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Taylor McKimens´ participating piece in the Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut

 On October 1st, Absolut launched its global Art Exchange, where Absolut invites people from around the world to unleash their creative spirits and have the chance to win an original Andy Warhol artwork!
The Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut aims to become the world’s largest online art exchange. Users can participate by submitting or creating a piece of digital art, and everyone will get one in return from another participant somewhere in the world. Some lucky people will get to exchange artworks with artists Ryder Ripps, Taylor McKimens or any of the other famous artists participating in the exchange. You could even get an artwork by Andy Warhol himself…
Make sure you go to absolut.com/artexchange, and submit your own piece of art!
The Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut runs from October to December, with exchanges happening at the end of each month. Participants above legal drinking age, from anywhere in the world, are welcome to enter. 


    Taylor McKimens´ participating piece in the Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut

     On October 1st, Absolut launched its global Art Exchange, where Absolut invites people from around the world to unleash their creative spirits and have the chance to win an original Andy Warhol artwork!

    The Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut aims to become the world’s largest online art exchange. Users can participate by submitting or creating a piece of digital art, and everyone will get one in return from another participant somewhere in the world. Some lucky people will get to exchange artworks with artists Ryder Ripps, Taylor McKimens or any of the other famous artists participating in the exchange. You could even get an artwork by Andy Warhol himself…

    Make sure you go to absolut.com/artexchange, and submit your own piece of art!

    The Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut runs from October to December, with exchanges happening at the end of each month. Participants above legal drinking age, from anywhere in the world, are welcome to enter. 

  2. "Lately, people just think that contemporary art is something there to pass the time of the wealthy, or because everybody else is doing it or because openings are cool and fashionable… We need to remind ourselves that contemporary art is first of all a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don’t understand."

    Massimiliano Gioni, director of special exhibitions at Manhattan’s New Museum of Contemporary Art (via fablesandgables)

    We are so exited that the renowned curator Massimilliano Gioni is the jury president for the Absolut Art Award 2015. We greatly admire his work and we couldn’t agree more with his statement above. 

    (Source: The Wall Street Journal, via fablesandgables)

  3. One afternoon in early September, Brazilian artist Renata Lucas was standing on a street in Rio de Janeiro, near the harbor—a formerly derelict area that’s undergoing revitalization—and looking up at the Modernist building of the Rio Art Museum. “My plan was to create a kind of museum,” she said, “another museum, constructed on air, that happens while everybody sleeps.”…

    In a warehouse abutting Avenida Rodrigues Alves, one of Rio’s central thoroughfares, Lucas had transformed the space by cutting rectangular shapes out of them. With the hefty cement rectangular cut-outs, she created slowly-rotating doors that opened up a diagonal passageway through the space, which at the moment was being used as a parking garage. When one of the doors is rotated 180 degrees, a segment of the exterior graffiti-covered wall—half of a cartoon image of a skull with a terrifying smile and a protruding eyeball—fits in seamlessly with the interior wall.

    We stepped through one of the rotating doors and crossed the heavily trafficked Avenida Rodrigues Alves, where, on one side of the road, the Perimetral overpass (until recently, one of the city’s central arteries) was being razed before our eyes leaving a domino-row of mammoth concrete supports and scattered orange traffic cones. At the other side, Lucas jumped up on a concrete embankment, put her ear to the metal door of a large warehouse and smiled. Embedded in the concrete under the door was a record spinning on a turntable. The door to the warehouse was locked, but if you put your ear to the door, you could hear a sound; it was the line of a song, the lyrics of which were frustratingly unclear, caught in a loop. “It’s Chico Buarque’s ‘Sinal Fechado,’” she said. She gave the translation, “I vanished in the dust of the streets.”

    Read the full article by Rozalia Jovanovic from artnet here!

  4. A last look at some of Renata Lucas´s installations in Rio de Janeiro, all part of her on-going project “The Museum of the Diagonal Man”. These installations were made possible through Lucas´s win in the art category in the Absolut Art Award 2013. 

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    Renata Lucas’s win in last year´s Absolut Art Award enabled her to realize multiple installations in her on-going project ”The Museum of the Diagonal Man”.  Besides the revolving door installation we described in our last post, Lucas also created an installation with street vendors, or ‘camelos’, as they are called in Brazil. Lucas recruited street vendors to sell traditional items, such as vinyl and limited-edition holograms outside major buildings around the neighbourhood Pier Mauá, including the Museu de Arte do Rio and the Lupa section of ArtRio. Some of the items sold by the street vendors were also on sale inside ArtRio, calling into question what constitutes a work of art.

     Many of the installations in the Pier Mauá project bring into focus hidden or underground elements of Rio de Janeiro´s daily life, and in this installation the presence of the ‘camelos’ is particularly poignant since many of the area´s original street vendors have been driven out from the area as a result of the recent gentrification, an actuality in many modernizing cities of today.

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    The Museum of the Diagonal Man (2014)
    Photograph: Roberto Chamorro
    Courtesy of the Artist and Absolut

  6. Renata Lucas unveils 2013 Absolut Art Award winning project in Rio de Janeiro.

     

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    We are delighted to present Renata Lucas´s 2013 Absolut Art Award winning project here on the Absolut Art tumblr!  The project was unveiled yesterday and features a series of site-specific architectural interventions located throughout the Pier Mauá area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  These temporary installations draw on the rich socio-economic history of the neighbourhood, a part of the city which is undergoing rapid redevelopment and major infrastructural change.

     Each of these ambitious interventions is on view to the public, and the series continues Lucas´s ongoing enquiry ”The Museum of the Diagonal Man”- elements of which have been shown to great acclaim around the world. Driven by an interest in the impact architecture has on the individual, as well as the fluidity of space, Renata Lucas´s series of temporary installations create a literal and metaphorical diagonal pathway through the urban landscape of Pier Mauá, inviting visitors to simultaneously consider the history, present and future of the site.

     At the centre of the installations, Lucas has created a diagonal passageway through an abandoned warehouse, cutting into the fabric of the building to create two revolving doors, subverting the original architectural design to bring the outside, inside and vice versa.

    The artist says: “The Museum of the Diagonal Man is a constantly evolving, long-term process. It is fantastic to have this opportunity to realise so many elements at once, in the city in which I live, and at such a significant moment in the Pier Mauá’s history”.

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    The Museum of the Diagonal Man (2014)
    Photograph: Roberto Chamorro
    Courtesy of the Artist and Absolut

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We are getting ready for two weeks of art in Brazil- first enjoying the São Paulo Bienal (Sept 6- Dec 7) and then heading over to ArtRio (Sept 11- 14) . This year we are even more excited than usual, since our Art Award winner, brazilian artist Renata Lucas, will present her Absolut Art Award winning project. More details will follow in next week’s post!

    We are getting ready for two weeks of art in Brazil- first enjoying the São Paulo Bienal (Sept 6- Dec 7) and then heading over to ArtRio (Sept 11- 14) . This year we are even more excited than usual, since our Art Award winner, brazilian artist Renata Lucas, will present her Absolut Art Award winning project. More details will follow in next week’s post!

    (Source: nazishmunch)

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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.

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    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.

  9. 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.

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'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!

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    '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!