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20151230151604-e77942c86d368e57b5ea391fc784af25 With Collaboration and Performance Twin Photographers Represent South Africa’s Muslim Community   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Hasan & Husain Essop at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde November 16th, 2015 - January 7th
Posted 1/2/16

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]

20151220205353-20150909144028-insitu The ArtSlant Guides to the Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in the World's Most Commercial Places   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/20/15

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]

20151221092714-screen_shot_2015-12-21_at_10 ArtSlant Editions: Looking Back on the 2015 Issues of Our Inbox Magazine   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/19/15

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]

20151221000208-rat_and_bear-theleastresistance The Shows to See in 2016, and Why   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/19/15

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]

20151217194140-screen_shot_2015-12-17_at_8 Art or Not?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/17/15

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. #1 The artist occupies herself with complex scientific theories on th... [more]

20151217151245-59_pix_inst_mickry3_01 The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in Zurich   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/17/15

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. We've been seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the latest stop in o... [more]

20151216215555-pretend_you_are_not_there A Year in the Words of Artists: 2015's Best Interviews   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/16/15

Interviews are some of our favorite content—and, we think, some of our most enduring. The ArtSlant “Rackroom” is an expanding public archive, filing away unfiltered insight straight from artists themselves. Over the years we’ve invited over 400 (and counting!) artists—emerging and established, some emerging who have since become established—into the Rackroom. These conversations touch upon urgent contemporary issues as well as the personal preoccupations of ou... [more]

20151209162608-nyu_abu_dhabi The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in the UAE   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/9/15

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. We've been seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the latest stop in o... [more]

20151209110347-header Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Laura Brothers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/9/15

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. This week Petersen profiles Laura Brothers, who has given us 10 special and unique edits of her work. Laura Brothers is one of the great enigmas of new media art. This partly stems from the fact th... [more]

20151207140653-17-___aboubacar_traor___inch_allah__2015 Telling Time in Bamako: Curator Bisi Silva on the Anniversary Edition of the African Biennale of Photography   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 12/7/15

Founded in 1994, Bamako Encounters: The African Biennale of Photography (or Rencontres Bamako) has had a long legacy as the first and leading international platform dedicated to photography and video on the African continent. Over its 20-year history the biennale has played a role in the increased visibility of African artists internationally, promoting both lesser-known photographers and multimedia artists as well as prominent practitioners like Malick Sidibé, Samuel Fosso, Pieter Hugo, and Zanele Muholi. In... [more]

20151126133230-jpn In Dubai's Expanding Arts District, a New Foundation Celebrates the Patron-Artist Relationship   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/26/15

The Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods of New York City in the late 70s and early 80s were in many ways the hunting grounds of the original starving American artist. The painter Linda Francis puts it bluntly: “We were thieves.” She was part of an art tribe who illegally rented commercial lofts on the cheap and worked in a community, struggling to eat as much as to answer important questions about what constituted art. Was it Duchamp’s urinal turned fountain, Monet’s water li... [more]

20151125163302-glaze Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Eno Swinnen   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/25/15

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. This week Petersen profiles Belgian new media artist Eno Swinnen. Belgian artist Eno Swinnen is a refreshing anomaly in the world of New Media art. His work uniquely blends the discipline’s tech an... [more]

20151119212824-screen_shot_2015-11-19_at_9 Art or Not?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/19/15

Art or Not? This week we're in more need of a laugh than ever. Sometimes humor seems the only way to cope with the world. Can you tell the difference between a truly great idea and someone who's gaming the system? Does a good text elevate an image to the status of an artwork? We're not sure, but we have fun playing. This week: which knife assemblage is a happy camper's accessory, and which is the thesis of a major Belgian artist? #1 In the series Shield, Protect, Endure the artist presents a devised... [more]

20151118074549-khan_landsend_17 Closing the Loop: Does Art Require an Audience?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/13/15

Does art require an audience? Does art require an audience? I posed this question to a dozen artists over nine episodes of Working (it) Out, the ArtSlant podcast I began hosting this summer. It was a question that came up at the end of a master’s seminar class I was in last year, and it took me by surprise. My answer, which I assumed was really the only one, was “yes.” Yes, I thought, because without an audience, does it count as art? I went home and put the question to my partner... [more]

20151119185435-20151116151921-loop The Latham Loop: Maintaining a Clean and Healthy Image for 120 Years   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/16/15

Never forget the loop The first time I encountered the loop was whilst using a Chinon Super 8 projector manufactured in the late 70s. Within seconds of my roll of Kodachrome entering the “auto-loading” machine the projected image began to jitter and convulse. After several further attempts the film buckled, broke, and bunched up in the gate where it was toasted by the searing hot halogen lamp. The instruction booklet explained that although the film lacing process was totally automat... [more]

20151117202741-img_0459 Closed Circuits and Bodies Electric   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/17/15

For Maize Mantis at The Kitchen this past October, Sergei Tcherepnin created an amalgam of dance performance, musical composition, and theatre. In this project drawing partly from Sergei Diaghilev’s production of Feu d’Artifice and incorporating paintings by Lucy Dodd and Kerstin Brätsch, the audience witnessed a host of characters—including wolves, jellyfish, and basketball players—whimsically navigate a landscape of light and sound. At the sonic height of the work... [more]


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