Art Seen: International

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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.[…]

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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[…]

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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,[…]

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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:[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

THE SEEN Issue 01

Announcing Issue 01: This September

  We’re going to print. After 21 successful online monthly issues, THE SEEN is launching Issue 01 in print this September. The full-color, oversize journal will be produced as a limited-edition 5,000 count run. With Staff Writers reporting from around the world, each issue of THE SEEN features in-depth writing on contemporary art, as well as[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // INTERVIEW WITH LUIGI ONTANI

In Conversation with Sara Rella 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 to try to unveil it through words? When[…]

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ARMENIAN PAVILION, VENICE BIENNALE // INTERVIEW WITH AIKATERINI GEGISIAN

In Coversation with Kostas Prapoglou The National Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia is this year’s Golden Lion award winner of the 56th Venice Biennale. Entitled Armenity—a term inspired by the diaspora of Armenian artists and intellectuals around the world—the pavilion embraces the work of eighteen contemporary artists, all of which are descendants of Armenian[…]

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ROBERT WILSON // BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERY

by Kostas Prapoglou Video Portraits of Lady Gaga is the much talked about exhibition conceived and created by the multi-titled American sculptor, painter, stage director, playwright, choreographer, performer, and video artist Robert Wilson. Initially shot in October 2013 in London, the works premiered the following month at the Louvre Museum in Paris as part of[…]

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DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO // DIA

by Robin Dluzen With black-and-white photos of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo side-by-side in studio attire or lip-locked in an intimate embrace, the marketing for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts would have one believing that the artists’ romance is at the center of the exhibition. The mainstream[…]

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DORIS SALCEDO // MCA CHICAGO

by Giovanni Aloi  Under the Skin Silence—this is the overpowering impression that haunts viewers walking through the galleries of Columbian-born artist Doris Salcedo’s work, which just recently closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Salcedo’s sculptures reverberate like the calm after the storm—they stand like ruins—memories of events and people that have tragically[…]

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ANRI SALA // THE PRESENT MOMENT

by Vanessa Gravenor Anri Sala’s The Present Moment, currently on view at the Haus der Kunst Munich, re-performs and dissects a late Romantic composition by Arnold Schoenberg in a 19-channel sound system, and a single channel video projection. “Transfigured Night,” a sextet composed as chamber music, was composed for an intimate setting. Taken out of[…]

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BARTHÉLÉMY TOGUO // GALERIE SAMUEL LALLOUZ

by Vanessa Gravenor Barthélémy Toguo’s Africa, currently on view at Galerie Samuel Lallouz in Montréal, plays with the notion of black travel and black exchange in the global market. Through his practice, and poignantly in this exhibition, Toguo mixes Arte Povera actions with African folk aesthetics to suggest the mobility of bodies across different times[…]

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MARTIN CREED // KAPPATOS GALLERY, ATHENS

by Kostas Prapoglou Like Water At A Buffet is the title of Martin Creed’s current exhibition at the Kappatos Gallery Art Residency program in Athens, Greece. The British artist was invited to stay for nearly a month to explore Greek culture, and present his response with a solo show. Spanning the gallery, Creed’s works incorporate[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // URSULA BIEMANN

by Vanessa Gravenor Reversing Information Flows: Forest Law and Deep Weather Ursula Biemann is a Swiss video artist whose work focuses on the neocolonialist, exploitation of resources, with all its deleterious affects on the Global South. Within her video essayist practice, Biemann contends with the value of the body—its eradication to what Giorgio Agamben calls[…]