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20150226115322-amaral_olga_-_ww-067 #ArcoColombia: Colombia Across Madrid   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at ARCO Madrid February 25th - March 1st
Posted 2/25/15

In its 34th edition, ARCOmadrid has invited Colombia to participate as guest of honor under the moniker #ArcoColombia. Since 1996, the organization has presented a special focus on a different country each year (last year we covered ARCO's #FocusFinland, also furnished with a readymade hashtag). This year the special program encompasses a selection of 10 galleries curated by Juan A. Gaitán for the main fair alongside a broad repertoire of exhibitions and events that will parallel ARCOmadrid... [more]

20150204181831-groupshow_4a If the films are the walls, what are the windows?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Ozlem Atlin, Lynda Benglis, Peter Coffin, Richard Hawkins, André Kertész, Manuela Leinhoß, Ann Lislegaard, Henrik Olesen, Harry Sanderson at carlier | gebauer January 31st - March 14th
Posted 2/4/15

It’s laid out like an obstacle course of sensory imagination—works mindfully scattered throughout the space, hung on walls, towering like disembodied limbs amidst the void, protruding from their designated places threatening to shape shift. In conjunction with the German premiere of British filmmaker Emily Wardill’s When You Fall into a Trance at carlier | gebauer, the artist has curated an adjacent group show in conversation with curator Jesi Khadivi, who joined carlier | ge... [more]

20150109123003-9 Celebrity Artists and Their Protégés at CFA's You're Just Too Good To Be True   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at Contemporary Fine Arts January 7th - January 31st
Posted 1/9/15

Hung salon style and packed to the brim for the opening, You’re Just Too Good To Be True is Contemporary Fine Art’s most attended show to date. Outside in the cold, a long queue snakes around the block, steam rising. Inside, in a sea of tortoiseshell glasses, camel hair coats, and variations-of-rouge lipstick, Berlin’s art world glitterati coerce their way through the crowds and around the baby strollers that block the exits, entries, and quiet solitary corners of the rooms. M... [more]

Breaking Camp: A Conversation with Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir  

A while back during Berlin’s Indian summer, when the weather was more hospitable to a trio of tropics-born expats, I met up with the Doha-based artist duo Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir at a sleepy kietz café in Prenzlauer Berg. Sanz, from Puerto Rico, and Weir of South Africa, have made waves lately with their vibrant and somewhat in-your-face surreal photographs that weigh in on power structures of culture in locations like their current home Qatar. Their artwork is almost camp,... [more]

20141108232532-5 Stolen Berlin Wall Memorials Shift Focus to EU Borders Amidst Anniversary Celebrations   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/8/14

Right on the heels of Berlin’s 1.5 million euro celebration marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, a collection of iconic memorials—erected for those who perished during the Wall’s oppressive existence—have been stolen. For the last decade, white crosses have stood at various locations on the former border in remembrance of those who died trying to escape East Berlin into the West. As of last weekend only empty metal frames remained where seven of the crosses h... [more]

20141106193617-01_lichtgrenze_brandenburger_tor__c__kulturprojekte_berlin_whitevoid_christopher_bauder__foto_daniel_bueche 25 Years After the Fall of the Wall a Public Art Project Remembers with Light   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/6/14

Seventy thousand citizens gathered on the streets of the East German city of Leipzig on October 9th, 1989, after churches opened to accommodate protesters disillusioned with the oppressive East German regime, the Cold War, and the structural and geographical scar the Berlin Wall had represented for the past 28 years. This massive confluence was the culmination of weekly prayer meetings organized by Christian Führer, the pastor of St. Nicholas Church. Some might call it a stretch to conclude... [more]

20140914070948-kopp_haupt Taking Up POSITIONS: Checking In With Berlin’s Newest Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at Positions Berlin September 18th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
Posted 9/14/14

Kristian Jarmuschek takes a shallow breath and almost disappointedly utters, “That is the second time I’m asked about the market today. What is with everyone wanting to talk about the market?” The POSITIONS team and I are seated in the center of one of the gallery rooms of Jarmuschek+Partner on the Potsdamer Strasse discussing the upcoming launch of Berlin's newest art fair incarnation, POSITIONS Berlin. The room is lined with neat bundles of VIP invite cards and press material stacked i... [more]

20140807154500-op_nng_installationsansicht_4_david_von_becker Stretching across a city and climbing into the sky   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Otto Piene at Neue Nationalgalerie July 17th, 2014 - August 31st, 2014
Posted 8/7/14

“Our sky was destroyed during World War II,” creaks a white-bearded eighty-six-year-old Otto Piene from in front of the lens of a video created on the occasion of his Berlin multi-sited exhibition More Sky. He explains his lasting impression with the light phenomena that would permeate his art practice for upwards of six decades, his desire to establish a new launching point for his practice, for the role of art to act as rebuilder. In conjunction, the Neue Nationalgalerie and the De... [more]

20140709182155-kl_twelve_hours_view_4 An invitation to re-draw conclusions; the editing of Karl Larsson   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Karl Larsson at Galerie Kamm June 28th, 2014 - August 9th, 2014
Posted 7/9/14

In October 2013, Joanna Kamm hosted the Karl Larsson exhibition Twelve Hours at her Berlin-Mitte gallery, Galerie Kamm. In 2014, a metaphorical twelve months later, the title has appeared in the gallery once again, playing host to a familiar roster of works save for select new additions. One such alteration is a shallow scratch in the plaster wall at the gallery’s entrance. The gash, Form Was Not Born From An Idea, It Was An Idea Vanishing, sets the tone for this re-visitation. The exhibi... [more]

20131114133724-3955502216_280e9beac9_b From Street to Sleek: The Changing Game of Street Art in Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/14/13

This articles was originally published as part of ArtSlant's Special Edition: Street, on the Berlin site in the summer of 2012. When I first arrived in Berlin I noticed the bananas. Bright, yellow Warholian markers by Cologne-based stencil artist Thomas Baumgärtel, known worldwide for his unofficial seals of approval emblazoned on what the artist deems the best galleries, museums and institutions. Since 1986, under the alias “Bananasprayer”, Baumgärtel has been conflating in... [more]

20131106162555-20120728164245-install1 A Peek Into the Chamber: An Interview with ob   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/6/13

This interview was originally published on ArtSlant Berlin in 2012. Berlin, July 2012: There is a scene in the Ridley Scott’s movie Alien (1979) where Executive Officer Kane (played by John Hurt) is lowered into a derelict ship and discoverers a chamber filled with hundreds of alien eggs lined up in neat little rows, laid and waiting to hatch. This is the vision Takashi Murakami took as his inspirations for the Chamber — a little room at the Kaikai Kiki studio where Murakami stores a... [more]

20130306173602-protest-6 Welche Mauer? / Which Wall?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 3/6/13

There are two walls in Berlin. The first, the historic and notorious Berlin Wall of Honecker and Kennedy that bisected a nation, dividing families, constructing prejudices and casting an XL cloak of doubt and shame on a people. This, the much loathed and bemoaned geographical scar, was observed on television sets worldwide with elation and danced upon as it came crashing down in 1989. A city’s demons seemingly exorcised. A new frontier rolling out the red carpet. And then there is the 1.3-kilome... [more]

20130221053636-white_snow__2012james_francopainting_oil_and_mixed_media_on_canvas100_x_100_cm GAY TOWN: Starring James Franco as James Franco   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
James Franco at Peres Projects (Temporary) February 9th, 2013 - March 9th, 2013
Posted 2/21/13

The obvious needs to be stated before anything else can be said: We are avid consumers of celebrity fanfare and pop culture. It’s an inescapable fact of the cosmopolitan lifestyle. Tabloids give us the dirt, paparazzi provide the candids, while exhibitions and premieres put it all on a pedestal in a glitz-grunge cocktail of truth and fiction. The proportions of each may vary from drink to drink, but be it ambrosia or swill, we can rarely resist celebrity libations. James Franco’s second Peres Pr... [more]

20130209171724-maria_kamutzki__bychloe__richard It’s a game and we’re playing it.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at De Joode & Kamutzki January 27th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 2/9/13

Launched in the early Spring of 2011 the young Berlin-based auction house DeJoode & Kamutzki set out to lay a foundation for bourgeoning art collectors and play host to a series of younger emerging artists by striving to increase the accessibility of contemporary art on the whole. Less a “house” and more a nomadic performative purchasing experience, the founding duo artist/curator Rachel DeJoode and artist/auctioneer Maria Kamutzki branded themselves as abolishers of the idea of art as luxury w... [more]

20121224174521-ondak Berlin: Taking Stock of 2012   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/24/12

Twenty Twelve proved to be an event-saturated year for Berlin. We heard the announcement of the Guggenheim’s departure from the scene, we observed the launch of the first Berlin Art Week, and we celebrated the canonization of Germany’s own Gerhard Richter with his transnational Panorama exhibition. The Berlin Biennale reflected the grassroots political fervor that swept the globe, our favorite local bunker introduced the first rotation of its semi-permanent collection, and dOCUMENTA(13) drew scores away... [more]

A Two-Headed Pigeon: Interview with Chaveli Sifre  

Berlin / Miami, Dec. 2012 - I spent most of my last summer’s afternoons accepting invitations to buzz about a spacious loft atelier with Berlin-based artist Chaveli Sifre, reviewing and discussing recipes for deadly concoctions—a collection that would make up her new project of perfumes. A recent addition on the scene in Berlin, her practice is an all-encompassing avalanche of ideas that dip into multiple mediums. The result is the fascination with a broad spectrum of concerns that scrutinize everyt... [more]

20140814143331-alicja_kwade1 Boros Bunker: Take Two   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at Sammlung Boros September 17th, 2012 - September 17th
Posted 11/27/12

Colloquially referred to around town as the Boros Bunker, the Boros Collection & Residence is now one of the most coveted slices of architecture in all Berlin, though its current state of prestige has been hard earned. Considered a scar on the face of the historically conscious city until the not so distant past, the colossal 3,000 square-meter former air raid bunker was erected in 1942 by forced-labor under the direction of architect Albert Speer, based on plans by architect Karl Bonatz. From it... [more]

20121015153106-0 Transits and Masquerades: The Explorations of Simon Starling   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Simon Starling at neugerriemschneider September 15th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012
Posted 10/16/12

The soft-edged nylon rollers of the Steenbeck flatbed film editing table speed up and come to a stop, whirring as they coil and snake around, caught in a maze of modern technology and unable to escape. The hum of the machine pauses as disembodied hands appear on screen—they give a poised snip here, a snip there. The whirring starts again under the dry and authoritative narration of the craftsman who, presumably hunched over, is hard at work reconstructing a history. Unidentified, this anonymous 35mm editor i... [more]

20121010195053-inertia Meet Elisabeth Mladenov: In Bed   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 10/10/12

It usually happens moments after waking—lingering at the edge of our dreams, still held in suspended logic, before we’re jolted back into recognition and contemplation. Here, caught in the cross-tides of our wandering logic, we allow an uncanny process of rearranging ourselves, untangling our thoughts, fears, and desires. Interpretations become condensed and superimposed upon one another. Navigating this misty nether-time we let our minds wander. Past, present and future silently accordion, compounding... [more]

20121001105355-aup_daad_image On the cusp.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at daadgalerie September 9th, 2012 - October 20th, 2012
Posted 10/1/12

While there exists endless research, and countless indexes and catalogs surrounding an artist’s quantifiable completed work, unrealized or half-baked utopian ideas abandoned at the worktable rarely make the cut or wander into discourse. But it’s these overtly utopian ideas—the unattainables—that would seemingly contextualize that oeuvre that comes to define the names attached to them. An ongoing venture devised by Serpentine Gallery director Hans Ulrich Obrist and co-director Julia Peyton-Jones, Mexican... [more]

20120911174241-ekachai_eksaroj__good_art_next_door__2012__wool__130_x_180_cm__courtesy_my_visit Berlin’s New Kunstherbst   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 9/11/12

Art fair season is a delicate negotiation between time and interest: a balancing act between crowd surfing, booth gazing, chitchat and artwork hovering. Disparate events claim your schedule and force you to taxi around a city, time crunching it all in, arriving slightly damp everywhere you land. This year consolidation is king. While Berlin’s Kunstherbst is not exactly a novelty, with last year’s demise of famed fair Art Forum (R.I.P. 1996-2011) Berlin’s major institutions of contemporary art an... [more]

20120823180816-hollywood_royalty_1 Meet Mónica Félix: the Motherography   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 8/23/12

In Roland Barthes' seminal work Camera Lucida, the philosopher inquires into the nature of the photographic image by examining an old photograph of his mother taken before his birth. Interested in the way an image can recall a lasting memory while simultaneously informing our history, Barthes explores the memory of his mother through documentary portrait images, but is at a loss when it comes to fully engaging with her memory. The image is not enough to sustain this encounter; instead Barthes begins... [more]

20120806132615-__ An Evening of Degenerate Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau at Gitte Bohr July 25th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 8/14/12

As an exhibition-frequenting crowd, more often than not, we are a critical breed: perhaps even a tad harsh. However, we’re rarely given the chance to voice our disgruntled aesthetic opinions out loud no matter how severe—it just wouldn’t be apropos. In-your-face artist duo Ondrej Brody (CZ) and Kristofer Paetau (FN) not only give you the shock-and-awe but also provide a forum for you to voice your grievances—the harsher the better. On July 25, the duo inaugurated Neukölln gallery Gitte Bohr’s newest... [more]

A Peek Into the Chamber: Interview with ob  

Berlin, July 2012: There is a scene in the Ridley Scott’s movie Alien (1979) where Executive Officer Kane (played by John Hurt) is lowered into a derelict ship and discoverers a chamber filled with hundreds of alien eggs lined up in neat little rows, laid and waiting to hatch. This is the vision Takashi Murakami took as his inspirations for the Chamber — a little room at the Kaikai Kiki studio where Murakami stores and nurtures a batch of young talent until, presumably, with enough TLC, they hatch i... [more]

20120803152829-20120727001615-pianobar_02 Alter Ego, Roberto Paradise   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 7/28/12

“I’m certain they all thought I was a moron,” says Francisco "Tito" Rovira Rullán as we sit in his office on the second story of his San Juan gallery Roberto Paradise; his gallery manager chit-chats away loudly on the phone downstairs with her Hungarian assistant slouching behind the front desk in the heat of the unbearably sunny early afternoon. Situated in a historic wooden colonial house in Santurce, Puerto Rico, all the windows are open and a warm breeze permeates everything. The gallery dir... [more]

20120726191843-3955502216_280e9beac9_b From Street to Sleek: The Changing Game of Street Art in Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 7/24/12

When I first arrived in Berlin I noticed the bananas. Bright, yellow Warholian markers by Cologne-based stencil artist Thomas Baumgärtel, known worldwide for his unofficial seals of approval emblazoned on what the artist deems the best galleries, museums and institutions. Since 1986, under the alias “Bananasprayer”, Baumgärtel has been conflating insider and outsider creating a dialog between the urban artist and the gallery institution. Today these extroverted gestures of aesth... [more]

20120708000614-install2 Kaikai Kiki lands in Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
JNTHED, Haruka Makita, ob at Hidari Zingaro Berlin June 22nd, 2012 - July 28th, 2012
Posted 7/8/12

It was going to happen sooner or later. Japanese contemporary art mogul Takashi Murakami and his artist collective Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. would sweep in and claim their slice in the ever-burgeoning Berlin art scene. On June 22nd the flag was firmly planted in Kreuzberg on Dieffenbachstrasse 15. Although first previewed during Berlin’s Gallery Weekend with an all-day live Manga painting performance by artist Mahomi Kunikata, the fully renovated gallery officially opened to the public with a group sho... [more]

20120619142730-candle__2012__installation_view_galerie_suvi_lehtinen Merging Realms: Meet Marjatta Oja   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 6/19/12

We often find ourselves obsessing, searching for meaning in the most mundane of memories; snippets of otherwise insignificant time that we somehow hold dear—the amalgamation of these seemingly negligible moments come to define us. Rarely recorded, we seldom have the ability to revisit the colloquial snapshots—spaces and habits that reify our existence, frame, and lend it substance. And while staring into the mirror of our memory our constant stream of present is observed. Finnish artist Marjatta... [more]

20120611115446-4 The “New Berlin Painters”
Moritz Hoffmann, Paul Vogeler at stattberlin June 8th, 2012 - June 16th, 2012
Posted 6/11/12

It’s an eyebrow raiser – there’s just no getting around it. To proclaim yourself the new Berlin painters, to come right out and say it, declaring your novelty while banging fist to chest in a city crawling with an ever-growing population of culture-scene hopefuls and Big Apple expats is more than just a little scandalous. Throw in a full-blown self-published manifesto with halftone headshots on the cover and you are bound to turn a few heads, raise a few pitchforks. Embracing the momentary kerfuffle prod... [more]

20120507180305-keyhole__2012 Out on a Wing, Still Alive   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Roman Ondák at KunstHall - Deutsche Bank April 26th, 2012 - June 18th, 2012
Posted 5/7/12

There is an unmistakable wit that permeates Czech and Slovak contemporary art. A signature. A serious but minimalistic gesture of tongue-in-cheek rooted in a drive to push irony and explore a hardened layer of underlying melancholy with a critical poignant eye. Roman Ondák is situated within this play. A recipient of this year's 2012 Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year” award, Udo Kittelmann, member of Deutsche Bank’s Art Advisory council and the director of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie, praised the arti... [more]

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