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20150323113339-_uta8814 RCA Secret Dubai Democratizes Art Dubai by Keeping Artists' Names Secret   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/23/15

What would happen to the art market if all work was sold and acquired democratically? That’s a pretty controversial question to ask at an art fair. In its 9th edition Art Dubai (March 18–21) drew an estimated 25,000 visitors to view modern and contemporary art from 92 galleries in plush exhibition halls. The art market in the United Arab Emirates is about as old as the fair, but thanks to a solid gallery scene, some record Christie’s auctions, and easy import and export policies... [more]

20150320122744-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e7 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E7 with Laura Letinsky   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/20/15

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: Photographer Laura Letinsky gives Danny his creepiest makeover yet while... [more]

20150319140730-zhang_mlgs01e07_mountainman Denver: A Mile High State of the Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/19/15

Big city digs alongside premier Rocky Mountains destinations, an unquenchable taste for craft and micro-breweries, an accelerating infiltration by the young and ambitious… top it off with the legalization of marijuana and the result is a city bursting with people and energy. It’s an exciting time to be part of the emerging cultural scene that is Denver, Colorado. Following heightened national scrutiny and increased tourist attention over the past year, the Mile High City feels ripe and... [more]

20150318111221-traditional_navaho_cross_stitch How Mario Kart Is Like Rubens: The Classical Principles of Video Game Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/18/15

Remember those misspent days spent playing Golden Axe? Remember your parents confiscating your Mario Kart? Turns out your parents didn’t appreciate good art when they saw it. Golden Axe, Atari Super Mario Kart, Super Nintendo Today many people passionately acknowledge computer game art as relevant, “legitimate,” art. Others believe that computer game art is dumbed down, that the pinnacle of artistic talent was the Renaissance—with "The Masters," like Caravaggio, Leon... [more]

20150316171614-15_a_ds Sharjah Biennial 12: The Right to the City   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Sharjah Art Foundation March 5th - June 5th
Posted 3/16/15

It is a pity for someone with a good sense of direction to visit Sharjah Biennial 12 (SB12) at Sharjah Art Foundation. You are given a map with free admission, but I advise that you leave it folded in your back pocket, because the best part of the Biennial involves getting lost in the maze of coral-walled alleyways leading to contemporary galleries that shock in their contrast to the heritage area in which they sit. Turn a corner and you might hit a dead-end; or you could find yourself face to a... [more]

20150313081235-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e6 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E6 with Anais Daly   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/13/15

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: Things move quickly in Anais Daly's University of Chicago classroom. Whis... [more]

20150306160420-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e5 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E5 with Scott Wolniak   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/6/15

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 is at the studio of Scott Wolniak. It's just two guys, drinking bee... [more]

20150303122032-1_vahap_avsar_sifir Between East and West: The Making of Contemporary Art in Istanbul   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/3/15

The socio-economic events of the late 80s were the harbingers of new cultural forms that gave rise to global interactions and to the transgression of art beyond its conventional sphere in the Euro-American world. Large-scale international exhibitions provided new platforms for cross-cultural dialogues, questioning political and aesthetic definitions in a so-called globalized art world. Recently, the center has shifted again towards the former peripheries, while making these fringes a “specta... [more]

20150227100942-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e4 Made-Up With Danny Volk: S1E4 with Paul Mpagi Sepuya   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/26/15

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 is at the studio of photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya. More Ab... [more]

20150226140029-nominal_natura Botanical Arts: a Heritage of Naturalist Imperialism   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/26/15

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]

20150226115322-amaral_olga_-_ww-067 #ArcoColombia: Colombia Across Madrid   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at ARCO Madrid February 25th - March 1st
Posted 2/25/15

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]

20150223113905-screen_shot_2015-02-23_at_12 A Major Survey of Belgian Art Opens... in Havana   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/23/15

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]

20150219102555-image_4 Buy a Cardigan and the Holocaust Painting Is Half Price   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/19/15

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]

20150219120141-7 Morning Star: Marshall Scheuttle Photographs Las Vegas in a New Light   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/19/15

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]

20150218124428-1 15 Curators to Watch in 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/18/15

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]

20150217133403-10527855_711199368928289_2632844304672246228_n Is Beirut Going Blank? New National Policy Threatens City's Street Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/17/15

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]


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