Ben Valentine

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REYKJAVÍK, Iceland — “I was told to spit on my own beloved son over and over … Everything went according to plan — I spat and spat,” so goes the essay for Ragnar Kjartansson’s exhibition Me and My Mother.

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Post image for How Artists Can Help Us Conceive of New Flags and Monuments for the US

All flags bear the stain of conquest.

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Post image for An Exhibition That Ticks Its Way Toward Apocalypse

BRUSSELS — Entering Patrick Bernatchez’s exhibition Les Temps Inacheves (French for “unfinished time”) at the Argos Centre for Art and Media, you are first confronted by “Lost in Time 33-66” (2014), an amplified metronome and a record player.

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Tired of the one-sided and often misogynistic narrative of the pickup artist (PUA), visual art Angela Washko wanted to provide a more complex understanding of PUAs by recasting their stories from women’s perspectives.

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Not long ago I wrote an article celebrating the work being done by cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab. After the piece was published, a writer, curator, and friend wrote to me to express concerns about the lack of women of color artists in the group.

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In mid-December, 12 hackers, artists, coders, and activists gathered to tackle issues of privacy, surveillance, anonymity, and big data as they manifest in our society.

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Nurturing New Art in Vietnam

by Ben Valentine on January 2, 2015

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HO CHI MINH CITY — Galerie Quynh’s current exhibition, The Cosmos and the Sea, features new work by Los Angeles–based artist Christine Nguyen. Her large drawings and photographs provoke a vibrant imagined landscape of geometric forms and ephemeral figures.

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Artist Sells Naming Rights to a Landfill

by Ben Valentine on December 22, 2014

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Common wisdom has it that when you’re facing a problem, one of the first steps should be to identify the heart of the matter and name it. The sooner the issue is named, the sooner you can discuss what’s to be done. Tokyo-based artist Yoshinori Niwa is taking this idea to a comical extreme in his attempt to address landfills in metro Manila.

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In March of last year, the new director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Charles Venable, cut 29 jobs to relieve a budget problem. While the museum’s endowment is one of the 10 largest in the country, Venable apparently still believes more must be done to ensure the financial success of the institution, namely, moving from free general admission to $18.

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Death and Trade in Vietnam

by Ben Valentine on December 12, 2014

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HO CHI MINH, Vietnam — The exhibition Come to [What] End? tackles big questions in the way that art does best.

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