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20150523142440-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e14 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E14 with Amber Ginsburg   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/23/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: "Made up... of what?" asks performance artist Amber Ginsburg, as she rumi... [more]

20150519153732-1 Notes from the Third Space: the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/19/15

The Oberhausen Short Film Festival, which hosted its 61st edition from April 30–May 5 this year, promotes the moving image's most essential and investigational format since its beginnings—and it feels like there’s never been a better time for the short film. Without polemics or soap-boxing, but with much food for thought, a sense of what is happening in the world of short film today was woven into diverse screenings, talks, and special programs. Whether the festival’s works or them... [more]

20150511063235-tumblr_nix09nocbj1tl5xaoo3_r2_400 Fashionable Feminism Is a Good Thing   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/11/15

There is nothing like going to a trendy event to reinforce the realization that you are a pitiable crone. For those of you who have yet to have this epiphany: it will come. For those of you who have already had it—please, take this leaflet for my support group, and call the number on the reverse. Perhaps the bad back that I find myself troubled with nightly, hunched over and writing to an ever-present deadline, has come from the dizzying fall from fashionable club-kid Valhallah to the mostl... [more]

20150506191306-earthrise We Are All Synecdoches   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/6/15

You are standing in a field looking at the stars. Your arms are resting freely at your side, and you see that the distant stars are not moving. Now start spinning. The stars are whirling around you and your arms are pulled away from your body. Why should your arms be pulled away when the stars are whirling? Why should they be dangling freely when the stars don't move? Local physical laws are determined by the large-scale structure of the universe. —Ernst Mach, Mach’s Principle S... [more]

20150506202101-1 Relocating Home: Sofia Maldonado in Conversation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/6/15

This interview really began in November over lunch at a neighborhood cafeteria in the arts district of Santurce, Puerto Rico, where I had been unwittingly served freshly grilled iguana rather than my anticipated chicken breast. Sitting across from me was Puerto Rican muralist Sofia Maldonado, whom I had spent the late and muggy morning with at her temporary studio at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC). After a stroll through the museums’ galleries we had gone down the street to grab a bite and disc... [more]

20150501144756-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e13 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E13 with Casey Smallwood   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/1/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Danny sits down with artist and good friend Casey to talk about using fri... [more]

20150501152806-peter_schjeldahl_is_tired_but_i_m_wide_awake__garbage_removal_at_moma__edited_digital_image_from_moma_s_exhibition_the_forever_now-_contemporary_painting_in_an_atemporal_world_2015 Artist-Writer-Curator: "Triple Threat" or "Triple Debt"?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/30/15

It started with wordplay. This winter, artist, writer, and curator Darren Jones emailed me musings about the art world equivalent of “triple threat.” In musical theatre a “triple threat” is someone equally skilled in singing, acting, and dancing. Are artist-writer-curators, Jones asked, the art world analog to these stars of the stage? Or is this particular combination of professions more accurately described by a turn of phrase: “triple debt,” or perhaps “triple... [more]

20150430175905-11051745_1583673741880806_7257760356889094015_n Wanksy: Real Social Change via a Giant Comedy Penis   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/30/15

Comedy phallus graffiti: a long standing symbol of public indecency, raiser of many an adolescent smirk, and, applied in the right context, an act of deprecating terrorism. Sometimes, it might even be all three: imagine a heroic squadron of schoolboys plotting to pin a felt tip cock illustration on the back of a young David Cameron. Imagine the general gusto, the social pride and the giggles they must have experienced. Via Facebook One Manchester resident, known publicly by the simple tag n... [more]

20150427193606-img-caravaggiomania-3_111625597240 The Truth Behind the “Judith Beheading Holofernes” Pasta Sauce Label   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/27/15

A jar of pasta sauce recently came to our attention when it went viral, at least among guffawing art history majors on Facebook, who were compelled by the droves—likely due to our desperate desire for validation—to click on this blog post evocatively titled “Why This Company Desperately Needed to Hire an Art History Major.” Oh yes, we collectively clamored, here’s a circumstance when our expertise surely would have been of use. Speculation circulated as to the intent of the label, which features a detail of Caravaggio’s 15... [more]

20150427142440-02_whitney_museum_nyc_2014_-_jobst If You Build It, They Will Come: The Inauguration of a New Era at the Whitney   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/24/15

Picture this: on a sunny day, you are walking through the meatpacking district in Downtown Manhattan. You walk down the cobblestone streets, passing the high-end clothing stores; you pass the Standard Hotel and stumble upon the foot of the High Line. As you approach Gansevoort Street, you notice a new building that doesn’t look like the others: bordering the West Side Highway, you walk towards this large, strikingly asymmetrical building and are dumbfounded by the pure magnitude of its stru... [more]

20150424224144-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e12 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E12 with Zachary Cahill   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/24/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Friend of the site Zachary Cahill talks about his fave color (pink!), day... [more]

20150423033911-thecylcleoffutility-static Branding a Genre: INSA's Gif-iti   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/23/15

Is it possible to trademark a whole genre of art? UK-based artist INSA has done just that, and gives an insight into the practicalities of defending your art in the digital era. In his most recent project, INSA’s Satellite Gif-iti (racking up more than 2.5 million views at the time of writing) the artist puts a behemoth brand stamp on the earth, endorsed in a 3 minute film—which sees the artist paint a carpark the size of two football pitches in Rio De Janeiro, and create a Gif from... [more]

20150422085108-27-murillo-1 Darlings: A New Cult of Youth in Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/22/15

The art world darling. The term’s ties to youth are not surprising, ever more now that youth in the art market doubles as a texture, a feature of desirability—a quality that is not necessarily bound to age, but to attitude. The cult of youth has held strong since the Victorians, and its associations with affection still stand. While the term darling (dear-ling) and its tender definitions may not have evolved over the past few centuries, the idiomatic media darling—the darling that belon... [more]

20150422203247-bella_s_revenge__1_ I Was an e-Erotica Editor   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/22/15

Rape is taboo, says my boss. The heroine cannot be raped during the span of the novel, though having been raped previous to the events of the story is acceptable, as long as it is not described explicitly. I ask my boss if fingers count. I had a manuscript the other day in which the heroine had fingers inserted inside her without consent, and I am curious, do I tag this as rape, or no? There is a silence as my boss considers this. That would not need to be tagged, my boss decides. Rape is not rape... [more]

20150421103236-anahita_razmi__middle_east_coast_west_coast_hd_video_23_mins_04_secs_2014 From the Harem to the Revolution: Worn Out Images of Middle Eastern Women in Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/15

Two chador-clad figures gesticulate with fully covered arms onscreen at the rear of Carbon 12, a gallery in Dubai. It would be easy to yawn and dismiss Anahita Razmi’s video, Middle east coast west coast (above), as yet one more work in which an artist covers Middle Eastern women’s faces and bodies to insinuate that they are voiceless. That assumption is turned on its (veiled) head, once one picks up a set of headphones to listen to the work’s sound, which reveals that the performer... [more]

20150421093819-6784160666_a02e8d2952_b Is "Selling Out" Still Relevant in a Post-Digital World?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

This week we're publishing a series of teaser articles on the theme of "Brand" leading up to our "Brand" themed second issue of Editions, our new inbox magazine—which will be sent to ArtSlant subscribers this Thursday. Today, Paul Hanford asks whether selling out is outdated. Selling out. To some, it appears as a pious and fiery Martin Luther-style preacher, spitting out commandments into the bohemian mind, who, while scraping together enough bronze to buy milk and cigarettes, is comfort... [more]


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