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The exhibition as exhibit in a public trial: Ai Weiwei's Evidence   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ai Weiwei at Martin-Gropius-Bau April 3rd - July 13th
Posted 5/15/14

Evidence, Ai Weiwei’s largest retrospective to date, opened on April 3rd and that is no coincidence. It was exactly three years ago that day that the most influential artist of China (some argue: of the world) was arrested at the Beijing Capital International Airport and jailed on charges of “economic crimes.” He was released after eighty-one days but has since been forbidden to leave Beijing. For every step outside his own courtyard he has to ask the police for permission, effec... [more]

Will be televised   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Christoph Schlingensief at KW Institute for Contemporary Art December 1st, 2013 - January 19th
Posted 1/8/14

King of schlock and shock, the late Christoph Schlingensief is widely considered one of the most eminent artists to emerge out of Germany in the last fifty years. Beginning as a filmmaker, he later incorporated theater, sculpture, installation, performance, and even literature into his practice before his untimely death at the age of fifty. Appropriating pop culture iconography for social activism, his democratic version of the post-Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk (total art) sought to integrate the publi... [more]

And the winner isn’t…   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Christian Friedrich, Falke Pisano, Remco Torenbosch, Ola Vasiljeva at de Appel Arts Centre October 25th, 2013 - January 26th
Posted 11/20/13

The 2013 Prix de Rome exhibition at de Appel in Amsterdam got me thinking about payoff, the rewards of looking at art. I’m not mad at “Museums as Playgrounds” or Banksy – as far as I’m concerned, if you’re getting people into museums or talking about art, that’s a good thing. Nor do I think anyone would accuse me of hating on difficult art. For me, one of the best parts of writing about art is pushing myself to be more open minded, to spend time with art, str... [more]

Just cute doesn’t cut it anymore   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sayaka Abe, Genpei Akasegawa, Ryoko Aoki, Kaoru Arima, Chim↑Pom, Takahiko Iimura, Zon Ito, Masaru Iwai, Takahiro Iwasaki, Teppei Kaneuji, Tsubasa Kato, Junko KIDO, Takayoshi Kitagawa, Kengo Kito, Fumiko Kobayashi, Yamashita + Kobayashi, Meiro Koizumi, Mami Kosemura, Shimon Minamikawa, HIDENORI MITSUE, Toshihiko Mitsuya, Yumiko Morisue, Shinji Ohmaki, Katsumi Omori, Hiroe Saeki, Ataru Sato, KEI TAKEMURA, Kazuyuki Takezaki, Keiichi Tanaami, Yuken Teruya, Momoyo Torimitsu, Naoyuki Tsuji, Ryohei Usui, Finger Pointing Worker, Masao Yamamoto, Ryohei Yanagihara, Yuichi Yokoyama at Kunsthal KAdE September 21st, 2013 - February 2nd
Posted 11/6/13

From a monitor a man in a hazmat suit points his finger at us. Close by, the worrying crackle of a Geiger counter sounds. Two steps into Now Japan, at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the most urgent parameters of present-day life in Japan are forced upon the visitor. This is a nation dealing with the aftermath of a devastating tsunami and the resulting meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Its artists deal with the fallout in their own way. The suited man in the video, an anonymous artist... [more]

Here, There, and Everywhere.  
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JR at Lazarides Rathbone Place 10/31/13 Posted 10/31/13

You might easily have missed JR’s latest cityscape takeover of London—surprising, given that the French photographer seems to have been a continual feature on press releases in the last few years —but rather than out in the open, JR presents his work this time within the guarded walls of Lazarides Gallery. Actions—up until the 13th November—pieces together the various accomplishments that have defined JR’s work throughout the last decade, collating his internati... [more]

The Revolution Before the Rehearsal: 13th Istanbul Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts September 14th, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/14/13

To paraphrase Augusto Boal, art may not be the revolution but it is the rehearsal; in the case of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, however, the revolution arrived before the rehearsal. The Biennial’s focus, “the notion of the public domain as a political forum”, was announced in January, before the city it meant to take as both site and subject found more urgent occupiers with higher stakes. Fulya Erdemci who has curated past Biennials intended this year's “Mom, am I a Barbar... [more]

Reflecting Contact: Jaz Interprets Occupy Gezi   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/16/13

Three days prior to when Franco Fasoli, aka Jaz, was set to arrive in Istanbul to paint for the Kadiköy Festival protests erupted throughout the city. Originally incited to protect one of the remaining green spaces in the city, Taksim Gezi Park, the demonstrations quickly escalated to become a larger critique of Turkey’s government. Watching from afar while preparing sketches for the mural, Jaz created four different ideas, taking into account his imagery in the context of the surround... [more]

Political, economic and artistic  
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8/1/13 Posted 8/1/13

Political, economic and artistic Chinese art in recent years, commercial fashion, capital strength to join, follow the hype became a unit of the media "mainstream" narrative subject ignored and blanked Chinese contemporary art. Aesthetics and philosophy of Visual Arts, the localization of postmodern narrative, China advanced fusion of modern Western philosophy and all kinds of creative activity that is being ignored. This is a subtle relationship and the reality of China's political and economi... [more]

Immigrants' Fight: Ruben Ubiera's #IamHere Mural Unveiled   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/4/13

On May 4, 2013, Ruben Ubiera's #IamHere was unveiled in Wynwood. This unique and subtly subversive mural is the result of a collaborative effort between the artist, his subjects, and the two sponsoring organizations—the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC). The artwork is striking, vibrantly-colored, and unapologetically political: it advocates for a humane immigration reform law that would give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. The mur... [more]

Interview with Tania Bruguera  
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5/26/13 Posted 5/26/13

Chicago, May, 2013: I first met Tania Bruguera when I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago six years ago. We have remained in touch since, most recently crossing paths at the Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Art last August in Austria. Over the last few months I conducted an interview with Bruguera via email asking her about the role teaching plays in her work, her ideas about formalism, and the awkward demographic known as “artist”. Her responses reveal a thoughtful and holistic approac... [more]

Shell Game: Beyond the Political Cartoon   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Molly Crabapple at Smart Clothes Gallery April 14th, 2013 - April 23rd, 2013
Posted 4/23/13

Translating politics into art is tricky. One false move, and a poignant statement can become overreaching or worse, preachy—its message trounced by the annoyance of the opposition or apolitical. It is a magic moment when an artist brings politics into art in a manner that is both visually stunning and conceptually provocative, which is the case with Molly Crabapple’s exhibition of new paintings. "Shell Game" does this beautifully. In these works inspired by the birth of Occupy Wall Street, Crabappl... [more]

The Sahmat Collective: Politics and Performance in India   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Manjeet Bawa, Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta, Zarina Hashmi, Rummana Husain, Bharti Kher, Nalini Malani, Pushpamala N., Gigi Scaria, nilima sheikh, Vivan Sundaram at Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago February 14th, 2013 - June 9th, 2013
Posted 3/21/13

Mounted on a red wall, a large black-and-white photograph of a funeral procession carrying a coffin draped in a hammer and sickle flag greets visitors to The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989. This striking first visual and the room that follows set the premise and tone of the exhibition with plentiful wall text, reading materials, and documentation to supplement and contextualize the work to come. The exhibition introduces an American audience to an Indian art collective... [more]

Tania Bruguera: Re-imagining Revolution, Re-creating Cuba   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/18/13

A Cuban artist currently based in the U.S., Tania Bruguera has the distinction of having presented challenging political work in both countries, as well as in many others. Her ambitious and powerful oeuvre encompasses installation, performance, and long-term socio-political intervention. This is not art for spectators—it's for participants, truth-seekers, fellow-travelers. It is a psychic weapon for the oppressed, a subversive force against the narrow ideological confines of both socialist and capi... [more]

The Artist Entrepreneur: How Technology is Transforming the Art World  
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10/24/12 Posted 10/24/12

Published in Forbes on 10/22/2012This article was written by Veronika Sonsev, CEO Founder of inSparq.com, an ecommerce technology company. She is also a co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile, a technology accelerator focused on female founders. Seth Godin says, “All artists are entrepreneurs. All entrepreneurs are artists.” With the advent of new technology startups like Kickstarter, Eventbrite and Artsicle, Godin’s vision is getting elevated to the next level enabling artists to take their career in... [more]

Derivatives called Love  
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10/4/12 Posted 10/4/12

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012 Julia 2008 Photograph  by Kim Barry What's braver than giving love to those you simply care for without their permission, possession, or prudence- without their reaction, return, or regard? No war hero metals compare. Too many have lived too closely to life without it and the dark places that are created when the heart  is not fed. What then is braver than  creating a life, a reality of faith that materializes into spaces that magnet those that nee... [more]

Koch Political influence gone ! #CharlesGKoch,#Koch_Industries,#anonops  
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9/29/12 Posted 9/29/12

These two Koch brothers Charles, #CharlesGKoch,and David are so out of touch with reality and with what other people who aren't paid to kiss their ass think about them........ hell, i'm surely not the only person on the planet who finds these two vile cretins lower than a snakes belly. Environmental criminals in my personal opinion, who'll be LONG DEAD, (and knowing what America is like, these two will probably be immortalized in someway,(just like Ronald Reagan, and J.Edgar Hoover, or "Mary"... [more]


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