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20140823093411-08 RELIGION . P$YCHEDELIC$ . HIP HOP   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Chen Tianzhuo(陈天灼) at BANK @ MABSOCIETY July 19th - August 31st
Posted 8/23/14

Beijing based artist Chen Tianzhuo’s new solo show, “PICNIC PARADI$E BITCH,” at the Bank Gallery in Shanghai is not to be missed. On the second floor of what appears to be an old worn down British style building is an exhibition that will send your mind tripping on Cantonese dwarf rappers, transsexual gangsters, marijuana induced hallucinations, and live carnal performances involving My Little Pony tail butt plugs. The young artist received his undergraduate degree in graphic design at... [more]

20140822035731-starling_steel_bird_2004 Spiral Stories: Simon Starling at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Simon Starling at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) June 7th - November 2nd
Posted 8/22/14

An Italian/Polish Fiat, wheels to the wall, is anchored over your head. In the next room, two slabs of marble dominate the space—250 kg from Italy, one ton from China—floating above the floor. They support each other by means of a simple pulley. Further into the exhibition, helium-filled jacks hold up and balance a 4,900 lb. plate of Romanian steel. These three works are given top billing in Simon Starling: Metamorphology, the artist’s first major American museum survey. Starling... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Volume 7, Issue 3: Conflicts of Interest in Public vs Private Curation, the "Miami Model"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/22/14

The Art World's Intrinsic Conflict of Interest Ryan Wong on the blurring of public and private interests, and the rise of a new brand of curator. The cousin, flip side, and feeder to the museum, in today’s money-saturated world of contemporary art, is the private collection. The necessity of this relationship might be surprising to the average museum visitor, who often looks to museums as the centers of the art world. Private collections, however, shape our understanding of art history and production not on... [more]

20140821013721-dfe5a5b72c The Art World's Intrinsic Conflict of Interest: Curating the Private Collection with the Public Trust   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/21/14

The cousin, flip side, and feeder to the museum, in today’s money-saturated world of contemporary art, is the private collection. The necessity of this relationship might be surprising to the average museum visitor, who often looks to museums as the centers of the art world. Private collections, however, shape our understanding of art history and production not only by determining which artworks are available for display and loan, but by actively applying curatorial labor towards their ca... [more]

20140821044533-reijiro-wada-freeze-2006-einscheiben-sicherheitsglas-messing-fru_chte-160-x-260-x-30-cm-_-reijiro-wada What does vanitas look like today?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Paweł Althamer, Mona Hatoum, Jeppe Hein, James Hopkins, Alicja Kwade, Dieter Roth, Tomas Saraceno, Thomas Schütte, Roman Signer, Daniel Spoerri, Katja Strunz, KEI TAKEMURA, Luca Trevisani, Reijiro Wada at Georg Kolbe Museum June 15th - August 31st
Posted 8/21/14

A human skull rests atop a modest wooden table flanked by a chronometer, books, musical instruments, an earthenware pot, and swathes of silk. Harmen Steenwyck’s Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life (1612-1656) is emblematic of the vanitas genre, most commonly known for its intimate tabletop tableaux alluding to the transient nature of all worldly goods and pursuits. Upon entering Vanitas – Nothing is Forever Anyway at Berlin’s Georg Kolbe Museum, one immediate... [more]

20140820071425-tilt Language of the Wall: Istanbul’s first exhibition on graffiti and street art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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COPE 2, C215, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Craig Costello (aka KR), EVOL, Funk, FUTURA, Gaia, Herakut, Logan Hicks, Hugh Holland, JonOne, No More Lies, Carlos Mare, MIST, PSYCKOZE, Suiko, Tabone, Tilt, Turbo, Wyne at Pera Museum August 13th - October 5th
Posted 8/20/14

Graffiti and Street Art in a museum setting have a new audience, at the Pera Museum in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. Curated by the museum’s Roxane Ayral, “Language of the Wall” is the first exhibition of its kind in Turkey to bring graffiti indoors in an academic setting, taking over three floors of the private museum. For its introduction, Ayral has chosen an impressive roster of international artists as well as familiar locals to educate the Istanbul art connoisseur, including... [more]

20140820110646-01 Car Culture: the 14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/20/14

Los Angeles, California is synonymous with car culture. From lowriders to hot rods, Woodies and Super Deluxes, customized historic cars are a commonplace sighting on the streets of LA. At the height of the movement in the 1970s, the historic locus of the lowrider cruise was Whittier Boulevard, and throughout the city of Whittier one can see signs of this cultural heritage. Newly local to the area, I checked out the 14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show on August 16. Greenleaf Ave bustled wi... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Volume 7, Issue 2: A Nazi Bunker, a Future Ruin, and an Art Collection   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/19/14

Ruin Value: Sammlung Boros in Berlin Stephanie Cristello considers the poetic weight of a WWII bunker that was designed to be a ruin and became an art gallery: the site of the Boros Collection. What if ruins were not a remnant of civilization, but the very purpose of it? It is through this very unnatural state that Albert Speer, Hitler’s chief architect and Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich, conceived the concept of "ruin value." His... [more]

20140819040908-photo_4 Weird guys with severed heads: an interview with PANG   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/19/14

Your background is in Fine Art – how have you developed your style back in London and how has it changed? I studied classical oil painting in Italy for four years and I came back to London around seven years ago. I have always moved around in my work and gone through phases, and Italy in a way felt like another artistic experiment, but the technique we learnt in the studio was from the 19th century, and the sheer discipline of it was a big shock when I first arrived. I had never spent mo... [more]

20140819221002-ahol-photoshoot Miami’s Ahol Sniffs Glue Sues American Eagle Outfitters for Copyright Infringement   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/19/14

Graffiti art that graces city walls stands resolutely apart from other forms of art: it can’t be purchased, owned and moved into a gallery or private home like a canvased painting (usually). As part of a city’s public landscape, graffiti art belongs to everybody and nobody – just like the streets they adorn. But, many images sketched along the walls of neighborhoods, such as Miami’s Wynwood area, are original creations, conceived by some of the world’s most prominent... [more]

20140818053410-img_3479_h Endurance training for the noncommittal   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Conrad Guevara at City Limits July 19th - August 23rd
Posted 8/18/14

At the heart of the works in No Can Handle is the ethos of endurance. Entering the exhibition is not unlike entering an interpretation of a physical training facility. Equipment-like inventions dangle from the ceiling and perch amidst the gallery space; there is even a painted panel squatting in the crease of a gym mat on the floor. Many of the works, like Bow 4 (2014) have a suggestive tenacity. Bow 4 is a delicately curved wooden pole bending like a “C” around an entire wall, held in plac... [more]

20140818153809-osgemeos_-_exhibiti_19c8b2b Give in to the Dream: OSGEMEOS Moon Opera   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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OsGemeos at Galeria Fortes Vilaça June 29th - August 16th
Posted 8/18/14

The new project of OSGEMEOS in the Fortes Vilaça Gallery in São Paulo is an experience of vertigo that leads directly to the unconscious. Entering the first room of the exhibition one is faced with dozens of their iconic yellow people – their signature image – plus a variety of other characters, spread through countless paintings, sculptures and installations, assembled next to each other to form an immersive environment. In the center of the room a vortex made out of d... [more]

20140819093020-n-0200-00-000044-pr Three Exhibitions That Are Shaking Up Colour This Summer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at National Gallery June 18th - September 7th
Posted 8/18/14

The National Gallery’s summer exhibition Making Colour guides the audience through the spectrum of materials used throughout history to create artists’ pigment—from blues, through reds and oranges, to purples. Each room focuses on a specific colour and the multiple materials used to make it over time, from early earth pigments, through lakes (dyes made into pigment) to the new artificial coal tar derived pigments created around the time of the Impressionists. The function of t... [more]

20140817110817-p1050600 5Pointz Demolition to Begin: Another Nail in the Coffin of NYC   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/17/14

Demolition may commence any day on New York City’s 5 Pointz, the sprawling concrete structures occupying an entire city block famously polychromed by an array of styles that over the past ten years made it one of the most recognized graffiti landmarks in the world. Owner of the Long Island City, Queens site David Wolkoff had the art painted over last November in preparation for tearing down the former warehouse that had housed art studios at below market rates. Wolkoff was granted a speci... [more]

20140817192525-copan_building_from_the_air Diversity in Autonomy: São Paulo’s Independent Art Spaces   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/17/14

Independent, autonomous, alternative, experimental. These are some of the designations used to name several arts spaces inaugurated in recent years in Brazil and especially in São Paulo. The variety of nomenclatures doesn’t constitute a mere semantic shift or strategy to escape classification; it actually reflects a vast plurality of practices and positions. These spaces are as experimental as the art they produce; everything—their architecture, artists, projects, programmes, ma... [more]

20140821005553-pe_rez_art_museum_miami__east_facade Beyond Basel: How private collectors have shaped Miami's art scene   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/15/14

Miami has often attracted a particular breed of art collector, most notably, the fair-seeking seasonal variety who favors the grab-and-go style of art acquisition. Consequentially it can seem like great art is always passing through the city, but rarely finding a home. This trend has shifted as a result of a handful of resident collectors who have committed to making Miami a cultural destination by sharing their artwork and opening their doors to the general public year-round. The distinguishing characteristic of a p... [more]


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