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2016’s Best Artist Interviews

by Andrea Alessi
There’s been a lot of hand-wringing of late about whether artists and the creative class can do more to combat the growing threats to democracy, the environment, and even our physical bodies. The work is never over, but I found a welcome moment of encouragement while reviewing the artist interviews ArtSlant published in 2016. Clicking through the archive I was motivated by the diverse cross-section of artists grappling with some of the most pressing issues of our time. In 2016, artists taught us about self-defense when faced with police brutality and how to evade Big Data collecting o... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 12/14/16

Round 9 Juried Winners Announced | 2016

The jury is in on Round 9! Congratulations to all those selected by our fantastic jurors who will now move on to be considered for the ArtSlant Prize 2016! A very special *thanks* to our panel this round: Chelsea Guerdat, Andrew Lee and Agustina Ferreyra (bios below). The ArtSlant Prize 2016 Winners will be announced next month! ROUND 9 JURIED WINNERS: DRAWING: DEBORAH DRUICK, IMPROBABLE ALLIANCE, 2016. INSTALLATION: AMY CANNESTRA, UNTI... [more]
Posted by Amaru on 12/12/16
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Under the Radar: Svitlana Levchenko | Nathan Cluss | Lloyd Galbraith

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. Svitlana Levchenko – Kyiv, Ukraine ... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/9/16
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Ordinary Bravery: In Lesbos and Athens, Refugees Live in Limbo [Photo Essay]

by Jade Angeles Fitton
“We don’t have the option to go home, we lost everything!” —Mohammed Yamma, from Afghanistan Can art provide a constructive and authentic response to the refugee crisis? In response to this well-trodden question, David Evans Berry, a photographer from Wales, travelled to Lesbos and Athens earlier this year to capture the ongoing crisis and what happens to the people left stranded in a no man’s land. Taking time to hear the stories of those who had fled to Greece, and keeping the humanity of his subjects as his guiding motivation, David was intent on avoiding a... [more]
Posted by Jade Angeles Fitton on 12/8/16
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Is the Free Art in “Take Me (I’m Yours)” Too Much of a Good Thing?

by Osman Can Yerebakan
A temporary tattoo of random letters in Lawrence Weiner’s iconic script; a Gilbert & George pin reading “Burn That Book”; a black and white t-shirt by Rirkrit Tiravanija—these were all in my brown paper bag as I walked down 5th Avenue. No, I was not leaving a private auction, nor am I a millionaire collector. All of these artworks, and many more by some of the world’s most prominent contemporary artists, are available at the Jewish Museum right now—for free—in Take Me (I’m Yours). The exhibition, in which all the artworks have elements that viewers can to... [more]
Posted by Osman Can Yerebakan on 12/7/16
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Retrogarde—The Threshold of History

by Stephanie Cristello
In the initial stages of writing this piece, I penned a question: What is the threshold of history? It was the morning of November 9, 2016. The question concerned the boundary of public memory. The limit of how this memory is transformed into action. It was a question posed on a precipice, in both popular definitions of the term—between falling off the brink of one territory, and the inception of a new space. That was on November 9. A question about temporary suspension, the moment before one thing becomes the next. I think these qualities are obvious, but write them down anyway. Rollercoasters, hang time, being n... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 12/6/16
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Under the Radar: Sean Fader | Bianca Pratorius | Michele A. Utley Voigt

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. This week we select artists exhibiting at the conflagration that is Miami Art Week. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Sean Fader – New York City, performing at Satellite Art... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/5/16
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A View of Miami Art Week from a Slumpie (and a Smartphone)

by Audrey L. Phillips
Is it really necessary to physically be present at an art fair anymore to see the art in it? If I’m honest, the best place for me to view a fair is scrolling comfortably through Instagram on my phone, in my bed. I’ve curated a bubble for myself, following galleries, artists, and internet personas who do all the work for me. Oftentimes I find that the art looks better online than it does in person, well-photographed and Photoshopped as it is, or because of the allure the persona attached to the post brings. But I am still here, in Miami for Art Week, physically participating in the vi... [more]
Posted by Audrey L. Phillips on 12/5/16
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Miyö Van Stenis

by Christian Petersen
Miyö Van Stenis is a Venezuelan new media artist currently based in France. Her work explores of the ubiquity and influence of technology, often seen through a strong socio-political lens. An interest in political themes, frequently related to her home country, gives her work an uncommon and vital weight in the world of new media art. In turn, by presenting these themes through digital and web-based interfaces her work has a unique relatability that other mediums might struggle to achieve. Van Stenis’ work is included in two shows at Satellite art fair during Art Basel Miami Beac... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 11/30/16
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The Miami Art Fairs: Here’s What You Need to Know

by The Artslant Team
Closing out what can only be described as a relentlessly brutal year, the excesses that are Art Basel Miami Beach and Co. find themselves in the unenviable position of celebrating surfeit in a time of global angst and suffering. But who are we kidding? A sinking shoreline, mosquito-borne pathogens, and a fascist president-elect aren’t stopping this party. Yes, facing the indulgences of Miami Art Week might get you feeling a bit more existential than usual—even in the best of years, Miami’s the source of many a perplexing Why does this exist? moment. So, in the smallest of... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/29/16