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Natalie Hegert

20120503184706-john_ahearn Some Full Circle on Randall's Island: John Ahearn at Frieze Projects   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Uri Aran, Latifa Echakhch, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Joel Kyack, Rick Moody, Virginia Overton, John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, Ulla von Brandenburg at Frieze New York May 4th, 2012 - May 7th, 2012
Posted 5/3/12

Some people living in New York have great views, most don’t. Where I lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the view from the front of the apartment overlooked an off-ramp from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Day and night trucks would rumble past, slamming into potholes and screeching on their brakes. The building would literally shake—a constant earthquake—with the only respite on Sunday mornings or during the occasional blizzard. If any windows were left open, within a few hours a layer of fine soot wou... [more]

20120326175818-2012_biennial_lobby_01 GEOslant: Natalie Hegert at the Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kai Althoff, Thom Andersen, Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Forrest Bess, Dennis Cooper, Cameron Crawford, Moyra Davey, Liz Deschenes, Nathaniel Dorsky, Nicole Eisenman, Kevin Jerome Everson, Vincent Fecteau, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Vincent Gallo, K8 Hardy, Richard Hawkins, Werner Herzog, Jerome Hiler, Matt Hoyt, Dawn Kasper, Mike Kelley, John Kelsey, John Knight, Jutta Koether, The Red Krayola, George Kuchar, Laida Lertxundi, Kate Levant, Sam Lewitt, Joanna Malinowska, Andrew Masullo, Nick Mauss, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Stephen O’Malley, Laura Poitras, Matt Porterfield, Luther Price, Lucy Raven, Peter Rehberg, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine Reichek, Michael Robinson, Georgia Sagri, Michael E. Smith, Tom Thayer, Wu Tsang, Oscar Tuazon, Gisèle Vienne, Frederick Wiseman at Whitney Museum of American Art March 1st, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 3/26/12

“Be advised that the fourth floor galleries will be closing in about fifteen minutes for Sarah Michelson’s performance,” I was told when I arrived at the Whitney ticket counter, “So you should probably begin your visit there.” Yeesh. Fifteen minutes for an entire floor? I’d better hurry, I thought, as I dashed to the elevator. On the fourth floor, one of Michelson’s dancers was warming up, stretching her limbs out with a couple quick pas-de-bourrées over the dance floor—a site-specific work in i... [more]

20120215172329-andersen_s_contemporary_-_toma_s_saraceno__iridescent_planet__2012_-_115cm In Madrid with the ArtSlant Team   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at ARCO Madrid February 15th, 2012 - February 19th, 2012
Posted 2/15/12

The Prado. The Reina Sofía. The Thyssen. From Guernica to Goya, the Spanish capital possesses unimaginable artistic treasures. Add to that the leisurely tapas bars and all-night parties, Madrid’s the perfect spot to indulge in cultural and sensory overload. For one week in February, the crowds of international dealers, collectors, and art-lovers arrive in Madrid to do just that. Oh, and also to buy and sell some art. ARCO Madrid is a massive affair: over 200 galleries from nearly thirty countr... [more]

20111226201301-20110515102244-kw_gaillard_04_72dpi Momentous and Memorable   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/26/11

Looking back on the past year, here is the editor's choice of the most memorable art moments and most inspired art writing of 2011 in Berlin. The ArtSlant writing team captures this city, defined by its up-and-coming-ness, its desperate hipness, and party-town reputation, while seeking out some of the most innovative moments of contemporary art anywhere, from a room slowly collapsing in on itself, to a gallery infested with ants and spiders... "Doping them with coolness": Cyprien Gaillard's "B... [more]

Interview with Stefan Eins  
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12/11/11

New York, Dec. 2011— Stefan Eins finds art in some of the most unlikely places. In 1978, Eins opened an art space called FASHION 時裝 MODA МОДА* in the South Bronx, in a neighborhood that, at the time, more closely resembled a bombed-out war zone than a borough of New York. Fashion Moda (1978-1993)  was a “museum of science, art, invention, technology and fantasy,” and he and his co-director Joe Lewis subscribed to the radical (still) notion that art could be made by anyone, anywhere, regardless of r... [more]

20110703131142-pressi6 Crossing Borders   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jaakko Heikkilä, Ulla Jokisalo, Riikka Kuoppala, Raakel Kuukka, Elena Näsänen, Marja Pirilä, Hannele Rantala, Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts, Catarina Ryöppy, Minna Suoniemi at Governors Island June 24th, 2011 - July 31st, 2011
Posted 7/3/11

With Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery’s pioneering photography exhibition debuting the “Helsinki School” last year, and Sanna Kannisto just finishing up her solo exhibition at Aperture Foundation, it seems that Finnish photographers may be poised to be the hot new items on the New York photography scene.  Introducing ten Finnish photographers and video-artists, an exhibition presented by the Finnish Cultural Institute out on Governors Island this summer, though presenting works of the same medium, show div... [more]

20110527122257-hoeckle_email Dog Days   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Patrick Brennan, Rick Caruso, Jillian Conrad, Nathan Gwynne, Katy Higgins, Kim Hoeckele, Ellie Irons, Rena Leinberger, Carlota Mazon, Andrew D. Moeller, Michael Beitz and Matt Monroe, Heidi Neilson, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Birgit Rathsmann, Erin Thurlow, Eugenie Tung, and Jeff Williams at Smack Mellon June 18th, 2011 - July 31st, 2011
Posted 7/3/11

Dog days.  Cut through the greasy air, thick with humidity.  Mosquito bites and black tar rooftops.  Skin prickly with salt, a deep grime collected under fingernails. Odors intensify and linger. The only respite found in a public pool shared with hundreds of others.  There’s a reason that New York City residents (those who can afford to) quit the city during the worst of the summer months, abandoning it for cooler, breezier climes in the Hamptons or upstate. The hot city is the theme of a smart... [more]

20131218224302-100513_0002_rio909 Superimposed Supergraphics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Haas&Hahn at Storefront for Art and Architecture May 7th, 2011 - July 30th, 2011
Posted 6/5/11

The Storefront for Art and Architecture’s collapsible/exploding/intruding space, where walls pivot out onto the sidewalk, is currently hosting an exhibition of Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn. Like the space that hosts their work, the duo’s projects, enacted in the favelas of Rio, are imposed onto the fabric of the city, blurring the boundaries of public and private. Taking advantage of the unregulated dynamics of the ghetto, Haas&Hahn’s projects take the form of community enterprise, ed... [more]

20110517013257-take-out_620_620 Chinatown   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Martin Basher, Lucas Blalock, Nicholas Brooks, Sarah Chacich, Vincent Como, Rory Donaldson, Nick Kramer, Ted Riederer, Thuridur Ros Sigyrthorsdottir, Ryan Sullivan at Art in General May 20th, 2011 - July 2nd, 2011
Posted 6/5/11

Chinatown harbors many hidden secrets.  In our literature, films and fantasies, it’s the perfect placefor a hideout; it’s the location of an underground deal, a secret underworld, a land of counterfeits, a dark mystery.  Culturally impenetrable, Chinatown can be intimidating for the outsider—unintelligible signage, curious customs, the closeness of bodies, cars, bicycles, the shops overflowing into the street with their cheap wares, the denseness of the air, the unfamiliar miasma of fish oil and... [more]

20110410172719-2259654716_6102216705 A Slice of Berlin in New York   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/10/11

For a real slice of graffiti history (and history history) a few blocks away from MoMA you can find a literal slice of the Berlin Wall.  Situated in the courtyard of 520 Madison, this segment of the famous division between East and West was painted by artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny circa 1984.  The wall is now divided and placed out of context, but the graffiti stands as a testament for the transformative power of art over symbols of authority and political repression.   --Natalie Hegert (Image: NYC: Urban Plaza - The Berlin Wa... [more]

20110221141411-pantheon-prphoto-022111 In the Windows   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Cake, Oze 108, Gen 2, John Ahearn, Royce Bannon, Quel Beast, el CELSO, Nohj Coley, Darkclouds, Droid, Faro, John Fekner, Cassius Fouler, FREEDOM, Ellis Gallagher, Gen2, GHOST, Abby Goodman, Goya, Groser, Richard Hambleton, infinity, Ket, Don Leicht, Abe Lincoln Jr., LSD-Om, Cahil Muraghu, NohJColey, Lsd Om, OverUnder, Sadue, Jordan Seiler, Matt Siren, Skewville, STIKMAN, TOOFLY, Rigoberto Torres, UFO, Adam VOID, Vudu at Donnell Library Window Space April 2nd, 2011 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 4/10/11

On view until April 17th in the windows of the old Donnell branch library opposite MoMA on 53rd street, Pantheon NYC, curated by Daniel Feral and Joyce Manalo, is an exhibition of graffiti and street artists’ work spanning three decades.  Featuring work from New York street art pioneers, like John Fekner and Richard Hambleton, to artists you’d encounter today on any given street in the city, like Darkclouds and UFO, Pantheon locates these artists in a broad art historical, generational and geographi... [more]

20110302100916-untitled_i__october_bliss_ Photo Fetish   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hrvoje Slovenc at Michael Mazzeo Gallery March 3rd, 2011 - April 23rd, 2011
Posted 4/10/11

“It’s like looking at a crime scene,” whispered one observer at Michael Mazzeo Gallery, as she inspected a large-scale, panoramic photograph of a shabby, uncomfortable domestic interior. The photograph is part of a series of about a dozen entitled Home Theatre by Hrvoje Slovenc, a young Croatian-born, New-York-based artist, fresh from his recently earned MFA at Yale.   The domestic spaces depicted in Slovenc’s series are indeed like crime scenes, and contain clues—a pair of handcuffs, a heavy... [more]

The Slant on Iris Häussler  
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4/6/11

Toronto, Apr. 2011: Iris Häussler's work vascillates in the liminal areas between fact and fiction, history and memory, science and art.  Her  practice requires periods of intense research, piecing together elaborate, painstaking detail in the creation of objects and entire environments -- taking place entirely in secret.  When her immersive installations are presented to the public, in many cases the artist, or who you would assume the artist should be, remains hidden.  I first learned about Iris H... [more]

20110307201611-verge2011 Wandering in Dumbo - VERGE   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Verge Artbrooklyn DUMBO March 3rd, 2011 - March 6th, 2011
Posted 3/7/11

Verge Art Fair, held for the first time in Brooklyn, has been criticized as disappointing, fractured and disorganized.  Combining gallery exhibitors, curated shows and individual artist booths held between six different venues in the DUMBO area with nothing but a tiny map and some scattered signs to guide you, admittedly, it was a bit confusing.  It seemed more like an open studios event than an art fair, with artists cramming their work on either sides of long, narrow studio suites, and the gall... [more]

20110307110207-scopeimage11111 Diversions and Distractions at Scope   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SCOPE New York March 2nd, 2011 - March 6th, 2011
Posted 3/7/11

Scope art fair, in its new location on the West side highway, was packed with gimmicks and glorp, the same gimmicks and glorp from last year. Really.  The same crappy work that didn’t sell last year.  The same work that I actually recognized because it was that bad.  But let’s not talk about that, let’s talk about the good stuff, the fun stuff, and the free stuff. In contrast with last year’s event at the Lincoln Center, Scope 2011, organized and directed by Mollie White, focused their efforts... [more]

20110304051024-natalairarmory The Sound Side of the Art Fairs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/2/11

One of the best parts about checking out NYC art fairs is sampling a bit of the city's nightlife. Granted all the fairs have their VIP previews and swishy cocktail parties, but some feature real live music, from top-notch DJs, to gritty punk acts and art rock glam. Here are the musical highlights of NY Armory Week: VERGE: Art Brooklyn Thursday March 3. Start off your art fair week with a party until the wee hours at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. The curators of Verge: Art Brooklyn have put together an art fair that features a few int... [more]

20110116155315-1betterburger Better Burger   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/16/11

Better Burger Chelsea178 Eight Avenue at 19th StreetNew York, NY 10011 212-989-6688    Ever since the Empire Diner mysteriously closed for renovations, Chelsea has become a wasteland for food.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there's lots of absolutely delicious edibles and libations to be had in Chelsea.  Just not for my slim, broke-as-a-joke budget.  So I've started what's become a tradition--before a long night of wine-sipping and art-viewing, I bolster my tum-tum with a good, dense sandwich f... [more]

20110114184838-01320110115 Chance/Covert Operations   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Seth Price at Friedrich Petzel Gallery (West 22nd Street) January 7th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 1/16/11

One of the most delightful aspects of Seth Price’s show of new video works at Petzel Gallery is the element of chance.  Unless you’re by yourself in the gallery, the movements of your fellow art viewers dictate your progress through the exhibit.  In Non Speech, Fire & Smoke, each video work is presented as a solo experience and can be viewed by only one person at a time, in separate viewing booths—recalling both the earliest days of cinema at penny arcades and the contemporary condition of solitary int... [more]

20110114190905-hortongallery001169 Agitation, Aggression, Compulsion, Regression   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bryan Zanisnik at Horton Gallery - Chelsea January 13th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 1/16/11

Bryan Zanisnik’s latest solo show at Horton Gallery consists of a series of new large-scale C-prints and a five-minute video, which, in short, depict the chaotic inner workings of a crowded consciousness. The photographs show, in brilliant color, various studio installations of collections of objects: clocks, baseball cards, soap bottles, toy cars, greeting cards.  Objects are melted together, tied up, hanging suspended.  In Off Season, a triptych of filing cabinets appear to be in mid-explosion,... [more]

20101204150623-screen_shot_2010-12-03_at_8 Absence in Abstraction   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, AA Bronson, Romaine Brooks, Thomas Eakins, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Catherine Opie, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz at National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) October 30th, 2010 - February 13th, 2011
Posted 12/4/10

Embroiled in controversy—it's what you’d expect from an exhibition about gay portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.  In fact, it’s rather surprising that the controversy didn’t arise until a month after the show was open—just in time for World AIDS Day.  On November 30th, the Catholic League complained about David Wojnarowicz's 1987 video piece Fire in My Belly, a “vile video” that could be interpreted as nothing more than an attack on Christianity, all because o... [more]

20101115090454-trespass-20100829-195107 Trespass: a history of uncommissioned urban art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/15/10

Trespass. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art Carlo McCormick, Marc and Sara Schiller, Ethel SenoHardcover, 23.5 x 32 cm (9.3 x 12.6 in.), 320 pages $ 39.99 The realm of graffiti and street art has long been plagued by publications with lots of flashy pictures and design, but very little substance, text-wise.  Most "graffiti books" rely only on images--the text reads almost as an afterthought, consisting usually of un-edited, sometimes un-spell-checked artist interviews that are about as i... [more]

20101027173058-bozic_white_chalk_final-0x300 Creature Comforts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tiffany Bozic at Joshua Liner Gallery November 11th, 2010 - December 11th, 2010
Posted 11/14/10

Tiffany Bozic’s take on the natural world, and her methods for realizing it, is in extreme counterpoint to Kim Dorland’s. Whereas Dorland represents a variant of "extreme painting," with massive panels supporting thousands of tubes of paint and weighing up to 300 pounds, Bozic's application of paint is watery, thin and translucent, revealing the grain of the maple panel. Instead of a soundtrack of Slayer, with Tiffany Bozic's work, you should be hearing Kate Bush. Bozic, a San Francisco-based artist and Fecal Face darling, is known for her detailed renderings of delicate or... [more]

20101014123517-kd079_ghost__deer___cropped_final__2010__oil__glitter_and_string_on_wood__72_x_60_in Shack in the Woods   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kim Dorland at Mike Weiss Gallery November 6th, 2010 - January 8th, 2011
Posted 11/14/10

It happens when they least expect it, and when we, watching, have come to expect it the most.  A group of teenagers enters a wilderness of some sort, far from supervision, and far from safety.  Amped on hormones, liquor and laughter they engage in licentious behavior; they separate, coupling.  That’s when the monster strikes—enraged by their behavior, he targets and kills each young person, one after the other, in successively horrifying ways.  Usually only one survives to tell the... [more]

Interview with HUSH  
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11/14/10

New York, Nov. 2010 - HUSH is the moniker of the UK-based artist known worldwide for his street-art-style blend of anime-inspired and Pop-art images.  Trained as a graphic designer and illustrator at Newcastle School of Art and Design, he has traveled extensively, primarily throughout Asia and Europe.  Drawing his imagery from innumerable sources, blending high and low from art history to comic books, Hush's work is mostly inspired by the aesthetic of street art: the texture of walls, the ephemera... [more]

20100926152313-trophies Toys for a Capitalist Tool   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/26/10

Forbes Galleries 62 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 12th Street, New York City. http://www.forbesgalleries.com For a surreal trip into the object obsessions of one of the world's biggest capitalists visit the Forbes Galleries on the ground level of Forbes Magazine headquarters.  The Galleries feature changing exhibits of painting, sculpture, photography and jewelry, but it's the permanent collection where the weirdness lies.  Malcolm Forbes was a fascinating character, if... [more]

20100925160735-01088 Prosthetic Objects   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Martin Soto Climent, Jay DeFeo, John Divola, Martha Friedman, Daniel Gordon, Ryan Kitson, Jiří Kovanda, Kiyoji Otsuji, Adam Putnam, Laura Riboli, Judith Scott, Erika Vogt, Christopher Williams, Mark Wyse at Wallspace Gallery September 9th, 2010 - October 16th, 2010
Posted 9/26/10

A group show at Wallspace gallery a few blocks away from the Sarah Sze exhibition at Tonya Bonakdar also deals with the transformation of everyday objects, but in a much less extravagant, more lo-fi fashion.  Including work by Jay DeFeo, John Divola, Martha Friedman, Daniel Gordon, Ryan Kitson, Jiří Kovanda, Kiyoji Otsuji, Adam Putnam, Laura Riboli, Judith Scott, Martin Soto Climent, Erika Vogt, Christopher Williams and Mark Wyse, the exhibition--Drag, Swagger, Fit Together--draws... [more]

20100925161206-tbo_installas__017_share Following Lines   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sarah Sze at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery September 16th, 2010 - October 23rd, 2010
Posted 9/26/10

Sarah Sze’s installations exist somewhere between magic ritual, science experiment and cabinet of curiosities.  Sze hasn’t done a gallery show in New York for five years, and this time she’s gone all out, filling the entire two floors of Tanya Bonakdar gallery. Following the lines of painter’s tape, string, rope, wire, like schematics lead the eye, we find an extraordinary assemblage of everyday objects, repackaged, repurposed, reinvested with new meaning.  Endless shelves house minerals, el... [more]

Interview with Yoshitomo Nara  
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9/18/10

New York, Sept. 2010-- Yoshitomo Nara is an art superstar, cult idol, pop icon. His images of big-headed little girls wielding knives and menacing expressions are recognized and adored by a legion of fans around the world.  Yet this status as an art celebrity he accepts reluctantly, preferring to be considered a student retaining a constant "beginner's spririt."  Long associated with the Neo-Pop movement of Japanese contemporary art spearheaded by Takashi Murakami and his "Superflat" theory, Nara's... [more]

20100815205345-toppromo Primal Scream Therapy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/15/10

Be warned that through November, the halls of MoMA will be constantly interrupted by the sounds of people screaming.  Yoko Ono's Voice Piece for Soprano has taken the space filled so silently by Marina Abramovic and turned it into a venue for primal expression.  One of Ono's "instruction works," she created it in 1961, with the score consisting of three screams: "1. against the wind; 2. against the wall; 3. against the sky." The museum has already suffered quite a few complaints from those who feel... [more]

29306 Camera as Co-Conspirator   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Eugène Atget, Herbert Bayer, Hans Bellmer, Constantin Brancusi, Brassaï, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Robert Gober, David Goldblatt, Rachel Harrison, Hannah Höch, André Kertész, Bruce Nauman, Charles Nègre, Man Ray, Gillian Wearing, Fischli & Weiss, Hannah Wilke, Iwao Yamawaki at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) August 1st, 2010 - November 1st, 2010
Posted 8/15/10

MoMA's "The Original Copy: Photography and Sculpture" in a way feels more like a free-for-all mash-up of associations and juxtapositions than a focused thesis, a stream of consciousness collection of various intersections of photography and sculpture.  There is a remarkable absence of a prescribed formulation to follow, and the subject is explored rather through various themes and practices, stirring groupings and somewhat abrupt shifts of logic.  This lack results not in a confused or... [more]

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