Usually, art world press conferences avoid politics, but for the opening of the 6th Marrakech Biennale, events like the Syrian refugee crisis were used as a starting point to introduce the exhibition, which kicked off February 23 featuring 50 artists across several venues of the ancient city.
“Art brings together people, not tears them apart,” said the Palestinian curator Reem Fadda, who is the Associate Curator of Middle Eastern Art for the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim. In her selection of artis... [more]
Table of Contents:
The Problem of Art's Morality | Joel Kuennen
Body as Material in the Surveillance State | Tara Plath
Queering Film Production | Lauren McQuade
Bringing Self-Defense Performance into the Community | Joel Kuennen
If resistance hasn’t been on your mind lately, you haven’t been paying attention.
In an explosive presidential primary season, the loudest voices on both sides of the aisle flaunt their outsider statuses, reacting against the mainstream. While app... [more]
Morehshin Allahyari is an Iranian artist currently based in California. Her work subverts the often self-absorbed and ephemeral themes of new media art to create art that is overtly political and meaningful. Iran itself often serves as a primary inspiration and she is enthusiastic to dispel assumptions about her home country.
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“It's not what (people) think,” she says, “It's much more complex and awesome than their knowledge of it from the media. I wish my... [more]
While studying in Paris following WWII, Ellsworth Kelly, recognized internationally by scholars, artists, and museums as one of the most influential artists at the turn of the millennium, unlocked a new kind of abstraction through his isolation of the discreet forms he observed in the world around him. It was during this period that Kelly made the seminal 1949 painting, Window, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, in which he eliminated brushwork and transitioning values, leaving four white and gray rectangula... [more]
VOLTA NY is the Armory Arts Week fair for emerging international talents. With 100 galleries presenting solo or duo projects this year, the fair's unique format offers the chance for visitors to get deeper into a single artist's work than the average art fair presentation allows.
In that spirit, in partnership with VOLTA NY and GalleryLOG, we're sharing this glimpse into the process and inspirations of five featured artists you should watch out for at the fair this year.
ROBIN KAN... [more]
Actions do not often speak louder than words: words are actions. They are the most devastating weaponry and the most powerful tools that humans possess, having delivered more damage—and greater understanding—than anything else known to us. Words have built states, empires, and civilizations, and they have written the destruction of the same. Our archives of treaties, artifacts, and agreements are among the most revered treasures in museums the world over. They include the visual arra... [more]
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Sundance Institute's influential artistic program, New Frontier, a milestone which is being feted with the most extensive programming yet. Described as “a revolution a decade in the making,” the 2016 celebrations began at the Sundance Film Festival (January 21–31) with an exhibition of over 30 virtual reality pieces alongside 11 artwork installations, a performance work, and three feature films, and continues later this year with events at MoMA in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Recognizing that film... [more]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
The artist occupies herself with complex scientific theories on th... [more]