Beverly Buchanan and the Architecture of Blackness

by Jessica Lynne
October saw the launch of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of ten exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The series’ first two exhibitions honor two unique feminisms. Today, we’re taking a look at them both: Beverly Buchanan’s Ruins and Rituals and Marilyn Minter’s Pretty/Dirty. How might we understand a spatial and architectural discourse that marks a black subjectivity? This is the question that lingers in my thoughts as I reflect on Ruins and Rituals, a retrospective exh... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lynne on 11/9

In a Timely Retrospective, Nil Yalter Puts Undocumented Lives on the Record

by Pınar Üner Yılmaz
On a regular Tuesday night in the fall of 2016, the emergency room of a central hospital in Istanbul echoes with a scream. Hardly understandable, in a foreign language. Not Turkish, not completely English, possibly Arabic. A woman demands help for her toddler, who’s burning up, unconscious. The doctors are trying to explain to her, in English, that she brought her child to a private hospital and she needs to pay a lot of money before her child gets treated. Being a refugee, desperate for help, but not getting any, the woman leaves the cold hospital corridors for a less expensive state ho... [more]
Posted by Pınar Üner Yılmaz on 11/7

Under the Radar: Eleni Mylonas | Cecilia Paredes Polack | Guanyu Xu

by The Artslant Team
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar. Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Eleni Mylonas – New York & Aegina, Greece Cecilia Paredes Polack – Philadelphia, Lima, & San José, Costa Rica Guany... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/4

Simone Leigh Salutes the Complexity of Black Women’s Self-Representation

by Alex Anderson
The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman. This excerpt from Malcolm X’s 1962 speech, “Who Taught you to Hate Yourself?,” which recently resurfaced in Beyoncé’s Lemonade, resonates and takes form at Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh, curated by Jamillah James. Engaging with notions of racial commodification, assimilation, code switching, and body image, Leigh reveals a certain darkness and developed grace in the life of the black woman in America tod... [more]
Posted by Alex Anderson on 11/2

ArtSlant Prize Final Round's Jurors Announced

by The Artslant Team
The ArtSlant Prize, now in its 8th year, is given to emerging and mid-career artists that exhibit great potential and commitment to their artistic practice and whose work helps advance contemporary aesthetic, conceptual, and political discourses. We are pleased to announce the FINAL ROUND's Jurors: Chelsea Guerdat, Andrew Lee of Sperone Westwater and Agustina Ferreyra of Galería Agustina Ferreyra. See below for more information on this round's panel. To apply, go to your ArtSlant Profile and click contest entry. Submissions close on November 12th at Midnig... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/2

Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Olga Fedorova

by Christian Petersen
Olga Mikh Fedorova is a Belgium-based multimedia artist who is currently focusing on digital 3D—that is, three-dimensional digital art—as her primary medium. Despite only recently starting to work in this way, she has quickly become one of the talents to watch in digital art. Fedorova’s work explores contemporary obsessions with clinical modernism and sterile technology, which she uneasily couples with a unique blend of untamed nature and raw sexuality. Her strange tableaux feels like single moments from a science fiction narrative. Fedorova presents the viewer with a satisf... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 11/2

Heather Dewey-Hagborg Questions DNA as Big Data

by Joel Kuennen
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is often imagined as the key to identity, as the progenitor of who we are. It is nature within us and the scaffolding onto which we are nurtured into who we are. However, through epigenetics, viral transfer, and genetic drift, we are becoming more aware of the superposition of DNA and its ability to change, inherit, mute, and express with degrees of certainty, not certitude. At the same time, DNA extraction and sequencing has never been cheaper or easier. In light of this and the continued reliance on DNA as forensic proof, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg approache... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 10/31

This Artist Is Making a Life-Sized Replica of the Parthenon out of Banned Books

by Andrea Alessi
When documenta 14 opens next spring in Kassel, Germany, with the theme “Learning from Athens,” one of the biggest callbacks to the ancient Greek city will be a to-scale replica of the Parthenon installed right in the middle of the Friedrichsplatz—built out of some 100,000 books. Flash back 34 years. In 1983 the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín built El Partenón de libros (The Parthenon of Books) in Buenos Aires after the collapse of the country’s military dictatorship. Erected along a central boulevard, the artwork comprised nearly 30,000 books that had been ban... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 10/26

BELIEVE ME: Trump’s Pussy Riot and Artists’ Abandonment of Their Political Legacy

Donald Trump’s degenerate lurch for the presidential ring to rule them all is, for any decent person, a terrifying threat to social and civic sanity. Not only does this malignant cultural tumor, and suckling plunderer of female genitalia—ably assisted by his hell-bound apprentice, the godless homophobe Mike Pence—aim to unzip the fabric of decency in which a culture must be clothed against the chill of hate, but he does so with a sickening appetite for racism, xenophobia and cinematic lies, surpassed only by his ghoulish surrogates, who like their Third Reich ringmaster spread... [more]
Posted by DARREN JONES on 10/19

The Curator as Advocate: Spotlight on ICA LA's Jamillah James

by Anni Irish
Jamillah James, who was announced as the curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) this August, comes to the new institution, formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art, after serving as the assistant curator at The Hammer Museum. For the past two years she has worked at a breakneck pace organizing exhibitions for the Hammer with the nonprofit Art + Practice at their Leimert Park space. Prior to moving to LA, James held curatorial fellowships at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Queens Museum, and was co-organizer of the 2010 Queens International Biennial. The ICA LA is sl... [more]
Posted by Anni Irish on 10/24