The position of the Art Museum has become tricky, thanks to the rise of the independent cultural producer, pop-ups and nomadic curators, and the increasing popularity of free public art. In the same way Hollywood was broken up by agents in the 50s, the institute is under siege. To be relevant to a demographic spread—with rising ticket prices and all—art centers are having to work hard within their parameters.
In 2015, visitors expect more than just blockbusters with an educational fi... [more]
The New Year: you feel fattened, you have to go back to work, everything you've just bought is now half the price of what you paid for it, it's cold and bleak. It's also the most depressing time of the year. But fear not: the affliction of New Year's resolutions still prevails over us all, ensuring that we will feel even worse in two weeks when we fail to see any of them through.
Our resident misanthrope Philippa Snow sets herself some imminently doomed challenges for 2015.
1. I will not... [more]
Give the people what they think. Not what they want, but what they think they are seeing. Do this, and fantasies are no longer fiction. Fiction becomes reality, the fake outdoes the familiar—it replaces it. History becomes more real, more believable, more infectious, when it’s done with invention. Fiction lasts longer; it creates its own history, and rewrites existing narratives. As I wrote in another piece from this year, images speak longer than words. The visual has staying power, and th... [more]
You, our readers, are all over the world and it’s always enlightening to learn what you're reading—from China to London, New York to São Paulo. The end of the year gives us a change to look back, tally the numbers, and see what you read, discover how we did. Some of our editors’ very favorite articles fall under the radar no matter how much care and attention we give them, while others exceed our wildest expectations. It’s fascinating to watch a news item, opinionat... [more]
As we come to the end of the two thousand and fourteenth official Western year, a year where hiphop families squabbled in lifts and everyone from your Facebook buddies to the President of the United States got soaked in icy water to the point of such ubiquity they've transcended what you are about to read... Wherever you were in the last 12 months, these things also these happened...
Hooker Leaves Calling Cards All Over the Internet
Source: Mad Magazine
Now that several years' of dust have... [more]
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 see... [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... [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 c... [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, 20... [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, from... [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,... [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 wo... [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 b... [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... [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 Revolution a... [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 Er... [more]