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Reinventing the museum as a relevant social arena   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch March 8th - June 15th
Posted 5/7/14

“The coming twenty years we’ll be okay, with all the baby boomers retiring. But after that we’ll have to come up with a different way of doing things otherwise museums will soon be obsolete.” It was Arnoud Odding, director of Rijksmuseum Twenthe, who said this when I asked him about the most pressing priorities in the Dutch art sector. Odding has given the subject a lot of thought. In 2004 he published Het Gedroomde Museum (The Dream Museum), about the museum as a place for... [more]

AGITPROP: Harun Farocki's Serious Games   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Harun Farocki at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart February 6th - January 18th, 2015
Posted 3/19/14

In a darkened, hermetic wing of the Hamburger Bahnhof, images are being instrumentalized: software put to use by the U.S. Army to train ground troops in Afghanistan is recycled to de-traumatize those very same soldiers returning as veterans. Presenting this unlikely process in his 2009-2010 series Serious Games, German video artist Harun Farocki reveals a reality incapable of reconciling with itself. Serious Games takes the form of four video cycles comprising three two-channel and one single-ch... [more]

The Vitality of the Unknown: The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive January 29th - May 25th
Posted 3/8/14

On a large circular rug in the yawning atrium of the brutalist Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, they are playing a game. A sign welcomes you on the carpet though it requests you take off your shoes. It’s not too hard to figure out, but the MC pads across the carpet with bare feet and whispers to you the rules. Most but all wear white sleeveless sheets belted over their clothes, but not all. Echoing sounds of a couple playing music on a laptop and synths, they stand and lay and be... [more]

Things That Are Alive   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pierre Huyghe at Centre Pompidou September 25th, 2013 - January 6th
Posted 11/5/13

People in museums move like assholes. This dynamic may be little more than a distant memory for those privy to the luxury of sparsely-populated art spaces: via opening receptions, press previews, off-hours viewings organized by friends of friends, or just the good fortune of being free most Monday mornings. Unfortunately, when confronted with the work of an artist who seeks to interrogate, interrupt, obfuscate, or otherwise f*ck The Space of the Museum, privileged classes of museum-goers may be fo... [more]

John Brown Song! : an Interview with Laylah Ali  
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10/7/13 Posted 10/7/13

New York, Sep. 2013: Laylah Ali isn’t a media guru by any means. Traditionally a painter, Ali is more at home poring over paint samples than messing with pixels. But after being asked by the Dia Art Foundation to create an online piece, she decided to venture outside her familiar mediums of paint and paper to explore the life and legend of militant abolitionist John Brown. In John Brown Song! Ali assembled some nineteen videos of her friends, relatives, fellow artists, co-workers, and acquai... [more]

ArtSlant STREET: Sucks Either Way: A Look into the Sardonic Skewville   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Skewville at Mighty Tanaka September 13th, 2013 - October 4th, 2013
Posted 9/30/13

An early proponent of the arts in Brooklyn, Ad Deville aka Skewville canvassed the neighborhood surrounding his gallery, Factory Fresh, from telephone lines to the walls around every corner. Sucks Either Way, Skewville's new exhibition at Mighty Tanaka, pays homage to these stomping grounds with a fresh body of work befitting his return to New York. The stage had been set for Ad Deville to make his 2013 debut in New York as the fall gallery season began, returning after a successful show at San... [more]

Fall Preview: Bright Colours & Rebellious Attitude in London   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/12/13

There’s always a back-to-school feeling when September comes round, no matter how long ago you closed that chapter; it brings a certain feeling of dread and sweaty-palmed anxiety, and the peculiar impulse that you should buy a pencil case. Most gallerists no doubt have the same feeling; after a long summer closure, poor souls are forced back to dust down the artworks and open up their doors. Autumn in London in terms of shows can by now be loosely divided into two categories, opening BF (... [more]

Digital Disappointment   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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GRÉGORY CHATONSKY, DuroSport Electronics, Benjamin Gaulon aka Recyclism, Jonathan Puckey (Moniker), Do it yourself book scanner (Daniel Reetz), Julian Oliver et Danja Vasiliev at Jeu de Paume October 23rd, 2012 - March 11th
Posted 9/3/13

I guess the title kind of gives it away? But you know, you've got to have expectations to be disappointed and here's the problem: when you put together the two words 'online' and 'exhibition' you can imagine wandering through this vast and surprising digital world where new and previously unimagined forms of artistic stimulation are assailing your senses from every quarter; or you can see the two antithetical things, an exhibition being that immersive, fully realised, interactive, texturally correlat... [more]

Hypnosis   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Julio Le Parc at Palais de Tokyo February 25th, 2013 - May 13th, 2013
Posted 2/28/13

There's part of this job that involves trying to use words to conjure the experience of an artwork or an exhibition for the reader. From the second I entered this show I realised that with the work of Julio le Parc – no chance. There's no way that I can tell you even a fraction of what the experience of being in this show is like. Not least because just finding your way through the first immersive sculpture – a small fully mirrored room full of tightly packed full length hanging mirrors that are sl... [more]

[VIDEO] Interview with Yasmin Meinicke   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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epidemiC/Franco Berardi, Vera Buhß, Yoonhee Kim, EunHee Lee, Magma, Milovan DeStil Marković, Otto Neurath, Olof Olsson, Ben Patterson, Mike Ruiz, Daniel Salomon, Edward Tufte, Ivar Veermäe at KLEINE HUMBOLDT GALERIE January 8th, 2013 - February 1st, 2013
Posted 1/16/13

When the intersolar spaceship Pioneer 10 was launched in 1972, it was equipped with a gilt metal plate – a message to potential extraterrestrial intelligence. The plate showed the schematic depiction of a man and a woman in relative proportions to the space shuttle, an interstellar map, and a model of the hyperfine transition of hydrogen. These signs were meant to be “universally” comprehendible, even for those potential life forms in outer space. The exhibition Universalsprachen at the Kleine Humboldt Galerie* unites art wo... [more]

A Perfect 10  
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3/4/09 Posted 3/4/09

A PERFECT 10 A PERFECT 10 is away of looking at the "packaging" of both art and women. I hope "10" challenges the idea of merchandizing and branding both art and women. It asks the questions: What is a perfect 10? How do we package ourselves as women? How interested are we/others in what is inside the packaging? As post-menopausal and aging women how are we perceived? Judged? Appreciated? How do we respond to these pressures? On each 10" X10" canvas there is an image of part of a woman's bod... [more]

Was in LA last week  
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3/2/09 Posted 3/2/09

I want to Los Angeles last W for the CAA conference but had time to explore the artspots close to downtown - not all but some. Many places were hard to find at least for someone unfamiliar with the territory. I also made it to many of the museums and recommend seeing the works at LACMA; the cold war in Germany exhibiton. It was exquisate how they placed some of my favorite artists into the context of their time and place - and helped me understand keiffer's work on another level. There are works by... [more]


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