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Wangechi Mutu's Fantastic Journey: An Interview with Curator Trevor Schoonmaker   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wangechi Mutu at Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) April 18th - July 6th
Posted 6/16/14

This season, MOCA North Miami opened its doors to the touring exhibition of Wangechi Mutu’s first museum survey in the US. A Fantastic Journey, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art, features over fifty works across the artist's career from the 1990s to present. ArtSlant got a chance to sit down with Schoonmaker for the inside scoop on Mutu, the exhibition, and its impact on the contemporary arts. ... [more]

A lingering beauty: the impeccable marks of Rex Ray   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rex Ray at Gallery 16 April 4th - May 17th
Posted 4/21/14

I lingered in front of Rex Ray’s Prednisporata (2013). Polychromatic shapes shimmer against a black sky. A firework-like flower bursts above that skyline of plump perfume bottles. Simultaneously hard-edged and fluid, the layers of colorful forms luminesce from the canvas, awaiting adoration, unflinching. I’m mesmerized more by the detail than the subject. Each filigree and wash of color hand-painted, each curving form cut out by hand. I move in very close to notice all the circular... [more]

I saw the clouds were beautiful and I watched them cover the sun.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nina Yuen at de Appel Arts Centre February 8th - April 13th
Posted 2/27/14

Like a great pop song or a poem, Nina Yuen’s work enchants, making you feel like she’s speaking to you alone. Her performative films, which are currently on view at de Appel arts centre, bind the universal with the ultrapersonal. They fill the second floor of the Prins Hendrikkade space in an exhibition consisting mainly of these short, fantastical films of approximately six or seven minutes each, plus some prints titled as studies for her films Andoe and Lea. Although it is nice to see Yuen’s work in other m... [more]

White-Goods Dystopia: Pop Art's Well-Furnished Prison   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern February 13th - May 26th
Posted 2/19/14

Art made for the immediate present can rarely stay present; this is the great curse of being a la mode, part of a zeitgeist or a representative of one's own era. Andy Warhol has been lucky enough to remain more-or-less constantly – well, if not relevant, certainly au courant in his fashionable style – and enduringly popular (in a recent Vanity Fair poll of the greatest living artists, with participants including Richter, Serra and Baldessari, several ballots suggested that Warhol be con... [more]

Context Is All   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hannah Hoch at Whitechapel Gallery January 15th - March 23rd
Posted 1/30/14

In the world of television, there is a theory which is commonly referred to as the 'Seinfeld Is Unfunny' trope; put simply, it refers to the retroactive viewing of a thing which, though innovative in its day, seems expected in the modern world. Paradoxically, things fall prey to the Seinfeld Is Unfunny phenomenon precisely because they themselves were the first to carve out the particular style which now renders them passé or wholly predictable in the eyes of the viewer. (The pop-culture... [more]

Punk is Dead (again)   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Cité de la musique October 15th, 2013 - January 19th
Posted 1/21/14

"Yes that's right punk is dead, it's just another cheap product for the consumer’s head Bubble gum rock on plastic transistors, school boy sedition backed by big time promoters" So sang Crass in their 1978 track Punk is Dead... And the big time promoter in this instance is the French state via Cité de la Musique, where, from a certain perspective, Punk suffers the final ignominy of transferring from cultural reference or product for sale to vitrine protected cultural artefact to be pe... [more]

An Overdue Retrospective   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Faith Wilding at threewalls January 10th - February 22nd
Posted 1/17/14

At first look, Fearful Symmetries exhibits surprising choices for Faith Wilding’s first retrospective. Best known as a performance and installation artist and writer involved with feminist art collectives, Wilding has firmly secured her place in the canon of the feminist art movement. Having studied with Judy Chicago in the Feminist Art Program – first at California State University, Fresno, and then at CalArts – she subsequently participated in Womanhouse (1971–1972), in which she performed her provocative and significant work Waiting (1972). Since that time Wilding’s work has spanned performance, writing,... [more]

Magpie Sensibility: An Interview with Raven Schlossberg  
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12/29/13 Posted 12/29/13

New York, Dec. 2013: Raven Schlossberg’s collages are comprised of images cut from vintage magazines and lacquered on birch panels. Like Richard Yates, Richard Hamilton, David Lynch and Gregory Crewdson, Schlossberg peels away the airtight plastic wrap around America’s fantasy iconography. Her glossy surfaces highlight the seductive power of slick magazine paper to blind readers to the social injustices and manipulative messages imparted through mass media. She assembles her images in... [more]

Too much of a good thing?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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De Ateliers Galleries Akinci, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Trouw Amsterdam, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Borzo modern & contemporary art, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, VZL / Contemporary Art, Boetzelaer|Nispen, Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Stigter Van Doesburg, EYE, International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), Annet Gelink Gallery, Flatland Gallery, Lumen Travo Gallery, Ornis A. Gallery, Upstream Gallery, Galerie Van Gelder, Grimm, Gerhard Hofland, Juliette Jongma, De Oude Kerk, Galerie Ron Mandos, Manifesta, Galerie Onrust, Castrum Peregrini, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam Others Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Slewe, C&H Art Space, tegenboschvanvreden, Torch, Artist residencies Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Martin van Zomeren Institutes/Museums de Appel arts centre, Galerie Fons Welters at Capital A November 29th, 2013 - December 1st, 2013
Posted 12/3/13

How much space do you need to organize an art fair? Not much, prove galleries Boetzelaer|Nispen and Jeanine Hofland. In their modest adjoining spaces, on fewer square meters than measures an average family home, they set up A Petite Fair. Twelve young international galleries showed work by as many artists. The flavor was overwhelmingly neo-conceptual, ranging from Bas van den Hurk’s poetic experiments with dyes and textiles and Oliver Michaels’ black-and-white photographs of bizarre... [more]

Filling in a blank in the image bank   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kerry James Marshall at MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp October 4th, 2013 - February 2nd
Posted 11/29/13

In the eyes of European curators and collectors, Kerry James Marshall is a quintessentially African-American artist, dealing with the idiosyncrasies of a place far removed from the Old World. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but this can be the only explanation for the complete absence of Marshall’s work in European museum collections. Only two private collectors, one in London and one in Amsterdam, have actually bought paintings by the artist who in the United States is considered one of the g... [more]

“THE NEXT APOCALYPSE”: MY COLLAGE WORK FOR “ART TOPPLING TOBACCO” PROJECT  
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10/16/13 Posted 10/16/13

"The Next Apocalypse: no Heaven or Hell, only Smoking or Non-Smoking”; Collage made with 150 small pieces of waste-paper of torn and decomposed publicity posters; Sizes: 47x47 cms.; 2013. This work takes part to "Art Toppling Tobacco" http://www.arttopplingtobacco.com.au/ Tobacco lacerates (and detroys) our lives. I wanted to express this concept working on lacerated and destroyed waste-paper from torn and decomposed publicity posters I usually find along the streets.... [more]

Fall Preview: Bright Colours & Rebellious Attitude in London   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/12/13

There’s always a back-to-school feeling when September comes round, no matter how long ago you closed that chapter; it brings a certain feeling of dread and sweaty-palmed anxiety, and the peculiar impulse that you should buy a pencil case. Most gallerists no doubt have the same feeling; after a long summer closure, poor souls are forced back to dust down the artworks and open up their doors. Autumn in London in terms of shows can by now be loosely divided into two categories, opening BF (... [more]

Fall Preview: New Skin for an Old Ceremony   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/10/13

Autumnal heatwaves in Los Angeles never fail to diminish the refreshing thrust of new energy breezing from art spaces around the city. Summer wilts galleries into group shows and makes museums ever welcome air-conditioned hideouts for long-installs. But the fall, hardly ever cool in September, still brings in new skin for the old ceremony, fresh air before the mildish winter chills, not only in premiering first shows from new artists but also in bringing veterans to the city who rarely exhibit... [more]

Strange Brew   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jockum Nordström at Camden Arts Centre July 26th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 8/24/13

Jockum Nordström is a maker of hard-core fairy-tales, jumbled origin myths and darkly charming visions of restraint and violence. His nostalgic, illustrative style and faux-naïve composition are at odds with subject matter awash with small acts of fixation and abjection: raised skirts, anal sex, protruding tongues. Things touch other things in unusual ways. Beautifully coloured and cut collaged pieces sit together awkwardly: a dog's paw on a woman's leg, a frog leaping from a horse's... [more]

"Trust The Process: Margi Scharff"  
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8/16/13 Posted 8/17/13

Published in On India Time: The Art & Writing of Margi Scharff. January 2008. It was a clear and sunny February day in Los Angeles in 2007. Margi and I were packing up to go to Las Vegas. To do our taxes. Really. Margi booked us a plush room at the “New Orleans,” the only hotel with a nice spa that wasn’t on “the strip.” Our plan was to spend most of our three days in Las Vegas turning ourselves into prunes, so a working spa was essential. Margi’s cancer was... [more]

A Real Gem of a Summer Show   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Radcliffe Bailey, Nick Cave, Susana Solano, Leslie Wayne at Jack Shainman Gallery 20th Street July 11th, 2013 - August 16th, 2013
Posted 8/13/13

The frantic pace and manic energy of New York City life seem to slacken when urbanites abandon their concrete enclaves for wide-open spaces and greener pastures. The exodus of so many New Yorkers can make Chelsea feel less intense for three glorious months. Art galleries respond to this seasonal shift by mounting that ubiquitous thing known as the summer group show. While some galleries invite guest curators to organize quirky or ambitious shows others return to their roots offering exhibitions that hig... [more]


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