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20141020124553-paul-horner-is-banksy Internet Fooled AGAIN by Banksy Arrest Hoax  
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10/20/14

Banksy is trending this morning as a fake article emerged with news of his arrest in Watford, Hertfordshire, by the London Metropolitan Police. Reports and images from fake news website National Report stated that Banksy's real identity had been revealed as Paul Horner, a 35-year-old male from Liverpool. His identity had apparently been confirmed by his PR, Jo Brooks. The arrest of the ubiquitously famous graffiti artist—who has remained anonymous for his entire career—was attribut... [more]

Art or Not? Pizza.  
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10/16/14

Art or Not? One of the pictures described below is a genuine art work: every Friday the ArtSlant team asks our discerning readers to indulge in a game of spot the difference. On Monday week the answer will be revealed on our social media: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram #1 "... is a vivid visual representation that expounds the dichotomous act of consumerism: on the one hand, the form and gigantesque proportions of this highly desirable food item are playful and cartoonish, yet, they belie the terror of abundance, the deformity of modern vegetable produce, and an overwhelming feeling, of, quite literally, ha... [more]

20141016104339-instagrammies #FriezeMania: The London Instagrammies   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/15/14

If only real life were more like Frieze: a psychotropic world full where adults jump without fear through giant dice and emoji come to life. Look closer, and you'll see the colorful people, bobbles jangling copiously from every seam; the artwork might even pass you by as another vermillion suit-clad publisher slides by; this is the time the chrysalis is shed, and the beautiful butterflies inside, emerging to live and flourish for only a few days, flee towards their nectar: the front-facing camera. ... [more]

EXPO CHICAGO #2: Vernissage: No Glitz, No Glam, Still Good. Multiples at EDITION Chicago.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/23/14

EDITION Chicago: What's in a Multiple? At EDITION Chicago Gan Uyeda muses on multiples, value, and the designations of "art." Just on the basis of massiveness, EXPO CHICAGO’s top-tier art fair on Navy Pier could be expected to have pervasive and rippling effects through the art system of Chicago, and ripple it does. Museums line up stardusted blockbusters to coincide with the fair, galleries arrange collector-centric city tours, and the city’s Cultural Affai... [more]

EXPO CHICAGO #1: Art Fair Musical   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/23/14

Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO As exhibitors and artists ready their productions for EXPO CHICAGO, Caroline Picard introduces this year's IN/SITU works. As Chicago approaches the four day run of its annual art fair, the art world becomes increasingly animated with preparations. This is the moment backstage of an as-yet empty auditorium; red carpets are cleaned one last time as painters touch up their back drops and technicians in black clothes hastily test... [more]

Berlin Art Week: The rent is too damn high, but the art's pretty damn good...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/16/14

The rent is too damn high—but the art's pretty damn good Jesi Khadivi on a changing Berlin and which shows to make time for during a packed week of openings and events citywide. A green banner spans a cream-colored Altbau adjacent to my local organic grocery store in Schöneberg: APARTMENTS FOR SALE. Above the banner, tenants have hung green signs in their windows, enacting a checkerboard of protest that mines the graphic identity of the brokerage firm presumably trying to sell them o... [more]

Curator's Open: First Peek at Our Show at EXPO Chicago  
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9/15/14

Voynich Manuscript. image via Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library We've never done this before. This year we launched our first-ever Curator's Open, where we asked you to use our massive database of art to curate our booth at EXPO Chicago. We then handed over the submissions to an expert jury of curators to decide which show we should put on. They selected Amsterdam-based curator and critic Manus Groenen's show "Cryptographics: a tribute to the Voynich Manuscript." Featurin... [more]

20140914131532-ruth_sachse_kunst_der_gegenwart_martin_praska_3h_hner_2012__l_acryl_segeltuch_50x60cm Art for Everyone: An Interview with BERLINER LISTE Curator Peter Funken   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/14/14

BERLINER LISTE opens this week in a new home at the former postal railway station Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof. Now in its 11th year, with 112 exhibitors, BERLINER LISTE is the longest running of the trio of fairs opening during the Berlin Art Week. Leading up to the fair Dr. Peter Funken, now in his second year as Curator, took the time to answer some of our questions about Berlin's art scene, his curatorial role, and, of course, what we can look forward to in 2014 edition of BERLINER LISTE. ... [more]

Fall Previews: Ignoring All the Trends in LA, Amsterdam, and More   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/8/14

Los Angeles: No longer lonely (but maybe still a bit brutal) LA Editor Andrew Berardini with the run down of September openings across town The long languor of summer never truly fades in Los Angeles, but the heat simmers down just enough for the long sunsets to subside into cool nights, when prodigal travelers hurry home from sunstroked beaches and slaving artists vernissage across the city. Autumnal LA, though it certainly colors, hardly chills. Art exhibitions thickly dapple acr... [more]

Fall Previews: How to Survive the Season in New York and London   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/8/14

September in New York: Maneuver the Mania New York Editor Charlie Schultz makes a plan for seeing great art this fall without getting carried away—if only he can stick to it. There is a shift in every August when this art critic’s inbox goes from near vacancy to nearly too packed to approach. The slim pickings of late summer exhibitions explode into a buffet of delicious opportunities. Great art, it seems, is everywhere in the city and the challenge (... [more]

Round 5 Juried Winners Announced  
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8/26/14

Didn't make it this round? Round 6, the FINAL round, opens Friday, August 29th! Learn more about the ArtSlant Prize Round 5 Juried Winners: ABSTRACT Artist: ROSE MASTERPOL Title: TRIBAL THRONE, 2014 Medium: Acrylic, 60" x 60" DRAWING Artist: Zachary Mory Title: The Inbetween, 2011 Medium: Graphite on paper, 105" x 50" PHOTOGRAPHY Artist: Roman Deingruber Title: Untitled (studio depicts/square), 2014 PAINTING Artist: Wei Xiaoguang Title: I Think It's Gonna be Important No.2 Medium: Oil on Canvas, 52 x 68 x 2 inches... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Volume 7, Issue 3: Conflicts of Interest in Public vs Private Curation, the "Miami Model"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/22/14

The Art World's Intrinsic Conflict of Interest Ryan Wong on the blurring of public and private interests, and the rise of a new brand of curator. The cousin, flip side, and feeder to the museum, in today’s money-saturated world of contemporary art, is the private collection. The necessity of this relationship might be surprising to the average museum visitor, who often looks to museums as the centers of the art world. Private collections, however, shape our understanding of art history and production not on... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Volume 7, Issue 2: A Nazi Bunker, a Future Ruin, and an Art Collection   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/19/14

Ruin Value: Sammlung Boros in Berlin Stephanie Cristello considers the poetic weight of a WWII bunker that was designed to be a ruin and became an art gallery: the site of the Boros Collection. What if ruins were not a remnant of civilization, but the very purpose of it? It is through this very unnatural state that Albert Speer, Hitler’s chief architect and Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich, conceived the concept of "ruin value." His... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Volume 7, Issue 1: Bringing Private Passions into the Public Realm, European Collections   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/7/14

Bringing Private Passions into the Public Realm Visiting Focus Beijing at Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Edo Dijksterhuis considers the trend of Dutch museums forging exhibitions from private collections. For the better part of their lives Henk de Heus and his wife Victoria de Heus-Zomer have worked to build up their business. The De Heus animal feed company has a hundred year history but it wasn’t until the last couple of decades that the family business f... [more]

Harun Farocki, 1944–2014  
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8/4/14

Monopol magazine reported Thursday that German filmmaker Harun Farocki passed away on June 30, 2014, at the age of 70. Born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia in 1944, the Berlin-based artist was known not only for his provocative films, videos, and installations, but also his critical practice as a theorist, editor, curator, and educator. Farocki studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) from 1966 to 1968. He would later become editor of the Munich-based journal Filmkritik a... [more]

20140730102001-screen_shot_2014-07-29_at_6 ArtSlant Media Partnership Announcement: Global Art Agenda  
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7/30/14

ArtSlant is pleased to announce its media partnership with Global Art Agenda, a new, innovative app featuring an agenda and a clever set of tools for the art world community. Available now on all mobile devices, the Global Art Agenda app presents coverage and information about an ever-growing selection of the most significant international art events. It also offers unique features developed especially for art lovers and art professionals including an Art Travel Guide and Global News. ArtSlant reader... [more]

SITElines: Unsettled Landscapes in Santa Fe is a brand new biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/21/14

A Veteran Biennial Lays Down New Roots With an emphasis on place, SITElines marks the reinvention of a Santa Fe biennial. Hannah Hoel explains. SITE Santa Fe’s new biennial series, SITElines, signals a new format for recurrent exhibitions that reduces the term “biennial” to its simplest definition: every two years. For almost twenty years, the institution was faithful to the timely concentration of international artists and rising curators served in a publicized melti... [more]

20140721032619-4_denes Settling Unsettled Landscapes: Talking about SITElines   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shuvinai Ashoona, Jamison Chas Banks, Raymond Boisjoly, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Buckingham, Adriana Bustos, Johanna Calle, Luis Camnitzer, Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chavez, Liz Cohen, Minerva Cuevas, Blue Curry, Agnes Denes, Juan Downey, Futurefarmers, Anna Bella Geiger, Frank Gohlke, Pablo Helguera, James Hyde, Deborah Jack, Yishai Jusidman, Leandro Katz, Irene Kopelman, Miler Lagos, Glenda Léon, Ric Lum, Antonio Vega Macotela, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jason Middlebrook, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Kent Monkman, Patrick Nagatani, Florence Miller Pierce, Marcel Pinas, Edward Poitras, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Kevin Schmidt, Allan Sekula, Melanie Smith, Charles Stankievech, Marcos Ramirez ERRE & David Taylor, Clarissa Tossin at SITE Santa Fe July 19th 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 7/21/14

At the Eldorado Hotel's Agave Lounge, over fabulous margaritas, ArtSlant's editor in chief, Natalie Hegert, met with Santa Fe art critics Hannah Hoel and Lauren Tresp to discuss SITElines, the new SITE Santa Fe biennial… Natalie Hegert: A point that I want to talk about is how [SITElines] functions as a model for a biennial. How different is this from another themed exhibition you would encounter in any other museum, versus a biennial? Why does this necessarily need to be considered a bien... [more]

Hamptons Art Guide: From Performance Art to Polo Matches   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/15/14

ArtHamptons: Looking to Korea and Beyond A look at a few of the featured artists at this year's ArtHamptons, by Max Nesterak This year, ArtHamptons returns to the Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark bringing a unique focus on contemporary Korean art. Citing a growing fascination in New York with contemporary Korean art, ArtHamptons will feature fifteen Korean art galleries bringing with them over 150 artworks. Fittingly, Korean-born, New York-based multimedia artist Jayo... [more]

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]

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