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20161019153110-02 BELIEVE ME: Trump’s Pussy Riot and Artists’ Abandonment of Their Political Legacy   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/19/16

Donald Trump’s degenerate lurch for the presidential ring to rule them all is, for any decent person, a terrifying threat to social and civic sanity. Not only does this malignant cultural tumor, and suckling plunderer of female genitalia—ably assisted by his hell-bound apprentice, the godless homophobe Mike Pence—aim to unzip the fabric of decency in which a culture must be clothed against the chill of hate, but he does so with a sickening appetite for racism, xenophobia and c... [more]

20161019084933-yang_03 Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Julia Greenway   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/19/16

This week’s Web Artist of the Week is not an artist, but a gallerist and curator, as we zoom out to feature the arts professionals working to expand the spaces and visibility of new media and digital art. Julia Greenway is part of a slowly growing global movement of people dedicating physical galleries to new media art. Shows featuring new media are now fairly commonplace but gallerists deciding to focus on it exclusively are still relatively rare. Greenway’s Seattle gallery Inters... [more]

20161017125609-drive_thru Jamian Juliano-Villani's Awkward Paintings Make Discomfort an Asset   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jamian Juliano-Villani at Studio Voltaire October 1st - December 11th
Posted 10/17/16

“I’d never put this shit in my house, ever,” Jamian Juliano-Villani told Hans Ulrich Obrist during a Frieze Week artist talk. She was referring to her own paintings, installed around the audience at Studio Voltaire. There is nothing pretty about Juliano-Villani’s garish, and slightly disturbing, cartoon paintings—no offence to the artist, and probably none taken. Juliano-Villani began painting four years ago, after leaving New Jersey and moving into an apartment in New... [more]

20161005141923-kjoseph_wotua_still_2 Backstage in Kahlil Joseph’s Wizard of the Upper Amazon   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe September 10th - November 5th
Posted 10/5/16

After a Bob Marley concert in 1979 at the Santa Barbara County Bowl, the artist Henry Taylor found himself backstage, seated next to the legend himself. Eyes closed, Marley sat silent in meditation for twenty minutes before engaging Taylor in what felt like an hour-long conversation. What was exchanged between them is unknown, but the memory stayed with Taylor forever. Kahlil Joseph’s new film and installation Wizard of the Upper Amazon (WOTUA), which accompanies Taylor’s three-room exhibition o... [more]

20161005150102-first_pic Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Elizabeth Mputu   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/5/16

Orlando-based Elizabeth Mputu is part of a rising wave of new media artists using digital platforms to express powerful political and social ideas through their work. Her art deals thoughtfully and forcefully with issues of feminism, gender, sexuality, inequality, and race, all projected through the lens of someone who has grown up saturated in all aspects of digital culture. Mputu’s work combines abstract conceptualism, experimental video, performance, poetry, found digital ephemera, selfies, m... [more]

20161004203750-20161004154933-kate_mcgraw These Artists Took Politics into Their Own Hands   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/4/16

American politics has always had its fair share of weirdness, but with presidential debate season underway we’ve reached new levels of surrealism. In the days following the first debate, YouTube videos circulated showing guys bashing in TV screens with baseball bats, dropping them from balconies, or even head butting them into oblivion. Not very productive, but at least these disgusted viewers cared enough to react. But there are also those who, instead of punching TVs in frustration, have t... [more]

20160923135759-cronin_girls Coming to Power (Again): A 1993 Exhibition of Sexually Explicit Feminist Art Still Resonates   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Pnina Jalon Armour, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Louise Bourgeois, Ellen Cantor, Patricia Cronin, Mary Beth Edelson, Nicole Eisenman, Nancy Fried, Nan Goldin, Nancy Grossman, G.B. Jones, Doris Kloster, Joyce Kozloff, Zoe Leonard, Monica Majoli, Marilyn Minter, Alice Neel, Lorraine O'Grady, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Nancy Spero, Hannah Wilke at Maccarone (Morton Street) September 9th - October 16th
Posted 9/23/16

Entering Maccarone Gallery on the evening of the opening for Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-plicit Art By Women, almost felt like walking into a reunion. This is possibly because the exhibition is a restaging of a 1993 show curated by Ellen Cantor at the then brand new David Zwirner Gallery, but also because there is a level of communal excitement that goes beyond the usual group show fervor. It’s an excitement indicative of the unprecedented effort on the part of Maccarone and six... [more]

20160929122333-6 In Long-Awaited Museum Survey, Toba Khedoori Drafts Exquisite Solitude   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Toba Khedoori at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art September 25th - March 19th, 2017
Posted 9/29/16

It is odd to think that minimalist Toba Khedoori’s solo exhibition, currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is her first major museum presentation in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles, considering that she has been a staple and original voice in the city’s art scene since the early 1990s. This long overdue survey, featuring work spanning 25 years, beautifully highlights Khedoori’s career and intricate draftsmanship. It also delves into a significant theme i... [more]

20160927154432-ho With Incarcerated Artists, Amy M. Ho Transforms Memory into Space   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Bobby Dean Evans Jr., Amy M. Ho at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary August 5th - September 29th
Posted 9/27/16

Visitors enter a dark gallery. As their eyes adjust they find themselves faced with a wooden frame structure occupying almost the entire space. They can walk inside of it or around it. Projected on one wall of the structure is a video of a white, humble room furnished with simple white stools, tables, and shelves. Every fifteen minutes a small origami crane mobile appears near a doorway, then disappears. There is something off-kilter with the objects on screen; they are life-size, yet they seem to... [more]

20160922133205-063857_tomharris_004 One Year On, Is Theaster Gates Reimagining the Modern Museum at the Stony Island Arts Bank?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/22/16

I first visited the Stony Island Arts Bank about six months ago, on an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in April. As I approached the building, I was struck first by the sunlight slanting through its massive stone columns, second by how much it stood out from its surroundings. It looked as if the Field Museum had a child—a rebellious teenager—who snuck away from Chicago’s Museum Campus in the middle of the night to start a new life on a sleepy South Side street. And, in a sen... [more]

20160921113031-hexeosis--hx_vdr16-07 Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Haydi Roket   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/21/16

Istanbul-based Haydi Roket is part of a rising wave of new media artists turning their hands to the curation of online digital art shows. He launched his latest show Virtual Dream earlier this week. Virtual Dream features 30 artists (full disclosure: I am one of them) exploring the tensions and inconsistencies between our real and our increasingly dominant digital lives. Most online experiences consist of a seemingly random sequence of abstract images and ideas, much like our “real” drea... [more]

20160919141619-02_an-occupation-of-loss_copyright-naho-kubota_cp In a Moving Orchestra of Grief, Mourning Is a Professional—and Political—Act   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Taryn Simon at Park Avenue Armory September 13th - September 25th
Posted 9/19/16

“Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering” Roland Barthes wrote in his Mourning Diary following the death of his mother with whom he lived until her passing. The performance of suffering, and the unique, personal rhythms it can take, is at the center of An Occupation of Loss, Taryn Simon’s monumental installation and performance now in its two-week tenure at the Park Avenue Armory. Eleven concrete towers—thin, cylindrical, dystopian—trace a semicircle through the... [more]

20160916091451-fbsp_34273_32bsp_160907_tb_055 Live Uncertainty: Impressions from São Paulo Bienal   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Bienal São Paulo September 7th - December 11th
Posted 9/16/16

As I walked along the winding path of Parque Ibirapuera toward the São Paulo Bienal entrance, I thought about how the impeachment decision, which ousted Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, was finalized a few days prior. When the decision came down, I was with a group of artists during a residency. We spent ten days together in Zone Leste, the east zone in the periphery, away from the bustling city center. One of us had gone out the night before and reported that there... [more]

20160915150605-_dsc0241 What Can LARPing Bring to an Art World Obsessed with the Present?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Brody Condon at Akademie der Künste - Pariser Platz September 17th - September 18th
Posted 9/15/16

The problem of presence Presence wracks the contemporary artist’s existence. Take, for instance, Marina Abramovic’s 2010 retrospective, The Artist Is Present, during which the artist famously sat in the gallery for the entirety of her exhibition’s run at MoMA. In her essay “‘The Artist is Present’: Artistic Re-enactments and the Impossibility of Presence,” critic Amelia Jones argues that the very fact that Abramovic was there, in the live act, “dest... [more]

20160912173446-ta_instrument_testing The Bergen Assembly: Translating Research into Learning, and Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/12/16

An old Norwegian woman in a green and silver Smurf costume, paint smeared on her face, is making chocolate cookies in an underground-bunker-turned-car-park. Standing behind her, contributing to the cookery process, is a parrot-masked performer, stirring the mixture and slapping flour-dusted hands together. It’s the haphazard sort of mayhem that Marvin Gaye Chetwynd has become known for producing throughout her career, and which saw her nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012. This particul... [more]

20160907114136-random_international New York Gallery Guide: The Fall Shows Not to Miss   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/7/16

We've already shared our Fall picks for must-see exhibitions at museums and art spaces around the world. But come September, commercial spaces and non-profits also step up their game. While our calendar is packed with the hottest exhibitions listings from the world's biggest art hubs—from L.A. to London and beyond—few cities support the sheer density of formidable openings that New York does. Let us help you achieve calendar clarity. These are the New York gallery openings we've set our sights on this sea... [more]

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