In Memoriam – Dianne Bowen: Remembering a New York City Artist

Written by Kofi Forson In the introduction to Charles Green’s The Third Hand, Collaboration in Art From Conceptualism To Postmodernism, entitled Collaboration as Symptom, he speaks of artists in their art, “voluntarily placing themselves center stage in self-portraits but also at the margins of all their other works, constructing themselves through brush marks, in signature style, by individual preferences, and through repeated motifs – in short, ...
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Anxiety, Dizziness and the Ambivalence of Freedom: Some Reflections on the 2017 Whitney Biennial

Written by Valentina Gioia Levy The longest-running survey of American Art came back with a show that brings together more or less established artists from different generations in a show that doesn’t fail to spark debates and produce some disappointments. Featured for the first time in the Whitney’s stunning new building in the Meatpacking District, the current edition of the Whitney Biennial mirrors the unnerving image of today’s America. ...
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Awaiting Political Specters: Documenta 14

Written by Dorian Batycka and Vanessa Gravenor Documenta is a quinquennial exhibition of contemporary art that since 1955 has created a space for healing war torn regions through art. Begun in the German city of Kassel, in the wake of World War II, Documenta has in its roots an underlying sense that unification is possible through art and culture, a shamanistic potential that auspiciously hangs ...
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Through the Looking Glass: Innovative Women Artists Who Reclaimed the Gaze At New York Armory Art Week

Written by Audra Lambert Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas — only I don’t exactly know what they are!” Carroll, Lewis. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the titular character from Alice in Wonderland once again returns to a magical, disorienting universe. Echoing her earlier adventures, this new ...
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The Imaginary Prisons. An Exercise of Freedom from Giovanni Battista Piranesi to Vik Muniz

Written by Paola Paleari How can artistic work created four centuries ago continue to be contemporary, both in its meaning and in its appearance? And how can a place, that is usually associated with the ideas of punishment and imprisonment, become a vehicle for the application of free thought? A possible answer is given by The Imaginary Prisons by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and their influence ...
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Withdraw from Reality into the Thresholds of Danger: Dreamlands at the Whitney

Written by Vanessa Gravenor The use of cybernetic devices often correlates to withdrawal from reality, something cinema has provided since its beginning.  This desire for flight has utopian ambitions, and the possibility of a deleterious repercussion: a retreat away from reality allows one to transgress the present and can engender a propaganda machine that spews lies. This paradox is where the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema ...
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Regional Is the Way: Art Stage Singapore 2017

Written by Naima Morelli Do you remember high school trips? Some kids enjoyed learning about their local heritage, looking at paintings and mummies in the city museum. Others were excited to be spending a day out with school friends in a different setting. Most were just happy to skip lessons. Now, imagine bringing the same hyperactive pack of teenagers to an art fair. An art ...
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Bodies for a Future yet to Come

Written by Jesse Bandler Firestone Signal‘s Without a Body is a compelling exhibition featuring the work of Ivana Bašić, FlucT, and Sable Elise Smith at Andrea Rosen 2. Looking at social, political, and psycho-spiritual dimensions these artists offer definitions of the body beyond its biological structure. The exhibition explores philosophical meditations on how to think about a body, rather than how to be a body ...
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Enter the World of Omer Fast’s Post-Terror Hysteria

Written by Vanessa Gravenor Berlin—Talking is not always the answer, the title of Omer Fast’s newest solo exhibition at MartinGropius-Bau, examines the communicative turn in freeing oneself from war trauma. The act of talking through trauma is linked to catharsis, often associated to the modern turn, to Freud, who proposed talking as a way to move through trauma. Talking is also a tactic to set ...
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Satellite Art Show: The Anti-Art Fair

written by Jesse Bandler Firestone The 2016 edition of SATELLITE Art Show placed art in all the rooms of a three-story South Beach hotel. SATELLITE Art Show is #notbasel and presented a number of exhibitions and performances that fostered art as resistance and critical reflection during a week generally reserved for reckless abandon (note: many beach spliffs were still enjoyed). As 2016 closes, it was ...
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In Memoriam – Dianne Bowen: Remembering a New York City Artist


Anxiety, Dizziness and the Ambivalence of Freedom: Some Reflections on the 2017 Whitney Biennial


Awaiting Political Specters: Documenta 14


Through the Looking Glass: Innovative Women Artists Who Reclaimed the Gaze At New York Armory Art Week


The Imaginary Prisons. An Exercise of Freedom from Giovanni Battista Piranesi to Vik Muniz


Withdraw from Reality into the Thresholds of Danger: Dreamlands at the Whitney


Regional Is the Way: Art Stage Singapore 2017


Bodies for a Future yet to Come


Enter the World of Omer Fast’s Post-Terror Hysteria


Satellite Art Show: The Anti-Art Fair


Oltre Roma at Palazzo Falconieri Hungarian Academy in Rome


Western Cultural Identity and the American Market


Déjà Vu In General: Sarah Elise Abramson’s Solo Polaroid Retrospective at Coagula Curatorial


A Hybrid Future: Feathered Surveillance As Seen in a Dream


The Showstopping Glamour of Strosberg Mandel’s Bejeweled Portraiture