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20141223222205-_mg_0688 The Artful Mechanic at Buwalda’s Body Shop   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/23/14

People wearily bemoan the untrustworthiness of auto mechanics. Often, this labor force is assumed to be full of dupers, exaggerators, and flat-out liars. It’s cliché to think this: that they’ll take advantage in ways from small to horror-story large, since their customers don’t have the knowledge, tools, or will to address the problems plaguing their conveyance. And it’s cliché for a reason—especially in Miami—where personal transport is tantam... [more]

20141222124858-people_viewing_items_at_an_art_auction Lost Art: Does the Market Make Art Disappear?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/22/14

The business of buying and selling art is one that the art world knows all too well. From reading about the latest Warhol sold at auction to following commercial gallery sales, we’re constantly reminded of art’s shift from object of visual and aesthetic pleasure to commodity item. As artworks are removed from their original creative and expressive origins, they can become lost—both literally and figuratively—in the commodification process. Often an artwork's provenance, catalogu... [more]

20141222172535-alluring_hell_2008_c_nobuyoshi_araki_in_collaboration_with_galerie_alex_dani_ls__reflex_amsterdam_02 Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nobuyoshi Araki at Foam - Fotografie Museum December 19th - March 11th, 2015
Posted 12/22/14

In the film After Life (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide. That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Araki.... [more]

20141219133522-screen_shot_2014-12-19_at_2 Why We All Want to Punch Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/18/14

“I really understand wanting to punch art,” I wrote back to my Editor after being asked my opinion on the Andrew Shannon Monet-punching story. “I think about it almost daily.” And I do. Personally-speaking, I can think of several specific incidents during which I have fantasized about punching an artwork in the last five years alone: at the height of "First Thursdays" mania in East London three or four years ago, for instance, I attended a "hip" show by an artist whose wor... [more]

20141218093550-wang_ping_2__fig An Artist Residency Brings Art and Life Together in a Beijing Apartment Complex   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Apartment of Dreams Come True November 9th - January 25th, 2015
Posted 12/18/14

On Tuesday, December 2, Beijing-based artists Song Xi (宋兮) and Yang Xinjia (杨欣嘉) received notice that their apartment complex, Dongxindian, in Cuigezhuang village, would soon be demolished, following an edict issued in December 2013 that declared the government would initiate extensive investigations into Beijing’s many overcrowded, often illegally-populated and dilapidated apartment complexes. These complexes are generally inhabited by a large migrant population, in apartments divided into tin... [more]

20141222122256-photo The Office Xmas Party, as Observed by the DJ   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/18/14

I have a confession: I am a DJ. And during December, I leave my MNEK pre-releases at home. Instead, with a bulging bag of Wham and Wizard on my back, I cross the vomit-strewn streets of London to play to the drunk office Christmas parties that take place in one continuous month-long conveyer belt of mistletoe and tears. However, as we try to gauge whether to take the office punk's advice that Dead Kennedys most definitely will not clear the dance floor, or to stick to our guns with a good old bi... [more]

20141219114537-moon_2 Following Francesco Clemente's Fantastic Voyage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Francesco Clemente at Rubin Museum of Art September 5th - February 2nd, 2015
Posted 12/18/14

The original impulse in my life as an artist was to write and to break from writing into image... Art is the last oral tradition alive in the West. —Francesco Clemente Francesco Clemente, the nomadic Neo-Expressionist painter and sculptor, continues to pursue his travels and artistic investigations, and, fortunately for New Yorkers this season, has brought back the resulting documents in two concurrent shows: Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India, at the Rubin Museum and Two Tents at... [more]

20141216125553-mc_facing_the_same_direction_2__1_ Doing It All: Young Galleries Get Ahead with Strong Research and Publishing Programs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/16/14

Peckham's Arcadia Missa, founded by Rozsa Farkas with Tom Clark as assistant director and head of publishing, and Tenderpixel, founded by Etan Ilfeld with Borbála Soós as director and curator, are two broad and interesting London gallery projects worth getting to know. Both have evolved over the past few years beyond the typical gallery's scope, by pushing strong research collaborations and rigorous publishing programs. As such they both represent unconventional and expansive gallery mode... [more]

20141216202843-ago Art, Alcohol, and Fundraising: Match Made in Heaven or a Doomed Relationship?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/16/14

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have taken on a novel approach to programming in the last year with two common purposes: to increase institutional relevance and popularity, and as a fundraising strategy. Both institutions organize frequently scheduled parties; AGO has First Thursdays and ROM hosts Friday Night Live. They are certainly not the first museums to develop programming that entices patrons and a larger audience with attractive parties featuring drinks a... [more]

20141218190226-20141216204501-horse_and_gauge_portrait A Photographer Captures a Dying Tradition at the Del Mar Racetrack   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/16/14

New York based photographer Eric Chakeen (a former assistant to Ryan McGinley) shared some of his shots from his latest project, And Away They Go, which documents the life at the Del Mar racetrack—a place Chakeen visited often growing up in San Diego. Here, the photographer gives ArtSlant his personal perspective on the complex social atmosphere at one of California's most historic sports venues. The Del Mar racetrack opened in 1937. It was a huge part of Hollywood in its halcyon days. Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby were frequent vi... [more]

20141216201035-1_ganzeer Walls of Freedom Documents the Art of the Egyptian Revolution   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/15/14

The Egyptian Revolution incited an outpouring of graffiti, most of it politically motivated and aimed at an audience of ordinary Egyptians. A multitude of artists—including Ganzeer, Keizer, Ammar Abo Bakr, and the late Hesham Rizk—put their lives on the line to write on every available surface, from walls to military barricades and even army tanks. Basma Hamdy and Don Karl aka Stone meticulously documented the street art that came before, amidst, and in the aftermath of the Revoluti... [more]

20141215150735-monica_canilao_-_copyrights_aline_deschamps_-_galerie_itinerrance The Djerbahood Project: Street Art in Dialogue with the People of Tunisia   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/15/14

In much of the Middle East, graffiti is regarded as a form of vandalism—a subversive crime to be scrubbed away or painted over and concealed. However, that outdated understanding may be shifting, due to the impact of the wildly popular Djerbahood Project. From July through August, 2014, Djerba, an ancient Tunisian island, recently welcomed around 150 of the world’s best known and emerging street artists to bring new life to the whitewashed walls of the tiny, traditional village of Erria... [more]

20141214165818-small_basement_camera_shop Why There Aren’t More Important Canadian Artists: An Irrelevant Rivalry   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/14/14

I remember when I first moved to Vancouver, and told people I was from Toronto, the venom and animosity for my hometown astonished me. Many of the people who were so vehemently hateful of Toronto and had never been there before, I was told. I found this astonishing, because in the 28 years I lived in Toronto, I'd never heard a single person bash Vancouver. If anything, people from Toronto spoke highly of Vancouver—the phenomenal beauty of British Columbia, the number of great artists Vancouve... [more]

20141212220004-allora___calzadilla_intervals_raptor_s_rapture_22_cc Here, Listen: Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Allora & Calzadilla at Philadelphia Museum of Art December 12th - April 5th, 2015
Posted 12/12/14

“Intervals revels in the unknowable as essential to human experience. The exhibition bears witness to incomplete presences and resonant remainders. It finds in music a measure and a reckoning with these elusive forces and the abyss that lies between.” —Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla Gesamtkunstwerk, as German-defined, is a work that sums all arts—aural, visual, and performative—to total a perfect affective state. No other word seems capable of describing... [more]

20141211203307-interior_stichting_onterfd_goed_-_bart_invites__amsterdam_2 "Adoption Agency" for Art Might Herald New Dynamic in Market   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Galerie Bart Amsterdam: Bart Invites December 3rd - January 3rd, 2015
Posted 12/11/14

An empty wall to fill but on a tight budget? Looking for an original Christmas gift? Or are you just an avid bargain hunter? A semi-abstract print by Jaap Hillenius could be just the ticket for you. Price: somewhere between 175 and 250 euro—and that’s including the frame. If you like large formats, the reclining nude by Hans van der Ham costing 450 euro is an option. And at 175 euro a diptych by Bert Loerakker is a good deal—especially if you take into account the original price of... [more]

20141211185800-2793_rr_pw_web_2 Plastic Words: Events in the Contested Space Between Literature and Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Eleanor Antin, Isidore Isou, John Murphy, Philippe Thomas at Raven Row December 13th - January 30th, 2015
Posted 12/11/14

Opening this weekend at Raven Row London is a series of events about the intersection of literature and art called Plastic Words, which will run throughout December and January. There has been a resurgent interest in the overlap of contemporary literature and art recently. The development of the independent Art Writing MFA at Goldsmiths and its swift subsumption back into the MFA in Fine Art neatly demonstrates the sometimes contested, sometimes happily shared, ground these modes of working occupy.... [more]


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