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Playful? Or Childish? The Art We Deserve   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/6/15

Hopping around the fairs you start to notice some trends in material and content. We’ve noticed a healthy use of floral foam at Independent and Armory, rock-climbing grips as wall plinths, new-media on canvas, and a whole bunch of animated icons making their way into the pictorial plane. There is a lot of playfulness this year… but it’s all rather childish. Per Fhager at Stene, exhibiting at Volta NY On a far wall in the upper reaches of Independent, there’s a photo dip... [more]

2nd Annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Coming to a Museum or University Near You  
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3/4/15 Posted 3/4/15

What is history but what we write about history? Our culture, our very civilization, is based around our written records. Cultural importance, longevity, and influence are invariably granted to those about whom the most words have been written. In honor of International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8), you can help write more words about women in the arts, and therefore substantially improve the visibility of women on the most accessible and widely used reference tool we currently use on... [more]

Boycott or Action? Bansky in Gaza  
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2/27/15 Posted 2/27/15

Shot simply and in his typical parodic style, Banksy's latest project to go viral is a short video that sees the anonymous street artist and activist enter the Gaza Strip. It is the first work the British artist has completed in the Palestinian territory, but in 2005 nine pieces of his art appeared on Israel's West Bank barrier. The two minute video is titled "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination"—a satirical reimagining of an aspirational travel ad. It ends with... [more]

Fair Flow: Colombian Beats for #ArcoColombia  
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2/26/15 Posted 2/26/15

Colombian music represents an amazing amalgamation of cultures and climes—and just as Colombian art is in the spotlight at ARCOmadrid, Colombia's musical infusions are another cultural industry that is beginning to garner international attention. Big bands like Grupo Bahía, Puerto Candelaria, and others here combine afro-caribé and neo-jazz with many other influences, rhythms, and instruments to brew a uniquely Colombian sound. We've collected a few of our favorites below for w... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/26/15 Posted 2/26/15

Art or Not? Sometimes the art world just wants to have fun. Or so we'd like to think. Every weekend, with our tongues firmly in cheeks, we invite our readers to a game of spot the difference. This week: construction sites. Which of the artworks described below is by an artist whose accolades include the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Museum? #1 “I don't want to exhibit something to someone any more. I want to do the reverse: I want to exhibit someone to something." #2 "I... [more]

Georgia Fee Residency Summer Session Now Accepting Applications  
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2/26/15 Posted 2/26/15

The summer session of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is now accepting applications. All applications must by submitted by Friday, April 3rd at Midnight Pacific Time. To apply, click on enter Residency to the right of your ArtSlant Profile.The Summer 2015 residency will take place July 1st - August 31st, 2015. It includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD and airfare to and from Paris. The residency takes place in Le Marais neighborhood of Paris. Studio space is not provide... [more]

Preview: MENAM at Armory 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/23/15

Middle East-centric shows are having a moment in American museums, but the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean (MENAM) focus at this year’s Armory Show (March 4-8) will mark the first time a fair in the US has brought a large showing of art from the region to a commercial environment. Curator Omar Kholeif and focus partners Edge of Arabia and Art Jameel have selected a handful of galleries, each of which will feature a maximum of two artists, balanced between modern and contemporary.... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/20/15 Posted 2/20/15

Art or Not? The art PR world: love it or hate it, it's a dab hand at spin. Each week, ArtSlant asks our readers to indulge us in a game of spot the difference. This week: empty galleries. Which of the images described below is judged to be a genuine work of art, by an artist who has won a prestigious art prize? #1 Lights go on, lights go off—sunshine and rain, and then back to beginning to repeat endlessly. I do not know what the artist was thinking about when he made it, but to me i... [more]

EXPO CHICAGO announces curators for IN/SITU and EXPO VIDEO 2015 exposition  
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2/20/15 Posted 2/20/15

EXPO CHICAGO has announced that their large-scale program, IN/SITU, will be curated by Louis Grachos. Grachos has curated the likes of Do Ho Suh and Tom Sachs as the ED of The Contemporary Austin. EXPO VIDEO will be curated by Alfredo Cramerotti who runs the MOSTYN gallery, the largest publicly funded contemporary art institution in Wales. See the Full Release below: Bringing together more than 20 regional curators during EXPO CHICAGO, Sept. 17–20, 2015, The International Exposition of... [more]

"Swinging London" Meets Conceptual Photography at C/O's Blow-Up  
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at C/O Berlin 2/18/15 Posted 2/18/15

C/O Berlin recently moved to its new home, the Amerika Haus, a 1950s architectural trademark that saw little of the vicious consumerism and booming hedonism that characterized the so-called "Swinging 60s," yet plays perfect host to an exhibition centered on the era. C/O's current exhibition Blow-Up revolves around Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's iconic 1966 film of the same name. Photography’s ability to picture reality is challenged both in the movie, as well as in the exhibiti... [more]

ArtSlant Prize Winner exhibiting in JustMad in Madrid  
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2/16/15 Posted 2/16/15

We are very excited about the participation of ArtSlant Prize Winner 2013, Robin Kang, in the upcoming JustMad Feria de Arte Contemporaneo in Madrid. JustMad is presenting a new section called Just Brooklyn where seven galleries from this New York borough will be participating. Opening February 24th until March 1st, there will be a special program of events for BK dealers and non-profits as a way to enhance intercultural experiences and promote a dialogue with regards to the influence of cult... [more]

ArtSlant Prize Round 1 Jurors Announced  
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2/16/15 Posted 2/16/15

$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards We are very pleased to announce our panel of Round 1 Jurors! The application period ends March 6th - enter today! Eric Shiner is the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world, located in Pittsburgh, PA. At The Warhol Museum, Shiner organized Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, an exhibition that showcased the artwork of 14 established contemporary artists invited to conduct artist residencies in Pittsburgh-ba... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/13/15 Posted 2/10/15

Art or Not? Sometimes it can feel like the art world is having a joke at the public's expense. What makes an artwork "genuine" or an artful coincidence? Every Friday, ArtSlant invites you to put your tongue in your cheek, and consider which of the pictures below is a work of art. This week we ask: which of these images showing puppies at play is the real artwork? #1 This Chilean artist builds a strong sense of community into her interactive projects. This facility contains "sculptures" that function both as t... [more]

The Exterior Edges of a Cave   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Theresa Ganz at Evans Contemporary February 5th - March 5th
Posted 2/12/15

Theresa Ganz's methodology is like making paper out of paper: she builds rocks from rocks. Heart of a Cave, her current exhibition at Peterborough's Evans Contemporary, comprises works executed in black and white digital photography, with one colorful exception. Her images represent caves, slabs of stone, and landforms—all assembled from photographs of geological formations taken by the artist. Generating in the viewer a curiosity to look deeper, to work out how it was assembled, Ganz&rsq... [more]

The Grandfather of Black British Photography's Apartment Is the Exhibition  
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2/12/15 Posted 2/12/15

Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, is planning an ambitious undertaking: they want to move an artist’s whole flat into the gallery. And they need your help. There are precedents to this type of project—Song Dong’s landmark 2009 installation, Waste Not, springs to mind, as does Dawn Kasper’s reconstruction of her studio at the 2012 Whitney Biennial—but the subject of this project and the contents of his archive are not only of artistic interest, but also cultural, socio... [more]

Kanye in Context: Genius, Twat, or Both?  
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2/10/15 Posted 2/10/15

It’s been a fantastic 48 hours for Kanye haters. After (almost) gatecrashing Beck’s acceptance speech at The Grammys, Westie (as he affectionately lets me call him) claimed the award show disrespected artistry by not handing the Award to Beyoncé (again). Media shit storm. Highlights: Elle posted a photo of hiphop’s Will and Kate: Jay Z and Beyoncé, looking “horrified.” In an open letter to Mr. West on her Facebook page, Shirley Manson from the 1990s asked for... [more]


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