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20150629143751-4 The Soldier as Artist: Khaled Jarrar Chisels Away at the Wall   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/29/15

Two boys crouch on either side of the wall that separates the West Bank from Jerusalem. They are smuggling 1,000 loaves of Ka’ak Al Quds (“bread of Jerusalem”) through a hand-bored hole in the concrete. Ramallah-based artist Khaled Jarrar interviews them from behind an unsteady camera. “Pull! Pull!” urges the older boy. Dust from both the flour and the wall is seen as the younger child collects the bread on the other side in a makeshift production line. The zero-shap... [more]

20150627052437-ayotzinapa_kites Francisco Toledo's Poster Biennial for Mexico's Missing Students   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/27/15

One of art’s most powerful assets is that it can speak on behalf of the silenced; it can express what other media might not be allowed to state publicly; and above all, it can resonate beyond borders or limits. In September 2014, the entire world became witness to the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, a small Mexican town not far from the Pacific Ocean. It was an atrocious act that was linked to the local government and law enforcers. Despite the fact that this event took over globa... [more]

20150627041030-cf8jlg-uoaevyf5 Coney Island's Art Walls: Conversation or Spectacle?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/26/15

Lying somewhere on the spectrum between an amusement park and seaside resort, Coney Island attracts tourists with its boardwalk, rides, and more. But the visiting spectator might not know so much about the residential community of nearly 60,000 people who live within this area. Hoping to add a cultural currency to the historic tourist spot, this summer Coney Art Walls presents more than 20 temporary walls painted by artists like Miss Van, Lady Pink, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Futura, and artist-in-residence Marie R... [more]

20150626171525-20150619115758-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Duke & Battersby   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/26/15

Welcome to the fourth 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 Two | Duke & Battersby: Empathy Symphony YES (2:18) Careerism and playing to an audience (5:00) Letter wri... [more]

20150626173459-40613901_fl05-00966 Andy Warhol's Portrait of Gay Underground Culture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/26/15

In celebration of Pride week, Christie's ran a special Warhol auction this week, making some 100 photographs and drawings available to purchase. Beyond the price tags, the works, many in the public eye for the first time, draw a passionate portrait of the underground LGBT scene of the '70s and '80s that was so much a part of the artist's life. They are a historical archive, charting a defining era of sexuality and social politics in American cities like San Francisco and New York City. Though t... [more]

20150624210659-20150624203607-chicago_artists_group_portrait__1_ 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]

20150624210837-zetteler_cass_markhandforth_twooldbananas_01-lr Sculpture Parks as Art Spaces: 6 of Europe's Best   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/24/15

Are sculpture parks a thing of the past? Just like Disneyland for the art world, sculpture parks are popular tourist attractions often funded by billionaire art collectors (in the case of more than a few, they are couples with their own foundations). Have these types of elitist locations faded in recent years? And in the broader spectrum, what is their function as art spaces? While Europe has some of the coolest sculpture gardens (find a great list of international sculpture gardens here), t... [more]

20150624090330-kw_fire_and_forget_photo_timo_ohler_03 Fire and Forget: Artists Respond to Modern Warfare   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Marina Abramovic, Ron Amir, Roy Brand, James Bridle, Luis Camnitzer, Mircea Cantor, Joan Castro, Marcelo Cidade, Jem Cohen, Martin Dammann, Chto Delat, Öyvind Fahlström, Harun Farocki, Robbert & Frank, Daniil Galkin, and Keren Yeala Golan, Rudolf Herz, Damien Hirst, Clara Ianni, Emily Jacir, Hunter Jonakin, Joachim Koester, Korpys/Löffler, Barbara Kruger, Armin Linke, Robert Longo, Jazmin Lopez, Kris Martin, Michael Müller, Timo Nasseri, NEOZOON, Katja Novitskova, Tal R, Pipilotti Rist, Frank & Robbert, André ROBILLARD, Julian Röder, Henning Rogge, Martha Rosler, Hrair Sarkissian, Ori Scialom, Timur Si-Qin, Santiago Sierra, Javier Téllez, Ulay, Julius von Bismarck, Sharif Waked, Gillian Wearing, He Xiangyu, Amir Yatziv, Ala Younis at KW Institute for Contemporary Art June 14th - August 30th
Posted 6/24/15

Entering Fire and Forget. On Violence, the viewer passes through two of the four rotating gates in Daniil Galkin’s installation Tourniquet. Beyond this eerie passage, a provocative text speculates on the impact of technology on modern warfare. Its thesis can be characterized as follows: since modern technology has largely emancipated warriors from a traditional active sense of duty—allowing them to literally fire and forget—does this change in confrontation halt the production and inev... [more]

20150622181036-4695880372_dd29902b27_z Indie Book Week: Ten London Art Bookshops to Fall in Love with (and in)   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/22/15

If you’re on the dating circuit and don’t know this by now, you should: art bookshops—for lovers of art and writing—are pick-up joints. This fact is verified by a broader selection of friends having met potential dates in bookshops than I can keep track of. If you don’t believe me, try browsing by yourself in a bookshop on a Friday evening. Even the shyest people seem to pluck up the courage to start a conversation about a book. And I guess this is hardly surpris... [more]

20150621170014-iterative_places205-googlenet_4 Google's Psychedelic Art: This Is Your Computer Brain on Drugs   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/21/15

Interpreting the patterns of light that reach our eyes is a very difficult problem, requiring about a third of our brains’ information processing capacity. When performed accurately, this process allows us to perceive many features of every object we see: their colors, shapes, identities, orientations, positions, and the spatial relationships between them. This happens so quickly and flawlessly that we don’t even notice it happen. In the past week, a set of trippy images revealed on... [more]

20150619090102-cms-image-004621650 Do Words Have Voices: Talking to Martin Boyce's Installations   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Martin Boyce at Museum für Gegenwartskunst April 25th - August 16th
Posted 6/19/15

Walking to the Museum Für Gegenwartkunst is, unavoidably and of itself, a romantic passage. Located just off the Rhine River, the experience of water is embedded into the ethos of building—both figuratively and practically within the architecture of the space—as viewable from the glass hallways between the museum’s galleries. The river, a fittingly meandering foil to the small path that leads to Martin Boyce’s current exhibition, offers an experience of aesthetisized n... [more]

20150619115758-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Daniel Keller   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/19/15

Welcome to the third 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 Two | Daniel Keller: Party of Five "Good" art (2:15) Stacking stones and negentropy (4:00) Spirulina Spir... [more]

20150619081441-freckmann-en-govers-fremdhaus-300 Basel 2015 Trends: Irony Rules at the New Rhy Art Fair   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Rhy Basel June 18th - June 21st
Posted 6/19/15

In the early hours of opening day at Rhypark, a gentle rain falls upon Basel. While the sun tries to break through the overcast clouds, the weather cannot squash the fact that the city is already illuminated by art and global attention. The Rhy Art Fair is the newest addition to the fair circuit, making its Basel debut this year. Presented by the Swiss organizer Contemporary Art International Zurich (founded in 1999 and now celebrating its 17th year) Rhy Art Fair showcases emerging talent in B... [more]

20150619105848-ookie_canvas_i_detail Faith Holland's Cum "Paintings" Aren't Your Usual Cum Paintings   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Faith Holland at TRANSFER June 13th - July 11th
Posted 6/19/15

First, apologies for the puns to come. It’s difficult to talk about sexuality and eroticism without making a bad pun or two. Sexuality has seemingly always been a site of discomfort in our culture: through it, we are laid naked and bare, both literally and via the fetishes that express the darkest sublimations of gendered relations. The advent of a communication tool and platform for largely consequence-free expression—the internet—has greatly affected the role pornography and se... [more]

20150618103517-artbasel2015_meg_09_596 Why Crowdfunding Is the Most Art Basel Can Do in Terms of Social Responsibility   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/18/15

When you walk onto Basel’s Messeplatz this week you can’t miss it: the temporary Gesamtkunstwerk with the rhetorical title Do We Dream Under The Same Sky. It consists of a bamboo structure designed by architects Nicholaus Hirsch and Michel Müller. Inside, chef Antto Melasniemi manages his personally designed solar kitchen, working with locally grown spices and herbs. Besides unusual fusion snacks such as fish ice cream and "bastard pad Thai," invented by Melasniemi and artist Rirkrit... [more]

20150618201602-contact_la-8 This Must Be the Place   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/18/15

The art bar has an amorphous history, beginning perhaps with Cabaret Voltaire and reaching critical mass with those pilot program Starbucks that serve wine and put out incomplete chess sets after sunset. My own baptism into this genre of space was descending into the speakeasy underneath China Art Objects’ original Chung King Road location seven or eight years ago. Cramped, hot, definitely not up to code—nonetheless, I felt insanely glamorous, tucked into an odoriferous red-lit corner, s... [more]


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