As the saying goes, all art is, in the end, about sex or death. They're the two oldest themes in art history. But then at some point someone must have thought, how about getting them both in there, and creating the best art ever? And then a lot of other people thought that'd be a good idea too. And then it went to some weird grisly places and became a bit scary. Here's our selection of the most macabre love moments in art.
Joel-Peter Witkin, Kiss, 1982
King of the Bizarre, Witkin's grotesque take o... [more]
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]
Peter Clothier's scurrilously witty new novel "The Pilgrim's Staff" explores lust, lecherousness, and love through the voices of two men from two disparate centuries. David Soames, a contemporary figurative painter living as an ex-pat in Los Angeles, receives a curious package in the mail from an English cousin. Wrapped in layers of tape and memory is the two hundred year-old journal of an English gentleman, who begins his tale with the words"I am no Rake!" "Rake" is a wonderfully antiquat... [more]
North Korea is often prefixed with the words "the most secretive country in the world." It was therefore a surprise to discover not only that the country has a rather unusual embassy in London—a suburban home in Gunnersbury quite far from the center—but also that it recently opened its doors to visitors for an art exhibition.
The North Korean Embassy, London; Photo: Mark Hillary
The exhibition was short-lived—lasting only three days—but after being mobbed by press on day one, its p... [more]
Guimarães, Portugal, Oct. 2014: When South Korea won the Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, architect Minsuk Cho said the award could help “trigger the reality of a unified Korea.” While North Korea is making art at the Mansudae Art Studio, South Korea is building the next generation of art stars—in New York. With Korean art increasingly in the spotlight, “The Lineage of Vision: Progress through Persistence,” which opened Wednesday at the... [more]
Con Artist presents ISO 216, a collaboration between artists from New York and London. Named in honor of the world’s most common paper size ratio which, like so many of global standards of weights and measure, is notably rare in the US, ISO 216 celebrates the cultural parallels and unique individuality of the United Kingdom and United States. The two nations are ethnically diverse, share a common language, and are each massive exporters of art and culture, but as their slightly different pa... [more]
I read recently about a group in the States called The Order of the Good Death, who describe themselves as “a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality,” a mission which seems like both good sense and nonsense in equal measure.
I myself am what I suppose could be labeled death-phobic. The many other things of which I am afraid —mechanical or puppet clowns, ventriloquist's dummies... [more]
The marking of the centenary of the First World War seems to have provided a good excuse for many galleries to revisit some of the greats of Expressionism. Namely, the unholy, and unholily popular trinity of Dix, Grosz, and Schiele, three men who, in recording their everyday lives and tumultuous surroundings in lividly-colored, pinched perspectives, also let the burgeoning sexuality of youth pound priapically against the quivering doors of the traditional nude. Ahem. Grosz’s early portfolios are... [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]
When I moved to New York in 2007 one of the first things I picked up was a copy of New York Magazine with Dash Snow, Dan Colen, and Ryan McGinley in bed together on the cover. The image, shot by Cass Bird, has stayed with me. It shows a bird’s-eye view of three friends in their underwear, snuggled together like a small litter of puppies. The picture is intimate but it becomes oddly intrusive on a magazine cover, in part because no one is making eye contact with the photographer. Instead all... [more]
Something I'm working on at the moment.. A Deep and Gathering Roar
a drastic change in the composition since working on the piece back in 2012
sketching out the painting so far - working out what will go where
a patch work forest with patch work fire
some of the brush work close up
... follow the rest of the piece coming together here [more]
In dishonor of the longtime US holiday celebrating the beginning of the colonization of the Americas, we here at ArtSlant thought it might be a good idea to round up some influential postcolonial artworks that interrogate and deconstruct the long-lasting effects of colonization on identity.
Props to the states that have opted out of Columbus Day:
AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY.
Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Peña - Couple in a Cage, 1992 and 1993
Kara Walker, A Subtlety, 2014
1. Gregg Chadwick 's painting "To Catch A Thief" has been selected by Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, the husband-and-wife team behind the lifestyle brand AphroChic, to hang in the special Helms Bakery Pop-up Home October 10 – 12, 2014 in Culver City.
Details at: http://aphrochic.com/2014/08/29/save-the-date-the-aphrochic-pop-up-house-at-helms-bakery/
"To Catch A Thief'
10"x10" oil on panel 2014
2. Gregg Chadwick will have artwork in the Art Unified booth at Worldwide Art Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October16-19, 2014. More at: https://worldwideartla.c... [more]
STÄDTISCHES MUSEUM ENGEN+Galerie
Ausstellung von Renata Jaworska: "Eine Explosion wie von 30 Atombomben"
21. September - 09. November 2014
Renata Jaworska, die 1979 in Zwolen (Polen) geboren wurde und heute in Schloss Salem lebt und arbeitet, war Meisterschülerin von Jörg Immendorf an der Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. Sie hatte Ausstellungen unter anderem in Berlin, Warschau, Venedig und London und nahm mehrmals am internationalen Künstlerprojekt „salem2salem“ teil.
In ihren Arbeiten entwickel... [more]