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Christa Pratt 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 Christa Pratt.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I’m interested in staying spiritually, politically, and emotionally in-tune with myself and my existence through sculpting blackness in intimate and sensual ways, centering blackness and femininity. Decentering whiteness and patriarchy has been an important part of my self-love journey and my journey as... [more]
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Playing Goatherd in Queens, Nari Ward Tends a Subversive Flock

by Osman Can Yerebakan
When I visited Nari Ward’s Socrates Sculpture Park exhibition Nari Ward: G.O.A.T. again on a spring day, children were roaming the park, enjoying the mellow weather. Presumably on a day trip from a local school in Queens, these kids of diverse backgrounds and and colors, were climbing on Scapegoat, a mammoth-scale goat figure reclining in the middle of the park. They were giggling at Bipartition Bell, a pair of giant copper goat testicles hanging from a steel and wood structure, facetiously evoking the Liberty Bell in terms of its monumentality and heft.  The Jamaica-born and... [more]
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Naira Mushtaq 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 Naira Mushtaq.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? My work is a study of relationship between a found object and the emotion it evokes, leading to narratives in a different space. My specific interest lies in the deconstruction and re-framing of vernacular photographs. In working with these, I have found how essentially similar family structures are across... [more]
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Announcing the 2017 Georgia Fee Resident: Shoshana Kessler

by The Artslant Team
We are very pleased to announce the selection of Shoshana Kessler as our 2017 Resident. Thank you to all applicants and a very special thank you to all shortlisted applicants who were interviewed. Shoshana Kessler is a printer and writer, based in Oxford, U.K. She has previously studied at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford. In 2015, she, alongside colleague Beth Sparks, established Hurst Street Press, an independent printing press and publishing house. Hurst Street Press is committed to publishing new and experimental works of art and... [more]
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Under the Radar: Graham Macaulay | Al Anood Al Obaidly | Nari Kim

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. Graham Macaulay – London,... [more]
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Ellsworth Kelly’s Final Paintings Show an Artist Consciously Shaping His “Late Style”

by Zachary Small
Before Ellsworth Kelly died of natural causes at the age of 92, he was busy planning a late-career comeback. Not that he went anywhere—as a forefather of minimalist abstraction, his paintings are an omnipresent staple of museum collections around the world. This comeback was more of a reclamation, a chance for Kelly to redefine himself in his own terms, instead of the frequent mislabeling of his work as starkly minimalist. The first component of Kelly’s comeback was an exhibition of his photography, which had been largely unseen by the public. Presented only months after his... [more]
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Amanda Joy Calobrisi 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 Amanda Joy Calobrisi.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? The first language that I learned to read was body language. Being a cautious but curious child, cursed by shyness, it was (and still is) my primary language. Observing the adults was preferable to playing with the kids. I gathered expressions, gestures, and stances into a sort of dictionary of my mind... [more]
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Under the Radar: Caroline Augusta | Nancy Marcum | Almudena Blanco

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. Caroline Augusta – Sonora,... [more]
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Arthur Machado

by Christian Petersen
Arthur Machado is a Brazilian new media artist who is better known pseudonymously as Tù.úk’z and አርተር ጥቁ. Machado’s earliest experiments with digital art were through glitch art and that hyperactive influence can still be seen throughout his work. Machado’s digital collages of found materials deftly walk the line between lush beauty and informational anarchy. In a way, these artworks are like paintings, with programs standing in for brushes and the internet itself as the paint. Absorbing varied obsessions of net art culture, Machado’s work transcends... [more]
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Pablo Helguera: Club Americano

by Museum of Fine Arts Boston
New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera opens Club Americano, the culmination of the artist’s residency at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This intimate one-room exhibition and shared space explores the historic foundations and contemporary definitions of American identity. Here, the term “American” is understood in the Pan-American sense: its Spanish translation, americano, can refer to anyone or anything from either North or South America. Helguera takes aesthetic inspiration from 19th-century Bostonian university clubs and gentlemen’s lounges, which... [more]
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Pablo Carpio 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 Pablo Carpio.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? Dissent. What is an artist’s responsibility? Being truthful and honest with your work. Respect every person who takes a sincere moment to observe a work of art. Admire the ones who allow you to talk about your dreams. Be thankful for all the wonderful moments that you may experience in life... [more]
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Under the Radar: Annie Lindberg | Derek Weisberg | Sofia Donovan

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. Annie Lindberg – Santa... [more]
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James Bridle’s Self-Driving Car Steers Into Slippery Questions About Automation

by Benjamin Busch
According to artist, writer, and theorist James Bridle, the autonomous car and the issues it raises stand in for many of the questions facing humanity today: what will ultimately result from our relationship with technology and artificial intelligence? How will we collectively adapt to world where jobs—like truck driving—have been automated out of existence? How will we deal with increasingly opaque, complex systems of governance and exchange? Bridle, whose work spans a variety of topics tied to network infrastructure, government transparency, and technological surveillance,... [more]
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Anicka Yi: Life is Cheap

by Joel Kuennen
Anicka Yi, the recipient of the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize, opened Life is Cheap, consisting of three works, Lifestyle Wars, Immigrant Caucus, and Force Majeure, at the Guggenheim on April 21, 2017. The exhibition title is one part indictment, one part plea. “Life is cheap” is usually said with a quiet lilt; eyes down, a slight shake of the head. The disgust is projected both outward and inward. It’s a gesture of shame. But Yi hints at perhaps another invocation of the saying—that life is in fact cheap and easy to come by. It is all... [more]
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: SPAMM

by Christian Petersen
Spamm is an ambitious annual exhibition that gathers together a dizzying array of video work by net artists. Spamm was formed in France in 2011 by Michaël Borras a.k.a SYSTAIME, who invited Ellectra Radikal to start co-curating in 2013.  The show freely unites undiscovered new talent with some of the most highly regarded artists now working in new media. This year’s edition, ϟℙ∀ℳℳ▁ℙϴШ€ℜ, features 142 artists and functions as a fascinating overview of the wild world contemporary net art. ϟℙ∀ℳℳ▁ℙϴШ€ℜ was also recently a physical exhibition... [more]
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Let Them Eat Art! Dissent on Documenta 14’s Periphery

by Benjamin Busch
For Athenians, the presence of Documenta in Athens has raised a number of questions, including most importantly: how will this German-funded meta-exhibition transform the city, and what will happen after it has run its course? Yet for most Athenians, Documenta 14, whose tagline is “Learning from Athens,” will likely go unnoticed or even appear superfluous against the burdens of everyday life in the Greek capital. To be clear, while the exhibition does include Athenian and Greek artists, and while the public programs open their important discussions to a wider public audience,... [more]
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Girl on Girl: The New Book Exploring the Female Gaze in Photography

by The Artslant Team
What does it mean for a woman to pick up a camera and point it at herself, or at another woman? Is there something unique to be found behind the lens, in the gaze of the female photographer? Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze is an ambitious new book that sets out, if not to resolve this question, then to open it up, to unfold it through the exercise of prolonged looking. Over a year and a half, arts journalist Charlotte Jansen (who is, full disclosure, a former editor of this publication) interviewed 40 female artists from 17 countries who are making... [more]
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Martina Menegon

by Christian Petersen
Martina Menegon is an Italian new media artist and educator currently based in Vienna, Austria. Her art explores “the instability and ephemerality of the human body as well as the alienation from physicality in today’s digital age, questioning the gap between real and virtual, flesh and data.” Menegon’s expression of these ideas range from uncanny scenes of endless, undulating fleshy figures to far more personal depictions of her own digitally distorted physical form. Her work reveals the ever-evolving relationship between all of us and the inescapable digital world,... [more]
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Natalia Zuluaga Kicks Off ArtCenter/South Florida’s Latest Chapter with “An Image”

by Audrey L. Phillips
When ArtCenter/South Florida opened on Lincoln Road in 1984, in the heart of South Beach, the street was “nearly abandoned and severely dilapidated.” Today the center, which hosts exhibitions, classes, and a studio residency program, is credited with kickstarting the revitalization of the mall and its surrounding area. Following the appointment of Natalia Zuluaga as Artistic Director this August, ArtCenter itself is getting something of a revitalization. Dynamic changes are underway as the promising Bard Center for Curatorial Studies graduate begins her tenure with an ambitious... [more]
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The Artist Positioning Himself as Richter’s Crown Prince

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Next year Eberhard Havekost turns fifty: time to balance the books. The press release for his current solo at KINDL positions Havekost “among the most important German artists of his generation.” The artist himself probably doesn’t agree with an accolade this generic, especially when it’s accompanying the kind of self-confident display of painterly power that is Inhalt. The show takes up two full floors and doesn’t leave much wall space unused. The works on show are so diverse, they could have been created by three or four different artists. Most recognizable... [more]
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Beverly Buchanan and the Architecture of Blackness

by Jessica Lynne
October saw the launch of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of ten exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The series’ first two exhibitions honor two unique feminisms. Today, we’re taking a look at them both: Beverly Buchanan’s Ruins and Rituals and Marilyn Minter’s Pretty/Dirty.   How might we understand a spatial and architectural discourse that marks a black subjectivity? This is the question that lingers in my thoughts as I... [more]
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Relentlessly Dissecting Beauty, Marilyn Minter Gets at the Guts of Glamour

by Olivia B. Murphy
October saw the launch of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of ten exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The series’ first two exhibitions honor two unique feminisms. Today, we’re taking a look at them both: Beverly Buchanan’s Ruins and Rituals and Marilyn Minter’s Pretty/Dirty.   A woman just beginning to show the signs of a life well-worn, with deeply impressed laugh lines and a made-up face sagging ever so slightly,... [more]
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Genevieve Gaignard: “You’re Not That, But You’re Not Not That.”

by Alex Anderson
Los Angeles, September 2016: Genevieve Gaignard is a magician. She sees you and she sees you seeing her. Revealing our experience and understanding of race, gender, sexuality, and their complex perceptions under the western heteropatriarchal gaze, the Los Angeles-based artist uses self-portraiture and sculpture to find truth in the abstract aporia of identity. The characters she creates and portrays engage with the aesthetic language of Afropunk, substance chic Hollywood glamor, and the suburban working class of generations past to create layered caricatures of the myriad ways people see her... [more]
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