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A Tale of Two Art Festivals: the Duality of ArtPrize Nine

Art fairs, biennials, and public art festivals, on the rise since the 1990s, define much of the post-1989 international art world. From Venice to New Orleans to Gwangju and everywhere in between, urban centers transform into art world Meccas and back again all over the globe, creating a map of flickering lights and a web […]

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Report from the 2017 Contemporary Art Grand Tour: Venice, Münster, Kassel

Summer 2017 may very well be one of the most important art seasons in recent memory. In the wake of political turmoil and the record sale of a Basquiat for $110.5 million at auction, the art fairs of Europe aligned to create a Grand Tour for contemporary art devotees around the world at a moment […]


Sleeping Clowns, Screaming Color, and Transcendent Stairwells: Ugo Rondinone at the Contemporary Arts Center

Ugo Rondinone, born and based in Switzerland, is known for sculptures and installations with alternately an absence or an overabundance of color. Referred to by the artist quite literally as “night” and “day,” one oeuvre contains mostly greys, browns, and earth tones while the other—what’s on view now at the CAC—a vibrant spectrum of bright, […]

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Short Circuits and Exposed Networks: The Wired at Weston Gallery

Artworks today enter digital markets of circulation. Even the seemingly dematerialized, non-commodifiable works of land art and conceptual art are subject to economies of reproduction and intellectual property. The contours and cracks of these networks inform four very recent artworks in The Wired, an exhibition currently on view at the Alice F. and Harris K. […]

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Report from New York: Walking between Dreams in Three Immersive Cinematic Exhibitions

This winter, three major New York institutions hosted exhibitions of immersive, moving image installations. In many ways the works featured in these shows were direct descendants of “expanded cinema,” a term now used broadly to describe many artistic practices engaging the physical situation of moving images outside of theaters though first applied to the utopian […]

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Two Shows at Wave Pool: “Everything Is Nothing with a Twist” and “Domus Candela”

December 3rd marked the opening of two new exhibitions at Wave Pool: the group show Everything Is Nothing with a Twist on the ground floor and a solo installation Domus Candela by Erin Taylor upstairs. The ground exhibition, all by artists inspired by minimalism, contained works that were bound by their physical form, whereas Domus […]

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Screening the Modernist Ruin: a review of a selection of films at Mini Microcinema

The third installment of the Mini Microcinema’s series on urbanism and the city co-sponsored by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies and School of Planning, took place on November 9. The selection of films on revolved particularly around the ruins of modernist design. Chad Freidrichs’s feature-length documentary The Priutt-Igoe Myth (2011) and documentary […]

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