Hawaii's annual Pow! Wow! jam officially kicked off on February 7, and artists will be busy painting into the weekend. The arts festival brings together curators, artists, photographers, and musicians for a week of painting, parties, and IG-friendly beaches.
Curated by Japser Wong, Pow! Wow! is only in its fifth year, but with its sheen of street-styled glamor and exotic vibes it has managed to attract some of the best artists on the mural festival circuit.
The predeliction is still for old school graf h... [more]
The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s roof weighs the equivalent of the Eiffel Tower—its dome references the Islamic architectural cornerstone of the mosque. According to French architect Jean Nouvel’s poetic vision of a “rain of light,” an intricate layer of geometric incisions in the dome will optimize sunlight to create a constantly changing installation inside the museum. Set to open its doors to the public by the close of 2015, the 260,000-square-foot Louvre Abu Dhabi is the f... [more]
I was naively unprepared for the wave of vitriol I woke up to on Twitter from Caitlin Stasey, the 24-year-old former Neighbours actress and founder of herself.com, following my article last week which attempted to discuss several interesting new art exhibitions and platforms that deal with female self-image online: "Can Selfies Be Feminist?"
@onaartist @ArtSlant this article declares tht self expressions of nudity r countr productive 2 feminist agenda w no real explanation as 2 y
— caitl... [more]
Bustling Mexico City has embraced the international art scene while continuing to develop its own independent arts agenda through multiple platforms and outreach. This week Zona MACO, Central America's most important art fair, brings it all together, garnering major works of art from around the world to its 13th edition. The overall vibe of this year's fair—which opened Wednesday and continues throughout this weekend—was very laid-back, with an evident rise of painting and sculpture works at gallerie... [more]
The other night I had some friends over and we were playing the game "Pick a Tune." (For anyone unfamiliar with the rules of "Pick a Tune" you have to pick a tune based on a theme you’re given, so kind of like rocket science, but with music) I was given the clue "Musical Firsts." And I had nothing.
Then a flash of inspiration: I remembered a while ago, while washing up, I had realized The Beatles had invented the remix (you know, besides all those variations composers were banging out on their pianos... [more]
The Sundance Institute is perhaps best known for its annual Film Festival, which opened this year on January 22 and concludes on Sunday. But in recent years the Institute has also been busy building an increasingly influential artistic program forged at the crossroads of film, fine art, media, live performance, and technology.
New Frontier was established in 2007 as a dynamic initiative to identify and nurture independent artists working across diverse media to pioneer new methods of storytelling. Since its... [more]
Philadelphia's renowned Mural Arts Program have announced the artists who will exhibit as part of their latest high profile project: Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space. With its mix of some of the most sought-after names from the "street art" circuit alongside distinctive names from contemporary art, the selection reveals a roster of exhibitors who all share an institution-friendly quality.
Odili Donald Odita, Heaven’s Gate, 2012, Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Ar... [more]
We wanted to write about some of the tattoo artists we like who also happen to be vaginally endowed. Why? Just for aesthetic inspiration on a default Monday. And also because it was bugging us that the rise in recent years of female tattoo artists has been put down to Miami Ink or Rihanna. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the people whose art has caught our eye lately as we've been traveling in the real and virtual worlds...
All images, Slower Black via Slower Black Tum... [more]
To celebrate the seventh edition of IAF 2015, we’ve selected seven sensory and cerebral delights to carry you through the weekend.
1. Priyanka Choudhary performing The Art of Papilio Demoleus (or how to become The Lemon Butterfly)
Priyanka’s visual vocabulary spans Arte-Povera, Minimalism, and contemporary practice including performance art. Expect an unsettling meditation on the forces threatening our contemporary global environment.
Indian street artist tags a burnt out car in... [more]
In 2014 India witnessed the swooping descent of a controversial new government. The Bharatiya Janata Party (known as the BJP) divided thousands of voters over its origins in the nationalist, Hindu-supremacist philosophy of Hindutva.
For many Indians, the leader, Narendra Modi, is a figurehead of cultural and racial intolerance: a politician who oversaw the slaughter of over 2,000 Muslims in his ministerial state of Gujarat in 2002; a man who abandoned his wife in voracious pursuit of power; a shady,... [more]
Of course it takes a movie to show how unbelievable the art market can be: for his Golden Globe-nominated film Big Eyes, Tim Burton had a lot of material to work with. The movie tells the true story of painter Margaret Keane (portrayed by Amy Adams), whose paintings of big-eyed children infiltrated pop culture in the 1960s and how her husband Walter (played deviously by Christoph Waltz) took credit for them.
Margaret Keane, San Francisco, Here We Come, 1991. Keane Eyes Gallery, San Francisco, via F... [more]
Imagine: one day in the near future, you might wake up to find that all of your Facebook friends are gone.
A little while ago, while ostensibly doing research for a review I was writing on Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch’s Regen Projects exhibition, I learned that Trecartin had essentially been “discovered” through Friendster. Curious, I went hunting for the evidence. What did Ryan Trecartin’s Friendster profile look like? Who were his friends in the early 2000s? What did... [more]
"Villa Toronto—This is not an art fair!"
“Why are there so many people here?”
“It’s for the Raptors game.”
Ragnar Kjartansson, S.S. Hangover, 2013, Music by Kjartan Sveinsson; Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik and Luhring Augustine, New York
This is a conversation I overheard between two hurried commuters while attending opening night for the event Villa Toronto a couple of evenings ago. Organized by Warsaw’s Raster Gallery and presented... [more]
The French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou was the first to proclaim “Art’s Birthday” as a public holiday on January 17. Coincidentally, Art shares the same birthday as Filliou, who came up with the idea in 1963. The myth is that 1,000,000 years ago, someone threw a dry sponge into a bucket of water and voilà: Art was born. It was first publicly celebrated in Aachen, Germany, and Paris simultaneously in 1973, and the phenomenon has grown every year with celebrations now taking plac... [more]
“The body is always a body that is an unfinished entity.”
—Lisa Blackman, The Body (Key Concepts), Berg, 2008
“We have a whole history of representation in which the black body was not the privileged body,” Kerry James Marshall said in an interview a few years ago. “So there was no crisis of representation for me, because the black figure is underrepresented.” Marshall has patiently, and masterfully installed black figurative paintings in predominant... [more]
At the start of 2015 Călin Dan, art historian and artist in the duo subReal, was hired as director of Romania's National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), following the death of the museum’s founding director, Mihai Oroveanu, by heart attack in August 2013.
MNAC opened in 2004 in one wing of the largest administrative building in the world, built at great human sacrifice by Romania’s former dictator Ceaușescu as his own palace. Before the fall of communism the building was called... [more]