Art Seen: International

U.S. PAVILION // DIMENSIONS OF CITIZENSHIP

Presented as a part of /Dialogues May 27, 2018 Courtyard, U.S. Pavilion (Venice, Italy) Panelists: Shani Crowe, Andres L. Hernandez, and Amanda Williams Moderated by Stephanie Cristello (Editor-in-Chief, THE SEEN ) The following transcription follows a panel organized as part of the U.S. Pavilion opening program at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale,[…]

YTO BARRADA: AGADIR // THE BARBICAN CENTRE

By Noah Hanna On the 29th of February 1960, an earthquake destroyed the Moroccan coastal city of Agadir, killing nearly fifteen thousand people and leaving the city in ruin. Despite the devastation, Morocco’s king Mohammed V ordered the resurrection of the city, declaring, “If destiny decided the destruction of Agadir, its rebuilding depends on our[…]

ROSE SALANE // ALL OF THESE EVENTS ARE TRUE, BUT NONE OF THEM HAPPENED

By Elliott Mickleburgh On the morning of September 5th, 1975, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, an associate of the infamous Manson Family cult, drew a handgun from a folkloric red robe and aimed the weapon at the body of then president Gerald Ford while the commander-in-chief and his entourage were walking through the grounds of the California[…]

ILLUMINATION AND CONFLICT // HITO STEYERL’S VIDEO ART

By Kristen French The technology used to perfect analog and digital photography is the same as that used to improve the precision of military weapons and surveillance. The technology that makes contemporary video art possible is the same that is used to render people vulnerable to military violence or invisible-disappeared-in the digital age. When technology[…]

DANIEL G. BAIRD

OVERVIEW EFFECT By Ryan Filchak >click here to download PDF In the Spring of 2016, Chicago-based artist Daniel G. Baird presented his first solo show with PATRON Gallery. The exhibition, entitled When, featured several ongoing series, showcasing Baird’s use of archaeological sites and remains to source the concepts and material for his sculptural practice, including[…]

FORMS OF TENSION

EWA AXELRAD // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST By Alfredo Cramerotti >click here to download PDF Ewa Axelrad’s works are connected to specific spaces, functioning as place responsive interventions. Treating the space actively, and emphasizing its context, her work refers to personal stories and collective memory. Devoid of an original context, the artworks are at once[…]

SHADOW SHIFT

AFRUZ AMIGHI // ECHO’S CHAMBER By Kostas Prapoglou >click here to download PDF Afruz Amighi is an Iranian-American sculptor and installation artist based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, she received the Jameel Prize for Middle Eastern Contemporary Art, an award by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for her work 1001 Pages (2008),[…]

AFRUZ AMIGHI // ECHO’S CHAMBER

by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Afruz Amighi’s visual vocabulary lies somewhere between light and shadow, between the real and the ethereal. The first solo show in the UK of the Iranian-American artist at Sophia Contemporary Gallery in London features nine new wall sculptures, all made by materials that the artist has been meticulously collecting throughout the[…]

FACE VALUE // TRANSMEDIALE 2018

by Vanessa Gravenor First ponderings of the 2018 transmediale Face Value: Bill Viola is present. [1] Viola, who started his career in the 70’s with experimental films, has become known for conflating digitally with ornate, grandiose experiences. The Greeting (1995), for example, shows a slow-motion digital adaptation of the Visitation by Italian Mannerist Jacopo Pontormo. Viola[…]

4 SAINTS IN 3 ACTS—A SNAPSHOT OF THE AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE // THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY

by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Over eighty rare and unseen photographs from behind the scenes, as well as cast portraits, from the opera Four Saints in Three Acts comprise the exhibition 4 Saints in 3 Acts—A Snapshot of the American Avant-Garde currently on view at the Photographers’ Gallery in London. The exhibition sheds light on the[…]

LOUIS REITH // STO AND AND O

By Ryan Filchak Born in Hengelo, a small town in the Netherlands, artist Louis Reith (b. 1983) sources printed material and typographic forms to achieve a sharp, stylized approach to collage. A graduate of the Academy for Art and Industry in Enschede, Reith’s crisp compositions balance the mechanical and the natural, the figurative and the[…]

XUZHEN SUPERMARKET // SADIE COLES HQ

by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Xu Zhen’s XUZHEN Supermarket (2007/2017) features a what it seems at first glance as a conventional and one of the many in the area Chinese supermarket stores situated at the ground floor space of Sadie Coles HQ in London’s West End. Although visitors are invited to purchase authentic packaged merchandise from[…]

MARTIN PURYEAR // PARASOL UNIT, LONDON, UK

by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Martin Puryear’s (b.1941) first solo show in a public institution in London embraces a survey of almost four decades of artistic production. His first solo exhibition, which took place in 1968 at Gröna Palletten Galleri when he was studying printmaking at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, was[…]

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),[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]