodas set in a mountain scene. The bidding started with 300,000 euro. A mere ten minutes later the final bid of 3.37 million euro was made, setting a new online auction record. The buyer is an art world fixture: businessman Liu Yiqian, owner of the Long Museum in Shanghai. More remarkab... [more]

20150716074402-20150714204805-anastudio Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/14/15

In today's atmosphere of techno-voyeurism, we're constantly peeking through the keyhole to see how other people live. The artist's studio has always had a certain allure as a site of creative aspiration and the setting for private artistic practice, like the escort's boudoir it ignites our imagination. But what do artists keep on their most personal work space, their desks—and what does it reveal about their art? Exclusively for our Collector's Catalogue, we invite artists we know from v... [more]

20150714205632-mocaa1 From Private Collection to Mega-Museum: the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/14/15

When private collections take on major dimensions, rather than donating works to existing institutions, the collectors who pioneer them tend to go public and open museums. This growth has led to a recent boom in museum-building globally. The private collection of Jochen Zeitz will be at the core of one such new mega-museum, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA) opening in Cape Town, South Africa. The Thomas Heatherwick designed building, which will boast 65,000 square feet of exhibition spa... [more]

20150713134025-opus_5_nr Athar Jaber's Defaced Sculptures Speak to Violence, Entropy, and Human Nature   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/13/15

Where Pain Becomes Beauty is an exhibition at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in Florence, presenting 19 works by the young Iraqi-Italian sculptor Athar Jaber. Several members of the international art community opened the exhibition with a series of talks and discussions on "Poly-cultural Identities," examining topics related to the blurring of national narratives and cultural boundaries. Both the exhibition and the debates spoke to the ideological nature national identity, opening onto themes that coinci... [more]

20150710105254-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Kelly Jazvac   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/10/15

Welcome to the fifth installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?" Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman Episode Five | Kelly Jazvac: Spoiler Alert Variable considerations for variable audiences (2:30) Presenting art to pa... [more]

20150708113103-wish_them_luck_filling Dushanbe Dispatch: In Political Critique, Tajik Artists Work Around the System   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/8/15

“People here need art to be fun, that’s the first step. Then maybe when they start understanding more, it can also be conceptual. But to attract them, it must be fun,” explains Murodjon Sharifov, one of a handful of contemporary artists working in Tajikistan, a post-Soviet Muslim country struggling with the aftermath of a devastating civil war, religious radicalization, and extreme poverty. The country’s dictatorship—President Emomali Rahmon has been in power over 2... [more]

20150709111136-haywain_with_cruise_missiles_peter_kennardphotomontage1981tate_collection Conflict Art: Creation in the Face of Destruction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/8/15

The vast number “51200000” begins a small quote in Peter Kennard’s retrospective at the Imperial War Museum, London. The newest work in the show, Boardroom, has a handrail separating the viewer from reprints of his famous photomontages, printed with statements of fact—the horrendous quantifications of human conflict. “51.2 million,” we are informed, is “the total number of forcibly displaced people across the world in 2013 (the highest since the Second World W... [more]

20150704214159-matthew_barney__the_entered_apprentice__still__creemaster_3 Art Is Good, in Theory   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/4/15

Do we make the assumption that art is good for us? If so, on what evidence do we base that assumption? There are intelligent voices ready to tell us that it is.[1] But really if you want to see the value of the arts, and its contestation, all you need do is look at the struggle that is currently taking place in the UK to maintain arts funding in the face of a neo-liberal austerity drive. A discourse that is strictly along the lines of: “Yeah I know but, like, in the end what is it really w... [more]

20150703110643-11402963_10103354446973205_6306135077341227593_n Khaled Jarrar Paints a Rainbow: The West Bank Mural That Spurred a Fierce Debate About Oppression   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/3/15

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality, Ramallah-based artist Khaled Jarrar wittingly spurred a cultural debate in the West Bank when in open daylight hours on Monday he painted a rainbow on a section of the wall in the West Bank near the congested Qalandiya checkpoint. Almost instantly, the other pervasive wall in Jarrar’s life, his Facebook page, became a tangled bramble of death threats, pledges of solidarity, and heated discussion. The mural, which Jarrar... [more]

20150703172218-b99527618z Durex Pope   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/3/15

How do you like your Eggs? Controversial. This may be the answer the Milwaukee Art Museum would give after its recent acquisition of Eggs Benedict by Nicki Johnson. Although, rather than a lush scooping of hollandaise drizzled over ham hock, this dish consists entirely of a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made from 17,000 colored condoms. Many Catholics, not being the biggest fans of responsible spunk containment, have thrown in that extra delicious garnish—controversy. Even possibly going for that ultima... [more]

20150703201021-de_sousa__documenta13_museum_fridericianum_2012 Learning from Athens: How Can documenta 14 Respond to the Greek Crisis?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/3/15

It's been one of the most turbulent weeks in the modern history of Greece. The nation's position within the eurozone remains precarious following the results of Sunday's referendum when Greek voters chose to reject the austerity terms of an EU bailout. Their decision follows a week of last minute talks, banks closing their doors, the imposition of capital controls, and non-compliance on the country's IMF payment deadline last Tuesday. The so-called "Grexit,” equally feared and desired by d... [more]


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