Art Seen: National

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CARLOS ROLÓN // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETRIOT

by Sarah Rose Sharp In some respects, the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (2010), permanently located at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, is the perfect staging context for Carlos Rolón’s, known by the moniker Dzine, Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories (2016). A site-specific reprisal of a theme that Rolón has worked on in previous installations, here, the artist’s[…]

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INVISIBLE WOMEN: IN CONVERSATION WITH SHEIDA SOLEIMANI

By Sarah Sharp Orchestrated by guest curator Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman of Playground Detroit, Doubly So at Center Galleries on the College for Creative Studies campus is a four-person show of new work. Featuring four artists—Amalia Soto (aka “Molly Soda”), Sheida Soleimani, Sofia Szamosi, Dessislava Terzieva—the work on view in the exhibition shares the common trait of young female artists deeply[…]

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YESOMI UMOLU // PROFILE OF THE CURATOR

By Gan Uyeda download printable PDF Yesomi Umolu is a Lagos-born, London-raised, Chicago-based curator with a mind for the global. Before holding curatorial positions at the Walker Art Center, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, and the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Umolu studied architecture[…]

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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[…]

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KERRY JAMES MARSHALL // PROFILE OF THE ARTIST

By Caroline Picard download printable pdf “We are not, as we sometimes like to imagine, independent thinkers with our own unique & groovy style of cognition: we have in fact inherited a narrow repertoire of prefab concepts, and we find ourselves thinking as thinking things on highly ramified architectonics of ideas, and along deeply grooved paths of[…]

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FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAY

By Tara Plath download printable pdf Gestures of Reference Depictions of art and artists in film and television are almost never flattering, and can often border on making a mockery of the troubled artist, the suave collector, the prim gallerist, the unknowable abstract painting, or romanticized portraiture. But then what to make of the mimicry[…]

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THE INTERVIEW: RED, RED, FUTURE

By Ruslana Lichtzier download printable PDF A Missed Call Since the 1910 Thomas Edison movie “A Trip To Mars,” Orson Wells’ radio-drama “The War of the Worlds,” in 1938, to Ridley Scott’s 2015 film “The Martian,” modern culture has manifested a preoccupation with the planet Mars. THE INTERVIEW: RED, RED FUTURE, a solo exhibition at[…]

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LAURA POITRAS: ASTRO NOISE // WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

By Joel Kuennen download printable PDF Freedom Lost. Freedom Transformed. I am fighting, but they’ve gotten inside so that I don’t know if anyplace is private. If anyplace is safe. I’m trying to keep this new flat off the radar, so no phone, no connecting to the Internet without Tor. I’ve created my own isolation,[…]

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MARCEL BROODTHAERS: A RETROSPECTIVE // MOMA

By Anastasia Karpova Tinari download printable pdf At the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, a mock Congolese village complete with performing Africans was installed, intending to provide Belgians a glimpse of their colony, a backward ethnographic presentation described today as a “Human Zoo.” This phenomenon came from a long tradition of installations at World’s Fairs, inaugurated[…]

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WALID RAAD // MoMA

by Tara Plath This text is (here and there) a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. This small print follows the text of Lebanese artist Walid Raad’s[…]

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MUSEUM OF ARTS & DESIGN // INTERVIEW WITH SHANNON STRATTON

In Conversation with Tara Plath Shannon Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York.  Prior to her posting, Stratton was the Executive Director for Threewalls, a non-profit organization in Chicago, where she still sits on the Executive Board (see: Jeffreen M. Hayes appointed at[…]

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CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES: IN A WORD // INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART PHILADELPHIA

by Joshua Demaree “All these are the days my friends and these are the days my friends.. It could get some wind for the sailboat. And it could get for it is. It could get the railroad for these workers. It could get for it is were. It could be a balloon. It could be[…]

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THE HAIRY WHO // REFRAMING REBELLION

by Kate Pollasch download printable PDF from Issue 01 My thoughts begin in the bathroom. Not in the bathrooms that house stalls with their juvenile jokes, love notes, and graffiti scrawled on their walls, but in Roger Brown’s second floor bathroom, now preserved as a house museum, at the Roger Brown Study Collection. Walk up[…]

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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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KAHLIL JOSEPH: DOUBLE CONSCIENCE // MOCA LOS ANGELES

by Natalie Hegert Nothing could have prepared me for how beautiful it was. Kahlil Joseph’s m.A.A.d. is cyclical, looping through climax and denouement like a smooth ride through day and night, light and dark, positive and negative, life and death. With a split screen video installed in an open V in the corner of the[…]

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HITO STEYERL // ARTISTS SPACE

by Vanessa Gravenor Hito Steyerl‘s practice encompasses theory, criticism, performance, lectures, and film essays. Her angle of criticism ranges from Kantian philosophy to pop culture humor. Within the zone of the web—Steyerl’s site in question—images transform into dialogues, are proliferated with violence, but are cast within deceptively platonic tumblr exteriors within the blogosphere. Steyerl’s videos take[…]

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FRAMING FRAKTUR: WORD & IMAGE // FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA

by Joshua Michael Demaree The connection between word and image is as old as the need to communicate and commemorate. Certainly the first link was communication: “This image of a deer I drew is, in fact, the deer you killed the other day to feed us all,” thought the first artist. While it is unlikely[…]

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ART OF THE LIVED EXPERIMENT // UICA

by Alexandra Kadlec Novelist Paul Auster once remarked, “Changing your mind is probably one of the most beautiful things people can do.” The promise inhabiting this statement can be read as the driving force behind Art of the Lived Experiment (ALE), the international, multi-venue exhibition arriving in Grand Rapids this month. Featuring visual and performance[…]

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BARBARA KASTEN: STAGES // ICA PHILADELPHIA

by Joshua Michael Demaree Photographer Barbara Kasten’s work is like a jolt of electricity to the eye. Her signature pieces that feature the fragmentation of form coupled with a studied use of color is instantly striking, capturing the eye’s attention even thirty years after their creation. But it is her craftsmanship, her powerful control of[…]

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POWER OBJECTS // UICA

by Alexandra Kadlec The impact of a work of art is often revealed in subtleties. For collectors Josh Rogers and Lesley Weisenbacher, the experience of art—and where its power lies—is both tactile and elusive. In this context, art making itself becomes an act of ritual; or as Gerhard Richter, whose thickly textured paintings draw the[…]

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GLENN KAINO // HONOR FRASER

by Natalie Hegert Labyrinths A day of dense, low-lying fog finally succumbed to heavy rainfall over the city of Los Angeles. As we danced around the puddles, making our way up La Cienaga Boulevard to Honor Fraser, I paused to look down at the canal (which I later learned is called Ballona Creek, a relatively[…]

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DAVID WEISS // SWISS INSTITUTE

by Tara Plath Something Sinister The collection of works on paper by Swiss artist David Weiss, most prominently known as half of the collaboration Fischili/Weiss, grant the viewer fresh insight into the artist’s process and interests. Where Fischili and Weiss’ more popular work together rests on odd-ball conceptualism and often playful compositions of found material in[…]

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REPRESENT: 200 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART

by Joshua Michael Demaree The noblest of tasks, even if they fail, carry with them some modicum of respect. It is a “shoot for the moon” scenario: all uphill, constant drag, go, go, go. Regardless of the outcome, if the goal is righteous, then the process is too. Setting out to represent the whole of[…]

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PIERRE HUYGHE // LACMA

By Natalie Hegert Finding Human As we sidled up to a parking spot just off Wilshire Boulevard, I saw a white dog on a leash out of the corner of my eye, taking care of business, as dogs are wont to do out on public sidewalks. Opening the passenger door I got a better look[…]