Art or Not? Oh, art. How you confound your public... Have you ever stepped into a gallery and thought—in the words of Stedelijk Museum Director Beatrix Ruf—"What the fuck am I looking at?" Well, that happens to us at least once a week. When taken out of context, can an artwork still hold its own?
We put art to the test and ask our readers to practice their discerning skills and guess, which is art, and which is not? This week: which one of these tattered tennis shoes is currently on dis... [more]
Art or Not? The question has plagued art since its beginning—what makes art valid? Should the message be understood without the crutch of the PR machine? Every week we ask our readers to take the art world just a little less seriously.
This week: which piece of toast has been eaten and which has been displayed in galleries all around the world?
The making of art out of readymade objects is nothing new: the idea of somehow magically transforming an object into "high" art by placi... [more]
Art or Not? Sometimes an artwork can spark outrage. An apparently harmless sculpture can cause a public riot that rages on for four decades... But after all, as the artist of the real artwork below once said: "Art isn't democratic."
This week: One of the images described below is a pile of bricks. The other is an work of art. Can you tell the difference?
It is clear from the variety of materials employed by the artist in his sculpture and from the way in which he presents those materials... [more]
Each year, we select one of our very talented writers to take up residence for a month at our Paris residency. 2015 welcomes Himali Singh Soin to the residency. See below to learn about Himali and her project.
ArtSlant is also pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for the Summer 2015 term of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency. This term will take place during the months of July/August 2015 and includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD and airfare to and from the resid... [more]
Art or Not? Do you ever get the feeling when you enter a gallery, that you just don't get it? Sometimes it seems that the art world is a big ruse, making the most of that fear of the equivocal. Every week, we invite you to turn your ironic eye on art and identify the accidental imposter of the two images below—you might be surprised.
This week, abstract stains: which of the below is a work by a world famous artist?
...one of the pioneers of the post-Abstraction-Creation movement i... [more]
The Centre Pompidou has added Michael Zelehoski's Open House to its permanent collection. The former ArtSlant Prize Winner is currently represented by Mike Weiss Gallery. With his upcoming show New Order opening on May 7th at Mike Weiss Gallery, this news could not have come at a more exciting time.
Zelehoski starts with 3-d... [more]
Theodore Darst, Untitled, 2015. Animated gif.
We don’t have websites, software, online marketplaces, or editing tools anymore—we have platforms. In recent years the digital domain has seen once literal platforms—stages, plinths, furniture, buildings—proliferate into the immaterial and spread their surfaces everywhere.
But what is a platform exactly? We hear the word all the time—in computing, fashion, marketing, politics—but has sudden ubiquity diluted its me... [more]
$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards
Round 2 is officially open! Submit your work today to enter the ArtSlant Prize 2015 competition. Up for grabs are great exposure, exhibition and sales opportunities including inclusion in our brand new Amazon Art Sales Platform - not to mention cash prizes for selected ArtSlant Prize winners. See below for all the details.
Check out the latest submissions from the ArtSlant Community on our Art page and the Juried Winners from Round 1.
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Art or Not? Sometimes the things we encounter in our everyday lives stop us in our tracks: these fleeting moments of feet-stopping beauty are artworks often greater than we find in any top end gallery... How we define and categorize art is a game that constantly evolves. Every weekend, we marvel at the irony of the art world and ask our readers: art, or not?
This week: we've been playing with Legos.
“I see the world in rectangles,” says an artist whose sculptures made enti... [more]
Google Art Project launched last year, with a dedicated Street Art section, in an attempt to preserve disappearing works of art around the globe: on Tuesday, they announced they are doubling the number of artworks in their archive, to include more than 10,000 images.
For more than 20 years, New Yorkers and street art lovers worldwide made the pilgrimage to 5Pointz, a building in Long Island City called the "Graffiti Mecca" because of its brightly colored, ever-changing walls. Artists from... [more]
Ah, March: the arrival of spring, the celebration of St. Patrick’s day, and, in the United States, it’s time for “March Madness”—a curious ritual involving baskets, balls, and brackets. But now there’s #ArtMadness, for us arty types who also enjoy a bit of friendly competition.
Luckily, with #ArtMadness, you don’t need to know anything about basketball, team strategy, coaches’ names, or even college sports mascots. You just pick which works of art you l... [more]
Ines Doujak Haute Couture 4. via http://www.elmundo.es/
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) has announced it is cancelling an exhibition just a day before it was due to open due to an internal staff dispute over a work by Austrian artist Ines Doujak.
The controversial Doujak sculpture, Haute Couture 4, features a sex scene between a German Shepherd, Bolivian feminist leader Domitila Barrios de Chúngara, and the Spanish monarch King Juan Carlos I who is sodomized while he vomi... [more]
What does Britain really look like? How do the UK's students see the nation's politics and how do they see their political future?
On Friday The Guardian launched a nationwide iniative to create alternative art for the UK general elections which take place in May. Inspired by iconic election posters of the past—and by the more recent graphics produced by students in Dundee during last September's Scottish independence referendum—The Guardian is sending out another open call to art s... [more]
$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards
We are very pleased to announce our 1st round Juried Winners! Congratulations to our winners!
Round 2 will be opening soon so stay tuned for your next opportunity to enter the ArtSlant Prize competition.
Learn more about the ArtSlant Prize
Round 1 Juried Winners:
Artist: Georgina Vinsun
Title: Elizabeth, 2014
Medium: Oil on triangular canvas, 50 x 50 cm
In an unprecedenated move, a privately-run museum in Virginia may become a safehouse for ancient Iraqi treasures.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, the world's largest living history museum, announced on Wednesday its offer to assist Iraqi cultural experts by storing valuable cultural relics to protect them from the threat of possible destruction by ISIS militants. In cooperation with their Iraqi colleagues, who visited the Foundation at the beginning of March, the artefacts would be transfered fo... [more]
Need more art in your life? Who doesn't...
There are tons of projects dedicated to inserting art into your browser; some recent projects include Add-art (supported by Eyebeam and Rhizome) as well as the You Museum, a project by "Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey." Both of these initiatives make use of ad spots on websites to insert art into everyday browsing.
Doing things a bit differently, Google has released a Chrome extension to turn your blank tabs into art museum peep holes. Drawing f... [more]