Nelson Saiers’ “Shortening: Making Irrational Rational” at Alcatraz

A site-specific installation questioning the duration of prison sentences for minor non-violent offenses

Every detail of NYC-based artist Nelson Saiers‘ current exhibition inside San Francisco’s Alcatraz (the famous prison turned National Park) carries depths of meaning. Why would an artist string up football jerseys in the numerical order of Pi inside a former penitentiary? A few reasons. First, inmates often refer to long, double-digit sentences as their football numbers. Second, Pi is an irrational (unending) number. And finally, …

“Spatial Illumination” at D Museum, Seoul

Bathing in light and color at the South Korean capital's newest addition to the arts scene

Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, opened by South Korea’s Daelim Group in 2002, has a brand new sibling in Seoul. While Daelim has become known for its photo, design and fashion-focused exhibitions, D Museum near-literally steals the spotlight with its inaugural show, “Spatial Illumination—9 Lights in 9 Rooms,” hosting light installations from nine international artists. Featuring diversity in materials and experiences, from neon works by Cerith …

Art Basel 2015: Highlights

Reoccurring themes at this year's extravaganza, from curious chessboards to the political and personal

This year’s edition of Art Basel in Switzerland showcased a huge amount of thrilling, exciting pieces—as did the handful of fairs surrounding the central hub. Naturally, when you have over 300 galleries, showing many more artists, some themes will keep reoccurring. Below are some of our favorite connected pieces from the art fair, drawing from impactful topics we found resonant. There’s everything from classic materials …