Colombian artists have shown a fascination with nature over the last two decades. Many of these artists apply pseudo-scientific methods and tools to address issues of the relationship between humanity and nature. This interest is so prevalent in Colombian art that José Roca, one of Colombia’s most respected curators, opened up FLORA ars+natura, a space dedicated to the relationship between art and nature in Bogotá in 2012. These artists exercise a vast array of approaches: from drawing,... [more]
In its 34th edition, ARCOmadrid has invited Colombia to participate as guest of honor under the moniker #ArcoColombia. Since 1996, the organization has presented a special focus on a different country each year (last year we covered ARCO's #FocusFinland, also furnished with a readymade hashtag). This year the special program encompasses a selection of 10 galleries curated by Juan A. Gaitán for the main fair alongside a broad repertoire of exhibitions and events that will parallel ARCOmadrid during the... [more]
So you walk into El Floridita, one of many Havana bars that prides itself on being a former haunt of barfly Ernest Hemmingway, and there is Guillaume Bijl, the Belgian artist known for absurd installations in which he brings a driving school or travel agency into a museum context. On your way out, you try to hail a taxi, but it is already occupied by Joëlle Tuerlinckx. In a nearby eatery, video artist Johan Grimonprez is having lunch. It feels like Havana is having a Belgian moment—and... [more]
About eight years ago, before J.Crew arrived in Toronto, I was having a conversation with a colleague at the University of Toronto. He was an Art History PhD from Ohio, who specialized in medieval Italian church frescoes and dressed like the quintessential preppy yuppie: buttoned-down gingham cotton shirts, khaki pants, Clarks. He complained about how he couldn’t shop in Toronto, because it hadn’t yet caught up with “civilization” by having a J.Crew.
Recently, I found myse... [more]
Las Vegas-based photographer Marshall Scheuttle explores the American landscape, documenting archetypes of American youth and the narratives which develop around them—exploring our place and identity within the world. Borderland, his first body of work, focused on the individual and their surroundings; his latest project, Morning Star, turns its attention to the specific dynamic of Las Vegas, in response to the stories he uncovered in his earlier series. Scheuttle shoots analogue using a large-format 8 x 1... [more]
Curators are stealing the spotlight in the art world—mostly, for a good reason. This year brings an international showcase from a growing cohort of curators who, from Miami to Tel Aviv, have organized exhibitions we can look forward to—including public art and analogue photography.
Ask a curator how they feel about curating and you might get mundane answers about the day-to-day tediums of mothering artists and battles with the internet, but the big picture is ever more exciting. Th... [more]
Savvy Lebanese talk show host Zaven Kouyoumdjian broke a story on February 10 announcing that Beirut Municipality may remove all street art murals and graffiti from the city as part of a new overarching national policy to ban political slogans, posters, banners, and flags from public spaces.
While technically street art has always required a permit from the municipality, that rule was seldom enforced in the past, and writers from all over the world have visited Beirut to beautify the already v... [more]
Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before.
Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant.
This week Danny Volk drinks more whiskey, talks commitment issues, and has his blush applied... [more]
Theresa Ganz's methodology is like making paper out of paper: she builds rocks from rocks. Heart of a Cave, her current exhibition at Peterborough's Evans Contemporary, comprises works executed in black and white digital photography, with one colorful exception. Her images represent caves, slabs of stone, and landforms—all assembled from photographs of geological formations taken by the artist. Generating in the viewer a curiosity to look deeper, to work out how it was assembled, Ganz&rsq... [more]
When the Philadelphia Museum of Art announced Represent: 200 Years of African American Art last November, my reactions were mixed. The timely press release reporting that the museum would showcase a retrospective of African American art felt almost like a needed institutional response in a year notable for the increased visibility of racial injustice and police brutality in the US. Given Philadelphia’s large black and activist communities, expectations for the PMA to accurately and sensit... [more]
Art bars are legendary. They’re the place where ideas are born, scenes are formed and historical photos are taken and fondly remembered. Paris Bar in Berlin was the hotspot of Martin Kippenberger and friends, while NYC's Cedar Tavern frequented guests like Willem de Kooning. Some art bars have closed; other have become historical landmarks in upscale neighborhoods. Today there are new art bars that draws artists either for their location, concept, cheap drinks, or their warm vibes. The "worl... [more]
Independent filmmaker Sean Baker’s latest film, Tangerine, premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The comedy-drama, which explores the lives of transgender sex workers in Hollywood, is filmed entirely with the iPhone 5s. It received positive critical reception at Sundance and was picked up by Magnolia Pictures. I chatted via Skype with the Los Angeles-based filmmaker about the process of making this bleeding-edge film, his collaborative approach to telling a story about transgend... [more]
Hawaii's annual Pow! Wow! jam officially kicked off on February 7, and artists will be busy painting into the weekend. The arts festival brings together curators, artists, photographers, and musicians for a week of painting, parties, and IG-friendly beaches.
Curated by Japser Wong, Pow! Wow! is only in its fifth year, but with its sheen of street-styled glamor and exotic vibes it has managed to attract some of the best artists on the mural festival circuit.
The predeliction is still for old school graf h... [more]
The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s roof weighs the equivalent of the Eiffel Tower—its dome references the Islamic architectural cornerstone of the mosque. According to French architect Jean Nouvel’s poetic vision of a “rain of light,” an intricate layer of geometric incisions in the dome will optimize sunlight to create a constantly changing installation inside the museum. Set to open its doors to the public by the close of 2015, the 260,000-square-foot Louvre Abu Dhabi is the f... [more]
I was naively unprepared for the wave of vitriol I woke up to on Twitter from Caitlin Stasey, the 24-year-old former Neighbours actress and founder of herself.com, following my article last week which attempted to discuss several interesting new art exhibitions and platforms that deal with female self-image online: "Can Selfies Be Feminist?"
@onaartist @ArtSlant this article declares tht self expressions of nudity r countr productive 2 feminist agenda w no real explanation as 2 y
— caitl... [more]
Bustling Mexico City has embraced the international art scene while continuing to develop its own independent arts agenda through multiple platforms and outreach. This week Zona MACO, Central America's most important art fair, brings it all together, garnering major works of art from around the world to its 13th edition. The overall vibe of this year's fair—which opened Wednesday and continues throughout this weekend—was very laid-back, with an evident rise of painting and sculpture works at gallerie... [more]