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20140206070354-large_lowrespress_image_l_david_lynch_l_the_factory_photographs_l_david_lynch__untitled__lodz___2000__collection_of_the_artist_5297523d634d8 Lynch, Burroughs, Warhol: The Holy Trinity of US Subversion   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Lynch at The Photographers' Gallery January 17th - March 30th
Posted 2/6/14

Warhol, Burroughs and Lynch were – for my teenaged self, at least – the Holy Trinity. I recall one early experiment in “literary fiction,” in particular (describing a maybe-LSD-trip, maybe-cryptozoological-arm-wrestling-match scenario, or some other such stream-of-consciousness rubbish) succeeding in horrifying my teachers, and ripping off Burroughs and Lynch in equal measure. As a matter of fact, I still describe Bill as my favourite writer; I am still entirely fascinated by W... [more]

20140130074832-image_3 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]

20140109140214-20130228075436-2177-18 2013: Paris or London? Philippa Snow and James Loks with a Tale of Two Cities   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/9/14

Editor's Note: For our 2013 review, we tasked Philippa Snow, in London, and James Loks, in Paris, to discuss highs and lows, favourites and flops, and whether London or Paris had the best year. Their conversation, unedited, is presented below (with links added in to help you locate the reviews and events they talk about). James Loks to Philippa 23/12/2013 I've just been trying to think about what I'm going to say, in between writi... [more]

20140115111429-allen_jones_chair Art Under Attack: In Transitu   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Tate Britain October 2nd, 2013 - January 5th
Posted 1/6/14

"I have never met anyone who was shocked by our work, or even talked to anyone who had met anyone who was shocked by it." – Jake Chapman, 2006. In the Tate's Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm, there is a sculpture whose presence may yet provoke the most lapsed of Catholic art-appreciators to sweat from their closed-up stigmata: this life-sized Christ – a quadruple amputee, the stumps of whose limbs (in their raw, textured marble) suggest the interior of some s... [more]

20131222204541-do_2013_yes_or_let__say_no_simon_lee_gallery_installation_view_18_p Bold Gestures of Anti-Painting   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Ostrowski at Simon Lee November 28th, 2013 - January 31st
Posted 12/22/13

The paintings of David Ostrowski present us with a world almost entirely drained of colour, figuration and matter – and yet they are utterly beguiling. There is something about the stark minimalism and ambiguity of these paintings which we would rather deny but simply cannot resist. The press release for this exhibition takes the form of a question and answer session between Ostrowski and Harmony Korine. Although seeming to provide precious little information about the work, it sets the scene... [more]

20131204060901-newbloom3 The Bloomberg New Contemporaries Experience   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rebecca Ackroyd, Thomas Aitchison, Lewis Betts, Jason Brown, Fatma Bucak, Agnes Calf, Lauren Cohen, Patrick Cole, Menna Cominetti, Calum Crawford, Mark Essen, Adham Faramawy, Ophelia Finke, Grant Foster, Archie Franks, Joe Frazer, Kate Hawkins, Adam Hogarth, Catherine Hughes, Aisha Abid Hussain, Roman Liška, Lana Locke, Antoine L’Heureux, Alexandra McNamee, Steven Morgana, Laura O’Neill, Hardeep Pandhal, Julia Parkinson, Joanna Piotrowska, Hannah Regel, Daniela Sarigu, Yves Scherer, Simon Senn, Ferdinand Saumarez Smith, Isabelle Southwood, Josephine Sowden, Marlene Steyn, Matthias Tharang, Shelley Theodore, Esme Toler, Dante Rendle Traynor, Sarah Tynan, Maarten van den Bos, Dominic Watson, Tom Worsfold, Tim Zercie at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) November 27th, 2013 - January 26th
Posted 12/4/13

As a person who "looks at art" for a living, there is always the occupational hazard that one or more of your loved ones will become caught in the crossfire; out of desperation to have a partner-in-crime to schlep to a West London gallery and look at the New and the Brave, there is always the chance that a friend, a significant other or an acquaintance will be coerced into looking at, say, a video-artwork of a troll-doll with a talking anus, or a "performance installation" which utilises a series... [more]

20131114134448-20131114103134-00583010_001 Want to talk about Japanese schlong?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at The British Museum October 3rd, 2013 - January 5th
Posted 11/14/13

On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM, Charlotte Jansen c**********@artslant.com wrote: Subject: Willies Want to talk about Japanese schlong? On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM, Philippa Snow wrote: Re: Willies Honestly, I'm shellshocked -- the shell in question, presumably, being some kind of hyper-vaginal conch, with a too-large and gnarled hermit crab attempting to squeeze his way in. I'll say it: the Shunga show made me long for the tender embrace of hardcore pornography. Never have I seen genitals... [more]

Special Edition: Frieze London #2   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/21/13

FRIEZE WEEK: QUALITY TIME AND WHERE TO FIND IT Time-based media during Frieze week, by Marianne Templeton Frieze Art Fair is one of those places—like supermarkets, or the Internet—where it's possible to feel that time is passing both too slowly and too quickly. All those bright lights, long aisles and white surfaces certainly don't help. One does one's best to take everything in, but after a certain period the eyes and brain begin to protect themselves aga... [more]

20131017233913-tlp-towers-of-justice-lo Frieze London Alternatives: Moniker & The Other Art Fair 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Moniker Art Fair October 17th, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/17/13

When you walk past the kilometer of curry joints on Brick Lane, or contemplate the compulsive repetitiveness of London’s high street stores, it’s perpetually perplexing: how do all those retailers selling the exact same products at the exact same rates survive side by side? It’s the corollary of the consumer market, of course: supply and demand. By the same token, Frieze London has propagated a flux of consumer art fairs, therefore we must only assume there is a market as such.... [more]

20131017111444-tim-cor Frieze Week: Quality Time, And Where To Find It   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Petra Cortright, Peter Gidal, Patricia Lennox-Boyd, Oraib Toukan, Erika Vogt at Frieze London October 17th, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/17/13

Frieze Art Fair is one of those places—like supermarkets, or the Internet—where it's possible to feel that time is passing both too slowly and too quickly. All those bright lights, long aisles and white surfaces certainly don't help. One does one's best to take everything in, but after a certain period the eyes and brain begin to protect themselves against the sensory deluge by refusing to allow anything but the most impactful work past the short-term memory barrier. Generally, this is... [more]

Special Edition: Frieze London #1   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/16/13

TRANQUILLITY IN THE MIDST OF THE CIRCUS The Frieze Sculpture Park with Daniel Barnes The circus is coming to town. The tent is going up in Regent’s Park and the hordes of gallerists, collectors and devotees are moving in. It is time for the delicious and baffling spectacle that is Frieze London. Frieze is a mysterious beast. It is a super-capitalist cattle market for the artworld to show off and trade its most prized specimens. It is also a cultural welter where big ti... [more]

20131015234035-rachelwhiteread Tranquillity in the Midst of the Circus: The Frieze Sculpture Park   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Matt Calderwood, Helen Chadwick, Alice Channer, Judy Chicago, Marilá Dardot, Elmgreen & Dragset, Gimhongsok, Jeppe Hein, Amar Kanwar, Joan Miro, Oscar Murillo, Peter Peri, Jaume Plensa, Norbert Prangenberg, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Takis, Bernar Venet, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Woods at Frieze London October 17th, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/15/13

The circus is coming to town. The tent is going up in Regent’s Park and the hordes of gallerists, collectors and devotees are moving in. It is time for the delicious and baffling spectacle that is Frieze London. Frieze is a mysterious beast. It is a super-capitalist cattle market for the artworld to show off and trade its most prized specimens. It is also a cultural welter where big time collectors, small time crooks, celebrities and artworld groupies gather for the inevitable theatrics. A... [more]

20131015184554-grayson_perry Get The Look: Philippa Snow on the art of dressing for Frieze   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Frieze London October 16th, 2013 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 10/15/13

The Grayson Perry Tapestry or embroidery, preferably British-made; the haunting expression of a mining-town nightclub singer doing The Green Green Grass of Home; hunting tweeds and a monocle, and the Billy-Bob™ teeth listed on their website as Megabucks AKA Tombstones; a "Class War" t-shirt; more Burberry than a soap-opera actress with a missing septum. Definitely not a big, babyish candy-pink dress if you are a man – that is Grayson's thing, and he does it best. The Matthew Sm... [more]

20131002110123-gladwell Blinded by the Light: Myths and Visions of the Australian Landscape   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Royal Academy of Arts September 21st, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 10/2/13

Landscape is the fallback motif for curators and critics striving to bind together a disparate, difficult assortment of Indigenous and post-colonial works under the banner of 'Australian art'. It dominates the representation of Australia to an international audience in not only the visual arts, but also literature, film, and the tourism industry. The Royal Academy has also chosen this well-traversed route for its 200-strong exhibition of (mostly) paintings from the Great Southern Land. A theme... [more]

20130912115723-eve_and_larger_works The Nebulous Lines Between Art and Fashion   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alex Noble at Londonewcastle Project Space August 31st, 2013 - September 10th, 2013
Posted 9/18/13

I have been thinking, lately, about the intersections between fashion and art and popular culture, ever since reading what I thought of as a particularly asinine quote from the pop star, Lady Gaga: "I really love the lyrics to ARTPOP, the title track," she told the gossip blog, Just Jared, when asked which were "the most powerful lyrics" on her latest album. “'We could belong together, ARTPOP.' The words seem really simple but it’s through the creative experiences with my friends t... [more]

Fall Previews: European Edition   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/13/13

BRIGHT COLOURS & REBELLIOUS ATTITUDE by ArtSlant Senior Editor Charlotte Jansen 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 categor... [more]


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