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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Under the Radar: David Rios Ferreira | Zed Nesti | Naira Mushtaq

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. David Rios Ferreira – New York City ... [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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What do we do now? [Updating]

by Joel Kuennen
Farcical fascist, Donald Trump, will be winging his way through the next four years at the head of the United States government. Fuck this. Stay angry. Be helpful. Be safe. Artists have a duty to remain committed to the critique of society and while this list is not just art-related, our lives and our practices must confront and accept their political implications. Friends and family have been sharing resources — thank you to those of you who shared yours with us. Below is an updating list of resources and organizations for all vulnerable peoples and their allies to survive the o... [more]
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Pipilotti Rist Unleashes the Comforts and Terrors of the Technological Sublime

by Olivia B. Murphy
Entering the three-floor exhibition currently on view at the New Museum, everything immediately slows down. The lights are dim, colorful projections hitting almost every wall and surface, illuminating people and subsequently turning them into shadows. Some visitors sit, splayed out on a plush carpet to watch the wall-to-wall two-channel video projections, while others drift through flowing gauzy curtains, a soft warbling tune flooding the air. This digital playground is Pipilotti Rist’s Pixel Forest, the first major retrospective of the Swiss artist, featuring works spanning her thirty-... [more]
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GCC: Nation-making and the Power of Positivity

by Hend F. Alawadhi
GCC’s latest solo show Positive Pathways (+) at Mitchell-Innes and Nash features mixed media installations, thermoformed wall reliefs, and sound works. The show is an elaborate tongue-in-cheek reflection of the Arab Gulf States’ recent investment in New Age spirituality trends, from personal holistic remedies, natural healing energies, and positive life-coaching, to governmental policy making such as implementing Feng Shui techniques in ministry offices and the UAE’s recent forming of a Ministry of Happiness. The regional unrest of the Arab Spring barely scratched the surface... [more]
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In a Political Nemesis, Philip Guston Found His Greatest Muse

by Bradley Rubenstein
Although this exhibition of Philip Guston’s archly satirical drawings of Richard Nixon was conceived long before last week’s election, it could not have opened at a more opportune moment to illustrate Karl Marx’s adage that “history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce.” Hauser & Wirth has assembled selections of Guston’s Nixon drawings, a series that the artist worked on over a period of several years when faced with a tumultuous personal and artistic crisis—changing his style from abstract to representational and changing galleries from the esta... [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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Simone Leigh Salutes the Complexity of Black Women’s Self-Representation

by Alex Anderson
The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman. This excerpt from Malcolm X’s 1962 speech, “Who Taught you to Hate Yourself?,” which recently resurfaced in Beyoncé’s Lemonade, resonates and takes form at Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh, curated by Jamillah James. Engaging with notions of racial commodification, assimilation, code switching, and body image, Leigh reveals a certain darkness and developed grace in the life of the black woman in America tod... [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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