Opinion

Art Theory, Opinion, Trends in Art

What is art for Fran Lebowitz?

By Abel Cervantes

A few weeks ago Netflix released one of the most interesting series in recent months. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring writer Fran Lebowitz, Pretend It’s a City exposes in 7 chapters several of the most transcendent topics about one of the most emblematic places in the world through a question: is New York a city? From a critical and acute perspective—how could it be otherwise with Lebowitz as the main character—.Pretend It’s a City reaches one of its highest points in the second chapter, dedicated to cultural manifestations. Though from a scathing and lapidary perspective, the New York-based writer cleverly exposes some of the most common perspectives around the visual arts. I stop here to explore two of them:

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Artists, Featured Artist, Opinion, Trends in Art

Art, Science, and Gender Studies: Charlotte Jarvis and the Female Sperm

By Camila Durán

A couple of years ago the controversial artist Charlotte Jarvis unveiled In Posse, an art project that aims to create female sperm. The first questions around this project revolve around the essence of the disciplines: to what extent can we talk about contemporary art? Is it a scientific project? How does gender studies intervene?

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Art Advisory, Investing in Art, Opinion, Performance, Tips for Art collectors

Collecting the Ephemeral: How to Collect Performance?

By Regina de Con Cossío

Performance is one of the most complex art expressions in all senses. It is about experience, time and space. But how to preserve those moments that run like a breathe? Is it enough having a photo, a video or simply a paper to archive those experiences that set a trace on the memory?

We know it: collecting art is not simply about randomly gathering a bunch of art pieces, it is about supporting art but also preserve our history and memory. So here are some reflections about the difficult work that implies collecting performance art.

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Opinion

Decline of Public Monuments

By Abel Cervantes

I don’t know how it works in other countries, but in Mexico there is a vicious circle between governments and departments that sell public monuments. On many occasions, artists collude with governments to sell them monumental works (with few artistic values ​​and many times frankly ugly) and offer maintenance services to guarantee business. However, which are the criteria that governments must have to acquire a work of art that will be part of the urban landscape?

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Featured Artist, Opinion, The Provocation Column, Tips for Art collectors, Trends in Art

7 artists to follow in 2021

By Regina De Con Cossío

A new year ahead, and with it a fresh and new access to explore artistic manifestos!  Keen to research, follow and learn more of the contemporary art scene, let’s welcome this 2021 with an open-minded and free spirit to delve more into art. If you are looking where to commence this new journey, have at hand the names of this seven artists, for they combine smart narratives and strong critiques with a variety of techniques and sensibility.

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Opinion, Trends in Art

What awaits art in 2021?

By Abel Cervantes

It is not necessary to repeat it: the word of 2020 is Covid-19. What happened this year will cause a series of social, political, economic changes, whose remains to be seen. I have mentioned it in other places: perhaps the two most important events of the 21st century are September-11 and Covid-19.

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