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20160606162058-mcmillian_2012_couch__1_ Three Shows on Deconstructing Main Street, Blackness, and the American Landscape   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Rodney McMillian at Studio Museum in Harlem March 24th - June 26th
Posted 6/6/16

Upon entering Rodney McMillian: Views from Main Street at the Studio Museum in Harlem, brisk piano notes float out over the exhibition space followed by an almost euphoric serenade by Erykah Badu. Her voice is emanating from a video near the entrance of the gallery where a T-Rex puppet bops around a stage singing along, mouthing out every trill with his toothy jaw gaping open and shut. On the puppet-sized podium hangs a banner reading “The Neshoba County Fair Assc.—Giant House Party... [more]

20160602104752-last_supper Security // An Evidence Locker   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/1/16

Over the coming two months, in partnership with ARTS.BLACK, ArtSlant will be publishing a series of essays on security, guards, labor, and privilege in museum spaces. Foreword Originally, we conceived of this project as a digital “round table” between security guards, artists, arts workers, and those with general interests in arts and culture, considering the theme of security workers à la Fred Wilson’s Guarded View. We quickly realized two things: a) this idea was not new, and... [more]

20160527214027-1-bfo_horowitzinstallswp_051016_0730_canonical__1_ Jonathan Horowitz Takes on Liberalism, Because It's a Person Too   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Jonathan Horowitz at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center May 8th - October 1st
Posted 5/25/16

Occupy Greenwich, Jonathan Horowitz’s current exhibition at the Brant Foundation in Connecticut, delves into the gnarly path of politics—or being political per se—from its pun-intended title to its promotional poster espousing we all “Go Vegan!” Billed as an era-specific retrospective, the exhibition largely unfolds into the various bodies of works the artist has created since Obama entered the White House, and Horowitz swiftly maneuvers around issues that may or may not inte... [more]

20160513172044-opening_jessica_segall_nate_dorr_2 The Shipwreck and the Beehive: A Sculpture Park Claims a Space for Itself, and Others   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Abigail DeVille, Brendan Fernandes, Cary Leibowitz, Jonathan Odom, Jessica Segall, Casey Tang, ARTPORT_making waves, Meg Webster, Hank Willis Thomas at Socrates Sculpture Park May 8th - August 28th
Posted 5/13/16

In the coming days, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign off on (by not vetoing) a Uniform Land Use Review Proposal that will officially add Socrates Sculpture Park to the city park system and literally “put it on the map.” On this plein air exhibition space’s 30th anniversary, a more fitting symbol of acceptance could hardly be more encouraging. For a place that has shifted from ferry slip, city landfill, illegal landfill, and finally appropriated into a sculpture park, transitio... [more]

20160504001011-20160424__l6a3467-1 How Does Frieze Select Its Projects? "Focus" and "Frame" Advisor Jacob Proctor Explains   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/4/16

Special exhibition programming and the curatorial wing of an art fair play an essential role as feeder programs for bringing emerging artists and galleries into the world of high retail. To learn more about how Frieze selects exhibitors for its project-driven sectors, we caught up with Jacob Proctor, Curator at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society and Co-advisor for Frieze's 2016 Frame and Focus sections. This year, the popular sectors comprise 18 solo presentations from galleries founde... [more]

20160504103315-stripes_co8_2016_detail Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Daniel Temkin   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/4/16

Daniel Temkin is currently showing new work from his Glitchometry series at NADA with the new media powerhouse, Transfer Gallery. Although Glitchometry could be described using the fashionable phrase “glitch art,” it bears little resemblance to what we have come to associate with that genre. Temkin’s talents in programming have given him ability to create his own unique systems for manipulating imagery through code. Although the technical aspects of Glitchometry’s creation... [more]

20160502111650-heather_phillipson_frieze_projects_press_image1 At Frieze Projects, a Corporeal Rumination on the Art Fair's Nervous System   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Alex Da Corte, Anthea Hamilton, David Horvitz, Eduardo Navarro, Heather Phillipson at Frieze New York May 5th - May 8th
Posted 5/2/16

At Frieze New York, look out for livestock this year—Maurizio Cattelan is putting a donkey in a room with a chandelier, while Nick Bastis is doing an installation with snails. If you smell dog food, it just means you’ve reached the artwork of British artist and poet Heather Phillipson, who has created a giant “spinal cord,” as she calls it, which connects throughout various outposts throughout the fair. Opening May 4, Frieze Projects, curated by Cecilia Alemani, features Ph... [more]

20160502171148-frieze_tent Frieze Week 2016: Your Guide to the New York Fairs   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/2/16

Frieze Week in New York isn’t holding any punches this year. Upping its game from eight to eleven (plus) fairs, the week will have you zigzagging up Manhattan and beyond—from Brooklyn to the LES, Wall Street to the Hudson Piers, Park Avenue to Harlem. And when you think you’ve had enough, don’t forget to save half your day and all your lunch money to get over to Randall’s Island Park for the main event. To keep you zigging and zagging in the right direction, we present our... [more]

20160419142417-installation_view_1 In Chelsea, Staring Through People's Windows to Look at Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/19/16

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]

20160330154627-artslant_susanhancock_artcollection_nathalycharria_interview_02 Kusama in the Morning, Prince Before Bed: Susan Hancock on Collecting and Living with Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/30/16

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]

20160322163042-lk_mschor_mar16_015 Where Darkness Doubles Light Pours In: Mira Schor at Lyles & King   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Mira Schor at Lyles & King March 18th - April 24th
Posted 3/22/16

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]

20160321135619-img_1604 Racial Justice: A Collection of Books and Print Ephemera from Brooklyn's Interference Archive   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/21/16

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]

20160302095856-moma_broodthaers_installationview1 Magic & Language: Exhibitions to See During Armory Arts Week   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/2/16

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]

20160302112712-amir_h_fallah Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/2/16

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. In... [more]

20160302160203-ebony-g-patterson-november-09-2015-0376 Ebony G. Patterson's Un-visible Bodies   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Ebony G. Patterson at Museum of Arts and Design November 10th, 2015 - April 3rd
Posted 3/2/16

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]

20160303152858-screen_shot_2016-03-03_at_10 Dispatches from Immersion: "It's Renegade!"   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/2/16

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]


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