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Ali Banisadr When the Simorgh Paints
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At the Benaki Museum’s top floor gallery with its walls of a muted shade of aquamarine, Iranian born American artist Ali Banisadr pairs his paintings with some of the museum’s celebrated Chinese porcelains for a show entitled Ultramarinus – Beyond the...
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Marina Karella From Time to Time
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We all have a place we love to go. For the artist Marina Karella it is a studio in the Northern Dodecanese in Chora, a hillside village on the island of Patmos built around the fortified monastery of St. John the Theologian. From...
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Erwin Wurm Shedding Light on the Absurd
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Currently covered by the sleeve of his winter jacket, the tattoo on Erwin Wurm’s arm, “One minute forever,” evokes the series of action-based performative sculptures he conceived 21 years ago.  For a One Minute Sculpture Wurm offers a handwritten instruction and/or a suggestive...
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Adel Abdessemed Dans une usine de rêves qui pensent
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Two full-scale cast-steel pigeons, each with strips of dynamite and a Blackberry phone tied to its back, sit quietly in Adel Abdessemed’s Parisian studio. Dressed in his trademark blue pants, a black shirt and a matching jacket, the forty-nine-year-old Franco...
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David Shrigley Thumbs Up
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British visual artist David Shrigley attempts to rock climb on the Greek island of Hydra and within minutes he draws an appreciative crowd. While he may be improvising for a photo shoot, performing isn’t new to him. Shrigley was an...
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Kiki Smith Where the Sea Meets the Sky
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It all started with a drawing that American artist Kiki Smith made seven years ago of the long and wandering Hydra, the sea serpent in the sky, and its adjoining constellations Corvus (crow), Noctua (owl), Crater (chalice), Sextans (sextant) and...
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Imran Qureshi That Kind of Sensibility
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Morning And Night Sang A Duet Together For A Long Moment in the historic Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain United Arab Emirates or at least they will have done when Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi unveils his site-specific installation for...
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Cecilia Alemani Breathing Public Art
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It’s 10 am on the High Line in New York City, and two women in red cocktail dresses walk down the old railway turned greenway one after the other, each holding a book to her chest. Curator and director of...
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Tony Cragg Master of Materials
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Tony Cragg likes order. He likes to classify his sculptures, group them into families and think in terms of the relationships between those families. “I am very skeptical about throwing things at the wall and doing chance things, but art...
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Dakis Joannou 2859 Words
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In the brightly lit living room of his yacht Guilty, Dakis Joannou displays his new set of publications 2000 Words conceived by his good friend Massimiliano Gioni. “My relationship with Massimiliano goes way back. He interviewed me for Flash Art, when he was twenty-five,...
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Urs Fischer Natural Order
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In the luminous studio, nude women recline gracefully on couches. One of them, gleaming in the sun that streams through the skylight, looks as if she has been dipped in liquid gold like the woman in Goldfinger. Another, partly veiled...
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Jean-Michel Othoniel The Storyteller
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A mysterious black and white photograph, the detail of an entrance gate to the Locus Solus villa, adorns the cover of a book on Jean-Michel Othoniel’s drawing table in the Marais district in Paris. The novel Locus Solus, written by Raymond...
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Joana Vasconcelos Portuguese Baroque
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From her office on the top floor of a former cereal factory warehouse on the banks of the Tagus River in Lisbon,  Joana Vasconcelos coordinates all her studio’s activities.  Below her, on the ground floor,  two lions covered in crochet lace, assisted...
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Nicolas Party The Imaginary Traveler
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Swiss artist Nicolas Party would rather go to a museum than on a hike. “I look at art more than reality,” he says. He can, however, imagine gathering all painted trees, including the ones he is standing next to, into...
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