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Salesroom Artist: Sherry Wacker  
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4/12/14

(Image: Sherry Wacker, Wild Horse, 2010, 1964 Mustang Grill Emblem on Airbrushed Steel Sheet With Rope Frame, 38 X 48 X 6 Inches; © Sherry Wacker) Sherry Wacker (b. 1950, Baltimore) Horsepowered Memories, airbrushed images combined with car parts and other objects, is my latest series. These works are about the decades of the Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. The goal of these pieces is to make us feel exploded with the memories of our past and then to think abo... [more]

SP-Arte Special Edition: Social Engagement and Social Responsibility at the Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/2/14

More than art at São Paulo International Art Fair Georgia Phillips-Amos explores Brazilian art's history of social engagement, highlighting SP-Arte's Diálogos forum. It may be reductive, but whenever I look at the Brazilian art world I am really looking for the hidden invitation to do more than just look. Participation, community, and dialogue have been endemic to artistic practice in Brazil throughout the last century. The country has a rich national history of arti... [more]

News: MoMA Announces 2015 Focus on Women Artists, Gagosian to Open Yet Another Gallery, Jemima Kirke Quits Girls, and Putin Reveals His First Solo Exhibition  
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4/1/14

MoMA Plans Only Female Art for 2015 An Archive as Impetus performance in MoMA’s Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, 2013, where artist Xaviera Simmons read a list of demands, including to "erase sexism at MoMA" clearly made an impression on the Museum leadership. Photograph courtesy of Xaviera Simmons. To mark the 30 year anniversary of the first Guerrilla Girls protest at MoMA, Director Glenn D. Lowry announced yesterday plans to give the museum over exclusively to women artists for the entire year... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 6, Issue 2: Corporate Collections, Crowdfunding, and the Almighty Patron   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/27/14

Corporate Collections: On the threshold of a new type of patronage Edo Dijksterhuis profiles the important role corporate collections play in the Netherlands art world. Some 45,000 works of art. That’s the number of artworks owned by the twenty member companies and institutions upon the 2005 launch of the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN – Netherlands Association of Corporate Collections). That’s half as many as the Stedelijk Museum has on displa... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 6, Issue 1: Networks of Support for Artists, Redefining Patronage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/20/14

Networks of Support: Carolina Jayaram and the contemporary conduits of patronage Troy Pieper profiles Carolina Jayaram, recently appointed President and CEO of United States Artists, a national nonprofit that awards grants to mid-career artists. Modern patronage takes many forms. Gone are the days of direct patronage: a wealthy patron giving funds, housing or access directly to an artist. Instead, artists must rely on networks of support. Grants, residencies, galleries, foundations, nonprofits: the... [more]

Armory Week #3: Buzzing Solo Booths, The Best from #ArmoryWeek   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/9/14

BUZZING SOLO BOOTHS Charlie Schultz on stunning solo presentations at Volta, the Armory Show and Scope. Crowd instincts kick in at art fairs and curiosity can be a big draw. The first thing I saw walking into Volta, known for its one-artist-per-gallery policy, was an arc of bodies at the last booth of the aisle. Wilmer Wilson IV was performing and his audience was rapt. Phones and tablets were out, capturing him as he inflated brown paper bags, tied them off with twine and roped them to his naked body. You could hea... [more]

Whitney Biennial 2014: First Impressions, Text & Literature, Interview with Elijah Burgher   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/7/14

TEXT IN THE EXPANDED FIELD Ryan Wong reads into the prevalence of texts at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, looking at the relationship between art-making and text-making, curating and publishing. Among the 103 participants in this year’s Whitney Biennial, the handful that have elicited the most speculation and skepticism are those known for producing not art objects but texts. In addition to publishing-oriented collectives, words take on a visual function in the poetry of Susan Howe, they form the structure of... [more]

20140307151612-leonard_photo In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/14

ArtSlant editors Natalie Hegert, Joel Kuennen, and Charlie Schultz met up at Agra, an Indian restaurant on Lexington Avenue, to discuss the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, its surprises, best in show, and disappointments. They touch on trends and themes of scale, archives, lists, dongs, and objectness—parsing the line between artwork and artifact. Charlie Schultz: I guess I’ll start by saying I found this year’s iteration of the [Whitney] Biennial to be far less crowded than in... [more]

Armory Week #2: Talking with the Curators and Directors, SPRING/BREAK, SCOPE, and Fountain   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/6/14

What makes the SPRING/BREAK Art Show So Different, So Appealing? Natalie Hegert chats with three SPRING/BREAK curators about their projects and what makes this show an Armory Week stand out. The SPRING/BREAK Art Show inevitably feels like a huge art school party. Maybe because it’s held in a school. But also because of the almost cliquish camaraderie among the exhibitors, the artwork packed halls, the crowded downstairs bar area, and the perennial pack of artist-types chain-smoking outside. Having gone to grad schoo... [more]

Armory Week #1: Interview with Armory Commissioned Artist Xu Zhen, The Armory Show's Focus on China   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/27/14

From Realism to Radicalism Iona Whittaker speaks with Focus: China curator Philip Tinari about contemporary Chinese art at The Armory Show. The first Armory Show in 1913 introduced European avant-garde painting and sculpture to the American public. Roughly a century later the New York fair has chosen contemporary works from China to be its focus. Sixteen galleries will travel to New York from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong next week and about half of them will b... [more]

20140225063512-41-image-1080-966-fit ArtSlant's Armory Week Art Fairs and Events Guide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/25/14

Armory Show March 6-9Opening Day: Mar 5, 12-8pm Early Access, 5-8pm MoMA vernissage ticket holdersPublic Hours: Mar 6-9, 12-7pm It’s grand, it’s gorgeous, and it’s a pretty significant hike from the train or a long queue in a cab to roll up to the entrance. But of course worth the trip, worth the time, and worth the investment for collectors. The Armory Show is full of enthralling things, from the 20th century modern works on Pier 92, to the contemporary works on Pier 94. This... [more]

ARCOmadrid: What Constitutes the "Young" and "New"? #FocusFinland's Playful and Melancholy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/19/14

ARCOmadrid "OPENING" In Madrid young is sometimes old, sometimes French, but mostly from Berlin, by Edo Dijksterhuis For about two decades now the qualifications “young,” “emerging,” and “new” have functioned as the ultimate buzzwords, inspiring a Pavlovian rustle of checkbooks amongst collectors “buying with their ears.” No wonder art fairs have latched onto the phenomenon by creating special sections dedicated to gallery start-ups. At Frieze it’s called Frame... [more]

Art Rotterdam's Great Leap Forward: Your Guide to the Fair and More...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/17/14

ART ROTTERDAM'S GREAT LEAP FORWARD Edo Dijksterhuis looks at a growing fair and its newest exhibitors Fifteen years into the game Art Rotterdam has comfortably settled into the role of top contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. But director Fons Hof is not resting on his laurels. Edition 2014 signals a Great Leap Forward. This is to be taken quite literally as the fair is moving from the Cruise Terminal on the Kop van Zuid to the monumental Van Nellefabriek. The new venue, with its peripheral location bringi... [more]

Art Los Angeles Special Edition: ALAC, LA Art Book Fair, and Paramount Ranch   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/3/14

FAIRWAYS: ALAC, LA ART BOOK FAIR, AND PARAMOUNT RANCH Andrew Berardini rounds up the weekend's events Polar vortex is only a distant poem to Los Angeles. Uttered on the news by harried meteorologists with names like strippers, the weather here is droughty for caring locals, simply sunny for everybody else. Yes, one of the many good reasons we live in Los Angeles is the definite lack of polar vortices. Not a few of the farflung, chilled by arctic weather, flock to Los... [more]

20140109140214-20130228075436-2177-18 2013: Paris or London? Philippa Snow and James Loks with a Tale of Two Cities   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/9/14

Editor's Note: For our 2013 review, we tasked Philippa Snow, in London, and James Loks, in Paris, to discuss highs and lows, favourites and flops, and whether London or Paris had the best year. Their conversation, unedited, is presented below (with links added in to help you locate the reviews and events they talk about). James Loks to Philippa 23/12/2013 I've just been trying to think about what I'm going to say, in between writi... [more]

20140103082650-o Favorite Words by Favorite Writers: SF in 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/3/14

2013, that futuristic date, has already been replaced by another and so far it appears that no apocalypse accompanied it. (Thirteen years after Y2K do survivalists and world-enders still clutch their rifles and check their supplies every December 31st? Probably.) Though the world is not over, the year certainly is. To properly bury 2013, we need an epitaph, a eulogy, a blurb. So we’ve plucked a few of our favorite words from our two favorite Bay Area writers, Christina Catherine Martinez... [more]

20140103075900-l Visions from Los Angeles: LA in 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/3/14

And so it’s over. This year we watched Raspberry Posers in converted parking garages and sex-cult leaders at art fairs, floating heads and racecar book covers speed on by, paperbag haikus and spectral light shining on terrible beauty. All of it we saw like dancing mirages in the strange country of Los Angeles. To finish up 2013, we decided to pluck some of our favorite words from the gang of writers in Los Angeles this publication has found itself proud to host. We are not sullying the ne... [more]

20131226022848-20110918124127-avatar_of_tara-4 The Pea Girl: An Interview with Princess Pea   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/26/13

This interview was originally published on ArtSlant India. New Delhi, Sept. 2011: Princess Pea's art is her life, dramatically heightened by her intriguing performed persona (whilst we corresponded, she was often taking her ‘beauty sleep,' much to Agent Bob’s chagrin) and outrageous and surprising body of work. I emailed her asking if I could interview her for ArtSlant. Here is the response I received: The Princess is in Tokyo right now; amazed at the speed of the trains. She won... [more]

Art|Basel Miami Beach #3: Brazil Art Fair, Banksy at Art Miami   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/9/13

LOOKING TO BRAZIL Charlie Schultz at the first Brazil Art Fair The way the gallerist Lourdina Jean Rabieh describes it the Brazilian art world is heating up. Because the art market and the greater economy are interlinked, the number of galleries and museums taking root in major cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro has grown significantly as the economy has flourished. There may not be an art district, like Chelsea in New York, but there are well over one hundred galleries... [more]

Art Basel Miami Beach #2: Talking with Omar Lopez-Chahoud of UNTITLED., Wynwood Street Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/9/13

UNTITLED. NEEDS NO TITLE A talk with Omar Lopez-Chahoud, by Joel Kuennen Call him Omar. A bundle of kind energy dedicated to his curatorial craft, Omar Lopez-Chahoud guided UNTITLED. through its first iteration last year during Miami Art Week to a very successful conclusion. Much more than a white whale beached on the sands off Ocean Drive, the great white tent designed by Keenen/Riley Architects (K/R Architects), and redesigned this year by the same, promises to be as exhilarating as last y... [more]

Art Basel | Miami Beach #1: Complete Art Fair Guides, Interview with Jacolby Satterwhite, Art Cars on Miami Beach   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/3/13

HIGH-OCTANE ART FARE FOR MIAMI ART WEEK Charlie Schultz on a special show of art cars in South Beach Cars have been a fascination for artists since they sputtered onto the road. They are cultural objects, gleaming social markers, symbolic vessels of all that is modernity. Usually, there are one or two “art cars” in Miami, but in all the years I’ve made the rounds the most memorable was easily Pimp Juice, the fully customized Cadillac low-rider Jeffrey Deitch parked in front of Art... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 5, Issue 2: The Return of the Zine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/27/13

Bibliophilia in Technophobia, Pt. II: The Return of the Zine Mara Goldwyn on the new zine-makers of today 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 zi... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 5, Issue 1: Bibliophilia in the Art World; Art Books and Your Career   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/13

Bibliophilia in Technophobia: A Dream Come True Mara Goldwyn on the recent resurgence in art- and self-publishing in the art world 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, words began to lose their meaning. The word “lunch,” for example, became “dinosaur,” and by the end of the day, there was s... [more]

Artissima #2: ONE TORINO exhibitions, Autumn in the city   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/11/13

WANDERING THROUGH TURIN'S PORTICOES ONE TORINO, by Federico Florian With a royal ordinance, in the XIX century the king Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia commanded that Turin's roofs be covered with the vast porches that still run along the beautiful Via Po. The reason for the decree was to offer shelter from the rain to the monarch and his entourage during their route from the Royal Palace to the Church of Grande Madre di Dio. Turin is the city with the largest porticoed area in Europe – here, the porches joi... [more]

Artissima #1: Highlights of this year's fair, A look at Turin's industrial and esoteric history   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/11/13

ON OCCULTISM AND RACE TRACKS: ARTISSIMA Turin's industrial and esoteric history, by Federico Florian Turin rises up along a natural handle, the point where two rivers – the Po and the Stura – join together. The town seems to find its refuge there, and grows to the South multiplying its reticulum of streets and blocks. It resembles a reserved beautiful lady, adorned with yellow autumn leaves and magnificent stone facades – she softly reclines on the Piedmontese hills and looks towards the Alps, w... [more]

Special Edition: FIAC #2   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/25/13

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: CROWD CONTROL Christina Catherine Martinez jumps a few hurdles to get into FIAC Bureaucracy is as much a part of France’s mythic national character as wine, cheese, or chicness itself. I began my month long stay in the City of Light (a light which, I’ve noticed, emanates mainly from the Eiffel Tower, twinkling dreamily through the upper-floor windows of those who merely want to sleep at night) prepared to dismantle these clichés with encounters and anecdotes testi... [more]

Special Edition: Art Toronto   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/24/13

CANADIAN CONTENT Is Art Toronto too regional? By Joel Kuennen In 1968, the idea of Canadian Content was set down as law in the Broadcasting Act of Canada. It ensures that “each broadcasting undertaking shall make maximum use, and in no case less than predominant use, of Canadian creative and other resources in the creation and presentation of programming.” As Ryan Edwardson aptly points out in his book Canadian Content: Culture and the Quest for Nationhood (2008), Canadian Content is a... [more]

Special Edition: FIAC #1   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/24/13

THE FIAC 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW Faire la fête and walk the banks of the Seine with Briony Lewis It’s that time of year again. As the Grand Palais opens its doors to host the 40th annual Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, thousands of amateurs d’art, gallery owners and dealers flock to the cultural centre to gawp, gasp and gander. And this year promises even more as FIAC celebrates its 40th anniversary and welcomes 184 galleries from twenty-five countries. FIAC describe... [more]

Special Edition: Frieze London #2   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/21/13

FRIEZE WEEK: QUALITY TIME AND WHERE TO FIND IT Time-based media during Frieze week, by Marianne Templeton Frieze Art Fair is one of those places—like supermarkets, or the Internet—where it's possible to feel that time is passing both too slowly and too quickly. All those bright lights, long aisles and white surfaces certainly don't help. One does one's best to take everything in, but after a certain period the eyes and brain begin to protect themselves aga... [more]

Special Edition: Frieze London #1   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/16/13

TRANQUILLITY IN THE MIDST OF THE CIRCUS The Frieze Sculpture Park with Daniel Barnes The circus is coming to town. The tent is going up in Regent’s Park and the hordes of gallerists, collectors and devotees are moving in. It is time for the delicious and baffling spectacle that is Frieze London. Frieze is a mysterious beast. It is a super-capitalist cattle market for the artworld to show off and trade its most prized specimens. It is also a cultural welter where big ti... [more]

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