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Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea Manning Publish Comic in Last Push for Obama Clemency

by Joel Kuennen
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is perhaps best known for her project Stranger Visions, a dystopian romp into the world of cheap genetics technology and surveillance culture where she was able to create facial masks of New Yorkers from bits of gum and hair left by individuals on the streets. Unfamiliar? Read our interview with her from last year to catch up. Today, she released a comic, Suppressed Images, in collaboration with Army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning and illustrator Shoili Kanungo as one final push to gain clemency from out-going President Barack Obama. Manning has been reported to be on his cleme... [more]
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Jenyu Wang Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Welcome to 5 Questions. Each week, we’re sending 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 Jenyu Wang. What are you trying to communicate with your work? In retrospect, it feels as if I’ve been pushing EPs out there for years, all of them love songs. So far my message has been about sharing intense desires and their loss. What is an artist’s responsibility? Hmm. Always wondered if art and responsibility were compatible, or mutually exclusive. The supremely difficult chal... [more]
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Under the Radar: Ella Goerner | Matthew Penkala | Ben Pederson

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. Ella Goerner – Berlin ... [more]
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Rise Up, Nasty Women: Artists Respond to Trump

by Andrea Alessi
“Literally the day the election results were announced I started working on the exhibit,” says artist and curator Indira Cesarine. Next week, her Tribeca gallery, The Untitled Space, opens the exhibition UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN, featuring work by 80 women-identifying artists addressing the social and political climate in America today. Cesarine wasn’t the only one sparked into immediate action. “Hello female artists/curators! Lets organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who's interested???” artist Roxanne Jackson posted on Facebook a few days later. She had no idea jus... [more]
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In Commanding Prints, Afro-Cuban Artist Belkis Ayón Unites Mythology and Cultural Critique

by Sola Agustsson
Nkame, a salutation that translates to “greeting” in the Abakuán language, welcomes Belkis Ayón’s first solo show in the United States to the Fowler museum. After Ayón’s death in 1999, the Afro-Cuban artist’s body of work was declared a patrimony by the Cuban government and was not allowed out of the country until recently. Ayón’s mysterious black-and-white prints appear as an obscure treasure that has just been uncovered, so it is fitting that her work be centered on the mythology of the Abakuá, an Afro-Cuban all-male secre... [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, as w... [more]
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In a Gentrifying London Neighborhood, Artists Connect Personal and Global Displacement

by Danyel Ferrari
It’s a decidedly vulnerable act many of us have experienced: the frantic search for something in your bag, bent over or on your knees in airport or a train station, personal articles spread out around you as you hunt for missing keys or passport, maybe trying to keep certain items hidden—tampons, condoms, echoes of bodies and sexuality deemed too personal for public exposure. Berlin-based artist Tanja Ostojić’s ongoing project Misplaced Women?, first performed in Zagreb in 2009, centers on a simple but familiar choreography Ostojić both undertakes herself and delegates t... [more]
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Doxology: Dell M. Hamilton’s BLUES\BLANK\BLACK

by jeffrey mcnary
This piece is an Editors’ Pick from reviews published by members of the ArtSlant community. Click here to learn about writing community exhibition reviews on ArtSlant. “…right now being born a girl is to be born threatened…” —Ntozake Shange With the Christmas holiday rapidly approaching, a limited audience gathered at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at Harvard University for a riveting performance of a work challenging issues of race, gender, violence and indefensible doings by segments of the law enforcement comm... [more]
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Round 1 of the ArtSlant Prize IX Now Accepting Submissions

by The Artslant Team
Above: Round 1 Entry by Sid Daniels, Grand Hotel, 2016. The ArtSlant Prize supports emerging artists working in all media. We offer cash prizes and an exhibition to winners, with opportunities to sell and promote your work to our international network throughout the process. Each round of our prize is judged by a panel of three independent art professionals. In the past, these have included gallery owners and curators from some of the top galleries in the world, as well as renowned critics and artists. To Apply: click contest entry from your ArtSlant Profile or... [more]
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Under the Radar: Danielle Williamson | Jenyu Wang | Anna Fafaliou

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. Danielle Williamson – Tel Aviv-Yafo ... [more]
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Under the Radar: Alison Hunt Ballard | Michael Wynne | Narda Alvarado

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. Alison Hunt Ballard – Palm Springs, CA ... [more]
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In 2016, Women Artists Led the Way in New Media

by Andrea Alessi
A couple weeks ago I asked Christian Petersen, who writes the fortnightly “Wednesday Web Artist of the Week” column, to pick his favorite artist interviews of 2016. For his edification, I emailed over a list of the year’s best-read pieces, which, I keenly observed, comprised all women artists. Oh, “it’s gonna be ALLL ladies for sure,” he shot back. I asked if he had any reflections on what he learned interviewing 25 new media artists and curators this year. “What I’ve really taken away from the column is that the world of new media art is home... [more]
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Who Are the Modern “Creatives”? Social Currency and the Self-Made Artist

by Lauren McQuade
As I walked up to Andrü Sisson’s studio on the morning of the press preview for his self-produced debut solo show, Ivory Gold Slaves, I saw what the past few months of collaborating with musician and friend, Rocco DeLuca, must have been like. Sisson sat on the floor of a matte black van parked in front of his studio. Its open shell provided the only source of shade on a cloudless late September day, the sun spitting out the last of summer’s relentless 90-degree heat. DeLuca stood nearby on the sidewalk, passing a spliff back and forth a couple of times, laughing and chatting, befo... [more]
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Marijn van Kreij: Slowing Down through Repetition

by Edo Dijksterhuis
If I can free a humble material from itself, perhaps I can free myself from myself. This text is written on a scrap of paper, torn from a sketchbook and almost carelessly tacked to the wall of Marijn van Kreij’s studio, just outside of Amsterdam. It’s a daily reminder resonating in the space where the artist spends most of his waking hours drawing and painting, but also reading, looking at pictures from his ever-growing art book library, immersing himself in this repository of text and image. Van Kreij’s work is the antithesis of what art is according to many: the work of... [more]
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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]
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Yoshi Sodeoka

by Christian Petersen
Yoshi Sodeoka is a Japanese artist who moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute in the late 80s and has made it his home ever since. The work he started there, using the first wave of accessible digital tools, could be seen as a direct precursor to what became the modern new media art movement. He was a very early proponent of using the internet as a blank canvas for a new kind of creativity, exploring those possibilities with his groundbreaking work at Word.com, one of the first web magazines. Today Sodeoka is best known for his mind-melting video experiments, often enhanced with his own textured musical compos... [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 ex... [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 as Ha... [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 reflect on Ruins and Rituals, a retrospective exh... [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, stares almost seductively, or... [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 many se... [more]

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