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Sylvia Fein: Surreal Nature at Krowswork

Sylvia Fein. Crucial Eye, 2011; egg tempera on board, 20 x 24 inches. Courtesy the artist and Krowswork Gallery, Oakland.

Today from our partners at Art Practical we bring you Mary Anne Kluth‘s review of Sylvia Fein: Surreal Nature at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland, California. Kluth notes, “A true pleasure of the exhibition, and a mark of its success as a retrospective, is the opportunity to trace developing threads, such as a particular symbol, subject matter, or technique, through various works over long periods of time…the[.....]

Screening Readership

Tee Pee Video Space Troupe. A video totem showing self-portrait of the photographer, 1973; black and white. Photo Credit: Peter Angelo Simon.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you Erica C. Gomez‘s essay on the “readership” and active interpretation of film. She notes, “Reading film is an action that extends outward, producing new lines of movement through publics and counterpublics.” This article was originally published on December 4, 2013. Ever since the Lumière brothers’ 1895 public film screening, rapid changes have marked the film exhibition[.....]

2013 Carnegie International: Critical Perspectives in Context

Sarah Lucas, installation view at the 2013 Carnegie International, with works by Henry Taylor in the background. Courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Greenhouse Media

From our friends at the Boston-based Big Red & Shiny, today we bring you Angelina Zhou‘s assessment of the most recent iteration of the Carnegie International, which is on view in Pittsburgh through March 16. Zhou notes that, “beyond the accessibility of certain works and themes… viewers find moments of dissonance that are truly quite dark, critical, and political—without being overly self-important.” This article was originally[.....]

From the Archives – Blinded by the Hype: A Spotty Affair

Damien Hirst, Levorphanol, 1995, household gloss on canvas. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates.

Do you ever wonder where you were exactly a year or two ago? What you were doing, or who you were talking to—or about? Today we take a little trip down memory lane to this very date two years ago, to reassess Damien Hirst’s oeuvre and the art-market chatter around exhibiting his spot paintings at all eleven Gagosian galleries around the world. Now that the art[.....]

Net Art in the Wild

Anthony Antonellis, Net Art Implant, 2013; RFID chip, artist's skin, animated GIF. Courtesy of the Artist.

Today we bring you an essay on internet-based art from our partners at Art Practical. Author Ben Valentine explores the culture of net art and remarks, “Online art can be completely decontextualized from an art context or the original artist’s intent, which raises interesting questions for the creator and critic alike. How has a weakened context changed net-based art practices? How can art criticism understand[.....]

From the Archives – Jacob Hashimoto: The Other Sun

Today from our archives we bring you Margaret Zuckerman‘s review of Jacob Hashimoto‘s 2012 exhibition at Ronchini Gallery in London. Hashimoto has a new exhibition opening in February at Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles, hopefully as “buoyant, ethereal, and celebratory” as the work reviewed here. This article was originally published on July 19, 2012. American-born Jacob Hashimoto’s eye-catching exhibition, The Other Sun, at London’s Ronchini Gallery in[.....]

Terry Berlier: Erased Loop Random Walk at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Terry Berlier. Core Sampling (Tick Tock), 2009 (detail); FGR-95, dyes, steel, motors, MAKE Controller, computer, sensor, microscope camera, PVC, aluminum, pocket watch, and MAX. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: David Pace.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you Rob Marks‘ review of Erased Loop Random Walk, a solo exhibition of works by Terry Berlier now on view at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. As Marks sees it, “Any despair over impending catastrophic environmental change evoked by [the work]…is balanced by a full-out sense of wonder and possibility.” This article was originally published on January 14,[.....]