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20160428183217-img_8982 The Exhibition Speaking Out Against Honor Killings in Kuwait   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Maha Al-Asaker, Zahra (Zouz The Bird) Al-Mahdi, Musa Al-Shadeedi, Zuhair Alsaeed, Amani Althuwaini, Tagreed Al Bagshi, Mehdi Darvishi, Thuraya Lynn Al Jasem, Deena (Machina) Qabazard, Farah Salem, Tarek Sultan at JAMM Art Gallery April 28th - May 8th
Posted 4/28/16

Five thousand women are murdered annually by their fathers, sons, brothers, or husbands in so-called honor killings. Or at least that’s the most widely cited number, derived from a UN estimate in 2000, the last time an official study was done. The real number, according to experts like Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini, who has covered the subject for over 20 years, is likely much larger. Honor killings are often considered an internal family issue; they’re a highly sensitive topic, an... [more]

20160315183835-my_playground_by_nadimkaram_1 Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 3/15/16

The artist’s desk: enchanted playground or torturous wrestling mat? The home of inspiration—or perspiration? The ubiquitous marker of the workspace holds different meaning for each artist. What they bring to the table tells us something about their process, and perhaps even their artwork. Beyond voyeuristic satisfaction, we think there’s something to learn from getting a glimpse of the artist’s desk, and in this ongoing series we ask artists to share their space with us an... [more]

20160302112712-amir_h_fallah Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 3/2/16

What can be learned from looking at an artist’s desk? Does the workspace contain the material markers of process? Does it hint at the final outcome of the artwork? Naturally. But as we’ve gleaned from our ongoing exercise in hearing from artists about their desks, what takes place in the studio and on the desktop is not all wrestling with concepts and materials. It’s where the prosaic business of being an artist meets with its more esteemed sidekicks, inspiration and process. In th... [more]

20160225140409-christian-resistance The Resistance Issue: An Introduction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/25/16

Table of Contents: The Problem of Art's Morality | Joel Kuennen Body as Material in the Surveillance State | Tara Plath Queering Film Production | Lauren McQuade Bringing Self-Defense Performance into the Community | Joel Kuennen If resistance hasn’t been on your mind lately, you haven’t been paying attention. In an explosive presidential primary season, the loudest voices on both sides of the aisle flaunt their outsider statuses, reacting against the mainstream. While appeals to the electorate vary considerably—th... [more]

20160208144912-guzman_atelier1 Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/8/16

Whether they’re doing residencies or research, teaching or travel, or whether they’re simply responding to the contingencies of affordable and available studio space, artists today are in constant motion. What’s the marker of the artist’s studio in this peripatetic climate? Is the artist’s “desk” a piece of furniture, an anchored object? Or is it something they can pick up and carry away—a laptop or notebook that travels with them wherever they go? Is p... [more]

20160201162923-dtl_option2 Help This Artist Fight for Reproductive Justice in Texas—by Picking Up a Needle and Thread   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/1/16

On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in nearly a quarter century. The justices will weigh the legality of an underhanded and medically unnecessary 2013 Texas law that would shut down 75 percent of the state’s abortion clinics, leaving just 10, or fewer, women’s health clinics providing abortion services. The requirements of the law, known as HB2, are partially in effect today, and only 19 of the 42 clinics open in 2013 are currentl... [more]

20160113105848-library_drawing In New Artwork, Wafaa Bilal Enlists the Public to Rebuild a Destroyed Baghdad Library   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Wafaa Bilal at Art Gallery of Windsor January 30th - April 10th
Posted 1/12/16

During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad lost its entire library collection—some 70,000 books—when it was burned by looters. Today, 13 years later, faculty and students are still affected by this loss. The devastation of this and other libraries in 2003 recalls the destruction of another library: the Bayt al-Hikma, or House of Wisdom, a Baghdad institution that, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age, contained the largest collection of bo... [more]

20151221092714-screen_shot_2015-12-21_at_10 ArtSlant Editions: Looking Back on the 2015 Issues of Our Inbox Magazine   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/19/15

Exhibition reviews and artist interviews have long been central to our editorial focus, but this year—in part as a reflection of how we see arts writing shifting in the digital age—we expanded the scope of ArtSlant's editorial project, exploring and introducing a much greater variety of content. In 2015 our Paris artists-in-residence blogged more than ever and we learned about art and audience in the ArtSlant podcast; we ran a popular series on non-profit art spaces and highlighted a... [more]

20151216215555-pretend_you_are_not_there A Year in the Words of Artists: 2015's Best Interviews   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/16/15

Interviews are some of our favorite content—and, we think, some of our most enduring. The ArtSlant “Rackroom” is an expanding public archive, filing away unfiltered insight straight from artists themselves. Over the years we’ve invited over 400 (and counting!) artists—emerging and established, some emerging who have since become established—into the Rackroom. These conversations touch upon urgent contemporary issues as well as the personal preoccupations of our i... [more]

20151119171612-diary-dance_600px LOOPS: An Introduction to ArtSlant Editions, Issue 7   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/19/15

Table of Contents: Closing the Loop: Does Art Require an Audience? | Gillian Dykeman Maintaining a Clean and Healthy Image for 120 Years | Guy Parker OOO: Three Loops to Unite Them All! | Jamie Keesling The Circular Logic of Terrorism | Joel Kuennen Closed Circuits and Bodies Electric | Janet Oh Rafia Santana, DEAR DiARY, 2015 What does a loop look like? It’s not really a shape, is it? More than a steady form, a loop implies gesture, movement, directionality. It’s a vector that... [more]

20151109171232-arden_meghan_edited_poster What Do Artists Eat? Studio Cooking Serves Up Performance, Art, and Your Next Meal   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Meghan Gordon, Arden Ellis Surdam at Armory Center for the Arts November 10th, 2015 - November 15th, 2015
Posted 11/9/15

In 1990, Rirkrit Tiravanija dished out Pad Thai to visitors at the opening of his exhibition at Paula Allen Gallery in New York. It was a meal, and it was art—dematerialized and suspended in a web of social interactions. Today that ephemeral meal-artwork has achieved almost mythical status, living on as the standard bearer of what came to be known as Relational Aesthetics. More than 20 years later, food, and the acts of making and consuming it, continues to be a site of meaning and relatio... [more]

20151001032729-dan ICONS: An Introduction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/30/15

“Icon” and its derivatives are some of the most overused words in arts writing today. We’re all guilty of bumping an artist up to “iconic” status with a little rhetorical flourish. Sure, some artists really embody the word—Warhol comes to mind—but we typically deploy “iconic” as a hyperbolic substitute for “famous,” “memorable,” “influential,” or—at worst—shorthand for “What do you mean you... [more]

20150925111407-thomas_more_-_utopia__c__kristof_vrancken Shifting Utopias: A 500-Year-Old Book Inspires a Moving Image Biennial   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Andrea Büttner, Jan Fabre, Michael Fliri, Chiara Fumai, Johan Grimonprez, Fabrice Hyber, Rabih Mroué, Ana Prvacki, Michael Rakowitz, Gilad Ratman, A Dog Republic, Albert Serra, Nedko Solakov, Slavs and Tatars, Javier Téllez, Grazia Toderi, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Angel Vergara, Gilberto Zorio at Contour vzw - Mechelen August 29th, 2015 - November 8th, 2015
Posted 9/25/15

In 1515 the English statesman and humanist Thomas More visited the cities of Mechelen and Antwerp—now in present-day Flanders—where he wrote his best-known work, Utopia, a fictional account detailing the social, religious, and political structures of a made-up island in the New World. Five hundred years later, can a Renaissance philosopher’s musings on the political and social foundations of a hypothetical society resonate? Nicola Setari, curator of Contour 7, Mechelen’... [more]

20150818134417-screen_shot_2015-08-18_at_2 Late Summer Reading List: 15 Novels About Art and Artists   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 8/17/15

I’m a proud escapist and year-round fiction reader, but summer’s a particularly good time to catch up on my to-read list. If you’re anything like me, right now you’re thinking you’ve got a couple more weeks to squeeze in another book—or two, or four—before gallery openings and art fairs start vying for your autumn attentions. Heading for a final lounge on the beach or loaf in the park, I’ll be loading up my Kindle and packing in those paperbacks. A... [more]

20150812162334-phyllida-barlow-untitled-hangingmonument2015 Nasher Sculpture Center Establishes Acquisition Fund for Art by Women   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 8/12/15

On Monday, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas announced its establishment of a new acquisition fund dedicated to the purchasing of work by women artists. A seed gift from the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation will provide an initial $750,000 for the fund's creation. The announcement follows last week’s New York Times profile of the Guerrilla Girls—an article that did much to underscore how little has changed in the three decades since the radical collective first began donning gorilla masks and c... [more]

20150728115851-image_views_monica_de_miranda Portugal Contact Zone at Art Marbella: The Complexity of Cultural Interplay in Southern Europe   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/28/15

Europe's refugee crisis has reached political and humanitarian extremes this year, with an unprecedented number of asylum seekers—many fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa—risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean. Across the continent a social and political atmosphere fueled by racism, xenophobia, fiscal conservatism and austerity has given rise to a radical disconnect between many Europeans and their southern neighbors. Horrifically, Greek Isle holidaymakers have been... [more]

ArtSlant Editons Issue 5: Conscience  

Are You Living The Life You Always Wanted? Do you fall asleep fulfilled with everything you've done? Are you making meaningful friendships? Spending time on your family? Giving everyday your all? If you are, good for you. Keep being you. If you, like many Americans, are poor, bored and overworked, it's time you stop living like you're dying. You may have thought of filing for bankruptcy, moving away, changing names, dealing drugs, cheating taxes... You may have even fantasize... [more]

20150702123701-dom_ The Tour de France: The Art of Le Grand Départ   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/2/15

The small Dutch city of Utrecht is receiving worldwide attention this weekend as its charming canals and cobbled corridors play host to Le Grand Départ: the launch of the Tour de France, which hits the road on Saturday. As with any major sporting event, the rights to host Le Grand Départ are as much rights to major commercial and tourism opportunities as they are to the Majesty of Sport. Naturally, Tour merch abounds and nearly every shop in town has a decorated Peugeot racer, sle... [more]

20150526173813-dries7 Dries Verhoeven’s Controversial Grindr Performance Is Back… with Some Changes   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 5/26/15

When Dries Verhoeven decided to put himself—and all his Grindr dating app interactions—on public display in real time in Berlin last fall, he had no idea the sort of community outrage he’d be met with. Now the Dutch artist’s controversial performance Wanna Play? Love in Times of Grindr is back—with edits—after its Berlin debut was shut down 5 days into a 15-day run last October. For the duration of the performance (10 days in its current iteration) Verhoeve... [more]

Welcome to Local: Issue 3 of Editions  

LOCAL Table of Contents: Lost in the Local | James Pepper Kelly Bottling Local | Edo Dijksterhuis The Place of the Museum | Joel Kuennen New York State of Grind | Darren Jones We Are All Synecdoches | Himali Singh Soin Relocating Home | Nicole Rodriguez The latest issue of Editions was inspired by the preponderance of “local” movements—particularly in food and craft culture. We so often hear this heart-warming, feel good idea that local is somehow better, more sustainable—and w... [more]

20150501152806-peter_schjeldahl_is_tired_but_i_m_wide_awake__garbage_removal_at_moma__edited_digital_image_from_moma_s_exhibition_the_forever_now-_contemporary_painting_in_an_atemporal_world_2015 Artist-Writer-Curator: "Triple Threat" or "Triple Debt"?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 4/30/15

It started with wordplay. This winter, artist, writer, and curator Darren Jones emailed me musings about the art world equivalent of “triple threat.” In musical theatre a “triple threat” is someone equally skilled in singing, acting, and dancing. Are artist-writer-curators, Jones asked, the art world analog to these stars of the stage? Or is this particular combination of professions more accurately described by a turn of phrase: “triple debt,” or perhaps “tri... [more]

Welcome to Brand: Issue 2 of Editions  

Sam Rolfes, RareGIF No.40130612, 2015 Animated gif. Art in the Age of Celebrity | Joel Kuennen INSA's Gif-iti™ | Char Jansen I Was an e-Erotica Editor | Lesley Dixon The Talismanic Adventure of Nicholas Roerich | Philly Malicka Brand as Museum: Patronizing or Patronage? | James Loks Brand America | Philippa Snow During the Cold War the CIA secretly promoted Abstract Expressionism at home and abroad as evidence of the United States’ intellectual freedom and cultural prowess. By... [more]

Welcome to ArtSlant Editions Issue 1: Platform  

Theodore Darst, Untitled, 2015. Animated gif Table of Contents: The Internet as a Platform for Art Criticism, and Dildos | Char Jansen Mario Rising: Imagery, Identity, and Myth in an 8-bit Classic | Guy Parker The Sphinx of Waikiki | Gan Uyeda Do It Anyway: Platforms of Perseverance in San Francisco | Leora Lutz Performing Tables | Caroline Picard We don’t have websites, software, online marketplaces, or editing tools anymore—we have platforms. In recent years the digital dom... [more]

20150312170706-skateistan_155 Afghanistan’s Skater Girls Roll into the Saatchi Gallery   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 3/12/15

The most popular women’s sport in Afghanistan right now? It’s not soccer or cricket. It’s not track and field. Afghan girls aren’t picking up tennis rackets or hockey sticks. They’re hopping on skateboards. Girls are skateboarding in Afghanistan? They are. And the country’s young female skaters will be rolling into the spotlight next month when the Saatchi Gallery hosts an exhibition of UK photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson’s portraits from her serie... [more]

20150311125012-screen_shot_2015-03-11_at_1 Sonic Acts: This Is What the Anthropocene Sounds Like   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 3/10/15

As Caroline Picard pointed out earlier this year on ArtSlant, we’ve been living in the anthropocene our whole lives, but never before have we talked quite so much about it. Despite all the “age of man” chatter, “images of the anthropocene are missing,” argues one of two articles explicitly addressing the anthropocene in the latest e-flux journal. Irmgard Emmelhainz’s “Conditions of Visuality Under the Anthropocene and Images of the Anthropocene to Come” argues that the anthropocene “ann... [more]

The Dream of the 90s Is Alive… in the Art Museum  

The 2010s are so 90s. The decade’s enduring nostalgia moment—perhaps first identified, or at least concretized in Portlandia’s hilarious 2011 pilot—endures longer still. Look no further than this Jimmy Fallon Saved by the Bell reunion sketch, one of the most joyful things circulating the internet this week, to feel the prevailing 90s love. We’re seeing 90s allusions in fashion’s grunge resurgence—piercings are mainstream, midriffs have resurfaced, f... [more]

20150116110930-_mg_5341 Needle in Haystack Found: The Story of an Artwork Lost at Sea   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/16/15

When Lotte Geeven released two floating robots into opposite sides of the Atlantic last fall, she questioned the probability of them meeting within such a tremendous space and hoped to learn about the ocean by following their paths. “The moment the two robots touch the water,” she wrote, “the project's outcome is entirely ruled by the forces of nature.” Four months into the project, what she’s learned instead, and perhaps knew all along, is that oceans will do what... [more]

The Whitney Relaunches Online Collection, Adding 21K New Artworks  

A new building is not the only upgrade the Whitney is getting in 2015. The Museum of American Art relaunched its online collection Thursday, introducing the expanded Making some 21,000 new artworks available for online viewing, up from a mere 700, the Whitney has contributed a sizeable resource on twentieth century and contemporary art to the artistic community. The digital database includes works from over 3,000 artists working in all mediums, as well as texts, educati... [more]

20141024112240-dandelion_lamp Photo Report: Inside Dutch Design Week   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/23/14

Recently, a “Stereotypes of the Netherlands” map made its rounds on the Internet, describing how the Dutch conceptualize their small country’s terrain. Down south, in the middle of Brabant’s “Catholic Carnival Country,” a short distance from “Dumb People, Great Beer” (apologies, Belgium), is the technological oasis of “Philipstown,” so named for the diversified technology mega-corporation. If the city is known for innovation in technology and indu... [more]

20141010103219-destroy How to get an honest opinion about your artwork   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jonas Lund at Boetzelaer|Nispen September 6th, 2014 - October 11th, 2014
Posted 10/9/14

"Empty, alienating, soul-less, superficial, formulaic, repetitive, awkward, thick, one-dimensional… Imitation of bad work does not flatter." "Yet another denim jeans riff on Yves Klein." "DESTROY." These are the types of criticisms Jonas Lund’s paintings have been receiving lately, but the Amsterdam-based Swedish artist is likely unconcerned. The offending artworks were not yet his—and it appears they never will be. While the works were made at his behest following guidelines from a 300... [more]

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