Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. We've been seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the fifth stop in ou... [more]
It’s impossible to keep a Miami Art Week guide “concise.” The number of fairs alone—at last count 21, más o menos—will make any list scroll on and on. So we're not even trying. Instead, we’re splitting our guide into two: one for fairs and one for everything else.
This guide will get you acquainted with the city’s seasonal guests: those itinerant behemoths that turn up and transform the town for one week out of the year. Unless you’re a masochis... [more]
As the glitterati descend upon Florida’s art capital, we'd love to think Art Basel Miami Beach is more than just exclusive parties for rich people in fancy hotels, but the happenings around the fair don't always dissuade this interpretation. This epic art world extravaganza has seen Miley Cyrus decked out in butterfly wings, Amanda Lepore blowing puffy red kisses, and Jay-Z casually perusing the fair's booths. This is where artists swim in the pool drunk with curators who, in turn, run arou... [more]
The Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods of New York City in the late 70s and early 80s were in many ways the hunting grounds of the original starving American artist. The painter Linda Francis puts it bluntly: “We were thieves.” She was part of an art tribe who illegally rented commercial lofts on the cheap and worked in a community, struggling to eat as much as to answer important questions about what constituted art. Was it Duchamp’s urinal turned fountain, Monet’s water li... [more]
Part one of our Miami Art Week guide introduced the 20 or so art fairs pitching tents, occupying hotels, and renting out convention centers this week. Part two celebrates the Miami stalwarts, its permanent residents—museums, art spaces, and galleries—as well as some of the week's non-art fair exhibitions and pop-ups. Most of these spaces program exhibitions year round and represent the true depth of Miami as an art world epicenter. Here’s what’s on tap.
Check out part one... [more]
It's not hard to understand why so many people write off art of the kind 26-year-old Molly Soda makes: to date, she's best known for works such as dating a giant teddy bear, and "leaking" her own nude selfies (Should I Send This?). In the artist's new London solo, the tropes of hypergirly net art are all here, unabashedly IRL: glitter, miniature unicorns, stickers, glitches, and iPhones with cracked screens. The walls are painted, of course, pink. But there's much more to Molly Soda's work than I had thought havin... [more]
We run an online magazine, so of course, we're interested in what's happening with art on the web. We invited online gallerist, founder, and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, to write a bi-monthly column for us. Every other Wednesday he'll be selecting a Web Artist of the Week. This week Petersen profiles Belgian new media artist Eno Swinnen.
Belgian artist Eno Swinnen is a refreshing anomaly in the world of New Media art. His work uniquely blends the discipline’s tech an... [more]
New Photography at MoMA: Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink by Taylor Dafoe Ilit Azoulay, Zbynek Baladran, Lucas Blalock, Edson Chagas, Natalie Czech, DIS, Katharina Gaenssler, David Hartt, Mishka Henner, David Horvitz, John Houck, Yuki Kimura, Anouk Kruithof, Basim Magdy, Katja Novitskova, Marina Pinsky, Lele Saveri, Indre Serpytyte, Lieko Shiga at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
November 7th - March 20th, 2016
The language of visual information in the digital age has a surprising connection to water: video streams, .wav files, image pools, torrents. All this leads up to the biggest metaphoric aquatic body yet: what the MoMA Department of Photography calls the “Ocean of Images.”
Ocean of Images marks the 30th anniversary of MoMA’s New Photography series. It also signals a few changes to the show. Previously an annual event featuring the work of a handful of artists, in its new guise the sho... [more]
We cannot begin any assessment of the work of Frank Stella without the obligatory quote that has followed his career for over fifty years. “What you see is what you see” was Stella’s painterly philosophy distilled down to seven words. If there is a definition of Minimalism that is more succinct, it has yet to replace Stella’s as a key to understanding a certain type of particularly American painting in mid-century art history.
At the Whitney Museum we have a chance to ca... [more]
Art or Not? This week we're in more need of a laugh than ever. Sometimes humor seems the only way to cope with the world. Can you tell the difference between a truly great idea and someone who's gaming the system? Does a good text elevate an image to the status of an artwork? We're not sure, but we have fun playing.
This week: which knife assemblage is a happy camper's accessory, and which is the thesis of a major Belgian artist?
In the series Shield, Protect, Endure the artist presents a devised... [more]
Does art require an audience? Does art require an audience?
I posed this question to a dozen artists over nine episodes of Working (it) Out, the ArtSlant podcast I began hosting this summer. It was a question that came up at the end of a master’s seminar class I was in last year, and it took me by surprise. My answer, which I assumed was really the only one, was “yes.” Yes, I thought, because without an audience, does it count as art?
I went home and put the question to my partner... [more]
Never forget the loop
The first time I encountered the loop was whilst using a Chinon Super 8 projector manufactured in the late 70s. Within seconds of my roll of Kodachrome entering the “auto-loading” machine the projected image began to jitter and convulse. After several further attempts the film buckled, broke, and bunched up in the gate where it was toasted by the searing hot halogen lamp.
The instruction booklet explained that although the film lacing process was totally automat... [more]
Jared Madere’s untitled installation, currently on view at the Whitney, is versatile. It might rest equally comfortably in an abandoned lot in Bushwick or on top of a mountain in Nepal. It’s hard to tell, though, whether the work is happy in its current environment, the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery on the first floor. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew, who was recently named co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial with Mia Locks, this is Madere’s first solo exhibition as well a... [more]
When I was younger, my parents spent an exorbitant amount of time shopping at the department store Sears. It was one of the kid-in-tow errands I most detested. As a child, I considered this habitat overwhelming and exhausting: the overzealous salespeople, the crowds, the smells of new products and open boxes, the corny advertisements, the endless special offers. From entrance to exit, accompanying my parents on their routine department store escapade was a first-hand lesson in what I now know to be... [more]
For Maize Mantis at The Kitchen this past October, Sergei Tcherepnin created an amalgam of dance performance, musical composition, and theatre. In this project drawing partly from Sergei Diaghilev’s production of Feu d’Artifice and incorporating paintings by Lucy Dodd and Kerstin Brätsch, the audience witnessed a host of characters—including wolves, jellyfish, and basketball players—whimsically navigate a landscape of light and sound. At the sonic height of the work... [more]
Table of Contents:
Closing the Loop: Does Art Require an Audience? | Gillian Dykeman
Maintaining a Clean and Healthy Image for 120 Years | Guy Parker
OOO: Three Loops to Unite Them All! | Jamie Keesling
The Circular Logic of Terrorism | Joel Kuennen
Closed Circuits and Bodies Electric | Janet Oh
Rafia Santana, DEAR DiARY, 2015
What does a loop look like? It’s not really a shape, is it? More than a steady form, a loop implies gesture, movement, directionality. It’s a vector that returns you to w... [more]