In Cambodia, Contemporary Artists Shed Light on Social and Environmental Issues

by Dave Willis
Riding through downtown Phnom Penh in a tuk tuk on my way to Sa Sa Bassac—the leading contemporary art gallery in Cambodia—I saw about 100 people marching in the street, holding signs and chanting slogans while flanked by cops on every side. I asked my guide what it was all about. She told me they were protesting land grabs by developers, who employ arsonists to burn down shanty towns to make way for apartment towers, which often then sit vacant, serving as investments to hide dirty... [more]

Minaa Mohsin Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Minaa Mohsin.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? We live our lives in the middle of things. The homes we maintain and the items we collect are all documentation of our personal histories for which we seek acknowledgment. Material objects are given life by the meaning we attach to them. With this bestowed power, inanimate objects participate as important decision makers in one’s life. Attachment with objects, specifically household items of utility, fascinates me. By... [more]

Can Collecting Digital Art Make Museums More Competitive?

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Exactly one hundred years after Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings started Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich was once again the stage of an art revolution. This time it wasn’t Dada, however, but data. On February 13, 2016, The Museum of Digital Art opened its doors on the ground floor of the monumental Herdern Hochhaus. It’s the first physical and virtual museum dedicated to digital art in Europe. Worldwide, there are only a few institutions like it, most of them American. There is, of course, the pioneering... [more]

Portrait: Director Daniel Hug Gets Ready for the World’s Oldest Art Fair

by Freunde von Freunden x ArtSlant
 under the title “Daniel Hug, director of Art Cologne, on the Cologne art scene and the Germans’ passion for collecting.”    “Cologne wasn't cool when I got here—everyone wanted to go to Berlin,” Daniel Hug, the Managing Director for Art Cologne recalls. Yet this “uncool” city on the Rhine has a long and important history with art. Hug explains: Starting in the ’60s, Cologne was the art capital of Germany. The Cologne-based art collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig were collecting Pop Art... [more]

Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Tea Strazicic

by Christian Petersen
Tea Strazicic is a Croatian new media artist currently based in Los Angeles. Much of her work is heavily influenced by Japanese popular culture but distorted through a tripped-out lens of western internet art youth culture. The cuteness of the Kawaii influences is generally offset by a subversive tension that is further explored in her more sculptural digital creations. Strazicic’s feverish visions collide slick digital surfaces with alien cyber organics and contemporary emoji culture. Her... [more]

(In)visibility in New Black Portraiture: Aria Dean and Hamishi Farah in Dialogue

by Audrey L. Phillips
In March 2016, Los Angeles-based artist and writer Aria Dean penned an essay entitled “Closing the Loop” for The New Inquiry about the white monopolization of feminist selfie art. I remember reading the essay and feeling its urgency and necessity at a time when the spotlight on selfie art and culture was (and still is) dominated by white cis-hetero young women. When I think of the canon of feminist art and the “trailblazers” that paved the way for subsequent generations of women artists, I see... [more]

Under the Radar: Noe Serrano | Anna Kim | Christopher Squier

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Noe Serrano – Spain Anna Kim – Los Angeles Christopher Squier – San... [more]

Reading Joshua Goode’s Childhood Mythologies in a Post-Fact World

by Zachary Small
If Freud had chosen another profession, he might have become an archaeologist. After all, the mythology of personality has its roots in childhood. Memory is a retroactive alloy, and introspection can sometimes muddy our grasp on the past. Too much nostalgia transforms our beloved childhood mementos (favorite toys, teddy bears, and such) into prescient talismans of the future, justifying our adult delights and detestations. Too much nostalgia and we long for a promised time when America used to... [more]

In Search of a Body: A.K. Burns’ Ode to Endurance

by Osman Can Yerebakan
One of the most unassuming artworks in A.K. Burns’ exhibition and residency, , is perhaps also the best reflection of the artist’s three-month tenure at the New Museum and her concurrent Callicoon Fine Arts exhibition, Fault Lines. Nestled at the end of a corridor on the museum’s fifth floor, Post Times (drop open) straddles the rift between utility and inertia, the body and environment, endurance and decay. A thin wooden latch, running the length of two closet doors is fully plastered with... [more]

Recipients of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency in Paris

by The Artslant Team
Summer 2016 Resident: Lisa Diane Wedgeworth, a native Angeleno, earned both her MFA and BA degrees in Studio Art from California State University, Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in one-person and group exhibitions at the Nan Rae Gallery (Burbank), 18th Street Arts Complex (Santa Monica) and in Los Angeles at Autonomie Projects, Papillion Art, the Luckman Fine Art Gallery, L.A. Freewaves, and most recently in Hard Edged: Geometric Abstraction and Beyond at the California... [more]