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Amir H. Fallah Creates a Portrait in Cactus and Lava Lamps in The Caretaker   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Amir H. Fallah at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art May 28th - September 27th
Posted 8/25/15

Amir H. Fallah’s portraits resemble the site of an archaeological dig. When Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb, the young pharaoh’s body was wrapped in shrouds with his material possessions painstakingly arranged around him. Likewise, Fallah incorporates everyday objects from a subject’s home into ornate, unconventional portraits that obscure the figure’s face, finding profound connections in the seemingly mundane and charm in the ugly. It’s not coincidental t... [more]

Paris Tear Sheets: Breaking Bread   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/9/15

Paris Tear Sheets is the blog of ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence, Lara Atallah, who will be undertaking her residency in Paris during July and August 2015. “Paris tear sheets” refers to daily snapshots taken during the artist’s peregrinations in the city. She will use the blog to chronicle her encounters in Paris as well as her observations of the city. You can find more information about ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency here. About a year ago, I attended a lectu... [more]

Making a Memento: Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/24/15

On Saturday I go to the granite steps of the MCA with several hundred others for Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015. The weather’s kinda perfect: sunny, with big cadillacs of clouds rolling by every couple minutes to keep us cool. Down front Jason Lazarus, dressed all in white and holding a megaphone, paces, checks the time. Jason’s an artist/educator/proselytizer of collective action, a well-known/liked artist about town. We’re all here to become history, to legitimize our self-definitions, to e... [more]

Chronicles of a Fleeting Culture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Tina Barney at Paul Kasmin Gallery - 10th Ave May 7th - June 20th
Posted 5/19/15

Famed for her portrayal of the upper class in New York, New England, and Long Island, Tina Barney’s work is an ethnographic study of the bourgeoisie. The eleven works on view in this retrospective are snapshots from a play where if one stares long enough, one might hear the muffled dialogue of Barney’s subjects travel through time. With shots capturing characters in mid-motion, such as The Reception (1985), the viewer is pulled into the scene right before a significant event is about to o... [more]

The Three Best Portrait Painters in the World?  
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5/1/15 Posted 5/1/15

Three (white, middle-aged, male) artists have been announced for the final shortlist for this year's BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London—one of the world's most prestigious portraiture painting prizes, aimed at encouraging artists to develop the portrait in their work. The entries must all be painted in oil, tempera, or acrylic on canvas or board and must be painted from a real life sitting. Matan Ben-Cnaan, Michael Gaskell, and Borja Buces Renard are the final th... [more]

Henry Taylor Filters Life Through Portraiture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Henry Taylor at Untitled New York March 1st - April 4th
Posted 3/24/15

Near the entrance of Untitled Gallery on the Lower East Side is a slab of concrete with a shovel stuck into it. Chair legs and wire sprout off the shovel, as do branches wrapped in stretched pantyhose like wings on an urban angel. The shovel’s handle fits into the mouth of a plastic bottle shaped like a fuel container, painted black to resemble an African mask. On the adjacent wall hangs an antique wooden mirror frame, which now holds a hand-drawn Confederate flag found by the artist. Two to... [more]

Kehinde Wiley's Empire of Vulnerability   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Kehinde Wiley at Brooklyn Museum of Art February 20th - May 24th
Posted 2/20/15

“Kehinde Wiley is everywhere right now,” said Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, as the small press tour began. This was not an exaggeration by any means; Wiley garnered recent attention when his paintings appeared as backdrops in Fox's Empire, a highly stylized melodrama from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong that collages black stereotypes while positioning black bodies into a King Lear-like drama, and for his fashion week photoshoot with New York Magazine. Wiley has been an art star since the mid 2000s when his masterf... [more]

Morning Star: Marshall Scheuttle Photographs Las Vegas in a New Light   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/19/15

Las Vegas-based photographer Marshall Scheuttle explores the American landscape, documenting archetypes of American youth and the narratives which develop around them—exploring our place and identity within the world. Borderland, his first body of work, focused on the individual and their surroundings; his latest project, Morning Star, turns its attention to the specific dynamic of Las Vegas, in response to the stories he uncovered in his earlier series. Scheuttle shoots analogue using a large-format 8 x 1... [more]

Ryan McGinley to Host UNTITLED Vernissage in Miami  
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11/5/14 Posted 11/5/14

UNTITLED art fair announced today that famed photographer Ryan McGinley will host its vernissage in Miami Beach this December honoring ACRIA, a leading research and education organization working to help people with HIV and AIDS. To raise support for ACRIA, McGinley will offer three limited edition photographs of his 2014 Pairie (Pond) from his ongoing road trip series. Since 2005, McGinley has been traveling across the United States with a mass of models and assistants to capture stunningly raw portr... [more]

A Mythology of Memory  
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11/4/14 Posted 4/4/15

Originally published in the Immigrant Issue | OF NOTE Magazine and then republished in the World Policy Journal (Arts Policy Nexus) 2014: "Though I will be a stranger in my land of origin, the importance of this journey is to bridge the gaps in my identity and my parents’ painful sabotage of identity. I want to know them in the historical and current political context of Sierra Leone; I want to know our story stripped of myth." Aunt Gertrud Kretzchmar (Tante Trude). Beskyden, Cze... [more]

Allen Ginsberg’s Photographs: The Unforgivable Passage of Time   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Allen Ginsberg at University of Toronto Art Centre September 2nd, 2014 - December 6th, 2014
Posted 10/24/14

An exhibition of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs, currently on view at the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, presents its audience with a large volume of stills taken by the poet between 1953 and 1996. Approximately 150 images hang on the walls of We are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996), representing some of Ginsberg’s most intimate documented moments that capture and immortalize an instance in time. The viewer’s r... [more]

@richardprince4: Who are the other Richard Princes?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 10/2/14

Update October 6, 2014: In a further twist to the RP4 tale, Instagram has started to dump previous images posted by the artist (including the ones we had linked to here, now obsolete). The reasons behind these mysterious recent movements on the (at the time of writing) still active account are unclear: a warning from the Instagram authorities? Or a classic Prince joke? In his latest post, two women are captured mid-conversation on a sofa. Above them hangs the infamous Untitled (Cowboy), the artist's... [more]

Nostalgia and Gratitude, Brokenness and Redemption   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Henry Diltz, Walden S. Fabry, Henry Horenstein, Les Leverett, David McClister, Raeanne Rubenstein, Ethan Russell, Leigh Wiener, Elmer Williams, Michael Wilson at Annenberg Space for Photography May 31st, 2014 - September 28th, 2014
Posted 7/20/14

I only need one song to explain how I feel about country music: George Strait’s So Much Like My Dad. A modest hit in 1992, the tune’s not nearly as recognizable as Strait’s other classics. You’ll likely run into All My Exes Live in Texas, but probably not So Much Like My Dad. A few keys of the piano walk you into the song’s weather: the first few drops of an icy rain, a first snowfall. A brush hits the drumhead and somehow it’s cold. It hits a few more times and it’s... [more]

Intimate Strangers: In Conversation with Matthew Morrocco  
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7/7/14 Posted 7/7/14

Berlin, Jul. 2014: Matthew Morrocco’s “Berlin Series” depicts no-strings-attached encounters tied to the fabric of our most intimate human emotions. This tender photographic self-portrait series evokes the pleasure and pathos that can be embedded in online hook-ups. As a young New York artist studying in Berlin, Morrocco met older men and photographed them either alone or interacting with his nude body. He respectfully represents these men’s aged bodies and evident desires.... [more]

Portrait Relief   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Katie Lyle at Erin Stump Projects (ESP) May 15th, 2014 - June 14th, 2014
Posted 5/23/14

Katie Lyle's first solo show at Erin Stump Projects is both promising and relieving. They are paintings that will make your eyes and brain feel satisfied, as well as happy to see something, albeit traditional, that has been suspiciously absent from much contemporary painting: small-scale portraits. In a debut solo exhibition you typically are aware of which artists the artist likes. Of the seven paintings in this show, one nods fairly directly to Picasso (something a painter is almost required t... [more]

Mapplethorpe: Very Eighties   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Robert Mapplethorpe at Grand Palais March 26th, 2014 - July 13th, 2014
Posted 4/21/14

At a certain point as I was walking around the Mapplethorpe exhibition I thought, “You know something? I really don’t like Robert Mapplethorpe.” This was during the first half of the show where most of the work was in his "nude portraiture" mode. I mean, I can appreciate the formality of it all—the lines and triangles, neat, original compositions, the sculptural references. But there’s just something in the gelatin-silver-shininess of it; it all seems too slick, t... [more]


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