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20150728115851-image_views_monica_de_miranda Portugal Contact Zone at Art Marbella: The Complexity of Cultural Interplay in Southern Europe   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/28/15

Europe's refugee crisis has reached political and humanitarian extremes this year, with an unprecedented number of asylum seekers—many fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa—risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean. Across the continent a social and political atmosphere fueled by racism, xenophobia, fiscal conservatism and austerity has given rise to a radical disconnect between many Europeans and their southern neighbors. Horrifically, Greek Isle holidaymakers have been heard complaining about vacationi... [more]

20150730102321-fotos-az-2007-nyc-004-wide A Short Interview with Alejandro Zaia, Founder of Art Marbella   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/30/15

Alejandro Zaia, the head of the critically-acclaimed Pinta London, is an unusual figure in the art world, coming to the world of the art fair through a love of contemporary Latin American art. Though a native of the PR and Advertising industries, he has now added a second fair to his collection, Art Marbella. ArtSlant: Why Marbella? Alejandro Zaia: Because Marbella and the whole Costa del Sol is the hottest spot in the European summer. It is a multicultural city — plenty of Germans, English,... [more]

20150729184842-4999182295_2e3aec7f16_z The Puerto Banús Strip Is Decadent and Depraved   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/29/15

They call it “Marbs.” Some of them do, anyway—not the real deal money; not 'Tony' and 'Mel' Banderas-Griffiths, whose beach-front palace’s lease, quite tragically, outlived their marriage—but the ones who are there for an earthier breed of bacchanal: the drunks, the San Tropez tanners, the motor-mouthed swimsuit babes, the rutting Croyden bucks—and so on, and so forth. Breasts as buoyant as puppies; pectorals as tight as spinster's mouths: the strip on Puerto... [more]

20150727025311-lady2x3_lowres Bodies and Beings: What Place Can Ceramics Have In Contemporary Art Now?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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]

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