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

  2. 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!

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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.

  5. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

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    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.