Art Seen: International

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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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POTENT PUSSY // JUDY CHICAGO

click here to download PDF By Natalie Hegert “It would be ridiculous to say that there’s been no change,” Judy Chicago intones with we’ve-been-through-this-before fatigue, “…but you know I can still open an art magazine and see all male shows. I don’t fucking believe it.” Chicago and I spoke over the phone just weeks after[…]

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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[…]

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THE INSCRUTABLE LAUGH OF THE OTHER // TALA MADANI’S ELUSIVE ALCHEMY

By Vanessa Gravenor Laughter, the antithesis of misery, can be an axe to combat ailments in uncertain times. One can note the emergence of a certain absurdity when censorship reigns and trauma weighs like heavy fog; yet, what to say of our current moment where nationalism thickens and financialization looms as the final reckoning? In[…]

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MARK WALLINGER // THE FRUITMARKET GALLERY, DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ART

by Noah Hanna It can be challenging to trace the roots of Mark Wallinger’s artwork. The Turner Prize awardee has adopted such numerous personas, mediums, and themes that any attempt to locate the origin of his illustrious career can seem futile—though it appears Wallinger prefers it that way. Sharing the gallery space at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery and Dundee Contemporary[…]

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LANDSCAPES, SELECTIONS FROM THE STATE COLLECTION // EVAGORAS & KATHLEEN LANITIS CENTER, LIMASSOL, CYPRUS

By Dr. Kostas Prapoglou LANDSCAPES, Selections from the State Collection held at the Evagoras & Kathleen Lanitis Center, Limassol, Cyprus encompassed a wide range of the country’s artistic production that goes back to as early as the 1930s. The exhibition, featuring 32 artists, was selected by curator and artist Dr. Savvas Christodoulides from the State Collection—numbering over[…]

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ISSUE 04 // NOW LIVE

Under the Cover THE SEEN launches Issue 04 in print, featuring Astrid Klein on the cover to align with her two-person exhibition with Chicago-based B. Ingrid Olson at the Renaissance Society. The full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 7,000 count run available for distribution at multiple public locations throughout the city of Chicago, as well as select[…]

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FOREWORD // ART & LANGUAGE: A CONQUEST

By Stephanie Cristello  Download PDF In April of 2016, I was invited by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts to attend the opening of the Philippe Méaille Collection at the Château de Montsoreau—a beautiful renaissance style castle installed at the convergence of two rivers, the Loire and the Vienne. The château was built on the remains of[…]

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EMERGENCY CONDITIONALS // ART & LANGUAGE

Edited by Stephanie Cristello Download PDF Texts by Stephanie Cristello, Jill Silverman van Coenegracths, ART & LANGUAGE (Mel Ramsden, Michael Baldwin), and Matthew Jesse Jackson. Designed by JNL Graphic Design. Published by EXPO CHICAGO, 2016. Limited edition publication of 250. Emergency Conditionals—first presented at the conference ‘Philosophy and Conceptual Art’ at Kings College London in June 2004 and subsequently[…]

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OLIVER RESSLER // SALT GALATA, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

In Conversation with Dr. Kostas Prapoglou  Who Throws Whom Overboard? is a survey of the work of Austrian born and based artist Oliver Ressler at SALT Galata in Istanbul, Turkey dating between 2004–2016 and addressing issues of migration, borders, citizenship, capital, society, ecology and alternative economies. Spanning numerous areas of SALT, the exhibition brings together[…]

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JANE AND LOUISE WILSON // MIDDLESBROUGH INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART (MIMA), UK

By Dr Kostas Prapoglou Undead Sun: We Put the World Before You is the solo show of Turner prize nominated artists Jane and Louise Wilson at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) in the UK. The show comprises the second stage in a three-part project commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella (FVU) for the centenary[…]

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ANONYMOUS STATELESS IMMIGRANTS COLLECTIVE

By Vanessa Gravenor It’s about a society in free fall… —La Haine The quote from the first passage in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is often cited and referenced. A Tale of Two Cities tells the story of the French revolution from the point of view from the oppressed and the peasants—describing the[…]

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VIRGINIA COLWELL // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

By Alexis Brocchi Virginia Colwell lives and works in Mexico City—her work examines the space between official and unofficial histories, and the poetic ambiguities of truth and fiction in historical narratives. Often she begins her artworks with stories found in her deceased father’s FBI archive, which contains materials that he collected during his career as an agent.[…]

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DEAD IMAGES // TAL ADLER

by Ruslana Lichtzier click to download PDF Dead Images is the title of just one of the multi-disciplinary teams presented as part of ‘TRACES: Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts, from Intervention to Co-production,’ a three-year multi-disciplinary research project from eleven European partners that investigates the role of contentious heritage in contemporary Europe. Dead[…]

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MANIFESTA 11 & FRANCIS PICABIA // KUNSTHALLE ZÜRICH

by Terry R. Myers click here to download PDF I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks. Let’s make lots of money. —Pet Shop Boys, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money),” 1986 Who doesn’t want a partner in crime? Before arriving in Zürich this summer for the opening of Manifesta 11, I hadn’t thought too[…]

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THE GRID & THE JESTER // ON THE TROPE OF THE GRID

by Paul Michael Smith click here to download PDF When is the appearance of distance merely the effect of an object’s vagueness? And when is the sensation of vagueness simply the apprehension of, no matter how fine the weave of your net, someone slipping away? Like nets, we describe grids either by looking through them,[…]

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NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN // SCRUFF OF THE NECK

by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou click here to download PDF Iranian born, Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian most recently presented a solo show at Marian Goodman Gallery in London, her first major exhibition since The Walker’s Day Off (2010) at the Serpentine Gallery, where her work was shown alongside British artist Phyllida Barlow. Entitled Scruff of the[…]

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SITE SANTA FE // MUCH WIDER THAN A LINE

by Caroline Picard click here to download PDF SITE Santa Fe stands close to the downtown historic district of the city, beside train tracks and Warehouse 21, a haven for artistic youth. Contextualized by a landscape that originally belonged (and still partially belongs) to Native Americans, within the architectural residue of a complex colonial and[…]

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ART & LANGUAGE // EMERGENCY CONDITIONALS

Selected by Stephanie Cristello click to download PDF In April of 2016, I was invited by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts, as part of a research trip for EXPO CHICAGO through Tony Karman, to attend the opening of the Philippe Méaille Collection at the Château de Montsoreau—a beautiful renaissance style castle installed at the convergence of[…]