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A Summer Chronicle, part 10: Natasha Stagg's final summer report

A Summer Chronicle, part 9: Natasha Stagg about men, man-splaining and New York's (nonexistent) literati

A Summer Chronicle, part 8: Natasha Stagg about Trump's irreversible damage, "manic" heart racing and a not so happy Chris Kraus

 George W. Bush

A Summer Chronicle, part 7: Natasha Stagg about pre-post-truth innocence and George W. Bush at the gym

A Summer Chronicle, part 6: Natasha Stagg about a Nine Inch Nails concert, VIP areas at music festivals, and her life

A Summer Chronicle, part 5: Natasha Stagg attends a wedding and meets her idol, everything else is shit

 Photo: Deborah Turbeille for Vogue (May 1975)

Photo: Deborah Turbeille for Vogue (May 1975)

A Summer Chronicle, part 4: Natasha Stagg on castings, consultancies and Cody Critcheloe

 Photo: Egor Slizyak

Photo: Egor Slizyak

Does the feed change our experience of time?

 Still from  Arthur  (1981)

Still from Arthur (1981)

A Summer Chronicle, part 3: Natasha Stagg observes the day to day life of New York's Upper East Side while sitting in a coffee shop offering 26$ wedge salads

 Cover of Vogue in June 1932

Cover of the June 1932 Vogue (detail)

A Summer Chronicle, part 2: Natasha Stagg writes about working in the fashion-magazine world and loneliness on Independence Day

A Summer Chronicle, part 1. Natasha Stagg writes about families, fantasies, and flying

 Franziska Sophie Wildförster and Cory Scozzari

Franziska Sophie Wildförster and Cory Scozzari

Curators Cory Scozzari and Franziska Sophie Wildförster talk about their experiences setting up new exhibition spaces in Vienna

There is something enigmatic about her theatrical installations. With paintings, readymades, sculptures, drawings and videos, they draw the viewer into a world of glitter, horror, stars and victims, but we never know who it belongs to. By Barry Schwabsky 

 Laura Windhager and Oliver Croy

Laura Windhager and Oliver Croy

From a gallerist's perspective: Laura Windhager and Oliver Croy discuss the new Viennese art scene

 Photo: Alexander Coggin

Photo: Alexander Coggin

Can art still be fun?

Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, on Bob Flanagan’s Visiting Hours (1994)

 View from outside

View from outside

An interview with artist Kader Attia about La Colonie in Paris

Artists Joey Holder, Merike Estner, curator Maria Arusoo, artists Kolbeinn Hugi, Kris Lemsalu, and Georg Kargl Fine Arts' Fiona Liewehr

Georg Kargl Fine Arts curated by Maria Arusoo

Photo: eSeL

Artwork by Elías Adasme

Kerstin Engholm Gallery curated by Heike Munder

Photo: eSeL

Installing HH Lim's work Lao Tzu said, 2016

Christine König Galerie curated by Giulia Ferracci

Photo: eSeL

 Hund flieht aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Hund flieht aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Jeden zweiten Dienstag schreibt Timo Feldhaus über das Wichtigste auf der Welt: andere Leute.

 Figure a Sea, 2015 Dancers of the Cullberg Ballet: In the front: Unn Faleide, Eleanor Campbell, Samuel Draper.  In the back: Barry Brannum, Eszter Czédulás, Paolo Mangiola Photo: Urban Jörén

Figure a Sea, 2015

Dancers of the Cullberg Ballet:
In the front: Unn Faleide, Eleanor Campbell, Samuel Draper. 
In the back: Barry Brannum, Eszter Czédulás, Paolo Mangiola
Photo: Urban Jörén

The choreographer and dancer Deborah Hay talks about the importance of language and the ethics of optimism.

 Archie Burnett

Archie Burnett

Dancer Archie Burnett, the first Father of the House of Ninja, talks about 45 years of Vogue and Waacking

 Photo: Filipe Braga

Photo: Filipe Braga

Who is the thief?

 Vincenzo Della Corte

Vincenzo Della Corte

Vin Vin in Vienna

 Photo: Benoit Marie

Photo: Benoit Marie

Is all the world a stage?

 Photo by Amalia Ulman

Photo by Amalia Ulman

What does it mean today to have a life with kids, to have a life in art, and to live a life? Why are children and the artist's life so hard to unite? Or is this a false assumption? Spike Art Daily dedicates a series of interviews to the problematic relationship that the art industry has with its offspring. In this interview Lauren Boyle and Marco Roso, two of the four members of DIS, talk about why the concept of family is just "too much for the art world" and the differences between raising kids in Berlin and New York.

Every Tuesday Timo Feldhaus writes about the most important thing in the world: other people.

 Still from unreleased project to be shown in Basel

Still from unreleased project to be shown in Basel

Swiss artist Hannah Weinberger has no studio, and if she started to want one, she says she would rather "stop doing art and open up a bakery". Here, the artist describes her itinerant practice, objects that inspire her, and the influence the birth of her kids has had on her work.

M.I.A's campaign to help greenwash H&M is a catastrophe. Edward Snowden is collaborating with Jean-Michel Jarre on a techno track. Lady Gaga visited Assange when he was first on the lam. All of this is totally horrible and wrong. Dean Kissick explains why and asks: How powerful is soft power? And what does it mean to be "radical chic" today?

 Interior view Sanya Kantarovsky's studio All images courtesy of Sanya Kantarovsky

Interior view Sanya Kantarovsky's studio
All images courtesy of Sanya Kantarovsky

New York-based artist Sanya Kantarovsky gives us a view of his industrial studio and shows us some things which inspire him. Finding the right balance between isolation and collaboration, and between Taylor Swift and Bulgarian choir music isn’t always easy. But Kantarovsky makes it work. Here's how:

 Jack Halberstam Photo: Assaf Evron

Jack Halberstam
Photo: Assaf Evron

What can children teach us about resistance?

 Photo: Lisa Ruyter

Photo: Lisa Ruyter

An obituary for Tamuna Sirbiladze, the widow of the late Franz West, who has now also passed away.

Is there a way out of self-exploitation?

 Untitled , 1997, Franz West & Heimo Zobernig Installation view Fundação de Serralves, Porto Photo: Archiv HZ

Untitled, 1997, Franz West & Heimo Zobernig
Installation view Fundação de Serralves, Porto
Photo: Archiv HZ

No art without alcohol. The artists' bar has a rich history in Vienna, more than perhaps anywhere else. Why do artists not only build but also go so far as to run bars themselves? Why do we give in again and again to the dubious charms of bars? With an introduction by Thomas Miessgang.

 Nathan Fielder

Nathan Fielder

Dean Kissick discusses the shifting value of the term “artist” in our current state of global affairs and the complicity between Comedien Nathan Fielder and political figures from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin.

 Exterior view of Mathis Altmann's current studio All images courtesy of Mathis Altmann

Exterior view of Mathis Altmann's current studio
All images courtesy of Mathis Altmann

In Zürich Mathis Altmann was involved in founding a number of artist-run spaces, such as Paloma Presents and New Jersyy, whose influence spread far beyond Switzerland. From his temporary home in sunny California, and before his upcoming presentation at Paramount Ranch 3, he reminisces about studios past and shows us his cement-covered current space in Los Angeles.

  Photo: Walther Le Kon

 Photo: Walther Le Kon

What was most important about 90s art?

 Stian Eide Kluge and Steffen Håndlykken All images: Courtesy of 1857

Stian Eide Kluge and Steffen Håndlykken
All images: Courtesy of 1857

1857 is an artist-run space in Oslo tackling the genres and conventions of exhibition making head on. Founders Stian Eide Kluge and Steffen Håndlykken talk with Esperanza Rosales about placeholders, ugly bastards, and steering ship.

 Photo: eSeL.at

Photo: eSeL.at

Why do you use paintings in your performances?

A low murmur passed through the
crowd when I entered the room. Then
everyone fell silent and all you could
hear was quiet whispering: “He’s arrived!” By Rafael Horzon

 Photo: Alberto Gamazo

Photo: Alberto Gamazo

What does it mean today to have a life with kids, to have a life in art, and to live a life? Why are children and the artist's life so hard to unite? Or is this a false assumption? Spike Art Daily dedicates a series of interviews to the problematic relationship that the art industry has with its offspring. In this interview, curator and theorist Chus Martínez talks about shared realities, competitive situations and why children always open us up.

How painterly is your video work?

 Photo: Kate Young

Portrait of Jacob Appelbaum 

Photo: Kate Young

If the art world has the image of a non-transparent, nepotistic closed circle, what happens when hackers claim their place in it? And more importantly why go into art when you could hack the system?

Jacob Appelbaum, internet activist and journalist, played an important role in the publication of the Snowden documents and the revelation of the spied-on mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 33-years-old hacker talks with us about his first solo art exhibition in Berlin and why this city is a magnet for freedom fighters.

 Leon Kahane and Yanis Varoufakis photographed by Keren Cytter 

Leon Kahane and Yanis Varoufakis photographed by Keren Cytter 

Since this summer everybody knows that Yanis Varoufakis is a principled idealist, that his wife is an artist, and that he drives a motorbike very fast.

 Photo: G etty Images

Photo: Getty Images

The buzz in the build-up had all been about Caitlyn Jenner — attending, or possibly walking the catwalk. In the end she didn't come to the show — this Givenchy show, where fashion and art would celebrate their latest reunion. The BFF‘s Marina Abramović and designer Ricardo Tisci constructed a favela-inspired setting to combine runway show and art performance. Our writer Dean Kissick was not amused.

 Photo: Marco Anelli, © 2012

Photo: Marco Anelli, © 2012

What do you teach young artists?

Portrait by Marina Faust

One month ago the French Minister of Culture dismissed Nicolas Bourriaud from his post as director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in an astonishing decision that caused a storm in French - and international - media, replete with rumors of high-level intrigue and allegations of nepotism.
Now Bourriaud tells his version of events. What did the renowned curator and theorist's dismissal have to do with Ralph Lauren? How come the students couldn't work in their studios for six days beforehand? And what are his hopes for the future of the institution?

 In theh middle: Rózsa Zita Farkas with Zhoe Granger (Manager) and Lily Cheetah Nicol (assistant). British Vogue, August, p.144

Rózsa Zita Farkas with Zhoe Granger (Manager) and Lily Cheetah Nicol (assistant).

British Vogue, August, p.144

5 questions for Rózsa Farkas of Arcadia Missa

 Calanque de Sugiton

Calanque de Sugiton

The Swiss artist on temporary studio situations and swimming

The Vienna-based artist talks about Wilhelm Busch and home improvement

 Jesse James (1939), Henry Fonda, 20th Century Fox

Jesse James (1939), Henry Fonda, 20th Century Fox
Back in the days, when bank robbers carried guns instead of cameras

Filmmaker Joe Gibbons robbed a bank. That was just a performance, he said after his arrest. Now he is going to prison. The question remains: Was this a very bad robbery or really good art?

 Juergen Teller / System

Juergen Teller / System

Of course you've already seen the pictures Juergen Teller took of himself with the rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian, the Inventress of Selfie. Our author explains why it takes an age of the grotesque to make Kim's posterior into a work of art.

Of course I like art. “It’s my wife and it’s my life”, as Lou Reed would say. But to name favorite artists like the names of Ninja Turtles – it’s like saying that Mozart is great or that Marx or Freud were important. You can’t say that, these are facts. To name some “third of May”, “raft”, “burial”, “barricade”, “luncheon”, “water lilies”, or “apples” doesn’t make sense either. They might be favourites, but they’re everybody’s favourites. If someone says Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is a good painting … yeah, it’s a great painting.

 Image credit: Long Studio, Fogo Island Arts. Saunders Architecture. Photo courtesy Fogo Island Arts © Bent René Synnevåg

Flaka Haliti's studio in July & August on Fogo Island

Long Studio, Fogo Island Arts. Saunders Architecture. © Bent René Synnevåg

The Munich-based artist is off to beautiful places

 McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg

McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg

The New York–based artist shows us everything but her studio.

Michael E. Smith, Untitled (2014). Sunflower stalk, t-shirt, resin, 50 x 4 x 4.5 cm.

5 questions to Chris Sharp who runs "Lulu" in Mexico City

 Photo of Martin Soto Climent, Lulu (the owner of the local juice bar Climent and Sharp named our space after) and Chris Sharp, taken on the day of Lulu's two year anniversary. 

Photo of Martin Soto Climent, Lulu (the owner of the local juice bar Climent and Sharp named their space after) and Chris Sharp, taken on the day of Lulu's two year anniversary. 

5 questions to Chris Sharp who co-runs "Lulu" in Mexico City

Yesterday we published an interview in which Marina Abramović accuses the rapper Jay-Z of breaking an agreement. Abramović gave Jay-Z permission to adapt her piece “The Artist is Present” (originally performed as part of her 2010 retrospective at MoMA) for a music video of

 Crystal Cinema I, Marina Abramovic

Crystal Cinema I, Marina Abramovic

It was one of the biggest meetings of art and pop culture in the last ten years. But was it also a game changer? And what were the consequences for the participants? When Jay-Z adapted Marina Abramović's performance "The Artist is Present" (2010) for his video "Picasso Baby" at New York's Pace Gallery in 2013, many wondered: how did Abramović end up here? New York’s art scene was the audience, with Abramović herself as the star. Looking back, Marina wonders this too. At her recent retrospective at SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, she openly discussed the drawbacks of having replaced the physical, face-to-face encounter with the camera, and having become a brand.

 Foto von Heji Shin

What does it mean today to lead a life with a child, a life in art and a life as such? Why are children and life as an artist so difficult to reconcile? Or is that perhaps not true at all? In a series of interviews, Spike Art Daily is dedicating itself to the problematic relationship that the art world has with its children. We start with Isabelle Graw. The critic, professor, and editor of Texte zur Kunst explains why children sometimes even make it easier to oppose the logic of an economy that has it in for our lives.

5 questions to Salvatore Viviano who runs the "one work gallery" in Vienna

 Photo: Michael Dannenmann, Düsseldorf

Photo: Michael Dannenmann, Düsseldorf

What was the role of the rediscovery of artists in the 1960s and what is it today?

 Noam in front of his dads sculpture 

Noam in front of his dads sculpture 

Harm van den Dorpel on "having kids in the art world"

 Poetry reading by Keith J. Varadi, photograph by Sarah Rosengarten  

Mai Ueda, Tea Ceremony with Ready Mades, 2014, photograph by Adrianna Glaviano Artwork:
Anne Speier, Identity Entity, Broken Glass Pudding 1 and 2, 2013
Collage, 150 x 165cm each
INSTALLED: 29.04 - 15.09.2014

5 questions for Ché Zara Blomfield, who runs "The Composing Rooms" in Berlin

 Nik Kosmas lifting weights

Nik Kosmas lifting weights

Why did you decide to end your career as a young and successful visual artist?

 Set photo of Madame Bovary by Vincente Minnelli showing the filmmaker, Jennifer Jones and Louis Jourdan

Set photo of Madame Bovary by Vincente Minnelli showing the filmmaker, Jennifer Jones and Louis Jourdan

I have so many favorites ... a mountain of favorites ... well so here is the peak of my mountain of favorites ... things I’m living and breathing, very inspired by, and grateful to be on the same earth as .... None of them may be “new” but perhaps they are new to you or nice to be reminded of ... so many artworks can be felt completely anew, depending on the moment one collides with them ...

 About A B order, 2013 Diverse Materialien / Mixed media 8-teilig / 8 parts 280 x 520 x 274 cm Courtesy Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Wien Photos: Markus Wörgötter

About A B order, 2013
Diverse Materialien / Mixed media
8-teilig / 8 parts
280 x 520 x 274 cm
Courtesy Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Wien
Photos: Markus Wörgötter

Though Austrian artist Heinrich Dunst is au fait with the ins and outs of painting and performance, his true medium is »discourse«. One must therefore assess his conceptual work with retrospect to its origins in the Viennese scene of the 80s. If today, the discursiveness of art has become brittle, Dunst is the man to dissolve its final binding ties.

 Foto: Fabian Gonzalez

Foto: Fabian Gonzalez

Chris Fitzpatrick, Director of Kunstverein München, on »Serial Protest Signs« (1998–?) by Frank Chu.

 Margaret Lee, Exhibition view of »Michele Abeles/Margaret Lee\Darren Bader« White Columns, New York City, 2010 Courtesy of White Columns

Margaret Lee, Exhibition view of »Michele Abeles/Margaret Lee\Darren Bader«
White Columns, New York City, 2010
Courtesy of White Columns

Affective affinities and the works of friends influence me. Dialogues and life inform my thinking. I love for works to explore new territories. I believe, naïvely, in the power of art to change society. This belief is growing stronger by the day. Here is a small sample of works and artists who open doors in my head.

 Nancy Spector & Tino Sehgal  Foto: David Velasco

Nancy Spector & Tino Sehgal 
Photo: David Velasco

Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, on This Progress (2006) by Tino Sehgal

Wherein lies the happiness of wage labour?