Sam Rolfes, RareGIF No.40130612, 2015 Animated gif.
During the Cold War the CIA secretly promoted Abstract Expressionism at home and abroad as evidence of the United States’ intellectual freedom and cultural prowess. By exporting modern art—offered as a counter-narrative to Socialist Realism—the country engaged in a complex, not to mention expensive, branding exercise, long before the term “branding” entered common use.
The twentieth century strategy of creatin... [more]
Art or Not? We're not saying that the art world is full of bull or anything, but sometimes you've got to laugh. One artist's conceptual triumph is another's conceptual fail... Each week we invite our readers to guess which of the juxtaposed images described below is a genuine artwork and which is our probable fake?
This week: can you guess which of these arrangements of the marvelous sombrero hat is currently hanging on the wall of a prestigious public gallery?
The artist's inventions emerg... [more]
And The Word Is.....at Gershman Y by Carole P. Kunstadt Sandow Birk, Johanna Bresnick, Martin Brief, Michael Cloud Hirschfeld, Stephanie Kirk, Nicholas Kripal, Carole P. Kunstadt, David Stephens at Gershman Gallery, Gershman Y at the University of the Arts
January 22nd - May 14th
by a.m. weaver
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]
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]
A MET galéria Háromszög című sorozatának első kiállítása"PROCESS": Gábor Enikő, Detvay Jenő, Kecskés PéterA kiállítást megnyitotta: Nagy Zopán költő, író, fotográfus
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]
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]
Art or Not? Does the art world sometimes leave you incredulous—or wishing you'd thought of that? Every week, we contemplate art from afar, and ask our readers to guess which of the images and their PR is real, and which is a fake invented by our editors...
This week: ham—or spam? One of these artworks is part of an exhibition opening at a London gallery this week.
This German artist's new work discusses the tension between nature and culture: when a flower is picked from the ground and... [more]