Natalie Hegert

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Reflecting on my experience at the Nuart Festival this weekend in Stavanger will take some time. It was a week filled with art, music, parties and panels, with much to digest and consider. But here's some photos from the week to tide you over while my full report is forthcoming. More photos can be found on our Instagram account (ass_mag, get it?), also here, here, here, here, and by searching #nuartfestival The landscape in Stavanger is stunning. Tilt. Spy. Port of... [more]
We've had our eyes on Christo's Over the River Project for several years (Christo's been working on it now for twenty years), and every so often we get updates from the OTR squad on the project's various legal battles and incremental successes. The two-week project, which proposes to install a series of fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado, has already received permission from the Federal Government, Colorado State Parks, the State Land Board and Fremont County, Colorado, but faces... [more]
  The deadline for the Winter term of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is quickly approaching. All applications must by submitted by Sunday, August 31st at midnight Pacific Time. The Winter 2015 residency will take place January - February, 2015. It includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD and airfare to and from the residency site. The residency takes place in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris in a Haussmann-style apartment. Studio space is not provided.... [more]
NUART FESTIVAL 2014. "Beneath the pavement, The Beach"   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at NuArt Festival September 4th, 2014 - October 12th, 2014
Posted 8/23/14
I’ve been doing a bit of studying up lately. So far I’ve learned that the rules concerning the sale of alcohol in Norway rival those I’ve encountered in Utah: not available on Sundays, or after 6pm most days; for some reason there’s a couple of days in May that are totally off-limits; oh and supermarkets only sell beer that’s 2.5% alcohol (worse than Utah’s 3.2!), for the stronger stuff you’ve got to go to someplace called Vinmonopolet (I’d venture a guess that literally means “wine monopoly”),... [more]
Los Angeles, California is synonymous with car culture. From lowriders to hot rods, Woodies and Super Deluxes, customized historic cars are a commonplace sighting on the streets of LA. At the height of the movement in the 1970s, the historic locus of the lowrider cruise was Whittier Boulevard, and throughout the city of Whittier one can see signs of this cultural heritage.     Newly local to the area, I checked out the 14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show on August 16. Greenleaf Ave... [more]
Settling Unsettled Landscapes: Talking about SITElines   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Shuvinai Ashoona, Jamison Chas Banks, Raymond Boisjoly, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Buckingham, Adriana Bustos, Johanna Calle, Luis Camnitzer, Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chavez, Liz Cohen, Minerva Cuevas, Blue Curry, Agnes Denes, Juan Downey, Futurefarmers, Anna Bella Geiger, Frank Gohlke, Pablo Helguera, James Hyde, Deborah Jack, Yishai Jusidman, Leandro Katz, Irene Kopelman, Miler Lagos, Glenda Léon, Ric Lum, Antonio Vega Macotela, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jason Middlebrook, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Kent Monkman, Patrick Nagatani, Florence Miller Pierce, Marcel Pinas, Edward Poitras, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Kevin Schmidt, Allan Sekula, Melanie Smith, Charles Stankievech, Marcos Ramirez ERRE & David Taylor, Clarissa Tossin at SITE Santa Fe July 19th, 2014 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 7/21/14
SITElines, the new SITE Santa Fe biennial… Natalie Hegert: A point that I want to talk about is how [SITElines] functions as a model for a biennial. How different is this from another themed exhibition you would encounter in any other museum, versus a biennial? Why does this necessarily need to be considered a biennial? It seems more like an investigation of a certain theme that includes artists from across the Americas. What is interesting about this show or this model that they’re trying to... [more]
This weekend at the auditorium of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, scholars and researchers will convene for the Lisbon Street Art and Urban Creativity Conference. Organized by Daniela V. de Freitas Simões of the Art History Institute/line of Contemporary Art Studies of The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – NOVA University of Lisbon, and Pedro Soares Neves of the Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA) of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon and of the... [more]
Street Art Basel   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 6/19/14
Two years ago ArtSlant published this article on street art in Basel during the Art Basel fair week. We figured it's a good time to revisit it, as Art Basel 2014 is now in full swing. I can't promise that the street works featured here are still around, nor can I promise that all the links still work here! Original article here. There's only so much art fair one can handle. Those big halls get more crowded as the weekend wanes, your feet start to ache and your eyes ache even more.  If you've... [more]
Welcome to the Neighborhood: Talking with Julia van der Meer of Mini Galerie   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
108, Roberto Ciredz, CT, Martina Merlini, Moneyless, Tellas at Mini Galerie May 23rd, 2014 - July 5th, 2014
Posted 6/13/14
We just learned about the opening of Mini Galerie, a new gallery space in Amsterdam, which is currently showing works by Italian artists Moneyless, 108, CT, Roberto Ciredz, Tellas and Martina Merlini. The works share a strong graphic, abstract sensibility, from Moneyless's geometric explorations to CT's bold and singular shapes, and from Roberto Ciredz's colorful topographies and 108's organic forms to the black-and-white restraint of drawings by Tellas and Martina Merlini. (Due to popular... [more]
So you may have heard a little story about MoMA’s plans for 2015… and, well, they’re not true. Yes our story about MoMA showing only women artists for the year, in temporary exhibitions and in the permanent collection, was an April Fool’s hoax, published alongside stories about Putin’s new vocation as a painter, Gagosian opening a new location on St. Bart’s and Jemima Kirke quitting the HBO series in order to focus on art. (Read the original post here.) Now you might be wondering, why are we... [more]
Black as midnight on a moonless night   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jordan Tate at Transformer Station March 28th, 2014 - June 14th, 2014
Posted 4/12/14
"Black as midnight on a moonless night." That’s how Special Agent Cooper likes his coffee, and that’s what I thought of when viewing by Jordan Tate, at Transformer Station in Cleveland, Ohio. “That’s pretty black,” says Pete Martell, as he pours a cup of coffee for Cooper in that first episode of Twin Peaks. SUPERBLACK is pretty black all right. In fact it’s the blackest black you’ll ever see. It’s… excuse me… really fucking black. Tate became fascinated by the concept of the blackest black... [more]
This review originally appeared on ArtSlant NY in May, 2010. Still rings true... More than a week after the outrageously crowded May Day opening, Shepard Fairey’s show at Deitch Projects is still somewhat of a circus. “It’s been the busiest week of my life,” said one of the gallery directors as she simultaneously fielded questions about still-available work from several parties of interested buyers, stapled checklists, and answered emails. As the last show at Jeffrey Deitch’s gallery before he... [more]
In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th, 2014 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/14
Charlie Schultz: I guess I’ll start by saying I found this year’s iteration of the [Whitney] Biennial to be far less crowded than in past Biennials, which struck me as a surprise because I thought I read that there were more artists in this Biennial than in previous years. [Indian music plays in the background...] Natalie Hegert: I felt like the last edition was very spacious as well…This year I was very struck by this tendency for the curators to go from very large objects to these tiny... [more]
What Makes the SPRING/BREAK Art Show So Different, So Appealing?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at SPRING/BREAK Art Show March 4th, 2014 - March 9th, 2014
Posted 3/5/14
The SPRING/BREAK Art Show inevitably feels like a huge art school party. Maybe because it’s held in a school. But also because of the almost cliquish camaraderie among the exhibitors, the artwork packed halls, the crowded downstairs bar area, and the perennial pack of artist-types chain-smoking outside. Having gone to grad school in NYC, it seems like I always run into people I know at SPRING/BREAK, either exhibiting, curating or just checking it out (because they know someone else who is... [more]
Nobody's Fool, at the Asia Society Museum. New York, Sept. 2010: Yoshitomo Nara is an art superstar, cult idol, pop icon. His images of big-headed little girls wielding knives and menacing expressions are recognized and adored by a legion of fans around the world. Yet this status as an art celebrity he accepts reluctantly, preferring to be considered a student retaining a constant "beginner's spririt." Long associated with the Neo-Pop movement of Japanese contemporary art spearheaded by... [more]
POW! WOW! Hawaii This Week! Way to make us all jealous guys...   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Esao Andrews, Seth Armstrong, Becca, Bezt, Low Bros, Stephanie Buer, Bumblebee, C215, Adam Caldwell, Carl Cashman, Fernando Chamarelli, david cooley, Cryptik, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Curiot, Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla), Ekundayo, Gaia, Ghostpatrol, Pam Glew, Seth Globepainter, Kamea Hadar, Randy Hage, Jeff Hamada, Andrew Hem, Know Hope, Madsteez, James Marshall (aka Dalek), Woes Martin, Brian Mashburn, Soey Milk, Brendan Monroe, Buff Monster, Word To Mother, Dabs Myla, Nosego, Pixel Pancho, Kevin Peterson, Reka, Joram Roukes, Mimi S., Sainer, Andrew Schoultz, Stinkfish, Tatiana Suarez, Shark Toof, Mark Dean Veca, Yoskay Yamamoto at The Honolulu Museum of Art February 9th, 2014 - February 16th, 2014
Posted 2/6/14
Ok yeah, it's February. Half the globe is freezing its butt off. Who wouldn't want to be in Hawaii right now? Particularly this weekend, because it's Pow Wow Hawaii, and this year has an incredible roster of participating artists: a sizable contingent from the West Coast, including Andrew Schoultz, APEX, MADSTEEZ; along with New York legends like Lady Aiko, COPE2, Ron English; and international superstars like Know Hope, Dabs Myla, Vhils; and rounded out with a roster of Hawaii's own, like... [more]
This article was originally published as part of ArtSlant's Street Special Edition in summer 2012, which was, it could be considered, the beginning of ArtSlant Street. Enjoy! Jeffrey Deitch’s bold claim, that graffiti is “arguably the most influential art movement since Pop,” was meant to rile people up. The provocative statement was found in the exhibition catalogue to the ambitious exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2011. Graffiti and street art have been shown in... [more]
Lowbrow Lectures and Surreal Soirees: Surreal Salon Six   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Baton Rouge Gallery January 2nd, 2014 - January 30th, 2014
Posted 1/16/14
Another year, another Surreal Salon at the Baton Rouge Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art; this being the sixth edition of the U.S.-national juried exhibition of pop surrealism and lowbrow art. Surreal Salon Six features 80 works from 58 artists representing 20 states. The exhibition's juror is none other than Greg Escalante, co-founder of Juxtapoz, and the artist judged "best in show" will receive an editorial in the April issue of the magazine. If you're in the Baton Rouge area, don't miss... [more]
Rio de Janeiro: Superimposed Supergraphics   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Haas&Hahn at Storefront for Art and Architecture May 7th, 2011 - July 30th, 2011
Posted 12/18/13
This review was originally published on ArtSlant New York in June 2011. The Storefront for Art and Architecture’s collapsible/exploding/intruding space, where walls pivot out onto the sidewalk, is currently hosting an exhibition of Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn. Like the space that hosts their work, the duo’s projects, enacted in the favelas of Rio, are imposed onto the fabric of the city, blurring the boundaries of public and private.  Taking advantage of the unregulated dynamics of the... [more]
It could be considered that one of Song Dong’s most important collaborations was with his mother. In 2009, Song arranged the entire contents of his mother’s house, along with the house's small wooden frame, throughout MoMA’s expansive atrium. The installation, Waste Not (2009), revealed in its precise organization – neat rows, stacks and stockpiles of bowls, suitcases, plastic buckets, clothing, shoes, boxes, small scraps of fabric – his mother’s compulsive refusal to discard anything that... [more]
At Art Miami there’s quite a bit of buzz concerning a slice of wall and a car door. No, it’s not a Gordon Matta-Clark or a John Chamberlain—the objects in question have been put on display and put up for sale because of a certain cheeky and infamous British artist. For the second year in a row, visitors to Art Miami and Context will have the opportunity to view some Banksy street work, up close and personal. Following last year’s special exhibition at Art Miami/Context – where Bankrobber... [more]
This interview was originally published on ArtSlant San Francisco in February 2008. On January 30th, the San Francisco Artslant writing team attended the Public Meeting, held at Southern Exposure, about the art wall on Valencia Street between 23rd and 24th Streets. About ten years ago Bruce Tomb, the owner of the building, which happens to be the former Mission Police Station, decided to stop cleaning the graffiti and posters that accumulated on the wall, and began regularly documenting its... [more]
Find the map for Miami Art Week here. It will be updated throughout the week. Art Miami / CONTEXT December 3-8 VIP Preview (by invitation): Dec 3, 5:30-10pm Public Hours: Dec 4 & 5, 11am-7pm; Dec 6, 11am-8pm; Dec 7, 11am-7pm; Dec 8, 11am-6pm Art Miami is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami, and is a solid choice when it comes to the Wynwood fairs. CONTEXT is the sister fair next door, though I’ve never been quite clear why they’re branded separate fairs. Last... [more]
Find the map for Miami Art Week here. It will be updated throughout the week. Art Basel Miami Beach December 5-8 Private View and Vernissage (invite only): Dec 4, 11am-9pm Public hours: Dec 5-7, 12-8pm; Dec 8, 12-6pm The Basel behemoth is ostensibly why we’re all here this week. It takes place in the big, austere convention center and is emblematic of the many things we find wrong with art fairs: for instance it’s easy to get lost in here, can get quite crowded during the public days, and... [more]
New York, Nov. 2010 - HUSH is the moniker of the UK-based artist known worldwide for his street-art-style blend of anime-inspired and Pop-art images. Trained as a graphic designer and illustrator at Newcastle School of Art and Design, he has traveled extensively, primarily throughout Asia and Europe. Drawing his imagery from innumerable sources, blending high and low from art history to comic books, Hush's work is mostly inspired by the aesthetic of street art: the texture of walls, the... [more]
On Sunday October 13th, on the terrace of the Museum of the City of New York, you can catch two New York legends painting: Chris "Daze" Ellis and Lady Pink. This is a rare opportunity to see these icons of New York graffiti art at work, and a great chance to get your blackbook signed! This live painting event celebrates the launch of the Museum’s new publication published by Rizzoli. The book precedes the forthcoming exhibition of the same name, slated to open February 2014, which will feature... [more]
There are many different types of art collectors: there are those who buy as investments and populate the halls of Christie’s and Sotheby’s; those who buy art to match their furniture; those who vicariously live through the artists whose works they collect; those who collect privately yet loan profusely; those whose collections are known worldwide and housed in their own foundations; and many others. The Francis J Greenburger Collection (the FJGC) reflects over thirty years of serious... [more]
Ever since Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner settled in nearby Springs, East Hampton has become a hotbed of artistic creativity. Its languorous lush summers have inspired recluses (think Grey Gardens) and artists alike. It’s now also home to a neighborhood of first-rate galleries with curatorial programs rivaling anything you’ll find in the city. As part of ArtSlant’s ongoing focus on the Hamptons’ art scene this summer, I chatted with long-time ArtSlant friend, artist and gallerist Chantel... [more]
Art fairs can be exclusive affairs. And they certainly do encourage that notion, with their hallowed and inscrutable VIP lounges, wealthy collector-types air kissing dealers across the aisles, art consultants dashing around “shopping” for private collections, bottles of champagne popped for only certain clients, and most of all the money, or however you want to call it spilling forth from discreet Swiss bank accounts to purchase four-, five- or six-figures worth of contemporary art that you... [more]
The Ballad of Saint Jay DeFeo   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jay DeFeo at Whitney Museum of American Art February 28th, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013
Posted 4/15/13
This is a tale of unparalleled devotion. This is a tale of inspired vision. This is a tale of heaving beauty, of divine obsession, of possession, of cosmic light embodied. This is the ballad of Jay DeFeo. Jay DeFeo in the old country saw color and light, in cruciform, in carmine and ochre and earth. She traveled in the footsteps of monks, perhaps not knowing, yet with her she brought back vivid memories of primal shapes and magic circles, spirals, stars, crosses. She painted Mountains,... [more]