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Of urban filth and winter pilgrims

by G H
Art loving Amsterdam!! Where were you on Saturday?? Yes, the relentless cold and three inches of snow made the Van Ostadestraat a treacherous destination, but I'd expected the Dutch to be more courageous, ready to brave the weather for something good and a free beer. The opening of Izaak Zwartjes' exhibition at the Upstream Gallery was, apart from a few bespectacled friends who enthusiastically exchanged ideas gathered around the drinks table, deserted. It was unusually quiet. Undeservingly... [more]
Posted by G H on 1/28/13

Lucy Wood: Vicini Lontani/Distant Neighbors

by Andrea Alessi
Let me be honest. I visited Lucy Wood’s “Vicini Lontani/Distant Neighbors” at Upstream Gallery with a lot of academic baggage. I’m a visual anthropologist by training and I spent much of my time in grad school arguing for the anthropological usefulness of art. In an apologetic academic landscape where models demanding reflexivity and transparency try to address the “burden of representation”, I argued that artistic methods could add something to the conversation that writing could not. Given my... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 6/6/11

Rob Voerman

          Rob Voerman's third exhibition at Upstream Gallery is called “After the Goldrush”.A couple of works in the exhibition refer to “Unité d’Habition”, a residential complex dating from 1952 designed by Le Corbusier. It is a utopian and groundbreaking design of a townhouse, existing of 18 levels, which stands as an icon for modernism. Rob Voerman combines ideas and ideals from that period with 2011 reality. Our presence is strongly characterized by globalisation and related subjects... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/4/11

Marc Bijl: 9/11 666 777

by Andrea Alessi
      Dutch artist, Marc Bijl looks something like a rockstar, and the work in his new solo-exhibition at Upstream Gallery, entitled 9/11 666 777, looks like it was made by a rockstar. I will let you interpret that statement however you like, but let me point out that one artwork was nothing less than a burning pentagram. Bijl is an interesting artist, but at times the shiny shock-and-awe minimalism in this most recent show belies his wit and creativity. Here he addresses global responses... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 9/13/10
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