Art Seen: International

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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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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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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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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[…]

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CAMILLE BLATRIX // MELANCHOLY AND ITS DISCONTENTS

by Alfredo Cramerotti click here to download PDF This conversation with Paris-based artist Camille Blatrix took place after an exhibition that happened in Summer 2015 at MOSTYN in Wales, his first institutional solo show in the UK. His work, based on a deep and thorough understanding of materials, processes and studio practice, develops in the[…]

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SHARON LOCKHART // RUDZIENKO

by Susan Snodgrass click here to download PDF In Sharon Lockhart’s newest film Rudzienko (2016), teenage girls cope with the anxieties of adolescence—fear, loneliness, distrust, self-doubt, parental misunderstanding, the longing for friendship and love—while reconnecting to the lost vestiges of childhood. Set amidst the quietude of the open fields and woods of Rudzienko, a small[…]

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9TH BERLIN BIENNALE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

by Vanessa Gravenor An excess of images, inebriated with shine, a hat on fire, make America great—again. We are all familiar with these image products—commercial narrative arches that manipulate us to feel empathetic consumption. Yet, what happens when you curate this type of Internet culture, cat meme galore, into a Biennale whose excess begins to[…]

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SOCRATIS SOCRATOUS // POINT CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

In Conversation with Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Conveying cogent metaphors of an island’s historico-political mythologies, Casts of an island (2016), is the solo exhibition by Cypriot-born, Athens-based artist Socratis Socratous, currently on view at Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus. Rendering the debris of a unified landscape disengaged from physical borders and manmade restraints,[…]

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KATJA NOVITSKOVA // KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG

by Vanessa Gravenor “All you get is light/ but light is actually a lot.” This is the statement written in the press catalog for Dawn Mission (2016), Katja Novitskova’s first solo exhibition, on view at the Kunstverein Hamburg. Novitskova, whose sculptures reconstruct images sourced from the Internet into a minimalist performative space, is a figure[…]

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AI WEIWEI // MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART, ATHENS

by Dr Kostas Prapoglou Since the start of the refugee crisis in Europe, and especially for the situation involving the Aegean islands, Ai Weiwei at Cycladic, presented at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, partly generates a new body of work in response to these events. Spanning the two floors of the museum’s older buildings,[…]

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MAGICAL SURFACES: THE UNCANNY IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY // PARASOL UNIT, LONDON

By Dr. Kostas Prapoglou Magical Surfaces: The Uncanny in Contemporary Photography is the new exhibition at Parasol Unit Foundation For Contemporary Art, featuring the works of seven photographers belonging to two different generations. Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld were both born in the 1940s whereas Jörg Sasse, Elger Esser, Sonja Braas, David Claerbout and Julie[…]

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ELMGREEN & DRAGSET: POWERLESS STRUCTURES // TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART

By Sarah Peguine Visitors to the Tel Aviv Museum might miss the artwork welcoming them at the entrance hall of the museum’s new building, “Donation Box” 2006 by Elmgreen & Dragset is a transparent glass box placed on a plinth, a donation box that can commonly be found in various establishments. The exhibition is part of[…]

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH CÉLESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT

By Tina Gelsomini —To read the feature in Issue 02 in print of THE SEEN, click here— French contemporary artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has been creating installations for over two decades. The artists’ works, which play upon his experience as a composer and longtime passion with experimental music, create ethereal worlds of sight and sound. One[…]

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MICHAEL JOO // BLAIN|SOUTHERN, LONDON

By Dr Kostas Prapoglou The new body of work by New York-based artist Michael Joo demonstrates an intricate artistic practice certainly not easily bypassed. Entitled Radiohalo, this solo show, presented at Blain|Southern gallery in London, dissects notions of human hypostasis, presence and absence, energy consumption, nature and environment. All are filtered through the spectrum of[…]

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MARINELLA SENATORE // THE SLEEPLESS PERFORMER

In Conversation with Alfredo Cramerotti download printable pdf The conversation between writer Alfredo Cramerotti and Paris-based artist Marinella Senatore took place while working together towards an exhibition scheduled for Summer–Fall 2016 at MOSTYN, her first institutional solo show in the UK. Her past work has involved thousands of participants, sometimes entire communities—from a Harlem neighborhood[…]

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JAN FABRE // ANGEL OF METAMORPHOSIS

In Conversation with Kostas Prapoglou download printable pdf Belgian artist Jan Fabre is internationally known for his multidisciplinary practice that encompasses painting, sculpture, video, site-specific public installations, and performance. His work has been presented at numerous museums, among them the MAXXI in Rome, where he presented his seminal work Stigmata, Actions and Performances (1976–2013), and[…]