The job of artist’s assistant has a confusing reputation in the press. Articles about the ongoing saga of Jasper Johns' civil suit against his longtime assistant James Meyer for the theft and sale of $3.4 million of his drawings is a prime example of the way the media talks about the relationship between artist and assistant. The horrifyingly giant and blatant theft aside, this recent Vulture article about the incident presents the power difference between an artist and his assistant as tau... [more]
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]
"That's not real. Tell me that's not real. Is it?"
"This is the worst thing I've ever seen :("
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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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]
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]
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]
Representatives of The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (The Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC in abbreviation) deliberate while seated in red silk chairs around a polished wooden table engraved in gold leaf. GCC, a collective of eight artists largely of Kuwaiti origin have installed Micro Council, a doll-sized replica of the table in the center of an otherwise empty and sterile exhibition space at Sharjah Art Foundation. The table huddles weakly beneath the glare of LED lights str... [more]
Following a radical departure into skiing at the Sochi Winter Olympics, mega-selling violinist Vanessa-Mae has been found guilty of another type of fiddle.
Finishing last out of 67 skiers and racing for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, the FIS (International Ski Federation) announced this week it has banned the artist from competitive skiing for four years for race fixing. Their ruling states she only qualified for the Olympics after her results were manipulated at four races, organized at the r... [more]
The lack of foresight and the unwillingness to learn from recent history resulted this week in Bill Cosby tweeting a photo of himself smiling under the words “Happy Monday” with the instructions, “Go ahead, meme me! BillCosby.com/CosbyMeme #Cosby Meme.” In his solicitation of public response, Cosby chose a medium in which he had no control or editing power over the results. The tweet has since been deleted, after it got exactly what he asked for.
It's *amazing* that Bill Cosby's PR thought #CosbyMeme was going t... [more]
Where does digital art live? Today, it’s usually found on your computer. While networked practices, hacks, and coded mixed-media practices are supported through scattered exhibition spaces and sites like Rhizome, digital art—art made using digital tools (think gifs), including digital photography, created to be viewed on a screen—hasn’t found much of a home away from your computer screen. Until now.
Last year, in New York, a small start up raised hundreds of thousands of dol... [more]
Drone photography and video, like 3D printing before it, is currently hovering above a saturation point where it’s no longer so novel that it's inherently cool. To get us excited you’re going to have to do more than release your quadcopter above a bucolic landscape and set the resulting panoramic footage to a soothing soundtrack. The medium ain't the message.
We’ve already featured drone porn and drone art on ArtSlant today. In honor of what's become an impromptu Drone Day, he... [more]