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

Mechelen
Contour
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

Antwerpen
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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One of the most amazing Land Art works in Europe. Alberto Burri’s Grande Cretto finally completed after 30 years. The massive Land Art project is a memorial to the Sicilian town of Gibellina, ruined by a 1968 earthquake. DR - 19.10.15

How to document heritage sites under threat. Project aims to create virtual archives using 3D scanning technology. DR - 19.10.15

'Homeland is racist.' Three graffiti artists hired to add authenticity to refugee camp scenes in this week’s episode of Homeland have said they instead used their artwork to accuse the TV programme of racism. DR - 15.10.15

Guangzhou Triennial 13.10.15

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ArtNetNews Art World Luminaries Outraged Over Lorenzo Benedetti's Dismissal from De Appel. DR - 12.10.15

Once Subversive, Frieze Opens in a Changing London “Frieze is no longer a fair where the feeling is young and cutting-edge,” said Abigail Asher, partner in the New York art advisory firm Guggenheim, Asher, Associates Inc.. “The people who descend on London for Frieze Week are looking for more established artists.” DR - 11.10.15

Can art still shock in the age of the extreme selfie? DR - 06.10.15

We stand for Lorenzo Benedetti 05.10.15
We demand the return of Lorenzo Benedetti as artistic director of de Appel.
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Artists should be ‘feared by the powerful’, says former Greek finance minister. In his keynote speech at the Moscow Biennale, Yanis Varoufakis discussed the perils of cultural collapse and why the euro is doomed—from an artistic standpoint. DR - 04.10.15

Brian Eno calls for rethink about meaning and value of culture. Delivering BBC’s John Peel lecture, musician says role of culture goes beyond economic value, keeping us ‘in sync’ with a fast-changing world. DR - 28.09.15

James Crump’s latest film, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, focuses on the lives and works of Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, and Robert Smithson between 1968 and 1973. Here, the filmmaker and art historian talks about the process of making the film. The documentary premieres in Los Angeles at the Theatre at Ace Hotel (copresented with LA MoCA) on September 29, 2015, and will then play the New York Film Festival on October 1 and 4, 2015. DR - 26.09.15

The Broad: a first look. Highly anticipated LA museum opens this weekend with star works from its collection, including Kusama's Infinity Room and ten pieces by Jeff Koons. DR - 18.09.15

Wikipedia's view of the world is written by the West. Nearly half of all edits to articles about places on Wikipedia were made from just five countries, researchers at the University of Oxford have found. The UK, US, France, Germany and Italy are the source of 45% of the edits on “geocoded” Wikipedia articles, which have a longitude and latitude associated with them to link them to a specific place in the world. DR - 15.09.15

Hee daar heb je Sealand in The Guardian: How I ran a half marathon on Sealand. Dat is dit Sealand, waar Daniël van der Velden (Metahaven) al in 2003 mee bezig was. DR - 11.09.15

The great debate: why galleries could take even more money from their artists. A comment DR - 11.09.15

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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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