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20140807071131-run_vodnjan_wall_total_oo Objects in Motion: An Interview with RUN   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/7/14

As his name might suggest, the Italian born, London based street artist Run draws inspiration from dynamism in the human form. The suggestion of movement and rhythm is evident in his large-scale depictions of bodies. Heavily informed by the aesthetics of the early 20th century avant garde, Run’s iconic, cubist inspired figurative paintings of expressive faces, precise hands and pointed feet have been painted on exterior walls and gallery halls everywhere from Europe to Asia. In honor of his... [more]

20140520084423-4 Back to Basics: Even Less   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pablo Delgado at Howard Griffin Gallery May 16th - June 6th
Posted 5/20/14

A Google image search for “Pablo Delgado” will yield an endless stream of diminutive street art characters that the Mexican-born artist has pasted onto lamp posts, brick walls and cement siding throughout his time spent in his adopted UK home. Creating mini-narratives through tiny cut out figurines and objects, Delgado's curious mix of subjects often point to where cultural history and contemporary life intersect, such as a man dressed in vintage garb or a series of street walkers on a Spi... [more]

20140430182002-kevin-meredith-14-04-23-5d-mrk3-9806 Pick Me Up: The Fun Festival for Graphic Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/30/14

In all the art fairs I’ve attended in my modest 26 years, “fun” is never the adjective I would use to describe the experience. Interesting, intimidating and overwhelming is usually more like it. So when Pick Me Up, the self-proclaimed “fun” platform for graphic arts opened this past weekend in the sprawling subterranean space of London’s esteemed Somerset House, I had my doubts. For anyone who has attended those aforementioned intimidating fairs knows, there is a cert... [more]

20140413161217-img_7087 Rone: Debut UK Exhibition   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rone at StolenSpace Gallery April 11th - May 4th
Posted 4/13/14

Similar to St Marks place in New York or the Venice Boardwalk in Los Angeles, East London’s Brick Lane is a small stretch of road whose reputation is both its blessing and its curse. In the heart of Shoreditch, this once ‘gritty’ mile of curry houses and industrial brewery buildings was the YBA 90’s hang out. Now, twenty years and many Lonely Planet write-ups later, Brick Lane often feels like a playground for tourists in search of a one-stop shop for East London cool kid... [more]

Interview with Timur Si-Qin  
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9/8/12

Berlin, Sept. 2012: An interdisciplinary analysis stemming from overlapping theories in biological science, philosophy and psychology have laid the ground work for Berlin-based artist Timur Si-Qin's object based installations. Culling images and products from a diverse range of media, Si-Qin mediates stock photographs, advertising schemes and everyday objects to pointedly tap into humanity's evolutionary predispositions that drive us. Probing our psyche with subjects as disparate, but nonetheless... [more]

Interview with Felix Kiessling  
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5/20/12

Berlin, May 2012 - The content of Felix Kiessling's work is monumental. In an ongoing exploration into the authenticity of perception, scale and physical reality, Kiessling navigates these weighty topics with a distinct reductive aesthetic. Utilizing controlled installations, documented land interactions and sculpture, the Berlin-based artist produces elegantly succinct works to portray the conceptual notions that drive him. One such example of this is Der Vektor (The Vektor), an ongoing piece t... [more]

20120129090555-1 similie-fac   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Fabio Morais at Galeria Vermelho January 24th, 2012 - February 18th, 2012
Posted 1/29/12

Touching on notions of technological reproducibility, photographic malleability and subjective interpretations, Fabio Morais' two-story solo show at São Paulo's Vermelho gallery is an inquiry into the construction of personal knowledge. The Brazilian artist has placed, duplicated and grouped visually nostalgic and historically dated educational material throughout the exhibition space. Dating from the 1960s and 70s, Morais' choice of text, image and objects range from the intimate (a grouping of postc... [more]

20111103201640-jp__sumiko__2009_004986-gts JOÃO PENALVA   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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JOÃO PENALVA at Galerie Thomas Schulte November 19th, 2011 - January 28th, 2012
Posted 12/25/11

Portugese artist João Penalva has filled the Galerie Thomas Schulte's store front window with a handsome installation of dramatically lit stacked kitchen chairs. Hanging on the wall behind the chairs sits a large photograph depicting a similar off-balanced sculptural arrangement. This chair-on-chair presentation instantly calls to mind Kosuth's One and Three Chairs, the well known piece from 1965 of a chair, a photograph of a chair and wall text definition of the word chair, an installation famous for its... [more]

20110828214844-fischer_elsani_manifesto_2 Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani at Galerie EIGEN + ART (Berlin) August 25th, 2011 - October 22nd, 2011
Posted 10/9/11

As I walked down Augustrasse last Tuesday I assumed the scrawled red paint on the entrance of Galerie Eigen + Art was just another anarchist tag line, a common sight in Berlin's gentrified neighbourhood of Mitte. However, by the time I reached the front door It became obvious that the Bye Bye Testosteroni wording was not a subversive cultural marker but an accompaniment to Eigen + Art's current show Impero Dei Segni. The aggressive signal was an exciting gesture. In this city notorious for a stron... [more]

20110906172039-291 John Baldessari: Double Feature   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Baldessari at Sprüth Magers Berlin September 23rd, 2011 - October 29th, 2011
Posted 10/9/11

Three things make me homesick for Los Angeles: Trader Joe's, palm trees and John Baldessari. For artists who inhabit southern California, there is a mythic quality that surrounds the iconic LA artist as not just a pioneer of conceptual art but a pioneer of our art. Naturally, I was beyond thrilled to discover that his new work from 2011 was now on view at Spruth Magers here in Berlin. Not only because I was excited to see how the 80 year old artist has continued to create and evolve, but also to exp... [more]

20110902005632-dominions DOMINIONS   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Julian Charrière, Andreas Greiner at Program e.V. September 2nd, 2011 - October 14th, 2011
Posted 9/19/11

Dominions is a collaborative installation from Berlin-based Julian Charrière and Andreas Greiner.  Having collected mold samples from various locations throughout their respective home countries of Switzerland and Germany, the artists are now breeding the microbes in large glass vitrines throughout PROGRAM's gallery. These architectural petri dishes range in height and placement throughout the exhibition space, an obvious nod to their topographic origin, while the bacteria they contain have yielded di... [more]

Interview with Alex Israel  
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9/12/11

[Editor's Note:  Alex Israel is being featured at Art Basel 2012 in Art Statements at Peres Projects.  In 2012, Alex has exhibitions scheduled at Museo Civico Diocesano di Santa Maria dei Servi, Citta' della Pieve, IT; Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, FR; LAXART, Los Angeles, US; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, US.] Berlin, Sept. 2011- Several days before Alex Israel's first European solo show, I sat down with the Los Angeles based artist in the gallery to discuss his city, his various projects and current... [more]

20110726182854-schipperweblarge Fate of Entropy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jonathan Schipper at DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM August 6th, 2011 - August 27th, 2011
Posted 8/19/11

While maintaining qualities that are both graceful and mechanic, Jonathan Schipper's electronically engineered investigations are a complex set of visual contradictions. This two-part kinetic installation titled Slow Room is now on view at Dittrich & Schlechtriem (formerly Pool Gallery) and is Schipper's first solo show in Germany. The exhibition is divided into two works: a mobile-like structure and a full room installation. The more understated of the two, Sexy Shameful Nude Naked Statue Scu... [more]

20110820060707-1 Problematics of History   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joesph Beuys, Norbert Bisky, Harald Hermann, Jorg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Marcel Odenbach, Albert Oehlen, Sigmar Polke, Rosemarie Trockel, Andy Warhol at Galerie Crone July 2nd, 2011 - August 30th, 2011
Posted 8/19/11

Simply titled and smartly curated, Galerie Crone's Deutsch hosts an impressive roster showcasing some of the biggest names contributing to contemporary German art in the last fifty years. Amid the August wasteland of summer group shows, this exhibition stands out as intellectually complex and visually compelling look at German iconography. It's no secret that Germany has a complicated history. That being said, German national representations are not only delicate but potentially problematic when... [more]

20110409153823-00520110410 Cruise or be Cruised   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Dean Sameshima at Peres Projects April 29th, 2011 - June 25th, 2011
Posted 6/19/11

Dean Sameshima's art is a never-ending quest into the visual investigation of maleness throughout the creation of works that portray unabashed sexual imagery while retaining a quiet vulnerability. His new solo exhibition at Peres Projects' Mitte location, Cruise or Be Cruised, draws heavily from gay print media to construct photographs and silkscreens that explore homoerotic desire, fetish, and ultimately, freedom. Throughout the exhibition, Sameshima has cultivated a raw aesthetic that feels craf... [more]

20110415205036-a8c9920fbc View and Review   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kathrin Sonntag at Galerie Kamm April 30th, 2011 - June 25th, 2011
Posted 6/18/11

When discussing art, I have always found the descriptive term "installation" to be annoyingly non-specific and over used.  On occasion, however, I will find myself in search of a word to illustrate an exhibition and am left with no other choice than to describe it as such.  Kathrin Sonntag's solo show is this occasion. Now on view at Galerie Kamm, the appropriately titled Double Take uses a soft-handed subtlety to orchestrate the reading of objects and photographs in a destabilizing relationship to... [more]


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