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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]

The Plight of the Intern   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/19/10

April’s New York Times reported that the number of unpaid internships has increased while actual job openings remain scarce.  Many of them may even be deemed illegal, which might come as no surprise to those of us who have recently been "interned" at an institution in the arts. Federal regulations deem the difference between unpaid training, as in internships, and paid employee work as such: that an intern cannot displace a regular employee, and the employer “derives no immediate advantage from... [more]

02_hammock_grove_caption The Future of Governors Island   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/19/10

Sometimes you just need a break from the city.  Especially in the summer.  Luckily, and it seems unbeknownst to tourists and even most New Yorkers, there’s an island getaway here, just a short, free ferry-ride away on Governors Island, open on the weekends throughout the summer.  Besides the enticing attraction of the Sixth Borough exhibit as detailed above, there are many reasons to visit.  With grassy parks, historical fortifications, bike paths, tree-lined rows of colonial houses an... [more]

Gi_wendy_wischer In Another World   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Amelia Biewald, Mary Walling Blackburn, Daniel Bohzkov, Adam Cvijanovic, Teresa Diehl, Pablo Helguera, Natasha Johns-Messenger, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Andrea Mastrovito, Alan Michelson, Clive Murphy, Trong Gia Nguyen, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Ted Riederer, Marina Rosenfeld, Raimundo Rubio, Vadis Turner, Monika Weiss, Wendy Wischer at Governors Island June 5th, 2010 - October 10th, 2010
Posted 6/19/10

        Governors Island is only minutes away from Manhattan yet it feels like another world, or a step back in time.  Missing is the hustle and bustle of the city, the routine, the up-down-and-cross town, replaced instead with leisurely pace of bicycles looping the island, swaying hammocks in the coastal breeze, and the curious adventure of exploring the rather mysterious island dwellings once inhabited by military personnel.  With its jumbled mix of architectural styles, from forts and castles to di... [more]

4084051347_161d0d6ce3 Handsome Dick Manitoba's   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/9/10

Manitoba's Bar 99 Avenue B (Between 6th & 7th ), New York. NY (212) 982-2511thirsty@manitobas.com http://www.manitobas.com If seeing Shepard Fairey's tributes to Iggy and Strummer leave you thirsty for a beer and some rock 'n' roll, head over to Manitoba's by Tompkin's Square.  The proprietor of this establishment is none other than Handsome Dick Manitoba, the Bronx-born lead singer of the proto-punk band the Dictators, a regular staple of the CBGB's scene.   While you gulp a $3 happy hour beer, check out the permanent gallery of... [more]

Monastery_1978 Liz-N-Val On Sale   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Liz-N-Val at Gallery onetwentyeight May 5th, 2010 - May 31st, 2010
Posted 5/9/10

I first came across Liz-N-Val’s work at POOL Art Fair where their playful, colorful, and humorous canvases caught my attention.  Until the end of May Gallery onetwentyeight on the Lower East Side is now hosting a selection of their work from the past 30 years.  I was happy to find Liz holding court at the gallery the day I visited and we got to chat about the early days when it was Clark and Goroshko instead of Liz-N-Val, the various ‘MuseuM’s they’ve established, the ire they’ve attracted from... [more]

Mayday_poster_th From the Margins to the Mainstream   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shepard Fairey at Deitch Projects - Wooster St. May 1st, 2010 - May 29th, 2010
Posted 5/9/10

More than a week after the outrageously crowded May Day opening, Shepard Fairey’s show at Deitch Projects is still somewhat of a circus. “It’s been the busiest week of my life,” said one of the gallery directors as she simultaneously fielded questions about still-available work from several parties of interested buyers, stapled checklists, and answered emails. As the last show at Jeffrey Deitch’s gallery before he makes the move to LA to assume the directorship of LAMO... [more]

P1040657 On the Edge at Fountain   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Fountain Art Fair March 4th, 2010 - March 7th, 2010
Posted 3/10/10

      The DIY spirit of Fountain art fair is apparent from the first step onto the rusty pier and into the pieced-together interior of the swaying ship. Everything is makeshift, the contours of the architecture dictating placement of the booths. (The ArtSlant winners booth: Julie Davidow talking to Adam Jahnke and his girlfriend Leslie, Davidow's wall painting pictured. To see more photos click here!)   Our first stop, naturally, was the ArtSlant booth where we displayed the winners of our... [more]

Daniela_kostova Pool Party   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show, Angie Arlene Smith at PooL Art Fair Miami @ Sky House Marquis March 5th, 2010 - March 7th, 2010
Posted 3/8/10

    POOL Art Fair, held at the exceedingly cool Gershwin Hotel definitely benefited from the location's Pop Art collection, New York heritage and bohemian style.  Three floors of the hotel were given over to independent artists and curators from around the boroughs and the world, plus performances, live music and films in the lobby. (Laurence Billiet in collaboration with Rachael Antony, Found, installation of photographs and wall mural, 2010.) I was first welcomed to the fair by an excelle... [more]

Scope11 Eye-Catchers at SCOPE   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SCOPE New York March 3rd, 2010 - March 7th, 2010
Posted 3/7/10

      SCOPE art fair, held in the elegant, modern surroundings of Lincoln Center, packed an eye-catching punch.  With about fifty galleries from fifteen countries worldwide, plus fashion, jewelry, even perfume designers, SCOPE was far-reaching and global in its purview of the worldwide contemporary art scene.  With all this art packed in, smaller works tended to get overwhelmed by the eye-catching, monumental works which, on more than one occasion, grabbed one's attention but failed to hold... [more]

964 Top of the Hour at Times Square   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/21/10

AT 44½ Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets. www.creativetime.org In conjunction with the exhibition at Susan Inglett Gallery, AT 44½ will be showing a "mini-retrospective" of Bruce Conner's video work on the mega-MTV-screen at Times Square, every hour at the top of the hour until February 28th.  Three of his films-- TEN SECOND FILM (1965), CROSSROADS (1976), and EASTER MORNING (2008)--will be shown in varying combinations.  Check the schedule here to see when they're playing what.  And i... [more]

Conner1 Bruce Conner: The High Priest of Collage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bruce Conner at Susan Inglett Gallery January 28th, 2010 - March 13th, 2010
Posted 2/21/10

        Bruce Conner's collages, now on view at Susan Inglett Gallery, most of them from the last ten years, share a similar aesthetic to the Victorian photocollages, but only in one respect, that much of the imagery is extracted from woodcut engravings of Victorian-era magazines.  The arrangements Conner created however are starkly different: darker, more esoteric, mystical and somber.  Though culled from period sources, the images are decontextualized from any reference to their original sourc... [more]

Photocollage_08_ And now for something completely different...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art February 2nd, 2010 - May 9th, 2010
Posted 2/21/10

        Raoul Hausmann and Hannah Höch credit the "discovery" of the Dadaist technique of photomontage to a single moment when, in 1917 at an inn on the Baltic seaside, they encountered an oddly assembled portrait--the photographic likeness of the owner of the inn glued to the body of a soldier standing in the company of Kaiser Wilhelm, great German generals, and other nationalistic symbols of glory and splendor.  With one decisive movement, the owner of the inn as a young man was transposed t... [more]

P1040622 Broke in Bushwick   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/19/10

For the past few years the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick has been lauded as the new destination for artists in New York.  A few stops down on the L-train, in the rent-reduced shadow of neighboring Williamsburg, Bushwick was classified in the New York Times as the "next neighborhood."   That was in 2006--and in 2010 it still feels rather gritty, a commercial landscape consisting of mostly industrial warehouses, 99 cents stores, interspersed with literal hole-in-the-wall retailers selling cheap access... [more]

Image_graphics_35_2_ Showcase Winners Talk About the Arts in Canada   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/24/10

Cliff Kearns-- "and so we soldier on..." As a mid-career artist emerging from a successful career as a freelance illustrator, I have only been painting full time now for about 6 years. As such, do not have an art degree and am still working towards establishing my visual voice and convincing the local museums and galleries that I have one. When I say working full time, half that time is devoted to art marketing efforts. Among other things, I do direct sales marketing to art consultants all over... [more]

Bos17_webbanner_01 Looking Forward: Sydney Biennale   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Biennale of Sydney May 12th, 2010 - August 1st, 2010
Posted 1/24/10

DAVID ELLIOTT-- "Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age" For the past two years I’ve had the pleasure of working on the 17th Biennale of Sydney (www.bos17.com), which will open from 12 May – 1 August 2010. Titled ‘THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age,’ it will showcase the freshest, most exciting and innovative contemporary art. Situated in the heart of Sydney, in a country that has traditionally regarded distance as a disadvantage, this Biennale will celebrate... [more]

_mg_1652 On the Scene in Montréal   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Armstrong-Six, Rick Leong at Parisian Laundry January 14th, 2010 - February 20th, 2010
Posted 1/18/10

  Jeanie Riddle-- "Keep it art." I hustle when I travel, fast-talk at art fairs, major art openings, at dinners, on dates… anywhere really- I pitch the genius of contemporary practice. I sling art. Montréal has a growing momentum in the visual arts. It feels exciting and sexy here, a city small enough to have real impact in the milieu and large enough to be a destination. The significant amount of art projects and spaces invite audiences to engage and partake in present discourses that amplif... [more]

Newpo_valuesman-2008_sm On the Scene in Seattle   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mark Newport at Greg Kucera Gallery January 7th, 2010 - February 13th, 2010
Posted 1/18/10

    Last week Artslant canvassed gallerists and museum directors of some of the most popular art centers outside of our main cities--and the results keep trickling in.  This week we're taking a look at Seattle through the eyes of Greg Kucera, the director and curator of one of Seattle's cornerstone contemporary galleries.  Established in 1983, Greg Kucera Gallery shows some of the most cutting-edge art, and not only from big names like Kiki Smith, Andres Serrano, Jim Dine, and Sally Mann (to... [more]

Sweetrocket_working_2009 On the Scene in Denver   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Colin Livingston, Riva Sweetrocket at Plus Gallery December 4th, 2009 - January 16th, 2010
Posted 1/11/10

"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times"--this is how the year 2009 is characterized by Denver's Plus Gallery director, Ivar Zeile, and in a year where a worldwide economic downturn dominated the headlines, it seems the worst of times have overshadowed the bright spots. Then again, we've entered a new decade, and a feeling of overriding optimism for 2010 is taking over an ever-expanding art world, as we witness the opening of new markets and satellite galleries in cultural art... [more]

Anka5 On the Scene in Portland   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Anka Gallery February 4th, 2010 - March 27th, 2010
Posted 1/11/10

        Anna Solcaniova King-- "Anka Gallery was established in August 2008, just before the economy collapsed." 2009 was a very hard year to survive, but it was also a successful and exciting year. We had several incredible shows with many talented artists, and we were consistently stunned by the large numbers of art lovers that came to our openings in support of the gallery, even through these difficult times. Here are just a few of Anka's shows in 2009: In April 2009 we hosted the "Chair Affair" for Portland's "Community Warehouse", a nonpro... [more]

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