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20150703110643-11402963_10103354446973205_6306135077341227593_n Khaled Jarrar Paints a Rainbow: The West Bank Mural That Spurred a Fierce Debate About Oppression   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/3/15

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality, Ramallah-based artist Khaled Jarrar wittingly spurred a cultural debate in the West Bank when in open daylight hours on Monday he painted a rainbow on a section of the wall in the West Bank near the congested Qalandiya checkpoint. Almost instantly, the other pervasive wall in Jarrar’s life, his Facebook page, became a tangled bramble of death threats, pledges of solidarity, and heated discussion. The mural, which Jarrar... [more]

20150703172218-b99527618z Durex Pope   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/3/15

How do you like your Eggs? Controversial. This may be the answer the Milwaukee Art Museum would give after its recent acquisition of Eggs Benedict by Nicki Johnson. Although, rather than a lush scooping of hollandaise drizzled over ham hock, this dish consists entirely of a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made from 17,000 colored condoms. Many Catholics, not being the biggest fans of responsible spunk containment, have thrown in that extra delicious garnish—controversy. Even possibly going for that ultima... [more]

20150702123701-dom_ The Tour de France: The Art of Le Grand Départ   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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, sleek... [more]

20150701075931-the_seed__detail_ Wonder and Connection: On Fabricating Nature in Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/1/15

One issue that weighs on my psyche as an artist working in the realm of realism is that of understanding the attraction to and value of created nature in art. In my own work, I create and preserve moments from nature as a statement on the transience of life. But, during my wanderings through picturesque parks and other abundantly verdant spaces in Seattle, my current city of residence, I began to question why we seek to recreate imagery from the organic world when it already appears perfectly in na... [more]

20150701100710-img_3350 Evol Brings East Berlin to Chelsea, with Talk of Gentrification   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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EVOL at Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th June 25th - July 25th
Posted 7/1/15

Gentrification is the big bad wolf in the modern day urban party. Never formally invited, it heard of the gathering by word of mouth and will restlessly attempt to enter even if it has to blow the entire structure down. No one likes it—neither the apologetic gentrifier nor the displaced community who lack enough financial clout or power to resist or keep up with the shift. It barrels forward as if it has no memory of itself, all history lessons completely erased. After it passes, the area h... [more]

20150630164650-jacco__olivier__return-_2007_2 Out of the Black Box, into the White Cube   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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]

20150630205022-2 Dubai’s Precocious Gallery Scene Expands   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/30/15

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai’s industrial arts district, was originally a marble factory and is tucked away in the city’s least tourist friendly area, near labor camps, auto repair shops, cheap cafeterias, and makeshift mosques—a far cry from the five star hotel lobbies and glitzy skyscrapers the city is most often associated with abroad. In the wake of the first Christie’s auction of Contemporary Middle Eastern Art in 2006, and the launch of Art Dubai as an annual fair platfo... [more]

20150629143751-4 The Soldier as Artist: Khaled Jarrar Chisels Away at the Wall   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/29/15

Two boys crouch on either side of the wall that separates the West Bank from Jerusalem. They are smuggling 1,000 loaves of Ka’ak Al Quds (“bread of Jerusalem”) through a hand-bored hole in the concrete. Ramallah-based artist Khaled Jarrar interviews them from behind an unsteady camera. “Pull! Pull!” urges the older boy. Dust from both the flour and the wall is seen as the younger child collects the bread on the other side in a makeshift production line. The zero-shap... [more]

20150627052437-ayotzinapa_kites Francisco Toledo's Poster Biennial for Mexico's Missing Students   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/27/15

One of art’s most powerful assets is that it can speak on behalf of the silenced; it can express what other media might not be allowed to state publicly; and above all, it can resonate beyond borders or limits. In September 2014, the entire world became witness to the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, a small Mexican town not far from the Pacific Ocean. It was an atrocious act that was linked to the local government and law enforcers. Despite the fact that this event took over globa... [more]

20150627041030-cf8jlg-uoaevyf5 Coney Island's Art Walls: Conversation or Spectacle?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/26/15

Lying somewhere on the spectrum between an amusement park and seaside resort, Coney Island attracts tourists with its boardwalk, rides, and more. But the visiting spectator might not know so much about the residential community of nearly 60,000 people who live within this area. Hoping to add a cultural currency to the historic tourist spot, this summer Coney Art Walls presents more than 20 temporary walls painted by artists like Miss Van, Lady Pink, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Futura, and artist-in-residence Marie R... [more]

20150626171525-20150619115758-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Duke & Battersby   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/26/15

Welcome to the fourth installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?" Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman Episode Two | Duke & Battersby: Empathy Symphony YES (2:18) Careerism and playing to an audience (5:00) Letter wri... [more]

20150626173459-40613901_fl05-00966 Andy Warhol's Portrait of Gay Underground Culture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/26/15

In celebration of Pride week, Christie's ran a special Warhol auction this week, making some 100 photographs and drawings available to purchase. Beyond the price tags, the works, many in the public eye for the first time, draw a passionate portrait of the underground LGBT scene of the '70s and '80s that was so much a part of the artist's life. They are a historical archive, charting a defining era of sexuality and social politics in American cities like San Francisco and New York City. Though t... [more]

20150624210659-20150624203607-chicago_artists_group_portrait__1_ Making a Memento: Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/24/15

On Saturday I go to the granite steps of the MCA with several hundred others for Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015. The weather’s kinda perfect: sunny, with big cadillacs of clouds rolling by every couple minutes to keep us cool. Down front Jason Lazarus, dressed all in white and holding a megaphone, paces, checks the time. Jason’s an artist/educator/proselytizer of collective action, a well-known/liked artist about town. We’re all here to become history, to legitimize our self-definitions, to e... [more]

20150624210837-zetteler_cass_markhandforth_twooldbananas_01-lr Sculpture Parks as Art Spaces: 6 of Europe's Best   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/24/15

Are sculpture parks a thing of the past? Just like Disneyland for the art world, sculpture parks are popular tourist attractions often funded by billionaire art collectors (in the case of more than a few, they are couples with their own foundations). Have these types of elitist locations faded in recent years? And in the broader spectrum, what is their function as art spaces? While Europe has some of the coolest sculpture gardens (find a great list of international sculpture gardens here), t... [more]

20150624090330-kw_fire_and_forget_photo_timo_ohler_03 Fire and Forget: Artists Respond to Modern Warfare   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Marina Abramovic, Ron Amir, Roy Brand, James Bridle, Luis Camnitzer, Mircea Cantor, Joan Castro, Marcelo Cidade, Jem Cohen, Martin Dammann, Chto Delat, Öyvind Fahlström, Harun Farocki, Robbert & Frank, Daniil Galkin, and Keren Yeala Golan, Rudolf Herz, Damien Hirst, Clara Ianni, Emily Jacir, Hunter Jonakin, Joachim Koester, Korpys/Löffler, Barbara Kruger, Armin Linke, Robert Longo, Jazmin Lopez, Kris Martin, Michael Müller, Timo Nasseri, NEOZOON, Katja Novitskova, Tal R, Pipilotti Rist, Frank & Robbert, André ROBILLARD, Julian Röder, Henning Rogge, Martha Rosler, Hrair Sarkissian, Ori Scialom, Timur Si-Qin, Santiago Sierra, Javier Téllez, Ulay, Julius von Bismarck, Sharif Waked, Gillian Wearing, He Xiangyu, Amir Yatziv, Ala Younis at KW Institute for Contemporary Art June 14th - August 30th
Posted 6/24/15

Entering Fire and Forget. On Violence, the viewer passes through two of the four rotating gates in Daniil Galkin’s installation Tourniquet. Beyond this eerie passage, a provocative text speculates on the impact of technology on modern warfare. Its thesis can be characterized as follows: since modern technology has largely emancipated warriors from a traditional active sense of duty—allowing them to literally fire and forget—does this change in confrontation halt the production and inev... [more]

20150622181036-4695880372_dd29902b27_z Indie Book Week: Ten London Art Bookshops to Fall in Love with (and in)   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/22/15

If you’re on the dating circuit and don’t know this by now, you should: art bookshops—for lovers of art and writing—are pick-up joints. This fact is verified by a broader selection of friends having met potential dates in bookshops than I can keep track of. If you don’t believe me, try browsing by yourself in a bookshop on a Friday evening. Even the shyest people seem to pluck up the courage to start a conversation about a book. And I guess this is hardly surpris... [more]


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