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20131126081712-expozine_2013_poster Bibliophilia in Technophobia, Pt. II: The Return of the Zine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/26/13

Some years back an acquaintance who I guess is about eight years younger than I am (I’m thirty-seven now, so at the time I was probably thirty-two and she twenty-four), sent out an email telling people about her “zine.” In the text, she said something like, “don’t know what a zine is?” and then included a link to a Wikipedia article … on zines.[i] I smiled a bit haughtily; this somehow brought me back to my teens and early twenties, when I never quite... [more]

20131120141415-view_of_the_la_book_fair__2013 Bibliophilia in Technophobia: A Dream Come True   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/13

The phenomenon of collecting loses its meaning as it loses its personal owner. –Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking my Library” Every artist should have a cheap line. It keeps art ordinary. –John Baldessari Let me tell you about a dream I had. It was a working-through, partially, of an 80’s era Twilight Zone I probably saw for the first time late at night on a television where there were still two knobs for UHF and VHF, re-ran on YouTube this past year. In the episode... [more]

Interview with Jakob Mattner  
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11/4/12

Berlin, Oct. 2012: The subtle relief sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and stage design of German artist Jakob Mattner make something out of nothing. Or is it nothing out of something? He would perhaps say that it’s neither and in-between at the same time. Taking “the day, the night, and the twilight” as three points of reference, Mattner manipulates light in the most breathlessly simple way to create work that is ephemeral and timeless at once. His work will be on view at Artissima 19 in... [more]

20120207234511-c99a2ef1707aeea13b8ca9b4fd925c2e The Inside Out Language of Painting   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marcel Eichner at Contemporary Fine Arts February 11th, 2012 - March 24th, 2012
Posted 2/20/12

Eichner’s paintings are outside-in and inside-out at once. While the press for this young-ish, Berlin-based painter’s solo exhibition at CFA notes that his latest works signal a departure from content based on interiors, there’s little suggesting anything concretely discerning inside from out.  Or, for that matter, content from form.  OK, Animal, Vegetable and Mineral – we do find all of them here. Just none of them necessarily correspond to their own names.  But before all my prattle about content... [more]

20111203062618-bookstaschen9896 Talk of the Fairs - Books & More Books   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/2/11

“The bibliophile is the master of his books, the bibliomaniac their slave”, so goes the aphorism.[i] If you’re anything like me, you’re consistently on the verge of breaking through the onion-skin-, or papyrus-, or parchment-thin border between the two. And it’s not just about reading, no. There’s a certain lust involved, an orientation, let’s call it, towards the physicality of the cover and the pages, the form. There’s also a certain excitement involved in the idea of multiples, editions, pre... [more]

20111201063014-miamikomatsusdll Latin America Hot   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/1/11

In an October 2011 New York Times’ article about the region’s burgeoning reputation in the art world entitled “Latin American Art, Rediscovered Again,” Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, was quoted as calling Latin America “hot.” The MoMA itself recently opened a show of Diego Rivera to record crowds, about the same time as Rufino Tamayo’s “Watermelon Slices” was sold off the auction block for more than 2.2 million dollars. The 2007 bronze sculpture “Dancers” by Brazilian... [more]

20110906121137-jv-11-abc1 Aufstand der Fischer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeronimo Voss at Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender September 2nd, 2011 - November 19th, 2011
Posted 9/24/11

In this work, a theme—among many confused, or perhaps, collaged ones—is the history of collective, social movements. Yet our phantom narrator, who puts transparencies on a non-functioning overhead projector, speaks alone and bodiless in the hollow hall of Cinzia Friedlaender gallery. Her succinct voice, telling a non-sequential narrative from the points of view of many in the installation’s story, echoes, as if the echo were exacerbated the less people that hear it. That collaged/confused story is r... [more]

20110924080718-lorenzo_scotto_di_luzio Art as Pure Game: Play it Seriously   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Daniel Depoutot, Jens Hickel, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Kristoffer Myskja, Edgardo Rudnitzky at Galerie Mario Mazzoli September 9th, 2011 - October 15th, 2011
Posted 9/24/11

Truth is, lately, art gets me down. Or at least what it feels like it’s become in Berlin. Admittedly, I’m not a player. My email address might ring a bell for some art PR people or gallerists around town, but we don’t actually know each other. I’ve also got some artist acquaintances—in addition to being one myself in quiet desperation—but  none of them are “full disclosure: my dearest, closest friend.” I shy away from openings and find myself privately snorting at snarky “art actions” that ma... [more]

20110912073530-afpleinairpreview45sl The Rise and Fall of Art Forum Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/12/11

Once upon a time, there was big art fair in Berlin. It was called Art Forum. In its 15th edition last year, it showed more than 200 artists from ninety-four galleries, and 40,000 people came to see it. In Berlin's flailing economy, it seemed like the path to a pot of gold: the title of European Art Capital. And over the past decade, as this giant beanstalk of a fair grew and grew and grew, a number of other events sprouted around it, too. abc (Art Berlin Contemporary), the largest of them, didn't consider itself a fair,... [more]

20110729162104-00320110730 Gallery Picks at PREVIEW Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at PREVIEW BERLIN September 9th, 2011 - September 11th, 2011
Posted 9/4/11

Though by all accounts most everything occuring in Berlin's contemporary-art-autumn could be tagged as “emerging,” PREVIEW: The Emerging Art Fair takes it into their title—and to heart. Here are some galleries and artists to watch for: (Image: Johannes Høie maler på messen i Hong Kong. Courtesy of the artist and Galleri Maria Veie, Oslo) Galleri Maria Veie Oslo, Norway “Romantic Conceptualism?” Galleri Maria Veie will highlight the work of four artists—Linn Pedersen, Christina Leithe, Ann Kristin Aas and Johannes Hø... [more]

20110819234709-00320110820 Gallery Picks at Art Berlin Contemporary   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at abc Art Berlin Contemporary September 7th, 2011 - September 11th, 2011
Posted 9/4/11

Atypically for an art fair, Art Berlin Contemporary (abc) selects works from participating galleries and organizes them as a curated exhibit. This year's theme is “About Painting.” Key word here: “about.” While paintings themselves are sure to play a role, many works will be rather meditations—or critical commentary—on painting by artists that normally work in other media. Some Berlin galleries to consider at Art Berlin Contemporary: (Image: Katharina Marszewski, Daddy, I'm into installatio... [more]

20110620122849-20110616012540-pns867baleia_vista_frente_direita Paulo Nenflidio at Art Statements   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel June 15th, 2011 - June 19th, 2011
Posted 6/20/11

Objects of impossible weight, like airplanes, are able to fly through the use of motion. A “kinetic sculpture” by the Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio, manages to bring a whale aloft in the air, much like it occupies the water. Made entirely of brass welded with tin, through the magic of technology, an object of impossible weight again floats. According to the artist, “the caudal and pectoral fins [of the whale] resemble wings of an aircraft. The whole work resembles an aerial or underwater vessel”. “... [more]

20110514150242-art_42_basel_logo_jpg_positive Kwiekulik at Art Feature   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel June 15th, 2011 - June 19th, 2011
Posted 6/20/11

Behind the Iron Curtain, opportunities for subversive art were slim. But the Polish artist duo Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwie—known as Kwiekulik—found their own ways to draw a curtain between their work and the authorities. If the Socialist way of being within the former Eastern Bloc regimes was to infuse every corner of life, Kwiekulik was able to subvert such a life via a private, artistic practice. In their home, behind closed doors, mostly using their own actions and those of their child as... [more]

20110514155555-volta7 VOLTA 7: Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at VOLTA Art Fair Basel June 13th, 2011 - June 18th, 2011
Posted 6/20/11

With neat, simple forms, the artist team Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt tackle not-so-simple concepts such as justice and identity, while another consistent theme is the complexity of identity and how rarely it coincides with the geo-political constructs that are designed to contain them. Both born and educated in Ankara, Turkey, the two are now based in Frankfurt, Germany. They will present works at Volta in tandem with George Steinmann, another artist from Heike Strelow who also works with a minima... [more]

20110513074002-futureofapromissde Future Promises   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ziad Abillama, Jananne Al-Ani, Manal Al-Dowayan, Ahmed Alsoudani, Ziad Antar, Kader Attia, Ayman Baalbaki, Fayçal Baghriche, Lara Baladi, Yto Barrada, Taysir Batniji, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Mounir Fatmi, Abdulnasser Gharem, Mona Hatoum, Raafat Ishak, Emily Jacir, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Yazan Khalili, Ahmed Mater, Driss Ouadahi at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 2nd, 2011 - November 20th, 2011
Posted 6/6/11

Change has been bubbling to the surface across the Arab region, and as it passes the boiling point, it’s unclear what to do with so much hot water. What direction will the post-revolution(s) take? Who will determine the shape of things to come, and how? Disillusionment with politics has perhaps been the driving force behind much of the movement. In the meanwhile, strategies for creating and defining the future are being contemplated and considered and not only are other voices being included but differe... [more]

20110603084357-passage201122abseil Passage 2011: German Conquistadores of the Useless   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/3/11

There is art for art’s sake and then there is foolish bravery. It’s unclear which one Passage 2011 is. Beginning on May 24th, German artists and mountaineers Thomas Huber and Wolfgang Aichner (known together as Global Aesthetic Genetics) will travel with a red boat from Munich to the Venice –but they will hardly touch water until they reach the Grand Canal. They’ve chosen to get themselves and the boat to Italy the hard way: by dragging it bare-handed through the Alps. The press for this “Acti... [more]

20110515101222-kw Days of Future Passed   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Cyprien Gaillard at KW Institute for Contemporary Art March 27th, 2011 - May 22nd, 2011
Posted 5/15/11

At the moment of my visit, there was only one thing on display at the KW, and it was apparently going for six euros a view. It was what has now become known colloquially among the Berlin (Facebook) Art-erati as the “Beeramid.” As I entered the large hall and apprehended the view of two young German men talking on mobile phones sitting atop of—what was indeed—a pyramid of beer cases, I thought for sure this was a performance piece. Cardboard torn to pieces, bottles smashed, beer stench everywhere –the... [more]

20110516064821-eckarthahnleda17 The Trashcan of Reality   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Eckart Hahn at WAGNER + PARTNER April 15th, 2011 - May 28th, 2011
Posted 5/15/11

With technical skill almost comparable to Rubens, the German artist Eckhart Hahn has rendered a painstaking variation on the Adoration of the Magi (Anbetung der Könige, 2011). The main difference between the Hahn and the Rubens though, is that to adorn the shoulders of the Magi Hahn has forgone the rich folds of Oriental textiles for the crinkles of plastic bags from Adidas, DM and Edeka. Among the other Hahn paintings gracing the wall at Wagner & Partner–a gallery more often known for its selec... [more]

20110503005823-btoguosdshame3b Barthélémy Toguo at Art Brussels   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/3/11

Climbing Down, the centerpiece of Barthélémy Toguo’s exhibition at Art Brussels, is a set of bunks, stacked several meters high with criss-crossing ladders and adorned with large shopping bags. The installation gives a simultaneous sense of nostalgia and claustrophobia. While the beds recall childhood “bunking in” with classmates and siblings, they also evoke places one would perhaps not want to remember: forced transports, the army, prison. But the style of the bags strung around the bunks hone... [more]

20110225162437-00420110226 Maarten Vanden Eynde   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Brussels April 28th, 2011 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 4/25/11

It rarely occurs to people that most of the present day’s significant archaeological artifacts were, in their own day, garbage. The majority of important archaeological sites giving us clues to former civilizations were burial grounds for discarded bodies or ancient trash dumps. It perhaps occurs to even less people that goods manufactured today only to end up in landfills will be the artifacts of the next centuries. How can one help but wonder if, in the year 2211, a broken IKEA teacup scatter... [more]

20110424144714-13 SHOTGUN at ZERO   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Stephan Hefti, Christine Keller, Marco Pittori at Galerie ZERO April 16th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 4/24/11

In the art world, there are the “A” cities: Paris, New York, London. And then there are the “B” cities: Berlin, Basel, Budapest, Buenos Aires and Barcelona. Art Plan B, a project run by the young curator Sandra Kramer, is planned to be a series of exchanges between the above mentioned “B” cities. This group show at Zero Gallery on Köpernickerstr. brings together the work of three Basel-based artists, while other exhibitions are planned to bring B-city artists to temporary gallery spaces in Barcelona,... [more]

20110321121854-1 Tugging the brainwires   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kristina Leko, David Smithson at Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) March 5th, 2011 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 3/21/11

The American road today is an unerotic place. Viewed from the ever more hermetic car, the world unfolding alongside the highway is abstract and lonely. Even when the scenery is expansive, like the red rocks of Monument Valley, or kitschy-cool, like old Route 66, the apprehension of its beauty is mediated by a mash of myths and images from movies and TV shows absorbed but long forgotten. The heartstrings these scenes seem to tug are rather brainwires. In 2003, about the time Kristina Leko and D... [more]

20110307114409-valeskahhgpause During the Pause   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Valeska Gert at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart September 17th, 2010 - April 10th, 2011
Posted 3/7/11

Valeska Gert (1892-1978), the most influential 20th century performance artist you’ve never heard of, danced traffic jams, car accidents, slow movie cuts, boxers, babies, orgasms, and most radically, nothing. In a 1920s performance that was often repeated but only documented in a single photograph, Gert entertained Berlin cinema audiences during the pause between reels by dancing… the Pause itself. Posed in front of a curtain, arms stretched above her head and completely still, Gert managed to pu... [more]

20100920085217-relevo Cold Sensuality of Form   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Carlos Bevilacqua, Waltercio Caldas, Aluísio Carvão, Lygia Clark, Lúcio Costa, Amilcar de Castro, Iole de Freitas, Carla Guagliardi, Cao Guimarães, Pablo Lobato, Oscar Niemeyer, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Ivan Serpa, Franz Weissmann at Akademie der Künste - Hanseatenweg September 3rd, 2010 - November 7th, 2010
Posted 9/20/10

In “Memória do Corpo (Memory of the Body)”, a film taken in 1985, a plump and ageing – yet still stunningly sensual – Lygia Clark sits cross-legged on the floor of a Paris living room and fondles plastic bags. Some are filled with air, others with water, yet others with beans. There are also pantyhose stuffed with potatoes that she carefully drapes around her neck, a flashlight she shines over honey-smeared lips and a tube through which she hums. The Brazilian sculptor Lygia Clark, on... [more]

20100907061357-rjloveinouterspace Within or Without   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rashid Johnson at Galerie Guido W. Baudach Wedding September 7th, 2010 - December 23rd, 2010
Posted 9/7/10

“There are Stranger Villages”, Rashid Johnson’s solo exhibition at Galerie Guido W. Baudach/Berlin Wedding, presents predominantly installations that combine elements of African American history, art history, found objects and remnants of pop culture. Using black identity as a focal point for expression and critique, Johnson is yet another contemporary artist investigating how much the self is a product of what is within and – or – what is without. --Mara Goldwyn [more]

20100809143246-270 Visceral Engagement   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Barbara Kruger at Sprüth Magers Berlin September 3rd, 2010 - October 23rd, 2010
Posted 9/7/10

A contemporary art mainstay, Kruger is immediately recognized for tongue-in-cheek text –in a telltale font – paired with equally tongue-in-cheek images. For Kruger’s first solo exhibition in Berlin, there will be a new multi-channel video installation entitled “The Globe Shrinks”. Working more often with video and installation since the early 90s, Kruger still has the recipe for visceral engagement with the viewer. --Mara Goldwyn Barbara Kruger Filmstill  „The Globe Shrinks", 2010 Videoins... [more]

00120100805 Hold the Violence   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yoko Ono at Haunch of Venison - Berlin September 10th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 9/7/10

Also addressing the resonances and dissonances between the personal and the global, Yoko Ono presents “Das Gift”. Grounded in her long history of conceptual work, the exhibition encourages viewers to interact with the art. Violence is the theme of the show, and the artist asks those who visit to bring something of their own personal experience of violence, a picture or a text, that will be placed on the gallery wall. Visitors’ smiles will also be visible in a streaming video, on view during the exhi... [more]

20100907034029-yuri_leiderman Bringing Home the Geopolitical   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yuri Leiderman at Galerija Gregor Podnar September 10th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 9/7/10

Ukraine-born writer / artist Yuri Leiderman has been given the badge of “the best known representative of the Moscow contemporary art scene”, though his trajectory rather seems to indicate a long process of sloughing off associations with groups or movements. In any case his simultaneously intimate and detached works of varying media give the sense of putting order to bewilderment at an ever changing world. Leiderman brings the geopolitical home. --Mara Goldwyn [more]

20100901184605-time-for-revollusion-2008_kl Go Subversive   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nasan Tur at Artitude e.V. September 5th, 2010 - September 25th, 2010
Posted 9/7/10

Tur’s solo exhibit calls attention to the possibilities –and impossibilities – of subversive action. What can be understood as truly revolutionary and what just appearance? And what would that mean, that something only “appears” rebellious on the surface? A site-specific installation challenges the viewer to consider the actual objective of revolutionary action. --Mara Goldwyn [more]

20100831211019-604 Opening a Book   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Melanie Stimmell (Group Show at Chert September 3rd, 2010 - September 5th, 2010
Posted 9/4/10

Opening a book, like those shown this weekend at two Berlin artist book fairs, Miss Read at KW and Unter dem Motto at Chert Gallery, can be one of the more visceral ways available today to access an artist’s process. In the context of the Information Age, this medium that defined the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and its alienation has now come to carry the aura of the original work of art. Limited edition artist books invite the viewer to interact, to touch and feel, to engage in... [more]

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