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20141125155521-screen_shot_2014-10-14_at_11 New London Exhibition to Showcase Contemporary Middle Eastern Satire   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/25/14

A group exhibition opening this week at EOA Projects London—a 400 square metre commercial space in London dedicated to Middle Eastern contemporary art—sees six artists from the region tackle some of the vital social questions for modern Middle Eastern culture, from repression and economy to surveillance and ideology. Crucially, the art here introduces a component that is often missing from much contemporary political art: humor. Curated by Amal Khalaf, the show reminds us of the importanc... [more]

20141125104436-10612651_1547802092122323_1333046429617771951_n Street Art Reality Show or How the US Killed Another Subculture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/25/14

"That's not real. Tell me that's not real. Is it?" "This is the worst thing I've ever seen :(" "FUCK THAT." "Whack." "Die." These were just some of the comments I received when I started to share a trailer that landed in my inbox for the first season of Street Art Throwdown, which premiers on Oxygen network on February 3, 2015. Trying to swallow down the small bit of vomit that rose in my throat as I watched the anninhilation of a culture, I realized it was only a matter of time; in fact,... [more]

20141125112006-unnamed Blimey! Art in London's Changed   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/25/14

I recently came across Matthew Collings’ mid-nineties book Blimey! From Bohemia to Brit Pop, a no-holds-barred, bystander-style, verbal diarrhea of a monologue about the London Art World and its eccentricities. It’s so delightfully outdated not even two decades on that it makes you both inwardly cringe and want to read on in a “why isn’t art like this anymore?” kind of way. I was momentarily left mourning an irreverent art attitude I was too young to experience. For a w... [more]

20141125221036-nice_magic_lantern_image_from_wiki_ Alchemists, Necromancers, and Magicians: An Alternative History of Illusion and the Moving Image   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/25/14

The moving image has a long-standing relationship with trickery: deceiving the eye, suspending disbelief, displaying the impossible. In fact, it's devilishly good at it. Everybody's heard about the audience who ran screaming from the oncoming train at the premiere of the Lumiere Brothers’ L'Arrivée d'un train... (1895). I recently read a suggestion that they ran partly to avoid being crushed by a steam train and partly because they knew doing so offered them bit parts in an anecdote... [more]

20141124160650-gillian_wearing_-_6 Why Gillian Wearing Should Have Won the Vincent Award   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Willem de Rooij, Pierre Huyghe, Manfred Pernice, Anri Sala, Gillian Wearing at GEM, The Hague September 6th - February 1st, 2015
Posted 11/24/14

To be talked about—positively or negatively, it hardly matters—is the principle aim of every art prize with an exhibition attached to it. Of course, reward or encouragement are the motivational labels attached to them but PR is the true driving force. For a good many years the Turner Prize was the prime example of a "successful" art prize exhibition. All of Britain would be talking about the nominees and the winners, down to the proverbial cab driver, who wouldn’t need a lot of... [more]

20141124213547-trust-hair-full-heavenly-01 Invisible Politics: The Problem with the World's Tiniest Sculptures   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/24/14

Earlier this month, London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz made headlines with his 3D-printed "nano" sculptures. Each sculpture is approximately 80 x 100 x 20 microns—so small that they can only be viewed using an electron microscope. The sculptures are an impressive, ambitious use of 3D printing technology in fine art. With help from the Weizemann Institute of Technology, Hurwitz used over 200 cameras and a groundbreaking 3D printing technique referred to on his website as “Multiphoton Li... [more]

20141121125017-p78372_10 Why I think Jonathan Jones' Art Criticism is Tyrannical   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/21/14

Jonathan Jones writes an art blog for the Guardian newspaper. I read his column with the same morbid fascination I used to reserve for those times when I’d come across a piece by Julie Burchill. Which is to say I begin with the nascent thrill of knowing my pique is going to be stimulated, followed by a good bit of private outrage, and finally a satisfying wallow in indignation. None of these are particularly attractive human characteristics; they are, however, pleasurable and best practiced either... [more]

20141120115553-10550917143_155ef67feb_b Post-Capitalist Hip Hop Videos: Our Absurd, Dystopian World   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/14

Hip Hop and capitalism could be said to share the same ideals. American Hip Hop and the American Dream promote the same goal of self-made material success through carefree consumerism. Money—and spending it—saturates songs and artist monikers (Curren$y, Rich Gang, 50 Cent, All$tar, etc.). Hip Hop’s aesthetic identity has traditionally communicated just as much about consumerist society as its songs. But as confidence in capitalism is waning, with the mass disillusionment followi... [more]

20141120181214-screen_shot_2014-11-20_at_1 YouGov's New App Lets You Find Out What Tracey Emin Fans Really Like   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/14

It has been announced that fans of Damien Hirst describe themselves as moody, love TV's Ross Kemp, and eat vegetarian bangers and mash, according to a remarkable new web app launched this week by internet pollsters YouGov. The app, which collates data from over 190,000 UK YouGov members has already kicked off a Twitter storm as people can find out for themselves what the most leftwing cheese is or the remarkable fact that if you like Tracey Emin, your third most likely favorite film is the Samuel L.... [more]

20141119141035-numen__1_ Is Immersive Art Too Easy? On "Getting It" and Having Fun   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/19/14

I was in a conversation with the curator Lucia Schreyer the other day. We were discussing the latest exhibition at Palais de Tokyo; we have differing opinions about it. I enjoyed the show very much. Once again it seemed as though the PdT had curated an exciting, interactive exhibition, fully using the space they have available and successfully iterating the concept of "Inside." Lucia didn’t like it so much. Her complaint was that it is too spectacular, like "a Luna Parc" for adults, and to b... [more]

20141119111743-badger Five Minutes with Daniel K. Sparkes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/19/14

Daniel K. Sparkes (a.k.a Mudwig in a previous incarnation) is a British artist whose offbeat approach has seen his work pop up in the most unusual spots all over the world, including Wroclaw, The Hague and Sheffield—alongside weighty venues such as Jonathan LeVine NY and Somerset House London (as part of upcoming Mapping the City). Sparke’s take on everyday life mixes surreal playfulness with humorous textuality: a "fur" print t-shirt was a recent eye-catcher. Thematically, he sets about the a... [more]

20141119160148-plane The Internet Will Not Be Fooled: On Hubris and Russia's MH17 Photoshop Fail   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/19/14

On November 15th, an article titled “Kremlin Has Mastered Propaganda, But Not Photoshop: Fake MH17 Photo Lights Up RuNet” was posted on Global Voices. The article detailed an event that occurred a few days before that had since become a widespread source of mockery and digital response, first on RuNet and then beyond. RuNet, for those unfamiliar, comprises Russian-language internet domains and websites—the essential digital component of contemporary Russian culture. The RuNet sensat... [more]

20141114190709-img_3953 Gallerist Head to Head: Bea de Sousa, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, and Kristin Luke in Conversation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/14/14

Christopher Kulendran Thomas is an artist/art strategist whose approach I have long admired. When I invited him to realize a project at my London gallery the Agency, he brought me The Air Inn Venice (TAIV) and its creator, LA artist Kristin Luke. Christopher met Kristin when she originally curated him at TAIV, along with her own practice and contributions by Ed Fornieles and Renzo Martens, in her California pad. Now Christopher is curating TAIV for the Agency. A three-way dialogue ensues as the exh... [more]

20141118185630-dinner_emmaus Fake It Till You Make It: A Few Words on Forgery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/18/14

Picasso’s oft quoted “Good artists borrow, great artists steal” is one of those dubious chestnuts likely repeated in the halls of art schools enough to be painted over the doors. William S Burroughs’ notion of language as a virus presupposes that nothing or little of what we say is original—everything starts out as a borrowing, a theft. Theft, forgery, fakery, authenticity, and homage underlie all art and literature, always softly shadowing their meaning and troublin... [more]

20141118210043-screen_shot_2014-11-18_at_3 Do We Need Galleries Anymore? The Utility of Online Exhibitions   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/18/14

Making the art world accessible to anyone with an internet connection. —Artsy Visual art is rarely understood unless it is reckoned with in person. Even then, it is often difficult to really see what an artist is trying to express, especially with the many abstract works that have come out of modernism. A huge part of the viewing experience involves being able to face works that artists created in real time and in real space. Being able to comprehend and feel what Mark Rothko felt when he... [more]

20141118200334-growth-1234__1_ Arts and Banking: Umpqua's Foray into the Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/18/14

Corporatism pervades the art world: BMWs are wrapped in Jeff Koons vinyl, museum exhibitions and art fairs are sponsored by global financial institutions, one mega luxury conglomerate even has an entire museum. It's a simple fact now: money and art go hand-in-hand. Usually, the issue taken up is the cooption of art for financial/political purposes and the impure state in which this leaves art but, frankly, it’s hard to believe this argument is still around let alone received as valid. Not since t... [more]


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