Art Seen: International

Jasper Johns, Untitled, 1992–4. Encaustic on canvas. 199.4 x 300.7 cm. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2017

JASPER JOHNS // SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE

By Stephen F Eisenman The moment of Jasper Johns was 1958. Eisenhower was president and almost nobody had heard of Vietnam. Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” was No. 1 on the charts, and Nikita Khrushchev was forbidden to visit Disneyland. Also, that year, MOMA purchased from Leo Castelli, Johns’ Target with Four Faces (1955),[…]

Olafur Eliasson, Multiple shadow house , 2010. Wood, metal, fabrics, halogen lamps (white, orange, red, blue, green), glass, projection screens 
With the kind permission of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York . Photo: Guy L'Heureux

MULTIPLE SHADOW HOUSE // MACM

By Tina Gelsomini Olafur Eliasson’s identity is hard to grasp, much like his ephemeral creations of light, shadow, and water recently on display at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal as part of Eliasson’s first Canadian solo exhibit Multiple Shadow House. Olafur Eliasson is neither of one place nor of one practice. Raised between Denmark and Iceland, and with[…]

Pavillon von Angelo Plessas am Hansahaus

ANGELO PLESSAS // POLITICS OF TOGETHERNESS

click here to download PDF by Alfredo Cramerotti The work of Athens-based artist Angelo Plessas exists in and around the Internet, or in a form he calls “Internet psychogeography.” He registers domain names such as SymmetryOfChaos.com, PlagueOfFantasy.com or MeLookingAtYou.com, placing his characters (either his friends, or versions of himself) in specific situations. Functioning almost sketches[…]

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THE BOAT IS LEAKING. THE CAPTAIN LIED. // FONDAZIONE PRADA

click here to download PDF By Greg Foster-Rice Situated beneath a pediment, surrounded by frescoes in a Venetian palazzo, the door’s unexpected metal hinges and rounded edges mimic the way a ship’s hatches are designed to withstand water pressure in the event of a hull breach. This facsimile of a naval door serves as an[…]

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SPACE, FORCE, CONSTRUCTION // REVOLIUTSIIA! DEMONSTRATSIIA! SOVIET ART PUT TO THE TEST

click here to download PDF by Anastasia Karpova Tinari In a time when Russia-US relations are in a strange state of perpetual turmoil, subterfuge, and incongruence, it may come as an after-thought that 2017 marks the centennial year of the October Revolution, in which the Bolsheviks toppled the Tsarist Russian Empire and instigated the communist[…]

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SEEING SONGS: BARBARA BLOOM // MUSICAL SCORES

click here to download PDF Selected by Stephanie Cristello If images have voices, Barbara Bloom gives them resonance. The following selection of works, produced by the artist for Issue 05 of THE SEEN, consists of five compositions from the series entitled Songs. In contextualizing these works, the vocabulary of music is helpful in at least[…]

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BY RADICAL DESIGN: GIANNI PETTENA // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

click here to download PDF by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Florence-based architect, artist, and critic, Gianni Pettena belongs to the original core group of the Italian Radical Design movement, and was a member among the Archizoom Associati, Superstudio, and UFO groups. In 1968, he graduated from the University of Architecture in Florence, where he later taught[…]

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COUNTER-GEOGRAPHY: BOUCHRA KHALILI // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

click here to download PDF by Natalie Hegert Deep midnight of the sky, deep blue of the sea. The following text by Staff Writer Natalie Hegert and artist Bouchra Khalili similarly flows between ‘passages,’ fluid channels that exchange voices between artist and writer, unfolding toward a singular reading between two perspectives. Drifting trajectories connect unnamed[…]

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BOXING IN A SUITCASE: MARCEL DUCHAMP VS. ROCKY BALBOA // PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

click here to download PDF by Guillaume Désanges This text applies a Duchampian methodology: that of imaginative chance, or how meaning is created by coincidence. In 2011, an exhibition at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich, Germany was based on Marcel Duchamp’s brief stay in the city in 1912. The show proposed to reveal,[…]

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A PERIOD OF (ECONOMIC) OPTIMISM: TERENCE GOWER // HAVANA CASE STUDY

click here to download PDF by Joel Kuennen Just last year, President Barack Obama visited Cuba, becoming the first US president to do so in over eighty years. “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.”1 The image of such a visit, of America’s first black president[…]

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GAYLEN GERBER // ARTIST LECTURE SERIES VIENNA CONVERSATIONS

click here to download PDF In Conversation with Eva Badura-Triska The following conversation between artist Gaylen Gerber and Vienna-based curator Eva Badura-Triska took place at Galerie Emanuel Layr in Fall 2016 as part of the Artist Lecture Series Vienna Conversations. The transcript below is a full record of the talk, on the occasion of Gerber’s[…]

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HEARTBREAKING DUPLICITY: DOCUMENTA 14 // LEARNING FROM ATHENS

click here to download PDF by Caroline Picard In a sense, the Western World presumes to be (always) learning from Athens, espousing Ancient Greece as its point of origin and thereafter presuming a complex blend of familiarity, ownership, and admiration. The inscribed plaques on the gates at the foot of the Acropolis reinforce this lineage,[…]

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

click here to download PDF by Stephanie Cristello On April 8, 2017, in Athens, my first encounter of documenta 14 was marked by the translation of Arseny Avraamov’s Symphony of Sirens (1919–1923). Installed within the upper level galleries of the EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, archival text and scores related to the composer’s[…]

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AMALIA PICA // THE EXPERIENCE OF STRANGERS

click here to download PDF by Ionit Behar London-based Argentinian artist Amalia Pica focuses her work on the problem of communication: our performative nature of thought and speech. Pica’s wide-ranging practice includes sculpture, photography, drawing, film, installation, and performance. Her work often alludes to communal experiences, especially those we share with strangers—either at a party,[…]

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JÜRGEN BECKER // MUSEUM FÜR PHOTOGRAPHIE BRAUNSCHWEIG

by Luke A. Fidler Jürgen Becker is best known as a prolific writer of experimental texts like Felder [Fields], a parody of Joyce’s Ulysses (among other things) comprised of numbered entries. He was a fixture in the German Fluxus world of the 1960s and 70s, collaborating with artists like Wolf Vostell and rubbing shoulders with[…]

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BECAUSE WE WERE QUEERS // QUEER BRITISH ART 1861-1967

By Stephen F Eisenman One reason “queer” has gained ground over “gay” and “lesbian” is that everybody can claim it and nobody has to pay for it. To be gay is to occupy a distinct social space and risk ostracism. To be queer however, is simply to assert difference, and who doesn’t want that? I[…]

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WATCHING YOU WATCHING ME // ANNE IMHOF AT THE VENICE BIENNALE

By MK Meador Suddenly the lyric from a Bill Withers song finds its way into the German pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, as part of Anne Imhof’s FAUST performance. Curated by Susanne Pfeffer, FAUST was originally conceived to be a five-hour durational performance enacted by five men and women each day, seven days a week.[…]

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LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE // A PASSION TO A PRINCIPLE

click here to download PDF By Bomi Odufunade A Passion To A Principle constitutes Lynette Yiadom-Boakye first institutional solo show in Switzerland. The exhibition, on view at Kunsthalle Basel, identifies many of her signature themes: a figurative painter, her luminous canvases are filled with mostly black figures notable for their unbeknownst ambiguity. She paints these[…]

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ANSLEM KIEFER // WHITE CUBE BERMONDSEY

click here to download PDF By Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Anselm Kiefer’s most recent exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey in London is at once an allegory and oxymoron between fantasy and raw reality. Entitled Walhalla, after the imaginary Arcadian place in Norse mythology, the show spans the gallery’s entire space, encompassing a newly commissioned site-specific installation,[…]

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A REVOLUTIONARY IMPULSE // THE RISE OF THE RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE

click here to download PDF By Anastasia Karpova Tinari By 1917, the Modern Industrial Age had radically transformed society. WWI and concurrent social revolutions questioned whether the advent of electricity, trains, cars, would result in the destruction or betterment of humanity. Artists throughout Europe responded with radical movements—Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Orphism, and Dada—that increasingly threatened Academic[…]

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ASTRID KLEIN & B. INGRID OLSON // PROFILE OF THE ARTISTS

click here to download PDF By Alfredo Cramerotti The conversation between writer Alfredo Cramerotti and artists Astrid Klein and B. Ingrid Olson took place during the preparation for the two-person exhibition at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in April 2017. Klein (b. 1951) lives and works in Cologne and Leipzig, and has shown[…]

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SMOG, DRONES, STAIRCASES, AND ENERGY DRINKS // ANNE IMHOF

click to download PDF By Vanessa Gravenor Smog, drones, staircases, and energy drinks: these are the objects that dominate Frankfurt-based artist Anne Imhof’s performative installations. These inanimate articles and states are sometimes joined by falcons, horses, and bunny rabbits. Composed almost entirely of immaterial gestures, Imhof’s work exists at the intersection of contemporary dance and[…]

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HOMECOMING // TANIA PÉREZ CÓRDOVA

click here to download PDF By Tara Plath While Smoke, Nearby, an exhibition of work by Mexico City-based Tania Pérez Córdova, which recently opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, marks the artist’s first solo appearance in the United States, the show feels like somewhat of a homecoming. This affect is perhaps common for[…]

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BETTINA POUSTTCHI // THE SHIFTING POLITICS OF MATERIAL PERCEPTION

click here to download PDF By Caroline Picard Based in Berlin, German artist Bettina Pousttchi is known for her work in sculpture and photography, teasing out the politics of perception, particularly as it emerges through institutionalized structures—whether the exterior of a building, or the dial of a clock. Most recently, Pousttchi was featured in two[…]