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2015's Big 15: The Museum Shows to Look Out For This Year   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/2/15

The position of the Art Museum has become tricky, thanks to the rise of the independent cultural producer, pop-ups and nomadic curators, and the increasing popularity of free public art. In the same way Hollywood was broken up by agents in the 50s, the institute is under siege. To be relevant to a demographic spread—with rising ticket prices and all—art centers are having to work hard within their parameters. In 2015, visitors expect more than just blockbusters with an educational fiber, s... [more]

Andy Goldsworthy's Stone River in a Lush Setting  
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1/1/15 Posted 1/1/15

The unique artist Andy Goldsworthy's installation Stone River (2001) on Stanford University campus was an amazing creation, which was, according to the University's website, "a wall-like serpentine sculpture set in about three acres of land to the northeast of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. It is about 3 1/2 feet high and about 4 feet wide at its base. It is made of more than 6,500 stones, including about 700 triangular coping stones weighing between 20 and 50 pounds each tha... [more]

ART AND AUTISM: "COLORS AND EMOTIONS" FROM AN EXPERIENCE IN ITALY  
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12/30/14 Posted 12/30/14

One of the top 5 videoclips in 2014 at my YouTube channel is "Colors and Emotions: The other side of autism". The clip simply shows images from a workshop with autistic kids who reproduced some of my artworks from"Lacer/actions" Project (about torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban signs). The 2nd edition of this wonderful activity was curated by Patrizia Sapri who carried out as well as (in Anzio-Rome) an interesting exhibition ("Scratches, Cracks and Lac... [more]

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]

Following Francesco Clemente's Fantastic Voyage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Francesco Clemente at Rubin Museum of Art September 5th, 2014 - February 2nd
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]

First Look at Ólafur Elíasson's Inaugural Exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation  
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12/18/14 Posted 12/18/14

We're huge Ólafur Eliasson fans at ArtSlant. His sensitivity to site-specificity and deft hand at magical transformation through the merging of science and art is unique to say the least. Eliasson was tapped by the Louis Vuitton Foundation and their curatorial team lead by Suzanne Pagé to inaugurate Paris' newest museum designed by starchitect, Frank Gehry. Eliasson's installation Inside the Horizon—a series of mirrored, yellow columns—will also be permanently fe... [more]

SILK COMET…TEXTILE DESIGN FROM PICTURES OF DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTERS (LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT)  
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12/17/14 Posted 12/17/14

This is a “Season’s Greetings card” dedicated to the limited-edition of a 3 silk scarves series I created for my "Lacer/actions Art Project”. The images of dirty, torn, and worn paper of the publicity posters on outdoor billboard have become silk scarves too! After to be already transferred on canvases, lithographic prints and aluminium my "Lacer/actions" artworks were transformed in silk textiles designs thanks to collaboration of Bruno Boggia Disegni (Como, Italy) who... [more]

Group exhibition "The Trip" at Loft 594, Bushwick NY  
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12/13/14 Posted 3/26/14

Group exhibition "The Trip" at Loft 594, Bushwick NY [more]

The MET receives donation of 57 works from the Deep South  
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12/12/14 Posted 12/12/14

A significant moment for African American artists from the Southern states: the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the documentation and archiving of Outsider African American Art, has donated 57 works to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art collection. The works speak of a period in Art History that has received little attention until now, that began during the days of slavery and subsequent segretation in the Deep South, and evolved during the Civil Rights Movement in... [more]

What Is It About Tom Friedman's Up in the Air?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tom Friedman at Tel-Aviv Museum of Art November 17th, 2014 - March 15th
Posted 12/10/14

900 sculptures of everyday objects that together comprise the work Up in the Air by Tom Friedman have arrived at the Tel Aviv Museum. Suspended from the museum's ceiling, pieces of chewing gum, miniature planes, sporting equipment, and fragments of fencing float alongside other recognizable tropes in Friedman's iconography such as crumpled boxes of cereal, cigarettes, FedEx, and big burgers, exploded into space. The piece debuted four years ago at Switzerland's Magasin III gallery last year. Its orbit now continues in Israel where it has recently been installed, and... [more]

Sarah and Joseph Belknap Translate the Solar System for Earthlings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sarah Belknap & Joseph Belknap at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) October 11th, 2014 - February 24th
Posted 12/8/14

The ways by which men arrive at knowledge of the celestial things are hardly less wonderful than the nature of these things themselves. —Johannes Kepler Walking down Franklin Boulevard in Chicago’s Garfield Park, an otherwise nondescript bungalow stands out because of the strange, multicolored rock jutting out of its front yard; this object—like a meteor from a sci-fi B movie—hovers over 10 feet above the ground, mounted on a long metal pole. It marks the beginning of... [more]

Texture Trip: Surreal Substances in Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/8/14

Paint, in its ancient origins, was made from available materials: egg yolks to bind, sand, soil, plants, and so on for pigment. The whole process of manufacturing materials to make art has been steadily removed from the artistic process over time, but some artists still introduce the physical messiness of making art, by remolding everyday materials to provoke uncanny, humorous—and often, revolting—reactions to substance in the viewer. They might arouse strong responses, but they als... [more]

Alternative Waters: a Personal View of Recent Macri Portraits by Kenneth Radu  
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12/6/14 Posted 12/6/14

Part I People familiar with Adamo Macri’s portraits may well experience an aesthetic shock to see a picture of the artist with his eyes wide open. So many of his self-portraits depict the eyes averted, lowered, askance, or rarely looking directly at the viewer that I was taken aback by a recent picture, entitled Damo, 2013. There are a few other pictures in his Facebook oeuvre wherein the artist opens his eyes and stares out of the canvas, Self-Portrait, 2013, for example, but that is... [more]

A Play on Material: Oren Pinhassi   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/5/14

Material can be transcendent. Postmodernism is failing. History is a spiral. These three assumptions underlie Oren Pinhassi’s work. Beginning with the familiar—towels, a backpack, a dwelling—objects are transformed through the addition of another common material, plaster. Through this addition, he transubstantiates the everyday into thematic sculptural and architectural forms, an act that Pinhassi describes as transcendent. There is a key definition being explored throug... [more]

A First Look at Miami's Newest Contemporary Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pedro Reyes at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami December 3rd, 2014 - March 15th
Posted 12/3/14

The Institute of Contemporary Art hosted its inaugural show last night to a fanfare of eager art world denizens. Following its staff's departure from the now defunct Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, the ICA is now open in its temporary home in Design District’s landmark Moore Building. The edifice, built in the 1920s by the Moore Furniture Company, has been operating as a pop-up event space for some time and is for now serving as the location for the city's newest contemporary art muse... [more]

Edra Soto: Selling a Fantasy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Oren Pinhassi, Anastasia Samoylova, Sara Shaoul, Edra Soto, Adam Douglas Thompson at Aqua Art Miami December 3rd, 2014 - December 7th, 2014
Posted 12/4/14

Luxury is so often determined by a price tag. But commerce is rarely how we interact with the phenomena of high-end merchandise—its excessiveness, its indulgence; its extravagance is almost always (and exclusively) experienced visually. We feel the texture of opulent velvets and silks first with our eyes, the metallic gleam of a smooth reflection through its cool touch on our sight, in jewels that refract their prismatic color back onto our gaze. There is something intensely tactile in the i... [more]


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