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Highlights from Frieze London 2014
The 12th edition of contemporary art fair Frieze London took place last week at the always manicured and picturesque Regent’s Park in central London. With a massive selection of galleries as well as live events and talks, visitors were treated to...
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Guns & Rain Brings African Art to the World
Creativity exists throughout the world. Global centers like Paris, London and New York have long served as geographic and cultural gatekeepers for the fine art world, but the internet is gaining momentum on democratizing the international scope of...
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Contemporary Art at Le Méridien Chambers
Some boutique hotels seem to add artwork to the lobby as an afterthought for sheer novelty. Real estate magnate Ralph Burnet (of Coldwell Banker Burnet), however, has been merging artwork and service for a unique experience since 2006, when he founded...
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Unseen Photo Fair 2014: Obscuring The Human Form
Now in its third year, Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair is a veritable artistic force. Housed in a former gasworks, the impressive selection shows that while the world may be drowning in images, when expertly curated, it's still an enlightening medium...
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The Influence of Furniture on Love
Economist John Maynard Keynes isn’t necessarily the sort of person you think would inspire a contemporary art show—even if he did hang out with the Bloomsbury Group. But at the Wysing Arts Centre outside Keynes’ hometown of Cambridge, a new exhibition...
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Doug Aitken: Still Life
The white walls of Doug Aitken’s new show "Still Life" at LA's Regen Projects appear to have been ravaged by an earthquake or some other natural disaster. The multimedia artist created his sculptural works with vivid photographs, LED lights, gleaming...
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In the Garden of Sonic Delights, Katonah
Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts, a sprawling country estate, is known for its outdoor classical and opera offerings—befitting the quiet Westchester town in which it's located. Though Katonah, NY is just over an hour's drive from the city, the...
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Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies
A few years ago, an unusual map of Africa began gaining traction throughout the internet. It showed that the continent is, in fact, larger than the United States, China, Japan, India and all of Europe combined. This realization surprised the many...
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Jennifer Abessira: We Live as We Dream—Alone
by Ross Belfer It’s difficult to pinpoint the precise inspiration behind Jennifer Abessira's artwork. Collagist, observer, anachronistic collector, photographer, mixed-media artist—Abessira is influenced by and works with almost everything and anything...
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Art Basel 2014: 14 Rooms
One of the highlights of Art Basel 2014 is an exhibition neatly tucked behind the main halls in a smaller gallery. "14 Rooms" is curated by current art-world darling Hans-Ulrich Obrist of London's Serpentine Gallery and Klaus Biesenbach of MoMA...
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Kate Steciw's Manipulated Stock Images
In her first solo exhibition in Germany, artist Kate Steciw manipulates a very limited number of stock images into unique layered compositions, blurring the line between representation and abstraction. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-born and now Brooklyn...
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The Journal at Venus Over Manhattan
Far away from the Chelsea and Upper East Side galleries, The Journal Gallery in Williamsburg continues to beckon collectors and admirers with promises of the next big thing. Names like Dan Colen, Chris Martin and Rita Ackermann are the foundation...
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Alex da Corte's Delirium I Exhibition
The talented Alex da Corte (who was born in New Jersey and lived Caracas, Venezuela for some of his childhood) says that his stunning new show "Delirium I" is an adaptation of "A Season in Hell"—a poem written by Arthur Rimbaud, a fascinating mid...
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Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz
Founded by artists and collectors back in 1994, Juxtapoz magazine has remained a significant publication and a true champion of the contemporary art world—and those who keep it spinning. Created as the antithesis of the stuffy, old-fashioned scene...
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Gallery ALL, Los Angeles
The impact of Ai Weiwei’s conceptual works has been immensely responsible for the growing understanding of his personal plight—and that of other artists—in a censored society. Even in these circumstances, artists and designers in China continue to...
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Gehard Demetz: The Invocation
Gehard Demetz could perhaps be called a modern-day Geppetto—but instead of woodcarving puppets with curiously growing noses, he creates lifelike limewood sculptures of children that captivate as much as they unsettle. Each child holds a special object...
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Craig Dorety: Division
Opening on Saturday, 19 April 2014 at Oakland's Johansson Projects is an exhibition of hypnotic sculpture animations that will have your eyes watering—after you realize you haven't blinked in a few minutes. In "Division," San Francisco-based artist...
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Charged: Sougwen Chung
Sougwen Chung has always had an affinity for computers and digital technology. The artist had her first website at the age of ten—"an oddly personal site," she recalls. In addition to the language of code, Chung is also conversant in music. Her father...
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Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production
Xu Zhen is a pioneer within Chinese underground contemporary art and an influential figure in Shanghai's scene. In 1998, along with Davide Quadrio, he founded Bizart in Shanghai, a platform to support local and international artists, which has been...
DESIGN
Art Paris Art Fair 2014: Design
For the third time in Art Paris Art Fair's brief but compelling history, design was showcased alongside contemporary art; enhancing the intrinsic link and blurred lines between the two entities. Exhibited within the fair's ArtDesign platform, the range...
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Art Paris 2014: Chinese Talent
As France and China celebrate the 50th anniversary of their state relations, Art Paris 2014 (27-30 March at the Grand Palais) took the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the ever-evolving Chinese art scene. Around 90 artists were on show by ten...
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RE:DEFINE
In 2012, 60 Minutes reporter Morley Safer revealed that contemporary art sales had reached $5.5 billion that year from auctions alone. The astonishing number sparked a large debate about the price of art, since its value is mostly based on the...
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Armory Week 2014: Spikes and Speckles
This year's Armory Show brought together a multitude of respected galleries, and the contemporary and modern artwork of the talent they represent. In its 15th year, the show displayed artwork that excelled—and surprises were around every corner. Quite...
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