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On Christian Falsnaes’s “Rea McNamara”

by Rea McNamara on September 15, 2015
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How does it feel to be an artist’s material? For me, it felt like crossing a boundary—or at least it did this afternoon when I was emailed a YouTube link documenting my performance in Christian Falsnaes’s “The Title Is Your Name”. The work is part of his contribution to the 2015 National Gallery Prize exhibition at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof, which includes works from the other shortlisted artists Florian Hecker, Anne Imhof and Slavs and Tatars. (The prize winner will be determined by international jury on September 18th.)

When I watched the video “Rea McNamara”, then, I saw myself — the supposedly passive art viewer — as the protagonist of this work of art. I’m alone, in a curtained-off white room, watching at a desk with headphones a video on a iPad. Prior to entering, I was in a cordoned off waiting room; at the request of a docent in German, I turned off my iPhone. A distracted attention span would not be tolerated.

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Small Town in Germany Hides Dark Secret: Hitler’s Horses!

by Corinna Kirsch on May 20, 2015
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Yes, really.

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Week Seven: Exhibitions Any Way You Want Them

by Corinna Kirsch on December 17, 2013
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The Death Star, an Internet poet, Rembrandt, a pig-man, and video art you can’t see.

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Four Gems from Berlin’s Sprawling Gallery Weekend

by Matthew Leifheit on May 7, 2013
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From the number of Berliners in galleries last weekend, you would think they were handing out free bratwurst.
Instead, they’d come for art, which fills every crevasse and hole in the city during Berlin Gallery Weekend. It’s similar to Gallery Week in New York, in that it brings big-name artists in for shows at major galleries and institutions. But thanks to cheap rents, you’ll just as often stumble across a show in a back alley, an empty shipping container, or somebody’s apartment. Here are the four shows that, more than the rest, had a little more soul.

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Petra Cortright: VICKY DEEP IN SPRING VALLEY

by Paddy Johnson on October 25, 2012
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Back in September during the NY Art Book Fair, Petra Cortright casually mentioned that it normally doesn’t take her longer than 20 minutes to make an artwork. Her e-book, published by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited, took her maybe an hour.

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