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Artists' Desks

by Andrea Alessi
Whether they’re doing residencies or research, teaching or travel, or whether they’re simply responding to the contingencies of affordable and available studio space, artists today are in constant motion. What’s the marker of the artist’s studio in this peripatetic climate? Is the artist’s “desk” a piece of furniture, an anchored object? Or is it something they can pick up and carry away—a laptop or notebook that travels with them wherever they go? Is place paramount, or is it what the... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 2/11/16
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In Ryan Mendoza’s Detroit House, Debris of a Financial Collapse Turns into Relief Aid

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Is it a sculpture? A political indictment? A social activist gesture? Or maybe some form of contemporary historiography? It’s not really clear how to define or classify Ryan Mendoza’s . One thing’s for sure, though: it’s not a house.  You could easily be fooled into thinking it is. It’s got a roof, walls, a porch, windows, and a door you can enter through. It lacks, however, neighbors, a path or driveway leading up to it, a connection to the local power grid, a foundation—in short: physical... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/11/16
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Interview with Joep van Lieshout: Totems for the Neo-Industrial Tribe

by Edo Dijksterhuis
As a teenager Joep van Lieshout diligently saved all the money he earned from his first job as a waiter in a diner, until he had enough to buy himself an electric drill. Next was a proper set of angle grinders, followed by a welding machine. Van Lieshout has always been a lover of tools; the workshop is his natural biotope, the place where he thinks with his hands and molds a world all his own. His studio at the Keileweg, a frayed part of Rotterdam formerly known for its street prostitution,... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/2/15
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Art Rotterdam Week: Across the Bridge

by Teodora Kotseva
Recently Rotterdam placed prominently in a number of travel guides’ 2014 lists – named it eight out of its Top 10 Cities to visit this year, while The New York Times charted it at ten on its 52 Places To Go list. An abnormally warm winter makes February the perfect time to dive into the city’s most exciting month when it comes to contemporary art. The IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) will warm up the public with its selection of global cinema, followed by Art Rotterdam Week, which... [more]
Posted by Teodora Kotseva on 2/3/14
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Art Rotterdam’s Great Leap Forward

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Fifteen years into the game Art Rotterdam has comfortably settled into the role of top contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. But director Fons Hof is not resting on his laurels. Edition 2014 signals a Great Leap Forward. This is to be taken quite literally as the fair is moving from the Cruise Terminal on the Kop van Zuid to the monumental Van Nellefabriek. The new venue, with its peripheral location bringing to mind Frieze New York, has a lot going for it: the catering – slow and poor at... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/3/14
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The perpetual motion of power: Interview with Kudzanai Chiurai

by Edo Dijksterhuis
You could see almost all visitors of Hauptbahnhof Kassel do a double take when confronted with Kudzanai Chiurai’s contribution to dOCUMENTA(13). Is it a photograph or did I just detect motion? No, yes, no, there’s definitely something stirring, very much slowed down but alive it is. And then the quaintness of what is being shown kicks in. It’s a contemporary African version of The Last Supper with witchdoctors, machine gun wielding rebels, and cool urbanites wearing designer sunglasses gathered... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/2/14