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20140830073808-marsdenhartley1 Our Man in Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marsden Hartley at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art August 3rd - November 30th
Posted 8/30/14

In a Marsden Hartley painting beats the dark heart of the twentieth century. The thin slice of globe-trotting work from 1913-1915 presaged some of the most ecstatic and iconic tropes to come. In a Marsden Hartley painting is the synthetic seed of Pollock’s urgency and John’s cool, detached symbology. Both men seemed to filch from Hartley’s rainbow palette, alternately whipped into creamy pastels or shot through with matte, inky blacks. The brief period straddling the outbreak of World Wa... [more]

20140830081306-2d11c1aladdinsane David Bowie Is: Star Power – An Interview with Michael Darling   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23rd - January 4th, 2015
Posted 8/29/14

David Bowie Is, coming to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in just a few weeks, is unprecedented to the extent that it is the first massive solo show the MCA has ever given to a musician. But as James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling discusses below, he was drawn to the exhibition because Bowie emulates the blending of media, the crossing over of disciplines he finds so relevant to contemporary artists’ practices. Darling was kind enough to sit down with me this month and ex... [more]

20140828064348-bandaged_ear_comparison Too Much Van Gogh: A journey from 3D to 2D and back again   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Vincent Van Gogh at Beurs van Berlage May 24th - December 24th
Posted 8/28/14

There’s some buzz in New York this summer because all seventeen of the Met’s van Gogh paintings are on view together for the first time in over ten years. That’s nice, though an abundance of van Gogh paintings isn’t something that preoccupies us too much here in Amsterdam. In fact, right now we’ve got too many—including quite a few of the ones currently installed at the Met. Packed wall-to-wall in the basement of the Beurs van Berlage these days are some two hund... [more]

20140828081538-photo_2_-_1986-paris_4199 Simple Pleasures   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Daniel Buren at Palais Royal August 1st, 1986 - December 31st, 2024
Posted 8/28/14

Given that we are in the zombie month of August when most galleries are closed, your faithful correspondent decided that it was time to go and check out some permanent public art: Daniel Buren’s 1986 installation Les Deux Plateau, apparently more commonly known as Colonnes de Buren. I’m assuming that for such a worldly audience as ArtSlant’s, these titles need no translation. But what is it? Well, it’s a grid of 260 candy-stripped columns, in a grid of candy-stripped lines in... [more]

20140828104514-p1050876 Buy a Print, Buy a Pint: Common Bar, Manchester   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/28/14

Buy a print from a rising artist and still have change for a pint: at Common Bar, the venue and bar central to Manchester’s creative scene. Situated at the beating heart of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter—an area where a Banksy has been lovingly preserved with a Perspex box (only for that to be covered in stickers and fresh street art), Space Invader aliens loom over you from the red brick of buildings, and Manchester heroes (including the city’s own appointed Creative Direc... [more]

20140826071629-installation_view_gallery_914 Lucas Samaras' Offerings from a Restless Soul   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lucas Samaras at The Metropolitan Museum of Art February 24th - September 1st
Posted 8/26/14

The path to the Lucas Samaras exhibition, Offerings from a Restless Soul, at the Metropolitan Museum proved to be a fortuitous one. It led me though the Greek and Roman Galleries, filled with remnants of classical art, works that undoubtedly inspired Samaras, a Greek-born artist who came to America in 1948. Two works stayed with me as I made my way to the Samaras show: the marble head of a youth, attributed to the Greek sculptor Polykleitos, with its strong muscular face, aquiline nose, and locks of... [more]

20140824100757-sv-1-d A World's Fair tribute in a New York neighborhood mash up   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Balthus, Joseph Cornell, Daniel Gordon, Van Hanos, Robert Indiana, Ray Johnson, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Anya Kielar, Claes Oldenburg, Dushko Petrovich, James Rosenquist, Pierre Roy, Peter Saul, Johannes Vanderbeek, Stan VanDerBeek, Roger White at Rachel Uffner Gallery June 28th - August 16th
Posted 8/24/14

New York City has always been a draw for an eclectic mix of artists working across the visual and performing arts. Its underground pubs and speakeasies, expansive loft spaces, museums, sidewalks, and streets have served as creative inspiration for all kinds of movements including jazz, expressionism, Fluxus, hip-hop, and punk. Despite all of that creative energy and expression, the city has also been a beautiful breeding ground for social and cultural dissonance. While New York may not be known... [more]

20140826162219-screen_shot_2014-08-26_at_08 (cosmic) love and coffee in the times of digital alienation: Gia, Amalia, Rosetta, Marina   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/23/14

Pink is the color of teenagers' cheeks when they’re secretly falling in love For the third time in Palo Alto by Gia Coppola, they meet. It’s daytime. They study at the same high school but not the same class. So much has happened since that disastrous party, they both thought it was over, their untold love would not survive. Walking towards each other, they pretend to not notice the disturbing presence of the other getting closer. They slow down their pace, in perfect harmony&mda... [more]

20140823093411-08 RELIGION . P$YCHEDELIC$ . HIP HOP   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Chen Tianzhuo(陈天灼) at BANK @ MABSOCIETY July 19th - August 31st
Posted 8/23/14

Beijing based artist Chen Tianzhuo’s new solo show, “PICNIC PARADI$E BITCH,” at the Bank Gallery in Shanghai is not to be missed. On the second floor of what appears to be an old worn down British style building is an exhibition that will send your mind tripping on Cantonese dwarf rappers, transsexual gangsters, marijuana induced hallucinations, and live carnal performances involving My Little Pony tail butt plugs. The young artist received his undergraduate degree in graphic design at... [more]

20140823154115-top_image NUART FESTIVAL 2014. "Beneath the pavement, The Beach"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at NuArt Festival September 4th - October 12th
Posted 8/23/14

I’ve been doing a bit of studying up lately. So far I’ve learned that the rules concerning the sale of alcohol in Norway rival those I’ve encountered in Utah: not available on Sundays, or after 6pm most days; for some reason there’s a couple of days in May that are totally off-limits; oh and supermarkets only sell beer that’s 2.5% alcohol (worse than Utah’s 3.2!), for the stronger stuff you’ve got to go to someplace called Vinmonopolet (I’d venture... [more]

20140822035731-starling_steel_bird_2004 Spiral Stories: Simon Starling at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Simon Starling at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) June 7th - November 2nd
Posted 8/22/14

An Italian/Polish Fiat, wheels to the wall, is anchored over your head. In the next room, two slabs of marble dominate the space—250 kg from Italy, one ton from China—floating above the floor. They support each other by means of a simple pulley. Further into the exhibition, helium-filled jacks hold up and balance a 4,900 lb. plate of Romanian steel. These three works are given top billing in Simon Starling: Metamorphology, the artist’s first major American museum survey. Starling... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Volume 7, Issue 3: Conflicts of Interest in Public vs Private Curation, the "Miami Model"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/22/14

The Art World's Intrinsic Conflict of Interest Ryan Wong on the blurring of public and private interests, and the rise of a new brand of curator. The cousin, flip side, and feeder to the museum, in today’s money-saturated world of contemporary art, is the private collection. The necessity of this relationship might be surprising to the average museum visitor, who often looks to museums as the centers of the art world. Private collections, however, shape our understanding of art history and production not on... [more]

20140821013721-dfe5a5b72c The Art World's Intrinsic Conflict of Interest: Curating the Private Collection with the Public Trust   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/21/14

The cousin, flip side, and feeder to the museum, in today’s money-saturated world of contemporary art, is the private collection. The necessity of this relationship might be surprising to the average museum visitor, who often looks to museums as the centers of the art world. Private collections, however, shape our understanding of art history and production not only by determining which artworks are available for display and loan, but by actively applying curatorial labor towards their ca... [more]

20140821044533-reijiro-wada-freeze-2006-einscheiben-sicherheitsglas-messing-fru_chte-160-x-260-x-30-cm-_-reijiro-wada What does vanitas look like today?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Paweł Althamer, Mona Hatoum, Jeppe Hein, James Hopkins, Alicja Kwade, Dieter Roth, Tomas Saraceno, Thomas Schütte, Roman Signer, Daniel Spoerri, Katja Strunz, KEI TAKEMURA, Luca Trevisani, Reijiro Wada at Georg Kolbe Museum June 15th - August 31st
Posted 8/21/14

A human skull rests atop a modest wooden table flanked by a chronometer, books, musical instruments, an earthenware pot, and swathes of silk. Harmen Steenwyck’s Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life (1612-1656) is emblematic of the vanitas genre, most commonly known for its intimate tabletop tableaux alluding to the transient nature of all worldly goods and pursuits. Upon entering Vanitas – Nothing is Forever Anyway at Berlin’s Georg Kolbe Museum, one immediate... [more]

20140820071425-tilt Language of the Wall: Istanbul’s first exhibition on graffiti and street art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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COPE 2, C215, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Craig Costello (aka KR), EVOL, Funk, FUTURA, Gaia, Herakut, Logan Hicks, Hugh Holland, JonOne, No More Lies, Carlos Mare, MIST, PSYCKOZE, Suiko, Tabone, Tilt, Turbo, Wyne at Pera Museum August 13th - October 5th
Posted 8/20/14

Graffiti and Street Art in a museum setting have a new audience, at the Pera Museum in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. Curated by the museum’s Roxane Ayral, “Language of the Wall” is the first exhibition of its kind in Turkey to bring graffiti indoors in an academic setting, taking over three floors of the private museum. For its introduction, Ayral has chosen an impressive roster of international artists as well as familiar locals to educate the Istanbul art connoisseur, including... [more]

20140820110646-01 Car Culture: the 14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/20/14

Los Angeles, California is synonymous with car culture. From lowriders to hot rods, Woodies and Super Deluxes, customized historic cars are a commonplace sighting on the streets of LA. At the height of the movement in the 1970s, the historic locus of the lowrider cruise was Whittier Boulevard, and throughout the city of Whittier one can see signs of this cultural heritage. Newly local to the area, I checked out the 14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show on August 16. Greenleaf Ave bustled wi... [more]


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