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20151111163434-can_dagarslani_73468 Contemporary Istanbul Emerging Gallery Spotlight: Mixer   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Contemporary Istanbul November 12th, 2015 - November 15th, 2015
Posted 11/10/15

To ‘shine’ means to shine upon something, to make that upon which the light falls appear. —Hans Georg Gadamer Almost every artwork needs a spectator, and artists need a platform to connect their work with those viewers. While today these platforms vary, artists still need spaces—be it the conventional gallery or the digital realm—that are able to reach and mobilize a broad audience. Galleries still matter: they not only provide artists with a means f... [more]

20151110101847-dsc02603 Wednesday Web Artist of the Week   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/10/15

We run an online magazine, so of course, we're interested in what's happening with art on the web. We invited online gallerist, founder and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, to write a bi-monthly column for us. Every other Wednesday he'll be selecting a Web Artist of the Week. For his inaugral spot, Petersen picks Seattle-based Sofia Lee. Things are changing fast in Seattle. The recent massive influx of tech workers to the city has proved extremely controversial to many Seattl... [more]

20151110224535-8_ali_akbar_sadeghi_shirin_gallery Contemporary Tehran: Istanbul's Iranian Gallery Focus Shows an Art Scene on the Rise   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Contemporary Istanbul November 12th, 2015 - November 15th, 2015
Posted 11/10/15

Following high-powered political negotiations, Iran recently expanded its 30-day visa upon arrival program to include citizens of a number of European, Asian, and Middle Eastern nations—including France, Germany, and Singapore, all with a concentration of high-end galleries and collectors. The new policy has already resulted in an increase in “cultural tourists,” and a boom in the art tourism industry seems an inevitability. “I can say 70 percent of my collectors are lo... [more]

20151110101329-20151110091720-05c_mcginley_hot_spring Science Does Not Equal Freedom: The Dangers of Celebrating a Techno-Utopia   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Halil Altindere, Vanessa Beecroft, Cao Fei, Igor Grubic, Susan Hiller, Tehching Hsieh, Dr. Lakra, Ryan McGinley, PIETRO RUFFO, Bob and Roberta Smith, Ryan Trecartin, Nasan Tur at MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna September 18th, 2015 - November 22nd, 2015
Posted 11/10/15

What is freedom? This is what the current exhibition, Gradi di libertà, at Bologna’s Museum of Modern Art, (MAMbo) attempts to answer through the lenses of art and science. The idea is to present science that has “freed” us from the trials of a pre-modern society, while showing that art continues to comment on and complicate the human relationship to freedom. Works from Ryan Trecartin, Vanessa Beecroft, and Bob and Roberta Smith all stand alongside vitrines with examples of tec... [more]

20151108092452-7 Protesting Inhumane Conditions, Czech Guerrilla Art Group Cuts Hole in Prison-like Refugee Camp   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/8/15

For hundreds of refugees, seeking escape from war-torn Syria and access to a better life in Europe, witnessing the destruction of their homeland and suffering through dangerous travel over land and sea is apparently not enough—not if they land in the Czech Republic. One human rights official recently found deplorable conditions at one of the four Czech refugee camps, which are housed in former prisons and military facilities “that in many respects offers worse conditions than Czech prisons.” The migrants are brought to the facilities in handcu... [more]

20151104104927-inside_emst_spiros_rekounas_02 11 Years On: When Will the Athens Museum of Contemporary Art Open?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/4/15

It has been 11 years since the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens has been planning to open, but its doors remain shut. The museum’s director, Katerina Koskina—a former art critic—is the only one who really knows why. So we asked her: What’s going on? The National Museum's new building—a 12 acre site which looks like a wafer bar—was finished in 2013 with a budget of 33.7 million euro, co-financed by Greece and the European Union’s European Regi... [more]

20151106163200-screen_shot_2015-11-06_at_4 Art or Not?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/6/15

Art or Not? As we mentioned last week, there's often a fine line between art and garbage. Art can play with us and our fear of missing out ("FOMO" as IIana Glazer of Broad City refers to it. It's a terrible thing.) What does elevate a simple scene to the status of a masterful creation? With most things being flattened to a single dimension nowadays, can we create an idea out of rubbish? Do we even need more ideas? Perhaps we just have too much time. One of the pictures described below documents an installation... [more]

20151105140129-01_enfantfemme_rmatar Portraits of Girlhood Today: Sameness and Difference in Rania Matar's New Project   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/5/15

Embody, disembody, co-embody, somebody, nobody: today, we are continually confronted with the complexities that result from attempts to prescribe and describe "the body." Race, age, politics, economy, sexuality, and gender all affect our physical form so individually that “there is no generic body, no such thing as 'the body'; bodies are raced, gendered, and assisted differently in the world”—as artist and writer Hannah Black says. How do we find a balance between expressing differen... [more]

20151104214506-robert-tharsing_s-studio Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/4/15

What goes on behind the closed doors of the artists' studio has always fascinated the layperson. What do they do in there? Creative spaces appeal to our aesthetic imagination—they're often laden with eclectic objects, designed to benefit the artist's productivity. Psychologically, the interior architecture of the studio is perhaps assumed to be a reflection of the artist's thinking. But in the post-industrial economy, the spaces artists work in have had to change and adapt to a more migrat... [more]

20151103161641-adel_abidin With New Paintings Adel Abidin Questions the Perception of Arabic-Speaking Media   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Adel Abidin at Lawrie Shabibi September 14th, 2015 - November 10th, 2015
Posted 11/3/15

Iraqi-Finnish artist Adel Abidin returns to his painterly roots for the first time in six years with Immortals, a solo exhibition running at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai. The show, which challenges society’s perceptions of Arabic-speaking media, gives visitors the feeling of watching live news on television, with some irony added in. The outstretched hand of a cleric appears from behind a microphone-strewn podium, while his body is obscured in black. The artist seems to suggest that figures o... [more]

20151026150021-ayana_v On Being Black: Portraits, Identity, Surface   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Jim Alexander, Sheila Pree Bright, Nicole Buchanan, Albert Chong, Terrell Clark, Allen Cooley, Renee Cox, Omar Victor Diop, Barbara Dumetz, Delphine Fawundu, Gerard Gaskin, Janna Ireland, Ayanna V. Jackson, Ervin A. Johnson, Ross Oscar Knight, Le'Andra Leseur, Joshua McFadden, Qiana Mestrich, John Pinderhughes, Jared Soares, Deborah Willis, Hank Willis Thomas at Arnika Dawkins Gallery October 16th, 2015 - January 22nd
Posted 10/26/15

The group photography exhibition On Being Black, on view at Arnika Dawkins Gallery in Atlanta, explores blackness and how black identity is constituted in and through photography. The show presents work by 24 artists working in the medium, most of which were made within the past six years, but the presentation also includes a couple of earlier works produced in the 1970s, and a scattering from the late 90s and early 2000s. A few major tendencies and themes also arise in the show: beauty, portraiture,... [more]

20151030103425-screen_shot_2015-10-30_at_10 Art or Not?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/29/15

Art or Not? Art nowadays has many different forms: it can smell, move, be big, small, or even invisible. Sometimes it can be mistaken for garbage. Sometimes it is garbage, and it becomes an artwork. But often the art we see everyday has a singlular, flat form—it has to battle with the challenges of the screen. What we refer to as "Art" is more desultory now than ever before. Can we really tell the difference? Do words change everything? Every week, we ask you to be the judge. This week, can you discern which m... [more]

20151027200450-q76lo69w3aj1zgqoeu1r Obama as Contemporary Art Connoisseur   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/27/15

As the White House diversified in occupancy, so did the objects on its walls. Under President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House the distinct image of realistic portraiture and ethereal landscapes of Midwestern plains that have long hung on its walls have been replaced by more contemporary artists like Glenn Ligon, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns. The Ligon contribution, a piece entitled Black Like Me, No. 2 (1992) (top), is composed of black words fit ever more snugly as they desc... [more]

20151024154107-img_0733a Feminists on Film: Documenting the 4th Wave   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/24/15

Feminism is "trending": but, as we've written before, that's not necessarily a bad thing. There's no doubt that we're experiencing a fervent new wave of visual feminism that has seen wider exposure than ever before thanks to online platforms. The “4th wavers,” a new generation of feminist practioners who are choosing to use visual activity as a core means for resolving their thinking, have forged an unprecedented symbiosis between experimental and formerly marginal forms of culture... [more]

20151023101152-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Louise Bennett   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/23/15

Welcome to season 2, episode 1, of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. Working (it) Out began as a nine-episode series in which I asked artists, "Does art require an audience?" In season 2 of the podcast, each interview will begin with a new question: "Where does art belong?" You can find the latest episode, plus the complete archive of Working (it) Out episodes on SoundCloud, iTunes, or on ArtSlant. ... [more]

20151023153324-martin_firrell_public_art_power_is_always_temporary__royal_opera_house_2007 The ArtReview Power 100: Are Artists Getting More Powerful?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/23/15

In the first edition of ArtReview’s Power 100, a mere four artists were included on the list of the art world’s most influential actors. That was 2002. By 2012 that number would creep up to 16 artists—nearly all men—after hovering in the single digits for most of the decade. In 2013 the number of “powerful” artists spiked up to a quarter of ArtReview’s annual selectees, where it has remained ever since. This year’s list, which was released Thursday,... [more]


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