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20150501144756-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e13 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E13 with Casey Smallwood   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/1/15

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: Danny sits down with artist and good friend Casey to talk about using fri... [more]

20150501152806-peter_schjeldahl_is_tired_but_i_m_wide_awake__garbage_removal_at_moma__edited_digital_image_from_moma_s_exhibition_the_forever_now-_contemporary_painting_in_an_atemporal_world_2015 Artist-Writer-Curator: "Triple Threat" or "Triple Debt"?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/30/15

It started with wordplay. This winter, artist, writer, and curator Darren Jones emailed me musings about the art world equivalent of “triple threat.” In musical theatre a “triple threat” is someone equally skilled in singing, acting, and dancing. Are artist-writer-curators, Jones asked, the art world analog to these stars of the stage? Or is this particular combination of professions more accurately described by a turn of phrase: “triple debt,” or perhaps “triple... [more]

20150430175905-11051745_1583673741880806_7257760356889094015_n Wanksy: Real Social Change via a Giant Comedy Penis   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/30/15

Comedy phallus graffiti: a long standing symbol of public indecency, raiser of many an adolescent smirk, and, applied in the right context, an act of deprecating terrorism. Sometimes, it might even be all three: imagine a heroic squadron of schoolboys plotting to pin a felt tip cock illustration on the back of a young David Cameron. Imagine the general gusto, the social pride and the giggles they must have experienced. Via Facebook One Manchester resident, known publicly by the simple tag n... [more]

20150429160659-mg_3634_mirza_butler_-_unreliable_narrator_-_waterside_contemporary Gallery Weekend Berlin Preview: The Unreliable Narrator at Campagne Première   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Karen Mirza and Brad Butler at Campagne Première Berlin May 2nd - June 27th
Posted 4/29/15

Truth is complicated. We live in a world bombarded by coded messages that urge us to perk up, pay attention, take sides, and weed out those that are trustworthy from those that are less so. In film, television, print, and online we are in a constant state of self-definition: this is us, that is them. We define ourselves against a backdrop of trusted leaders, voices, guides, and influencers. But ultimately, how can you tell the truth? How can you tell the truth? As part of this year’s Gallery... [more]

20150429165536-louhanviolet-lr-1 Peel Slowly and See: Bill Jensen's Ego-less Abstraction   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bill Jensen at Cheim & Read April 9th - May 9th
Posted 4/29/15

There was a time in modern music when the role of the artist changed from being the custodian of cultural knowledge to something more of an autobiographer. We might choose that moment in the late sixties when Lou Reed abandoned the writing of pop ditties about boys and girls to focus on his own, more personal interests, like boys and girls and heroin. In other art forms this sea change was happening; in comedy, where once jokes were shared, un-authored, between performers in Vegas, the Catskills,... [more]

20150427193606-img-caravaggiomania-3_111625597240 The Truth Behind the “Judith Beheading Holofernes” Pasta Sauce Label   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/27/15

A jar of pasta sauce recently came to our attention when it went viral, at least among guffawing art history majors on Facebook, who were compelled by the droves—likely due to our desperate desire for validation—to click on this blog post evocatively titled “Why This Company Desperately Needed to Hire an Art History Major.” Oh yes, we collectively clamored, here’s a circumstance when our expertise surely would have been of use. Speculation circulated as to the intent of the label, which features a detail of Caravaggio’s 15... [more]

20150427142440-02_whitney_museum_nyc_2014_-_jobst If You Build It, They Will Come: The Inauguration of a New Era at the Whitney   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/24/15

Picture this: on a sunny day, you are walking through the meatpacking district in Downtown Manhattan. You walk down the cobblestone streets, passing the high-end clothing stores; you pass the Standard Hotel and stumble upon the foot of the High Line. As you approach Gansevoort Street, you notice a new building that doesn’t look like the others: bordering the West Side Highway, you walk towards this large, strikingly asymmetrical building and are dumbfounded by the pure magnitude of its stru... [more]

20150424224144-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e12 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E12 with Zachary Cahill   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/24/15

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: Friend of the site Zachary Cahill talks about his fave color (pink!), day... [more]

20150421194958-img_7640 The Paris Follies: No. 12   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/15

“No theme requires more pure logic than love.” —Alain Badiou, What is Love. At the Georgia Fee Writers Residency this spring in Paris, Himali Singh Soin will utilize the romantic clichés of Paris to excavate its less probable, scientific desires. From 18th century follies in Parc Monceau and Bois de Vincennes to 20th century follies in Le Parc de la Villette to modern buildings like Le Grand Arch to Gargoyles and mere street side ornaments, her lines will be made of hype... [more]

20150423033911-thecylcleoffutility-static Branding a Genre: INSA's Gif-iti   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/23/15

Is it possible to trademark a whole genre of art? UK-based artist INSA has done just that, and gives an insight into the practicalities of defending your art in the digital era. In his most recent project, INSA’s Satellite Gif-iti (racking up more than 2.5 million views at the time of writing) the artist puts a behemoth brand stamp on the earth, endorsed in a 3 minute film—which sees the artist paint a carpark the size of two football pitches in Rio De Janeiro, and create a Gif from... [more]

20150423183825-blogdaliartist A New Definition of Art in the Age of Celebrity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/23/15

The last two months have seen two great celebrity-become-artist scandals. Björk’s retrospective and Kanye’s doctorate. Two years prior, Abramovic's The Artist is Present paired with a performance by Jay-Z stoked the same flame that threatens to consume our conceptions of aesthetics and Artist—with a capital A. Because that exists, still. Art, it seems, may need a new definition. One that fits with current conceptions and usage. $$$$$$$$$$ @zoeschlanger Can't stop watc... [more]

20150421193023-img_7394_2 The Paris Follies: No. 11   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/15

“No theme requires more pure logic than love.” —Alain Badiou, What is Love. At the Georgia Fee Writers Residency this spring in Paris, Himali Singh Soin will utilize the romantic clichés of Paris to excavate its less probable, scientific desires. From 18th century follies in Parc Monceau and Bois de Vincennes to 20th century follies in Le Parc de la Villette to modern buildings like Le Grand Arch to Gargoyles and mere street side ornaments, her lines will be made of hype... [more]

20150422085108-27-murillo-1 Darlings: A New Cult of Youth in Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/22/15

The art world darling. The term’s ties to youth are not surprising, ever more now that youth in the art market doubles as a texture, a feature of desirability—a quality that is not necessarily bound to age, but to attitude. The cult of youth has held strong since the Victorians, and its associations with affection still stand. While the term darling (dear-ling) and its tender definitions may not have evolved over the past few centuries, the idiomatic media darling—the darling that belon... [more]

20150422203247-bella_s_revenge__1_ I Was an e-Erotica Editor   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/22/15

Rape is taboo, says my boss. The heroine cannot be raped during the span of the novel, though having been raped previous to the events of the story is acceptable, as long as it is not described explicitly. I ask my boss if fingers count. I had a manuscript the other day in which the heroine had fingers inserted inside her without consent, and I am curious, do I tag this as rape, or no? There is a silence as my boss considers this. That would not need to be tagged, my boss decides. Rape is not rape... [more]

20150421103236-anahita_razmi__middle_east_coast_west_coast_hd_video_23_mins_04_secs_2014 From the Harem to the Revolution: Worn Out Images of Middle Eastern Women in Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/15

Two chador-clad figures gesticulate with fully covered arms onscreen at the rear of Carbon 12, a gallery in Dubai. It would be easy to yawn and dismiss Anahita Razmi’s video, Middle east coast west coast (above), as yet one more work in which an artist covers Middle Eastern women’s faces and bodies to insinuate that they are voiceless. That assumption is turned on its (veiled) head, once one picks up a set of headphones to listen to the work’s sound, which reveals that the performer... [more]

20150421083051-1321627126_top-intro Brand as Museum: Patronizing or Patronage?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/20/15

The title of this piece made me wonder why the art world so much enjoys the conjunction "as." It seems a funny construct, one thing as another thing. It contains within it both the idea of transformation, and also deception, and fails to decide or state which side of the fence the utterance wants to come down on. There’s also a strange utility within the phrase, the using of one thing as another as though there were a lack or necessity for makeshift solutions. "When you think about... [more]


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