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20140518063019-smd0144_s Watchlist Artist: Shaun McDowell  
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Shaun McDowell at Hannah Barry Gallery 5/18/14 Posted 5/18/14

"These works speak a language of colour and tell tales of passion ­ the heroics of desire" Shaun McDowell is an accomplished colourist and mark maker. In MOONS MASKS BIRDS DEMONS, he presents a series of seventeen paintings, the result of an extended stay in Tuscany over the course of last summer. There, Shaun was afforded the time and space to work on all the pictures simultaneously, making each individual mark instinctively and incisively. These paintings constitute a potent representati... [more]

20140409164959-08_subway_44_800_507_80_c1 Parts and Labor  
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Moyra Davey at Camden Arts Centre April 11th, 2014 - June 29th, 2014
Posted 5/12/14

Phillip Lai and Moyra Davey make a neat double act. At first glance their parallel solo shows at Camden Arts Centre seem worlds apart: Davey's practice is highly personal and heavily image-based, clinging to the walls; Lai's language is sculptural and industrial. Yet this formal disparity masks a shared thematic interest in processes of production, dispersal, displacement, interpretation, and decay. Davey's exhibition, life without sheets of paper to be scribbled on is masterpiece comprises multiple attempts to... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Simona Ruscheva  
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4/27/14 Posted 4/27/14

(Image: Simona Ruscheva, out, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 50 X 70 X 2 Centimeters; © Simona Ruscheva) Simona Ruscheva (b. 1989, Yambol, Bulgaria) I have always been fascinated by horned animals, especially goats, occurring mostly as part of occult rituals and for me they have always had some ethereal and peculiar radiation, as they belong to something slightly different from our world. So this feeling combined with my endless love to human body, as perfect as it is, comes out from me as an... [more]

GIFs Are Offish Legit says Saatchi (and it’s pronounced “Motion Photography”)  
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4/18/14 Posted 4/18/14

Saatchi Art, the Saatchi Gallery, and Google+ just announced the winners of their first-ever Motion Photography Prize. “Motion Photography” is apparently the high-brow version of a GIF, those low-brow, low-tech repeating videos long enjoyed by Tumblr gurls and basement dwelling neckbeards, and more recently, everyone. They've also already been kind of a thing in the art world—the Pittsburgh collective VIA launched its intense 2014 T.GIF tournament last month and we hosted our own new media compe... [more]

Where the girls are: female filmmakers at the 10th London Short Film Festival  
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Phil Collins, Rachel Garfield, Uriel Orlow, Larissa Sansour at ICA London May 1st, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 7/19/14

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/comment/festivals/where-girls-are-female-filmmakers-london-short-film-festival-2013 [more]

Showcase Watchlist: Ben West  
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4/1/14 Posted 4/1/14

(Image: Ben West, Processed ll, 2013, Collage on Card; © Ben West) Ben West (b. 1974, UK) Ben is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates work that is inspired by nature, and is influenced by environmental and ecological issues. His practice explores and defines the traces within the fabric of the natural landscape of mans technologic, economic, and political interaction. The work he creates is invariably encoded with the symbols of human development and intervention. Whilst the images he creates poss... [more]

20140313154726-bulltablepainting An Exercise in Looking Closely  
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Louise Hopkins at Mummery + Schnelle March 19th, 2014 - May 10th, 2014
Posted 3/26/14

In this exhibition, Louise Hopkins continues her exploration of everyday surfaces, including maps, magazine pages, and photographs. In each case, Hopkins manages to find a way to deal with each surface/object such that it becomes converted into a painting. Her works on maps are a case in point. For one work, she has painted over all the countries on the map with blue paint, matching the blue of the sea. On first seeing the work, you encounter a monochromatic painting. Closer inspection reveals t... [more]

20140313154726-bulltablepainting An Exercise in Looking Closely  
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Louise Hopkins at Mummery + Schnelle March 19th, 2014 - May 10th, 2014
Posted 3/26/14

In this exhibition, Louise Hopkins continues her exploration of everyday surfaces, including maps, magazine pages, and photographs. In each case, Hopkins manages to find a way to deal with each surface/object such that it becomes converted into a painting. Her works on maps are a case in point. For one work, she has painted over all the countries on the map with blue paint, matching the blue of the sea. On first seeing the work, you encounter a monochromatic painting. Closer inspection reveals t... [more]

20140213120013-w290 LEIA BEVILACQUA  
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William Kent at Victoria and Albert Museum March 22nd, 2014 - July 13th, 2014
Posted 3/23/14

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20140208212449-subversion2 'Sub Version of the Real: Forms of Subversion at the Asylum Chapel' by Tom Costello  
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Beatriz Acevedo, Karoline Cox, Clemence Hemard, Justine Hounam, Claire Levinson-Gendler, Lee Maelzer, Carlota Simo-Grijalbo, Carolyn Whittaker, Jane Woollatt, Verity Wyatt at Asylum Chapel March 8th, 2014 - March 9th, 2014
Posted 3/20/14

The French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan, defined reality as something displayed – comparing it with the real which, he says, is something demonstrated. Within these delineations, art can be contextualised as an interrogation of reality. It explores and examines form as a fundamental composite part of the real through means of demonstration. At least, this is what may be meant within the tradition of painting and sculpture – the objectified and physical apprehension of bodily sensati... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Shawket Serri  
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2/23/14 Posted 2/23/14

(Image: Shawket Serri, African life Simulation 2, 25/04/2013, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 60 X 80 X 5 Centimeters; © Shawket Serri) Shawket Serri (b.1958, Baghdad) Shawket Serri started his artistic way with playing music with guitar, keyboards and shared many activities in the middle and secondary schools. Then he established two bands with his friends in 1975, 1978; he shared many students’ festivals with his band. At that time, he was very interesting in drawing and design through doing... [more]

20140222214749-mrp_theagreement_exhibitionview_2__2014 Watchlist Artist: Matheus Rocha Pitta  
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Matheus Rocha Pitta at Sprovieri 2/22/14 Posted 2/22/14

‘In saying yes, Andy Warhol agreed with social and economic reality. Warhol is the artist of agreement. To agree in this sense, though, is to confront oneself with reality as it is. To agree is the precondition for either accepting or refusing something; only by agreeing can one change it. Andy Warhol was courageous. He cooperated with reality in order to change it. He showed me that reality cannot be changed unless you agree with it.' (Thomas Hirschhorn) Sprovieri is delighted to prese... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Lucy Namayanja  
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2/18/14 Posted 2/18/14

(Image: Lucy Namayanja, ICONS OF EVOLUTION, 2012, Giclee Archival Ink on Canvas, 80 X 120 X 6 Centimeters; © Lucy Namayanja) Lucy Namayanja (b. Kampala Uganda) My work takes a critical view of my own individuality often referencing and examining the symbolic relationship of birth, life, growth, death and decay. Utilizing the transformative power of art and its ability to communicate non-verbally within our society. I combine craft with technology. The notion of optical truth is of central... [more]

Frieze London 2014: Live Section Announced  
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2/8/14 Posted 2/8/14

Frieze is pleased to announce the introduction of a new section for galleries at Frieze London 2014. Live will be dedicated to ambitious participatory works and is open to applications from galleries with an existing programme of exhibitions. Frieze London 2014 will take place 16–19 October 2014, and is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the eleventh consecutive year. Live will give galleries the opportunity to realize works that create moments of interruption or immersion within the fair&rsquo... [more]

Artangel and Radio 4's £1 million open call  
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1/29/14 Posted 1/29/14

Only 2 months to go to submit an idea to the new Artangel Open— a £1 million initiative in alliance with BBC Radio 4 for new site-specific commissions across the UK. Artangel’s Open is a call for artists working in all media, anywhere in the UK, to come forward with bold site-specific proposals that will transform the UK’s cultural landscape. Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2014. Previous Open calls have led to some of the most iconic projects of the past decade in Britain: Mich... [more]

PRESS VIEW OF MARTIN CREED: WHAT'S THE POINT OF IT? @HAYWARD GALLERY (28 Jan. 2014)  
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1/16/14 Posted 1/16/14

The first major survey of work by internationally-acclaimed artist Martin Creed brings together the full range and scale of Creed’s work, spanning its most minimal moments – a spot of blu-tack – to extravagant room-sized installations, neons, sequential sculptures, kinetic installations, films, and vibrant paintings. British artist Martin Creed (b.1968) is best known for his Turner-prize winning installation The Lights Going On and Off (2000), and more recently, for his UK-w... [more]


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