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20160208111622-press8 In Ryan Mendoza’s Detroit House, Debris of a Financial Collapse Turns into Relief Aid   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Ryan Mendoza at Art Rotterdam February 11th - February 14th
Posted 2/8/16

Is it a sculpture? A political indictment? A social activist gesture? Or maybe some form of contemporary historiography? It’s not really clear how to define or classify Ryan Mendoza’s Detroit House. One thing’s for sure, though: it’s not a house. You could easily be fooled into thinking it is. It’s got a roof, walls, a porch, windows, and a door you can enter through. It lacks, however, neighbors, a path or driveway leading up to it, a connection to the local power grid, a foundat... [more]

20160208144912-guzman_atelier1 Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/8/16

Whether they’re doing residencies or research, teaching or travel, or whether they’re simply responding to the contingencies of affordable and available studio space, artists today are in constant motion. What’s the marker of the artist’s studio in this peripatetic climate? Is the artist’s “desk” a piece of furniture, an anchored object? Or is it something they can pick up and carry away—a laptop or notebook that travels with them wherever they go?... [more]

20160212152310-piggy-2 Virtual Embodiment: Beyond the Death of Pig   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/11/16

The annual Berlin festival Transmediale engages the crossroads of art, media, and technology. This year’s edition, given the title conversationpiece, was held at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt from February 3–7, with diverse events and artworks organized in four streams: Anxious to Act, Anxious to Share, Anxious to Make, and Anxious to Secure. On the morning of the final day, I entered the cafe stage area to find a computer monitor displaying a scene from the vantage point of a pig... [more]

20160209120404-holland04-600 Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Faith Holland   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/9/16

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]

20160206174425-1_intheeyesoftheanimal_still4_bylucamarziale Sundance Report: How Filmmakers Are Using Virtual Reality to Promote Social and Environmental Awareness   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah January 21st - January 31st
Posted 2/6/16

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Sundance Institute's influential artistic program, New Frontier, a milestone which is being feted with the most extensive programming yet. Described as “a revolution a decade in the making,” the 2016 celebrations began at the Sundance Film Festival (January 21–31) with an exhibition of over 30 virtual reality pieces alongside 11 artwork installations, a performance work, and three feature films, and continues later this year with events at MoMA in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Recognizing that film... [more]

20160206191058-emma_hart_portrait Emma Hart Wins Max Mara Art Prize for Women: a Look at an Essential Award   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/6/16

Last Wednesday Emma Hart won the 6th Max Mara Art Prize for Women, following in the footsteps of internationally acclaimed artists like Laure Prouvost and Andrea Büttner. As the prestigious award finds another winner, we learn more about the practice of an exciting emerging artist. But the announcement is also an opportunity for reflection: is an art prize exclusively for women still necessary in 2016, a time when not just art institutions but also the rest of the world are paying increased atte... [more]

20160129160809-e87d9b_43cb6742fbb44678966c76aa90ba9401 In Fact and Fiction, Almagul Menlibayeva Imagines Kazakhstan's Repressed Cultural History Today   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Almagul Menlibayeva at ART Lexïng January 19th - February 20th
Posted 2/4/16

Kazakhstan is caught between worlds. A prominent part of Alexander the Great’s Hellenistic Empire, the territory served as a middle ground between east and west—a crossroads where traders, warlords, and conquerors projected their will, forever altering the landscape and people of the region. Most recently the 60-year Soviet occupation, which ended in 1991, left an indelible mark on the Central Asian nation. Kazakh video artist Almagul Menlibayeva unpacks the mixed cultural and poli... [more]

20160203112758-omarvictordiop_ikhlas_khan__2015__from_diaspora_series_ Great Art Reduced to Origins in What about Africa?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Dawit Abebe, Zarina Bhimji, Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, Phoebe Boswell, Gopal Dagnogo, Omar Victor Diop, Meschac Gaba, Nour-Eddine Jarram, Hamid el Kanbouhi, William Kentridge, Thierry Oussou, Kura Shomali, Ephrem Solomon, Barthélémy Toguo at Witteveen Visual Art Centre January 23rd - February 27th
Posted 2/2/16

What about Africa?, at Witteveen Visual Art Centre in Amsterdam, is an exhibition with top-notch art on display. At the same time, its concept is highly problematic. The show brings together works by fourteen artists, who have little in common besides being African. They hail from countries like Morocco, South Africa, Benin, and Kenya—places removed from each other by the full length and breadth of a vast continent. In terms of social background, national history, or ethnicity the particip... [more]

20160201162923-dtl_option2 Help This Artist Fight for Reproductive Justice in Texas—by Picking Up a Needle and Thread   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/1/16

On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in nearly a quarter century. The justices will weigh the legality of an underhanded and medically unnecessary 2013 Texas law that would shut down 75 percent of the state’s abortion clinics, leaving just 10, or fewer, women’s health clinics providing abortion services. The requirements of the law, known as HB2, are partially in effect today, and only 19 of the 42 clinics open in 2013 are currentl... [more]

20160126193247-9 The Object of Guns and the Subject of Violence: The American Gun (Art) Show   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Unicode 6.0, Morehshin Allahyari, David Bowen, Micha Cárdenas, Caroline Covington, Joseph DeLappe, Christopher Elliman, Nancy Floyd, Philip Bronson Gann, Vadim Gershman, Tal & Omer Golan, Christopher Head, Charles Krafft, Linda Lighton, Julie Meridian, Joe Miller, Nick Montfort, Lydia Moyer, OMTA, Barbosa Prince, Asa Scheibe, Marnika Shelton, brett stalbaum, Annie Wan, Daniel Wechsler, Cody Wilson, Henry Witecki, Nine Yamamoto-Masson, minoosh zomorodinia at Works/San Jose October 2nd, 2015 - November 15th, 2015
Posted 1/26/16

A report published in September 2015 on 247 Wall Street stated that Oakland is the third most dangerous city in the United States, following Memphis and Detroit. The Bay Area in general, from the East Bay to the South Bay, is plagued with violence, though the entire nation could use an attitude adjustment—particularly when it comes to gun violence. I live in Oakland, and as can be expected when someone’s town or city is wracked with hostile incidents, there is a tendency to localize fe... [more]

20160125140209-img_5257 Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/25/16

What does the interior architecture of the artist's workspace tell us about their process and practice? In psychoanalytic terms, perhaps what's in the artist's studio is what's on the artist's mind. In our times, though, the spaces artists inhabit are quite different to the cavernous, secluded spaces of the past: they've had to adapt to a more migratory lifestyle, and have succumbed to the economic squeeze in urban centers. The only universal marker left of the resplendent artist's studio, reall... [more]

20160126185938-keller__gillian__goddess_of_uninhibited_ideals___2015__photography___mixed_media_-_available stARTup Co-founders on the Art Fair for Artists Without Gallery Representation   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at stARTup Art Fair LA January 29th - January 31st
Posted 1/26/16

Los Angeles hasn’t always been an art fair destination—its commercial art scene development has yet to reach the breakneck pace and spectacle seen in New York, Miami, or London. Nevertheless, it’s got a solid core that’s been expanding and garnering more attention in recent years. Long-standing regional fairs, the LA Art Show and Photo LA, have entered their 21st and 25th seasons respectively, and they’re joined this January by the 7th edition of the increasingly inf... [more]

20160127120640-gnar0008 It’s the Best of Times, It's the Worst of Times: Making the Political Palatable   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Group Show at Slow Culture January 15th - January 31st
Posted 1/27/16

At 6:50 pm on opening night, a ladder is still out in the middle of the gallery floor. Frederick Guerrero stands nearby, co-founder of Slow Culture and co-organizer of the finale show at its current Highland Park spot, set to begin at his space in less than ten minutes: What A Time To Be Alive. Atop the ladder sits Adi Rajkovic of Sunday gallery, who is busy helping to align a piece with floral lettering that will soon spell the phrase “SAY HER NAME,” as others around her either tidy up or ska... [more]

20160127122819-carlag_magiccarpetride Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Carla Gannis   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/27/16

New York-based Carla Gannis’ reputation as an dynamic force in international New Media art was sealed with her 2014 piece The Garden of Emoji Delights. It is one of the few pieces of work of this kind that has has universal appeal beyond the rarefied borders of the Net Art scene. Gannis embraces all of the familiar themes of the discipline, but also avoids its many tired aesthetic clichés. She produces work that is instantly recognizable as her own—the mark of a truly special... [more]

20160125131524-ceramic3sm Ceramics and Concrete: A Material Fascination at ALAC 2016   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/25/16

Day one at Art Los Angeles Contemporary, and there's a clear trend emerging for chunky, rough-looking ceramics and heavy concrete. Why? We'd like to think that galleries are enjoying presenting art made with these materials, as they're an aesthetic antidote to the shiny plasticity that is expected in Los Angeles. Why are so many artists are experimenting with these mediums? All over the world of late, there's been a revived interest in clay and concrete from the market and makers, with new ar... [more]

20160125161714-20160121124126-alac-107-clintroenisch-marcelvaneeden Editors' Picks: Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Art Los Angeles Contemporary January 28th - January 31st
Posted 1/25/16

Art Los Angeles Contemporary opens this week—arguably the West Coast's key commercial event for the year, especially for local galleries who feature heavily in the line-up. Looking at artwork in an art fair can be a bit like viewing art on the internet: the structure often strips work of its full effect. To remedy the fatigue of serial image consumption—and give more credit to the artists, looking past their works' obvious marketability and apparent aesthetic trends—we're giving you so... [more]


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