A photograph is rarely seen as an act of rebellion these days. Hundreds of billions of images are taken and circulated around the world each year. But under China’s censorship laws, Ren Hang’s outdoor nudes are radicalized. What We Do is Secret, Hang’s new exhibition now on view at MAMA, features striking photos the artist had to risk his reputation to take.
Hang sometimes has to run from police when shooting. The Beijing-born artist, who usually photographs his friends naked has bee... [more]
Montreal-based video artist Sabrina Ratté makes stunning electronic environments that recall (or predict) an era where society has perfected a clinical, aesthetic beauty at the cost of fleshy emotion. That is not to say her work doesn’t inspire feelings. It affects you on a primal level because these places feel like they exist deep within our collective, aspirational unconsciousness. There is a calm spirituality and reassuring familiarity here that, ironically, often only serves to e... [more]
Made in L.A. 2016: Wipe Your Feet on the Way Out by Lauren McQuade Kelly Akashi, Huguette Caland, Rafa Esparza, Lauren Davis Fisher, Todd Gray, Joel Holmberg, Margaret Honda, Arthur Jafa, Eckhaus Latta, Laida Lertxundi, Adam Linder, Guthrie Lonergan, Rebecca Morris, Shahryar Nashat, Silke Otto-Knapp, Gala Porras-Kim, Sterling Ruby, Aram Saroyan, Kenzi Shiokava, Daniel R. Small, Wadada Leo Smith, Martine Syms, Kenneth Tam, Labor Link TV, Mark Verabioff, Dena Yago at Hammer Museum
June 12th - August 28th
Cracked and imperfect, resting atop a section of otherwise crisp white marble floor, is a carpet of gridded reddish dirt.
At the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, in a biannual exhibition tasked with representing local creativity, a portrait of the region’s artistic practice takes shape—installed alongside the very firmament from which it was excavated. The earth, the grit, the material of the city—literal and imagined—makes its way into the museum.
“It's a dynamic moment in... [more]
In a culinary world populated by stars, Ferran Adrià is the uncontested sun, the center of the universe. The Catalan chef who started off as a dishwasher at Barcelona’s Hotel Playafels, joined the El Bulli kitchen staff at 22 and only eighteen months later became head chef. From 1994 onwards, the year the restaurant received a substantial investment, El Bulli’s reputation as a place for experimentation grew. It held three Michelin stars and ranked first in the World’s 5... [more]
Walking into the Akademie der Künste, a key venue of the 9th Berlin Biennale, the café you encounter is more than just a café—but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. On one side there is a green juice bar serving up pricey smoothies and snacks; the seating area is furnished with fake plants and “upcycled” wooden tables made from shipping pallets.
MINT, as the café is called, is an art project by Mexico City-based artist Débora Delmar, who creat... [more]
People are stupid.
Don’t misunderstand me: People are stupid in the ways that I am stupid. We are stupid in common: over-worked, over-tired, over-extended—distracted by 21st century life's whizzing communications, the decentralized self, and efforts to keep the barricades from being completely overrun by life’s ghoulish troubles. This being so, we possess precious little attention left to really know what someone's talking about who is actually sitting across the table from us or who... [more]
Table of Contents:
The Matter of Molecular Practice: Sean Raspet | Joel Kuennen
Ferran Adrià Unpacks the Tools of Creativity | Edo Dijksterhuis
Taste With the Body and Without | Zachary Cahill
Squeezing Social Commentary into a Luxury Beverage | Nadja Sayej
“Made hickory smoked salmon with rose and squid ink rice tonight... :)”
This is an email sign off I received from my fellow editor, Joel Kuennen, the other day. Touching base about what we’ve been making and eating is... [more]
This season, in partnership with ARTS.BLACK, ArtSlant is publishing a series of essays on security, guards, labor, and privilege in museum spaces. Find the first installment and an introduction to the series here.
I’d be lying if I said that I’ve always held a deep respect for museum guards. That I’ve reflected deeply on those who stand and sit for hours on end, thanklessly serving as the human buffers between the world’s greatest treasures and greasy fingers or forbidden... [more]
The artist LaTurbo Avedon may be a computer-created avatar but she is very much alive. Her identity has been created through very real experiences and interactions over numerous websites, social platforms, and gaming consoles. The notion that there is a “real” person behind the avatar becomes increasingly meaningless as the division between all of our online and IRL identities blur and dissipate.
LaTurbo Avedon’s work partly explores her personal existence as a physical/digital e... [more]
And to everyone, who shares my views, I would say that we need to rethink our conception of the animal instinct of fear. Through this instinct, the power apparatus controls us and takes away our lives.
Thus wrote Petr Pavlensky, the so-called "mind, balls and conscience" of Putin's Russia in his December 15, 2015 letter from Butyrskaya Prison to a Radio Svoboda journalist. Pavlensky was detained after his November 9, 2015 aktsiya, titled "Threat," which consisted of lighting the... [more]
Now an accomplished pre-teen, VOLTA returns this week for its twelfth year in the Basel art fair line up. From June 13–18, under the domed roof of the city's Markthalle, the fair for "new international positions" brings together nearly 70 galleries stemming from 21 countries.
We're always grateful when we can consume art with context—especially at an art fair. Thus, in partnership with VOLTA and GalleryLOG, we're pleased to share this advance look at the processes and inspirations of five e... [more]
A post-internet dystopian fairyland—this was my first reaction to the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, The Present in Drag. Curated by DIS, the art collective behind DIS magazine, the exhibition promised to be full of post-internet art, advertisements, and corporate aesthetics, as was made apparent by branding techniques and imagery on the Biennale website as early as 2014, when the curatorial team was announced.
In the weeks preceding the Biennale, posters were mounted outside KW Institute for Contempor... [more]
The history of eyeglasses goes back almost a thousand years.
In his Book of Optics, dated 1021, the Arab scientist Alhazen had already mentioned the use of a convex lens to enlarge images. The translation of this treatise into Latin led to the invention of magnifying glasses held together by a frame in thirteenth century Italy. The earliest depiction of someone wearing glasses, Tommaso da Modena’s portrait of a Dominican cardinal, dates from 1352. Since then corrective eyewear has been s... [more]
Meandering through West Hollywood’s crowded streets—filled with trendy boutiques, coffee shops, and upscale salons—it’s difficult to come across vestiges of the city’s queer roots. Long gentrified by high rents is a rich history ensconced in leather bars, tea rooms, sex shops, and the like. It’s a history that while obscured, is still vibrantly alive in the memory of Tom of Finland Foundation Co-founder, Durk Dehner. Since 1984, Dehner served as the official h... [more]
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]
Through close collaboration with a group of teenage girls living at the Youth Center for Socio-Therapy in Rudzienko, Poland, Sharon Lockhart creates a striking portrait of the complexities of adolescence. The centerpiece of the artist’s latest exhibition, currently on view at The Arts Club of Chicago, is the 2016 work Rudzienko, a two-channel film installation featuring short scenes choreographed and performed by the young women from the Center. As both facilitator and documenter, Lockhart fosters... [more]