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The Trouble with “Neighbors”: Ai Weiwei, the Istanbul Biennial, and Forced Migration

by Danyel Ferrari
Last month Public Art Fund in New York opened Ai Weiwei’s citywide exhibition, . The project entails steel, fence-like architectural interventions and large-scale banners depicting photographs of Syrian refugees from the artist’s time in Lesbos, Greece. The exhibition is not alone in its use of domestic language to address global issues of mass forced migration. The 15th Istanbul Biennial, which concluded last week and was curated by Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, took the... [more]
Posted by Danyel Ferrari on 11/18
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Tom Galle

by Christian Petersen
Belgian-born, New York-based Tom Galle is the epitome of the contemporary web artist. His work is saturated with the very essence of hyper-digital nowness. He has created an online persona that is at once supremely infatuated with and deeply questioning of the profound impact that the internet has had on all of our bodies and brains. Galle creates art that operates on two distinct levels: it is philosophical and political but also instant and accessible, effortlessly walking the line between... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 11/1
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Director Mariano Pensotti Talks Radical Theater 100 Years After the Russian Revolution

by Olga Stefan
As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the October Revolution next month, we should consider the legacy of this event and its importance in light of our contemporary social ills. The mass majority of the world finds itself living under conditions that have historically led to revolution: generalized injustice and inequality, economic instability, war, and disconnect between those in power and the people.  A universal discontent is currently expressed through the politics of resistance:... [more]
Posted by Olga Stefan on 10/10
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“It’s Just Art”: Adrian Piper and Rosemarie Trockel Question Art’s Ability to Affect Change

by Osman Can Yerebakan
A New York City native, Adrian Piper now lives in Berlin after her refusal to return to the States following her inclusion on a TSA “suspicious traveler” watch list in 2008; Rosemarie Trockel has lived in Germany her entire life. Cursory research suggests the artists’ affiliation goes little beyond a handful of group exhibitions they were featured in together. Despite the ostensive differences in their backgrounds and artistic practices, their current New York solo exhibitions, located a few... [more]
Posted by Osman Can Yerebakan on 10/9
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On Art and Music’s Enduring Love Affair and the Practice of Solange

by Tempestt Hazel
I remember being the only person in the screening room at the Block Museum as I watched (2013), the first piece that greeted me at the entrance of the exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey. The animation looped almost two complete times before anyone else joined me in the room. During the first loop, I squinted at the image until I realized that the beautiful head from which these living-locks or tentacles were growing, the head attached to this swelling, insatiable creature’s body was... [more]
Posted by Tempestt Hazel on 9/27
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Santina Amato Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I am wanting to capture the delight in things I felt as a child: the absolute thrill of watching things transform, move, grow, change. I grew up in an Italian immigrant household in Australia and participated in the process of cooking for the family with my mother. Watching her make dough was one of my absolute favorite things to experience as a child. The way her body moved, kneading the soft, white material, folding it over and... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/22
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Where Is Ana Mendieta? Inspiring a New Generation of Artists Today

by Maya-Roisin Slater
On the 8th of September, 1985, Cuban-American performance and multi-media artist Ana Mendieta fell naked from the window of her 34th floor apartment. The fatal fall occurred in the presence of her then husband, minimalist sculptor Carl Andre, who was subsequently charged with her murder. Despite evidence, including Mendieta’s acute fear of heights, which would have presumably kept her at a distance from the apartment’s large sliding glass windows, and witness statements claiming they heard an... [more]
Posted by Maya-Roisin Slater on 9/15
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Can an Exhibition of Political Performance Art Spur Audiences to “Action!”?

by Olga Stefan
The title of Kunsthaus Zürich’s recent exhibition alluded to both its topic, performance art, but also to the institution’s framing the exhibition as a political statement in and of itself, taking an action of protest against the current ills affecting our society. Curator Mirjam Varadinis positioned the exhibition in contrast to other museums’ recent performance art exhibitions by arguing that, “Action! strikes out on its own by focusing on the moment of action not only formally but also... [more]
Posted by Olga Stefan on 8/24
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Caroline Augusta Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I aim to bring awareness to a concept or cause that doesn’t get the airtime it deserves. The constant stimulation and force-fed nature of our society distracts us from what is truly important in keeping life on Earth alive and well.  Most of the work I make is an emotional response to an injustice I’ve witnessed in everyday life or the media; it raises up a voice that doesn’t always get heard or noticed. My goal is to encourage... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 8/14
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Under the Radar: Nando Alvarez-Perez | Santina Amato | Priya Thoresen

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Nando Alvarez-Perez – Oakland Santina Amato – Chicago Priya Thoresen –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 7/14