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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
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Jan Christopher-Berkson Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
Jan Christopher-Berkson.   What are you trying to communicate with your work? My practice is anchored in the image-making process and invested in generating relationships with and between images. Using basic materials like canvas, wood, and paint, my work often takes on a distinct spatiality as a point of departure to bring into focus sharp-edge geometric shapes, and occasional representational images, interplayed with color. My works of the past year or so contain the sense that... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/8
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No, Donald Trump Is Not a Conceptual Artist. And Border Walls Are Not “Land Art”

by Andrea Alessi
I read the press release three times back to back, looking for any hint of irony. Or even confirmation of sincerity. I parsed the website, hoping an “about” page or mission statement could set my bearings. What exactly is MAGA, the “non-profit arts organization” petitioning the U.S. Government to designate the eight border wall prototypes erected outside of San Diego a national monument? The eight prototypes, constructed by six firms and built using $3.3 million in federal funds, were... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 1/5
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Karin Ferrari: Portrait of the Artist as a YouTube Conspiracy Theorist

by Christian Petersen
  Karin Ferrari was one of my favorite discoveries from the latest edition of The Wrong digital art biennale. Her work emulates the conspiracy theory videos that have become a ubiquitous part of YouTube culture. Ferrari so perfectly captures the mood and aesthetic of these videos that the line between artistic creation and genuine belief becomes completely blurred. Many viewers, unaware that these videos—a decoding of Illuminati symbolism in an Azealia Banks’ music video, for... [more]
Posted by Christian Petersen on 1/3
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UNDER THE RADAR: JANE SZABO | TATIANA GULENKINA | MASHA TROTZKY

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Jane Szabo – Los Angeles Tatiana Gulenkina – Washington D.C. Masha Trotzky – Brussels   ArtSlant supports thousands of contemporary artists through our outreach and exposure programs—come join the best online arts community today! [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team
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In 2017, Artists Channeled Pessimism, But Weren’t Defeated

by Andrea Alessi
This summer Jill Lepore, writing for the , declared that we’re living in a “golden age for dystopian fiction.” She described a literature of “radical pessimism” and “submission” (in contrast, she wrote, to a literature of resistance). In an essay for Tin House author Allegra Hyde called for “literature that chases utopia” in the age of Trump. She urged her fellow writers: “Our trade is in rendering the unreal real. We are world builders, after all.” As ArtSlant’s resident pessimist, I’ll be... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 12/21/17
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What’s Missing from the World’s Largest Street Art Museum? A Local Perspective

by Nadja Sayej
Since the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art opened in Berlin this fall, it has already seen thousands of visitors. Placed inside of a pre-war apartment building in the sleepy neighborhood of Schöneberg, the museum is easy to spot—it’s painted from top to bottom in colorful murals with the words “UNique, UNited, UNstoppable” wrapping around the front of the building. The museum currently hosts new artworks on canvas by some 100 artists, as well as digital prints and sculptures,... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 12/20/17
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Artists Chart Evidence of the Inhuman, and the Inhumanity of Evidence

by Benjamin Busch
The group exhibition identifies an ongoing trend in contemporary art, as well as in broader cultural circles, that takes up “evidence” as a material or animating subject matter. Characteristic works deal with social structures that exist to perpetuate crime or to hinder it, to represent or claim authority over certain groups through data or data representations. The exhibition is complimented by a website that includes more than a dozen texts and a handful of artworks not in the Berlin show... [more]
Posted by Benjamin Busch on 12/18/17
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LAST CHANCE to Apply to the ArtSlant Prize 2017 + Juror and Exhibition Venue Announcement!

by The Artslant Team
  Round 9, THE FINAL ROUND, closes TODAY, December 18th! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes and an exhibition in New York City during Armory Week! We are psyched to announce SPRING/BREAK Art Show will once again be hosting our ArtSlant Prize Exhibition. SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized exhibition platform using atypical and historic New York City exhibition... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/17/17
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UNDER THE RADAR: CLEA T. WAITE | MADDALENA PATRESE | GRACE CHUN

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Clea T. Waite – Berlin and Köln Maddalena Patrese – Padova and Los Angeles Grace Chun – New York City   ArtSlant supports thousands of contemporary artists through our outreach and exposure programs—come join the best online arts community today! [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team