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UNDER THE RADAR: CLEA T. WAITE | MADDALENA PATRESE | GRACE CHUN

by The Artslant Team
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Clea T. Waite – Berlin and Köln Maddalena Patrese – Padova and Los Angeles Grace Chun – New York... [more]
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The Traitorous Translator: Power and Representation in Transnational Discourse

by Pınar Üner Yılmaz
My memories of learning a second language date back to my post-elementary school years, what they call the prep-year, in a bilingual school in Turkey. From the first lesson, the struggle to communicate was real: our teacher, who was from Wales, spoke only English, and my class of ten Turkish-speaking students got by with dictionaries and gestures. For many of us in that classroom, and in Turkey more broadly, not knowing English was a failure—and it was something we had better remedy soon. When I first saw Luis Camnitzer’s work at Gallery 400 in Chicago, I had a flashback to my... [more]
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Thoka Maer

by Christian Petersen
Thoka Maer (Lisette Berndt) makes tiny, exquisite stories in GIF form. The medium doesn’t always lend itself to evoking complex emotions, but Maer’s work does just that: she infuses genuine, relatable feelings within a few simple looping frames. With vignettes chronicling everyday life and observed human behaviors, the work is sometimes happy, sometimes sad—often both at once. In 2011, Maer started the popular Tumblr page “It’s No Biggie,” where she dryly illustrates small, daily frustrations familiar to us all. Last week Maer exhibited in the group... [more]
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Katya Grokhovsky Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Katya Grokhovsky.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? As a child, I had difficulty in expressing myself verbally, so I used drawing and movement as a way to display my vision to the world. I am still doing that today, utilizing my art to communicate the often invisible, absurd, grotesque, and difficult aspects of human experience as it pertains specifically to... [more]
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FINAL WEEK to Apply to the ArtSlant Prize IX

by The Artslant Team
Round 9, the final round, closes December 18th! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes and an exhibition in New York during Armory Week! To apply, sign in to artslant.com, click the menu icon in the upper right and select ArtSlant Prize. Above: Round 9 submission from Christopher Tavares Silva, Brian Steckel The ArtSlant Prize is an annual competition hosted by ArtSlant.com. Jurors for the prize are prominent curators, gallerists, museum professionals, and arts folk from... [more]
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At Miami's All-Women Art Fair Poorgrrrl Channels the Weight of Womanhood

by Audrey L. Phillips
Poorgrrrl is a persona that arouses pity in her audience. The Miami-based artist’s performances are fragmented, confessional, musical, and often incorporate lighting, costume, and installation. They are always accompanied by sound, produced by her collaborator, byrdipop. For Poorgrrrl, the music entertainment industry is a platform for performance art. The unease she generates onstage can sometimes leave the audience feeling confused or disappointed when her performances purposefully don’t match up with the typical concert-goer’s expectations. This week, Poorgrrrl will... [more]
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With Billionaire Backers, Miami’s Museums Go All In for Contemporary Art (and Little Else)

by Neil Vazquez
For the first two weeks in December the international art world descends upon Miami Beach for some of the most hotly anticipated art fairs in the world, where buyers, gallerists, artists, and hangers-on come to mix, mingle, and cavort. Thanks in part to Art Basel Miami Beach, the city’s institutional landscape has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last several years. For a town that sees dozens of fairs come and go each December, the burgeoning museum scene—the cultural stalwarts that stick around after the convention center empties and beachside pavilions come... [more]
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Announcing the Georgia Fee Resident | Winter 2018

by The Artslant Team
Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Resident, Winter 2018 We are very pleased to announce the selection of Ali Fitzgerald as our 2018 Winter Resident. Thank you to all applicants and a very special thank you to all shortlisted applicants who were interviewed over the past two weeks.   Ali Fitzgerald lives in Berlin and mostly works in the milieu of socially-critical visual narratives. She currently contributes comics and visual essays to New York Magazine's The Cut  and The New Yorker. She has also contributed art-world comics to art –... [more]
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Christopher Tavares Silva Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Christopher Tavares Silva.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I use the languages of visual art and sound because I’m attracted to their poetic and transformative potentials, and though I enjoy weaving in literal references and representations of things, I’m equally if not more interested in the ways that the pure physical energies of sound,... [more]
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Intimate Debris: Nature, Industry, and the Body in the Photography of LaToya Ruby Frazier

by Jessica Lanay
LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photography braids together the intimacies between landscape, industry, and the Black woman’s body. Impactful, private, and silver ensconced, her images reveal a sometimes wonderful and other times tragic interdependency. In two recent Pittsburgh exhibitions—The Notion of Family at Silver Eye Center for Photography and On The Making Of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford at the August Wilson Center, a shared exhibition of photography by Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford—Frazier captures the interconnectivity between the landscape and the... [more]
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#NotSurprised: What’s Next for the Fledgling Movement?

by Maya-Roisin Slater
You’ve likely seen it; you may have signed it—if you were fast enough. What started out as a group text between ten arts professionals in late October quickly turned into a letter signed by almost 9,500 individually verified people condemning power abuses in the field. The original group chat, started over WhatsApp in the wake of recent sexual assault allegations made against Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman, swiftly grew to 124 members. And within 72 hours commiseration had turned into action. As stories of sexual misconduct amassed, part of what is now being called... [more]
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Faith Holland’s Speculative Fetishism and Digital Self-Care

by Olivia B. Murphy
“Best viewed without underwear,” reads the vinyl on the wall as you walk into the gallery. Below the text is a fishbowl full of what looks like other people’s underthings, left or “donated” to the exhibition. This is by no means a command, rather a “completely consensual suggestion,” says artist Faith Holland. Which is an apt descriptor of much of her show Speculative Fetish at TRANSFER Gallery in Bushwick. On the opposing wall is her recent collection, Queer Connections (2017). The installation is a punny take on the gendering of cables and wires... [more]
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Rachel Frank Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Rachel Frank.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? My work uses sculpture, video, and performance to explore the tensions between the natural world and the manmade. Mixing environmental theory, political activism, and research into natural history, my work makes connections between personal histories and contemporary issues concerning the natural world,... [more]
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Beloved Sculptor Thaddeus Mosley on 91 Years of Carving His Own Path

by Jessica Lanay
Walking into Thaddeus Mosley’s studio is like entering a bestiary that has exploded from its pages. From three feet tall to scraping the ceiling of the workshop, the wooden bodies of Mosley’s sculptures radiate warmth and power as they cut through the air. Inspired by birds and the art of Brancusi, Mosley’s daring compositions arc into splendid, gravity-defying geometries. With works weighing as much as four hundred pounds, one wonders how this 91-year-old artist is still intimately engaging the wood with his body, chiseling it by hand, some seven decades into his... [more]
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Art Golacki Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Art Golacki.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? Since every one of us evolved from the very subjective perception of ever-changing phenomena called collectively a reality, I am in constant process of sharing my personal experience of that journey.  What is an artist’s responsibility? In my opinion, to translate what is... [more]
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Under the Radar: Genevieve Goffman | Katrina Majkut | Sheelah Mahalath Bewley

by The Artslant Team
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Genevieve Goffman – Portland,... [more]
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The Trouble with “Neighbors”: Ai Weiwei, the Istanbul Biennial, and Forced Migration

by Danyel Ferrari
Last month Public Art Fund in New York opened Ai Weiwei’s citywide exhibition, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. The project entails steel, fence-like architectural interventions and large-scale banners depicting photographs of Syrian refugees from the artist’s time in Lesbos, Greece. The exhibition is not alone in its use of domestic language to address global issues of mass forced migration. The 15th Istanbul Biennial, which concluded last week and was curated by Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, took the title a good neighbour. The conceit of... [more]
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