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Where Is Ana Mendieta? Inspiring a New Generation of Artists Today

by Maya-Roisin Slater
On the 8th of September, 1985, Cuban-American performance and multi-media artist Ana Mendieta fell naked from the window of her 34th floor apartment. The fatal fall occurred in the presence of her then husband, minimalist sculptor Carl Andre, who was subsequently charged with her murder. Despite evidence, including Mendieta’s acute fear of heights, which would have presumably kept her at a distance from the apartment’s large sliding glass windows, and witness statements claiming they heard an... [more]
Posted by Maya-Roisin Slater on 9/15
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Can an Exhibition of Political Performance Art Spur Audiences to “Action!”?

by Olga Stefan
The title of Kunsthaus Zürich’s recent exhibition alluded to both its topic, performance art, but also to the institution’s framing the exhibition as a political statement in and of itself, taking an action of protest against the current ills affecting our society. Curator Mirjam Varadinis positioned the exhibition in contrast to other museums’ recent performance art exhibitions by arguing that, “Action! strikes out on its own by focusing on the moment of action not only formally but also... [more]
Posted by Olga Stefan on 8/24
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Caroline Augusta Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I aim to bring awareness to a concept or cause that doesn’t get the airtime it deserves. The constant stimulation and force-fed nature of our society distracts us from what is truly important in keeping life on Earth alive and well.  Most of the work I make is an emotional response to an injustice I’ve witnessed in everyday life or the media; it raises up a voice that doesn’t always get heard or noticed. My goal is to encourage... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 8/14
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Under the Radar: Nando Alvarez-Perez | Santina Amato | Priya Thoresen

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Nando Alvarez-Perez – Oakland Santina Amato – Chicago Priya Thoresen –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 7/14
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Portrait: Kuwaiti artist Monira al Qadiri on Japanese cartoons and the body as art

by Freunde von Freunden x ArtSlant
  “A lot of my work is about becoming your art,” says Monira al Qadiri. “I’ve had that ever since I was a child. If I really like something, I want to become like it.” Giant noodle bowls and fried shrimp add an extra dash of absurdity to the whole thing, as do molded replicas of her own face. In bringing these cartoons to life she has exaggerated the strangeness and artificiality of their forms. The artist, who is currently based in Amsterdam as a resident at the prestigious... [more]
Posted by Freunde von Freunden x ArtSlant on 6/27
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David Hannon Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
 David Hannon.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? I am exploring the role of fantasy in queerness and perversions of the body. The interiors I create are a disorienting place that reveals the horror of the everyday. In my most recent performance, Mantle, I made an immersive installation and embedded myself in a flat and then interacted with the audience to help me bring an oversize necklace back into a constructed domestic interior where the necklace unsettlingly... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 6/12
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Simon Birch’s 14th Factory Mirrors the Decline of Globalization

by Joel Kuennen
As the European Union signals its distancing from a seven-decade transatlantic alliance, as the United States joins Nicaragua and Syria as the only other nations to demure from the Paris Climate Agreement, as a realignment of global hegemonies occurs before our eyes, there is no better time to reflect on the narrative of globalization. , a warehouse-sized installation currently open in Los Angeles, is the culmination of a life’s work for Simon Birch. A Brit, transplanted to Hong Kong for the... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 5/31
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An Artist Dinner Dishes Out Brexit, Break-Ups, and Views of a Lonely (Former) Planet

by Danyel Ferrari
Pluto, the former ninth planet of our solar system, discovered in 1930, was demoted to “dwarf planet” in 2006, breaking the hearts of 90s kids everywhere. The enduring interest in Pluto’s re/declassification was made evident this year, when several sites for space enthusiasts released stories stating that NASA had reinstated the celestial body to its former planetary status. As it turns out, the joke was not so far from reality: a recent proposal, led by Alan Stern, the principal investigator... [more]
Posted by Danyel Ferrari on 5/29
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Pablo Helguera: Club Americano

by Museum of Fine Arts Boston
New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera opens , the culmination of the artist’s residency at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This intimate one-room exhibition and shared space explores the historic foundations and contemporary definitions of American identity. Here, the term “American” is understood in the Pan-American sense: its Spanish translation, americano, can refer to anyone or anything from either North or South America. Helguera takes aesthetic inspiration from... [more]
Posted by Museum of Fine Arts Boston on 4/28
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Anicka Yi: Life is Cheap

by Joel Kuennen
Anicka Yi, the recipient of the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize, opened consisting of three works, Lifestyle Wars, Immigrant Caucus, and Force Majeure, at the Guggenheim on April 21, 2017. The exhibition title is one part indictment, one part plea. “Life is cheap” is usually said with a quiet lilt; eyes down, a slight shake of the head. The disgust is projected both outward and inward. It’s a gesture of shame. But Yi hints at perhaps another invocation of the saying—that life is in fact cheap and easy... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 4/21