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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