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GEOslant with Andrew Berardini: The Legend of Georgia Fee

Georgia Fee has been and will forever be the most important person in my professional life. I owe all these words, and all the words that come after these to a woman I had the happy accident to meet one day on Craigslist. I love that lady and miss her painfully. Every trenchant phrase and heartfelt plea, every joke and every song, every review and every poem has Georgia's fingerprints on them. She gave me something more valuable than even time or money to a young writer (though she fiercely gave me and many, many others those too), she gave me faith. She believed in me, in my crazy visio... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/3/13
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GEOslant with Abraham Ritchie: The Generosity of Georgia Fee

Abraham Ritchie was a Senior Editor for ArtSlant from 2007-2012. He currently works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. I had been working for Georgia Fee for over two years before I actually met her in person, so I knew Georgia on a professional level much more than a personal one. This fact seems appropos to mention since it indicates values that were key to Georgia, and key to her work and vision for ArtSlant. Even if Georgia never met you in person, she wanted to create a possibility for cultural connection, whether that was sharing your art with the world or your ideas about art (as i... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/28/13
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GEOslant with Frances Guerin: Conversations with Georgia

It was in our wanderings around Paris that I really grew to know and love Georgia. Friday afternoons when Georgia was in town was our day. We took turns in choosing what to see, where to go — the Palais de Tokyo, Jeu de Paume, Louvre, small galleries in the 8th or the Marais, the Pompidou Centre — what mattered most was that we went together. We gossiped and shared the details of our daily lives en route, because once in front of art, our conversations would be focused, inspiring, intellectual, and always about art. Georgia opened my eyes and my heart to so much about art, and along the way, to... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/10/13
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GEOslant with Himali Singh Soin: "Come as you are, Leave as you will be": In Memory of Georgia Fee

I once imagined what it would be like to disappear. From the earth, society, my self. To be a hole. And what it would be like to exist so completely, that I could be omnipresent, on earth, in society, to my self. Whole. And it was with Georgia that I experienced this.   We went, along with Jim Benn, a fellow ArtSlant writer, to see Yayoi Kusama's retrospective at the Pompidou while I was visiting Paris, but we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into. We had no idea that we would swim in circles, that to see Kusama's prime motif, the dot, represented, over and over again, in systemati... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/4/13
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GEOslant from London: A Tribute to Georgia Fee

My relationship with Georgia was very modern. I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person – she was based in the US and Paris, and I was in London. We were due to meet during Frieze in October this year while she was in Paris, when she was sadly taken ill, and eventually had to return to the US for treatment. We talked regularly, on Skype, and so on. Yet the connection we had was as real and genuine as any dear friend. Georgia exuded warmth – even virtually. She was kind in every interaction. Her manner, as an editor-in-chief of such a far-reaching, international online publication – a ne... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 12/28/12
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GEOslant around the World: A Look at Georgia Fee’s Legacy in Writing

Many of you dedicated ArtSlant readers may remember that from the start, the GeoSlant blog was editor-in-chief and ArtSlant founder Georgia Fee’s own blog. Each week she posted travelogues, helpful tips and how-to’s, all written with her particular brand of wit and verve. Perusing the earliest entries in the GeoSlant blog from 2007-09, you get a glimpse of how ArtSlant grew, changed, and developed, how new features were added and with how much fanfare. Not only that, but reading these entries also gives you a glimpse of who Georgia was, and how she saw the world. In the years since Georgia got too busy to find time for weekly blog... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 12/21/12
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GEOslant with Kathryn Garcia: Miami Heat

Kinke Kooi, Everything is Vain, 2011; acrylic paint, marker, graphite on paper; 30.25 x 22.375 Kinke Kooi: before yesterday I wasn’t at all familiar with her work or her name, but doesn’t it just have a ring to it? Kinke Kooi. I walked into Feature Inc. with my friend Daniel Feinberg and immediately being at Basel felt better, the anxiety lifted. Kinke Kooi’s work resonates and it quickly became clear that I didn’t need to know anything about her because I knew everything standing in front of the softly echoing eroticisms that comprise her drawings. Fleshy, feminine forms draw you in, and once... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 12/8/12
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GEOslant with Kathryn Garcia and Sarvia Jasso: Keeping it Real with Penny Arcade

I first met Penny Arcade outside of Barbara Gladstone Gallery in NY in April of 2011, where she was giving a talk on Jack Smith’s work which had recently been acquired by Gladstone. I came to hear her speak because I was a little suspicious of the situation -- Jack’s work being gobbled up by the market --- was Smith turning over in his grave? After Flaming Creatures and good old "Uncle Fishhook" Smith never made a completed work, he changed each work upon presentation to deliberately avoid the market. At the talk, Penny, in a shockingly accurate mimesis of Jack Smith’s voice, (he was her... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 11/21/12
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GEOslant with Sarvia Jasso, Aki Sasamoto & Kathryn Garcia:
Individuality, Jean Genet, Mosquitoes & High Heels

Aki Sasamoto, performance still from Skewed Lies, 2010; photo: Arturo Vidich, Courtesy of the artist. We first met Aki Sasamoto at MoMa/PS1 while she was participating in Greater NY in 2010. Pipes and mosquito nets traversed the dusty, cavernous boiling room that she had chosen as the site for her installation and performances during the exhibition. It has been a few years since then and we have spent time together in NY, Miami and Mexico City, talking about underground culture, performance art, sexuality, boxing, basketball and of course mosquitoes. The summer was busy for Aki, who particip... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 11/2/12
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GEOslant with Jon Leon: Fall Flânerie

I enter behind Klaus Biesenbach. Not even a trace of irony, no eroticism, just a smoldering hum. The buzz of hundreds of tiny voices creating a drone on 24th Street that wafts through the exceedingly tall corridors and frosted glass doors of Gagosian Gallery into the exhaust of fashion week traffic and towering heels. Just the clicking of heels and the clicking of cameras. The darting glances encircling the artist and the awkward posture of Richard Phillips standing over six feet tall in a black motorcycle jacket two sizes too small. I scan the room with a palpable and slack disenchantment. The pai... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/3/12
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GEOslant with Himali Singh Soin: The H of How: A Part of You and Your Partial Self at Sleep No More.

No sleep till Brooklyn, I chanted all summer, racing against the night, elbow and index finger at right angles to the page, the arithmetic of the numbers on the top corners of Marcel Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’ teasing me as they ascended, stopped, and started again with each volume. In shedding notions of linear or real-time, and therefore morality, I was forced to exist outside—the landscape, the book, myself, you. The last volume is called Time Regained, arrived at after, of course, significant hours of your life have been spent. With this paradoxical circularity and dark circles around... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/1/12
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GEOslant with Legacy Russell:
FOUND: Peradam

When René Daumal wrote Le Mont Analogue: Roman d'aventures alpines, non euclidiennes et symboliquement authentiques (Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing) in 1952, it marked the first use of the word “peradam” in the history of literature. Peradam gestures toward the concept of an object that reveals itself only to those who seek to discover it. Le Mont Analogue details the tale of the discovery and exploration of a mountain that exists and ceases to exist simultaneously, making the experience of climbing it a pilgrimage imbued with purp... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/16/12
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GEOslant with Daniel Feinberg: Life on Mars in Miami

Dreaming of life on Mars in Miami, I consider the effects it might have on American painting. Black Gods from Outer Space affect the inner space of a few artists I am friendly with in New York, yet the psychotropic rove that is Dade County presents a cosmic cathexis in formidable districts. Gallery Diet contains and expands upon a mutual investment of a community inquiry into the movement from observation to perception. From the false stasis and sway of a palm-treed reality to the erotic storm sustaining impossibility as form and vibes. The mind moves under the fluorescents of modular white... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/31/12
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GEOslant with Jon Leon: HOT WEEK in NY

Six pm the eighth of August I’m at Gavin Brown’s holding a Yuengling Black & Tan, a little guy with jet black hair is snapping pictures. There’s a few people around and nearly a thousand tiny drawings. It’s Akira Horikawa’s 1000 Drawing Project. The drawings are incredibly loose but surprisingly detailed. Some in color, most in black and white. Many of them figures in strange or absurd situations. In one, a ramp extends from a woman’s vspot. Horikawa began his project in 2007. The recent drawings become more detailed, gushing copious black ink to the background of the image. There is a sku... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/15/12
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GEOslant with Carmen Winant: Soho & Fluxus

Soho was pretty much invented as a cool neighborhood by Fluxus. Fluxus founder, the artist George Maciunas, convinced developers to re-brand the area as an artist community making live-work lofts affordable for artists. Influenced by John Cage’s experimental chance-based music, Duchamp’s Dadaist readymades, and the Constructivists' amalgamation of life and art, Fluxus, as you may already know, was the most playful, most democratic, and arguably the most interesting avant-garde movement nurtured in New York City (and beyond) in the 1960s and 70s. Artists such as Alison Knowles, Nam June Paik, and... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/30/12
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GEOslant in Puerto Rico with Nicole Rodriguez:
Alter Ego, Roberto Paradise

“I’m certain they all thought I was a moron,” says Francisco "Tito" Rovira Rullán as we sit in his office on the second story of his San Juan gallery Roberto Paradise; his gallery manager chit-chats away loudly on the phone downstairs with her Hungarian assistant slouching behind the front desk in the heat of the unbearably sunny early afternoon. Situated in a historic wooden colonial house in Santurce, Puerto Rico, all the windows are open and a warm breeze permeates everything. The gallery director’s cigarette smoke drifts slowly towards the window and briskly cuts away down the alley towards... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/26/12
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GEOslant with Richard Huntington: Model Citizen

Edward Eggelston painting model, Edith Backus, 1936. Courtesy of Cleveland State University. Ever since I gave up abstraction back in the 90s in favor of the figure, I have, on and off, been using a nude female model. In my recent work the figures hang somewhere between an abstracted rendition of a living being and a flat-out cartoon ─ a hybrid concoction in no obvious need of posed naked bodies. And yet I persist. I tell myself that hiring a model is a legitimate way to keep in touch with the “reality” of human flesh (whatever that may be). But then the entire artist-and-model thing is so rif... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/16/12
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GEOslant with Max Nesterak: Berlin Bibliophiles:
A guide to the city’s top art bookstores

In an age of e-readers and tablets, eBooks and eZines, there are still a few places left that trade in pages not screens, choose human knowledge over computerized customer service, and cherish the unexpected discovery over the narrowed Google search. While we embrace the connectivity of the web, we know there are some things the Internet just can’t replace. A good art book is one. Not surprisingly, Berlin is home to some of the most incredible independent art bookstores that continue to thrive as bustling hubs of artistic expression and community engagement. We found five of the best indepen... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 6/19/12
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GEOslant with Natalie Hegert: Street Art Basel

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 managed to visit Art Basel, Volta, Liste, the Solo Project and Scope in these few days, art objects start to all blend together and your attitude becomes more jaded with each booth. So I entreat you to take a step outside. It's nearly summer, and with any luck Basel weekend (Friday looks good) should be sunny and warm, with maybe just a few of those dramatic clouds that fill the Swiss sky. Take a little walk toward the river—bet... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 6/10/12
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GEOslant with Marcus Civin: Perception: Laini Nemett and Meg Rorison, MFA’s from MICA

Assignment: This year, I’ve been teaching as an Adjunct in Art History and Curatorial Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Because of my work at MICA, the editors at Artslant asked if I’d be interested in contributing to an MFA focus edition. I chose to profile two young artists who received their MFA’s from MICA this month, Laini Nemett and Meg Rorison, a painter and a filmmaker respectively. Nemett studied with painter and critic Joan Waltermath, Rorison with critic and curator Timothy Druckery. Both Nemett and Rorison are working with the concept of space, both... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 6/1/12
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GEOslant with Noah Dillon: A Testament

When I first met Jackie McAllister he seemed completely perplexing. Jackie was a Scotsman, about two decades older than me and the other students at SVA’s Art Criticism and Writing MFA program. He attended the Whitney ISP in 1989, studying under Hal Foster, befriending Colin de Land and Mark Dion, Andrea Fraser, and others. Jackie was sure to remind you of those wide and deep social connections at every opportunity. Anyway, I couldn’t figure out why an established older critic, curator, and artist would be attending the same novel institution I was. I ran into him outside the opening reception... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 5/24/12
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GEOslant: What to See, Where to Be Seen Around Hong Kong, by Robin Peckham

  For ART HK 12, Robin Peckham gives us the local run-down, neighborhood by neighborhood: where the art-loving visitor should eat, drink, and shop during off-time from the fair. Wanchai, the neighborhood immediately surrounding the convention center in which the art fair is housed, is not normally a major gathering point for the art crowd. For a week in May, however, we learn to love it and make the trek several times daily from the fair through the parallel streets marked by aging stripped clubs (that’s a state of being, not becoming) and former naval watering holes to the few decent spots on th... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 5/17/12
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GEOslant with Frances Guerin - Shibuya: At the Center of the World

  Many times I have seen the pedestrian crossing, and felt its energy in movies and music videos. But it's like the rest of this city -- being in the middle of Hachiko is like nothing else I have ever experienced. The hordes of people are inconceivable, the density of the people traffic so inspiring that it felt like I had been on a lifelong pilgrimage to be there, only I didn't know it till I got there. After one week, I think I am getting used to being in Tokyo, but still, the same things never cease to amaze me. And in Hachiko I am still astounded by the ease and comfort of being in the mi... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 5/11/12
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GEOslant with Gabriella Picone: Under the Tent, Behind the Scenes at Frieze

Working to prepare for the first New York Frieze Art Fair has been a blend of anticipation and curiosity. To be honest I’ve never been to a Frieze Art Fair in London and to be even more honest I’m not a huge art fair advocate, but working for Frieze has provided me with an admiration for the collective effort needed to create a large-scale event. My art fair role, which has shifted from the art-admiring spectator/critical journalist to a true team player, has still left me with an impartial understanding. Don’t get me wrong, I am eager and passionate about this fair. How could I not be after... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 5/1/12
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GEOslant: Joel Kuennen on the Return of Anthony McCall

At the age of 20, I studied abroad for a year in Germany at Justus Liebig Universität. There, on a whim, I took a film studies seminar. The professor opened the course with a field trip to the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. The class of seven made the trip down, a short ride on the Deutsche Bahn, and met the professor at the door to the museum. MMK is a rather odd building. Designed by architect Hans Hollein, it is shaped like a piece of cake wedged next to the Römerberg. At the center of the Kuchen, in a small, darkened room, was Line Describing a Cone, McCall’s seminal wor... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/22/12
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GEOslant with Andrea Alessi: Eating Mussels in Brussels

  Francis Alÿs once did a walk from the Museum of Science and Industry to the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, mapping the journey with the unraveling thread of his blue sweater. The Belgian native is known for his “walks”, performative perambulations numbering too many to list here. They link sites separated by space and time; they chart national and political histories onto landscape; they open onto questions of surveillance and urban existence; and perhaps most importantly, they playfully highlight the subjective journey of the individual in time and geography. Miriam Böhm, Interlude IV,... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/17/12
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GEOslant with Edward Sanderson: Alessandro Rolandi’s Social Sensibility R&D Program in Beijing

When asked about her working environment, one worker said she would like to feel the sun on her skin for a while – a simple but poetic request, fulfilled by moving her workstation outside the factory for a short period. Another worker took the opportunity to make a fluid sculpture out of the big barrel of grease he was using, giving it the title: “A piece of shit.” These little gestures came about as part of Italian artist Alessandro Rolandi’s Social Sensibility R&D Program, instituted in the factory of Bernard Controls S.A. on the outskirts of Beijing. Bernard Controls is a French family... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/13/12
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GEOslant: Devon Caranicas on Buenos Aires Visual Arts

  As traditional South American modes of expression have fused with a strong lineage of European immigration, Buenos Aires has become the apex of chic. A unique street aesthetic, that predominates from cafes and clubs to boutiques and everyday dress, stands out among other capital cities for its eclectic edge and vibrancy. Strangely, the city's visual arts scene pales in comparison to its contemporaries of São Paulo, Berlin or Paris and only a handful of reputable galleries and small-scale art museums dot the city's otherwise varied cultural landscape. Arguably the top three cultural centers --... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/6/12
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GEOslant: Natalie Hegert at the Whitney Biennial

  “Be advised that the fourth floor galleries will be closing in about fifteen minutes for Sarah Michelson’s performance,” I was told when I arrived at the Whitney ticket counter, “So you should probably begin your visit there.” Yeesh. Fifteen minutes for an entire floor? I’d better hurry, I thought, as I dashed to the elevator. On the fourth floor, one of Michelson’s dancers was warming up, stretching her limbs out with a couple quick pas-de-bourrées over the dance floor—a site-specific work in itself: the architectural plans for the museum were painted on the floor, dance floor as map, as... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 3/27/12
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GEOslant: It Ain't Easy

“He says, ‘It’s crazy that you can’t get people to do it.” “Ok, but tell him: ‘To me, it is crazy to think that you could get people to do it.’” We are standing outside on the street late at night in February trying to figure out how we’re going to realize our project, which is to be on view to the public in three days. To complicate things further, I speak no Spanish and my counterpart, Carlos Martiel Delgado Saínz, speaks no English. This is a typical exchange that has made participating in Arte No Es Fácil such a challenge and excitement. In Cuba you can get plenty of people to come help wi... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 3/17/12