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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]

20130912125154-1 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]

20130829074523-t02033_pcd The Reluctant Pop Artist   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain June 5th, 2013 - September 1st, 2013
Posted 8/27/13

Pop Art’s influence on art happening now is epic. It is the aesthetic that seems to most suit the digital age, with our predilection for simple, bold graphics and bright, high impact colours, artists and designers all over are mining the archives for new visual references from an era that changed art forever. Patrick Caulfield, Foyer, 1973; Collection David Bowie © The estate of Patrick Caulfield. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013. But Patrick Caulfield wasn’t really happy about P... [more]

20130824105410-jockum_nordstrom__4_ 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]

20130806173538-upwards__downwards__45x51cm_hr Divisions and Unity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Know Hope at Lazarides Rathbone Place August 2nd, 2013 - August 31st, 2013
Posted 8/6/13

At the very moment that Israel and Palestine once again make solemn noises about final status negotiations, Tel Aviv-based artist Know Hope opens an examination of the artificial divisions that shape the human condition at Lazarides. The work is not principally about strife in the artist’s homeland, nor would be productive to read it as such. Know Hope’s concerns are further reaching, resonating as they do with an existential crux of loneliness and abandonment in a global community. He is... [more]

20130731165513-finlt-00026-300 The Benefits of Pencil Hard-Ons   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tom of Finland at Stuart Shave/Modern Art July 5th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Posted 7/31/13

It's a rare situation, I'd guess, in which a reviewer is faced with the prospect of writing five hundred words of description and extrapolation about a series of pornographic sketches, but nevertheless, here we are. In the interests of full disclosure, I believe that I have been assigned this Tom of Finland show as a subject because of my “relevant experience”: while not as qualified as a bona fide homosexual man (pun intended, in this context), I can confidently say that I know my Bears fr... [more]

20130716075857-mg_3584-1 You Should Ask Elaine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sturtevant at Serpentine Gallery June 28th, 2013 - August 26th, 2013
Posted 7/16/13

Tasked with writing a review of the Sturtevant show at the Serpentine Gallery, I faced an unusual dilemma: which of the big, broadsheet write-ups to replicate, wholesale? If I were in a damning mood, for instance, I might repeat the Telegraph's Alastair Smart, whose weary assessment (it is "cruel that so many contemporary galleries promote art that appeals more to the expert in post-structuralist French philosophy than to the layman or aesthete") suggests a certain cynicism about the show; were I... [more]

20130702092506-3 Sound and Vision   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Collective Actions, Walerian Borowczyk, Andrzej Dłużniewski, Szábolcs Esztényi, Bulat Galeyev, Milan Grygar, Zofia & Oskar Hansen, Zoltán Jeney, Milan Knížák, Grzegorz Kowalski, Zygmunt Krauze, Katalin Ladik, Jan Lenica, Dóra Maurer, Komar & Melamid, Henryk Morel, Vladan Radovanović, Józef Robakowski, Eugeniusz Rudnik, Bogusław Schaeffer, Cezary Szubartowski, László Vidovszky, Krzysztof Wodiczko at Calvert 22 June 26th, 2013 - August 25th, 2013
Posted 7/2/13

Sounding the Body Electric is an exhibition of codes, distortions, intermedia translations, ruptured communication systems and altered technologies. Tracing a network of Eastern European avant-garde experimentation that was at times alternately cultivated and censored by state powers, the exhibition offers rare access to a body of audio-visual work that reflects both the anarchic spirit of the era and the socio-political realities of life behind the Iron Curtain. Certain key innovations from the first half o... [more]

20130702094733-11 [VIDEO] Interview with Leandro Erlich   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Leandro Erlich at Barbican Art Gallery June 26th, 2013 - August 4th, 2013
Posted 7/2/13

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House is a highly interactive work that lives through the participation of the visitors. As the organizers state, visitors can “scale the walls of a Victorian terraced house without your feet ever leaving the ground.” So if you ever wanted to be Spider-Man, that’s your chance. Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in Dalston. The work resembles a theater set. Erlich created a detailed facade of a Victorian terraced house – rec... [more]

20130619165700-screen_shot_2013-06-19_at_12 An Intricate Mess   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Julie Mehretu at White Cube, Bermondsey May 1st, 2013 - July 7th, 2013
Posted 6/19/13

Liminal Squared is the latest exhibition to fill the walls of White Cube’s Bermondsey gallery, fittingly soloed by explorative artist (environmentally speaking) Julie Mehretu. In her first solo show with Jopling, Mehretu exposits a hefty series of geometric abstract paintings, that are at once intended to be grand in scale, intricate in detail, and bold in their depiction of contemporary urban chaos. The series, entitled Mogamma, sets out to convey a frenetic energy of gatherings that originate from t... [more]


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