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Interview: Frances Stark on Art and Hip Hop

by Nadja Sayej
Over a cappuccino in the lobby of Hotel Savoia Jolanda in Venice, Frances Stark sat in a flower-print sun dress with spaghetti straps. It was the preview week of the 56th Venice Biennale and familiar faces came in and out of the hotel. She greeted friends with a warm smile, while showing pictures of her 12-year-old son on her iPhone. Upon first glance, L.A.-based Stark could pass for any other suburban mom—but sit down with her for a coffee and you’ll believe the opposite. As the winner of this... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 5/19/15
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"The Other Side of the Fair": In Conversation with Samara Golden

by Christina Catherine Martinez
Samara Golden draws you in and shuts you out. Sewing, stuffing, and cutting materials of personal industriousness—fabrics, pantyhose, found thriftwares, cosmetology heads—the props in her motley sets splay out against all manner of reflective surfaces, situating some version of you inside her bendy armatures of time, place, and movie-inflected memory. M.C. Escher meets , the campy slickness melting into your own face as seen in a broken mirror, a slab of reflective polystyrene, or live video... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 5/12/15
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Sean Lynch on Researching Rumors and His Venice Biennale Presentation

by Natalie Hegert
Venice is a city of many hidden stories: the labors of conquests buried in damp passageways, the dreams of crusaders and merchants obscured behind masks, forgotten stories in moldering letters, in dark-browed statues guarding doorways, and treasures of spice and silk sunk deep in the Venetian Lagoon. But there are hidden stories everywhere on God’s good green earth, not just in cities steeped in literature and teeming with ghosts. Sean Lynch finds such stories, researching rumors and urban... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 4/27/15
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Interview with Hito Steyerl: "The medium is an information filter"

by Edo Dijksterhuis
“If you want to know what art looks like in 2014, go and see Hito Steyerl’s satirical video installations,” Ben Luke of the Evening Standard wrote last year when reviewing Steyerl’s show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. And right he is. Few artists have the Zeitgeist by the balls the way the German artist does. Her video works deal with technological evolution, the production and reproduction of images, and the power relations involved—subjects right at the heart of today’s... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 4/7/15
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Arts and Letters: Lesley Dill in Conversation

by Lee Ann Norman
Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography, and performance, using a range of media and methods to explore themes of language, the body, and what it means to be transformed by an experience. She recently participated in Beautiful Beast at the New York Academy of Art, an exhibition that explored the intersection of beauty and abjection through sculpture, often depicting our humanity through distortion. I am always interested in work that defies disciplinary boundaries and convention, and Dill’s... [more]
Posted by Lee Ann Norman on 3/30/15
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The Art of Shifting Directions: An Interview with Tania Mouraud

by Caroline Picard
Tania Mouraud’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, curated by Hélène Guenin and Elodie Stroecken, spans features over 70 works of art dating from the late 1960s to today. In June, the show spreads beyond the walls of the museum when nine surrounding locations will host additional works of Mouraud, engaging the entire city as an interlocking exhibition site. Mouraud began working in the 60s as a painter, shifting tacks in the 70s to create a series of immersive meditation rooms. She... [more]
Posted by Caroline Picard on 3/17/15
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Interview with Ed Atkins: Cadavers Telling You to Shut Up

by Edo Dijksterhuis
“What the fuck am I looking at?” This is what Beatrix Ruf thought when she first encountered a work by Ed Atkins. The new Stedelijk Museum Director is not one to get caught up in diplomatic niceties—and at the press preview of she didn’t mind repeating the question. Her confusion has turned out to be inspirational, though: last year she curated a show with the British artist at the Zurich Kunsthalle, and now she has landed him his first solo show in the Netherlands. To boot, the Stedelijk has... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 3/10/15
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Streams of Life: An Interview with Angélica María Zorrilla

by Ionit Behar
For its 2015 edition, contemporary art fair ARCOmadrid invited Colombia as its guest "focus" nation. Included among the 20 young artists selected by curator Juan Andrés Gaitán for the "Arco Colombia" special exhibition sector is the talented Bogotá-based Angélica María Zorrilla. Represented by Galería Sextante, Bogotá, Zorrilla presents two series of drawings for one of the Focus Colombia exhibitions titled (“In Front of the Other: Drawings in Post-conflict”). Zorilla’s works are... [more]
Posted by Ionit Behar on 2/24/15
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Hypocritical, Ironic, and Genuine: Meet Nástio Mosquito

by Natalie Hegert
“Fuck Africa.” It’s rough on the ears when you first hear it. Jolting even. The Angolan artist smiles cunningly as he pronounces the words, a cool rhythm playing over his performance, overlaid with a collage of moving images, from the calculatedly appealing to the terrifying. He then describes in detail the manner by which he wants to sodomize the continent. Europe is his. He “bought it.” So is America. But Africa? Fuck Africa. Nástio Mosquito offers little by way of explanation of his... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 2/17/15
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Interview with Joep van Lieshout: Totems for the Neo-Industrial Tribe

by Edo Dijksterhuis
As a teenager Joep van Lieshout diligently saved all the money he earned from his first job as a waiter in a diner, until he had enough to buy himself an electric drill. Next was a proper set of angle grinders, followed by a welding machine. Van Lieshout has always been a lover of tools; the workshop is his natural biotope, the place where he thinks with his hands and molds a world all his own. His studio at the Keileweg, a frayed part of Rotterdam formerly known for its street prostitution,... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/2/15