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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]

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]

20140814143331-alicja_kwade1 Ruin Value: Sammlung Boros (The Boros Collection) in Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Sammlung Boros September 17th, 2012 - September 17th, 2015
Posted 8/14/14

“Time turns metaphors into things” – Robert Smithson Ruins are often untouchable spaces. The ruin embodies architecture as memory; the site is a host to ghosts, standing half-formed and half-alive as specters from the past, "unregulated" and with "no present function,"[1]—an artifact, as some would say, that transforms the symbolic into the concrete. The influence of the past invades potential futures of the space, so much so that the ruin is trapped in time, a cycle th... [more]

20140814180420-photo_4 Under the Dark of Night: Outdoor Vision Fest at Pushkin Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Pushkin Gallery August 14th - September 30th
Posted 8/14/14

Pushkin Gallery, located on Canyon Road, opened in 2000 as the first Russian art gallery in Santa Fe. Its founder, Kenneth Pushkin, and its curator of Russian painting, Rosa Lena Reed Robinson, recently began engaging the students at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) in a vibrant and innovative collaboration. Pushkin Gallery has since established the Pushkin Gallery Prize, an annual scholarship rewarded to a new media student—this summer, the gallerists have offered the bu... [more]

20140813063121-one_of_the_two_walls_composing_bummer Bummer: Reflections on the Varieties of Human Folly, Aesthetics, and the 1990s   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at The Wolfsonian-FIU March 26th - August 31st
Posted 8/13/14

For some reason, in the wake of men creating darkness, they also make art: Christ gets crucified, someone paints a scene of it. War with the Japanese, a handmade game called “Kill the Jap.” Stalin shaves off and effectively enslaves a solid percentage of Russian society in order to hoist industrialization upon its weary shoulders—a porcelain plate, so you can eat off his face. Such examples are the art and design found at Bummer, a small, eccentric exhibition on view at the W... [more]

20140819222042-pose_honey_l It's a Cruel Cruel Summer at Jonathan LeVine Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mike Ballard, BLADE, Mark Bode, Tim Conlon, Cope, Shepard Fairey, Finok, FREEDOM, Sam Friedman, Mike Giant, Maya Hayuk, Eric Haze, Horfé, HuskMitNavn, Dabs Myla, Caleb Neelon, NIagar, Cleon Peterson, Pose, Recok, Victor Reyes, Rime, RISK, ben venom at Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 557C West 23rd August 6th - August 23rd
Posted 8/13/14

People say galleries get slow in the summer in New York, but there is nothing lacklustre or mundane about the group exhibition Cruel Summer at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Curated by collector and graffiti historian Roger Gastman, the exhibition’s title is derived from the popular song featured in the original Karate Kid film by Bananarama. The music video portrays the three female band members causing trouble and dancing throughout New York City – including a Dukes of Hazard-esque... [more]

20140812101653-de_stad_de_stilte_3 The city as hardware, soft infrastructure, and idea   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Diane Arbus, Mitch Epstein, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, William Klein, Dana Lixenberg, Karl Hugo Schmölz, Ed van der Elsken, Michael Wolf at FotoMuseum Den Haag July 5th - October 12th
Posted 8/12/14

Horizontals, verticals, and some disciplined curves, squares and angles offset by relentless electrical streetlights. The wall with forty vintage photographs marking the start of The Rush and Calm, Moments in the City looks like an architect’s drawing table. Karl Hugo Schmölz’s 1950s documentation of German cinemas, orchestra houses, car dealerships, and shopping malls clearly illustrates the strong focus on hardware during the post-war Reconstruction period. They show the city as... [more]

20140812150053-tacenda-1 Interview with Abby Martin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/12/14

In a week the world roiled, when rockets rained on Israel and Gaza, and when a civilian jetliner was blasted into oblivion over Ukraine by rebels, Abby Martin, a Russia Today (RT) TV host, stepped away from a cluster-fuck of a news week, by immersing herself in the art world, namely, the haven of a Washington D.C gallery where her intimate, jewel-box like graphic paintings are getting the exposure they merit. The five works on paper - now part of the summer group show at Randall Scott Projects in North... [more]


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