Art Seen: National

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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[…]

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ROTHKO RESTORED // HARVARD ART MUSEUMS

by Tara Plath The Harvard Art Museums’ inaugural exhibitions following a massive renovation by renowned architect Renzo Piano includes an incredible presentation of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, enormous canvases made specifically for the Harvard Campus in 1961-62. After decades of degradation and wear, the canvases were de-installed in 1979 and put in storage. Their rich[…]

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NEW MUSEUM // CHRIS OFILI

by Tara Plath Violent Voyeurism Eyes meet image, quickly scanning over the subtleties and ignoring details to affirm your initial judgment. Then you take a step closer, and the image gives way to texture—painted dots like beads that shape their figure’s faces, fingers, Afros, breasts, or penis. Texture gives way once more, to medium—either glitter[…]

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ELIZABETH DEE // GABRIELE BEVERIDGE

by Stephanie Cristello Mystic Minimalism Gabriele Beveridge’s exhibition, Gold Diamond Park, currently on view at Elizabeth Dee, is an important aesthetic move toward redefining minimalism in the twenty-first century. Mining all the hot tropes right now, which have since broke their way into contemporary pop culture—Health Goth in particular—Beveridge creates an environment for the moment.[…]

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REGEN PROJECTS // LIZZIE FITCH & RYAN TRECARTIN

by Natalie Hegert Animation Abuse “You might in touch with… end up… the source… What?” The girl speaking drunkenly rolls in her chair. She tries again, slurring. “You might end up in touch with the source.” She repeats this sentence a few times for emphasis, exaggerating and lengthening her pronunciation. “You might… end up… in[…]

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PROSPECT 3 // INTERVIEW WITH FRANKLIN SIRMANS

by Maria Avila Risolute Prospect, the New Orleans biennial, is now in its third chapter–reflecting the city’s rich cultural breadth with a wide array of exhibitions and performances. Like so many metropolitan areas, there are many different neighborhoods, and each make up a very different climate. Between historical significance and the work of some of[…]

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David Scanavino // Profile of the Artist

In Conversation with Tara Plath David Scanavino‘s most recent exhibition is Imperial Texture at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He was exhibited in the group exhibition Walk-Ins Welcome at Marlborough on the Lower East Side. Originally a painter, Scanavino’s work has been moving increasingly towards installation and sculpture that overlays a formal painting vocabulary onto site-specific[…]

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PROFILE OF THE COLLECTOR // RYAN KORTMAN

by Alexandra Kadlec A few weeks out from his debut exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Ryan Kortman is feeling a little more vulnerable than anticipated. The sensation is akin to what a novelist feels on the eve of her book’s publication, what an artist experiences before his gallery opening—whether for the[…]

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TWENTY FIVE ARTISTS, FIVE CURATORS // 5 x 5

by Tara Plath The D.C. public art initiative 5×5 kicked off this September, produced by the D.C. Commission of Arts and Humanities, providing us with a rich ground for conversation about the possibilities and challenges of public art. It is not an easy task to have a constructive and critical dialogue about public art. The[…]