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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previews  26.08.15  Lindy Kuit

29/08/15 - 08/11/15

This Friday opens Contour 7 in Mechelen, featuring amongst others Gilberto Zorio, Slavs and Tatars, Nedko Solakov, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen and Chiara Fumai. Curator Nicola Setari talks about his main interests.

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previews  01.10.14  Domeniek Ruyters

Extra City
20/09/14 - 07/12/14

Travelling 40.000 years Allegory of the Cave Painting is as ambitious as its legendary predecessor Animism. Extra City curator Mihnea Mircan explains the premodern even prehistoric origin of the show.

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previews  02.03.14  Maaike Lauwaert

New York
Whitney Museum
07/03/14 - 24/05/14

It's only a few days now before the show opens. An interview with two of the three curators of this year's Whitney Biennial.

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previews  18.09.12  Domeniek Ruyters

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is opening later this week after a renovation of ten years. The opening show is called Beyond Imagination. Here are some images.

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previews  12.09.12  Vincent van Velsen

At the upcoming festival De Wereld van Witte de With, Jordan Crandall explores the phenomenon ‘drones’, with live visual material filmed by drones flying through the space and above the Witte de Withstraat during his performance.

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previews  06.09.12  Agnieszka Gratza

If you think that every ethical boundary in photography has been breached by now, you haven’t seen the work of the American photographer Leigh Ledare yet. His work balances on the boundary of the permissible, and according to many, is just over the edge. His exhibition Leigh Ledare, et al, opens Saturday at Wiels in Brussels. Have a look at a preview of the exhibition and the interview with Ledare in Metropolis M No. 4-2012.

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previews  28.07.12 

Artist and activist Jimmie Durham is presenting his largest retrospective exhibition in years at the M HKA in Antwerp. A photo impression.

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previews  22.04.12  Metropolis M 

It looks like the seventh edition of the Berlin Biennale, which opens on April 27, will turn out to be the most activist of them all.

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The Dutch collector Bert Kreuk, artist Danh Vo, and Berlin gallerist Isabella Bortolozzi have resolved their two-year legal dispute over a site-specific installation at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. DR - 03.12.15

This text by Andrea Fraser was was censored by Artforum and finally published in Texte zur Kunst (2011). How do the world’s leading collectors earn their money? How do their philanthropic activities relate to their economic operations? And what does collecting art mean to them and how does it affect the art world? The situation, it would seem, urgently calls for the development of alternatives to the existing system. On Tuesday at the CCA in San Francisco Rob Reich gives his response to this situation. DR - 30.11.15

The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor Podcast of Debate Ibraaz and the Kamel Lazaar Foundation are pleased to announce the publication of Gulf Labor's first book The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor (edited by Andrew Ross [for Gulf Labor], OR Books, 2015). The launch on November 19th in London was preceded by a panel discussion involving Gulf Labor member Guy Mannes-Abbott, contributor Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Rima Kalush of and Amnesty International's James Lynch. The panel was chaired by Ibraaz Editor-in-Chief Anthony Downey. DR - 30.11.15

Artists are doing their bit for the planet as politicians and environmental campaigners prepare to converge on Paris for COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change (30 November-11 December). Olafur Eliasson, Yoko Ono, Cornelia Parker and Gavin Turk are among more than 300 signatories of an open letter to Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate chief, and Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister and president of the COP21. DR - 29.11.15

Chris Dercon: Public museums need a new way of working with collectors. State institutions shouldn’t collaborate with those who don’t understand their wider aims. DR - 29.11.15

Art world figures have condemned the decision by a Saudi court to sentence Ashraf Fayadh, a leading Saudi Arabia-based artist and poet, to death for allegedly renouncing Islam. In May last year, Fayadh was sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes. But on 17 November, another judge in the court of Abha in southern Saudi Arabia ruled that Fayadh be executed for apostasy. The non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch (HWR) says that an appeals court and the Supreme Court must still approve the sentence. DR - 24.11.15

6th Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen goes to Jennifer Tee 21.11.15
Open on Sunday 22 November: The Soul in Limbo* is the first museum retrospective of Tee's work to be held in the Netherlands. Taking the themes of 'Language', 'Choreography' and ‘Occult Geometry’, the exhibition looks back on her work's development over the last 10 years and includes new pathways extending into the future.
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The Prix Net Art to Constant Dullaart 18.11.15
NEW YORK/BEIJING… Rhizome (an independent affiliate of the New Museum in New York City), Beijing-based Chronus Art Center and Tsinghua University Art and Science Media Lab (TASML) are proud to announce that Dutch artist Constant Dullaart has been awarded the second annual $10,000 Prix Net Art, an international prize for internet art. Additionally, a $5,000 Award of Distinction was granted to the Berlin-based collective Weise7.
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Protest against censorship 12.11.15
The directors of three renowned museums and art institutions—Charles Esche (Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven), Abdellah Karroum (Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha), and Vasif Kortun (Research & Programs at SALT in Istanbul)—have resigned from their positions as board members of CIMAM – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. They protest against the position of chairman Bartomeu Marí who censored an artwork shown in The Beast and the Sovereign, an exhibition that was coproduced by the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (WKV) and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).
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Marina Abramovi?, the world’s best-known performance artist, is being sued by her former collaborator and romantic partner, the German artist known as Ulay, in a dispute over works they created jointly. DR - 12.11.15

Guggenheim presents first online exhibition. Troy Conrad Therrien, the curator of architecture and digital initiatives at the Guggenheim, says that “anyone with an internet connection” can access the online initiative Åzone Futures Market, which went live last month; an accompanying public symposium on the cultural and social implications of emerging technologies is due to take place on 7 November (1-6pm) at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. DR - 06.11.15

Sadie Coles opens double-height 'fish tank' gallery in Mayfair. Venue is the London dealer’s third in the UK capital. DR - 06.11.15

Nottingham Contemporary Announces New Director 02.11.15
Nottingham Contemporary have announced that their new Director will be Sam Thorne, currently Artistic Director of Tate St Ives. Sam is a renowned curator and critic who currently leads on Tate St Ives' exhibitions, research, learning programme and artist residencies.
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Serpentine Galleries Director will step down 30.10.15
The Board of the Serpentine Galleries announced today that Julia Peyton-Jones, Director and Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes of the Serpentine Galleries, is stepping down next summer after leading the organisation for 25 years.
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British Museum to train Iraqi curators in heritage protection. In the future, the project, for which the museum has won a £3m government grant, may be able to help tackle disasters such as the recent destruction of ancient monuments in Palmyra, Syria. DR - 28.10.15

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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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