In Toronto: Nuit Blanche with David Yu

 This was my first time attending Nuit Blanche Toronto and I was determined to make the most of the event. I speak of  Nuit Blanche in formal terms: event, festival, etc.. but really for those who do not know – Nuit Blanche is a one-night only art party with dramatic interactive art works taking over the entire downtown core of Toronto. Actually Nuit Blanche is not a homegrown event. Toronto appropriated the concept of the "white night" from the original event in Nantes, France. Now Nuit... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/24/11

Looking for Enlightenment at the Venice Biennale

Apart from the alternate appeal of the national pavilions at the Giardini and the unavoidably touristy city of Venice, the main show at the Arsenale is what I look forward to the most, every time I visit the Biennale. The main reason is I like the idea of a main show with a theme and a title, with its own rhythm – which is also why I don't like art fairs: apart from the clutter of average-looking artworks that clogs your aesthetic perception five minutes in, there is just no story behind... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/24/11

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... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/17/11

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... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/10/11

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... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/3/11