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Natalie Hegert

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In the Art Basel Miami Beach universe, North Beach might as well be a galaxy away. And this year there has been a reshuffling of Art Basel’s satellites, as NADA jumps ship from the Deauville Resort to Mid-Beach’s Fontainebleau, and Miami Project moves in from mainland Miami, joining forces with Art on Paper at the Deauville. Further north, (practically Pluto in the Miami Beach solar system) there is Satellite: a new fair with an experimental model, scattering artist-run projects, a digita... [more]
Charlotte Cotton’s book Photography Is Magic is one of the first collections of photography by a major publisher (Aperture) to acknowledge and explore the new generation of idea-driven image-makers. The publication, which that takes into account work that has emerged within the past decade, questions the role of photography in the post-internet environment, featuring artists that investigate and subvert its tools and techniques, and expand it into interdisciplinary realms and practices. These... [more]
For hundreds of refugees, seeking escape from war-torn Syria and access to a better life in Europe, witnessing the destruction of their homeland and suffering through dangerous travel over land and sea is apparently not enough—not if they land in the Czech Republic. One human rights official recently found deplorable conditions at one of the four Czech refugee camps, which are housed in former prisons and military facilities “that in many respects offers worse conditions than Czech... [more]
In Moffat Takadiwa’s work, the remnants of consumer goods—bright colored bits of plastic and metal, fragmented, emptied of their promise and their contents—make their way into shapes, shrouds, and clusters, into mandala-like patterns of consumption and waste. Spray tops, bottle caps, plastic lids, laptop keys: the detritus of late capitalism accumulated into strands, shapes, and forms, now hang from gallery walls. There’s a neat logic to this transformation of debris into art... [more]
“I’m scared to go back.” We were all squeezed into wooden folding chairs with a crowd standing around the perimeter of the room at Last Projects, on the second floor, where an old air conditioner, inadequately exhaling intermittent wafts of cool air, and a set of heavy Venetian blinds blocked out the sights and sounds of Hollywood Boulevard below. It was nearing 10pm. Their screening was over, and Pink, as she would like to be called, was at the front of the room, standing with h... [more]
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Kamiar Maleki Turns a Passion for Collecting into an Exhibition—with an #InstagramTwist   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Oliver Clegg, Richard Höglund, Christopher Kuhn, Kasper Sonne at Ronchini Gallery July 2nd, 2015 - August 29th, 2015
Posted 7/22/15
They say that for an art collection to have impact it must have a strong focus, a direction. For London-based collector and patron Kamiar Maleki, son of mega collectors Fatima and Eskander Maleki, that direction is found in the works of emerging artists, primarily young abstract painters. He’s looking for works that, in some way, speak to our time. And since digital media and social networking primarily characterize our time, for Maleki’s inaugural exhibition as curator he has put toge... [more]
New York City, June 2015: I remember despising the revamped, restyled strip malls that proliferated in the late 1990s, replacing dilapidated 1960s-era kitsch elegance with chunky stucco postmodern monotony in various shades of taupe, terracotta, and teal. These non-places had names conjured from corporate boardrooms—“The Shoppes at Villa Terraces,” “Sycamore Plaza Town Centre” and the like—a nomenclature almost offensive in its disavowal of history and specifi... [more]
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One Body Part at a Time: ASHES/ASHES Summer Video Series   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Knut Asdam, Nayland Blake, Patty Chang, Cheryl Donegan, Bob Flanagan, Mike Kelley, Sheree Rose at ASHES/ASHES June 2nd, 2015 - July 11th, 2015
Posted 6/12/15
Video is an exceedingly difficult medium to wrangle into a gallery space: Do you serve it up movie theater-style, with chairs and set screening times? Do you play it on a loop and allow people to walk in and out? Headphones or no headphones? Video demands long looking, but it rarely gets it. How many times have you watched mere seconds of a work of video art before turning to something else? Actually maybe a better question, how many times have you actually watched a work of video art from beg... [more]
Venice is a city of many hidden stories: the labors of conquests buried in damp passageways, the dreams of crusaders and merchants obscured behind masks, forgotten stories in moldering letters, in dark-browed statues guarding doorways, and treasures of spice and silk sunk deep in the Venetian Lagoon. But there are hidden stories everywhere on God’s good green earth, not just in cities steeped in literature and teeming with ghosts. Sean Lynch finds such stories, researching rumors and urban... [more]
A jar of pasta sauce recently came to our attention when it went viral, at least among guffawing art history majors on Facebook, who were compelled by the droves—likely due to our desperate desire for validation—to click on this blog post evocatively titled “Why This Company Desperately Needed to Hire an Art History Major.” Oh yes, we collectively clamored, here’s a circumstance when our expertise surely would have been of use. Speculation circulated as to the intent of the... [more]
Revok received a hero’s welcome upon his return to his hometown of Los Angeles, marked by the April 10th vernissage of his first L.A. solo exhibition, organized by Library Street Collective and held at MAMA Gallery in the Downtown Arts District. In a gallery packed with friends, fellow writers, and fans, he spent most of the night enveloped by a patient congregation of adherents, blackbooks in hand, waiting for a coveted autograph from the famed graffiti writer. The mood that night was ce... [more]
With the scope of art continually expanding to include everything from film to fashion wear, the design world is finding itself on the up and up. More art collectors are including works by iconic designers into their collections, and many major art institutions—MoMA for instance—either have departments dedicated to architecture and design, or they’ve presented major exhibitions of prominent design figures and movements (David Adjaye, for example, is currently having a huge ret... [more]
Do artists need MFAs? Must one obtain a higher degree to make it as an artist? Or are there too many MFAs in the art world already? What if you could get an MFA for free, and all in under an hour? Bay Area artist Jeremiah Jenkins, the dean, MFA department chair, and sole instructor of the newly minted Tenderloin Institute of Art, will be giving out bona fide non-accredited MFA degrees to anyone who wants one over two weekends starting April 17. The new institute (whose logo may be rather recogni... [more]
Ah, March: the arrival of spring, the celebration of St. Patrick’s day, and, in the United States, it’s time for “March Madness”—a curious ritual involving baskets, balls, and brackets. But now there’s #ArtMadness, for us arty types who also enjoy a bit of friendly competition. Luckily, with #ArtMadness, you don’t need to know anything about basketball, team strategy, coaches’ names, or even college sports mascots. You just pick which works of art you li... [more]
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Cat Obsession: A Chat with Life of Cats Curator Miwako Tezuka   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Japan Society Gallery March 13th, 2015 - June 7th, 2015
Posted 3/13/15
If there’s one thing the internet is good for, it’s cats. So when the Japan Society in New York announced its Life of Cats exhibition—featuring ukiyo-e woodblock prints depicting cats from the Edo Period (1615-1867)—the internet duly erupted with fanfare. The show, which opens today, has made the rounds not only in the usual art publications, but also in myriad pop culture blogs and magazines, attesting to the near universal appeal of feline themes. I think we can be quit... [more]
What is history but what we write about history? Our culture, our very civilization, is based around our written records. Cultural importance, longevity, and influence are invariably granted to those about whom the most words have been written. In honor of International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8), you can help write more words about women in the arts, and therefore substantially improve the visibility of women on the most accessible and widely used reference tool we currently use on a... [more]
Feb. 2015, Birmingham, UK: “Fuck Africa.” It’s rough on the ears when you first hear it. Jolting even. The Angolan artist smiles cunningly as he pronounces the words, a cool rhythm playing over his performance, overlaid with a collage of moving images, from the calculatedly appealing to the terrifying. He then describes in detail the manner by which he wants to sodomize the continent. Europe is his. He “bought it.” So is America. But Africa? Fuck Africa. Nástio Mosquito offers little by way o... [more]
Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, is planning an ambitious undertaking: they want to move an artist’s whole flat into the gallery. And they need your help. There are precedents to this type of project—Song Dong’s landmark 2009 installation, Waste Not, springs to mind, as does Dawn Kasper’s reconstruction of her studio at the 2012 Whitney Biennial—but the subject of this project and the contents of his archive are not only of artistic interest, but also cultural, sociological... [more]
Living in Los Angeles as an active member of the art scene involves making many choices on a weekly or even nightly basis. In other cities, where art spaces are packed tightly together in close proximity, it’s usually possible to hop around to visit a number of events on a given night, using public transportation or grabbing an Uber, no big deal. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is not one city: it is many. It is unimaginably spread out, and the vast distances between the different art encl... [more]
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Top 10 Booths to See at the LA Art Book Fair   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at MOCA Geffen Contemporary January 30th, 2015 - February 1st, 2015
Posted 1/29/15
The exhibitor list for this year’s LA Art Book Fair is very very long. So while I’d like to be able to say that this is a definitive top 10 list of booths to see, I can’t quite boast that. This is not a comprehensive list, rather, this is a highly subjective list, and as such, is skewed towards photography publications, publishers that I’m already familiar with (full disclosure: I’m married to an artist who has been featured in publications from Lodret Vandret and Conv... [more]
Imagine: one day in the near future, you might wake up to find that all of your Facebook friends are gone. A little while ago, while ostensibly doing research for a review I was writing on Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch’s Regen Projects exhibition, I learned that Trecartin had essentially been “discovered” through Friendster. Curious, I went hunting for the evidence. What did Ryan Trecartin’s Friendster profile look like? Who were his friends in the early 2000s? What did th... [more]
Following on the success of recent exhibitions A Major Minority at 1AM Gallery and L’Avenir at White Walls, the graffiti writer, painter, curator, and graff-theorist Poesia is opening a new gallery space in San Francisco on January 10. The gallery is located at 886 Geary Boulevard in the Tenderloin district, and shares the building with White Walls Gallery. 886 Gallery, Interior space Exterior of 886 Geary Boulevard. Photo: Brock Brake The curatorial program for 886 Gallery will fol... [more]
We previously reported on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s proposed project Over The River, a two-week installation over the Arkansas River (you can see a video of the 79-year-old artist white-water rafting the river here), which has been plagued by various legal challenges. Today we got word that another important hurdle has been crossed. On January 2, 2015 a federal court upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of Over The River, based on their assessment of the ephemeral a... [more]
A funny image accompanied by a one-liner caption—it’s a form we know all too well. The internet meme is infinitely reproducible, mutable, and sharable: they're digital artifacts symptomatic of our current cut-and-paste culture. But we’re not the first generation to cut and paste with wild abandon: in Europe in the 20s and 30s, photomontage became surreal art in the hands of practitioners like Hannah Höch, John Heartfield, and Raoul Hausmann; British artists took to collage from... [more]
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Where the Streets Become a White Cube: A Look Back at Nuart Festival   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at NuArt Festival September 4th, 2014 - October 12th, 2014
Posted 10/4/14
There’s a subversive brilliance to Nuart which must be appreciated: the fact that every year, in the languid late summer days of September, a bunch of notorious vandals and their apologists descend en masse upon an idyllic Norwegian seaside town under the auspices of a street art festival—largely bankrolled by the Norwegian Arts Council and the city itself. To the American observer it seems beautifully backwards. Cities like New York and Los Angeles are usually doing all they can to supp... [more]
HeHe, Radiant Tree, Nuit blanche 2014 © HeHe Nuit Blanche, Paris’s annual night-long celebration of art, music, and light, kicks off tonight at 8pm and runs until 7am Sunday morning. Each arrondissement offers its own attractions, from light art installations to public performances, and roving bands of art watchers wander around the city of lights in search of the glow of projections, late night gallery openings, and the strains of music. This year is unique in that it highlights... [more]
Installation view of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 27–October 19, 2014). © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ronald Amstutz. The Whitney Museum announced today that in celebration of the final weekend of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective—and indeed the final weekend before the museum moves to its new downtown digs—it will remain open for 36 hours straight, from 11 am Saturday, October 18, through 11 pm Sunday, October 19. Visiting a museum at 3 am must be a... [more]
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Bowie Victims: Confessions from David Bowie Is at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23rd, 2014 - January 4th, 2015
Posted 9/30/14
I’m not sure exactly what Jon Savage meant when he referred to “Bowie victims” in his book about the birth of punk rock, England’s Dreaming, but ever since I read that phrase it stuck with me. In a way I identified with it—being a big David Bowie adherent—and didn’t necessarily consider it as a derogatory term. I figure he meant teens obsessed with Bowie, the young androgynes with their flared high waters and platform boots, teased mullets and green eye mak... [more]
We hate Facebook, but we use it anyways. Its distressing “real name” policy, emotional manipulation for research and the extortion of revenue from small businesses, magazines, non-profits, etc who now must pony up in order for their posts to show in more than 10% of their own fans’ feeds has compounded to make the behemoth social network universally reviled. Unfortunately, no new social media network has come along to take its place. Along comes Ello. Last week, ironically, Twitter... [more]
The New York Art Book Fair can be a rather overwhelming experience, packed with ephemera and elbow-to-elbow crowds. With all the various book launches and events, to help make sure you're not going to miss something awesome at this year's NYABF, here's a list of the exhibitors we highly recommend you check out. Eva Prinz and Thurston Moore of Ecstatic Peace Library. Photograph © Tim Barber. Via Print Mag. Obviously go see Thurston Moore play at the preview tonight (Thursday). At 7pm at Printed Ma... [more]