Art Seen: International

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[…]

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[…]