Art Seen: International

PATRICK BERNATCHEZ // LES TEMPS INACHEVÉS                          

by Tina Gelsomini At the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, an unbearably bright white room holds Lost in Time/Murcof (2014), a spinning vinyl record on a player looping the soundtrack to Patrick Bernatchez’s film Lost in Time. The haunting sound reverberates off of the empty gallery walls, functioning as a gateway; installed in a side[…]

HOME GROUND: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION

by Hiba Ali Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki in modernist style, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario opened to the public in 2014. Their most recent exhibition, Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation, which closed earlier this month, featured twelve artists from the collection whose work depicts the transformative and unsettling[…]

SANCTUM // THEASTER GATES

by Ben Hoare Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates presented his first public project in the UK in the fall of 2015. Invited by Situations, a Bristol based public arts production company, Gates conceived of Sanctum—a continuous performance running 24 hours a day for 24 days from October through November—in a temporary architectural intervention within the bombed[…]

JOHN STEZAKER // THE TRUTH OF MASKS

In Conversation with Stephanie Cristello For British photographer John Stezaker, the truth happens on stage. While contained within the plane of the photograph, his sharp and precise compositions exact a world that exists just outside of the image—at once materially secular and trans-substantially sublime. For him, the conversation about the image is elsewhere; the photograph[…]

JONAS WOOD // GAGOSIAN GALLERY

by Kostas Prapoglou The exhibition of American artist Jonas Wood at Gagosian gallery’s Britannia Street space is his first solo show in London. It encompasses a series of just under twenty new oil and acrylic on canvas and gouache and colored pencil on paper works. Ranging from very large to smaller sizes, Wood’s paintings are[…]

PREM SAHIB // INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON

by Kostas Prapoglou Prem Sahib is one of those young artists that since graduating have dynamically taken over the British capital by storm. His show Side On at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London is the latest of a series of shows since he graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2013. Spanning[…]

Chicago Art Critics Forum

Saturday, November 21, 12:00–3:00pm Kavi Gupta | 219 N. Elizabeth Street Chicago, IL 60607 THE SEEN and EXPO CHICAGO, in collaboration with editions | Kavi Gupta, present the Chicago Art Critics Forum, convening writers living and working in the city to discuss current issues, topics on contemporary criticism, and encourage attending writers to network and[…]

TETSUMI KUDO // HAUSER & WIRTH

by Kostas Prapoglou We rarely see Hauser & Wirth’s North Gallery in Savile Row totally transformed and freed from its white cube aesthetics. The exhibition of works of Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo (1935-1990) organized with Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York resembles the healthy and natural habitat of an organic shop, but with a disturbing[…]

KATHY CLARK // REYKJAVIK MUSEUM OF ART

by Kate Pollasch The canonical childhood “Teddy bear” originated, in part, from the story of President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s mercy, as he compassionately refused the chance to kill a bound black bear on a hunting trip in Mississippi. The heroic tail of non-violence was immortalized shortly after its happening in a Washington Post article, evolving[…]

NEON FOUNDATION // TERRAPOLIS

by Kostas Prapoglou download printable PDF from Issue 01 One hundred and sixty-nine years since its foundation by King Louis-Philippe I, the French School at Athens is the oldest of the seventeen foreign archaeological institutes in Greece. The institution has explored and studied Hellenism and antiquity through excavations and systematic methodology practices in the analysis[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTISTS // BGL

by Tina Gelsomini download printable PDF from Issue 01 Something of the magical and humid Mediterranean atmosphere fills the air. As you wander through the lush paths surrounding the select national pavilions in the giardini, you happen on a rather opposing structure. It is supported by long metal beams; to the left, its entrance is[…]

LUIGI ONTANI // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

by Sara Rella download printable PDF from Issue 01 The Sublimation of the Self  I perceive the action of entering the world of a creative mind with questions related to its work as a hazard, the type of hazard that comes along with a sort of excitement—do you really want me to try to unveil[…]

HAMBURGER BAHNHOF // BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

by Caroline Picard download the printable PDF from Issue 01 Finding Black Mountain: A Working Model For Sensible Members of Society The idea of Black Mountain College has baited my imagination since it first emerged into my experience—an accidental and auxiliary reference—from the otherwise vast sea of culture. The college came up periodically thereafter, breaching[…]

ON CAMOUFLAGE // THE BATTLE OF IMAGES NOW AND THEN

by Gan Uyeda download printable PDF from Issue 01 The resurgence of camouflage: camo is trending, again. As one fashion director put it, “camo is the trick birthday candle of patterns; you think it’s gone out, it starts back up again.”1 Within a society of complete visuality and visibility, it has become more and more[…]

SUNG TIEU // VIEWS FROM THE 10

By Adam Carr download printable PDF from Issue 01 Sung Tieu was born in Vietnam and raised in Germany. Her work addresses the discourse surrounding topics such as cultural hegemony, class, and the gendered or racialized aspects to how we respond to imagery in a visualized world. Questions on how our reactions to the image[…]

GUILLAUME DÉSANGES // PROFILE OF THE CURATOR

by Ruslana Lichtzier download printable PDF from Issue 01 Guillaume Désanges is an independent French curator and art critic. Visiting Chicago this fall to initiate the first residency of his ongoing project in the South Side of Chicago, the Méthode Room, in collaboration with Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation, Désanges’ French Pavilion will accommodate cultural practitioners[…]

DAVID ADJAYE // A SPACE FOR UNTOLD STORIES

by Tara Plath download printable PDF from Issue 01 In September of 2013, I found myself on a public bus in Warsaw, Poland, listening to the tiny reverberations of Kanye West’s recently released “New Slaves” coming from the headphones of a young Polish man beside me. The purpose of my trip to Warsaw was to[…]

TIME ISLANDS AND SPACE ISLANDS // DIANGO HERNÁNDEZ

by Alfredo Cramerotti download printable PDF from Issue 01 Diango Hernández’s artistic practice and sculptural constructions are directly related to his biography, upbringing, and socialization. Born in 1970 in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, Hernández lived in the Caribbean island nation until 2003. He maintains his Cuban citizenship and still regularly visits the country. From 1988 until[…]

AMIE SIEGEL // MUSEUM FÜR ANGEWANDTE KUNST

by Heather Findling download the printable PDF from Issue 01 There is a strong comparison to be made between the temporary exhibition, Provenance, by artist Amie Siegel, currently on view at the Museum für angewandte Kunst’s (MAK), and the location in which the films are set—inside the permanent exhibition of the museum’s Vienna 1900 collection.[…]

GEORG BASELITZ & PAUL MCCARTHY // GEORGE ECONOMOU COLLECTION

by Kostas Prapoglou  From a first reading, the work of American artist Paul McCarthy (b.1945) and that of German artist Georg Baselitz (b.1938) might seem quite far apart. But this is not quite the case. Inbetween, the exhibition presented by the George Economou Collection at its impressive private gallery space in Athens, Greece, focuses on these[…]

PROFILE OF THE CURATOR // INTERVIEW WITH MARIE FRASER

In conversation with Tina Gelsomini Marie Fraser is a powerhouse. Before nabbing the esteemed role of Canadian Pavilion exhibition curator at the 56th Venice Biennale, Fraser guided the Museé d’art contemporain de Montréal through several decorated years as chief exhibition curator from 2010 to 2013. She has curated some 30 exhibitions in her native Quebec,[…]

GEORGIA SAGRI // KW INSTITUTE BERLIN

By Vanessa Gravenor  My First Science Fiction Book, Religion Upon first entering Georgia Sagri’s My First Science Fiction Book, Religion on view during the Berliner Festspiel at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, one notices a cluster of bodies arranged within a baroque composition. Playing instruments in unison, these individuals create cacophonous, overlapping noises:[…]

PROFILE OF THE COLLECTOR // HAMPUS LINDWALL

In Conversation with Dominique Moulon Hampus Lindwall is a contemporary art collector — what makes him stand out is his collection, which consists primarily of artworks that engage digital practices or culture. Dominique Moulon: You own URL artworks that are very fortunately accessible to all online, but then how do you claim any sort of[…]

DESTE PRIZE // MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART, ATHENS

by Kostas Prapoglou The DESTE prize exhibition, organized by DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art in Athens, is known as the biannual event promoting young and emerging Greek and Cypriot artists—the six artists shortlisted by a Selection Committee showcase their body of work at the Museum of Cycladic Art for four months. The prize of 10,000[…]