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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 Today, Paul Hanford asks whether selling out is outdated.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]

20150417131117-cindy_sherman Brand America   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

In March, Artforum announced that both Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman would be creating new series of work for placement in various international American Embassies; in corporate terms, this is like being asked to make a contribution to the décor of the global headquarters of Brand America, and the announcement is of note to me personally because a) I genuinely enjoy the work of Cindy Sherman, b) I enjoy the aesthetics of Brand America from a largely kitsch perspective, and c) I am now com... [more]

20150417101014-3bd46d65-5b1d-40ed-8546-5a31a2a1d3f1_10635 You Can’t Ape It: Art Outsiders Can Tell the Difference Between Abstract Art and Finger Paintings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

This article was originally published on The Psych Report. Anyone who’s stood before one of Cy Twombly’s gigantic scribbles or Jackson Pollock’s chaotic drip paintings knows it doesn’t take an expert to be a critic. One of the most common critiques, “my kid could have done that," is a claim that’s inspired books and editorials and more than a few threatening tweets from art aficionados defending the genius of abstract expressionism against the harsh judgemen... [more]

20150417093447-jeff-koons-portrait The World's Best-Branded Contemporary Artists   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. Here, Nadja Sayej considers the world's best-branded artists. In a recent essay published by Berlin-based artist Constant Dullaart, the artist who shelled out 2.5 million free Instagram followers to art world accounts writes, “Audience is a commodity.” He continues... [more]

20150417124258-roerich The Talismanic Adventure of Nicholas Roerich   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

"Culture is the accumulation of highest Bliss, highest Beauty, highest Knowledge." —Nicholas Roerich, Realm of Light, Book II, 1931 Three solid red circles, pyramid-set, and surrounded by the thick line of a red circle. The ancient symbol of the Pax Cultura represents the interconnectivity of Art, Science, and Religion—the protection of which formed the basis of the Roerich Pact, signed in 1935, which agrees that "historic monuments, museums, scientific, artistic,... [more]

20150416201605-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e11 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E11 with Catherine Sullivan   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/16/15

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: Catherine Sullivan says something she shouldn't while turning Danny... or... [more]

20150417155655-418456373941 Record Store Day Special: Top Album Sleeve Artwork   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/15/15

Only in its eighth year, Record Store Day is already starting to feel as traditional as a Morris dancer at a folk festival. For me, the biggest attraction here is rooting through the limited edition vinyl released especially for the event. That sensory chemical nirvana triggered when thumbs flick through the racks, the way eyes dilate when they make contact with that sleeve... the one you’re going to take home with you. And as you lay on your bed, vinyl crackling away, you gaze across the de... [more]

20150416081503-20150413072754-unnamed Artists' Desks   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/13/15

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" —Albert Einstein The art voyeur has often fawned over the luxury artist's studio, and even seen the artist's bed—but the superior furniture item to any working person is surely their desk. Desks are a synechdoche for 9 to 5 imprisonment and paperwork drudgery, a statement of power and efficiency in the office regime, a dumping ground of daily deitritus—but what does a... [more]

20150413110206-image_5 Hotel Juárez: Francis Alÿs Lights Up a Ghost Town   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/13/15

It’s hard to describe a setting as disturbing as Ciudad Juárez, a city that lies on the border of Chihuahua and Texas that has gained notoriety for its alarming number of deaths and disappearances, linked to drug cartels and corrupt government officials. It goes without saying that Juárez is no place for the faint-hearted. Its streets are now deserted, while most of the historic landmarks that once attracted a tourist or two have been closed down for good. It is one of these landma... [more]

20150413152955-excuse_me_by_norman_rockwell Innocence to Power: Shifting Depictions of Women over Five Centuries of Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/13/15

The venerable New Orleans fine art and antiques specialists M.S. Rau Antiques have taken on a vast and complex subject for their latest exhibition. Innocence. Temptation. Power. The Evolution of Women in Art aims to chart the representation of women in art from the 15th century through the Modern era. The exhibition comprises over 50 works dating from c. 1420 to the 1960s, which we are invited to appraise as products of their time and place, and to peel back the layers of conditioning that atte... [more]

20150410102615-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e10 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E10 with Jessica Stockholder   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/10/15

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 offers to edit Jessica Stockholder's Wikipedia page (which—ah... [more]

20150410122837-screenshot_4__typing_syria_ Typing Syria: Whatsapp as Performance Art or Awareness Campaign?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/10/15

Typing Syria is a social experiment and performance piece running in a Whatsapp group through the month of April. Subscribers are not allowed to engage with the characters, and are encouraged to eavesdrop but not act. This voyeuristic relationship echoes the international community’s attitude to the Syrian situation four years on, which can be likened to the screen saver that comes onto the iPhone after 30 seconds of inattention. Throughout the performance, two old friends, fictional char... [more]

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]


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