Last Thursday evening, with the sun setting and the air slightly chilled, I stood on the corner of 22nd Street and 8th Ave with a group of people all waiting to tour the two residential Chelsea blocks that had been turned into an outdoor exhibition by curator Lal Bahcecioglu. With her show entitled Sneak a Peek, Bahcecioglu turns four residential buildings and one commercial storefront into exhibition spaces by installing video monitors in the street-facing windows. The result takes the viewer out of the... [more]
Art collectors strike a delicate balance between patron and artist. Though emerging creatives view collectors as a golden ticket to success, stardom, or just their next meal, mid-career artists view their relationship more as a shared dialogue constantly shifting the scope and focus of their endeavors. A shroud of mystery often pervades collectors, radiating with the air of inherited privilege and market control.
Susan Hancock, the owner of the former Royal/T Gallery in LA’s Culver City... [more]
Paul of Tarsus wrote, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know...” This passage from Corinthians comes to mind when looking at the recent work of Mira Schor, now at Lyles & King. Schor’s paintings, dark, compactly strong meditations on mortality, power, and language, show an arti... [more]
The Night Library periodically highlights freedom-of-information projects, radical print enthusiasts, and independent libraries.
At our request, the Interference Archive, based in Gowanus, Brooklyn, kindly agreed to curate a collection on the theme of "Racial Justice" to present on ArtSlant. In keeping with the spirit of the project, this "volunteer-run library, gallery, and archive of historical materials related to social and political activism and movements" put a list together collectively... [more]
Magic and language share a few essential qualities: they are both transformative in nature, and in the experience of each, information is lost along the way. They are mutually systems of artifice. Words make ideas out of things, an approach to understanding the world around us that often goes unnoticed, just as an unexplained phenomenon creates a distortion, precisely causing it to go noticed, to resonate. Though there is potential to reach each result on similar grounds through different means, the... [more]
What can be learned from looking at an artist’s desk? Does the workspace contain the material markers of process? Does it hint at the final outcome of the artwork?
Naturally. But as we’ve gleaned from our ongoing exercise in hearing from artists about their desks, what takes place in the studio and on the desktop is not all wrestling with concepts and materials. It’s where the prosaic business of being an artist meets with its more esteemed sidekicks, inspiration and process.
Ebony G. Patterson’s first NY solo exhibition, Dead Treez at the Museum of Arts and Design teems with light and shadow, evocations of death and new life, the sacred and the quotidian. The exhibition teems. There are flowers everywhere, carrying with them all the myriad cultural and ritual associations. Overgrown and opulent, Dead Treez connects with viewers through its palpable much-ness. With a surfeit of finely wrought materials the artist creates an affective atmosphere we often associate w... [more]
As I was walking through the halls of Moynihan Station, weaving in and out of noir offices, I overheard a reporter repeatedly saying into a flip phone, as if he was relaying the latest from the frontlines, “It’s renegade, renegade!” I chuckled and kept meandering.
Maggie Dunlop at SPRING/BREAK
SPRING/BREAK is indeed a bit of a renegade. It has and continues to do its own thing, being the only curated fair I am aware of that doesn’t take exhibitor fees, but rather asks for a cut of sales. If... [more]
When The Armory Show hits the Hudson River piers this week, it brings with it more fairs and events than most reasonable art lovers would, or could, venture to attend. But who said anything about being reasonable?
To help you make sense of the fair terrain this Armory Arts Week—to say nothing of the innumerable gallery openings, parties, and performances citywide—this one-stop guide should get you up to speed, leaving you more time to concentrate on that thing we're all here for—... [more]
Art+Feminism started their Wikipedia “edit-a-thons” on March 1, 2014, on International Women’s Day, as a response to the enormous quantity of information now available to us and the evident lack of information about women in the arts. The under-representation of women is not a product of the digital age and the predominantly male editorship of Wikipedia—which we’ll return to shortly; the digital age is merely, in its current state, a continuation of how things have always be... [more]
In celebration of the upcoming International Women’s Day edit-a-thon events, I compiled a list of some of the remarkable female artists who have been added to Wikipedia or whose entries have been improved in previous edit-a-thons. I would have selected 10, but in the spirit of unity (unbiased male volunteers are wholly encouraged, by the way) and in reference to what “male” popular culture has taught me, I have turned it up to 11:
By Plautilla Nelli - Advancing Women Artists F... [more]
Should art have a morality? This is a question that has plagued me the past few months, egged on by a resurgence in the use of “politically correct” or PC as a pejorative in American culture.
The term PC first came to political prominence in a speech given by George H.W. Bush during a commencement speech at the University of Michigan in 1991. In it, he was quick to align “political correctness” with intolerance, claiming it to be a force for the abuse of individuals based on t... [more]
Back in October of 2015, I wrote a review of Shaun Leonardo’s performance, I Can’t Breathe, at The Eighth Floor (video below). Leonardo conducted "a public-participatory workshop and performance that takes the form of a self-defense class" in the pristine gallery space, combining poetry and movement to deliver a stark message about the reality many people of color face when confronted with “Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect” (a euphemism for the NYPD). The performance st... [more]
In a world moving at increasing speeds toward virtual realities and encroaching technologies, it can be difficult to remember the body. It is not until we are sick, do we understand our sense of heath; not until injured or arthritic can we visualize the joint or tendon; not until hair falls out do we wonder how it ever stayed in. It is the decay of the material of our body that makes us human and remember that we are. It is the body that I think about when considering the work of documentary fi... [more]
This interview was originally published on ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives.
Naima Green is a Brooklyn-based photographer and educator whose work addresses the intersections of blackness, urban design, and the environment. I first met Naima as a participant in her series, Jewels from the Hinterland, last June. While I awkwardly posed for her camera in Prospect Park, it became immediately evident to me that Naima's scholarship and practice offered new opportunities for th... [more]
We run an online magazine, so of course, we're interested in what's happening with art on the web. We invited online gallerist, founder, and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, to write a bi-monthly column for us. Every other Wednesday he'll be selecting a Web Artist of the Week. This week Petersen profiles Faith Holland, who has curated a selection of her work for ArtSlant.
New York-based Faith Holland only started making work within the medium about five years ago, but has quickl... [more]