What literature is to words and music is to sound, dance is to movement. Refined into a language—from the cosmic shimmy to the mash-potato, Viennese waltzing to a raver’s speaker humping, and of course, that formal staging from ballet to music videos we call simply Dance—we take movement and communicate joy or boredom, despair or titillation, or if good, all of the above.
Seeing the LA Dance Project last weekend at the Ace in Los Angeles, it was hard not to find the whole affair intensely beautiful. Stylized as hell, drawi... [more]
Halloween, for me, is the true “most wonderful time of the year,” and so it came as no real surprise to be asked to outline a few costume suggestions for the readers of this website. While most of my own clothes can do double-service as both everyday wear and Hammer-Horror garb alike, I recognize not everyone reading is capable of making the same assertion.
(I should note that when this article was first proposed to me by an Editor, it came with the suggestion that I dress my partner&mdas... [more]
What is it about the art world that rappers love so much? Perhaps it's the patina of glamor and luxury, the clash of low and high culture, or the opportunity to promote a shiny new ideology. Forty-one-year-old hip hop icon turned feminist philanthropist Pharrell Williams has teamed up with NY-based photographer and filmaker Ryan McGinley to shoot a new multi-ethnic campaign for Adidas Originals.
The campaign, which launched yesterday, presents Pharrell and McGinley's vision of a better, more equal... [more]
I think I might have curated my lunch today. I chose a specific sandwich from the collection on offer at the shop and to accompany it I chose a drink that I thought would go well with my sandwich. To balance the selection, I included a banana. The result might have been a “well-curated” lunch, but I’m not sure. It depends on who’s defining of the term.
In recent years the word “curating” escaped the confines of museums to be picked up by the mainstream, while... [more]
Rearrange your sock drawers. Rapper turned painter turned Lion turned hosier Snoop Lion just released a fresh line for your feet. Working with Swedish sock company Happy Socks, Snoop and the creative team at Cashmere Agency developed a collection of three designs inspired by his foray into painting.
"The Art of Inspiration" sock collection includes the navy and white paisley-patterned "Snoop Dogg Gin & Juice," the brightly colored paint supply-themed "Snoop Dogg Painter," and "Snoop Dogg Stripes... [more]
Last week the Calvert Journal, an online journal produced by the Calvert 22 Foundation, released a 20 Under 40 list of Russian artists to look out for. The Foundation's exhibition space, Calvert 22, is the only not-for-profit gallery in London dedicated to contemporary art from Russia and Eastern Europe. Its program often contextualizes contemporary Russian artists’ output with the country’s rich historical and cultural past. The gallery's current exhibition, Beyond Zero (installed throu... [more]
To say the overall breadth of the US punk scene through the 80s and 90s is sprawling is to make a massive understatement; thousands of bands and myriad esoteric subgenres mean that picking a mere ten examples of choice record cover art is a weighty and daunting proposition. Conspicuous absences abound—a list like this failing to feature Ray Pettibon could be considered more than heretical, but how do you choose between Nervous Breakdown and Slip It In?—but what follows is a relatively t... [more]
For a moment, let’s just take a second to appreciate the manmade structures around us: the blue-printed, hand-crafted, conceptualized edifices we interact with on a daily basis. Let’s think about the wonder of architecture, and how every ounce of character that is placed into a building is felt tenfold by its occupants for years to come. Some nations built castles, some cultures built temples, but for contemporary downtown Manhattanites, there is value, intrigue, and inspiration to be fo... [more]
Time is the one thing we can all agree to call supernatural. It is at least neither energy nor matter… and yet it is the beginning and end of the creation of the world.
Joan Jonas concluded her performance at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan with these words from Under the Glacier (1968), a little known, visionary novel by the Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness. The acclaimed New York video and performance artist looked like a Lilliputian creature, an aged little fairy; her snow-whit... [more]
Recently, a “Stereotypes of the Netherlands” map made its rounds on the Internet, describing how the Dutch conceptualize their small country’s terrain. Down south, in the middle of Brabant’s “Catholic Carnival Country,” a short distance from “Dumb People, Great Beer” (apologies, Belgium), is the technological oasis of “Philipstown,” so named for the diversified technology mega-corporation. If the city is known for innovation in technology and indu... [more]
An exhibition of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs, currently on view at the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, presents its audience with a large volume of stills taken by the poet between 1953 and 1996. Approximately 150 images hang on the walls of We are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996), representing some of Ginsberg’s most intimate documented moments that capture and immortalize an instance in time. The viewer’s re... [more]
There's something new happening at FIAC this year. Not exactly the quickest to catch on to a trend, the Parisian art fair has created its own satellite, with a focus on introducing new art and artists from the international scene through a showcase of 68 galleries from 14 countries. Judged by a selection panel of art historians and curators, the tangential fair's emphasis is on supporting the underdog—not only the up-and-comings, but also "outsiders" and artists who have been overlooked h... [more]
Is it possible that there is someone out there, in the admittedly rather narrow demographic of folk who read this and other art related material, who hasn’t heard of Paul McCarthy’s forceful insertion of a thirty foot high inflatable replica Butt Plug into one of Paris’ most desirable addresses?
And yes, in case you were wondering, there is a fair chance that this puerile level of double entendre will continue throughout. If nothing else it gives me, the humble writer, a chance... [more]
Patti loves Paris and Paris loves Patti, and the question that I’d ask is why?
Now right at the beginning, up front, I need to make a few things clear. First, let me state that this relates to our FIAC coverage because Patti is performing at the most sought after, and possibly the only gig to feature as part of the FIAC programme. It's a reunion with John Cale, on Thursday night, at Fondation Cartier.
Since this hardly seems sufficient to qualify my bold assertion I’ll also add th... [more]
As Camus incisively observed, it is our lot as human beings to try (and fail) to give meaning to life's invisible forces. Thrust out into the real world, after you finish your education ( and unless you're in the army) there's no way to know just how important you are. Yes, you're the Director of the Tate—but how to validate the magnitude of your success? As Three 6 Mafia would say "We eat so many shrimp"—but sometimes, we get iodine poisoning.
The Art Review Power 100 is a shining exampl... [more]
Zines—short run and independently produced miniature magazines—have been a staple tool in various underground communities for decades. While traces of the zine aesthetic can be followed back throughout history, the true imagery of the contemporary zine was fathered back in the 1980s with punk rock culture being the topic of choice. Early punks would take their Xeroxed sketches, photos, literary musings—and whatever else their bleeding hearts desired—and compile them into sma... [more]