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Dedicated to Mary Ellen Mark: The Compassionate Photographer  
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5/29/15 Posted 5/29/15

Tributes have been pouring in upon the announcement of the passing of Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015), who died at home, aged 75, on Monday after suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome. “She was so young at heart,” portrait photographer Martin Schoeller was quoted in Time as saying. “She was also the most courageous photographer, never taking no for an answer, always trying to achieve her vision at all costs.” Although her work carried across a broad canvas includi... [more]

Art or Not?  
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5/27/15 Posted 5/27/15

Art or Not? Do you ever get the feeling when you enter a gallery that you just don't get it? Does the press release befuddle you? Sometimes it seems that the art world is a big ruse, making the most of that fear of the equivocal. Every week, we invite you to raise an ironic eyebrow and identify the accidental impostor of the two images below. This week: sandy beach—or a sabulous installation? #1 The focus of this year's Biennale is the implicit structures and constraints of the Biennale as an int... [more]

Art or Not?  
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5/20/15 Posted 5/20/15

Art or Not? We live in an image-centric culture, and yet, words are powerful—especially when spat out of the engine of the art world, the press release. Does text add value? Are they taking the piss? The more art you see, the more it destablizies your notion of what it is. Every week, ArtSlant asks our discerning readers to participate in our tomfoolery, and ask you, is it art, or not? This week: Which of these pavement pictures described below is, in fact, a print for sale? #1 Up... [more]

Round 3 of The ArtSlant Prize Now Accepting Submissions  
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5/18/15 Posted 5/18/15

Image: Round 2 Juried Winner, Rachel Garrard, Follow, 2015, Ash on Canvas, 72 x 66 inches Round 3 is officially open! Submit your work today to enter the ArtSlant Prize 2015 competition. Up for grabs are great exposure, exhibition and sales opportunities including inclusion in our brand new Amazon Art Sales Platform—not to mention cash prizes for selected ArtSlant Prize winners. See below for all the details. Check out the latest submissions from the ArtSlant Community on ou... [more]

Art or Not?  
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5/15/15 Posted 5/15/15

Art or Not? Oh, hold up: it's Frieze Week in New York, the prime opportunity to catch some Art or Not action... Every week, we ask our discerning readers to play a game of spot the difference. One of the artworks described below is a genuine artwork snapped by our Senior Editor Joel Kuennen in New York this week: #1 The artist has built a set of fantastical hand-woven bird nests that will hang from the lampposts in the north end of the Park. The nests will incorporate typical nesting mater... [more]

Blockbuster Picasso  
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5/13/15 Posted 5/13/15

The record-breaking Picasso entitled ‘Les Femmes d’Alger’ on display after the auction. Photograph: UPI /Landov / Barcroft Media/UPI /Landov / Barcroft Media via The Guardian A work by Pablo Picasso, the artist played by Anthony Hopkins in the 1996 film Surviving Picasso, has set a new world record as the most expensive artwork to be sold at auction in New York. Women Of Algiers (Version 0) is part of a range of works the painter created to look great in the foyers of big b... [more]

Art or Not?  
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5/8/15 Posted 5/8/15

Art or Not? Love it or hate it, the PR machine that drives contemporary art world sometimes seems to take the piss. Is this endemic of laziness, or a stroke of genius? Can spin turn the humble hoover into a work of art? Someone thinks so, because they paid a whopping $11,801,000 for one of the vacuum cleaner artworks described below... #1 In 1990 the artist staged a series of spontaneous street interventions organized in tandem across the U.S. Prefiguring the pop-up art display, the apparently desultory rep... [more]

Welcome to Local: Issue 3 of Editions  
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5/7/15 Posted 5/7/15

LOCAL Table of Contents: Lost in the Local | James Pepper Kelly Bottling Local | Edo Dijksterhuis The Place of the Museum | Joel Kuennen New York State of Grind | Darren Jones We Are All Synecdoches | Himali Singh Soin Relocating Home | Nicole Rodriguez The latest issue of Editions was inspired by the preponderance of “local” movements—particularly in food and craft culture. We so often hear this heart-warming, feel good idea that local is somehow better, more sustainable—and w... [more]

Art or Not?  
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5/1/15 Posted 5/1/15

Art or Not? You thought you had the art world sussed, but every once in a while it chucks you a curve ball. Sometimes art can seem like a joke. What if we took away the jargon—is the artwork still an artwork? What if we attribute those words to a different image? Every week, we ask our readers to play a game of guess who, and enjoy moment of irreverance in an often too-serious art world... What's the difference between a simple pocket organizer and a pricey painting in a gallery? See below... [more]

Welcome to Brand: Issue 2 of Editions  
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4/24/15 Posted 4/24/15

Sam Rolfes, RareGIF No.40130612, 2015 Animated gif. During the Cold War the CIA secretly promoted Abstract Expressionism at home and abroad as evidence of the United States’ intellectual freedom and cultural prowess. By exporting modern art—offered as a counter-narrative to Socialist Realism—the country engaged in a complex, not to mention expensive, branding exercise, long before the term “branding” entered common use. The twentieth century strategy of creatin... [more]

Art or Not?  
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4/24/15 Posted 4/24/15

Art or Not? We're not saying that the art world is full of bull or anything, but sometimes you've got to laugh. One artist's conceptual triumph is another's conceptual fail... Each week we invite our readers to guess which of the juxtaposed images described below is a genuine artwork and which is our probable fake? This week: can you guess which of these arrangements of the marvelous sombrero hat is currently hanging on the wall of a prestigious public gallery? #1 The artist's inventions emerg... [more]

20150126165655-7 And The Word Is.....at Gershman Y  
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Sandow Birk, Johanna Bresnick, Martin Brief, Michael Cloud Hirschfeld, Stephanie Kirk, Nicholas Kripal, Carole P. Kunstadt, David Stephens at Gershman Gallery, Gershman Y at the University of the Arts January 22nd - May 14th
Posted 4/17/15

by a.m. weaver http://www.theartblog.org/2015/04/and-the-word-is-at-gershman-y/ [more]

Art or Not?  
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4/16/15 Posted 4/16/15

Art or Not? Oh, art. How you confound your public... Have you ever stepped into a gallery and thought—in the words of Stedelijk Museum Director Beatrix Ruf—"What the fuck am I looking at?" Well, that happens to us at least once a week. When taken out of context, can an artwork still hold its own? We put art to the test and ask our readers to practice their discerning skills and guess, which is art, and which is not? This week: which one of these tattered tennis shoes is currently on dis... [more]

Art or Not?  
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4/9/15 Posted 4/9/15

Art or Not? The question has plagued art since its beginning—what makes art valid? Should the message be understood without the crutch of the PR machine? Every week we ask our readers to take the art world just a little less seriously. This week: which piece of toast has been eaten and which has been displayed in galleries all around the world? #1 The making of art out of readymade objects is nothing new: the idea of somehow magically transforming an object into "high" art by placi... [more]

Art or Not?  
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4/2/15 Posted 4/2/15

Art or Not? Sometimes an artwork can spark outrage. An apparently harmless sculpture can cause a public riot that rages on for four decades... But after all, as the artist of the real artwork below once said: "Art isn't democratic." This week: One of the images described below is a pile of bricks. The other is an work of art. Can you tell the difference? #1 It is clear from the variety of materials employed by the artist in his sculpture and from the way in which he presents those materials... [more]

20150327213514-unnamed__1_ Centre Pompidou Acquires Former ArtSlant Prize Winner's Work  
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3/27/15 Posted 3/27/15

The Centre Pompidou has added Michael Zelehoski's Open House to its permanent collection. The former ArtSlant Prize Winner is currently represented by Mike Weiss Gallery. With his upcoming show New Order opening on May 7th at Mike Weiss Gallery, this news could not have come at a more exciting time. Zelehoski starts with 3-d... [more]


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