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CARNET DE VOYAGE, THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, FROM MARSEILLE TO MONACO, AUGUST 2011 by Jeanne Graff

For many, the south of France becomes a site of passage each summer, featuring a fabulous landscape, several motley cities, and a history rich in sojourning personalities– Man Ray, Diaghilev, de Chirico and Moholy-Nagy– all of which were once so many contexts for artistic creation. Today, the south is often considered with a nostalgia which […]

ANARCHISTIC BOY SCOUTS – Squid, The Parallel Action (July to August 2011) at Kunsthall Oslo, Norway by Geir Haraldseth

Alternative modes of education, dealing with strategies of dissemination when it comes to language, knowledge and power, often with an anarchistic tint have become staples of the artistic community since the late ’60s. The Norwegian collective the Parallel Action have offered marathon seminars, stretching over the 37 ½ hours of the weekly workload for a […]

R.H. QUAYTMAN’S SPINE by Alaina Claire Feldman

RH Quaytman’s work, in short, has been comprised of paintings since 2001. Silkscreened photographs and optical abstractions on plywood panels poetically interweave formal narrative, art history, the artist’s history and the history of each painting. These elements are organized then as whole “chapters” where individual works are considered within the context of their serial grouping. […]

KADIST FOUNDATION by Chris Sharp

  As the recently inaugurated San Francisco outpost of Kadist foundation enters its second year of programming, its director Joseph del Pesco was kind enough to discuss the space’s intentions and modus operandi with me. 

GONE WITH THE WIND at Raven Row, London (9.06 – 17.07.2011) by Anja Isabel Schneider

        An exhibition investigating sound art, curated by Ed Baxter, Gone with the Wind pays tribute to the pioneering work of Max Eastley, Takehisa Kosugi, and Walter Marchetti. Despite its overplayed title (here, alluding to one of Eastley’s sound installation employing nature’s forces of wind), the group show offers a compelling selection of recent and […]

NOBODY CAN TELL THE WHY OF IT Curated by Esperanza Rosales at 1857, Oslo (27.05 – 14.08.2011) by Geir Haraldseth

  SET, READY, GO The artist run scene in Oslo has gone haywire during the past few years. New spaces have opened up on a monthly basis and spawned countless versions of a similar mold of the artist run aesthetic. Run-down, all about the party, and with a certain machismo. There’s always an exception and […]

MGM Grand interviewed by Chris Sharp

On the eve of their upcoming performance at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary art, two of the founding members of the itinerant dance company, MGM Grand– short for Modern Garage Movement– Biba Bell and Jmy Leary were kind enough to discuss their recent outing at New York’s The Kitchen, the development of NUT, and the method […]

ANNA OSTOYA, Autopis I, II and III: Notes, Copies and Masterpieces at Galeria Foksal (Warsaw), tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam) and Silberkuppe (Berlin) by Martha Kirszenbaum

  “Autopis: Notes, Copies and Masterpieces” is a multiform traveling exhibition by Polish, New York-based artist Anna Ostoya, presented in three parts and three locations over the past few months. In Warsaw, Amsterdam (curated by Michal Jachula) and more recently Berlin, the artist has developed a singular body of re-appropriated works, organized around a precise […]

STORYTIME by Melissa Marotto

  Brought to us by the culturally and financially rich community of Belgium’s Flemish sector in Brussels, an audience gathered at KaaiStudios for “Angry Girl”.  Presented by WorkSpaceBrussels with text/performance/concept by Anneke Verstraete (BE, 1976), the story-telling performance was a combination of video, voice, and images.  Scenography by Sven Roofthooft offered a reading nook/workspace setting […]

LASER/DISC/SCRATCH/DESTRUCTION by Raphael Montañez Ortiz Curated by Pedro Reyes at Labor, Mexico City (05.04 to 27.05.2011) by Natalia Valencia

  Unconscious integrity  In this exhibition, artist Pedro Reyes stages a moving and coherent homage to Raphael Montañez Ortiz (Born in NYC in 1934, of Puerto Rican, Yaqui and Irish descent), artist, educator and writer, creator of the Destructivist Manifesto (1957) and founder of El Museo del Barrio, who originally became known for his outrageous […]

ROISIN BYRNE at The Goma, Madrid (26.05 to 15.07.2011) by Chris Sharp

  For her first solo show at Madrid’s recently inaugurated galeria The Goma, the Irish London-based Roisin Byrne takes the break-up platitude, “It’s not you it’s me” and perversely stands it on its head. Indeed, the extent to which she perverts this classic, emotional stand-by of well-meaning bullshit is admirable. The opposite of a rupture, […]

LOVE & DEATH: The difficulty of having once loved Woody Allen by Christopher Silva

  It’s hard to let go of one’s heroes. For a geeky teenager growing up in the 90s, contemporary society had little to offer in terms of role models. That is, with one exception: Woody Allen. For the wedgied and oppressed, the universe seemed a little fairer that a skinny kid with glasses and pipe-cleaner […]

ONLINE WILEY by Aliina Astrova

The two minute clip, ‘Ju ju man advert’, created and uploaded by the celebrated UK grime producer Wiley onto his official youtube channel in March, gained over 10,000 views in two months. Half of the screen is occupied by what seems to be a massive pencil drawing of Wiley’s face. He appears in the other […]

KALEIDOSCOPE MIXTAPE #1 by Francesco Tenaglia

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HAROLD ANCART “Sous les palmiers, la plage” at La Chaussette, Brussels by Martha Kirszenbaum

installation view “Sous les palmiers, la plage” There is an imperceptible breath of mystery floating in the air over Brussels’s La Chaussette, where New York-based Belgian artist Harold Ancart presents his first European solo exhibition “Sous les palmiers, la plage”. The first element that catches the viewer’s eye in this exhibition is the chrome-mirrored floor, […]

Aids 3D interviewed by SIMON DENNY

Simon Denny: Part of your practice seems to be concerned with categorization. There is the obvious example of your website to draw on, which divides the material in the main menu by file format. What makes these kind of divisions a relevant point to enter your process? Daniel Keller: I think early on, we organized […]

LE CIRQUE by Melissa Marotto

It is time to talk about the circus.  It’s quite possible that you think circus still lies somewhere between Barnum and Bailey and Cirque du Soleil. As far as the tradition goes, there’s much that lies between, or better yet, outside that realm of circus altogether. More specifically, it is time to talk about contemporary […]

SOCIAL SCULPTURE at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney (02.04 to 18.06.2011) by Anja Isabel Schneider

installation view from Social Sculpture Anna Schwartz Gallery Social Sculpture cannot be dissociated from Joseph Beuys who originally coined the term and went on to inscribe it in a highly political and social context, beyond materiality, with a utopian vision for social transformation. It is also the title of Anna Schwartz Gallery’s current group exhibition […]

STONE SOUP – Esther Kläs and Thomas Fougeirol at C L E A R I N G, New York (9.04 to 16.05.2011) by Lumi Tan

The folk tale of “stone soup” is a familiar one: a beggar comes to the door of a farm house, advertising a magical stone which can produce soup. He asks for just a few ingredients to activate it, and by the end of the story, the farmer’s wife has provided enough of her own goods […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER DOLLAR? Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City (06.04 to 28.05.2011) By Natalia Valencia

A Riddle Exhibition I would argue that one can never know what happened to that missing dollar. This is due to the fact that the existence of that dollar lies in some mental interstice, and those are evasive, mutating spaces. They are conditioned by language, and in the particular case of this exhibition, by intensities […]