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20150409125924-screen_shot_2015-04-09_at_2 How to Make Twin Peaks Lynchian Without David Lynch   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/9/15

“Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like a girl without a secret.” Sheryl Lee a.k.a Laura Palmer, begins the roll call of cast members from this most mythical of shows, voicing support for the return of their auteur. Lynch, who quit work on the returning show had this to say on Twitter: After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. — David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) April 5, 2015 ... [more]

20150402125657-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e9 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E9 with Tucker Rae-Grant   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/2/15

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: Tucker Rae-Grant explains his interest in Mitt Romney-as-subject, tries t... [more]

20150401180200-blu-web-1 FIFTY24MX MANIFESTO: Mexico City's Murals for Action   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/1/15

Mexico has been in the global political headlines in recent months, due to the negligence and corruption of government officials—forcing people to act on their own to raise their voices and generate awareness of the serious issues currently affecting the country. One of the most valuable responses I've observed in Mexico City towards this dire situation has been generated by the local art scene. Liliana Carpinteyro, director of FIFTY24MX gallery, one of the key exponents of the street art s... [more]

20150330152137-nadia_kaabi-linke Melting Machismo: Nadia Kaabi-Linke's Fahrenheit 311   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nadia Kaabi-Linke at Lawrie Shabibi March 16th - May 14th
Posted 3/30/15

Medically speaking, at precisely 311 degrees Fahrenheit, testosterone, the male sex hormone, begins to melt. With her second solo show at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, Fahrenheit 311: Seven Legends of Machismo, Nadia Kaabi-Linke presents eight place-centred works that each conduct an autopsy on masculine qualities and myths—from war and glory to violence and heroism. The seven deadly sins run in parallel. In case you need a re-cap of Dante’s Inferno, these are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath,... [more]

20150327132926-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e8 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E8 with Pope.L   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/27/15

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: Pope.L puts on his best Dick Cheney face to do Danny's make up. Expect gr... [more]

20150326223703-screen_shot_2015-03-26_at_11 Performing Tables   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/25/15

Laura Letinsky photographs material debris left behind on tabletops. Orange peels, breadcrumbs, partially consumed cakes, wine stains, or sometimes a more theatrical octopus spread out in evocative, transitory constellations. At any moment one imagines a figure will enter the picture frame, destroying the aesthetic confluence in an effort to wipe the table down and deposit all captured remnants in a trashcan. This is partly what’s so compelling about these photographs: framed by the camer... [more]

20150324162601-mr_art_critic_poster The Internet as a Platform for Art Criticism, and Dildos   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

The much-loathed profession of art criticism is facing an odd future online: the myth of the click web has turned out to be apocryphal, and according to recent research conducted by and written about by Chartbeat, we're heading towards the era of the "attention web." But traffic-seeking clickbait has not been completely disbanded. We know that last year one of the most searched for words on our site was "dildo." How does this data-crunching on how readers navigate, and on what they enjoy on our site... [more]

20150325120250-20150324015053-mario-hell Mario Rising: Imagery, Identity, and Myth in an 8-bit Classic   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

The internet is a petri dish for myth and meme. Stories and ideas self replicate, mutate, spread themselves around. What is the tipping point for an idea to become so copiously proliferated that it achieves the status of something like fact? Is it an unwillingness to question the idea's authority, pure dominance through abundance? Whilst looking at some medieval representations of hell online recently I came across the image above. It immediately reminded me of the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong. Could... [more]

20150326125903-69937296_fc033182d1_z #MuseumWeek: The World's Weirdest Museums   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

In celebration of #MuseumWeek 2015, we asked our friends and colleagues: "What's the weirdest museum you've visited?" The responses we got back revealed some pretty wacky institutes from all corners of the globe, from the Pez Museum to the Museum of Broken Relationships. From spine-tingling to saccharine, they reflect the full gamut of human freakiness. But what does the list tell us about our definition of weird—and our attraction to it? Are these museums an homage to life's curiosities, or... [more]

20150324192016-diamond_head_1 The Sphinx of Waikiki   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/24/15

At its genesis in the final years of the 19th century, the American Empire was more than just a land-based expansion westward. It was a network of islands, an American Archipelago. A hemispheric smear stretching from Puerto Rico through Cuba, out to Hawai'i, Samoa, Guam, and the Philippines, the real challenge for the American center—like all maritime imperial forces—consisted first and foremost in ensuring the reliable transmission of political, social, and commercial power over the many nautical mi... [more]

20150323113339-_uta8814 RCA Secret Dubai Democratizes Art Dubai by Keeping Artists' Names Secret   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/23/15

What would happen to the art market if all work was sold and acquired democratically? That’s a pretty controversial question to ask at an art fair. In its 9th edition Art Dubai (March 18–21) drew an estimated 25,000 visitors to view modern and contemporary art from 92 galleries in plush exhibition halls. The art market in the United Arab Emirates is about as old as the fair, but thanks to a solid gallery scene, some record Christie’s auctions, and easy import and export policies... [more]

20150320122744-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e7 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E7 with Laura Letinsky   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/20/15

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: Photographer Laura Letinsky gives Danny his creepiest makeover yet while... [more]

20150319140730-zhang_mlgs01e07_mountainman Denver: A Mile High State of the Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/19/15

Big city digs alongside premier Rocky Mountains destinations, an unquenchable taste for craft and micro-breweries, an accelerating infiltration by the young and ambitious… top it off with the legalization of marijuana and the result is a city bursting with people and energy. It’s an exciting time to be part of the emerging cultural scene that is Denver, Colorado. Following heightened national scrutiny and increased tourist attention over the past year, the Mile High City feels ripe and... [more]

20150318111221-traditional_navaho_cross_stitch How Mario Kart Is Like Rubens: The Classical Principles of Video Game Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/18/15

Remember those misspent days spent playing Golden Axe? Remember your parents confiscating your Mario Kart? Turns out your parents didn’t appreciate good art when they saw it. Golden Axe, Atari Super Mario Kart, Super Nintendo Today many people passionately acknowledge computer game art as relevant, “legitimate,” art. Others believe that computer game art is dumbed down, that the pinnacle of artistic talent was the Renaissance—with "The Masters," like Caravaggio, Leon... [more]

20150316171614-15_a_ds Sharjah Biennial 12: The Right to the City   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Sharjah Art Foundation March 5th - June 5th
Posted 3/16/15

It is a pity for someone with a good sense of direction to visit Sharjah Biennial 12 (SB12) at Sharjah Art Foundation. You are given a map with free admission, but I advise that you leave it folded in your back pocket, because the best part of the Biennial involves getting lost in the maze of coral-walled alleyways leading to contemporary galleries that shock in their contrast to the heritage area in which they sit. Turn a corner and you might hit a dead-end; or you could find yourself face to a... [more]

20150313081235-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e6 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E6 with Anais Daly   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/13/15

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: Things move quickly in Anais Daly's University of Chicago classroom. Whis... [more]


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