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20150127092619-screen_shot_2015-01-27_at_10 Conceptual Intent: The Recent Emergence of Crime Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/26/15

I have been thinking, for the last week or so, about art and criminality. Not so much about the inherent criminality of the art world, necessarily—whether this dealer or that dealer might also be involved in the arms trade, or ruminating on the more subjective moral brand of “criminality” present in the sale of an eighteen-million-estimate artwork—but the literal "Push me Pull you" relationship which the two “concepts,” have been enacting in my peripheral vision... [more]

20150126143005-kow_tz_002 One Year of Filmmakers: Why One Gallery Is Dedicating 2015 to the Moving Image   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tobias Zielony at KOW December 6th, 2014 - February 14th
Posted 1/26/15

Dedicating its programming to the work of seven noted filmmakers, KOW in Berlin gives its exhibition space over to the moving image in 2015. The year’s roster includes Germany representatives for this year’s Venice Biennale, Tobias Zielony and Hito Steyerl, pioneering feminist and experimental cinematographer Barbara Hammer, Russian activist collective Chto Delat?, Mario Pfeifer, Renzo Martens, and Clemens von Wedemeyer. Why is it so important to show and engage with film and video... [more]

20150127112214-small_things Paris Dispatches: Three Weeks Walking, a Tally   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/27/15

Paris Dispatches is the blog of ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist in Residence, Brett Day Windham, who will be undertaking her residency in Paris during January and February 2015. She will be using the blog to share her process, work, and experience throughout the residency. You can find more information about ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency here. Today marks three weeks in Paris. So far I have found (among other things) reams of caution tape, bits of strapping, a pile of zippers, a tiny hand, Christmas tree bows, a tasse... [more]

20150123130016-dsc_0012 The Artist Philanthropist: Prize Winner Splits Cash Prize with Peers   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/23/15

"Let's split this motherfucker!"—thus was the cry from the mouth of artist Theaster Gates, the winner of the UK's biggest cash art prize Artes Mundi 6. Gates made the announcement in Cardiff, Wales, last night that he would share the winnings with all of the other nine shortlisted artists. Such benevolent acts of generosity are rare in the money-centric art world. If evenly divided up, they'll each end up with 4,000 GBP—quite a downgrade, compared to the £40,000 GBP Gates would have... [more]

20150123111451-borondo_spain_madrid First Look: Borondo's Big London Solo Show   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/23/15

His delicate large-scale paintings have floated on canal boats and he's one of Complex mag's favorite muralists of 2014—part of a street art sub-genre we like to call "sensitive graf." Borondo, who lives and works in a former pub in Hackney, uses his art to express the melodrama of human living, the soaring peeks and plunging troughs of our mortal condition—one reason he was drawn to the character of Ophelia in his now well-known floating work. From February 5th, the young Spanish a... [more]

20150122111146-ryan_trecartin_video6 Finding Ryan Trecartin’s Friendster Profile, or, The Archive in the Age of Social Media   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/22/15

Imagine: one day in the near future, you might wake up to find that all of your Facebook friends are gone. A little while ago, while ostensibly doing research for a review I was writing on Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch’s Regen Projects exhibition, I learned that Trecartin had essentially been “discovered” through Friendster. Curious, I went hunting for the evidence. What did Ryan Trecartin’s Friendster profile look like? Who were his friends in the early 2000s? What did th... [more]

20150123101122-_mfwb24f0t5zvqr74lit8a8grqg-1bnzog_hxu_zfyr_a-0g07mcpnoljrdlfasx8npco7gzhhgttze__k6ncleo3c4_s2048 Paris Dispatches: Merci, Georgia   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/22/15

Paris Dispatches is the blog of ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist in Residence, Brett Day Windham, who will be undertaking her residency in Paris during January and February 2015. She will be using the blog to share her process, work, and experience throughout the residency. You can find more information about ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency here. We are not idealized wild things. We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn... [more]

20150121165603-celine-joan-didion-spring-2015-holding Jürgen Teller: To View Women Is to Think Them   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/21/15

The Face of Joan Didion. In his 1957 publication, Mythologies, Roland Barthes wrote a chapter entitled “The Face of Garbo” that traced the marked distancing of Hollywood’s representation of the female face from the concept of awe, toward the effect of charm—childish and feline. We have not strayed far from this portrayal of women on screen since. Within Western history, and within our treatment of these images, there is something inexplicably aesthetic within the urge to... [more]

20150121104514-unnamed What to Buy at the London Art Fair 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/20/15

The London Art Fair, sitting comfortably in the middle ground between Frieze and the Affordable Art Fair, is geared towards the soild mid-range collector, a fact reenforced by its middle class location in Angel Islington. Whether you're new to the game, an emerging dealer, or a fastidious collector of the kind of Modern and Contemporary British Art the fair is dedicated to, the London Art Fair caters to your taste. For this 27th iteration of the fair, we've selected our recommended buys for a rang... [more]

20150119091939-the_catlin_guide_2015_shot_1_low_res Justin Hammond Selects Top Recent Graduates at London Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/19/15

The Catlin Prize and Guide is one of London's primary art prizes for recent graduate artists. The guide launches in January each year at the London Art Fair—with the prize winners announced at an exhibition in May. Founder and Director, and former ArtSlant Prize Juror, Justin Hammond, selects his favorite works from this year's edition, also on show at the London Art Fair 2015. The Catlin Guide 2015 We're back in Art Projects at the London Art Fair to mark the publication of T... [more]

20150119091651-budny2 Villa Toronto: This Is Not an Art Fair!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/19/15

"Villa Toronto—This is not an art fair!" “Why are there so many people here?” “It’s for the Raptors game.” Ragnar Kjartansson, S.S. Hangover, 2013, Music by Kjartan Sveinsson; Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik and Luhring Augustine, New York This is a conversation I overheard between two hurried commuters while attending opening night for the event Villa Toronto a couple of evenings ago. Organized by Warsaw’s Raster Gallery and p... [more]

20150119084307-6733353099_fe26be62b2_z Inside the Neighborhood: What Is Islington?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/19/15

So, I put a message on Facebook: where is good to hang in Islington? The responses are many and immediate, with more than one of my friends highly rating the cocktails served in 69 Colebrooke Row. In addition, I find out Akari is as good for sushi as Le Mercury is cheap and chearful. Then it hits me: what exactly do I know of this most intermediary of London areas? Regent's Canal, via Flickr user Nick Kenrick Yeah, there have been blurry nights dancing to Motown and New Wave in the fantastic dive bar Slim Jim's—and, maybe earlier that same night I'd have sipped ale in the snug boat-l... [more]

20150119104841-cake Happy Birthday, Art! The Party Report from Pilsen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/19/15

The French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou was the first to proclaim “Art’s Birthday” as a public holiday on January 17. Coincidentally, Art shares the same birthday as Filliou, who came up with the idea in 1963. The myth is that 1,000,000 years ago, someone threw a dry sponge into a bucket of water and voilà: Art was born. It was first publicly celebrated in Aachen, Germany, and Paris simultaneously in 1973, and the phenomenon has grown every year with celebrations now taki... [more]

20150119124701-living2 Short Film Program IFFR: An Alternative Stage for Artists   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/19/15

Last year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, a Tiger Award for Short Films was won by Sebastian Buerkner, alumnus of the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2013, all three Tiger Awards in this category went to artists: Beatrice Gibson, Erik van Lieshout and Zachary Formwalt. And it could happen again this year. Twelve out of the sixteen eligible films carry the “art” label. When the IFFR shorts program started some ten years ago, the organization deliberately choose to... [more]

20150119143015-bni2k0-o7qijpxfgs4di0akyqu-k_5uz9qnrjhxo1ci4_jeyyemswnjhbx0c_h6z2h5sd1rzaqyr3hrxi5dza_zfixu_s2048 Paris Dispatches: The Streets Are Lined with Dreams of Sonia   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/19/15

Paris Dispatches is the blog of ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist in Residence, Brett Day Windham, who will be undertaking her residency in Paris during January and February 2015. She will be using the blog to share her process, work, and experience throughout the residency. You can find more information about ArtSlant's Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency here. PART I: Paris is rather empty / Still I walk on / La grippe Two photo-collages from my first week of Paris sidewalks Paris is empty, and people are still scared. This is w... [more]

20150119221007-img_2186 Smack Mellon's RESPOND and the New Imaginary   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/19/15

There is no better point in time to enact change than during a cultural rupture. Popular culture—the expressions that bind a collective group—is a smooth stream of images and ideologies that flows at an overwhelming and indomitable rate. This is part of the mandate of contemporary culture: to express with as many images and words as experienced time will allow. Smack Mellon, a New York venue in DUMBO that supports emerging and underrepresented artists put its exhibition schedule on hold t... [more]


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