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Apr 10 2014

Concrete Love

by Jen Kwok
Concrete Love
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Apr 09 2014

Taking Chances: Christian Boltanski at Carriageworks

by Michael Young
Taking Chances: Christian Boltanski at Carriageworks

Installations seem to grow ever more bloated in size in direct correlation to the thinness of a work’s conceptual framework. Paris-based artist Christian Boltanski’s Chance (2011), which was installed at Sydney’s Carriageworks up until last month as part of this year’s Sydney Festival, is no exception. Filling the length of the inner-city art space’s foyer, 16 tons of special scaffolding ran a continuous loop of 400 baby photographs, culled from the birth announcements of Polish newspapers, printed on reams of paper, reminiscent of a newspaper printing press. Occasionally a bell sounded and the whole process would grind to a temporary halt, only to start again with a second sounding of the bell.

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Apr 04 2014

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Whitney Biennial 2014

by Lilly Lampe
Different Strokes for Different Folks: Whitney Biennial 2014

The last Whitney Biennial to take place in the museum’s iconic modernist building on 75th street has met with some criticism due to the decision to divide the exhibition into floors—each curator given one each—rather than maintaining an overarching theme.  The result, however, benefits the viewer who is given the opportunity for comparison between the three curators—Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle Grabner—who inevitably exhibit different styles and methodologies. This element of comparison, overall, enlivens the biennial, making the tripartite show stimulating in a multitude of ways. Below is a brief overview of the Whitney Biennial 2014’s diverse selection.

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Mar 31 2014

Chinese Artists Fire Up the Armory

by Claire Sabel
Chinese Artists Fire Up the Armory

Contemporary Chinese art was the undisputed belle of the ball at this year’s Armory Show. The largest art fair in New York hosted 205 galleries from around the world, including 17 from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. The Armory’s “Focus” section, now in its fifth year, highlighted three decades of contemporary Chinese art, under the discerning eye of curator Philip Tinari, the Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Clustered along the corridor connecting the modern section of the fair to the contemporary one, fairgoers could not transition between the two periods without encountering the many facets of the Chinese art scene—which, as Tinari emphasized, is making its own inroads too often overlooked by Western audiences. The following are some of the fair’s highlights from ArtAsiaPacific.

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Mar 27 2014

Concrete Love

by Jen Kwok
Concrete Love
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Mar 26 2014

Backward Glances at Art Dubai

by Ming Lin
Backward Glances at Art Dubai

At this year’s Art Dubai, journalists, collectors and art enthusiasts were invited to press their lips against history and breathe life into it, using art as a means for review and reflection. “When we resuscitate someone it’s somewhat disrespectful,” said Payam Sharifi a member of Slavs and Tatars, the artist collective who curated the Marker Section, which this year was devoted to works from Central Asia and the Caucasus. “They didn’t ask you to put your lips on theirs,” he cautioned.

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