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20150519174235-rs_9938 An Actual Location for This Moment: Gabriel Sierra at the Renaissance Society   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gabriel Sierra at Renaissance Society May 3rd - June 28th
Posted 5/19/15

Gabriel Sierra creates structures of relation, platforms where humans, architecture, and paper media collaborate on the creation of artworks. His current exhibition at the Renaissance Society—the first solo exhibition in the United States for the Bogotá-based artist—is a scatter piece of sculptures, rules, and relationships in which 14 constructions, mostly in modernistically white plywood, lie on the gallery floor. They look at first like a kind of stern minimalism in the Ren&rsqu... [more]

20150519153732-1 Notes from the Third Space: the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/19/15

The Oberhausen Short Film Festival, which hosted its 61st edition from April 30–May 5 this year, promotes the moving image's most essential and investigational format since its beginnings—and it feels like there’s never been a better time for the short film. Without polemics or soap-boxing, but with much food for thought, a sense of what is happening in the world of short film today was woven into diverse screenings, talks, and special programs. Whether the festival’s works or them... [more]

20150519232321-jr7706_15 On Troll Caves and Rose Gardens: Jon Rafman and Keren Cytter at Feuer/Mesler   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Keren Cytter, Jon Rafman at Feuer Mesler May 10th - June 14th
Posted 5/19/15

In Jon Rafman’s 2013 film, Still Life (Betamale), we watch furries and hentai sourced from the deep web while a flat voiceover delivers a speech about leaving one world to enter another. It’s the promise virtual realities offer us: escapism. This idea is at the center of Grand Tour, the inaugural two-person show featuring new works from Rafman and Keren Cytter at Feuer/Mesler, one of two new Lower East Side galleries founded this year by Zach Feuer and Untitled director Joel Mesler (the sec... [more]

20150518183735-jenniferinparadise Robin Hood in Times of Digitally Induced Relativism   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Constant Dullaart at Art Space of the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) May 6th - May 29th
Posted 5/18/15

In the fall of 1987 John Knoll and his girlfriend Jennifer flew to Tahiti. For months they’d been working on the computer graphics of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and they needed a well-earned rest. It was at the pristine Bora-Bora beach that Knoll took a photograph which in the decades ahead became an icon of international geekdom: Jennifer, seen from the back, sitting topless on the white sand with the almost fluorescent blue ocean as backdrop. The picture would have remained just an... [more]

20150518224040-isola_3 The Plural Present: Artists Research Unconditional Love   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/18/15

In Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Italo Calvino illustrates, with the aid of an Italian folktale, how love might be a force of attraction that holds the very craft of a story that brings seemingly disjunct events together. King Charlemagne, spellbound by a ring, falls in love with whoever possesses it: a young girl, an old man, and finally, a lake. “To hold this chain of events together, there is a verbal link, the word 'love' or 'passion,' which establishes a continuity between different... [more]

20150520164322-m2014_67 The Enduring Issues of Non-Western Exhibitions in the West   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/18/15

Los Angeles County Art Museum has been serving as a fortress of non-Western Contemporary art in California. With previous exhibitions concentrating on the Far and the Middle East, LACMA has made promising attempts to alter the Western hegemony in Western institutions by showcasing non-Western art. With its current exhibition Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA presents a cross section of Middle Eastern and Islamic Art (for want of better terms). However, when we look closer at th... [more]

20150423160016-f8087533d7391ff7f2767e5edc601485 Chronicles of a Fleeting Culture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tina Barney at Paul Kasmin Gallery - 10th Ave May 7th - June 20th
Posted 5/19/15

Famed for her portrayal of the upper class in New York, New England, and Long Island, Tina Barney’s work is an ethnographic study of the bourgeoisie. The eleven works on view in this retrospective are snapshots from a play where if one stares long enough, one might hear the muffled dialogue of Barney’s subjects travel through time. With shots capturing characters in mid-motion, such as The Reception (1985), the viewer is pulled into the scene right before a significant event is about to o... [more]

20150515160947-20150514222113-img_2778web Dreaming in Daylight: Creative Time in Central Park   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Spencer Finch, Alicia Framis, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Nina Katchadourian, Ragnar Kjartansson, David Levine, Karyn Olivier, Lauri Stallings at Central Park's North End May 15th - June 20th
Posted 5/15/15

If you happen upon a couple in 1920s garb having a heated discussion about love on a park bench in Central Park, don’t worry, you didn’t fall asleep watching Netflix. If you spot a pastel solar-powered ice cream truck handing out soft-serves that tastes like sunshine, you’re not hallucinating. If you happen upon an Icelandic sailboat revolving around an island on the Harlem Meer while a brass band plays a haunting melody, no, you haven’t died and gone to Valhalla. Creat... [more]

20150515124918-vern_blosum_late_work_01 Specter of Strategy: Vern Blosum’s Late Work   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Vern Blosum at Essex Street May 10th - June 21st
Posted 5/15/15

It deserves attention that with Frieze Week underway in New York, Essex Street would open an exhibition of an anonymous artist. Late Work by Vern Blosum—a pseudonymous painter associated with the Pop Art movement, though never officially canonized—features the only work produced by the artist since his appearance in exhibitions from 1961–64. This work, which was shown again to the public in 2013 after being rediscovered by gallerist Maxwell Graham, among a few others, is familia... [more]

20150515002447-ruby-onyinyechi-amanze Top 10 Picks at 1:54 Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Pioneer Works May 15th - May 17th
Posted 5/14/15

Opening Friday, May 15, 1:54 is the latest addition to New York's Frieze Week satellite circuit. Dedicated to contemporary African Art, 1:54 (the name references the number of countries that constitute the African continent) has already run two editions in London. By bringing together 16 galleries engaged in the field the fair takes a cultural stand within the art market, an important way to redress the balance of previously neglected and underrepresented regions. Of 16 galleries to present at the... [more]

20150515142405-instagr #FriezeNY: The #Instagrammies 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/13/15

We all like to be a bitch once in a while. After all, gossip, as many historians will tell you, is one of the things that binds our society together and ensures our survival... plus, the art world just makes it a little too easy for us to make fun. If you're fed up with reading about the fair, here's our visual round-up of what's been going down on Randall's Island: from fashion misadventures to absurd aspirational art, here are the 2015 Instagrammies, selected from what you've all been posting... [more]

20150512165257-06ef7km_2011_tyffsh_6 Sizing the Immaterial: S, M, L, XL at MCA   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 9th - October 4th
Posted 5/12/15

Stratospheres of experience have been described in art since the early narratives of heaven and earth. Since Biblical cosmology, our understanding of time and place has been oriented according to predetermined concepts of measure—even time is an invented unit. But how do we measure the intangible? In a system where contemporary art is increasingly judged by scale, how do we quantify the poetics of experience? Robert Morris, Portal, 1964. Collection of the MCA Chicago, gift of Mrs. Robert... [more]

20150513142957-screen_shot_2015-05-13_at_10 Frieze Week 2015 Fair Guide: the Essentials   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/12/15

Frieze Week 2015 unveils a packed and fairly new line up of fairs and exhibitions. This year three exciting newcomers enter the Frieze fold, while just as many depart from the May satellite roster (gone, relocated, rebranded, or rescheduled are Pulse, Cutlog, The Downtown Fair, and The Outsider Art Fair). Despite fewer fairs than Armory Week (which still feels like yesterday, no?), Frieze Week requires just as much planning and perhaps even more legwork: the main event is a ferry or bus ride up... [more]

20150512193849-20150512192116-kris_lemsalu_test_photos_7_web Frieze Frolic: 4 Hours in a Giant Turtle Shell Listening to Hip Hop   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mathis Altmann, Martha Araújo, Anna-Sophie Berger, Than Hussein Clark, Lital Lev Cohen, Liu Ding, Cécile B. Evans, Zachary Leener, Kris Lemsalu, Dashiell Manley, Alexandra Navratil, Georgie Nettell, Walter Pfeiffer, Philomene Pirecki, Charlotte Prodger, Eric Sidner, Lucy Stein, Ken Tisa, Sergio Zevallos at Frieze New York May 14th - May 17th
Posted 5/12/15

Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu is no stranger to the art of keeping things weird—which is exactly what Frieze NY needs this week. Lemsalu, who is based in Berlin, has created everything from phantom sleeping bags to skirts made of playing cards (fit for the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland”). But her secret talent is actually ceramics, an overlooked material in contemporary art pratice. Rather than inhabiting a Do Not Touch world, Lemsalu's gives her sculptures her own fan... [more]

20150511063235-tumblr_nix09nocbj1tl5xaoo3_r2_400 Fashionable Feminism Is a Good Thing   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/11/15

There is nothing like going to a trendy event to reinforce the realization that you are a pitiable crone. For those of you who have yet to have this epiphany: it will come. For those of you who have already had it—please, take this leaflet for my support group, and call the number on the reverse. Perhaps the bad back that I find myself troubled with nightly, hunched over and writing to an ever-present deadline, has come from the dizzying fall from fashionable club-kid Valhallah to the mostl... [more]

20150511223827-img_9444 An Insider's Tip for Outsider Art: Lonnie Holley at Frieze Focus   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/11/15

Lonnie Holley can find layers of history and meaning in the simplest of things, often ones that have been discarded by the rest of us. His sculptures, direct descendants of the oldest forms of African American sculpture, are constructed by combining objects into narrative artworks that commemorate places, people, and events. Most of Holley’s works are additionally given clever and sometimes long-winded titles like: Climbing to Paint Your Pane, You Forgot to Give Me Power, or Keeping It Freezing: The... [more]


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