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20160823135410-behrakis_ydb9013a Can Art Respond Authentically to the Refugee Crisis? A Critical Overview from Greece   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Sallie Latch a.o., Yannis Behrakis, Tania Boukal, Róza El-Hassan, Ninar Esber, Mahdi Fleifel, Marina Gioti at Art Space Pythagorion August 5th - October 15th
Posted 8/23/16

The case of Ai Weiwei(Through haunting images...) Last February 14,000 used orange life jackets were wrapped around the columns of the Konzerthaus in Berlin, turning the 19th century landmark into an eerie reminder of the ongoing plight of refugees. According to the International Organization for Migration, during the first six months of 2016 more than 3,000 people were drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time nearly 250,000 people arrived in Europe. Produced by the renowned Chine... [more]

20160824125137-dylan-neuwirth-artslant-9 Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Dylan Neuwirth   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/24/16

Seattle-based artist Dylan Neuwirth has carved a distinct path in the world of digital art. Of course he’s not the only artist to represent his thoughts on the digital age through non-digital, physical objects. But he’s made his unique mark using the archaic element of neon to meditate on the complexities of our world. Neuwirth’s work combines instant gratification with esoteric exploration. A thread of thoughtful, electronic paganism runs through much of his creations, but he i... [more]

20160825115755-casemore_kirkeby_steve_kahn_2016_installation_13 Shown After 35 Years, Steve Kahn's Mysterious Photo-Constructs Are a Revelation in Abstraction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Steve Kahn at Casemore Kirkeby August 6th - September 10th
Posted 8/25/16

If I were to ask you to tell me about an artist who worked within the architecture of rundown lodgings in Los Angeles in the 1970s, you might come back to me with a famous man who has spoken about his time working in the Mendota Hotel: James Turrell. If I were to ask you to guess again, you might shrug your shoulders and tell me how bored of my game you are. “Oh,” I would say with a lilt in my voice and a spark in my eye, fueled by your disinterest, “oh what you don’t yet... [more]

20160816160657-the_beach_opening_3_anna_wasilewski Where Is the Beach? Is It Under the Paving Stones?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Nicky Broekhuysen, Joseph Griffiths at Centrum July 22nd - August 14th
Posted 8/16/16

The very notion is deeply romantic. A location of perfect tension, where the weather is honest and the sounds are cyclical. The Beach is that point in space where time and energy laps onto a surface, reworking it; constructing and deconstructing; giving and taking away. No less romantic is the notion that a “beach” surrounds us all under the tiles, asphalt, and paving stones of the city, beneath the constructs of our society. That it is always there, ever present, pushing up against th... [more]

20160815133721-cbr Flipping the Gaze: How Do Women Artists Look at Men?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Berenice Abbott, Ellen Altfest, Ghada Amer, Diane Arbus, Gina Beavers, Lynda Benglis, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Katherine Bradford, Cecily Brown, Kathe Burkhart, Lois Dodd, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Katy Grannan, Grace Graupe-Pillard, EJ Hauser, Celia Hempton, Jenny Holzer, Chantal Joffe, Sarah Lucas, Catherine Murphy, Alice Neel, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, Dana Schutz, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Sylvia Sleigh, Betty Tompkins, Nicole Wittenberg, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Cheim & Read June 23rd - September 2nd
Posted 8/15/16

In 2009, Cheim & Read hung the provocative group show The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women, which showcased women artists taking control of their own images. In an encore presentation this summer, women artists turn their gaze this time toward men, reversing one of art’s most long-standing power structures. The Female Gaze Part II: Women Look at Men brings together work from 32 artists, all utilizing the subject of men, or the male body, as a way to confront, or even turn the tables on the Male Gaze,... [more]

20160811144347-gen-press-install-storm-blowing-paradise-2 At the Guggenheim, Artists Enlist Architecture to Subvert and Expand Histories   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum April 29th - October 5th
Posted 8/11/16

“But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them.” Walter Benjamin wrote these words describing Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus in his 1940 essay “These on the Philosophy of History.” The storm, he continues, is “what we call progress.” In the Guggenheim Museum’s ongoing group exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa,... [more]

20160810130004-hashtag Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Scorpion Dagger   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/10/16

The GIF artist Scorpion Dagger (aka James Kerr) presents an alternative version of the Renaissance that cleverly satirizes both that time and our modern world. The transgressive aesthetic and comedic narratives of his work defy all traditional expectations of the medium. His art is joyful and inclusive and has achieved a huge following through his chosen platform, Tumblr. While digital art continues to blur the line between high art and popular culture, unnecessary, invisible limits are still some... [more]

20160806145035-daniel_green_littlemacvssodapopinski2015_11 Charting Experience: Four Artists with Developmental Disabilities Map Singular Visions   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Daniel Green, William Scott, Roger Swike, Joe Zaldivar at The Good Luck Gallery July 9th - August 27th
Posted 8/6/16

The process of creating art always involves transmitting one’s singular sensory experiences into a discrete vision. The Los Angeles exhibition Mapping Fictions brings together four contemporary artists who organize information and experience through text and images, charting popular culture, physical space, and personal knowledge in painstakingly detailed work. Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz of Disparate Minds curated the exhibition, which is now on view at The Good Luck Gallery, a space dedicated to... [more]

20160729164026-ccsport_ngbk-_23_molteni Playing for Justice: contesting/contexting SPORT   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Pascal Anson, Aquahomo, Imtiaz Ashraf, Queerfitness Berlin, Berlin Bruisers, Cassils, Pirate Cinema, Zsuzsi Flohr/The Jewish Renaissance Boxing Club, MAnuElA cOvInI, David Crespo, Les Dégommeuses, Tristan Deschamps, Estelle Fenech, Caitlin D. Fisher, Discover Football, Open Games, Antoni Hervas Cortes & Panteres Grogues, Barbara Gruhl, Jason Hall, Tabea Huth, Justin Jorgensen, Brian Kenny, Lola Lasurt, Julia Lazarus, Albert Markert, Marthe’Oh, Tara Mateik, Marisa Maza, Dayna McLeod, Stuart Meyers, David Miguel, Frank J. Miles, Maximilian Moll, Marc Ohrem-Leclef, Tanja Ostojic´, Max Pelgrims, Llobet & Pons, Guerreiras Project, Boxing Queers, Kathrin Rabenort, Rafucko, Gabriele Fulterer & Christine Scherrer, Saul Selles, Marc Serra, Coral Short, Grrrls* Can Skate, Julia Smit, Spielaufbau, Katja Stuke, Ilaa Tietz, Alexa Vachon, Tools for Action/Artúr von Balen & QueerSport/ Z¹eljko Blac´e, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Tom Weller, QueerSportSplit & Zagreb at Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) July 9th - August 28th
Posted 7/28/16

I lost sleep when Portugal beat France to win its first-ever European Cup football championship this month. Not from nerves—despite living in Portugal, I had no skin in the game—but from the unremitting cacophony of car horns and vuvuzelas invading my apartment. Up for celebrating, I joined the impromptu party of waving flags, sticky splashes of Super Bock, and staccato football chants. I fell asleep to sounds of revelry, comforted by the fact that even in troubling times, such overpowe... [more]

20160727224338-balloon_dog Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Michael Green   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/27/16

Portland-based Michael Green blends conceptualism, surrealism, and capitalism to create work that asks questions unique to our new digital world. His satirical GIF based on Jeff Koon’s Balloon Dog achieved global internet fame in 2014 when he put it on eBay in an attempt to make it the most expensive GIF ever sold. The original Koons sculpture had recently sold for $58 million so Green’s reaction became a perfectly timed comment on the value—both monetary and intellectual—of digital art more generally. Green uses th... [more]

20160725091356-99500 In 1,000 Text Paintings, Betty Tompkins Proves Words Are As Provocative As Porn   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Betty Tompkins at Gavlak LA July 16th - September 3rd
Posted 7/25/16

The media floods us with words and images aimed to categorize women. In Betty Tompkins’ new Los Angeles exhibition Sex Works / WOMEN Words, Phrases and Stories, the artist best known for her Fuck Paintings repaints some of these common labels, creating a feminist space for her pieces to expose and confront everyday sexist language and representations. On the walls of GAVLAK Gallery, 1,000 small textual paintings hang salon-style, presented as a cohesive installation. Their texts are derived from resp... [more]

20160718095214-screen_shot_2016-07-12_at_3 Gallery Guide Rant: Wear Your Backpack on the Front and Don't Be a Jerk to Security   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/18/16

This season, in partnership with ARTS.BLACK, ArtSlant is publishing a series of essays on security, guards, labor, and privilege in museum spaces. Previous installments: • Series introduction, and “Security // An Evidence Locker” | Sarah Rose Sharp • “No Photos Please: Finding Respect and Value in Museum Communities” | Adriel Luis • “The Trappings of a Museum Guard Grind” | Andre Torres In my experience, when you tell someone that you’re a g... [more]

20160713101613-bd960b6d2b77e769a262fcf0ced464d3d6af8070_m Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: davidope   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/13/16

Budapest-based davidope (aka David Szakaly) is one of the best known GIF artists on the planet. The Tumblr page he started in 2008 became an inspiration for a generation of net artists that followed him. The extent of his sweeping popularity is best illustrated when you type “GIF,” or “animated GIF,” into Google images and his work appears at the top of the page. While many might not recognize his name, they are likely familiar with his distinctive aesthetic. His most fami... [more]

20160711182837-norman-top-01 These Chicago Curators Are Expanding the Cultural Conversation from the Inside Out   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/11/16

Chicago—despite being famously referred to as The Second City—has made critical contributions to American jazz and blues music, architecture and design, theater, and visual art, proving time and again that this city can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes as New York and London as an influential center of cultural production. Crucial to both the historic and present dissemination of this artistic legacy are the city’s cultural institutions. With arts spaces ranging from tradit... [more]

20160707150748-ulusal_zindelik___national_fitness İnci Eviner in Retrospective: “There Is No Woman, Only Symbols, Images, and Representations”   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Inci Eviner at Istanbul Modern June 22nd - October 23rd
Posted 7/7/16

Only in silence the word,only in dark the light,only in dying life:bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky. —The Creation of Ea Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu İnci Eviner is a gatherer: she collects the memory of crowds, unearths folk narratives, and retells their stories in her own language. She is a hunter: she traces misogyny, detects hierarchy, and targets it with the tools of a unique feminist visual lexicon. Although she doesn’t specifically identify her work as feminist, E... [more]

20160705122217-14376216233_d09734db77_k The Trappings of a Museum Guard Grind   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/5/16

This season, in partnership with ARTS.BLACK, ArtSlant is publishing a series of essays on security, guards, labor, and privilege in museum spaces. Previous installments: • Series introduction, and “Security // An Evidence Locker” | Sarah Rose Sharp • “No Photos Please: Finding Respect and Value in Museum Communities” | Adriel Luis When I arrived in New York on September 11, 1995, to stay at my grandfather’s house in Staten Island, I really didn&... [more]


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