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Best of 2015 – Interview with Nick Cave

Nick Cave, Soundsuits, 2015; Mixed media. Courtesy of Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Photo: Casey Jones.

As we continue our look back over the year, today’s selection for our Best of 2015 series comes from Shotgun Reviews editor Emily Holmes: “As the year wraps up, I was pleased to see Tori Bush’s recent interview with Nick Cave. I remember not knowing who he was when his work was at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and I regretfully missed the exhibition.[…..]

Best of 2015 – Margret: Chronicle of an Affair at White Columns

Margret: Chronicle of an Affair—May 1969 to December 1970, 2015; detail. Courtesy of White Columns / Delmes & Zander.

For today’s installment of our Best of 2015 series, regular contributor Ashley Stull Meyers writes, “To exhibit art by little-known or purposefully anonymous artists holds a cultish allure over the contemporary art world. In the curious case of Gunther K. and his mistress Margaret, a nearly fifty-year-old abandoned suitcase held archival ephemera too arresting for its maker’s obscurity to be institutionally relevant. Reading the review of[…..]

Best of 2015 – Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Tomás Saraceno, Cloud Cities, installation view, image courtesy Berlin Art Link

As we continue our look back over the year, today’s Best of 2015 selection comes from regular contributor Tori Bush: “Marilyn Goh’s review of Tomás Saraceno’s Arachnid Orchestra poetically explores the interspecies beauty found in spiderwebs’ organic forms, but also reveals a deeper truth about the act of creation—the chaos and conformity of art found also in nature: ‘The web begins with a single thread flung into[…..]

Best of 2015 – #Hashtags: The Political Biennale

GLUKLYA/ Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya. Clothes for the demonstration against false election of Vladimir Putin, 2011-2015. 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures. Photo by Alessandra Chemollo. Courtesy: la Biennale di Venezia.

Continuing our Best of 2015 series, regular contributor Jordan Amirkhani writes,“I am always eager to clear a few minutes out of my day to read a new article or post by Anuradha Vikram. I am continually inspired by the style and substance of her writing, in particular, her commitment to confronting the political (or the lack of it) in each article she writes. Vikram’s breakdown of the[…..]

Best of 2015 – Interview with Johanna Hedva

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For today’s installment of our Best of 2015 series, Art Practical editor Jen Stager writes, “Stills from Johanna Hedva’s Medea offer up intimate views so at odds from sitting with other audience members in an outer ring of the Theater of Dionysos in Athens. I am always drawn to adaptations of Greek plays for what they choose to change. Medea is often described as a[…..]

Best of 2015 – Street View/Road to Mecha by Jonathan Zawada, and Drone directed by Tonje Hessen Schei

Jonathan Zawada, Street View / Road to Mecha, 2013; screen shot, Jamé Mosque of Isfahan, Esfahan, Afghanistan. Photo: Amelia Rina

Today’s selection for our Best of 2015 series comes from editor Deanna Lee, who says, “Amelia Rina views a documentary film and interacts with an online artist project that address the dehumanizing effects of drone warfare on its operators and its chilling similarity to video games. This resemblance has been discussed by others, but Rina’s account of her experience with the project provided a glimpse[…..]

Best of 2015 – Help Desk: Selling Out

Installation view: Tony Conrad. Two Degrees of Separation, Kunsthalle Wien 2014, Photo: Stephan Wyckoff: Grommet Horn, ca. 1970, Replik 2014, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne

Today we kick off our annual Best Of series with a selection from senior editor Vivian Sming: “Bean Gilsdorf hits the nail on the head once again in her Help Desk article on ‘selling out.’ As an artist, there will always be certain opportunities that come knocking on your door that cause you to raise an eyebrow. In part, we may carry some sort of guilt[…..]