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20150728115851-image_views_monica_de_miranda Portugal Contact Zone at Art Marbella: The Complexity of Cultural Interplay in Southern Europe   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/28/15

Europe's refugee crisis has reached political and humanitarian extremes this year, with an unprecedented number of asylum seekers—many fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa—risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean. Across the continent a social and political atmosphere fueled by racism, xenophobia, fiscal conservatism and austerity has given rise to a radical disconnect between many Europeans and their southern neighbors. Horrifically, Greek Isle holidaymakers have been heard complaining about vacationi... [more]

20150730102321-fotos-az-2007-nyc-004-wide A Short Interview with Alejandro Zaia, Founder of Art Marbella   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/30/15

Alejandro Zaia, the head of the critically-acclaimed Pinta London, is an unusual figure in the art world, coming to the world of the art fair through a love of contemporary Latin American art. Though a native of the PR and Advertising industries, he has now added a second fair to his collection, Art Marbella. ArtSlant: Why Marbella? Alejandro Zaia: Because Marbella and the whole Costa del Sol is the hottest spot in the European summer. It is a multicultural city — plenty of Germans, English,... [more]

20150730233752-alex-farquharson-david-baird-2361 The New Director of Tate Britain Set to Broaden the Museum's Audience   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/30/15

As the chief founding director of Nottingham Contemporary—one of the U.K’s largest art centers—Alex Farquharson knows all about tackling artistic ventures on a large scale. A long time curator with more than 20 years' experience, Farquharson has worked with some of the foremost leading contemporary British artists, such as Pablo Bronstein, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jeremy Deller, Gary Hume, Richard Long and Gillian Wearing. When Farquharson launched Nottingham Contemporary in the fall o... [more]

20150729184842-4999182295_2e3aec7f16_z The Puerto Banús Strip Is Decadent and Depraved   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/29/15

They call it “Marbs.” Some of them do, anyway—not the real deal money; not 'Tony' and 'Mel' Banderas-Griffiths, whose beach-front palace’s lease, quite tragically, outlived their marriage—but the ones who are there for an earthier breed of bacchanal: the drunks, the San Tropez tanners, the motor-mouthed swimsuit babes, the rutting Croyden bucks—and so on, and so forth. Breasts as buoyant as puppies; pectorals as tight as spinster's mouths: the strip on Puerto... [more]

20150727025311-lady2x3_lowres Bodies and Beings: What Place Can Ceramics Have In Contemporary Art Now?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/27/15

From the didactically ornate, magical sculptures of Adrian Arleo to the pensive and powerful busts of Jacob Foran, Abmeyer+Wood gallery’s current exhibition Bodies + Beings represents a range of aesthetics that reflect the potential of ceramics today. Bringing together some of the most established names in contemporary ceramic art—including Patti Warashina and Richard Notkin—it also introduces some emerging artists working in a medium many once thought of as limited to cups and... [more]

20150727084432-_mg_7719 A Monumental Gesture of Intimacy   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Taturo Atzu at De Oude Kerk June 27th - September 6th
Posted 7/27/15

The number of tourists pouring into Amsterdam increases steadily every year. Obviously Madame Tussauds, the Anne Frank House and—of course—the red light district are popular destinations, but in the last decade or so museums have become a serious pull-factor. Number one on the list is the Rijksmuseum, welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors in 2014 and on track to break that record this year. For the exhibition Late Rembrandt alone half a million tickets were sold. Besides happy faces... [more]

20150731211145-20150725155246-img_1305 Paris Tear Sheets: Of Hummus and Other Stories   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/25/15

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. Immigrants tend to carry with them t... [more]

20150724083227-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Andrew Maize   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/24/15

Welcome to the sixth installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?" Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman Episode Six | Andrew Maize: The Tide is High “No” and New Earth (1:30) Maize’s 32-foot-tall ladder... [more]

20150723191159-ai_weiwei--_adam_dean Ai Weiwei Receives His Passport Back After 4 Years   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/23/15

Celebrated artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has received his passport back from the Chinese government four years after it was confiscated. The silencing of Ai Weiwei at the hands of the Chinese government has been a continued occurrence, due to the artist’s open criticism of China’s communist government and the country’s controversial human rights standards. In 2005, Ai Weiwei was invited to blog on China’s largest internet platform, Sina Weibo. He used the forum to di... [more]

20150723184953-takashi_murakami Los Angeles to Open Its Largest Free Contemporary Art Museum   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/23/15

Los Angeles’ latest contemporary art access point, The Broad Museum, will officially open its doors to the public on September 20. This is exciting news for Angelenos, as the 120,000-square-foot structure will house more than 2,000 works from the Broad Art Foundation and the personal collections of long-time philanthropists and art enthusiasts, Eli and Edythe Broad. According to Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation, this means access to more t... [more]

20150722092055-babz_flyer Why Collect Artist Books and Zines?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/22/15

“Ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.” —Walter Benjamin [1] Brooklyn-based publisher and curator Blonde Art Books recently organized its third annual Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair (BABZ). A three-day event, BABZ featured a few dozen independent publishers hawking their goods, plus workshops and performances throughout the weekend. The presence of something like BABZ is no... [more]

20150722104332-installation_view__hashtag_abstract___ronchini_gallery___2_july_-_29_august_2015__12_ Kamiar Maleki Turns a Passion for Collecting into an Exhibition—with an #InstagramTwist   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Oliver Clegg, Richard Höglund, Christopher Kuhn, Kasper Sonne at Ronchini Gallery July 2nd - August 29th
Posted 7/22/15

They say that for an art collection to have impact it must have a strong focus, a direction. For London-based collector and patron Kamiar Maleki, son of mega collectors Fatima and Eskander Maleki, that direction is found in the works of emerging artists, primarily young abstract painters. He’s looking for works that, in some way, speak to our time. And since digital media and social networking primarily characterize our time, for Maleki’s inaugural exhibition as curator he has put together... [more]

20150722123735-mgb15_p_sehgal_gruppe_1 Coming and Going: Staging Semiotics in Contemporary Performance Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/22/15

A young-girl enters the room, she gives a speech, she engages with the audience, she exits. Her acting double, an identically looking young-girl, enters the room after her. She performs the same speech in German with a slight variation. Both girls perform the same character—a character modeled after manga character Ann Lee. In their combined acting, they agree to share the personality of a constructed character schizophrenically. They (she) perform an idea of identity that has been crafted... [more]

20150721043737-theo150001_2 Boys Against Girls   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Lucy Beech, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Am Nuden Da, George Henry Longly, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Ben Schumacher, Richard Sides, Cally Spooner, Alice Theobald, Edward Thomasson, Jesper List Thomsen at Lisson Gallery July 17th - September 5th
Posted 7/21/15

If you look out the window these days you can’t help but see boys, girls, and the political all manifest on the pavement, floating large as a topic within our cultural exchange: girls walking as boys, boys becoming girls, girls still so horribly un-/mis-represented in Hollywood that Jennifer Lawrence comes across as a goddess for acting like a normal human being. Etc. Besides asking if Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation isn’t the final act of masculine hegemony—something along the li... [more]

20150721144157-hind_sbooks_2015 Paris Tear Sheets: Footnotes on Encounters   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/21/15

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. Walking through Parisian streets is... [more]

20150720141714-rh1401028-10 Turning the Tables on Global Self-Evidence   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Georges Adéagbo, Brook Andrew, Raqs Media Collective, Marjolijn Dijkman, Mark Dion, Meschac Gaba, Simryn Gill, Mona Hatoum, Romuald Hazoumè, Femke Herregraven, Tsang Kin-Wah, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Batoul S'himi, Taryn Simon, Andrea Stultiens, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ghana ThinkTank, Tintin Wulia, Chen Zhen at Museum De Lakenhal June 27th - October 4th
Posted 7/20/15

Empty prisons, abandoned shipyards, derelict factories—in the past couple of decades these raw and unpolished places have become very popular as locations for art fairs, biennials, and temporary exhibitions. Often it’s simply because of their atmospheric quality. Or to stress the fact that the art on show really is connected to the outside world and not only functions within the artificial ecosystem of the museum. But it works best if the location’s identity and the exhibition... [more]


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