features  28.04.16  Eelco van der Lingen

Eelco van der Lingen talks with Oscar Santillan on his new solo show Zaratán at Witte de With, salt, imaginary islands and a giant turtle mistaken for an island. Opening tonight.

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reviews  25.04.16  Marianna La Rosa Maruyama

Twenty-five years after his death, the work of prolific writer and new media theorist Vilém Flusser is enjoying a heightened interest in the Netherlands, particularly within the arts. What are the qualities of Flusser’s thinking that have attracted this attention? If Flusser is more relevant now than ever, why?

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reviews  22.04.16  Angela Jerardi

Angela Jerardi is kept busy during two art-filled days in Brussels

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features  05.04.16  Sergey Guskov

The Moscow-based artist Alexandra Galkina is a prime example of the struggle within the Russian art scene between the quasi-Modernist visual games of Form that are supported by the newly established private foundations and museums and the heirs of the Actionism movement that deals with realities rather than form.

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features  04.04.16  Maaike Lauwaert

An interview on starting a new alternative space, the Paris art scene and Dutch influences, working with commercial partners and being porous and generous.

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reviews  01.04.16  Vincent van Velsen

Question: for whom and why the art museum nowadays exists?

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features  17.03.16  Falke Pisano

Today is the opening of the show The value in mathematics by Falke Pisano at CAC Synagogue de Delme. In Metropolis M No 1-2016 Falke Pisano talks to Margaret Gaida about ethnomathematics.

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previews  05.03.16  Alix de Massiac

Instead of looking at the dominant discourse surrounding art, we should look at the works on display. Talking to James Brett on his Museum of Everything. Opening today at the Kunsthal Rotterdam.

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features  04.03.16  Emma I. Panza

Some thoughts on Simone Forti's Dance Constructions, recently bought by the MoMA, now performed in Middelburg (UPDATE).

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Nice! From a Scottish country estate to a psychiatric hospital, the Museum of the Year shortlist is announced this week. Tracy Chevalier, Grayson Perry, Norman Foster, Antony Gormley and John Akomfrah champion their favourites DR - 02.05.16

Richard Tuttle quoted in relation to his current New York shows: 'Asked to explain his development, he refers to his childhood. “When I was ten years old, I think, I noticed that people's handwriting changes from when you’re a kid to when you’re a teenager,” he says. “So I decided every birthday I would write down my name in a book, with the idea that time would reveal something. At age 15 or 16 I stopped, and I had this recording of my signature.”' DR - 02.05.16

What does a female artist have to do to get a major solo show? Statistics show that less than a third of the biggest exhibitions in the US go to women. DR - 02.05.16

Top Museum Shows to see during Frieze New York. DR - 02.05.16

What drew William and Kate to the Negro Page painting? The royal art collection has 7,500 works. Were there no other pieces to hang in the couple’s home for the visit of Barack Obama? DR - 29.04.16

Freedom of Speech 2.0 THE SECRET RULES OF THE INTERNET. The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech DR - 21.04.16

On April 13, the Guggenheim Board of Trustees informed the Gulf Labor Coalition (GLC) that it will no longer negotiate with the group regarding the living and working conditions of the workers who are and will be building its museum in Abu Dhabi. Today, Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, sent an email [at the bottom of this post] to numerous artists, critics, curators, and museum directors around the world describing GLC as a group that “continues to shift its demands” and uses “deliberate falsehoods.” DR - 18.04.16

Malian photographer Malick Sidibé dies aged 80. Photography world pays tribute to the ‘Eye of Bamako’ and his dynamic black-and-white images of 1960s pop culture after Malian independence. DR - 15.04.16

Elmgreen & Dragset to Curate 2017 Istanbul Biennial 14.04.16
The artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset has been appointed the curators of fifteenth edition of the Istanbul Biennial. The exhibition, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Koç Holding, will run September 16 through November 12, 2017.
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Erkka Nissinen en Nataniel Mellors to represent Finland at the Venice Biennial 2017. Xander Karskens is curating the show. DR - 14.04.16

Yana Peel Named CEO of the Serpentine Galleries 13.04.16
Yana Peel, cofounder of Outset Contemporary Art Fund and CEO of Intelligence Squared, has been appointed CEO of the Serpentine Galleries. She will be working with Hans Ulrich Obrist, who continues on as artistic director.
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Oscar Murillo deported from Australia after destroying his passport. Last month, Murillo destroyed his British passport mid-air on a flight to Sydney, which resulted in him being detained upon arrival, kept in a detention cell for two days by authorities who checked his identity, and eventually deported to Singapore. From there, he hopscotched from Barcelona to Madrid to Bogotá, in his native Colombia, which allowed him safe passage back to the United Kingdom. DR - 13.04.16

Art Cologne open this week. One of the most repeated statistics to demonstrate the growth of the contemporary and Modern art market is that 50 years ago there was one dedicated art fair and now there are more than 200. What is perhaps more extraordinary is that the very first fair—Art Cologne, set up in 1967—is still going, and its history comes to the fore at its 50th edition opening this week (14-17 April). DR - 13.04.16

Global Pompidou 04.04.16
The Centre Pompidou in Paris plans to open a temporary exhibition space in Seoul next year, and another in China in 2018, according to a report by Vincent Noce in the Art Newspaper.
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Ann Goldstein deputy director and curator at the Art Institute of Chicago 24.03.16
Ann Goldstein was named by the Art Institute of Chicago as its new deputy director and its chair and curator of modern and contemporary art, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson.
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Reading Robert Ashley
Yes, But is it Edible is a unique book, presenting the scores of two operas of the American composer Robert Ashley.

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All Work and No Play?
Where is play in art? Fucking Good Art talks about it with Tijs Goldschmidt, Evelyne Reeves, Joris Luyendijk and Zoë Gray.

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Out now: Experimental Aesthetics
For over a decade now, the debate on art has been dominated by the rhetoric of artistic research. However, does the concept of artistic research still express its originally radical and experimental power today? Contributions by Andre Alves, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Clodagh Emoe, Boris Groys, Irene Kopelman, Hongjohn Lin, Chus Martínez, John Rajchman, Henk Slager, Timotheus Vermeulen, and Mick Wilson.

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