Monthly Archives: December 2013

Black is the New Orange: Post-Prison Pussy Riot

On December 23, Putin made good on the promises made by the amnesty bill passed earlier this month, and released a host of political prisoners, including team Greenpeace and Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, better known as members of the … Continue reading

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While we wait on more releases, Late Night with Diaconov…

Despite some (understandably) over-adrenalined official headlines in the wake of Khodorkovsky’s release [for those of you who just said “who?”, we defer to the ever-great Julia Ioffe], Pussy Riot has not been freed.  According to a Twitter just sent out on … Continue reading

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Kandinsky Prize honors 2013 laureates, while NCCA reveals the finalists to design its new building

It was a day for congratulations in Moscow, when Russia’s National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA) revealed the finalists for the competition to design its new building. Last October, the NCCA jury – which includes Baibakov Art Projects’ Maria Baibakova – … Continue reading

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“Amnesty” for Pussy Riot, Greenpeace, other political activists?

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Russian Constitution, President Vladimir Putin helped sponsor another primarily decorative gesture: a bill that would offer amnesty to several political prisoners, including the members of Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace activists captured … Continue reading

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Okwui Enwezor will curate the 56th Venice Biennale

Forget the Koons and the Kanyes. Just hours before the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach, the art world got some pretty amazing gossip: Okwui Enwezor has been named the director of the 56th Venice Biennale. About time! The current … Continue reading

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