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20140423075026-0 Affordable Art Fair: Critic's Picks   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at The Affordable Art Fair New York City April 2nd - April 6th
Posted 4/23/14

Escaping winter hibernation where our nests were barren with the winter blues (this year was particularly icy), New York City is kicking off its spring art season this month with a troupe of openings, events, festivals and fairs to activate our senses and reignite our passions. One of our fan favorites so far was the opening of The Affordable Art Fair (preview night: April 2nd, 2014) to a crowded audience of art aficionados. The AAF boasts contemporary eye candy with a grab-n-go price tag to make... [more]

20140422080111-paul-casaer-checked-hres Portrait of the collector as a producer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rodrigo Bueno, Paul Casaer, Clairenadiasimon, Alfred D'Ursel, Manu Engelen, Filip Gilissen, Sophie Giraux, Meggy Rustamova at CAB April 23rd - June 7th
Posted 4/22/14

Much has been said about the so-called “Belgian collector.” For captains of industry and local dentists alike, collecting contemporary art almost seems to be part of the Belgian DNA—which explains why the country is reputed for having the highest concentration of art collectors per square kilometer. Yet, as more and more Parisian collectors make the move to Brussels, the Belgian collector is becoming increasingly French. In addition to Art Brussels’ Portrait of the Collector as a Work of Art, the strong presence of collectors i... [more]

20140422192515-heather_phillipson_the_original_erogenous_zone_sketch There Are Metaphors Everywhere: Heather Phillipson, Art Brussels SOLO Projects   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Brussels April 24th - April 27th
Posted 4/22/14

Can art speak for itself? Heather Phillipson's voice is the deadpan monotone to hyper coloured installations and playfully bizarre videos: the ironic, non-plussed commentary to match the over-saturated, sardonic simulacra of our now everyday existence. Her voice accompanies us in the first-person, along with the sounds of dreamy love songs, navigating the open-ended narrative, through Freudian slips and homophones. For Phillipson, language is paramount; her other vocation, as a poet, confirms this. He... [more]

20140421075442-casey-gray_studio-visit_10 The Infinite Wonders of Spray Paint: Studio Visit with Casey Gray   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/14

Casey Gray’s studio is in a warehouse overlooking the shipyards of San Francisco, CA. It was once a recording studio and remnants of those days still linger. Like the Jerry Garcia-inspired tracking room with its tie-dyed walls and black-light posters or the original album artwork hanging around the space. Basically, Casey’s studio is that of a visual artist’s dream: tall ceilings, loading gates, and the immortal presence of rock star lore. Everything you see in Casey Gray’... [more]

20140421073513-them_upstairs_ink_acrylic_varnish_paper_2010 Art on the Council Estate: An Interview with Frank Laws   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/14

Amidst the capricousness of mass yoof culture of East London (which could just as well also be Silver Lake or Bushwick, Neukölln or Saint Martin) young ‘Frankie Bricks’ is an anachronism. His work is the kind that burns slowly: taking weeks to create intricate ink paintings of inner city social housing blocks, mostly around London, and now Newcastle. Not interpreting their social context as either glamourously gritty nor salaciously seedy, Frank Law’s paintings are an homage to... [more]

20140421082035-4_rexray_xolodonia A lingering beauty: the impeccable marks of Rex Ray   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rex Ray at Gallery 16 April 4th - May 17th
Posted 4/21/14

I lingered in front of Rex Ray’s Prednisporata (2013). Polychromatic shapes shimmer against a black sky. A firework-like flower bursts above that skyline of plump perfume bottles. Simultaneously hard-edged and fluid, the layers of colorful forms luminesce from the canvas, awaiting adoration, unflinching. I’m mesmerized more by the detail than the subject. Each filigree and wash of color hand-painted, each curving form cut out by hand. I move in very close to notice all the circular... [more]

20140421184808-pettibonsurfers_no_title_which_concerns_the_1995 Surf's Up! Raymond Pettibon's Surfers Take Manhattan   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Raymond Pettibon at Venus Over Manhattan April 3rd - May 17th
Posted 4/21/14

Presently, the walls of the Venus Over Manhattan gallery are covered in every oceanic shade of blue, aqua, and green, drenching the concrete space with waves of intense cool. More than forty frames—some larger than chalkboards, some the size of table menus—fill Are Your Motives Pure?, an exhibition comprised solely of the surfer paintings Raymond Pettibon has made since 1985. Somewhere in the all the watery pigments small figures make their way across massive curls. Poised and up aga... [more]

20140422095135-sam_durant Homage to the fair’s most important asset   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Stanley Brouwn, Ross Chisholm, Nigel Cooke, Thierry De Cordier, William Daniels, Hans Op de Beeck, Sam Durant, Simon Fujiwara, Jacob Kassay, Sol LeWitt, Lucy McKenzie, Juan Muñoz, Rob Pruitt, Wilhelm Sasnal, Jan Schoonhoven, Nick van Woert, Matthew Weir, Haegue Yang at Art Brussels April 24th - April 27th
Posted 4/21/14

It was in the mid-eighties that the organizers of Art Brussels approached Amsterdam’s KunstRAI—later known as Art Amsterdam—with a proposition to merge the two fairs. Both events were then only a few years old and scraping along in a slowly developing art market. The new event would take place alternatingly in the Dutch and the Belgian capital. The Northern party declined. In 2007 Art Cologne changed its date from fall to spring. The world’s oldest fair for modern and c... [more]

20140419073932-_buffbobpinkpants_2014 Interview with BUFF MONSTER: “Pretty in pink…and before”   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/19/14

Neither a stranger to the press, nor to his now-trademark use of one such colour in particular, Brooklyn-based Buff Monster has come a long way since his formative poster-pasting days on the West Coast. Having developed and elaborated upon a theme that, initially, was a simple, yet immediately recognisable two-tone graphic, found anywhere from the streets of San Francisco to the galleries of Sydney and several cities in between, Buff has gone on to significantly bigger and brighter things. Literall... [more]

20140418151206-016_schoolgirl_on_cycle_tangra_calcutta__c Pablo Bartholomew: Time Regained   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pablo Bartholomew at Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai) April 5th - May 2nd
Posted 4/18/14

Pablo Bartholomew’s The Calcutta Diaries at Sakshi Gallery takes you back in time: literally, through photographs taken in the city in the ‘70s, and artistically, from a time when photojournalism was a hallmark of magazines like LIFE and National Geographic. Its transition today into the gallery space elicits two stories, one of a lost Calcutta—its very name has changed—and one of the place for contemporary photojournalistic photography itself. In an age of pre-digital dissem... [more]

20140417123205-fkb017 Supreme Modern Feminist or Covert Misogynist?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Valie Export, Friedl Kubelka at Richard Saltoun April 9th - May 23rd
Posted 4/17/14

If pressed, I maintain that the reason I keep up with news about popular culture is that, for me, it adds all-important context to the various forms of "legitimate" art that I take in as a job. Visiting Richard Saltoun’s show of Viennese feminist art (that, specifically speaking, of VALIE EXPORT and Friedl Kubelka) for instance, the phrase "proto-selfies" played continuously in my mind: not a phrase of my own design, but one coined for the exhibition by a writer at Blouin Artinfo. Women these days—famous women, typically, but also the occasional civilian (the much-discussed personal train... [more]

20140416105143-gordon_matta-clark_films_installation_views_galerie_thomas_schulte__berlin__april_5-may17__2014_4 Documenting Impermanence: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gordon Matta-Clark at Galerie Thomas Schulte April 5th - May 17th
Posted 4/16/14

“Why hang things on a wall when the wall itself is so much more a challenging medium?” —Gordon Matta-Clark With the term conceptual art so much a part of our everyday language these days it’s sometimes possible to forget what motivated the early conceptual artists to adopt it. One of the key objectives of conceptual art was to subvert the artwork as a singular unique object, a fetishized commodity suited to ownership and trade. A painted image can be owned, assigned val... [more]

20131123162557-5 Blanking the Canvas: The image of women in fin-de-siècle Paris   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Hammer Museum January 26th - May 18th
Posted 4/15/14

It was a very nice hospital. It had a view and a private sitting area in the room. I had tubes sticking out. Some to drain fluids, others to pump fluids in. I was given observation and pain management, modern medical euphemisms for the twin social ailments of boredom and drugs. I ended up staying an extra night. Doctors often keep business hours and no one else was authorized to release me. Either as apology or just further negligence, I was treated to an extra night of pain management, melting... [more]

20140415154649-kcrwportraitswtt Of Police and Poverty: LAPD's first museum exhibition   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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LAPD at Queens Museum of Art January 31st - May 11th
Posted 4/15/14

The title says it: Do you want the cosmetic version or do you want the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department, 1985-2014. When John Malpede founded the LAPD (a play on the police department’s name) thirty years ago and began collaborating with the homeless and formerly homeless to stage performances and confrontational theater, it was a decade before relational aesthetics was coined by Nicolas Bourriaud, and more than two decades before MFA programs in ‘social practice’ began spr... [more]

20140413161217-img_7087 Rone: Debut UK Exhibition   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rone at StolenSpace Gallery April 11th - May 4th
Posted 4/13/14

Similar to St Marks place in New York or the Venice Boardwalk in Los Angeles, East London’s Brick Lane is a small stretch of road whose reputation is both its blessing and its curse. In the heart of Shoreditch, this once ‘gritty’ mile of curry houses and industrial brewery buildings was the YBA 90’s hang out. Now, twenty years and many Lonely Planet write-ups later, Brick Lane often feels like a playground for tourists in search of a one-stop shop for East London cool kid... [more]

20140417173257-kloss_thiemo___white_rooms__10__38_5x90cm__photopaper_aluminuium__2009-2014 Tio Ilar 7 Istanbul: International street art group show in the Greek Consulate   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at Sismanoglio Megaro of the Consulate General of Greece April 10th - May 4th
Posted 4/13/14

Thursday 10th April in Istanbul's most vibrant district, Beyoglu, and the always crowded Istiklal street saw the successful opening of the international contemporary and street art exhibition, Tio Ilar. This is the 7th edition of the annual showcase that was initially held in Athens, and their 2nd time touring to Istanbul, hosting artists predominantly from Greece and Turkey. Although the majority of the artists are actively involved in their respective homeland's street art scenes, here this... [more]


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