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20150327132926-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e8 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E8 with Pope.L   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/27/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Pope.L puts on his best Dick Cheney face to do Danny's make up. Expect gr... [more]

20150326223703-screen_shot_2015-03-26_at_11 Performing Tables   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/25/15

Laura Letinsky photographs material debris left behind on tabletops. Orange peels, breadcrumbs, partially consumed cakes, wine stains, or sometimes a more theatrical octopus spread out in evocative, transitory constellations. At any moment one imagines a figure will enter the picture frame, destroying the aesthetic confluence in an effort to wipe the table down and deposit all captured remnants in a trashcan. This is partly what’s so compelling about these photographs: framed by the camer... [more]

20150319094644-2 Henry Taylor Filters Life Through Portraiture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Henry Taylor at Untitled New York March 1st - April 4th
Posted 3/24/15

Near the entrance of Untitled Gallery on the Lower East Side is a slab of concrete with a shovel stuck into it. Chair legs and wire sprout off the shovel, as do branches wrapped in stretched pantyhose like wings on an urban angel. The shovel’s handle fits into the mouth of a plastic bottle shaped like a fuel container, painted black to resemble an African mask. On the adjacent wall hangs an antique wooden mirror frame, which now holds a hand-drawn Confederate flag found by the artist. Two to... [more]

20150324105903-unnamed-6 Omenka Gallery Lagos: Gallerist Oliver Enwonwu on Nigerian Art for the Future   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

Omenka Gallery is based in the relatively affluent Ikoyi district of Lagos, located near the Lagoon. The complex of buildings I enter is surrounded by a beautifully kept garden with a cafe. The young and dynamic gallery for contemporary art is set next to the Enwonwu family home as well as the Ben Enwonwu Foundation. Oliver Enwonwu, Director of Omenka Gallery, is the youngest child of the pioneering modernist artist Ben Enwonwu, although, as he explains here, this did not predetermine his going into... [more]

20150324162601-mr_art_critic_poster The Internet as a Platform for Art Criticism, and Dildos   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

The much-loathed profession of art criticism is facing an odd future online: the myth of the click web has turned out to be apocryphal, and according to recent research conducted by and written about by Chartbeat, we're heading towards the era of the "attention web." But traffic-seeking clickbait has not been completely disbanded. We know that last year one of the most searched for words on our site was "dildo." How does this data-crunching on how readers navigate, and on what they enjoy on our site... [more]

20150324155802-i Trying to Disarm a Racist Machine with Aesthetics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin at Foam - Fotografie Museum March 20th - June 3rd
Posted 3/24/15

The capitalist economy is sexist: women earn less than men for doing the same job and the glass ceiling prevents them from ever reaching the top. Mainstream media are biased against LGBTs and propagate heterosexuality as the norm. It’s usually systems that are accused of being skewed against minorities, and usually on just grounds. But Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin take it one step further. The artist duo echoes French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who, when shooting a film in Mozambique... [more]

20150325120250-20150324015053-mario-hell Mario Rising: Imagery, Identity, and Myth in an 8-bit Classic   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

The internet is a petri dish for myth and meme. Stories and ideas self replicate, mutate, spread themselves around. What is the tipping point for an idea to become so copiously proliferated that it achieves the status of something like fact? Is it an unwillingness to question the idea's authority, pure dominance through abundance? Whilst looking at some medieval representations of hell online recently I came across the image above. It immediately reminded me of the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong. Could... [more]

20150326125903-69937296_fc033182d1_z #MuseumWeek: The World's Weirdest Museums   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

In celebration of #MuseumWeek 2015, we asked our friends and colleagues: "What's the weirdest museum you've visited?" The responses we got back revealed some pretty wacky institutes from all corners of the globe, from the Pez Museum to the Museum of Broken Relationships. From spine-tingling to saccharine, they reflect the full gamut of human freakiness. But what does the list tell us about our definition of weird—and our attraction to it? Are these museums an homage to life's curiosities, or... [more]

20150324192016-diamond_head_1 The Sphinx of Waikiki   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

At its genesis in the final years of the 19th century, the American Empire was more than just a land-based expansion westward. It was a network of islands, an American Archipelago. A hemispheric smear stretching from Puerto Rico through Cuba, out to Hawai'i, Samoa, Guam, and the Philippines, the real challenge for the American center—like all maritime imperial forces—consisted first and foremost in ensuring the reliable transmission of political, social, and commercial power over the many nautical mi... [more]

20150324201728-6 Do It Anyway: Platforms of Perseverance in San Francisco   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

From the Gold Rush to the Psychedelic era, through the tech boom and bust of the 1990s, San Francisco has been a mecca for prospectors, freaks and geeks, and mainstream challengers. But the city's hold on such monikers has been challenged lately, with populations touted as the “best and brightest” flooding in to work for major tech corporations and affecting the cultural landscape. San Francisco is currently in a heightened state of what the Situationists, particularly Guy Debord, referre... [more]

20150323104956-18_edgar_degas_femme_dans_son_bain_s_epongeant_la_jambe The Emancipation of Private Space in Five Centuries of Art History   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/23/15

The curators of a new exhibition at Marmottan Museum, Paris, Georges Vigarello and Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen, have chosen an audacious topic: La Toilette and The Invention of Privacy, tracing the ritual practices that accompany the toilette through selected part of art history (with works on display from the 15th to the first half of 20th century). Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, Le Bain, 1902. Copyright Musee cantonal des beaux-arts de Lausanne The "toilette" (bathroom) is here understood in i... [more]

20150323113339-_uta8814 RCA Secret Dubai Democratizes Art Dubai by Keeping Artists' Names Secret   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/23/15

What would happen to the art market if all work was sold and acquired democratically? That’s a pretty controversial question to ask at an art fair. In its 9th edition Art Dubai (March 18–21) drew an estimated 25,000 visitors to view modern and contemporary art from 92 galleries in plush exhibition halls. The art market in the United Arab Emirates is about as old as the fair, but thanks to a solid gallery scene, some record Christie’s auctions, and easy import and export policies... [more]

20150320122744-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e7 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E7 with Laura Letinsky   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/20/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Photographer Laura Letinsky gives Danny his creepiest makeover yet while... [more]

20150320132819-thepicnic Archibald J. Motley Jr.: Hearing the Contemporary Pitch   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Archibald Motley at Chicago Cultural Center March 7th - August 31st
Posted 3/20/15

Approaching Archibald J. Motley Jr.’s traveling retrospective, currently on view at the Chicago Cultural Center, one can hear strains of jazz carrying down the Grand Staircase. The music pipes through a ceiling speaker in the brightly lit hall that’s meant to prepare and inform the viewer with a timeline of the painter’s life on one wall, a collection of his quotes on the other. And then one steps through, into the exhibition room itself—and all those nice little atmospheric... [more]

20150319140730-zhang_mlgs01e07_mountainman Denver: A Mile High State of the Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/19/15

Big city digs alongside premier Rocky Mountains destinations, an unquenchable taste for craft and micro-breweries, an accelerating infiltration by the young and ambitious… top it off with the legalization of marijuana and the result is a city bursting with people and energy. It’s an exciting time to be part of the emerging cultural scene that is Denver, Colorado. Following heightened national scrutiny and increased tourist attention over the past year, the Mile High City feels ripe and... [more]

20150318104101-6 Toward Perception of Space   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Miriam Böhm at Ratio 3 March 13th - April 25th
Posted 3/18/15

Arriving at the magic hour before dusk, light poured in from the skylights, casting rectangular shapes with shadow lines on the back wall of the gallery, near an assortment of three stoic yet surprisingly dynamic sculptures on pedestals. The sculpture series—titled Mutual—is an exciting new direction for Miriam Böhm, whose work has always incorporated multiple planes or three dimensional elements; until now the end result has always been a photograph. There are a total of five... [more]


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