Volatile Smile: A Conversation with Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann

Volatile Smile: A Conversation with Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann

Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann are both a couple and multi-media artist duo, collaborating since 1996.  After a high frequency trading company threatened to sue them for their last book Volatile Smile, which features pictures of the desks of stock traders, they found new ways of resisting; articulating censorship in an exhibition by obscuring the questionable images with black paint—transforming oppression into art. Geissler and Sann sat down with Document to discuss their recent exhibition shown at Cindy Rucker Gallery. 

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Original Document: Donna Karan by Denis Piel, 1985

Unearthing Donna Karan's rare video directed by Denis Piel and starring Rosemary McGrotha from the year Karan founded her brand, one can't help but feel her modern vision. Founded in 1985, Karan carved a niche for herself and for her vision of the modern woman with her system of dressing—seven easy pieces—and her casual smart 'cold-shoulder' silhouette.

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Gavin Brown’s enterprise bids farewell to its West Village Gallery with Jannis Kounellis

Gavin Brown’s enterprise bids farewell to its West Village Gallery with Jannis Kounellis

Gavin Brown’s enterprise, the perennially hip downtown art gallery, recently announced it would be moving to Amsterdam Ave. and 126th Street, adjacent to Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus and a stone’s throw from Gavin Brown’s own Harlem townhouse. But before closing his far West Village space this past weekend, the dealer feted the closure with a re-creation of Jannis Kounellis’s legendary Untitled (12 Horses) and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.

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