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20140412065504-185 Black as midnight on a moonless night   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jordan Tate at Transformer Station March 28th - June 14th
Posted 4/12/14

"Black as midnight on a moonless night." That’s how Special Agent Cooper likes his coffee, and that’s what I thought of when viewing SUPERBLACK by Jordan Tate, at Transformer Station in Cleveland, Ohio. “That’s pretty black,” says Pete Martell, as he pours a cup of coffee for Cooper in that first episode of Twin Peaks. SUPERBLACK is pretty black all right. In fact it’s the blackest black you’ll ever see. It’s… excuse me… really fucking black. ... [more]

20140312233059-dsc_6249 From the Margins to the Mainstream: Shepard Fairey, May Day, at Deitch Projects   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/12/14

This review originally appeared on ArtSlant NY in May, 2010. Still rings true... 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 Deitc... [more]

20140305051402-3_drivein What Makes the SPRING/BREAK Art Show So Different, So Appealing?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SPRING/BREAK Art Show March 4th - March 9th
Posted 3/5/14

The SPRING/BREAK Art Show inevitably feels like a huge art school party. Maybe because it’s held in a school. But also because of the almost cliquish camaraderie among the exhibitors, the artwork packed halls, the crowded downstairs bar area, and the perennial pack of artist-types chain-smoking outside. Having gone to grad school in NYC, it seems like I always run into people I know at SPRING/BREAK, either exhibiting, curating or just checking it out (because they know someone else who is exhibiting... [more]

20140226204127-20100918100708-music_pyromaniac_day_and_pyromaniac_dead_of_night-1 More Than Surface Value: An Interview with Yoshitomo Nara   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/26/14

This interview was originally published on ArtSlant New York in 2010, during Yoshitomo Nara's solo exhibition, Nobody's Fool, at the Asia Society Museum. 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 "b... [more]

20140206093206-pwh2013_06 POW! WOW! Hawaii This Week! Way to make us all jealous guys...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Esao Andrews, Seth Armstrong, Becca, Bezt, Low Bros, Stephanie Buer, Bumblebee, C215, Adam Caldwell, Carl Cashman, Fernando Chamarelli, david cooley, Cryptik, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Curiot, Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla), Ekundayo, Gaia, Ghostpatrol, Pam Glew, Seth Globepainter, Kamea Hadar, Randy Hage, Jeff Hamada, Andrew Hem, Know Hope, Madsteez, James Marshall (aka Dalek), Woes Martin, Brian Mashburn, Soey Milk, Brendan Monroe, Buff Monster, Word To Mother, Dabs Myla, Nosego, Pixel Pancho, Kevin Peterson, Reka, Joram Roukes, Mimi S., Sainer, Andrew Schoultz, Stinkfish, Tatiana Suarez, Shark Toof, Mark Dean Veca, Yoskay Yamamoto at The Honolulu Museum of Art February 9th - February 16th
Posted 2/6/14

Ok yeah, it's February. Half the globe is freezing its butt off. Who wouldn't want to be in Hawaii right now? Particularly this weekend, because it's Pow Wow Hawaii, and this year has an incredible roster of participating artists: a sizable contingent from the West Coast, including Andrew Schoultz, APEX, MADSTEEZ; along with New York legends like Lady Aiko, COPE2, Ron English; and international superstars like Know Hope, Dabs Myla, Vhils; and rounded out with a roster of Hawaii's own, like SLICK,... [more]

20140130165431-p1050339_copy Make Art Now, Ask Questions Later   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/30/14

This article was originally published as part of ArtSlant's Street Special Edition in summer 2012, which was, it could be considered, the beginning of ArtSlant Street. Enjoy! Jeffrey Deitch’s bold claim, that graffiti is “arguably the most influential art movement since Pop,” was meant to rile people up. The provocative statement was found in the exhibition catalogue to the ambitious Art in the Streets exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2011. Graffiti and... [more]

20140115223352-teodor_dumitrescu_-_usurping_nature Lowbrow Lectures and Surreal Soirees: Surreal Salon Six   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art January 2nd - January 30th
Posted 1/16/14

Another year, another Surreal Salon at the Baton Rouge Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art; this being the sixth edition of the U.S.-national juried exhibition of pop surrealism and lowbrow art. Surreal Salon Six features 80 works from 58 artists representing 20 states. The exhibition's juror is none other than Greg Escalante, co-founder of Juxtapoz, and the artist judged "best in show" will receive an editorial in the April issue of the magazine. If you're in the Baton Rouge area, don't miss... [more]

20131218224302-100513_0002_rio909 Rio de Janeiro: Superimposed Supergraphics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Haas&Hahn at Storefront for Art and Architecture May 7th, 2011 - July 30th, 2011
Posted 12/18/13

This review was originally published on ArtSlant New York in June 2011. 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 gh... [more]

Family Ties: An Interview with Song Dong  
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12/9/13

Philadelphia, Dec. 2013: It could be considered that one of Song Dong’s most important collaborations was with his mother. In 2009, Song arranged the entire contents of his mother’s house, along with the house's small wooden frame, throughout MoMA’s expansive atrium. The installation, Waste Not (2009), revealed in its precise organization – neat rows, stacks and stockpiles of bowls, suitcases, plastic buckets, clothing, shoes, boxes, small scraps of fabric – his mo... [more]

20131206181157-photo Banksy Ex Situ: Stephan Keszler Shows Street Works at Art Miami   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/6/13

At Art Miami there’s quite a bit of buzz concerning a slice of wall and a car door. No, it’s not a Gordon Matta-Clark or a John Chamberlain—the objects in question have been put on display and put up for sale because of a certain cheeky and infamous British artist. For the second year in a row, visitors to Art Miami and Context will have the opportunity to view some Banksy street work, up close and personal. Following last year’s Banksy Out of Context special exhibition a... [more]

20131205144510-6983493286_c096b6be29_b The (de)Appropriation Archive: An Interview With Bruce Tomb   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/5/13

This interview was originally published on ArtSlant San Francisco in February 2008. On January 30th, the San Francisco Artslant writing team attended the Public Meeting, held at Southern Exposure, about the art wall on Valencia Street between 23rd and 24th Streets. About ten years ago Bruce Tomb, the owner of the building, which happens to be the former Mission Police Station, decided to stop cleaning the graffiti and posters that accumulated on the wall, and began regularly documenting its evo... [more]

20131202062146-thrushholmes Miami Art Week Guide Part II - Mainland Miami   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/2/13

Find the map for Miami Art Week here. It will be updated throughout the week. Art Miami / CONTEXT December 3-8 VIP Preview (by invitation): Dec 3, 5:30-10pm Public Hours: Dec 4 & 5, 11am-7pm; Dec 6, 11am-8pm; Dec 7, 11am-7pm; Dec 8, 11am-6pm Art Miami is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami, and is a solid choice when it comes to the Wynwood fairs. CONTEXT is the sister fair next door, though I’ve never been quite clear why they’re branded separate fairs.... [more]

20131201133753-olaf_breuning Miami Art Week Guide Part I - Miami Beach   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/1/13

Find the map for Miami Art Week here. It will be updated throughout the week. Art Basel Miami Beach December 5-8 Private View and Vernissage (invite only): Dec 4, 11am-9pm Public hours: Dec 5-7, 12-8pm; Dec 8, 12-6pm The Basel behemoth is ostensibly why we’re all here this week. It takes place in the big, austere convention center and is emblematic of the many things we find wrong with art fairs: for instance it’s easy to get lost in here, can get quite crowded during the public days,... [more]

20131016203016-20101114054908-through_the_night Pop and Pure Expressionism: Interview with HUSH   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/16/13

This interview originally appeared on ArtSlant New York in 2010. 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... [more]

20131012175310-art_by_lady_pink Daze and Lady Pink at the Museum of the City of New York This Weekend   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/12/13

On Sunday October 13th, on the terrace of the Museum of the City of New York, you can catch two New York legends painting: Chris "Daze" Ellis and Lady Pink. This is a rare opportunity to see these icons of New York graffiti art at work, and a great chance to get your blackbook signed! This live painting event celebrates the launch of the Museum’s new publication City as Canvas: New York Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection, published by Rizzoli. The book precedes the forthcoming exhibiti... [more]

20130813172650-shinn_doublerama1 A Surfeit of Space: the Francis J Greenburger Collection   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/13/13

There are many different types of art collectors: there are those who buy as investments and populate the halls of Christie’s and Sotheby’s; those who buy art to match their furniture; those who vicariously live through the artists whose works they collect; those who collect privately yet loan profusely; those whose collections are known worldwide and housed in their own foundations; and many others. The Francis J Greenburger Collection (the FJGC) reflects over thirty years of serious... [more]

20130731000444-p_304_305valerie_floating_in_the_sea__mayreaux_island__2002_hi_res_for_carrie Summer in East Hampton: Interview with Chantel Foretich of QF Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/31/13

Ever since Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner settled in nearby Springs, East Hampton has become a hotbed of artistic creativity. Its languorous lush summers have inspired recluses (think Grey Gardens) and artists alike. It’s now also home to a neighborhood of first-rate galleries with curatorial programs rivaling anything you’ll find in the city. As part of ArtSlant’s ongoing focus on the Hamptons’ art scene this summer, I chatted with long-time ArtSlant friend, artist and... [more]

20130608173250-ciapv-evariste_richer-086_web Free Basel: Your guide to free and open to the public events during Art Basel   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/8/13

Art fairs can be exclusive affairs. And they certainly do encourage that notion, with their hallowed and inscrutable VIP lounges, wealthy collector-types air kissing dealers across the aisles, art consultants dashing around “shopping” for private collections, bottles of champagne popped for only certain clients, and most of all the money, das Geld, de l’argent or however you want to call it spilling forth from discreet Swiss bank accounts to purchase four-, five- or six-figures worth of contempo... [more]

20130422233405-defeo05 The Ballad of Saint Jay DeFeo   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jay DeFeo at Whitney Museum of American Art February 28th, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013
Posted 4/15/13

This is a tale of unparalleled devotion. This is a tale of inspired vision. This is a tale of heaving beauty, of divine obsession, of possession, of cosmic light embodied. This is the ballad of Jay DeFeo. Jay DeFeo in the old country saw color and light, in cruciform, in carmine and ochre and earth. She traveled in the footsteps of monks, perhaps not knowing, yet with her she brought back vivid memories of primal shapes and magic circles, spirals, stars, crosses. She painted Mountains, Origins,... [more]

20130412174031-08_iris_haussler A Portrait of Obsession   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Iris Häussler at Daniel Faria Gallery April 3rd, 2013 - May 11th, 2013
Posted 4/12/13

To encounter Iris Häussler’s sculptures in a white box gallery is a rarity, as the artist’s work is usually found in immersive site-specific installations involving fictive narratives and incredibly detailed staging. On view at Daniel Faria Gallery is something of a retrospective grouping of the artist’s concept drawings, along with the sculptures she created under the auspices of various fictional characters: Mary O’Shea, Joseph Wagenbach, and Ted Wilson. Now Iris Häussler “invites” us to view... [more]

20130328142134-610x-2 A Brief and Incomplete History of Stolen, Lost, and Destroyed Works of Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/28/13

A work of art that’s been stolen attains a tantalizing aura of mystery, a legendary status that grows with each hour of absence. A destroyed or a lost work of art can sometimes attain that level of mythos, as long as we are aware of its significance before it’s disappeared. But most art, in fact, most of the art that has ever been made throughout history, is simply lost and forgotten, and we don’t even realize it. Ancient art that was intended to last for eternity is slowly eroding, and contempo... [more]

Interview with Michael Genovese  
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1/21/13

Los Angeles, Jan. 2013: As I drove up the 5 freeway to meet Michael Genovese, my car radio was tuned to 88.9 FM. Between Anaheim and Norwalk, the radio transmission began to flicker back and forth between the two college stations that share that frequency in Southern California. For a few miles the radio was caught between KUCI and KXLU, between mellow beats and experimental noise. I let it play through, enjoyed the give and take, the struggle. Michael Genovese, whose solo exhibition Lines and Cracks and Z... [more]

GEOslant Around the World: Georgia Fee's Legacy in Writing  
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Posted 12/21/12

Many of you dedicated ArtSlant readers may remember that from the start, the GeoSlant blog was editor-in-chief and ArtSlant founder Georgia Fee’s own blog. Each week she posted travelogues, helpful tips and how-to’s, all written with her particular brand of wit and verve. Perusing the earliest entries in the GeoSlant blog from 2007-09, you get a glimpse of how ArtSlant grew, changed, and developed, how new features were added and with how much fanfare. Not only that, but reading these entries also gives you a glimpse of who Georgia was, and how she saw the... [more]

20121206173846-66 ArtSlant Prize 2012: Susan Meyer - Models in Ruin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/6/12

Susan Meyer - 3rd Place, ArtSlant Prize 2012 It’s somehow appropriate that we’re showing Susan Meyer’s work at an art fair inside a hotel. Hotel art fairs have a unique social sensibility to them: doors flung wide, friends and strangers alike moving fluidly in and out of what would normally be closed-off, separate private spaces. This lends the whole affair a feeling of intimacy, coupled with the slight sensation of breaching boundaries, which leads to conversations and interactions that you wo... [more]

20121205112554-x Alternative Moons: Experiences on the Outer Fringe   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/5/12

Imagine Art Basel Miami Beach is a planet. It is after all, the big centralizing force to which all other early December Miami fairs, events, and exhibitions compare themselves. Those are usually referred to as satellite fairs: orbiting moons. Some of these moons are quite large, and orbit in close proximity to the Basel planet, while others are mere specks out on the fringe. Some of these moons have quite erratic, elliptical orbits, spinning in all different directions. These moons—their atmosph... [more]

20121129002145-1 Spending Time: Interview with Anthony Huberman   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/29/12

Anthony Huberman is the director of The Artist's Institute in New York, a peculiar little space on Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Entering this below-street-level gallery, it's not uncommon to see only one work of art on the wall at any given time. Run as a project of Hunter College, The Artist's Institute, rather than running on the typical gallery schedule of an-exhibition-a-month, is on the semester system: focusing on one artist per season. Focus might be the wrong word; r... [more]

20121120151933-4 Curator: A Slippery Word - an interview with Darren Jones   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/12

What does it mean to be a curator? Of late the term has taken on a few new meanings. It’s become a buzzword in the realms of blogging, fashion, design, interior decorating, Pinteresting, Tumblr-ing, publishing, thrift-ing, and all other sorts of realms where selecting, choosing, filtering, or procuring sundry images or objects and placing them in some order, by theme, by color, by mood or material, becomes “curated” content. Many people, mostly museum curators, find this annexation of the term an... [more]

20121018193407-sacrilege A Paris dérive: hors les murs at FIAC   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/18/12

There are a couple of ways to approach art fairs: one could subscribe to a strict itinerary of events, talks, exhibitions, and parties, planning out every moment in an attempt to experience as much, meet as many people, drink as many free drinks and see as much art as possible during that relatively brief moment in a city when every art space, gallery, and arts organization seems to go into hyperdrive. Or, one could simply let go and go with the flow. There are benefits to both, but I should remind y... [more]

20120725001004-600x397x01 Make Art Now Ask Questions Later   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/24/12

Jeffrey Deitch’s bold claim, that graffiti is “arguably the most influential art movement since Pop,” was meant to rile people up. The provocative statement was found in the exhibition catalogue to the ambitious Art in the Streets exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2011. Graffiti and street art have been shown in museums and galleries before, but Art in the Streets was the very first attempt at a historical retrospective and survey of this wide-ranging, ill... [more]

Interview with Rachel Lin Weaver  
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5/27/12

Bloomington, IN, May 2012: In a small room, a table and one chair. A video projection opposite the chair, depicts a dark mountain, snow falling. Placing your hands on the table you hear, somewhere deep in your bones, the groans, creaks, and rumblings of a glacial landscape, while elsewhere you hear voices. An overhead light over the table recalls the scene of an interrogation, but the vibrations of the table simultaneously evoke the scene of a séance, bringing back the spirits of the dead. Tra... [more]

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