tagged: violence

The Object of Guns and the Subject of Violence: The American Gun (Art) Show

by Leora Lutz
A report published in September 2015 on stated that Oakland is the third most dangerous city in the United States, following Memphis and Detroit. The Bay Area in general, from the East Bay to the South Bay, is plagued with violence, though the entire nation could use an attitude adjustment—particularly when it comes to gun violence. I live in Oakland, and as can be expected when someone’s town or city is wracked with hostile incidents, there is a tendency to localize fear and pain, to localize... [more]
Posted by Leora Lutz on 1/28/16

Athar Jaber's Defaced Sculptures Speak to Violence, Entropy, and Human Nature

by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska
is an exhibition at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in Florence, presenting 19 works by the young Iraqi-Italian sculptor Athar Jaber. Several members of the international art community opened the exhibition with a series of talks and discussions on "Poly-cultural Identities," examining topics related to the blurring of national narratives and cultural boundaries. Both the exhibition and the debates spoke to the ideological nature national identity, opening onto themes that coincide with a number... [more]
Posted by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska on 7/13/15

Fire and Forget: Artists Respond to Modern Warfare

by Vanessa Gravenor
Entering . On Violence, the viewer passes through two of the four rotating gates in Daniil Galkin’s installation Tourniquet. Beyond this eerie passage, a provocative text speculates on the impact of technology on modern warfare. Its thesis can be characterized as follows: since modern technology has largely emancipated warriors from a traditional active sense of duty—allowing them to literally fire and forget—does this change in confrontation halt the production and inevitable perception of... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Gravenor on 6/24/15

Physical Graffiti: War and Paint Collide in Leon Golub: Riot

by Bradley Rubenstein
I think of myself as a kind of reporter; I report on the nature of certain events. I think of art as a report on civilization at a certain time. —Leon Golub at Hauser & Wirth, in New York, presents a long overdue opportunity to see Golub’s paintings gathered together from several different bodies of work spanning a four-decade period. Showing Napalm I (1969) and Riot V (1987), Vietnam-era paintings, and several fine examples from his late Mercenaries series, this exhibition offers a... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 6/4/15

Melting Machismo: Nadia Kaabi-Linke's Fahrenheit 311

by Danna Lorch
Medically speaking, at precisely 311 degrees Fahrenheit, testosterone, the male sex hormone, begins to melt. With her second solo show at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, Nadia Kaabi-Linke presents eight place-centred works that each conduct an autopsy on masculine qualities and myths—from war and glory to violence and heroism. The seven deadly sins run in parallel. In case you need a re-cap of Dante’s Inferno, these are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. Nadia... [more]
Posted by Danna Lorch on 3/30/15

The Making of Violence: Doris Salcedo at the MCA Chicago

by Ionit Behar
Internationally acclaimed artist Doris Salcedo opened her first US museum retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) last week to great anticipation: Latin Americanists had been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Bogotá-born artist’s survey, and it seemed all of Chicago was enthusiastic as well. Co-curated by MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and with assistance from Steven L. Bridges, the exhibition presents Salcedo’s large body of work... [more]
Posted by Ionit Behar on 2/25/15

Everything is Near: Culture Softens Violence in Manifesta 10

by Sonja Hornung
The Cossacks are an East Slavic ethnic group who have long retained independence from the Russian territorial zone. They exist in Crimea, Ukraine, South Caucasus, and even China. Brutally persecuted in Soviet Russia, Cossacks have now reassumed their legitimacy in the Russian national identity, building on their previous historical role as paid militia for the Russian Empire. A 2005 law reinstated this role under Putin and it has been ascertained that Cossack paramilitary activities in East... [more]
Posted by Sonja Hornung on 7/7/14
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