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20160919141619-02_an-occupation-of-loss_copyright-naho-kubota_cp In a Moving Orchestra of Grief, Mourning Is a Professional—and Political—Act   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Taryn Simon at Park Avenue Armory September 13th - September 25th
Posted 9/19/16

“Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering” Roland Barthes wrote in his Mourning Diary following the death of his mother with whom he lived until her passing. The performance of suffering, and the unique, personal rhythms it can take, is at the center of An Occupation of Loss, Taryn Simon’s monumental installation and performance now in its two-week tenure at the Park Avenue Armory. Eleven concrete towers—thin, cylindrical, dystopian—trace a semicircle through the... [more]

20160907114136-random_international New York Gallery Guide: The Fall Shows Not to Miss   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/7/16

We've already shared our Fall picks for must-see exhibitions at museums and art spaces around the world. But come September, commercial spaces and non-profits also step up their game. While our calendar is packed with the hottest exhibitions listings from the world's biggest art hubs—from L.A. to London and beyond—few cities support the sheer density of formidable openings that New York does. Let us help you achieve calendar clarity. These are the New York gallery openings we've set our sights on this sea... [more]

20160815133721-cbr Flipping the Gaze: How Do Women Artists Look at Men?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Berenice Abbott, Ellen Altfest, Ghada Amer, Diane Arbus, Gina Beavers, Lynda Benglis, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Katherine Bradford, Cecily Brown, Kathe Burkhart, Lois Dodd, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Katy Grannan, Grace Graupe-Pillard, EJ Hauser, Celia Hempton, Jenny Holzer, Chantal Joffe, Sarah Lucas, Catherine Murphy, Alice Neel, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, Dana Schutz, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Sylvia Sleigh, Betty Tompkins, Nicole Wittenberg, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Cheim & Read June 23rd - August 31st
Posted 8/15/16

In 2009, Cheim & Read hung the provocative group show The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women, which showcased women artists taking control of their own images. In an encore presentation this summer, women artists turn their gaze this time toward men, reversing one of art’s most long-standing power structures. The Female Gaze Part II: Women Look at Men brings together work from 32 artists, all utilizing the subject of men, or the male body, as a way to confront, or even turn the tables on the Male Gaze,... [more]

20160811144347-gen-press-install-storm-blowing-paradise-2 At the Guggenheim, Artists Enlist Architecture to Subvert and Expand Histories   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum April 29th - October 5th
Posted 8/11/16

“But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them.” Walter Benjamin wrote these words describing Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus in his 1940 essay “These on the Philosophy of History.” The storm, he continues, is “what we call progress.” In the Guggenheim Museum’s ongoing group exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa,... [more]

20160705122217-14376216233_d09734db77_k The Trappings of a Museum Guard Grind   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/5/16

This season, in partnership with ARTS.BLACK, ArtSlant is publishing a series of essays on security, guards, labor, and privilege in museum spaces. Previous installments: • Series introduction, and “Security // An Evidence Locker” | Sarah Rose Sharp • “No Photos Please: Finding Respect and Value in Museum Communities” | Adriel Luis When I arrived in New York on September 11, 1995, to stay at my grandfather’s house in Staten Island, I really didn&... [more]

20160629161433-si_lewitt_web_03 Sam Lewitt's Temperature-Raising Intervention Is More Than a Hot Take   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Sam Lewitt at Swiss Institute June 8th - July 24th
Posted 6/29/16

The temperature in New York had reached the low 80s when I schlepped downtown for Sam Lewitt's Less Lights Warm Words at the Swiss Institute. Entering the gallery, which is nestled between the frenzy of Canal street and SoHo, it immediately became clear that the title of Lewitt’s intervention was a massive understatement. Dispersed throughout the otherwise serene gallery space are large-scale copper heating circuits connected to the tall ceiling with loosely hung black wires. Dominating t... [more]

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]


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