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20130928093850-carr_videostill_01 Notorious Norwegians: Høstutstillingen 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at Kunstnernes Hus September 14th, 2013 - October 13th, 2013
Posted 9/28/13

It was a pivotal week to be in Norway, since a new right-wing coalition had just moved into government. The tension is particularly pronounced in the artistic community, not only because artists of course tend to be left-leaning but because in Norway the government has had a generous attitude towards supporting the arts for a long time – offering controversial state bursaries that subsidize artists – until now. Yet the topic of Oslo’s art scene especially has been a prickly one... [more]

20130912125154-1 Fall Preview: Bright Colours & Rebellious Attitude in London   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 9/12/13

There’s always a back-to-school feeling when September comes round, no matter how long ago you closed that chapter; it brings a certain feeling of dread and sweaty-palmed anxiety, and the peculiar impulse that you should buy a pencil case. Most gallerists no doubt have the same feeling; after a long summer closure, poor souls are forced back to dust down the artworks and open up their doors. Autumn in London in terms of shows can by now be loosely divided into two categories, opening BF (... [more]

Heavy Hearts: An Interview with Know Hope  

London/Tel Aviv, Sep. 2013: When are we ever going to be done with the onerous term that is 'street art'? Critics and writers are so fond of this repellent term yet the incompetence of this categorization, considering such a diverse range of practices, is startlingly evident, and ignores the way art is assimilated by public audiences. Know Hope is a pertinent example of this unraveling of the 'street art' problem, having been tarnished with its indelible brush early on in his career: but it&rsq... [more]

20130829074523-t02033_pcd The Reluctant Pop Artist   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain June 5th, 2013 - September 1st, 2013
Posted 8/27/13

Pop Art’s influence on art happening now is epic. It is the aesthetic that seems to most suit the digital age, with our predilection for simple, bold graphics and bright, high impact colours, artists and designers all over are mining the archives for new visual references from an era that changed art forever. Patrick Caulfield, Foyer, 1973; Collection David Bowie © The estate of Patrick Caulfield. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013. But Patrick Caulfield wasn’t really happy about P... [more]

20130607190201-nickydeeley22513 Catlin 2013: Philippa Snow & Charlotte Jansen  
Posted 6/7/13

Charlotte Jansen: Good to see you the other night at the Catlin Prize. And those pointy jazzy shoes of yours... have a good time? Philippa Snow: Those jazzy shoes were an absolute nightmare; half a size too small, and the tip came off the heel when I - very sensibly - went straight home after the prize (by which I mean: "went for whiskey sours in a dark bar"). CJ: Talking of dark rooms; I meant to ask you what you were doing crouching down on the floor there when I got in? PS: I was trying... [more]

20130403214513-tumblr_ma55qroqfk1qm7dtso1_500 The Museum of Everything: An Interview with James Brett   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 4/3/13

The Museum of Everything’s founder James Brett is perhaps an incongruous addition to the Collector’s Catalogue – since he frowns at the idea of being labeled a collector. Collector, hoarder, or fanatic – what is so compelling about the Museum’s activity is their novel approach to promoting and presenting artists. Brett, somewhat of a talismanic leader in this – almost intimidatingly so – has punctured the bubble that is the art world, by representing the underrepresented, but also by circumnavigat... [more]

Interview with Horfee  

London, Mar. 2013: Known as Paris' most prolific graf artist, you'll find it hard to walk a street in the French capital where Horfee hasn't been. And all the better for his insane, pyschotropic paintings and drawings on walls and paper, with their talismanic energy. His works live and breathe independently; they are fizzing with the kinetic enthusiasm Horfee evidently has for making art. One of many reasons that he has received such a great positive reaction, especially among his fellow illega... [more]

20130308040619-besnnuzcmaaxfko Armory 2013: An alien's A-Z of New York's premier art fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at The Armory Show March 7th, 2013 - March 10th, 2013
Posted 3/8/13

A is for... Art. Obviously.  B is for... Bloomberg. Read his speech in a particularly dispassionate manner, but apparently the Armory show is 'fun, and good for the economy!'  C is for.. Champagne. Free Pommery from 12 - 1 for some. Kudos for being the fair to crack open the booze earliest.  D is for...  Daytime drunks. Following indulgence in above mentioned compacted time frame. E is for...  Elitism. it still abounds, even across the pond. F is for.. Faux casual. The Armory Show lo... [more]

20130120234653-yuasa_-_the_world_without_words_-_courtesy_of_tag_fine_arts_1 What to buy at the London Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Fiona Banner, Langlands & Bell, Jonathan Callan, Keith Coventry, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Mary Anne Francis, Anya Gallaccio, Ackroyd & Harvey, Dan Hays, Kenny Hunter, Liliane Lijn, Julie Major, Cornelia Parker, Simon Periton, Alison Wilding at Business Design Centre January 15th, 2013 - January 20th, 2013
Posted 1/20/13

The most fun you can have at an art fair is to pretend you have money, make up an imaginary budget, then promenade snottily around, arousing gallerists, deliberating over what to buy. Some people of course do actually have money – god bless their souls for spending it on art, please keep doing so – and the London Art Fair is good for its unintimidating and unpretentious atmosphere – the Business Design Centre in Angel is so unglamourous, and stands are layered tightly together, so that you don’... [more]

Interview with Marcos Chaves  

Rio de Janeiro, Dec. 2012: Marcos Chaves is a globally renowned artist, whose multi-layered conceptual practice–which includes drawings, video, photography, as well as large-scale site-specific projects and installations–has appeared everywhere from Moscow to Melbourne since the 1980s, as well as prolifically inside his native Brazil, where he is a treasured member of the artistic community. Rich with parody, Chaves’ work departs from his observations of modern conventions and appropriated value... [more]

GEOslant from London: A Tribute to Georgia Fee  
Posted 12/30/12

My relationship with Georgia was very modern. I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person – she was based in the US and Paris, and I was in London. We were due to meet during Frieze in October this year while she was in Paris, when she was sadly taken ill, and eventually had to return to the US for treatment. We talked regularly, on Skype, and so on. Yet the connection we had was as real and genuine as any dear friend. Georgia exuded warmth – even virtually. She was kind in every intera... [more]

20121229111004-20120709_07_franklaws Alternative Top Ten of 2012   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/29/12

We love compiling retrospective round ups as much as the next. Our aim at Artslant in London is to cover as much as we can with an open mind: from the institutional blockbusters to one-night-only backstreeters, and with an appropriate breadth of voices. Hence we’ve come up with an alternative list to trade in (and, alright, rebuff just a little) the predictable choices on this year’s ‘best ofs’. 1. Lucian Freud at the National Portrait Gallery – swap for – Louise Bourgeois, Freud Gallery Freud proved his place... [more]

20121223134311-kensortaisgag1 Eighteen Apostles of Evil   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Ken Sortais at Galleries Goldstein December 13th, 2012 - January 12th, 2013
Posted 12/23/12

Graffiti artists accept the emphemeral nature of their artwork – it’s intrinsic to their working method from the start. They don’t expect longevity; the impact of a work has to continue in some other, more subliminal way, to endure, and that all hangs on the first impression the viewer has of the work – another component that is key to the way a graffiti artist has to work. The omnipotent Nicholas Logsdail suggests in the latest issue of Elephant magazine that the YBAs is one of the only – if inde... [more]

20121120153549-catlin2012 Meet Justin Hammond: Massive in the art game   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/20/12

Justin Hammond is an independent curator, art writer and publisher. In 2007 he devised the Catlin Art Prize, an annual showcase for the most talented new artists in the UK and later went on to compile The Catlin Guide, widely recognised as the essential reference for collectors of emerging artists. In 2010 he published An Unspoken Arrangement to coincide with Alex Ball’s debut solo exhibition, and as part of The Makers' Union curated Mike Ballard's Whose Coat is that Jacket You’re Wearing?, hel... [more]

Interview with GAIS  

Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 2012: I’d arranged to meet Gais at 2 pm at his gallery in Rio de Janeiro’s Humaita district. I’d been warned about Carioca time keeping, and not being inclined to punctuality myself, I easily forgave the artist when he arrived at 2.50, all smiles and reddish-bleary eyes. “He drank a lot,” the gallery staff explained, somewhat sheepishly – but in a way that implied this was not an unusual occurrence – and that suggested they were relieved he had showed at all. “Can I do the... [more]

20121016204425-opd_s_18 International Offerings at FIAC 2012   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at FIAC October 18th, 2012 - October 21st, 2012
Posted 10/16/12

FIAC is open to galleries from around the world, yet most of the stands are, inevitably, to be taken up by galleries already based in the capital itself, if not in nearby francophone nations (as James Thompson will tell you, that tendency may have to do with some facets of the French character). Whether the French will be receptive or not to the international offerings at this year’s fair – there is certainly scope to travel at FIAC. When approaching the fair as many shall do, as a gallery-goe... [more]

20121010192023-estudio-lamina Emerging and Alternative Spaces: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 10/10/12

Brazil is mind-bendingly big. It has a population of around 200 million, with a landmass of over 8,500,000 square kilometres. Which makes writing about its art scene naturally reductive. Gulp. What I’ll try to do then, is narrate some of the interesting things I did discover visiting two of Brazil’s most prominent international cities, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Clearing my head of kashasa, and getting over the size of the country (I am from the British Isles, which could fit into the coin poc... [more]

20121009091859-6399163949_e311dbf326_b Frieze Bites   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at Frieze London October 11th, 2012 - October 14th, 2012
Posted 10/9/12

Frieze has become synonymous with "modern and cool" – or so says The Guardian. Whoever is saying it, it is true that there will be fashion magazines snapping street style shots of the COS-clad (COS in fact being one of the partners of Frame this year, Frieze’s embyronic sibling) visitors.  Frieze has built a brand that has made contemporary art "covetable", fashionable, and, the corollary would be, uninviting. So, what do London’s maverick art types really get up to during what is touted as the b... [more]

20120906172937-ella_finer__during_residency_at_the_arthaus_building__photography_by_kitty_walker__summer_2012_ LON Fall Previews: Sculpturally Inclined   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 9/6/12

Having been overshadowed by its omnipotent cultural kin – sport – this summer, this autumn should be a phlegmatic return for visual art forms in London. The vestiges of a turbulent few years, socially, economically and culturally, still remain in the city, however, it seems to have inspired a new spate of exhibitions that consider environments and space – from the contemplative, to the laconic and the humourous. Assessing the physical space around us, how it moulds us, and the way in which we... [more]

Interview with Frank Laws  

London, Aug. 2012: As a viewer, art can roughly be divided into two categories: art that you think you could have done yourself, and art you definitely know you could never have done yourself, and wonder how any earthling was able to do. Frank Laws' work most certainly belongs to the latter category. I wrote about Frank Laws’ work for ArtSlant last in 2011, a small, awe-struck (and now somewhat cringe-inducing) article circumnavigating Laws’ first London solo exhibition, Dwellings. Since then, he has continued his work, as an in-hous... [more]

Interview with Pablo Delgado  

London, July 2012: Pablo Delgado is a relative newcomer whose work has been quietly emerging on London’s streets, if you can spot it. His scattered miniature people paste-ups depicting all kinds of scenes from the everyday to the surreal, have become well-documented on the web. Reconfiguring images taken from the net, Delgado’s figures, only a few inches high, are something like Alice In Wonderland interloping with the Borrowers, living in a parallel world existing alongside our own. Not meant to... [more]

20120717093011-ryan_gander__i_is More Really Shiny Things That Don’t Mean Anything   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Ryan Gander at Lisson Gallery July 11th, 2012 - August 25th, 2012
Posted 7/17/12

I haven’t written in a while and I’m feeling apprehensive about it. Mainly because I love Ryan Gander’s work, and liked his new exhibition at the Lisson Gallery a lot; and because the Lisson itself to me is still a slightly clinical/cynical space with a supercilious commercial backbite. Gander is in many ways the ideal kind of artist: conceptual without being obtuse, experimental with mode and media, appealing to the eyes and the brain. Though this exhibition, his second solo presentation at the Lis... [more]

20120708152711-yoko-ono-berlin-smile-1_press_page Yoko, Oh No - a conversation with Philippa Snow and Charlotte Jansen  
Yoko Ono at Serpentine Gallery June 19th, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
Posted 7/9/12

3:56 PM, Philippa Snow wrote: I read Adrian Searle's review of the show yesterday, and, as usual, he has expressed my views far more succinctly and in a far funnier way than I could have hoped to, but I soldier on regardless. 4:30 PM, Charlotte Jansen wrote: What the Guardian dude? I'm in two minds about reading before seeing, especially where Yoko is concerned... Isn't she a bit 'shit sleb'? 4:32 PM, Philippa Snow wrote: Yeah, that's him. I have to say, the last thing I wanted w... [more]

Interview with INSA  

London, Mar. 2012 - There are many facets to INSA. As an artist, his work polarizes audiences. His latest installation project that opened for one night only on the 29 March in East London –  queues of fans lined up in the spring sunshine, hoping to be one of the first fifty guests through the door to pick up a free limited edition print – was no less divisive or provocative than previous works. Inside the installation, Self Reflection is Greater Than Self Projection, a heady maelstrom of spheres reflected a distorted,... [more]

20120303181814-hpimage Portrait of the Artist: Freud’s Irresistible Dualism   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Lucian Freud at National Portrait Gallery February 9th, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 3/3/12

''The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.'' The paradox, as defined by the late artist himself, is a focal quality contained in the exhibition presented at the National Portrait Gallery; Freud’s portraits are beguilingly close to their subjects --  “the paint is the person” – and yet at the same time, uncanny, strange. This impressive exhibition is packed with beauties of all shapes and sizes - from works on a smaller scale, such as the w... [more]

Interview with Lex Braes  

Feb. 2012: Lex Braes is a Scottish-born, New York-based artist, working mostly with paint. His work, which spans over three decades, has been exhibited widely in both Europe and the US. His most recent show closed on February 26th, at the new gallery space Show Room 170 on the Lower East Side, and was, according to the artist, his best work since ‘Still’ (1998). The artist’s work can be seen at the National Academy’s The Annual 2012 group exhibition, open until April 29. I talked with Lex while... [more]

20120206215804-buckleyfatamorgana__11111_ Blur and Blind   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Laura Buckley at Cell Project Space January 20th, 2012 - February 26th, 2012
Posted 2/5/12

In Elizabeth Nielson’s perspicacious essay on Laura Buckley’s practice that accompanies the artist’s solo exhibition at Cell Project Space, Nielson, director of the Zabludowicz Collection, refers to the immersive aspect of "Fata Morgana", which, she elucidates, “denies interpretation and demands submission.” Submission is certainly one feeling Buckley arouses with her multifaceted installation, a walk-in kaleidoscope, comprised of hexagonal walls, mirrored entirely inside, and hooked up to a b... [more]

20120205201456-picture-2-238x300 Swaggering, cigarette puffing, self-ironic   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Emma Richardson at Londonewcastle Project Space February 2nd, 2012 - February 12th, 2012
Posted 2/5/12

Emma Richardson’s debut solo exhibition has generated a lot of excitement. The bassist/vox from Band of Skulls, Southampton’s most successful alt-rock outfit, was trained as a visual artist, and has returned to painting after a six-year hiatus, and with the luxury (or perhaps hindrance) of being an established musician. Londonewcastle’s Project Space on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street is an intimidating venue for a solo show, but Richardson surely has the steely attitude from making it in the music... [more]

20111217202701-20101209205517-00720101210 London Art Fair 2012   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at London Art Fair January 18th, 2012 - January 22nd, 2012
Posted 1/28/12

Just over 25,000 visitors attended the 24th edition of the London Art Fair at Islington’s Business Design Centre, which ran over five days this month. Some will be surprised that the London Art Fair is the UK’s largest and longest running fair of contemporary art focused on London galleries. The London Art Fair has a more approachable, accessible, and welcoming feel, compared with other fairs in the city. Visiting it is a bit like seeing your school teachers in mufti – without the comfort of the... [more]

20120108111851-dh David Hockney at the Royal Academy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
David Hockney at Royal Academy of Arts January 21st, 2012 - April 9th, 2012
Posted 1/28/12

If art is considered in terms of culture, this new presentation of works by David Hockney at the Royal Academy excels at it. With a host of new paintings created specially for this major exhibition, alongside work from five decades in Hockney’s illustrious and prolific career, this is an obsessive ode to the English countryside –  and specifically, the Yorkshire Wolds. The RA was in reportedly poor health before its blockbuster Anish Kapoor exhibition of 2009, and it seems determined ever sin... [more]

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