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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[…]

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PROFILE OF THE CURATOR // CHRISTIANE PAUL

by Dominique Moulon Christiane Paul is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum. Her most recent books include Context Providers, New Media in the White Cube and Beyond, and Digital Art. At the Whitney Museum, Paul has curated exhibitions[…]

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PROFILE OF THE CURATOR // PAOLA ANTONELLI

by Dominique Moulon Paola Antonelli studied architecture and wrote about design before becoming curator of the Architecture and Design department at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 1994. She has taught at UCLA and Harvard, and is the author of Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design, and co-editor of the exhibition catalogue[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // IAN WEAVER

by Gregory Maher Nostalgia, A Darker Saccharine Nostalgia—the kind that is intimately sewn into the patches of a family quilt—is the force that drives Ian Weaver’s work, and his current exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). The gallery, “like a Kunsthalle,” is white-walled and nondescript, the perfect space to spotlight Weaver’s iconic[…]

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ANOTHER LOOK AT DETROIT // MARIANNE BOESKY & MARLBOROUGH CHELSEA

by Tara Plath Another Look at Detroit, a two-part exhibition currently on view at Marianne Boesky and Marlborough Chelsea, is curator Todd Levin’s heartfelt endeavor to shed a more personal and positive light on a city recently cast into the shadows of bankruptcy. Levin’s selection is far-reaching and diverse, creating a narrative that appears more[…]

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DARA FRIEDMAN // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT

by Alexandra Kadlec At the beginning of Kanye West’s music video Runaway (2010), an unexpectedly poetic scene takes place. West, dapper in a suit and bowtie, starts to tap the keys of a white piano. Slowly, resolutely, the somber notes are sent out, piercing the air one at a time. Within seconds, a troupe of[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST PT II // JULIA WACHTEL

In Conversation with Tara Plath – Read Pt I of the interview here – Julia Wachtel’s most recent solo exhibition was at Elizabeth Dee, and before that at Vilma Gold in London. Across these exhibitions, there has been a lot of focus on Wachtel’s work from the 1980s. Her upcoming exhibition at the Transformer Station with the Cleveland Museum of Art will[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST PT I // JULIA WACHTEL

In Conversation with Tara Plath Julia Wachtel’s most recent solo exhibition was at Elizabeth Dee, and before that at Vilma Gold in London. Across these exhibitions, there has been a lot of focus on Wachtel’s work from the 1980s. Her upcoming exhibition at the Transformer Station with the Cleveland Museum of Art will be ninety percent new work. A few very early[…]

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TARA DONOVAN // PACE GALLERY

by Nadiah Fellah A Closer Look The scent of Tara Donovan’s recent work precedes any sight of it as viewers enter Pace Gallery’s New York space. The distinct, woodsy scent of paper overpowers the galleries, and becomes stronger upon approaching the columnar structure of her large, Untitled sculpture, created entirely from stacked index cards. In[…]

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STERLING RUBY // HAUSER & WIRTH

by Tara Plath Sunrise Sunset I have, until this point, avoided a critical engagement with the work of Sterling Ruby. This was not an intentional action – but more so due to the fact that I had not yet had the opportunity to stand in a room with his work, instead experiencing his massive sculptures[…]

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MARK GROTJAHN // BUTTERFLY PAINTINGS

by Deborah Doering Butterflies – and Grotjahn’s work – may be seen as transformational entities, quite appropriate for new beginnings. Curator Douglas Fogle has selected 15 of Grotjahn’s seminal paintings from public and private collections to illustrate the evolution of the artist’s work, created between 2001–2008, currently on view at Blum & Poe’s inaugural exhibition[…]

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NICOLE EISENMAN // DEAR NEMESIS,

by Stephanie Cristello Open Letter to an Enemy: Nicole Eisenman (1993–2003) When Western painters in the mid-late 1800s imagined the exotic landscape of the East, it was filled with caricature and hyperbole. Style comes into question more in this genre than any other, because the paintings are topical – what you see on the surface,[…]

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JIM HODGES // WALKER ART CENTER

by Patrick G. Putze Give More Than You Take Once in a blue moon, a retrospective of an artist you know very little about comes along and completely sweeps you off your feet. This is the case of The Walker Art Center’s current exhibition entitled Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. The exhibition features[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST PT II // DEB SOKOLOW

In Conversation with Joshua Michael Demaree Part II Read Pt I of the interview here. Posted last week was the first of a two part conversation with Deb Sokolow, contemporary art’s own private detective. Her drawings and artist’s books take the form of exposés, revealing imagined pasts of mystery and intrigue. Her compositions skillfully combine[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST PT I // DEB SOKOLOW

In Conversation with Joshua Michael Demaree Part I Deb Sokolow is the closest thing contemporary art has to a private eye. Her drawings, like a good detective, lay out the plots points of a mystery and allows the viewer to put the pieces together. She has a masterful grasp of the interplay between the visual[…]

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WRITING INTERNATIONALLY // EXPERIENCING EXHIBITIONS ONLINE

A Panel Discussion Organized by THE SEEN Publishing platforms are changing – the transition from print into online is more rapid now than ever. THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Online Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, features in-depth global coverage of exhibitions, artists, and events. An independent editorial affiliate of EXPO CHICAGO, the publication is the[…]

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MARIA LASSNIG // MoMA PS1

by Tara Plath NEW YORK, NY. Maria Lassnig’s current survey at MoMA PS1 invites viewers to contemplate context, whether by intention or not. This invitation is proposed by the very nature of the self-portraits on view by the Vienna painter, born in 1919 and currently living and working in her native city, as well as[…]

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UICA // MERCURIAL SILENCE

by Alexandra Kadlec GRAND RAPIDS, MI. A thin streak of yellow chalk maps an uneven path across the charcoal-gray walls of a darkened gallery room within the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. It recalls a road, the course of a life; the nonlinear, unpredictable journey we are all fated to experience. That the backdrop of[…]

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MONUMENT / ANTI-MONUMENT

by Stephanie Cristello ST. LOUIS, MO. Within the context of public sculpture and installation, a friend and I often talk about the pejorative category of merit-badge art. I have since found myself applying it to almost every context and conversation surrounding public art that I am forced to think about, or address on any higher[…]

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JORDAN WOLFSON // DAVID ZWIRNER

by Stephanie Cristello “Every night I rush to my bed with hopes that maybe I’ll get a chance to see you when I close my eyes[1]” “I want to hold the hand inside you I want to take a breath that’s true[2]” You start at the edge of a long hallway, placing one foot in[…]

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SCOTT REEDER // MOON DUST

by Amber Renaye Interdisciplinary is in. If you’re involved in the art world and someone asks what you do, they are expecting a list, not a title. Scott Reeder has more lists than anyone – some of his lists have advanced into paintings while hundreds, probably thousands more, fill pages of private notebooks, binders, and[…]