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Art Basel #3: The "Olympics" of the Art World, Impressions of Basel   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/23/14

Diversity rules at 45th edition of art market’s Olympics Edo Dijksterhuis reports on trends from Art Basel including the best of the Galleries, Feature, Statement, and Unlimited sectors Art fair participants complain, what’s new? But instead of the usual lamentations about hesitant collectors keeping their pocket books closed, this year dealers’ biggest worry was overly aggressive buyers. They just waltzed into a booth, pointed out a work and did not take no for an answer, even i... [more]

Art Basel #2: Parcours Through the City, Interview with LISTE Director Peter Bläuer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/23/14

Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets Federico Florian introduces the latest edition of Parcours, Art Basel's site-specific sector that takes the city as its backdrop. The Dreiländereck (literally, “angle of the three countries”) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It’s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations—Switzerland, France, Germany—meet together. Basel is a city... [more]

Art Basel #1: Performing Bodies in 14 Rooms, Satellite Fairs and Events Guide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/17/14

Performing Bodies in Basel: 14 Rooms of Living Art Keren Goldberg on this year's much anticipated performance component to Art Basel. Much more interesting than the description of the 14 Rooms performance series, which will take place as part of Art Basel and is organized by star-curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is its call out for participants/performers to take part in it: “If you have an identical twin, use the opportunity to be part of Damien Hirst’s work. War veterans are sought after for par... [more]

ArtSlant Prize Exhibition: Bryan Volta, Mythology of Masculinity  
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6/15/14

Bryan Volta's exhibition, Mythology of Masculinity, runs Thursday, June 19th - July 19th at the corner of State and Adams in the Chicago Loop. Mythology of Masculinity: The repetition of abuse during physical training inspired the photographs and objects from Mythology of Masculinity; they are visual and physical manifestations of the changes induced by aggression. The intent of this project was to convey that aggression and strain placed on a particular object by manipulating its physical ap... [more]

A First Look: Venturing into the 8th Berlin Biennale Like (post)Colonial Wanderers   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/2/14

Lost in the Berlin Biennale: A First Look Sonja Hornung and Richard Pettifer offer their first impressions of the exhibition. Fifty artists is not so many for a biennial, and we were certainly looking forward to a concentrated and focused set of exhibitions. Spread across three venues, this Biennale sprawls, conceptually and physically. Sonja Hornung: ‪We caught the train out to Dahlem, west of Berlin, and got rained on. Once we made it into the exhibition you seemed totally uneasy, Richard—why was that?‬ Richard... [more]

Art Basel | Hong Kong #2: Talking Film with Curator Li Zhenhua   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/20/14

The Media Man Around Town (And the World) Katherine Grube talks with Li Zhenhua, curator of the film program at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Li Zhenhua began our conversation with a gentle correction: he had three exhibitions opening in one month, not three exhibitions opening over as many months. I was reminded of these words as Li’s disembodied voice greeted me at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai last week during the opening of a satellite exhibition for “Pandamonium: Media Art from Shanghai,&rd... [more]

Art Basel | Hong Kong: the Ultimate Guide for the Week, Basel's Big and Bold Encounters Sector   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/16/14

Art Basel | Hong Kong: User's Guide Peter Augustus provides an exhaustive list of the week's activities. Following a successful launch last year, Hong Kong’s edition of Art Basel is back with a larger schedule of events and even more art than one can see in a week. This year boasts more than 3,000 works of art from over 200 galleries. Although a welcomed spotlight, Hong Kong was never lacking in the international art show circuit, or arts for that matter—... [more]

Frieze New York #2: Spending the Night at the Fair, Interview with Helen Toomer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/12/14

Al's Grand Hotel and Public Fiction Bring LA Hospitality to Randall's Island Who wants to spend the night in an art fair? By Allison Kuo A lucky few attendees of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair will be spending the night on Randall’s Island as a part of Frieze Projects’ re-staging of Al’s Grand Hotel, a work from 1971 in which the LA artist Allen Ruppersberg ran a fully functioning hotel out of a converted home on the Sunset Strip. This is the first, and maybe only time for the art f... [more]

Frieze New York: Different Fairs, Different Worlds, Frieze Week Guide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/12/14

Friezer Burn: Frieze, ArtExpo, and the paradox of taste When artist and veteran Frieze visitor Darren Jones attended ArtExpo last month he found a parallel art world with its own culture and convictions. Depending on one’s relationship to art fairs such as Frieze, the social and professional rituals associated with attending them can cause fevered excitement, or make the blood run, well, cold. Visit often enough and those galleries and artists that have been admitted to this carefully guarded system reveal the p... [more]

20140506235329-frieze-2014-logo-schedule Frieze Art Week 2014 Schedule   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/6/14

This weekend the art circus comes to New York City. On Friday the annual Frieze Art Fair opens on Randall’s Island for four festive days along with a smorgasbord of satellite fairs scattered throughout the city. Trying to see everything almost always means you’ll remember next to nothing, which is certainly a bummer when the circus leaves town. But with a good strategy and the trusty guide we’ve assembled you should be able to navigate the madness, catch some interesting p... [more]

Gallery Weekend Berlin Special Edition: THE Gallery to Start Your Weekend, Artist Initiatives in Wedding   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/1/14

Themes & Variations: A Gallery Weekend Primer Get your Weekend started with a trio of shows whose themes echo throughout the city's exhibition programs. Guy Parker is on the scene. Gallery Weekend Berlin is back for its tenth anniversary with fifty galleries showing over sixty artists. Including the talks, peripheral events, and shows there’s a veritable tidal wave of art crashing over the Hauptstadt this weekend. Getting a piece of the action should be no problem, right? All that's req... [more]

Art Brussels Special Edition: Homage to the Collector, at the Fair and Beyond   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/28/14

Homage to the fair's most important asset Edo Dijksterhuis looks at Portrait of the Collector as a Work of Art, an Art Brussels exhibition celebrating Belgium's beloved collectors. It was in the mid-eighties that the organizers of Art Brussels approached KunstRAI—later known as Art Amsterdam—with a proposition to merge the two fairs. Both events were then only a few years old and scraping along in a slowly developing art market. The new event would take place alternatingly in the Dutch and t... [more]

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]

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