Art Seen: International

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

CÉLESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT // MIRACULOUS LIVING SOUND AND WILD NOISE

By Tina Gelsomini download printable pdf “My work is meant to unfold as an encounter,” Céleste Boursier-Mougenot tells me in our interview, which took place in February of 2016. The French artist, who is a trained musician and composer, has been creating installations for over two decades—since he left Side One Posthume Théâtre, in 1994—to begin[…]

ON APOLOGY // THE UNCERTAINTY OF SAYING SORRY IN CONTEMPORARY ART

By Paul Smith download printable pdf In the late months of 2015, a proliferation of apologies in the form of popular music was introduced into the public sphere. This pop ‘key’ was not only a defining form of post-confessional pleading, but also an audible phenomenon—the sound of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Adele’s “Hello” (both released[…]

MARY HEILMANN // EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

By Terry R. Myers download printable pdf Anyone who knows her knows that there is something about Mary Heilmann. There is also something about her work that has provoked no less than four significant survey exhibitions in the past thirteen years: All Tomorrow’s Parties (2003), To Be Someone (2007–09), Good Vibrations (2012–13), and, soon, Looking at Pictures,[…]

PLURAL POP // TATE MODERN, WALKER ART CENTER, MCA CHICAGO

By Stephanie Cristello download printable pdf You know the cover by heart. The colors of their suits unfold from left to right in the only way they could; bright yellow, piercing pink, neon blue, to tangerine crimson—a picture perfect display of regalia, their names spelled out in flowers. The surrounding crowd, collaged and tightly pressed[…]

ISSUE 02 // PREVIEW TITLES

Under the Cover. THE SEEN announces the Spring / Summer Preview Titles launching Issue 02 in print this April. The full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 5,000 count run available for distribution at multiple public locations throughout the city of Chicago. With Staff Writers reporting from around the world, each issue of THE SEEN features in-depth[…]

GILBERT & GEORGE // WHITE CUBE BERMONDSEY LONDON

by Kostas Prapoglou Gilbert & George’s current exhibition at White Cube in Bermondsey, entitled THE BANNERS, entails a series of ten new works, each of which is duplicated three times and colonizes the whole of the gallery space. Evocative of protest banners, all thirty watercolor paper mounted on linen works follow the same template and[…]

SIMON DENNY // SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY

by Kostas Prapoglou Having developed a profound interest in the culture of hacking, the perplexed world of computer programming and information technology, New Zealand artist Simon Denny has taken over the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in order to convey these fascinations to the London audience. Entitled Products for Organising, the show spans the entire space of[…]