L.A. Art and PST at Martin-Gropius-Bau

Article by Devon Caranicas – in Berlin; Friday, Mar. 30, 2012.

As Los Angeles’ artistic reputation is shifting into the spotlight, the city remains an anomaly for many. Known for a culture whose biggest export is Hollywood, it’s easy to assume that celebrity and superficiality rule supreme in the west coast capital…[read on…]

BMW Guggenheim retreats from its Kreuzberg hotspot

Informative meeting at Artitude about the BMW Guggenheim Lab; photo: Despina Stokou

Article by Jeni Fulton – in Berlin; Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012.

The BMW-sponsored Guggenheim „urban research“ lab found the Wrangelkiez area in Kreuzberg a little too hot for its liking. Citing police warnings regarding possible attacks with “Farbbeutel” (paint-filled bags) and rotten eggs, the mobile building skulked off to find another, less lefty-anarchist sodden area…[read on…]

Printing as Performance – an Interview with Spartacus Chetwynd

Spartacus Chetwynd at Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch

Interview by Jeni Fulton – in Berlin; Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.

Spartacus Chetwynd is a British performance artist, renowned for her surreal, opulently baroque performances. Chetwynd’s work references themes running the gamut from Milton to Star Wars. Currently, she is exhibiting a series of Monoprints at Galerie Giti Nourbaksch…[read on…]

A Breed Apart, a Breed Asunder at Klemm’s

Ulrich Gebert, A Breed Apart (2012)

Article by Melissa Steckbauer – in Berlin; Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.

Ulrich Gebert’s, A Breed Apart at Klemm’s is an explicit but painful tour of human “intercourse with nature” as per the press release. I find the blend of play, cuteness, and light weight dogma to be especially rewarding and the strongest line throughout the show to be the subtle identity politics…[read on…]

Remaining Only at Tanya Leighton’s gallery

Sean Edward – “Remaining Only” (2011), installation view, detail; courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

Article by Melissa Steckbauer – in Berlin; Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.

A sweeping wooden (or polyblend?) frame just blocks the main entrance of Tanya Leighton’s gallery door. Nothing can be quite as intimidating in the arts as coming into contact with those select doors, lists, and private parties where to “pass” is still a measure of self-assurance…[read on…]

My art is driven by crisis – Christian Jankowski

Article by Jeni Fulton in Berlin // Jan. 16, 2012
Can an artist dictate the terms of social collaboration, or does he remain a recording device for situations he himself initiates? The Berlin-based artist Christian Jankowski asks this question repeatedly…[read on…]

ON THE ROAD SERIES: Highlights of Berlin at Art Basel Miami

Article by Monica Salazar – in Berlin; Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

This past week, the art world, collectors and art enthusiasts flooded to Miami for Art Basel Miami, the leading international art show in the Americas. This year, the fair celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary, exhibiting over 260 of the world’s leading galleries and 2,000 artist of the 20th and 21st century. Berlin showed it’s usual strong presence with 24 galleries represented at Art Basel Miami and numerous others at the simultaneous satellite fairs…[read on…]

Peter und der Wolf; a Brief Cosmology of Peter Böhnisch and Wolfgang Ganter

Interview by Melissa Steckbauer – in Berlin; Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011.

Peter Böhnisch and Wolfgang Ganter met in 1999 when they began their studies at the Akademie für bildende Künste. I was introduced to the artists in 2007 and have not seen a more respectful pair of friends who stand on such different ground characteristically. I spoke with the guys over Sunday dinner in November…[read on…]

BERLIN ARCH LINK : The Tactile Side of the Virtual – an Interview with Arquitectos Anónimos

Interview by Marta Jecu – in Berlin; Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.

The explicit and provocative credo of Portuguese architecture office Arquitectos Anonimos, founded in 2006, is an active response to the prevalent role that architects have come to adopt: the project-mastermind. The goal is an architecture that is not the result of a uni-directional, authorial process, but a construction that changes its shape and reinvents itself day by day…[read on…]

BERLIN ARCH LINK: Katrien Ligt’s With New Eyes

Article by Elizabeth Feder – in Berlin; Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.

On a bright afternoon in late October, a group of strangers met at Berlin-Hauptbahnhof. All were there to participate in Ligt’s most recent work, entitled With New Eyes, a city tour through the perception of blind individuals. And while the tour’s framework begins with reading the city through alternatives to the visual, With New Eyes achieves a sensory power in its searching for the line between seeing and not-seeing. Her search to define this fluctuating border ultimately leads to a question of subjectivity within the urban construct…[read on…]

L.A. Crash. An interview with Mirko Martin

Mirko Martin - "L.A. Crash"

Article by Jeni Fulton – in Berlin; Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.

After a year-long Fulbright placement in Los Angeles in 2005/06, Berlin based artist Mirko Martin has continually used the West Coast hub as the subject for his artistic practice. Inspired by Downtown’s urban grit punctuated with glossy Hollywood films sets Mirko photographs and groups his images to blur the line between reality and fiction…[read on…]