tagged: History

Basel Statements: Mathieu K. Abonnenc Explores the French West Indies' Colonial Past

by Nadja Sayej
Mathieu K. Abonnenc has a complicated relationship with his past. For his solo presentation in the Statements section of Art Basel, which kicks off this week, Abonnenc, an artist born in French Guiana who now lives in Paris, digs into the history and effects of colonialism and its representations within society. You might have seen Abonnenc's work in the Belgian Pavilion as part of Vincent Meessen’s project at the Venice Biennale. His most recent works, such as  (2015) or Forever, Without... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 6/15/15

Between Yore and Today: Renaissance Men

by Rob Goyanes
(2010) is a video that depicts a trim garçon walking up to a man seated at a table. With a nod of deference, the waiter places the menu in the hand of the quiet patron. The waiter then grabs the tablecloth with both hands to perform that sleekest of tricks where the cloth gets pulled out from under the dinnerware. Swiftly he jerks it, sending plates and glasses crashing onto the floor.  This is a piece by Generic Art Solutions, a duo based out of New Orleans who deals in cheeky drama and... [more]
Posted by Rob Goyanes on 11/8/13

John Brown Song! : an Interview with Laylah Ali

by Max Nesterak
Laylah Ali isn’t a media guru by any means. Traditionally a painter, Ali is more at home poring over paint samples than messing with pixels. But after being asked by the Dia Art Foundation to create an online piece, she decided to venture outside her familiar mediums of paint and paper to explore the life and legend of militant abolitionist John Brown. In John Brown Song! Ali assembled some nineteen videos of her friends, relatives, fellow artists, co-workers, and acquaintances singing... [more]
Posted by Max Nesterak on 10/7/13

Blinded by the Light: Myths and Visions of the Australian Landscape

by Marianne Templeton
Landscape is the fallback motif for curators and critics striving to bind together a disparate, difficult assortment of Indigenous and post-colonial works under the banner of 'Australian art'. It dominates the representation of Australia to an international audience in not only the visual arts, but also literature, film, and the tourism industry. The Royal Academy has also chosen this well-traversed route for its 200-strong exhibition of (mostly) paintings from the Great Southern Land. A theme... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 10/2/13

Fall Preview: Brussels Art Days

by Andrea Alessi
There’s something appealing about Brussels’ approach to the reopening of its contemporary art galleries in September. Some cities take a couple weekends of openings to repopulate their galleries with new artworks. Others have one night when the entire local art scene switches on, decisively ending the August blackout. These evenings are fun – whether they come in staccato bursts or roaring symphony – but they’re also exhausting. And if you happen to be craving actual art over appetizers and... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 9/10/13

The Book of Kings

In 2010 the world celebrated the tenth centenary of the completion of the Persian 'Book of Kings'. Composed of more than 50,000 rhyming couplets, the 'Shah-nameh' is one of the greatest epics in the history of world literature. It is approximately twice as long as Homer's epics and 20 times longer than the 'Nibelungenlied'. The Persian epic poem covers a phenomenal time span, telling the entire history of the old kings of Iran, from their mythical beginnings right up to the conquest by the... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 5/29/11
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