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Visions from the Present Future: Artissima's Top Emerging Artists

by Jesi Khadivi
Now entering its 14th year, Artissima’s Present Future is an acknowledged launch pad for the careers of emerging young talent. Indeed, internationally renowned artists such as Dora García, Jeremy Deller, Ryan Trecartin, and Phil Collins all had early presentations in this section of the fair. This year, 20 artists have been selected by a team of five international curators: Luigi Fassi, Catalina Lozano, Piper Marshall, Jamie Stevens, and Xiaoyu Weng. Each curator’s distinctive aesthetic sensibilities—not to mention overarching conceptual concerns and particular engageme... [more]
Posted by Jesi Khadivi on 11/6/14
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On occultism and race tracks: Artissima

by Federico Florian
Turin rises up along a natural handle, the point where two rivers – the Po and the Stura – join together. The town seems to find its refuge there, and grows to the South multiplying its reticulum of streets and blocks. It resembles a reserved beautiful lady, adorned with yellow autumn leaves and magnificent stone facades – she softly reclines on the Piedmontese hills and looks towards the Alps, whose embrace protects her from the Northern winds. Turin, especially in autumn, is so charming and inspiring that it instills in the traveller such poetic ardors. But this city has a peculiar, uncom... [more]
Posted by Federico Florian on 11/5/13
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Autumn in Torino

by Andrew Berardini
Long-necked blue cranes lurch over ancient churches filled with forged relics. Stiffly clothed bourgeois stroll under weeping Chinese maples, leaves burned and creamed, and past high-booted prostitutes shivering in the autumn chill. A woman in a distant window waves to an unseen lover. The symphony of umbrellas opening as travelers step out from the underground. Click, whoosh, click, whoosh, click-click, whoosh. Torino is my favorite autumn city. The wide regal streets ringing with trolleys, the reflection of neon off wet pavement, the cool Po snaking past the grand piazza of Vittorio Emanue... [more]
Posted by Andrew Berardini on 11/6/13
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Artissima 20: Experimentation and Expansion

by Alicia Reuter
Turin is gearing up for the 20th Artissima, and judging by the enthusiastic tone of the press releases, directors anticipate strong sales and record visitor numbers. The ambitious fair was recently named one of the world’s best by New York-based Skate’s Art Market Research, ahead of vaunted names such as Frieze and Art Basel Miami Beach. This accolade isn’t undeserved; Artissima’s distinction lies in its enthusiastic experimentation, even if returning director Sarah Cosulich Canarutto is markedly more cautious than 2010/11 director Francesco Manacorda. The expansion of... [more]
Posted by Alicia Reuter on 11/5/13
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Wandering through Turin’s porticoes: the ONE TORINO project

by Federico Florian
With a royal ordinance, in the XIX century the king Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia commanded that Turin's roofs be covered with the vast porches that still run along the beautiful Via Po. The reason for the decree was to offer shelter from the rain to the monarch and his entourage during their route from the Royal Palace to the Church of Grande Madre di Dio. Turin is the city with the largest porticoed area in Europe – here, the porches join together the most representative buildings in town, like a sort of connective tissue linking the vital organs of the urban body to each other. Turin’s p... [more]
Posted by Federico Florian on 11/6/13
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Artissima's Back to the Future: Renewed Contemporaneity or Anachronism?

by Jared Baxter
Particularly for those in the art world who can recall the rains that marked the closing of last year's Artissima with a city-wide flood watch, the title of this year's cultural initiative, It's not the end of the world, ought to cement the art fair's reputation for dogged optimism. To a large extent, this outlook is earned – at a time when instability in the art market has made other events of its ilk ever more desperate affairs, Artissima increasingly stands out for the ways in which it tries and frequently succeeds at being more than a mere function of commerce, through initiatives that have... [more]
Posted by Jared Baxter on 11/5/12