Peckham's Arcadia Missa, founded by Rozsa Farkas with Tom Clark as assistant director and head of publishing, and Tenderpixel, started by Etan Ilfeld and based near Leicester Square, are two broad and interesting London gallery projects worth getting to know. Both have evolved over the past few years beyond the typical gallery's scope, by pushing strong research collaborations and rigorous publishing programs. As such they both represent unconventional and expansive gallery models (and also happe... [more]
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have taken on a novel approach to programming in the last year with two common purposes: to increase institutional relevance and popularity, and as a fundraising strategy. Both institutions organize frequently scheduled parties; AGO has First Thursdays and ROM hosts Friday Night Live. They are certainly not the first museums to develop programming that entices patrons and a larger audience with attractive parties featuring drinks a... [more]
The Egyptian Revolution incited an outpouring of graffiti, most of it politically motivated and aimed at an audience of ordinary Egyptians. A multitude of artists—including Ganzeer, Keizer, Ammar Abo Bakr, and the late Hesham Rizk—put their lives on the line to write on every available surface, from walls to military barricades and even army tanks. Basma Hamdy and Don Karl aka Stone meticulously documented the street art that came before, amidst, and in the aftermath of the Revoluti... [more]
In much of the Middle East, graffiti is regarded as a form of vandalism—a subversive crime to be scrubbed away or painted over and concealed. However, that outdated understanding may be shifting, due to the impact of the wildly popular Djerbahood Project. From July through August, 2014, Djerba, an ancient Tunisian island, recently welcomed around 150 of the world’s best known and emerging street artists to bring new life to the whitewashed walls of the tiny, traditional village of Erria... [more]
I remember when I first moved to Vancouver, and told people I was from Toronto, the venom and animosity for my hometown astonished me. Many of the people who were so vehemently hateful of Toronto and had never been there before, I was told. I found this astonishing, because in the 28 years I lived in Toronto, I'd never heard a single person bash Vancouver. If anything, people from Toronto spoke highly of Vancouver—the phenomenal beauty of British Columbia, the number of great artists Vancouve... [more]
“Intervals revels in the unknowable as essential to human experience. The exhibition bears witness to incomplete presences and resonant remainders. It finds in music a measure and a reckoning with these elusive forces and the abyss that lies between.”
—Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Gesamtkunstwerk, as German-defined, is a work that sums all arts—aural, visual, and performative—to total a perfect affective state. No other word seems capable of describing... [more]
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]
Opening this weekend at Raven Row London is a series of events about the intersection of literature and art called Plastic Words, which will run throughout December and January. There has been a resurgent interest in the overlap of contemporary literature and art recently. The development of the independent Art Writing MFA at Goldsmiths and its swift subsumption back into the MFA in Fine Art neatly demonstrates the sometimes contested, sometimes happily shared, ground these modes of working occupy.... [more]
The story of the first Kochi Muziris Biennale could quite well have been a Bollywood film plot, so melodramatic was its December 2012 inauguration (12/12/12). It battled fund crunching fires, technical spills, and bad press before emerging as a hero, hailed as a new format of biennale making. The biennale was established by two artists, Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, who, in the decades contemporary art came into its own in India, went where no one had been before. Like the quintessential h... [more]
900 sculptures of everyday objects that together comprise the work Up in the Air by Tom Friedman have arrived at the Tel Aviv Museum. Suspended from the museum's ceiling, pieces of chewing gum, miniature planes, sporting equipment, and fragments of fencing float alongside other recognizable tropes in Friedman's iconography such as crumpled boxes of cereal, cigarettes, FedEx, and big burgers, exploded into space.
The piece debuted four years ago at Switzerland's Magasin III gallery last year. Its orbit now continues in Israel where it has recently been installed, and... [more]
"Why are young black men 20 times more likely to be shot by the police than young white men? Especially while only 13% of the US population is black?" These words are not from the pages of The Huffington Post, or the lips of Jon Stewart, but from a viral video released by MTV.
It's been a long time since MTV's values seemed to reflect anything deeper than the interiors of the planet's richest and worst human beings, but in the video, the station's sex educator Laci Green makes what could be on... [more]
On the wall of the gallery space at Chelsea College of Arts there is a screen on which a monochrome film plays out. It’s a transfer from an old tape marked at the edges with braided lines, strange interference artifacts of spooling marks in stark black and white framing the scene.
The image of a room looks smoky, misty, colloidal, but that’s just the video. A man with a tight buzz cut stoops over a fire bucket, poised, an end-blown flute to his mouth, using the opening and the movement... [more]
The ways by which men arrive at knowledge of the celestial things are hardly less wonderful than the nature of these things themselves.
Walking down Franklin Boulevard in Chicago’s Garfield Park, an otherwise nondescript bungalow stands out because of the strange, multicolored rock jutting out of its front yard; this object—like a meteor from a sci-fi B movie—hovers over 10 feet above the ground, mounted on a long metal pole. It marks the beginning of... [more]
Recently exhibited at Galleryskye, New Delhi, Avinash Veeraraghavan and Pieter Schoolwerth's works, We Don't See What Things Are, We See What We Are and Your Vacuum Sucks interrogate the notion of multiple subjectivities and fragmented selves.
Avinash Veeraraghavan; Courtesy Galleryskye, Delhi
Veeraraghavan's dense, intricate visual collages are mind/memoryscapes dotted with personal signifiers that document the explosion of signs and symbols one constantly encounters nowadays. Veeraragh... [more]
Paint, in its ancient origins, was made from available materials: egg yolks to bind, sand, soil, plants, and so on for pigment. The whole process of manufacturing materials to make art has been steadily removed from the artistic process over time, but some artists still introduce the physical messiness of making art, by remolding everyday materials to provoke uncanny, humorous—and often, revolting—reactions to substance in the viewer. They might arouse strong responses, but they als... [more]
With a flurry of activity already under way in this year’s Miami Beach Art Basel, it’s no surprise that some artist groups are creating their own activities outside of the huge event. Described as “an unabashed exhibition of queerness,” the Queer Biennial I is taking place during Art Basel weekend at the Hôtel Gaythering. The Hotel is known as a meeting place for Miami’s LGBT locals and is the area’s only hotel that caters solely to this community. The space... [more]