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From Paris: On Heels and Other Highs by Frances Guerin

On September 15th I celebrated my 5th-year anniversary in Paris. I moved here temporarily, with all intentions of returning to London after six months. I meet so many Americans who come through Paris in search of a dream: “what brought you to Paris?” I ask, always interested in what makes people move countries, move cultures, and choose to live in a different language, on a different continent. What motivates people to live on the outside, as a foreigner in a city that insists on reminding us we don’t belong? I would say that 90% of the time, the answer to my question is, quite simply, “I a... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/17/11
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In London: East-West Divide by Daniel Barnes

 As a professional devotee of the East London art scene, I found myself transported into another world when I went for a wander around the private views in Cork Street W1. Private views are a staple of the art world: galleries open their doors after hours and provide drinks so that artists, curators, gallerists, critics and audiences can meet. Beyond this standard, however, there is a divide between East and West London galleries which reveals an art world replete with difference and rich in opportunity. The London art world as we know it today is relatively new, having evolved in seemingl... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/10/11
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An Odyssey: In Athens with Himali

I am at the crossroads of Sophocleous and Athinas: seek the truth and gain your wisdom. A bronze statue of a man in a tail coat and cravat looks like Socrates, and I converse with him about the paradox of knowledge. On Aristotelous Street, I imagine a large-scale unity of time, place and action. In the distance, the Acropolis hangs above these streets like the form of Time above a city of clocks. To land in a historic civilization of Philosophy is a lofty task at the least: my eye searches for the Form in the Reality, the Mystic in the Reason.  Yes, only in Athens could clothing stores be mistaken... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/3/11
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Children in Galleries: Love 'em or hate 'em

Children in galleries are a bit like Marmite – you love them or you hate them.  To some, they are unbiased viewers of art, the perfect receptacles for knowledge, waiting to be bitten by the art bug.  To others, they are tiny terrors invading the personal space and peace of everyone around them.  I remember being trapped in a room at the first Museum of Everything show in Primrose Hill, surrounded by screaming brats and vowing that I would never let my hypothetical children ruin anyone else’s quiet Sunday afternoon.  Recently, however, I’ve started changing my mind and the René Magritte show... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/22/11
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Downtown Sound: Rhys Chatham at the Kitchen NYC

I had a vaguely patriotic feeling going out on the eve of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The papers had done a good job conveying a maddeningly nebulous public threat, running front-page pictures of our boys-in-blue armed and on the ready. Terrorism, to many, is purely psychological and images are rightly and widely considered among its most effective weaponry. This being the tenth anniversary was, predictably, a big deal; there were major memorial services and an extensively articulated program of pictures organized for commemoration. I spent the evening ringing in another, older, anniversary; on... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/18/11