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20150528150736-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e15 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E15 with Theaster Gates   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/28/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. In this week's season 1 finale: "I'm learning a lot about myself right now." Turns out Theaster Gates is a natural at make up application. He also tells Danny about being a university profe... [more]

20150527155056-jacoblawrence_migrationseries_panel388 The Immigrant Song   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Jacob Lawrence at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) April 3rd - September 7th
Posted 5/27/15

One of the most startling impressions that one takes away from seeing the reunited Migration Series at the Museum of Modern Art is how current the paintings still feel—in a way that Céline still does, or Christopher Isherwood, or John Steinbeck, documentors of a very specific moment of transition, faithfully recording sensitive observations. Jacob Lawrence’s cycle of 60 paintings on the subject of the Great Migration, during which 6 million African Americans ultimately left t... [more]

20150528144630-20150527224147-sector_rothenberg042 The Personal Is Political: Ellen Rothenberg at Sector 2337   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/27/15

In experiencing elsetime, Ellen Rothenberg’s solo exhibition at Sector 2337, there’s a moment when you realize that you’re not going to get any answers. Nothing conclusive, that is. Rothenberg’s approach to making—performative, research-based explorations of personal/political history—has no time for neat folding-up. The plethora of media on display—ranging in scale from large lean-tos to shifting photocopies of books—all of these give the impression of... [more]

20150526173813-dries7 Dries Verhoeven’s Controversial Grindr Performance Is Back… with Some Changes   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/26/15

When Dries Verhoeven decided to put himself—and all his Grindr dating app interactions—on public display in real time in Berlin last fall, he had no idea the sort of community outrage he’d be met with. Now the Dutch artist’s controversial performance Wanna Play? Love in Times of Grindr is back—with edits—after its Berlin debut was shut down 5 days into a 15-day run last October. For the duration of the performance (10 days in its current iteration) Verhoeven lives... [more]

20150526170335-lauren_e I Like Big Butts and I Can Not Lie?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Group Show at Superchief Gallery LA May 2nd - May 30th
Posted 5/26/15

Just off a street full of piñatas in DTLA is Superchief Gallery—the younger (but larger) sister of Superchief New York. I was here to see the Booty Worship exhibition, alone, because I couldn’t persuade any of my friends to come down and see a "butt" show with me. My friends have far more taste than I’d realized. I was greeted on arrival by pink curtain flaps resembling a lady’s spread legs. I got out of the taxi, and, conscious that the driver was watching me, sa... [more]

20150526112021-54c0a8a104a5726d1af104c95c1cc8fa The Awkwardness of Averageness: Raymond Pettibon’s American Sickness   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects (Hollywood) April 23rd - May 30th
Posted 5/26/15

“I’m not walking down there, there’s a body on the floor,” my friend said. We were coming out of a pizza place that had a gunshot mark in the TV. “Come on, it’s fine. She’s not dead.” As we walked past the disputed human being lying face down in the middle of the stenching sidewalk, she turned on her side and smiled vaguely into the distance with her elderly, meth-lined face. No Title (There are beds), 2015, Collage and ink on paper Sickness is somet... [more]

20150524150807-fwm_bothand_tuttle_46890 Tuttling: Art as Pervasive as Nature   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/24/15

Before I saw the Fabric Workshop’s massive undertaking with Richard Tuttle, I had visited Pace Gallery’s collaboration with the artist at Frieze New York. The presentation was unique but puzzling, with all walls painted a mud brown and petite drawings trotting serially along the wall. While intrigued, I found the overall effect dubious. Both/And at the Fabric Workshop is not only an elaboration, but perhaps the closest thing to a visual manifesto one can reach in Tuttle’s opaque work... [more]

20150523134830-dsc_0839__1024x687___1_ Ai Weiwei and Joan Baez Receive Amnesty International Honor   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/23/15

For the first time, Amnesty International awarded their annual Ambassador of Conscience Award to a visual artist. Ai Weiwei received the international honor, which was presented at an award ceremony Thursday night at the Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, in absentia. The artist can’t leave China, being under government surveillance and having his passport revoked. In place, he designated London’s Tate Modern curator Chris Dercon to accept the award on his behalf. The award is devoted to... [more]

20150523142440-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e14 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E14 with Amber Ginsburg   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/23/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: "Made up... of what?" asks performance artist Amber Ginsburg, as she rumi... [more]

20150519174235-rs_9938 An Actual Location for This Moment: Gabriel Sierra at the Renaissance Society   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Gabriel Sierra at Renaissance Society May 3rd - June 28th
Posted 5/19/15

Gabriel Sierra creates structures of relation, platforms where humans, architecture, and paper media collaborate on the creation of artworks. His current exhibition at the Renaissance Society—the first solo exhibition in the United States for the Bogotá-based artist—is a scatter piece of sculptures, rules, and relationships in which 14 constructions, mostly in modernistically white plywood, lie on the gallery floor. They look at first like a kind of stern minimalism in the Ren&rsqu... [more]

20150519153732-1 Notes from the Third Space: the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/19/15

The Oberhausen Short Film Festival, which hosted its 61st edition from April 30–May 5 this year, promotes the moving image's most essential and investigational format since its beginnings—and it feels like there’s never been a better time for the short film. Without polemics or soap-boxing, but with much food for thought, a sense of what is happening in the world of short film today was woven into diverse screenings, talks, and special programs. Whether the festival’s works or them... [more]

20150519232321-jr7706_15 On Troll Caves and Rose Gardens: Jon Rafman and Keren Cytter at Feuer/Mesler   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Keren Cytter, Jon Rafman at Feuer Mesler May 10th - June 14th
Posted 5/19/15

In Jon Rafman’s 2013 film, Still Life (Betamale), we watch furries and hentai sourced from the deep web while a flat voiceover delivers a speech about leaving one world to enter another. It’s the promise virtual realities offer us: escapism. This idea is at the center of Grand Tour, the inaugural two-person show featuring new works from Rafman and Keren Cytter at Feuer/Mesler, one of two new Lower East Side galleries founded this year by Zach Feuer and Untitled director Joel Mesler (the sec... [more]

20150518183735-jenniferinparadise Robin Hood in Times of Digitally Induced Relativism   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Constant Dullaart at Art Space of the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) May 6th - May 29th
Posted 5/18/15

In the fall of 1987 John Knoll and his girlfriend Jennifer flew to Tahiti. For months they’d been working on the computer graphics of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and they needed a well-earned rest. It was at the pristine Bora-Bora beach that Knoll took a photograph which in the decades ahead became an icon of international geekdom: Jennifer, seen from the back, sitting topless on the white sand with the almost fluorescent blue ocean as backdrop. The picture would have remained just an... [more]

20150518224040-isola_3 The Plural Present: Artists Research Unconditional Love   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/18/15

In Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Italo Calvino illustrates, with the aid of an Italian folktale, how love might be a force of attraction that holds the very craft of a story that brings seemingly disjunct events together. King Charlemagne, spellbound by a ring, falls in love with whoever possesses it: a young girl, an old man, and finally, a lake. “To hold this chain of events together, there is a verbal link, the word 'love' or 'passion,' which establishes a continuity between different... [more]

20150520164322-m2014_67 The Enduring Issues of Non-Western Exhibitions in the West   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/18/15

Los Angeles County Art Museum has been serving as a fortress of non-Western Contemporary art in California. With previous exhibitions concentrating on the Far and the Middle East, LACMA has made promising attempts to alter the Western hegemony in Western institutions by showcasing non-Western art. With its current exhibition Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA presents a cross section of Middle Eastern and Islamic Art (for want of better terms). However, when we look closer at th... [more]

20150423160016-f8087533d7391ff7f2767e5edc601485 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]


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