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The Informers: Ryan Steadman on Better Criticism Through Painting

by Bradley Rubenstein
In this series of interviews for ArtSlant, I wanted to talk to artists who are also involved in criticism or theory. There are any number of “crossovers” across creative and critical disciplines: Julian Schnabel is a painter and a filmmaker; Mel Bochner is a painter who has also been a good art reviewer.  However—using Barnett Newman, and more recently Mira Schor, as examples, as well as the quirky Robert Smithson’s dystopian fantasy world—I’d like to focus on artists who broaden their field... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 1/10/18
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A Thousand Doors: A Journey into Knowledge and Language

by Vanessa Wildenstein
On a beautiful, sunny, typically Greek day in early May, I walked up the steps to the Gennadius Library of The American School of Classical Studies, in the heart of Athens, looking forward to seeing a newly opened exhibition titled . While I attempted to decipher its flow, a woman behind me, sensing my confusion, asked if I wanted to join in with her group since they were about to begin a tour. As luck would have it, this lady was in fact Elina Kountouri, the co-curator of the exhibition and... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Wildenstein on 5/25/14
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Speak Your Plural: Chapter One of Slow Frequency

by Stephanie Cristello
Affirmation, fulfillment, declaration; these are all terms used to describe motivational speaking. This form of address is designed for the masses. Though they prey on the singular, all these words refer to an inherent plurality: which is to say, yourself in others. Affirmation is mirrored through encounters, fulfillment is only expressed to a counterpart when it is lacking, and declaration depends on an audience of listeners. Yet, while these definitions point towards self-help culture –... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 4/11/14
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Mix, Remix: Interview with Ala Ebtekar

by Kara Q. Smith
I first saw Ala Ebtekar’s work on a billboard in downtown San Francisco. Juxtaposed amidst condo developments and rush hour traffic, it was a visual reprieve. It broke up a familiar landscape, one where billboard iconography is quite familiar and expected, and presented a new motif. The animal-like character featured in the center of a patterned background was almost recognizable, perhaps a ceremonial beast of some ancient history, but just abstract enough to welcome the unenlightened. What it... [more]
Posted by Kara Q. Smith on 8/25/13
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Frieze New York: Literature and Art Fairs

by James Loks
The art fair as cultural event is pretty well established now. It makes sense to use the pretext of the weird art supermarket that forms the body of the fair as an excuse for a wider programme; it adds interest and tempers the slightly distasteful frenzy that makes it so difficult to actually see the art everyone's here for. As part of this year's Frieze New York we have the opportunity to attend a reading and Q&A session with Lydia Davis. For those of you who aren't familiar with her, as... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 5/7/13
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Interview with Nina Katchadourian

by Peter Dobey
In conjunction with the release of the monograph Sorted Books, the latest installment of Nina Katchadourian’s ongoing series of organized bookspines and covers, Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book will be on display at Catharine Clark Gallery, New York as of May 10th, coinciding with the Frieze New York art fair. In her Sorted Books project, which has spanned two decades, the artist re-organizes books of various global collections and libraries into new groupings in order... [more]
Posted by Peter Dobey on 5/6/13
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Magazines

by Christina Catherine Martinez
I think I hate book culture. I was having coffee with a friend the other day, like you do, when our talk turned to magazines; what we’re reading, which ones we’d like to read, why that one goddamn glossy from the UK costs $15, etc. At some point, I absentmindedly wiped my chocolate-scone smeared hand on the copy of San Francisco Arts Quarterly that lay on the table between us. Sacrilege, I know, but I had a few backup copies under my arm. Since SFAQ is free, I usually pick up several at a time... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 4/16/12
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The Insight of Incite

by Courtney R. Thompson
  Today, when words have lost their material base—in other words, their reality—and seem suspended in mid-air, a photographer’s eye can capture fragments of reality that cannot be expressed in language as it is. He can submit those images as documents to be considered alongside language and ideology. This is why, brash as it may seem, Provoke has the subtitle ‘provocative documents of thought.’                         -The Provoke Manifesto (1968), Koji Taki & Takuma Nakahira    With... [more]
Posted by Courtney R. Thompson on 1/31/12
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Talk of the Fairs - Books & More Books

by Mara Goldwyn
“The bibliophile is the master of his books, the bibliomaniac their slave”, so goes the aphorism.[i] If you’re anything like me, you’re consistently on the verge of breaking through the onion-skin-, or papyrus-, or parchment-thin border between the two. And it’s not just about reading, no. There’s a certain lust involved, an orientation, let’s call it, towards the physicality of the cover and the pages, the form. There’s also a certain excitement involved in the idea of multiples, editions,... [more]
Posted by Mara Goldwyn on 12/2/11
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International Reading Material

by Jacquelyn Davis
Organized by Printed Matter, the sixth annual New York Art Book Fair presented a range of more than 200 exhibitors from twenty-one countries: independent book publishers, specialty dealers—both national and international—as well as a series of artist book-focused lectures, conferences and public initiatives which took place over the course of the fair's interim. Smaller presses, over sixty different art zines, emerging and experimental curatorial projects such as Badlands Unlimited, Dispatch,... [more]
Posted by Jacquelyn Davis on 10/11/11
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