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Arts and Banking: Umpqua's Foray into the Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/18/14

Corporatism pervades the art world: BMWs are wrapped in Jeff Koons vinyl, museum exhibitions and art fairs are sponsored by global financial institutions, one mega luxury conglomerate even has an entire museum. It's a simple fact now: money and art go hand-in-hand. Usually, the issue taken up is the cooption of art for financial/political purposes and the impure state in which this leaves art but, frankly, it’s hard to believe this argument is still around let alone received as valid. Not since t... [more]

Philly Mural Arts Program Announces Open Source  
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11/10/14 Posted 11/10/14

Mural Arts Program, the Philadelphia-based organization that works with artists and communities to develop murals across the city, is collaborating with curator Pedro Alonzo on a major new initiative. Set to culminate in a "celebration" during Mural Arts Month in October 2015, Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space will take place across the whole city, inviting numerous artists to paint murals around the city. Alonzo is one of the leading curators of street art in the US and has worked with major... [more]

25 Years After the Fall of the Wall a Public Art Project Remembers with Light   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/6/14

Seventy thousand citizens gathered on the streets of the East German city of Leipzig on October 9th, 1989, after churches opened to accommodate protesters disillusioned with the oppressive East German regime, the Cold War, and the structural and geographical scar the Berlin Wall had represented for the past 28 years. This massive confluence was the culmination of weekly prayer meetings organized by Christian Führer, the pastor of St. Nicholas Church. Some might call it a stretch to conclude... [more]

The Art of the People's Climate March  
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9/22/14 Posted 9/23/14

photo courtesy of Stephen Melkisethian Over 400,000 took to the streets in New York City yesterday for the People’s Climate March, what’s being hailed as the largest demonstration against climate change in world history. Just two days before the U.N. convenes its Climate Summit, demonstrators hoped to send a clear message to world leaders that they must act assertively to combat climate change. Stretching through central Manhattan from its starting point on the west side of Central Pa... [more]

VIDEO: Christo Goes White Water Rafting  
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9/4/14 Posted 9/5/14

We've had our eyes on Christo's Over the River Project for several years (Christo's been working on it now for twenty years), and every so often we get updates from the OTR squad on the project's various legal battles and incremental successes. The two-week project, which proposes to install a series of fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado, has already received permission from the Federal Government, Colorado State Parks, the State Land Board and Fremont County, Colorado, but faces chal... [more]

Simple Pleasures   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Daniel Buren at Palais Royal August 1st, 1986 - December 31st, 2024
Posted 8/28/14

Given that we are in the zombie month of August when most galleries are closed, your faithful correspondent decided that it was time to go and check out some permanent public art: Daniel Buren’s 1986 installation Les Deux Plateau, apparently more commonly known as Colonnes de Buren. I’m assuming that for such a worldly audience as ArtSlant’s, these titles need no translation. But what is it? Well, it’s a grid of 260 candy-stripped columns, in a grid of candy-stripped lines in... [more]

Public Art in the Metropolis: The Polarizing Power of London’s New Commissions   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/15/14

Public art has to strike a difficult balance in a city like London that is constantly evolving. It carries with it associations of permanence but its presence isn’t always welcome and, perhaps worse than being openly disliked, works in situ over long periods of time can turn into street furniture, invisible to those that pass by day in day out—the ‘public’ for whom the work exists. Tilted Arc (1981), Richard Serra’s public commission for the Foley Federal Plaza in New... [more]

Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Francesco Arena, Darren Bader, Gottfried Bechtold, Pierre Bismuth, Jean-Luc Blanc, Chris Burden, Zeng Fanzhi, Ryan Gander, Mario García Torres, Mark Handforth, Seth Price, Eva Rothschild, Guido van der Werve at Art Basel June 18th - June 22nd
Posted 6/16/14

The Dreiländereck (literally, “angle of the three countries”) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It’s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations—Switzerland, France, Germany—meet together. Basel is a city wedged into the core of Europe; it’s a border town, stuck in the offshoots of Swiss mountains and split in two by an ample bight of the Rhin... [more]

Polka Dots for Holly Solomon  
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1/27/14 Posted 1/27/14

But What Does it All Mean? An Exploration of John Randall Nelson’s “Polka Dots For Holly Solomon” By Kristin Bauer “To be or not to be: that is the question.” It may be terribly cliché to begin anything with the aforementioned Shakespeare quote, so overly referenced, adapted and turned over in our modern society that it has been rendered virtually meaningless. However, in discussing the recent body of work, Polka Dots for Holly Solomon, by artist John Randa... [more]

Times Square Transformation call for proposals  
Posted 11/2/13

Times Square Arts Courtesy of @TSqArts. Times Square Transformation call for proposals October 2013–December 2015Deadline for first round of proposals: November 18, 2013Duffy Square & Broadway Plazasbetween 41st–47th StreetsNew York, New Yorkwww.timessquarenyc.org Times Square Arts and The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) have partnered to turn the construction fences in Times Square into a large-scale canvas for a... [more]

The FIAC 40th Anniversary Show   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at FIAC October 24th, 2013 - October 27th, 2013
Posted 10/22/13

It’s that time of year again. As the Grand Palais opens its doors to host the annual Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, thousands of amateurs d’art, gallery owners and dealers flock to the cultural centre to gawp, gasp and gander. And this year promises even more as FIAC celebrates its 40th anniversary and welcomes 184 galleries from twenty-five countries. FIAC describes itself as “an opportunity to discover an exceptional artistic programme in Paris and in France.&rdqu... [more]

Performance in Sculpture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Erik Samakh at Musée Rodin May 18th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 9/24/13

As part of its contemporary art programme this year, Musée Rodin invited Erik Samakh to hold a solo exhibition in the museum garden. Describing himself as a “hunter-gatherer” of images and sounds, Samakh always aims to create a unique experience for the audience; for this show, the artist has created a sound installation in the rose gardens surrounding The Thinker and The Three Shades, and an installation of ten natural stone blocks placed throughout the rest of the garden. T... [more]

Theaster Gates: Space is the Place   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Theaster Gates at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 18th, 2013 - October 6th, 2013
Posted 8/30/13

Artist. Entrepreneur. Potter. Bureaucrat. Singer. Arts Administrator. Host. Urban Planner. Collector. The list could go on and on, but the take away from all these labels might be that Theaster Gates is hard to pinpoint or define. Because his practice combines so many disparate disciplines and mediums, it's counter productive to try and categorize the work he does, and the work he makes. Up until now, that hasn’t been too much of an issue—he’s fit comfortably in the trending, self-ref... [more]

Mix, Remix: Interview with Ala Ebtekar  
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8/25/13 Posted 8/25/13

San Francisco, Aug. 2013: I first saw Ala Ebtekar’s work on a billboard in downtown San Francisco. Juxtaposed amidst condo developments and rush hour traffic, it was a visual reprieve. It broke up a familiar landscape, one where billboard iconography is quite familiar and expected, and presented a new motif. The animal-like character featured in the center of a patterned background was almost recognizable, perhaps a ceremonial beast of some ancient history, but just abstract enough to welcom... [more]

Tête-à-Tête   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Amanda Ross-Ho at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) July 23rd, 2013 - November 1st, 2013
Posted 7/26/13

In his 1973 text,The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom cited a term called poetic misprision. What he was referring to was a process that artists, in his case literary authors, adopted in order to further themselves from their sources and avoid being derivative. As an artistic process, it’s a brilliant explanation of how to deal with appropriation and context in contemporary art – to consciously and deliberately misread your source in order to create new meaning. For The Character and Shap... [more]

Norway: Call for Art  
Posted 7/17/13

In commemoration of the terror attacks of July 22, 2011, the Norwegian Government is to establish two national public art memorial sites – one in Hole and one in Oslo. As a first step in planning the memorials, artists, architects and interdisciplinary collaborative teams from around the world are invited to participate in an open call for prequalification entries which will end on September 1, 2013. The assignment has been initiated by the Ministry of Culture, who have set the main parame... [more]


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