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20141114103555-collis-rock-bottom-riser-2007 Art or Not? Dirty Floors  
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11/14/14 Posted 11/14/14

Art or Not? One of the pictures described below is a genuine art work: every Friday the ArtSlant team asks our discerning readers to indulge in a game of spot the difference. The answer will be revealed on our social media on Monday: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram. This week's theme is... dirty floors. #1 "...uses a variety of techniques and strategies to investigate issues concerning interpretation, craft, value and labor. Everyday objects are presented etched, splattered and stained with marks of work, wear and tear. At first glance, t... [more]

ArtSlant Prize Winners Robin Kang and Edra Soto are Currently Exhibiting  
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11/14/14 Posted 11/14/14

Our 2013 ArtSlant Prize winner Robin Kang and 2014 ArtSlant Prize winner Edra Soto are currently exhibiting in New York and Chicago. Opening tonight at CATINCA TABACARU GALLERY in New York, Kang is exhibiting works in her latest show Danger Is In The Neatness Of Identitification with Rwandan artist Duhirwe Rushemeza. The exhibition brings together both artists' unique perspectives on artistic practice and production in the digital age. From the gallery: "Weaving composites of varying time, s... [more]

20140918141118-07__91714 A colorful and chaotic pastel collection  
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at Matrix Fine Art > Santa Fe
October 3rd - October 31st
Posted 11/13/14

Think of the most stunning landscape photo you have seen. Now imagine that the scene you believed was a photograph was actually a concisely accurate pastel piece, painstakingly precise in every way. This pleasant illusion is what I experienced at the “2014 Pastel Society of New Mexico Signature Membership Show.” This show is a display of shockingly beautiful and realistic renderings of various subject matter, with a topic of interest to any viewer. Overall, it’s an impressive ar... [more]

20140918141632-08__91714 Artistic adventure fallen flat  
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Ren Adams at New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery > Santa Fe
October 3rd - October 31st
Posted 11/13/14

Can graphic design ever truly be considered as a fine art form? Ren Adams has taken on that question by exploring the combination of printmaking and digital media into a collection of surreal two-dimensional images called “Alchemy of Image/The Language of Information Space.” These graphic pieces are striking aesthetically, yet leave something to be desired after initial observation. Adams blends an interest in history, science, technology, art, and basically everything about the... [more]

ICI 2014 Benefit Auction – First Look  
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11/11/14 Posted 11/11/14

ArtSlant gives a sneak peek of the Independent Curators International (ICI) auction lot for their annual benefit, powered by ARTSY. Highlights of the works available include a trompe l'oeil painting by Ryan Brown, Trevor Paglen's iconic moon image Dead Military Navigation Satellite, Analia Segal's trite painting/installation Wall on Wall, and a playfully domestic painting by Jeffrey Tranchell. Our selected images from the auction are below. The live and silent auction benefiting ICI will take place on November 17th. Steve McQueen, Barrage 6, 1998. C-print, Edition 1 of 2, 40 x 50 cm. Photo: Courtesy of Marian Goodman... [more]

Tired Enough: Ya me Canse Protests in Mexico  
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11/11/14 Posted 11/11/14

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” — Banner carried by student protester in Mexico #YaMeCanse pic.twitter.com/se4M8lPBrX — Viva la causa! (@70torinoman) November 10, 2014 “Enough, I’m tired” (“Ya me canse”) said Mexico’s Attorney General Murillo Karam, answering questions about the stolen, murdered students from Iguala. After an hour, he was tired enough to refuse further questions concerning the new in... [more]

20141111121149-8688359927_15662ff332_z Anthony Lister Arrested in Australia  
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11/11/14 Posted 11/11/14

Established Lowbrow artist Anthony Lister has been arrested in his home town, Brisbane. The Brisbane Times reports that Lister was stopped by police in the early hours of Saturday for a random breath test, and was then arrested for 12 outstanding charges related to graffiti dating back to 2009. He was later released on bail but will reappear in court on November 19. The Australian artist, who is one of the premier names to emerge from the graffiti movement in the last decade, has a solo exh... [more]

Philly Mural Arts Program Announces Open Source  
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11/10/14 Posted 11/10/14

Mural Arts Program, the Philadelphia-based organization that works with artists and communities to develop murals across the city, is collaborating with curator Pedro Alonzo on a major new initiative. Set to culminate in a "celebration" during Mural Arts Month in October 2015, Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space will take place across the whole city, inviting numerous artists to paint murals around the city. Alonzo is one of the leading curators of street art in the US and has worked with major... [more]

20130121133526-zl_si Brandmauern  
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Silvia Sinha & Doris Hinzen-Röhrig at Open Studio 17 > Berlin
February 17th, 2013 - February 17th, 2013
Posted 11/8/14

Once again Photographic Artist Silvia Sinha reveals painterly qualities in her new work "Brandmauern". In her minimalistic images of firewalls in Berlin Sinha not only captures the aesthetic of her subject, she places these architectural relics in the context of an ever changing cityscape. Several works from the series are featured in the European Month of Photography exhibition at Carpentier Gallery until November 14th in Berlin. [more]

Who Just Donated the Largest Gift of Art to the LACMA in History?  
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11/6/14 Posted 11/6/14

Jerry Perenchio. A long-time anonymous supporter of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, entertainment mogul Jerry Perenchio, of Univision Communications, announced publicly today he would bequest almost his entire collection to the museum. The bequest includes some 47 works valued at $500 million with paintings by European masters Picasso, Pissarro, Manet, Degas, and Bonnard, making it the largest gift of art in the museum's history. "L.A. is my home, and I wanted to leave it to a museum h... [more]

Art or Not? Mattresses  
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11/6/14 Posted 11/6/14

Art or Not? One of the pictures described below is a genuine art work: every Friday the ArtSlant team asks our discerning readers to indulge in a game of spot the difference. The answer will be revealed on our social media on Monday: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram. This week's theme is: mattresses. #1 "the artist, born in Glasgow, 1982, uses public space in this series of street interventions, where the artwork becomes part of it's background, barely perceived by the hurried commuter. Discarded every day objects and household items appear t... [more]

Ryan McGinley to Host UNTITLED Vernissage in Miami  
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11/5/14 Posted 11/5/14

UNTITLED art fair announced today that famed photographer Ryan McGinley will host its vernissage in Miami Beach this December honoring ACRIA, a leading research and education organization working to help people with HIV and AIDS. To raise support for ACRIA, McGinley will offer three limited edition photographs of his 2014 Pairie (Pond) from his ongoing road trip series. Since 2005, McGinley has been traveling across the United States with a mass of models and assistants to capture stunningly... [more]

Critical Americana in Chicago  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery > Chicago
June 6th - July 18th
Posted 11/4/14

Critical Americana in Chicago by Philip A Hartigan on July 3, 2014 Installation view, ‘Michael Dinges, Victoria Fuller, and Geoffry Smalley’ at Packer Schopf Gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) CHICAGO — In a group show at Packer Schopf Gallery, three artists explore ideas or activities that are central to American identity: nature, political protest, and sports. Geoffry Smalley takes pages of old illustrations of the American West,... [more]

Review - New City  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery > Chicago
June 6th - July 12th
Posted 11/4/14

Geoffry Smalley. “Catskill Creek, Citi Field,” acrylic on inkjet print, 2012 RECOMMENDED The group of shows at Packer Schopf Gallery ruminates on intrusion. There is technological and environmental encroachment, and the intrusive mythos of masculine and feminine ideals. Michael Dinges’ “Lifeboat: The Wreck of the Invisible Hand” hangs center stage as a retired boat and a lesson. Made with vinyl siding, the scrimshaw declarations ring around this dramatic piece as... [more]

Review - New City  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery > Chicago
June 6th - July 12th
Posted 11/4/14

Geoffry Smalley. “Catskill Creek, Citi Field,” acrylic on inkjet print, 2012 RECOMMENDED The group of shows at Packer Schopf Gallery ruminates on intrusion. There is technological and environmental encroachment, and the intrusive mythos of masculine and feminine ideals. Michael Dinges’ “Lifeboat: The Wreck of the Invisible Hand” hangs center stage as a retired boat and a lesson. Made with vinyl siding, the scrimshaw declarations ring around this dramatic piece as... [more]

San Francisco’s Iconic Lexington Club to Shut Its Doors  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

In 2009, I assisted with A Trip Down False Memory Lane, an exhibition curated by Jessica Silverman. Featuring works depicting real or imagined memories of the Lexington Club, we installed the show on the patchy maroon walls of San Francisco’s iconic dyke bar. Each image made palpable the fact that the space is so much more than four walls and some bar stools. A destination for lesbians from all over and a staple for many younger city dwellers, the Lex is where a spectrum of LBTQ patrons... [more]


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