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EXPO CHICAGO #1: Art Fair Musical   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/23/14

Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO As exhibitors and artists ready their productions for EXPO CHICAGO, Caroline Picard introduces this year's IN/SITU works. 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... [more]

EXPO CHICAGO #2: Vernissage: No Glitz, No Glam, Still Good. Multiples at EDITION Chicago.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/23/14

EDITION Chicago: What's in a Multiple? At EDITION Chicago Gan Uyeda muses on multiples, value, and the designations of "art." Just on the basis of massiveness, EXPO CHICAGO’s top-tier art fair on Navy Pier could be expected to have pervasive and rippling effects through the art system of Chicago, and ripple it does. Museums line up stardusted blockbusters to coincide with the fair, galleries arrange collector-centric city tours, and the city’s Cultural Affai... [more]

20140923062233-pez_15_years_acrylics_and_markers_on_canvas_87_x_57_x_5_cm__1400 PEZ: 15 Years Smiling with Friends   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/23/14

Legendary Spanish artist PEZ has just opened a solo show in London, at the Westbank Gallery W11, up until the 24th of this month. Following on from a solo gig earlier in the month in Sweden, Pez returns to London for the first time since his 2012 exhibition at Tony’s Gallery. The propagator of the “Funny Happy Barcelona style” – which in its basic form, is a smiling fish – presents new works on canvas, plus collaborative works with “friends” – amon... [more]

20140921181645-98874124_o Niki de Saint Phalle: Are her Nanas Too Sexy?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Niki de Saint Phalle at Grand Palais September 17th - February 2nd, 2015
Posted 9/21/14

It really is a crying shame that Niki de Saint Phalle wasn’t crooked of back, thick of brow, dull eyed with pustulant skin, lank hair, an uneven gait, and a voice that sounded like a hoarse crow hacking its lungs up. At a push I’d even settle for poor and dull witted, but she wasn’t; she was pretty and rich and aristocratic. Now, there is nothing wrong with this—she wasn’t the first and she won’t be the last artist to come from this milieu—but there is a... [more]

20140921180030-0 Enduring Materials - Performa: Rashid Johnson's Dutchman at Red Square Baths   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/21/14

“And we’ll pretend that people cannot see you. That is, the citizens. And that you are free of your own history. And I am free of my history. We’ll pretend that we are both anonymous beauties smashing along through the city’s entrails [She yells as loud as she can] GROOVE!” — Amiri Baraka, Dutchman, 1964. We gathered in the lobby of a recently renovated bathhouse at 1914 W Division Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park. The time was 11:00pm. Upon arrival,... [more]

20140920001758-20130527032529-bookofseeds Cryptographics: An Interview with Curator's Open Winner Manus Groenen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/20/14

Manus Groenen’s show Cryptographics: A Tribute to the Voynich Manuscript was selected as the winner of ArtSlant’s Curator’s Open, where we asked readers to use our massive database of art to design an exhibition. Now showing at EXPO CHICAGO Art Fair, Groenen’s Cryptographics brings together twelve unique artworks exploring different forms of marking, both linguistic and pictorial. Reflective of the mysterious text his show honors, Groenen’s Cryptographics features works touching on the cosmological, the obscured, and... [more]

20140920192513-miamibitch The 3rd Annual Downtown Miami Art Days: Another Incarnation of Street Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/20/14

Over the weekend of September 19 to 21, 2014, the Miami Downtown Development Authority, in collaboration with various artists, cultural organizations and institutions, presents a three-day art filled event. Various venues including art galleries, theaters, museums restaurants, parks, and cultural centers will host free film screenings, tours, projects, parties, and exhibitions, connecting residents of the city through the arts. In recent years, Miami’s public spaces have grown into a cultural land... [more]

20140919040748-i_love_you__shakespeare What’s In A Multiple?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Chicago Artists Coalition September 19th 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 9/19/14

Just on the basis of massiveness, EXPO CHICAGO’s top-tier art fair on Navy Pier could be expected to have pervasive and rippling effects through the art system of Chicago, and ripple it does. Museums line up stardusted blockbusters to coincide with the fair, galleries arrange collector-centric city tours, and the city’s Cultural Affairs department antes up sponsorship for a gallery crawl shuttle. For the second year running, one of the EXPO ripples will be EDITION Chicago, a kind of mini... [more]

20140921211154-maya-hayuk-bowery-750x562 Street Artists Sue Over Copyright Infringement: Inspiration vs. Theft   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/18/14

“The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn.” T.S. Eliot From graffiti art covering a burnt-out chapel in a Hollywood blockbuster, remnants of a mural etched on a designer shirt, graffiti is a commonplace influence found in popular culture, a far stretch from the underground where it originated. But, recently, there's been a spate of recent lawsuits involving street artists lately, accusing marketers, de... [more]

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]


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