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Under the Radar: Viet Ha Tran | Alexandra Gallagher | Nadia Rapti

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Viet Ha Tran – Madrid Alexandra Gallagher – Manchester Nadia Rapti –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 2/26
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Pipilotti Rist Unleashes the Comforts and Terrors of the Technological Sublime

by Olivia B. Murphy
Entering the three-floor exhibition currently on view at the New Museum, everything immediately slows down. The lights are dim, colorful projections hitting almost every wall and surface, illuminating people and subsequently turning them into shadows. Some visitors sit, splayed out on a plush carpet to watch the wall-to-wall two-channel video projections, while others drift through flowing gauzy curtains, a soft warbling tune flooding the air. This digital playground is Pipilotti Rist’s the... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 11/18/16
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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Olga Fedorova

by Christian Petersen
Olga Mikh Fedorova is a Belgium-based multimedia artist who is currently focusing on digital 3D—that is, three-dimensional digital art—as her primary medium. Despite only recently starting to work in this way, she has quickly become one of the talents to watch in digital art. Fedorova’s work explores contemporary obsessions with clinical modernism and sterile technology, which she uneasily couples with a unique blend of untamed nature and raw sexuality. Her strange tableaux feels like single... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 11/2/16
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The Puerto Banús Strip Is Decadent and Depraved

by Philippa Snow
They call it “Marbs.” Some of them do, anyway—not the real deal money; not 'Tony' and 'Mel' Banderas-Griffiths, whose beach-front palace’s lease, quite tragically, outlived their marriage—but the ones who are there for an earthier breed of bacchanal: the drunks, the San Tropez tanners, the motor-mouthed swimsuit babes, the rutting Croyden bucks—and so on, and so forth. Breasts as buoyant as puppies; pectorals as tight as spinster's mouths: the strip on Puerto Banús is a gorgeously populated... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 7/29/15
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Breaking Camp: A Conversation with Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir

by Nicole Rodríguez Woods
A while back during Berlin’s Indian summer, when the weather was more hospitable to a trio of tropics-born expats, I met up with the Doha-based artist duo Christto Sanz and Andrew Weir at a sleepy café in Prenzlauer Berg. Sanz, from Puerto Rico, and Weir of South Africa, have made waves lately with their vibrant and somewhat in-your-face surreal photographs that weigh in on power structures of culture in locations like their current home Qatar. Their artwork is almost camp, employing... [more]
Posted by Nicole Rodríguez Woods on 12/21/14
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Texture Trip: Surreal Substances in Art

by Char Jansen
Paint, in its ancient origins, was made from available materials: egg yolks to bind, sand, soil, plants, and so on for pigment. The whole process of manufacturing materials to make art has been steadily removed from the artistic process over time, but some artists still introduce the physical messiness of making art, by remolding everyday materials to provoke uncanny, humorous—and often, revolting—reactions to substance in the viewer. They might arouse strong responses, but they also open our... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 12/7/14
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Post-Capitalist Hip Hop Videos: Our Absurd, Dystopian World

by Char Jansen
Hip Hop and capitalism could be said to share the same ideals. American Hip Hop and the American Dream promote the same goal of self-made material success through carefree consumerism. Money—and spending it—saturates songs and artist monikers (Curren$y, Rich Gang, 50 Cent, All$tar, etc.). Hip Hop’s aesthetic identity has traditionally communicated just as much about consumerist society as its songs. But as confidence in capitalism is waning, with the mass disillusionment following global... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 11/20/14
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Ten Hallucinations from Spaced Out

by Charlie Schultz
1) A young woman in skinny jeans pauses outside the entrance of . She pulls her cell phone away from her ear and peeks in at the pink shag carpet lining the floor and Fred Tomaselli’s Diary (1990). She tells whoever is on the other end of her phone call to hold on a minute as she turns her head toward the bouncer, “What the hell is going on in there?” she wants to know, “Is this some kind of surrealist circus or what?” Jim Lambie, Zobop, 1999; Red Bull Content Pool // Greg Mionske 2) There... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 10/14/14
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Disintegrating Letters of an Unknown Alphabet

by Thogdin Ripley
When asked how it felt to be a surrealist in 2002, Dorothea Tanning, of surrealism (read: last surviving surrealist—then 91 years of age) responded “like a fossil,” with all the implications of stone-held lifelessness that description conjures for an art form that was declared definitely dead sixty years prior. Web of Dreams draws its theme from her work with the figure—a broad remit, and ultimately one that serves as a catch-all to present a chronologically wide-ranging sweep through her... [more]
Posted by Thogdin Ripley on 8/12/14
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Displacements: the real and surreal photographs of Kati Horna

by Marianne Templeton
Despite being at the forefront of documentary photography during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s and the Mexican Surrealist movement of the 1940s, Hungarian-born Kati Horna (née Deutsch) has remained relatively unknown outside of her adopted country of Mexico. Yet the art world has an ever-growing appetite for unearthing overlooked or forgotten perspectives that wind alongside the dominant Western masculine narratives of the twentieth century, and Horna is a perfect candidate. The focus on... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 6/30/14