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Art or Not?  
1/23/15 Posted 1/23/15

Art or not: Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures below is for realz: every week ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week, a diversion from our regular format: our Editor Andrea Alessi took these pictures at one of Kraftwerk's Amsterdam shows. Can you guess which are animatronic performers and which are real earthlings? #1 #2 Click to reveal the answer! << Last Week's Art or Not Next Art or Not >> ... [more]

Zakkir Hussain at GALLERYSKE - Bangalore > India
January 17th - February 27th
Posted 1/21/15

Zakir Hussain’s latest works at Gallery SKE in Bangalore is a wonderful presentation of works to understand that originality can only be claimed as an unclaimed, seen as the other in the final omnipresent grand narrative of itself. The claim to originality that his works make in the beginning is by having a title ‘no title’. This is very interesting as the self proclamation of having no title negates the presence of the trace of the past. If there is any c... [more]

20141231175052-crossinglinescard Crossing the Line from Vision to Expression - Recent works by Adel Gorgy, Robert C. Morgan and Yun-Woo Choi at Able Fine Art NY Gallery - Review by Mary Gregory  
Robert C. Morgan, Yun-Woo Choi, Adel Gorgy at Able Fine Art NY Gallery > New York
January 15th - February 4th
Posted 1/20/15

Adel Gorgy, "Permutation of Color...after Warhol" 60" x 84", Pigment Ink on Metallic Silver Medium, 2015 Crossing Lines, an exhibition featuring recent works by Adel Gorgy, Robert C. Morgan and Yun-Woo Choi at Able Fine Art NY Gallery, offers a fascinating glimpse at how three accomplished artists approach the challenging tasks of creating something new, pushing boundaries, and incorporating layers of meaning into singular works of art. Adel Gorgy builds on the work he presented in his solo e... [more]

Opening Night Report: Deadbeat Club: Mentally Retired, LA  
1/20/15 Posted 1/20/15

By the time I’d arrived, several hundred people had lined the sidewalk of N. Figueroa Ave and edged themselves around the corner onto Avenue 60 some two blocks away. It was a clusterfuck, albeit, a pretty relaxed one. The atmosphere surrounding the Highland Park gallery and retail space Slow Culture is chill. A few tags from nomadic friends blend with the charm of the traditional neighborhood, plus the mosaic Space Invader installation above the entrance door is a sweet touch. Upon entry, I... [more]

Art or Not?  
1/16/15 Posted 1/16/15

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures with description below is a genuine art work: every Friday ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week, it's Police of the Past. #1 The artist is a French photographer who first traveled in America in the mid-1960s on a mission to evoke the chaos and excitement of the fast-changing times. “It felt good to be young then and the 1960s glorified freedom of expression,” he writes. “The country was going through profound c... [more]

Why Cobain Suicide Note Tee Isn't as Shocking as You Think  
1/15/15 Posted 1/15/15

Commerce has never drawn a line when it comes to exhuming the grim remains of our beloved heroes and now Kurt Cobain's suicide note now has found its way onto a T-shirt design, sold on eBay by a "Nuchyk" from Thailand.It goes without saying, if you were to walk around in public with the Tee, I probably would have you down as some sort of sociopath, but the Twitter eruption of outrage yesterday into a vault of condemnation points equally to the unnerving way we fetishize our icons.Last year,... [more]

Art or Not?  
1/10/15 Posted 1/10/15

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures with description below is a genuine art work: every Friday ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week, it's a bad hair day. #1 "Painted in two separate periods, this picture has a complex history. In its original state, it showed a pink-faced man, wearing a white shirt and a black suit. It was painted in a deliberately simple, naive style, using household, rather than oil paint, and incorporate... [more]

The Whitney Relaunches Online Collection, Adding 21K New Artworks  
1/9/15 Posted 1/9/15

A new building is not the only upgrade the Whitney is getting in 2015. The Museum of American Art relaunched its online collection Thursday, introducing the expanded Making some 21,000 new artworks available for online viewing, up from a mere 700, the Whitney has contributed a sizeable resource on twentieth century and contemporary art to the artistic community. The digital database includes works from over 3,000 artists working in all mediums, as well as texts, educati... [more]

20141106181218-at_preuzmimo_bencic_still_1 Althea Thauberger: Preuzmimo Benčić (Take Back Benčić) by Sam Ackerley  
Althea Thauberger at Susan Hobbs Gallery > Toronto
November 27th, 2014 - January 10th
Posted 1/9/15

Althea Thauberger: Preuzmimo Benčić (Take Back Benčić) Review by Sam Ackerley 23 December 2014 Althea Thauberger, Preuzmimo Benčić (Take Back Benčić), 2014, film Vancouver-based artist Althea Thauberger is tough to pin down. Her varied research-centric projects have taken her around the world – from a military base in Kandahar to a remote community in Kashmir, an apartment building in Victoria to a psychiatric hospital in Prague. The results of her most recent project, filmed in... [more]

Graffuturism Founder Starts New Gallery in San Francisco  
1/8/15 Posted 1/8/15

Following on the success of recent exhibitions A Major Minority at 1AM Gallery and L’Avenir at White Walls, the graffiti writer, painter, curator, and graff-theorist Poesia is opening a new gallery space in San Francisco on January 10. The gallery is located at 886 Geary Boulevard in the Tenderloin district, and shares the building with White Walls Gallery. 886 Gallery, Interior space Exterior of 886 Geary Boulevard. Photo: Brock Brake The curatorial program for 886 Gallery will fol... [more]

Christo’s Over The River Project May Be a Go, Finally  
1/6/15 Posted 1/6/15

We previously reported on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s proposed project Over The River, a two-week installation over the Arkansas River (you can see a video of the 79-year-old artist white-water rafting the river here), which has been plagued by various legal challenges. Today we got word that another important hurdle has been crossed. On January 2, 2015 a federal court upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of Over The River, based on their assessment of the ephemeral a... [more]

20150106214938-15866132509_3305ef2acf_z Parra's Post-Pop: New York Opening  
1/6/15 Posted 1/6/15

Parra, the Dutch dude who draws weird psycho-sexual creatures and provides creative input for a brand hipsters would murder for, has a new show opening at Jonathan LeVine New York City tomorrow night. His last show at the gallery was in 2013. The images released for preview show the artist moving forward with his strident Post-Pop graphics on canvas, always repeated in his distinctive black-red-blue-white palette. In many ways, Parra is the perfect Post-Pop figure, putting out commercial paint... [more]

50 Exhibitions in 50 Weeks  
1/2/15 Posted 1/2/15

3 | The Juicers, Laura Eldret, Fig 1/50 and 50/50, ICA Studios Tonight in London sees the launch of fig-2, at the ICA, presenting a new exhibition every week throughout 2015. Curator Fatoş Üstek has revived fig-1, started by Mark Francis and White Cube owner Jay Jopling 15 years ago at a Soho warehouse they called Fragile House gallery. Back then, they juxtaposed newcomers with established names in a spontaneous succession of 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks—among them Jeremey Deller, Patti Smith Grayson Perry, Gilbert... [more]

Art or Not?  
12/26/14 Posted 12/26/14

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures with description below is a genuine art work: every Friday ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week: Festive lights. #1 "In the 30-by-30-foot installation, participants must remove their shoes to walk on a carpet of towels that resemble prayer rugs. Gazing at an overhead thicket of neon signs, they soon realize that they are looking at hundreds of slang terms for the vagina." #2 "Stepping into the magnificently lit... [more]

ArtSlant Presents Philippa's Page 3 Pin-Ups  
12/22/14 Posted 12/22/14

This week, Artslant Pin-Ups observes the fact that the birthday of our Lord and Savior the infant Christ is fast approaching, and chooses to share with our readers a totally innocuous artwork, instead of some smut: the lovely and less-than-PG-rated Slightly Open Clam-Shell, by Georgia O'Keeffe. Definitely 100 percent a painting of a clamshell, and nothing else (what's wrong with you, man?), this beautiful, totally non-sexualized and wholesome work from 1926 is a perfect expression of just how litt... [more]

20141221130417-artslant-icon-2015 Our New Social Media Logo  
12/21/14 Posted 12/21/14

After 7 years running, 2014 has seen some pretty hefty changes for us here at ArtSlant. We're excited to show our readership what we've been working on behind the scenes over the last months when we launch our new site design in 2015. As part of our new look, our logo has also been reworked by the talented hands of artist Deso (Broken Fingaz crew). We'll unveil all in the New Year so stayed tuned for an announcement. Meanwhile our fresh new social media icon is live! ... [more]

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