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20140918043836-bowery_install-05 In Search of Analogue Photography's Uncharted Territory   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Benjamin Sherry at Salon 94 Bowery September 7th - October 25th
Posted 9/18/14

If any image could be counted as a badge of honor amongst photographer artists, it would be the navel gaze of photographing one's own camera. Like countless others before him, David Benjamin Sherry has also photographed the tool of his trade in all its glory. Among the twenty-nine photographs on view in Climate Vortex Sutra at Salon 94, the artist’s traditional large-format camera is shown as a quiet still life upon its tripod—its bellows left extended as if focused precisely on any numbe... [more]

20140918194407-suspended-animation-53-300 By Art Is Created That Great Leviathan: Glenn Kaino at Kavi Gupta   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Glenn Kaino at Kavi Gupta Chicago - Elizabeth Street September 19th - December 20th
Posted 9/18/14

With the opening words “By art is created that great Leviathan,” Thomas Hobbes launches readers into his seminal work of political philosophy, Leviathan, in which he imagines the State as a great aggregation of the masses into a singular societal body. Drawing its title from Hobbes’ treatise, LA-based artist Glenn Kaino’s exhibition at Kavi Gupta Gallery’s Elizabeth Street location indicates an ambition for superstrata-level political commentary. Despite the impossible loftine... [more]

Berlin Art Week: The rent is too damn high, but the art's pretty damn good...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/16/14

The rent is too damn high—but the art's pretty damn good Jesi Khadivi on a changing Berlin and which shows to make time for during a packed week of openings and events citywide. A green banner spans a cream-colored Altbau adjacent to my local organic grocery store in Schöneberg: APARTMENTS FOR SALE. Above the banner, tenants have hung green signs in their windows, enacting a checkerboard of protest that mines the graphic identity of the brokerage firm presumably trying to sell them o... [more]

20140916234710-michaelrakowitz_9 Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Elijah Burgher, Robert Burnier, Leidy Chavez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Fernando Pareja, Cheryl Pope, Michael Rakowitz, Jessica Stockholder, Saya Woolfalk at EXPO CHICAGO September 18th - September 21st
Posted 9/16/14

As Chicago approaches the four day run of its annual art fair, the art world becomes increasingly animated with preparations. This is the moment backstage of an as-yet empty auditorium; red carpets are cleaned one last time as painters touch up their back drops and technicians in black clothes hastily test light and sound sequences. Dancers stretch. Producers sweat, fiddling their mobile devices unconsciously. There is a palpable buzz of anticipation — an energy not yet disseminated into the grea... [more]

20140915194014-img_1699 Graffiti in Galleries: Why Do They Still Not Get It?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/15/14

Last week the ASS editorial team was in Paris for our AGM, where we got a special tour of the LASCO project at the Palais De Tokyo. A very amiable and informative guide took us down the basement/security exit—normally closed to the public—that for the last two years has housed a new initiative to bring graffiti into the public gallery: two French artists, Lek and Sowat, have been inviting other artists from their scene to paint the walls of this cavernous underground maze. The proble... [more]

20140914070948-kopp_haupt Taking Up POSITIONS: Checking In With Berlin’s Newest Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Positions Berlin September 18th - September 21st
Posted 9/14/14

Kristian Jarmuschek takes a shallow breath and almost disappointedly utters, “That is the second time I’m asked about the market today. What is with everyone wanting to talk about the market?” The POSITIONS team and I are seated in the center of one of the gallery rooms of Jarmuschek+Partner on the Potsdamer Strasse discussing the upcoming launch of Berlin's newest art fair incarnation, POSITIONS Berlin. The room is lined with neat bundles of VIP invite cards and press material stacked i... [more]

20140914113136-mariana_castillo_deball Berlin on the Brink: The rent is too damn high—but the art's pretty damn good at Berlin Art Week   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/14/14

A green banner spans a cream-colored Altbau adjacent my local organic grocery store in Schöneberg: APARTMENTS FOR SALE. Above the banner, tenants have hung green signs in their windows, enacting a checkerboard of protest that mines the graphic identity of the brokerage firm presumably trying to sell them out. I stop to read them. Rented—we have lived here 3 years! Rented—we have lived here 45 years! Rented—we have lived here 78 years! The last sign makes me feel slightly ill, so... [more]

20140914131532-ruth_sachse_kunst_der_gegenwart_martin_praska_3h_hner_2012__l_acryl_segeltuch_50x60cm Art for Everyone: An Interview with BERLINER LISTE Curator Peter Funken   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/14/14

BERLINER LISTE opens this week in a new home at the former postal railway station Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof. Now in its 11th year, with 112 exhibitors, BERLINER LISTE is the longest running of the trio of fairs opening during the Berlin Art Week. Leading up to the fair Dr. Peter Funken, now in his second year as Curator, took the time to answer some of our questions about Berlin's art scene, his curatorial role, and, of course, what we can look forward to in 2014 edition of BERLINER LISTE. ... [more]

20140912111522-no_trespassing Sorry Bill: Ripley and Snow on William S. Burroughs' Artwork   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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William S. Burroughs at Londonewcastle Project Space August 28th - September 7th
Posted 9/12/14

ArtSlant's resident London critics and lovers Philippa Snow and Thogdin Ripley first met at a William S. Burroughs show. They recently revisited the artist and writer's work in Animals in the Wall at London Newcastle Project Space. Thogdin Ripley: I'm going to put my cards right here on this table to start with. I've always been a big fan of Burroughs’ writing—he was one of the most inventive writers and at times one of the best, in my opinion—but I've never, never really go... [more]

20140912041018-dr2_1 Effectively Ineffective: Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint at the Art Gallery of Ontario   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Matthew Barney at Art Gallery of Ontario May 31st - September 28th
Posted 9/12/14

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is currently holding an exhibition of video works by American artist, Matthew Barney. The works belong to Drawing Restraint—a long-term, ongoing project Barney started in 1987. Thus far, he has produced nineteen installments in the series, of which three—Drawing Restraint 2 (1988), 6 (1989) and 17 (2010)—are looped on display. The exhibition similarly unfolds in three parts. The Show The gallery’s visitors may harbor the expectation to imm... [more]

20140910102844-artistphoto Donkeys are stubborn, eagles are noble, and pigs are greedy. An Interview with Alessandro Gallo   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alessandro Gallo at Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th September 6th - October 4th
Posted 9/10/14

The (m)animal clay sculptures of Alessandro Gallo present humans moving in form, doctrines and in space; whether it is depicted as a bipedal donkey in surrender (Surrender) or several human-animal hybrids in a more obvious state of transit in Metro. Animal heads rest on anthropomorphic bodies and suggest carrying more of the human role through their rendered posture, clothing and setting; the half-rooster, half-man is holding baguettes with a gaze off to the distance, the hybrid hare is sitting... [more]

20140910145108-installation_view_007 For Marlene Dumas politics are always personal   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marlene Dumas at Stedelijk Museum September 6th - January 4th, 2015
Posted 9/10/14

Since its long anticipated reopening in September 2012 the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has served up some fine shows: The Mike Kelley retrospective was, if somewhat airtight, quite comprehensive, and Jeff Wall’s Tableaux Pictures Photographs 1996-2013 could easily compete with the grand overview nine years ago at Tate Modern. But with Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden the museum has hit a new high point. The retrospective of the nation’s best-known painter is by far the best exhibiti... [more]

20140910161141-allthesexieverhad The Importance of Being Awkward at Portland's Time Based Arts Festival   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art September 11th - September 24th
Posted 9/10/14

Awkwardness is arguably a failure in a relationship to the terms of interaction. In our hyper-mediated 21st century we live increasingly curated lives where each action or image is constructed for specific, often distinct, audiences. We have become skilled at navigating multiple modes of communication and mediated performance that resist the risks of connection. Cautious of the misstep, we compartmentalize to avoid the slip into reading from the wrong script, preaching to the wrong choir—v... [more]

20140910160521-lvdstokker_koenigclintoninstallationview10_72dpi Not So Pretty In Pink (And Why That's a Good Thing)   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lily van der Stokker at Koenig & Clinton September 4th - October 18th
Posted 9/10/14

Imagine a summit called by feminist activists and artists representing all of the nuanced wings of the movement. In this time of uncertainty about the role of feminism in the art world, these delegates wonder who could best represent the complexities of feminism and feminist theory without apology. The name they arrive at is Lily van der Stokker, whose new show at Koenig & Clinton is a sprawling pink spectacle comprised of flowery sculptures and wall paintings that illustrate the artist’s theoreti... [more]

20140909121314-strok Views of Nuart 2014 in Stavanger, Norway   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/9/14

Reflecting on my experience at the Nuart Festival this weekend in Stavanger will take some time. It was a week filled with art, music, parties and panels, with much to digest and consider. But here's some photos from the week to tide you over while my full report is forthcoming. More photos can be found on our Instagram account (ass_mag, get it?), also here, here, here, here, and by searching #nuartfestival The landscape in Stavanger is stunning. Tilt. Spy. Port of Stavanger. Swoon and David... [more]

Fall Previews: How to Survive the Season in New York and London   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/8/14

September in New York: Maneuver the Mania New York Editor Charlie Schultz makes a plan for seeing great art this fall without getting carried away—if only he can stick to it. There is a shift in every August when this art critic’s inbox goes from near vacancy to nearly too packed to approach. The slim pickings of late summer exhibitions explode into a buffet of delicious opportunities. Great art, it seems, is everywhere in the city and the challenge (... [more]


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