Yael Bartana

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- The past few years have brought a renewed relevance to politics in contemporary art, a necessary reflex of the cultural world to global economic and societal conditions from which it can no longer pretend to be independent. Activism is increasingly affecting the aesthetics of visual arts and, this summer, it literally colonized its institutions, when the latest Berlin Biennale populated the KunstWerke with protesters from the Occupy and Indignados movements. Even fairs like Art Basel are... [more]
Denmark's Jewel in the Crown   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Rosa Barba, Yael Bartana, Sophie Calle, Vija Celmins, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Eriksson, Simon Evans, Öyvind Fahlström, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Poul Gernes, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Shilpa Gupta, Jacob Holdt, Roni Horn, Elliot Hundley, Matthew Day Jackson, Chris Johanson, Isaac Julien, Jesper Just, Zilvinas Kempinas, Rosy Keyser, Anselm Kiefer, Per Kirkeby, Yayoi Kusama, Klara Lidén, Michel Majerus, Gerold Miller, Marilyn Minter, Mircea Nicolae, Sigmar Polke, Sheng Qi, Tal R, Daniel Richter, Thomas Ruff, Allen Ruppersberg, Yorgos Sapountzis, Dayanita Singh, Tove Storch, Thomas Struth, Al Taylor, Wolfgang Tillmans, Marcel van Eeden, Francesca Woodman, Erwin Wurm at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art May 24th, 2012 - August 19th, 2012
Posted 8/13/12
It was afternoon. In Copenhagen. A charming, too-handsome-for-words mutual acquaintance relayed the news that Denmark had been crowned the richest country in the EU. I couldn’t vouch for this, but its capital appeared to be the most sustainable of all the conscientiously green cities I’d visited in northern Europe. Of course I wasn’t travelling all the way from America to Scandinavia for wind farms, organic elderberry juice, or even the first-time thrill of ordering drinks at an honest-to-God... [more]
The Temporary Stedelijk: Monumentalism and Taking Place   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yael Bartana, Ruth Buchanan, Mieke Van de Voort, Hala Elkoussy, Marianne Flotron, Zachary Formwalt, Melissa Gordon, David Jablonowski, Rob Johannesma, Iris Kensmil, Gert Jan Kocken, Job Koelewijn, Rachel Koolen, Renzo Martens, Lucia Nimcova, Lonnie van Brummelen / Siebren de Haan, Nicoline van Harskamp, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Barbara Visser at Stedelijk Museum August 28th, 2010 - January 9th, 2011
Posted 8/30/10
    This weekend I visited Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum for the first time. While this probably sounds like an unforgivable oversight (or just plain laziness) to you, it’s not. The Stedelijk, Amsterdam’s only modern and contemporary art museum, has been closed for years undergoing renovations and the construction of a new extension. Don’t get too excited – this is no grand reopening; more construction and closed doors are yet to come – but from August 28, 2010 until January 9, 2011 visitors... [more]
Three theses on “Early Years”   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Wojciech Bąkowski, Yael Bartana, Tania Bruguera, Oskar Dawicki, Sharon Hayes, Sanja Iveković, Daniel Knorr, Zbigniew Libera, Anna Molska, Paulina Ołowska, Agnieszka Polska, Anna Zaradny, Artur Żmijewski at KW Institute for Contemporary Art February 28th, 2010 - May 2nd, 2010
Posted 3/13/10
      In his brief essay Introduction to the book of the same title, Norwegian critic Jonas Ekeberg has introduced the term “new institutionalism” to the curatorial discussion (1). Derived from new management debates, the term describes a range of experimental institutional practices that take their own conditions as a starting point for critical reconsideration of curatorial devices such as the art exhibition, the catalogue, the collection, and so on. This was in 2003. When the project... [more]
Yael Bartana at Annet Gelink Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yael Bartana at Annet Gelink Gallery January 16th, 2010 - February 28th, 2010
Posted 1/27/10
    Previously, in the Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) trilogy: Before an empty Warsaw stadium, left-wing Polish activist Slawomir Sierakowski has given an impassioned speech calling for the three million Jews who left Poland after the war to return. The key message: 3,000,000 Jews can change the lives of 40,000,000 Poles. Sierakowski has promised the wondrous things that might follow this reunion. If you want, we’ll travel to the moon together. We left off with Sierakowski and a group of school... [more]
A State of Upset   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Maja Bajevic, Per Barclay, Yael Bartana, Jimmie Durham, Jean-Charles Hue, Dan Perjovschi, Mark Raidpere, Alejandra Riera, Artur Zmijewski at Galerie Michel Rein May 30th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
Posted 6/29/09
The state of the world upsets the artistic production, and even the way we interpret works of art. After years of glitter and cynicism, brutality and violence surround us while we wait and hope for a humanist bright spell. The show won't feature any image of armed conflicts, of social or economic crises, no idea for a social redemption. It will only try to underline how the global situation reflects on the artists (or on the artworks). A partial and biased collective show in which... [more]
Maja Bajevic, Per Barclay, Yael Bartana, Jimmie Durham, Jean-Charles Hue, Dan Perjovschi, Mark Raidpere, Alejandra Riera, Artur Zmijewski at Galerie Michel Rein May 30th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
Posted 6/3/09
We stopped by Galerie Michel Rein quickly for a dizzying group show:   [more]
Uneasy Rituals   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yael Bartana at MoMA PS1 October 19th, 2008 - May 4th, 2009
Posted 3/29/09
Yael Bartana’s solo exhibition at PS1 Contemporary Art Center features five video installations that span the last six years. Bartana, an Israeli artist who is now based in both Tel Aviv and Amsterdam, focuses her work on the place that she grew up, exploring social rituals and activities in Israel in stark relation to the constant presence of the State, war, and insecurity.  With a roving and afflicted eye of an anthropologist, Bartana uses her camera to create poetic investigations into the... [more]
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