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Basger_crop SHOTGUN REVIEW  
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Tariq Ali, Claire Fontaine, Vanessa Albury and Marthe Fortun, Simon Gush, George Hennard, Paulus Kapteyn, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rage Against the Machine, Luther Price, Custer’s Revenge, Lonnie Frisbee and David di Sabatino, Yoji Sakate, Ben Shaffer, The Weather Underground, Philippe Vandenberg, Ben Vautier at Jessica Silverman Gallery January 25th, 2008 - March 1st, 2008
Posted 2/21/08

The United States of America is both a nation and an idea. Since its inception, the nation has built itself around contradictory narratives such as freedom and imperialism, justice and oppression, opportunity and classism, or creativity and cultural hegemony to name a few. Two international curators working in the U.S., Jan Van Woensel and Hou Hanru, examine the icon of the United States and apply their unique perspectives in concurrent exhibitions within the country in question.Belgian curator Jan Va... [more]

Basger_crop FRIEZE MAGAZINE, ONLINE  
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Tariq Ali, Claire Fontaine, Vanessa Albury and Marthe Fortun, Simon Gush, George Hennard, Paulus Kapteyn, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rage Against the Machine, Luther Price, Custer’s Revenge, Lonnie Frisbee and David di Sabatino, Yoji Sakate, Ben Shaffer, The Weather Underground, Philippe Vandenberg, Ben Vautier at Jessica Silverman Gallery January 25th, 2008 - March 1st, 2008
Posted 2/21/08

Vanessa Albury and Marthe Fortun, Tariq Ali. Mauro Ceolin, Custer’s Revenge, Claire Fontaine, Lonnie Frisbee and David di Sabatino, Simon Gush, George Henard, Ragnar Kjartansson, Paulus Kapteyn, Luther Price, Rage Against the Machine, Yoji Sakate, The Weather Underground, Philippe Vandenberg, Ben Shaffer, Ben Vaultier. Curated by Jan Van Woensel, ‘Bad Moon Rising’, compiles an eclectic and forceful range of artists and artifacts that share an apocalyptic vision of the current si... [more]

Basger_crop FLAVORPILL  
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Tariq Ali, Claire Fontaine, Vanessa Albury and Marthe Fortun, Simon Gush, George Hennard, Paulus Kapteyn, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rage Against the Machine, Luther Price, Custer’s Revenge, Lonnie Frisbee and David di Sabatino, Yoji Sakate, Ben Shaffer, The Weather Underground, Philippe Vandenberg, Ben Vautier at Jessica Silverman Gallery January 25th, 2008 - March 1st, 2008
Posted 2/21/08

Alluding to both Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 protest song and Sonic Youth's dark 1985 album, the group exhibit Bad Moon Rising continues the sentiment that something is rotten in the USA. The violent drawings of murderer George Hennard, who was responsible for the 1991 Luby's shooting massacre, jostle uneasily next to Ben Vautier's tongue-in-cheek A Fluxus Suicide Kit. Meanwhile, Rage Against the Machine's poison-pen commentary on the 2000 presidential race seems almost diminutive against... [more]

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