As beloved Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson once said: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Despite 2014's many challenges, many in the art world and beyond carried on putting their best foot forward: when the going gets tough, the resilient pull through. While Kembra Pfahler performed with a cross in her ying-yang in Miami, ceramics and glass art saw some of the best new artists of the year. Airport art stays strong for those of us in WiFi-less layovers, and Russia s... [more]
As another calendar year closes in the long haul of human history, we should look back not only on the triumphs of creative spirit and community—it’s important, also, to contemplate those acts of cultural ignorance, reprisal, and outright sadism.
And rather than those willful, constructive critiques of entrenched inequality and statuses quo, this list is meant to showcase the asinine and mostly unnecessary impulses to appropriate, purloin, deface, and destroy—actions that did little to change bo... [more]
In 2013, ArtSlant launched its sister site, ArtSlant Street, as a way to focus critical perspective on the expansive culture that has grown out of the global graffiti movement and into the mainstream over recent years.
Our aim was to cover as much of what was happening as we could, giving it a genuine critical platform—with in depth reviews, investigative articles, and opinion pieces—to direct more analytical attention to this elusive and critically problematic field.
Things have cha... [more]
It's difficult—maybe it's even a bit silly—to make a choice between 52 weeks of endless exhibitions all over the world. But we're in the spirit of the festive season and if you'll care to join us in reflecting back on what we've appreciated this year, we've roped in some of our staff writers at ArtSlant to compile a bumper selection of what we've enjoyed writing about and seeing at galleries worldwide in 2014.
Here are some of our top selections:
Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox,... [more]
Interviews and studio visits are some of our favorite content at ArtSlant. They offer a chance to hear about art from its most intimate practitioners and see inside the spaces in which they create their work. We publish nearly 50 artist interviews a year, and that’s not counting the interviews we conduct with writers, curators, and collectors. The format ranges from studio heart to hearts to glitchy skype convos, from café meet ups to gallery walk throughs, even mock therapy sessions, f... [more]
The business of buying and selling art is one that the art world knows all too well. From reading about the latest Warhol sold at auction to following commercial gallery sales, we’re constantly reminded of art’s shift from object of visual and aesthetic pleasure to commodity item. As artworks are removed from their original creative and expressive origins, they can become lost—both literally and figuratively—in the commodification process. Often an artwork's provenance, catalogu... [more]
“I really understand wanting to punch art,” I wrote back to my Editor after being asked my opinion on the Andrew Shannon Monet-punching story. “I think about it almost daily.” And I do.
Personally-speaking, I can think of several specific incidents during which I have fantasized about punching an artwork in the last five years alone: at the height of "First Thursdays" mania in East London three or four years ago, for instance, I attended a "hip" show by an artist whose wor... [more]
I have a confession: I am a DJ. And during December, I leave my MNEK pre-releases at home. Instead, with a bulging bag of Wham and Wizard on my back, I cross the vomit-strewn streets of London to play to the drunk office Christmas parties that take place in one continuous month-long conveyer belt of mistletoe and tears.
However, as we try to gauge whether to take the office punk's advice that Dead Kennedys most definitely will not clear the dance floor, or to stick to our guns with a good old bi... [more]
New York based photographer Eric Chakeen (a former assistant to Ryan McGinley) shared some of his shots from his latest project, And Away They Go, which documents the life at the Del Mar racetrack—a place Chakeen visited often growing up in San Diego. Here, the photographer gives ArtSlant his personal perspective on the complex social atmosphere at one of California's most historic sports venues.
The Del Mar racetrack opened in 1937. It was a huge part of Hollywood in its halcyon days. Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby were frequent vi... [more]
The Egyptian Revolution incited an outpouring of graffiti, most of it politically motivated and aimed at an audience of ordinary Egyptians. A multitude of artists—including Ganzeer, Keizer, Ammar Abo Bakr, and the late Hesham Rizk—put their lives on the line to write on every available surface, from walls to military barricades and even army tanks. Basma Hamdy and Don Karl aka Stone meticulously documented the street art that came before, amidst, and in the aftermath of the Revoluti... [more]
In much of the Middle East, graffiti is regarded as a form of vandalism—a subversive crime to be scrubbed away or painted over and concealed. However, that outdated understanding may be shifting, due to the impact of the wildly popular Djerbahood Project. From July through August, 2014, Djerba, an ancient Tunisian island, recently welcomed around 150 of the world’s best known and emerging street artists to bring new life to the whitewashed walls of the tiny, traditional village of Erria... [more]
“Intervals revels in the unknowable as essential to human experience. The exhibition bears witness to incomplete presences and resonant remainders. It finds in music a measure and a reckoning with these elusive forces and the abyss that lies between.”
—Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Gesamtkunstwerk, as German-defined, is a work that sums all arts—aural, visual, and performative—to total a perfect affective state. No other word seems capable of describing... [more]
900 sculptures of everyday objects that together comprise the work Up in the Air by Tom Friedman have arrived at the Tel Aviv Museum. Suspended from the museum's ceiling, pieces of chewing gum, miniature planes, sporting equipment, and fragments of fencing float alongside other recognizable tropes in Friedman's iconography such as crumpled boxes of cereal, cigarettes, FedEx, and big burgers, exploded into space.
The piece debuted four years ago at Switzerland's Magasin III gallery last year. Its orbit now continues in Israel where it has recently been installed, and... [more]
"Why are young black men 20 times more likely to be shot by the police than young white men? Especially while only 13% of the US population is black?" These words are not from the pages of The Huffington Post, or the lips of Jon Stewart, but from a viral video released by MTV.
It's been a long time since MTV's values seemed to reflect anything deeper than the interiors of the planet's richest and worst human beings, but in the video, the station's sex educator Laci Green makes what could be on... [more]
Paint, in its ancient origins, was made from available materials: egg yolks to bind, sand, soil, plants, and so on for pigment. The whole process of manufacturing materials to make art has been steadily removed from the artistic process over time, but some artists still introduce the physical messiness of making art, by remolding everyday materials to provoke uncanny, humorous—and often, revolting—reactions to substance in the viewer. They might arouse strong responses, but they als... [more]
In late October, a YouTube video for a hotel in Copenhagen went moderately viral—you may have seen it. Filmed using the glossy “people coming together” bank advert template, an orthodox voiceover man says things like “together we laugh at conformity” and “buzzing with authentic vibes” over footage of hipsters using their phones, visiting microbreweries, sitting in cafes, and generally looking like they’re auditioning for an alt reboot of The O.C. A... [more]