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  1. newmuseum:

Anna Boghiguian’s gnarled drawings and dense watercolor paintings chronicle her ongoing engagement with both ancient civilization and contemporary cities.The two series of drawings exhibited, rich with intensity and energy, examine Egyptian culture in the past and present-day. In one series of works exhibited, Boghiguian ponders the venerated bust of the ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti, ensconced in Berlin, and in another, she probes Cairo’s collective unconscious while training her eye on the violent confrontations and existential anguish that she witnessed throughout Egyptian society in early 2011.
“Here and Elsewhere" is on view through September 28. We are open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.


Take the chance to see Anna Boghiguian’s amazing drawings at the New Museum in New York City! The drawings are a part of the exhibition “Here and Elsewhere” , a large exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world. Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, says:

“This exhibition continues the New Museum’s commitment to looking at art from beyond the confines familiar to the New York art world. ´Here and Elsewhere’ brings new works and new voices to our audiences, presenting many artists who are showing in New York for the first time.”
On the exhibition’s website we can also read that by “Combining pivotal and under-recognized figures with younger and midcareer artists, “Here and Elsewhere” works against the notion of the Arab world as a homogenous or cohesive entity. Through the original and individualized practices of a multigenerational constellation of artists, the exhibition highlights works that often have conceptual or aesthetic references to the Arab world, yet also extend well beyond.” Read more here!
Anna Boghiguian was a nominee in the Absolut Art Award 2013, and Massimiliano Gioni will be the Jury President of the Absolut Art Award 2015.

    newmuseum:

    Anna Boghiguian’s gnarled drawings and dense watercolor paintings chronicle her ongoing engagement with both ancient civilization and contemporary cities.The two series of drawings exhibited, rich with intensity and energy, examine Egyptian culture in the past and present-day. In one series of works exhibited, Boghiguian ponders the venerated bust of the ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti, ensconced in Berlin, and in another, she probes Cairo’s collective unconscious while training her eye on the violent confrontations and existential anguish that she witnessed throughout Egyptian society in early 2011.

    Here and Elsewhere" is on view through September 28. We are open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

    Take the chance to see Anna Boghiguian’s amazing drawings at the New Museum in New York City! The drawings are a part of the exhibition “Here and Elsewhere” , a large exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world. Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, says:

    “This exhibition continues the New Museum’s commitment to looking at art from beyond the confines familiar to the New York art world. ´Here and Elsewhere’ brings new works and new voices to our audiences, presenting many artists who are showing in New York for the first time.”

    On the exhibition’s website we can also read that by “Combining pivotal and under-recognized figures with younger and midcareer artists, “Here and Elsewhere” works against the notion of the Arab world as a homogenous or cohesive entity. Through the original and individualized practices of a multigenerational constellation of artists, the exhibition highlights works that often have conceptual or aesthetic references to the Arab world, yet also extend well beyond.” Read more here!

    Anna Boghiguian was a nominee in the Absolut Art Award 2013, and Massimiliano Gioni will be the Jury President of the Absolut Art Award 2015.

  2. Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator at The Renaissance Society, talks at the liquid blackness 2014 symposium. 

    liquid blackness  is a research group at the Department of Communication at Georgia State University that explores issues of blackness and aesthetics. In this particular talk, our Art Award nominee Walker speaks about race, starting by reciting Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, from which the title “Black is, Black Ain´t”, the title of the seminal exhibition at the Renaissance Society, was taken. To read more about the Black Is, Black Ain’t exhibition and seminar, click here.

  3. sethpriceimages:

'Cyan Decay,' Seth Price, 2014. Ink, pigmented acrylic polymer and gesso on plywood. Installation view at Eden Eden, Berlin, 2014.

Installation view from Seth Price’s exhibition at Eden Eden in Berlin this summer. Price’s artistry can be explored in the new book Seth Price: 2000 Words, part of the 2000 Words series, conceived and commissioned by Massimiliano Gioni, and published by the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art. The book features an introductory essay by Chris Wiley, which can be read here. Enjoy!

    sethpriceimages:

    'Cyan Decay,' Seth Price, 2014. Ink, pigmented acrylic polymer and gesso on plywood. Installation view at Eden Eden, Berlin, 2014.

    Installation view from Seth Price’s exhibition at Eden Eden in Berlin this summer. Price’s artistry can be explored in the new book Seth Price: 2000 Words, part of the 2000 Words series, conceived and commissioned by Massimiliano Gioni, and published by the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art. The book features an introductory essay by Chris Wiley, which can be read here. Enjoy!

  4. An image from “Didactic Educational.Mov File,” a video by Hito Steyerl at Andrew Kreps Gallery. Credit2014 Hito Steyerl Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

    "Amusing, entertaining and, yes, “educational,” as well as ominous, Ms. Steyerl’s film is a substantial, painfully timely achievement. George Orwell would be impressed."

    Roberta Smith’s review of Hito Steyerl’s installation at Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York gives readers a well described preview of what is to be expected.

    The installation, Tacking between military and civilian life, conjures the effects of incessant advances in technology on the quality and ubiquity of images, intimating a vast surveillance system that reduces everyone to ciphers who are visible yet also anonymous, invisible. Still, ways “not to be seen” remain: wearing a burqa, being “a woman over 50” or living in a gated community. 

    The installation can be seen through Aug. 15 and Roberta Smith’s full review can be read here.

  5. Goldin+Senneby, ‘VWAP’, 2013, detail

    Goldin+Senneby’s 2013 show at CCA was part of a project inspired by August Nordenskiöld, an 18th-century alchemist employed by King Gustav III to fund the Swedish war against Russia. However, Nordendskiöld intended to make the secret of transforming base metals into gold widely available, which would have rendered it worthless: a plot that never materialized. In ‘VWAP’, the acronym of ‘value weight average pricing’ that gives the exhibition its title, Goldin+Senneby worked with a group of sociologists and political scientists to develop a trading algorithm aimed at discovering a gap in the market and creating a permanent stream of profit, which would destabilize the circuit as Nordendskiöld tried to. The £3,000 budget made a profit of £430 in 15 days.

    Read the full review here.

  6. Présence Panchounette (1969-1990) La Your de Babil (1985) Collection MAMCO Geneve, Foto: Illmari Kalkkinen Source
Our Art Writing finalist Lars Bang Larsen has curated the exhibition Koncept efter Koncept: Før det normale [Concept after Concept: Before Normal] at the Museum of Contemporary art in Roskilde, Denmark, showing until 28 September 2014. 
 The exhibition presents international conceptual art reaching from the 1960’s until today since   “As the perhaps most essential reference for contemporary art it is important to examine what conceptual art is, from where it has its origin and how it has been processed by new generations around the world.” Read more about the exhibition here!
Bang Larsen is a curator and art historian, who holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, where he completed his dissertation on the subject of psychedelic art and culture of the 1960s and its international dissemination.  If you are interested in reading more of Bang Larsen, we would recommend his texts at e-lux.com, ”The Society Without Qualities” (2013) and ”Zombies of Immaterial Labor: The Modern Monster and the Death of Death” (2010).

    Présence Panchounette (1969-1990) La Your de Babil (1985) Collection MAMCO Geneve, Foto: Illmari Kalkkinen Source

    Our Art Writing finalist Lars Bang Larsen has curated the exhibition Koncept efter Koncept: Før det normale [Concept after Concept: Before Normal] at the Museum of Contemporary art in Roskilde, Denmark, showing until 28 September 2014.

     The exhibition presents international conceptual art reaching from the 1960’s until today since   “As the perhaps most essential reference for contemporary art it is important to examine what conceptual art is, from where it has its origin and how it has been processed by new generations around the world.” Read more about the exhibition here!

    Bang Larsen is a curator and art historian, who holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, where he completed his dissertation on the subject of psychedelic art and culture of the 1960s and its international dissemination.  If you are interested in reading more of Bang Larsen, we would recommend his texts at e-lux.com, ”The Society Without Qualities” (2013) and ”Zombies of Immaterial Labor: The Modern Monster and the Death of Death” (2010).

  7. blackpeculiar:

    Coco Fusco, brilliantly, on issues of race in arts academia.

    This awe-inspiring video shows why Coco Fusco, the Absolut Art Writing Award winner 2013, has just been announced as a visiting associate professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W) program at The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) at MIT for the 2014-15 academic year. Fusco’s intellectual and analytical brilliance is clearly manifested in her reasoning on the issue of race and diversity in art academia, a highly important and topical issue.

  8. Many may not know the story behind Absolut’s involvement in the art world and why the Absolut Art Bureau and Absolut Art Award was established in 2009. Absolut has actually been actively involved in the art world since 1985, when the company invited Andy Warhol to create the first in a series of iconic advertisements inspired by the Absolut bottle (see image above!). 
Last year, when Berlin Art Link interviewed Saskia Neuman, the Art Manager at Absolut, she explained how the collaboration with Warhol came about:
 Absolut is a company that was started by the Swedish government in 1979 to create a spirit, a vodka, for the export market in the States. It was then launched in America, together with a man named Michel Roux, one of the creative visionaries of Absolut. He worked for a spirits distribution company in New York. He was quite a large French man and really enigmatic. He was really interested in contemporary art and great friends with Andy Warhol, and the whole Factory scene. He had a brilliant idea and the people at Absolut decided to go for it. They decided to team up with an artist and that’s how they would create their first ad. So in 1985 they created an ad that was launched in the States, it was the bottle painted by Andy Warhol. That is the iconic picture that has been used several times since then. A legacy then started from that image. (source)
 Since working with Warhol, Absolut has collaborated with more than 550 artists on over 850 commissioned projects. Besides the biannual Absolut Art Award, Absolut has since 2012 supported contemporary art through several partnerships with major institutions, including dOCUMENTA, Art Basel and Palais de Tokyo.  Absolut is today supporting a variety of artists, art writers and institutions in their efforts to present new works, stimulate ideas, bring people together and broaden access to creativity. Where art is, Absolut is.
Read the full interview with Saskia Neuman, Art Manager at Absolut, to learn more about Absolut’s engagement with art here!

    Many may not know the story behind Absolut’s involvement in the art world and why the Absolut Art Bureau and Absolut Art Award was established in 2009. Absolut has actually been actively involved in the art world since 1985, when the company invited Andy Warhol to create the first in a series of iconic advertisements inspired by the Absolut bottle (see image above!).

    Last year, when Berlin Art Link interviewed Saskia Neuman, the Art Manager at Absolut, she explained how the collaboration with Warhol came about:

     Absolut is a company that was started by the Swedish government in 1979 to create a spirit, a vodka, for the export market in the States. It was then launched in America, together with a man named Michel Roux, one of the creative visionaries of Absolut. He worked for a spirits distribution company in New York. He was quite a large French man and really enigmatic. He was really interested in contemporary art and great friends with Andy Warhol, and the whole Factory scene. He had a brilliant idea and the people at Absolut decided to go for it. They decided to team up with an artist and that’s how they would create their first ad. So in 1985 they created an ad that was launched in the States, it was the bottle painted by Andy Warhol. That is the iconic picture that has been used several times since then. A legacy then started from that image. (source)

     Since working with Warhol, Absolut has collaborated with more than 550 artists on over 850 commissioned projects. Besides the biannual Absolut Art Award, Absolut has since 2012 supported contemporary art through several partnerships with major institutions, including dOCUMENTA, Art Basel and Palais de Tokyo.  Absolut is today supporting a variety of artists, art writers and institutions in their efforts to present new works, stimulate ideas, bring people together and broaden access to creativity. Where art is, Absolut is.

    Read the full interview with Saskia Neuman, Art Manager at Absolut, to learn more about Absolut’s engagement with art here!

    (Source: coloursteelsexappeal)

  9. The Absolut Art Award Jury 2015

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    We are delighted to finally be able to reveal the names of the eminent Absolut Art Award 2015 Jury members. The Jury president this year will be Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum In New York and Artistic Director at the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan. He will be joined by three additional distinguished curators: Magali Arriola, Curator at Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Doryun Chong, Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong and Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern and Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, as well as Negar Azimi, writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun Magazine.

    The jury will now invite two nominators each, who will nominate artists and art writers, generating a list of maximum fifty nominees for the ”Art Work” category and ten nominees for the ”Art Writing” category. The list of nominees will thereafter be reduced to a shortlist of 5 artists and 5 writers, out of which the Jury will select a winner in each category. The winning artist and writer will be announced during the Vernissage of the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015.

    We cannot wait to see which amazing artist and writer that will win next year!

    Read more about the Absolut Art Award 2015

    Portrait of Massimiliano Gioni,
    2015 Absolut Art Award Jury President.
    Photo: Marco De Scalzi.
    Courtesy: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan

  10. Transform Today in Stockholm

    On Thursday 12th of June time had finally come to unveil the intriguing piece of art made by Tove Kjellmark and the creative duo Yours for the Absolut Transform Today project. 

    The piece, which will be placed in a public space in central Stockholm, questions the concept of ”public art” and shows how it can reflect contemporary urban life, instead of being old and static.  The piece, an interactive robot, picks up an un-censored stream of tweets tweeted in the Stockholm area and recites them in real time with a monotonous robotic voice,  thereby bridging the intangible public space of social media with the physical public space.  

    The release party was held at the magnificent venue of Bergrummet in Stockholm, an old military base consisting of an impressive array of tunnels located deep beneath the island of Skeppsholmen. Read more about the project and the release party here!