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20151116214221-23_douglas-coupland_the-living-internet-1024x819 Douglas Coupland's Bit Rot: Trying to Understand Yesterday While Confronting Tomorrow   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Douglas Coupland at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art September 11th - January 3rd, 2016
Posted 11/16/15

“I miss my pre-internet brain,” says the sticker handed to visitors of Bit Rot. The text brings an affirmative smile to faces—or is it more of a smirk? This kind of dry humor with a nostalgic tinge and an air of fatalism is difficult to process without some feeling of ambiguity. It’s typical for life in the early 21st century. Things are moving ahead so rapidly that we’re constantly trying to catch up but never really do. The technology driving us forward grows faste... [more]

20151104164254-cobra_museum_1 Want to Invest Culturally? Buy Museum Bonds   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/3/15

Weapons manufacturers and tobacco industry are an obvious no-no. Most banks are iffy taking into account the financial sector’s ethical track record. The same is true for the fraudulent likes of Volkswagen. Times are tough for investors with a conscience. Where can you deposit your money and be sure it won’t have negative effects? Well, you could invest in a museum. The Cobra Museum in Amstelveen offers bonds to help finance its shows. Last year’s From the Guggenheim Collection to t... [more]

20151103110733-rf_still01 America Without the Dream but with Compassion   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Robert Frank, Laura Israel at Stedelijk Museum November 19th 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
Posted 11/3/15

Even 30 years later, you cannot feel but sorry for the poor French TV journalist who interviewed Robert Frank in 1984. He must have been quite happy before filming—he had succeeded where most important magazines and newspapers had failed: actually securing an interview with the most influential photographer alive. But everything goes awry right from the start. “I hate these fucking interviews,” is the first thing that comes out of Frank’s mouth. Lots of expletives follow,... [more]

20151006094110-7ff74c91e57264aa8f15a8c7956e1ea7 Art, Spirituality, and Love in the Time of Digital Dominance   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Markus Selg at De Hallen Haarlem September 12th - January 3rd, 2016
Posted 10/6/15

Thank God for a new generation of artists! Today’s emerging artists stay away from the pushy know-it-all attitude of macho modernists who for half a century were quick to dismiss as inferior anyone supporting a dogma not their own. Neither are they infected by the postmodern virus of egalitarianism, which in the end robs everything of value and reduces art to an ironic game of smart references and endless footnotes. Artists of today are not afraid to shop around for culturally diverse iconogra... [more]

20150929104048-21787863391_73d2fda1c7_b The Icon Machine and the Deadly Domestication of Graffiti   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Delta, Dondi, Keith Haring, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, SHOE at Amsterdam Museum September 18th - January 24th, 2016
Posted 9/29/15

The Mona Lisa, Vermeer’s Milkmaid, Fabritius’ Goldfinch. At the time of their creation they were considered exceptional works, no doubt. But only by a limited audience. These works hung in private homes or palaces, exclusively on display for their owners and the occasional visitor. This changed dramatically with the advent of the museum in the eighteenth century and even more so with the museum’s transformation into a fully-fledged public institution two centuries later. At the L... [more]

20150727084432-_mg_7719 A Monumental Gesture of Intimacy   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Taturo Atzu at De Oude Kerk June 27th - September 6th
Posted 7/27/15

The number of tourists pouring into Amsterdam increases steadily every year. Obviously Madame Tussauds, the Anne Frank House and—of course—the red light district are popular destinations, but in the last decade or so museums have become a serious pull-factor. Number one on the list is the Rijksmuseum, welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors in 2014 and on track to break that record this year. For the exhibition Late Rembrandt alone half a million tickets were sold. Besides happy faces on the municipal tourism... [more]

20150720141714-rh1401028-10 Turning the Tables on Global Self-Evidence   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Georges Adéagbo, Brook Andrew, Raqs Media Collective, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mark Dion, Meschac Gaba, Simryn Gill, Mona Hatoum, Romuald Hazoumè, Femke Herregraven, Tsang Kin-Wah, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Batoul S'himi, Taryn Simon, Andrea Stultiens, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ghana ThinkTank, Tintin Wulia, Chen Zhen at Museum De Lakenhal June 27th - October 4th
Posted 7/20/15

Empty prisons, abandoned shipyards, derelict factories—in the past couple of decades these raw and unpolished places have become very popular as locations for art fairs, biennials, and temporary exhibitions. Often it’s simply because of their atmospheric quality. Or to stress the fact that the art on show really is connected to the outside world and not only functions within the artificial ecosystem of the museum. But it works best if the location’s identity and the exhibition’s content are in synch. With Global Imagi... [more]

20150715102217-screen_shot_2015-07-15_at_12 Is the Internet Living Up to Its Promise as Democratic Equalizer of the Art Market?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/15/15

On June 20, the Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata sold an 18th century Chinese clock. Created by a Guangzhou workshop, the musical and automaton clock is ivory-mounted and adorned with figurines and pagodas set in a mountain scene. The bidding started with 300,000 euro. A mere ten minutes later the final bid of 3.37 million euro was made, setting a new online auction record. The buyer is an art world fixture: businessman Liu Yiqian, owner of the Long Museum in Shanghai. More remarkab... [more]

20150630164650-jacco__olivier__return-_2007_2 Out of the Black Box, into the White Cube   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Marina Alexeeva, Marco Brambilla, Mat Collishaw, Ger Van Elk, William Kentridge, Marzia Migliora, Jacco Olivier, Elisa Sighicelli, Bill Viola at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya May 28th - August 30th
Posted 6/30/15

Three rooms into the modern art section of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya the film Tide Table is projected on the wall. It’s a typical William Kentridge piece: animated black and white drawings, frolicking bathers are observed by Ghadhafi-like generals, a cow is slaughtered in a cabana, lots of political innuendo. Even though the film is combined with a couple of drawings by the South African artist, it’s pretty much a stand-alone presentation. It lacks the kind of conte... [more]

20150618103517-artbasel2015_meg_09_596 Why Crowdfunding Is the Most Art Basel Can Do in Terms of Social Responsibility   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 6/18/15

When you walk onto Basel’s Messeplatz this week you can’t miss it: the temporary Gesamtkunstwerk with the rhetorical title Do We Dream Under The Same Sky. It consists of a bamboo structure designed by architects Nicholaus Hirsch and Michel Müller. Inside, chef Antto Melasniemi manages his personally designed solar kitchen, working with locally grown spices and herbs. Besides unusual fusion snacks such as fish ice cream and "bastard pad Thai," invented by Melasniemi and artist Rirkri... [more]

20150610093053-venividimultiplex1 Art Meets Sustainability at an Urban Pop-up Campsite   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 6/10/15

Roughly one sixth of the Netherlands was once covered by water and has over the centuries been reclaimed with dikes and windmills. The latest addition to this growing mass of new land is the so-called Centrumeiland (Center Island), a slender strip attached to Haveneiland (Harbor Island) of Amsterdam's new IJburg housing estate. Some 800,000 cubic meters of sand were deposited, layer upon layer, to create space for much needed homes to accommodate the city's rapidly increasing population. Construc... [more]

20150605062913-freeman-lowe__the_floating_chain__video_still_1___2014_cnon_55 Loop Barcelona 2015: Poetry, Politics, and Personal Stories   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 6/4/15

The camera floats through a slap-dash architectural model, following a trickle of water originating from a fountain stuck through a passport picture, gargoyle-style, flowing past miniature cities consisting of slabs of transparent plastic, slipping into a next scene. Garishly colored deserts are bombarded with Jell-O and chocolate sprinkles. Fruit is hooked up to seriously scientific machines with electric cables. And TV-commercials from the eighties spin out of control. In the meantime the swi... [more]

20150602170009-rm_05_jake__cannes__48x72 The Very Last of Youth Subcultures   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Ryan McGinley at Kunsthal KAdE May 30th - August 30th
Posted 6/2/15

In early 2012 Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós challenged filmmakers to create videos for their album Valtari. Photographer Ryan McGinley chose the song “Varúð,” an eight-minute dream narrated by a raspy head voice over an unsteady piano and transparent strings. In his video a barefoot girl in a glittery gold wig and a washed-out blue nightie skips through the streets of New York City in slow motion. She passes trucks, taxicabs, construction workers, and business men,... [more]

20150601114004-screen_shot_2015-06-01_at_1 This Is Not a Music Video: A Video Art Playlist   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 6/1/15

“Video killed the radio star,” The Buggles sang in 1979. The song brims with nostalgic longing for a simpler, low-tech era that was more authentic and wholesome. Two years later MTV was launched, the first television network to non-stop broadcast music videos. With a self-congratulating sense of irony the programmers selected “Video Killed the Radio Star” as the first clip to be shown. The event may not have marked the actual death of the radio star but it did introduce a new re... [more]

20150518183735-jenniferinparadise Robin Hood in Times of Digitally Induced Relativism   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Constant Dullaart at Art Space of the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) May 6th - May 29th
Posted 5/18/15

In the fall of 1987 John Knoll and his girlfriend Jennifer flew to Tahiti. For months they’d been working on the computer graphics of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and they needed a well-earned rest. It was at the pristine Bora-Bora beach that Knoll took a photograph which in the decades ahead became an icon of international geekdom: Jennifer, seen from the back, sitting topless on the white sand with the almost fluorescent blue ocean as backdrop. The picture would have remained just anoth... [more]

20150506193615-giuseppe_de_bruijn Bottling Local: Oh, the Smell of Amsterdam in the Spring...   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 5/6/15

First comes a wave of chlorophyll: a fresh and forward odor, the smell of tender green. Then, when the first vapors thin in the air and the nose digs deeper, the wood follows. It’s darker, heavier, earthier—soothing and more serious after the initial playfulness. The French have Yves Saint-Laurent’s eau de toilette, Paris, in its compact pink bottle. New York is well taken care of with Bond 9 having designed a different smell for every borough—and I’m not even mentioning Don... [more]

Interview with Hito Steyerl: "The medium is an information filter"  

Amsterdam, April 2015: “If you want to know what art looks like in 2014, go and see Hito Steyerl’s satirical video installations,” Ben Luke of the Evening Standard wrote last year when reviewing Steyerl’s show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. And right he is. Few artists have the Zeitgeist by the balls the way the German artist does. Her video works deal with technological evolution, the production and reproduction of images, and the power relations involved... [more]

20150324155802-i Trying to Disarm a Racist Machine with Aesthetics   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin at Foam - Fotografie Museum March 20th - June 3rd
Posted 3/24/15

The capitalist economy is sexist: women earn less than men for doing the same job and the glass ceiling prevents them from ever reaching the top. Mainstream media are biased against LGBTs and propagate heterosexuality as the norm. It’s usually systems that are accused of being skewed against minorities, and usually on just grounds. But Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin take it one step further. The artist duo echoes French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who, when shooting a film in Mozambique in 1977,... [more]

Interview with Ed Atkins: Cadavers Telling You to Shut Up  

“What the fuck am I looking at?” This is what Beatrix Ruf thought when she first encountered a work by Ed Atkins. The new Stedelijk Museum Director is not one to get caught up in diplomatic niceties—and at the press preview of Recent Ouija she didn’t mind repeating the question. Her confusion has turned out to be inspirational, though: last year she curated a show with the British artist at the Zurich Kunsthalle, and now she has landed him his first solo show in the Nether... [more]

20150309175126-cobra_maart_2015_mg_7848 The Biggest Challenge Museums Face: Rekindling the Collection   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Bank & Rau at Cobra Museum March 1st - March 1st
Posted 3/9/15

When passing the ticket booth at the Cobra Museum everything seems business as usual: white walls with informative texts in an inoffensive font, the bold colors associated with the art movement's practioners Appel, Constant, Corneille, and Alechinsky visible from afar. But brace yourself and turn the corner. Entering Brutal Vitality is like receiving shock treatment—the sudden visual overload had me gasping for breath. Multi-colored bricks, blown-up black and white photographs, a bicycle, ra... [more]

20150204104923-edwin_vd_heide_fog_sound_environment_ii_in_riga Spotlight on DordtYart, an Arts Organization Where Synergy Is the Gospel   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Zoro Feigl, Stéphane Gauchy, Nico Parlevliet, Karen Sargsyan, Group Show, Edwin van der Heide, Jeanne van der Horst, Peter Vink at Art Rotterdam February 5th - February 8th
Posted 2/4/15

DordtYart is not part of Art Rotterdam’s Intersections program—and with good reason. DordtYart could never be squeezed into the box labeled “artists’ initiative or non-profit space.” The organization from Dordrecht does stage exhibitions, which are often enriched with lectures and guided tours, but it does a lot more: it functions as an artists’ residency, a community workplace, a mirror for local history, an educational center, and a laboratory for crossbreed... [more]

Interview with Joep van Lieshout: Totems for the Neo-Industrial Tribe  

As a teenager Joep van Lieshout diligently saved all the money he earned from his first job as a waiter in a diner, until he had enough to buy himself an electric drill. Next was a proper set of angle grinders, followed by a welding machine. Van Lieshout has always been a lover of tools; the workshop is his natural biotope, the place where he thinks with his hands and molds a world all his own. His studio at the Keileweg, a frayed part of Rotterdam formerly known for its street prostitution, reflects... [more]

20150119124701-living2 Short Film Program IFFR: An Alternative Stage for Artists   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/19/15

Last year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, a Tiger Award for Short Films was won by Sebastian Buerkner, alumnus of the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2013, all three Tiger Awards in this category went to artists: Beatrice Gibson, Erik van Lieshout and Zachary Formwalt. And it could happen again this year. Twelve out of the sixteen eligible films carry the “art” label. When the IFFR shorts program started some ten years ago, the organization deliberately choose to... [more]

20141222172535-alluring_hell_2008_c_nobuyoshi_araki_in_collaboration_with_galerie_alex_dani_ls__reflex_amsterdam_02 Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Nobuyoshi Araki at Foam - Fotografie Museum December 19th, 2014 - March 11th
Posted 12/22/14

In the film After Life (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide. That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Araki.... [more]

20141211203307-interior_stichting_onterfd_goed_-_bart_invites__amsterdam_2 "Adoption Agency" for Art Might Herald New Dynamic in Market   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Galerie Bart Amsterdam: Bart Invites December 3rd, 2014 - January 3rd
Posted 12/11/14

An empty wall to fill but on a tight budget? Looking for an original Christmas gift? Or are you just an avid bargain hunter? A semi-abstract print by Jaap Hillenius could be just the ticket for you. Price: somewhere between 175 and 250 euro—and that’s including the frame. If you like large formats, the reclining nude by Hans van der Ham costing 450 euro is an option. And at 175 euro a diptych by Bert Loerakker is a good deal—especially if you take into account the original price of... [more]

20141201013354-art_basel_miami_beach_film Black Box and White Cube Merge but Audiences Are Slow to Follow   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at New World Center December 3rd, 2014 - December 6th, 2014
Posted 12/1/14

The current art market status of video art is comparable to that of photography in the early nineties. Back then photography wasn’t considered "real art" requiring hard-won skills going beyond simply pointing a lens and pressing a button. Moreover, prints could be reproduced endlessly rendering the work devoid of true artistic aura, a Benjaminesque nightmare. For video art too, controlling editions and authentication are the biggest obstacles to overcome, even more than trying to convince... [more]

20141130023316-__tony_oursler_in_the_oude_kerk_2014 Tony Oursler Hacks a Church with Reverse Iconoclasm   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Tony Oursler at De Oude Kerk November 27th, 2014 - March 29th
Posted 11/30/14

True to their sometimes petty nature and deep-seated adversity to change the town folk of Amsterdam were up in arms last year when Jacqueline Grandjean made public her plans for the Oude Kerk (Old Church). The new director wanted the venue to become more than a glorified exhibition space filled with penurious looking temporary bulkheads. She envisioned large-scale installations by artists of international repute, in interviews casually mentioning the Unilever Series in Tate Modern’s Turbine... [more]

20141124160650-gillian_wearing_-_6 Why Gillian Wearing Should Have Won the Vincent Award   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Willem de Rooij, Pierre Huyghe, Manfred Pernice, Anri Sala, Gillian Wearing at GEM, The Hague September 6th, 2014 - February 1st
Posted 11/24/14

To be talked about—positively or negatively, it hardly matters—is the principle aim of every art prize with an exhibition attached to it. Of course, reward or encouragement are the motivational labels attached to them but PR is the true driving force. For a good many years the Turner Prize was the prime example of a "successful" art prize exhibition. All of Britain would be talking about the nominees and the winners, down to the proverbial cab driver, who wouldn’t need a lot of... [more]

20141104175716-rp-f-2012-41 How Many Photography Museums Can a Country Have?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Brassaï, John Gutmann, Lewis Hine, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, László Moholy-Nagy, Eadweard Muybridge, Man Ray, W. Eugene Smith, Ed van der Elsken at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam November 1st, 2014 - January 11th
Posted 11/4/14

Suppose you’re a collector of Dutch photography, you have no kids (or they are uninterested barbarians), and you’re reaching that age when you start thinking about your legacy. Which institute would be most suitable for a donation? Which museum would be the best new home for your collection? The Netherlands has the luxury of having not one, not two, but no fewer than four museums dedicated solely to photography. That’s an unusually large number for such a small country. A Swis... [more]

Interview with Chaim van Luit: A hunter-gatherer with his own assembly line  

Amsterdam, Oct. 2014: Some people are called to the arts by way of a detour, but Chaim van Luit’s route is exceptional by any standard. Being a bit too restless for the regular educational system he dropped out of high school at 17 and joined the marines. He traveled the world working ten-hour shifts for months on end. At the end of his four-year tour he decided it was time for a change. After taking a special entry exam he was accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht. He laid dow... [more]

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