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Boycott or Action? Bansky in Gaza  
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2/27/15 Posted 2/27/15

Shot simply and in his typical parodic style, Banksy's latest project to go viral is a short video that sees the anonymous street artist and activist enter the Gaza Strip. It is the first work the British artist has completed in the Palestinian territory, but in 2005 nine pieces of his art appeared on Israel's West Bank barrier. The two minute video is titled "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination"—a satirical reimagining of an aspirational travel ad. It ends with th... [more]

Fair Flow: Colombian Beats for #ArcoColombia  
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2/26/15 Posted 2/26/15

Colombian music represents an amazing amalgamation of cultures and climes—and just as Colombian art is in the spotlight at ARCOmadrid, Colombia's musical infusions are another cultural industry that is beginning to garner international attention. Big bands like Grupo Bahía, Puerto Candelaria, and others here combine afro-caribé and neo-jazz with many other influences, rhythms, and instruments to brew a uniquely Colombian sound. We've collected a few of our favorites below f... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/26/15 Posted 2/26/15

Art or Not? Sometimes the art world just wants to have fun. Or so we'd like to think. Every weekend, with our tongues firmly in cheeks, we invite our readers to a game of spot the difference. This week: construction sites. Which of the artworks described below is by an artist whose accolades include the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Museum? #1 “I don't want to exhibit something to someone any more. I want to do the reverse: I want to exhibit someone to something." #2 "I wanted to create a work in which you could breathe, you could see, you could move. Like a... [more]

20150126165655-7 Lord, just give me sign!  
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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 2/22/15

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20150222_Lord__just_give_me_sign_.html by BECKY BATCHA "So, yes, we've come a long way from those tablets that Moses brought down from the mount. The show came about when curator Susan Isaacs, who teaches at Towson University, "started seeing a trend and realizing that a lot of artists were dealing with spiritual texts," said Gershman executive director Maxine Gaiber. The two worked together to bring the works to Philly." Read more at http://www.phil... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/20/15 Posted 2/20/15

Art or Not? The art PR world: love it or hate it, it's a dab hand at spin. Each week, ArtSlant asks our readers to indulge us in a game of spot the difference. This week: empty galleries. Which of the images described below is judged to be a genuine work of art, by an artist who has won a prestigious art prize? #1 Lights go on, lights go off—sunshine and rain, and then back to beginning to repeat endlessly. I do not know what the artist was thinking about when he made it, but to me it always looked like a swing, a mood swing. That's why I never found it funny but frighte... [more]

The Grandfather of Black British Photography's Apartment Is the Exhibition  
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2/12/15 Posted 2/12/15

Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, is planning an ambitious undertaking: they want to move an artist’s whole flat into the gallery. And they need your help. There are precedents to this type of project—Song Dong’s landmark 2009 installation, Waste Not, springs to mind, as does Dawn Kasper’s reconstruction of her studio at the 2012 Whitney Biennial—but the subject of this project and the contents of his archive are not only of artistic interest, but also cultural, sociological... [more]

Kanye in Context: Genius, Twat, or Both?  
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2/10/15 Posted 2/10/15

It’s been a fantastic 48 hours for Kanye haters. After (almost) gatecrashing Beck’s acceptance speech at The Grammys, Westie (as he affectionately lets me call him) claimed the award show disrespected artistry by not handing the Award to Beyoncé (again). Media shit storm. Highlights: Elle posted a photo of hiphop’s Will and Kate: Jay Z and Beyoncé, looking “horrified.” In an open letter to Mr. West on her Facebook page, Shirley Manson from the 1990s asked for... [more]

20150218152029-metgaleria_kairo_webre Opening recepcion on Feb 09-2015  
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Füleky Adrienn, HAász Ágnes, Péter Ágnes, Krnács Ágota, Tooth Gábor Andor/TGA, Pézman Andrea, Lux Antal, Örkényi Antal, Daradics Árpád, Koppány Attila, Czeizel Balázs, Szombathy Bálint, Bálint Bertalan, Pál Csaba, Kelecsényi Csilla, Beaty Czetõ, Drozsnyik Dávid, Sándor Edit, Gábor Enikõ, Szöllõssy Enikõ, Láng Eszter, Mayer Éva, Bózsa Evelin, Sós Evelin, Harangozó Ferenc, Repászki Ferenc, Nagy Stoica Georgeta, Nagy Géza, Olajos György, Drozsnyik István, Horkay István, Magén István, Stark István, Detvay Jenõ, Lévay Jenõ, Gábos József, Kántor József, Szolnoki-Szendrődi Judit, ifj Koffán Károly, Ázbej Kristóf, Csízy László, Lonovics László, Ország László, Papp Pala László, Szlaukó László, Barti Magdolna, Gábor Éva Mária, Tellér Mária, Fa Mariann, Hernádi Paula, Herendi Péter, Kecskés Péter, Márkus Péter, Wrobel Péter, Bátai Sándor, Paul Ter Wal, Vass Tibor, Dávid Vera, Szirmay Zsanett, Gyenes Zsolt, Koroknai Zsolt, Büki Zsuzsanna, Enyedi Zsuzsanna at MET Gallery February 9th - February 27th
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The Dream of the 90s Is Alive… in the Art Museum  
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2/6/15 Posted 2/6/15

The 2010s are so 90s. The decade’s enduring nostalgia moment—perhaps first identified, or at least concretized in Portlandia’s hilarious 2011 pilot—endures longer still. Look no further than this Jimmy Fallon Saved by the Bell reunion sketch, one of the most joyful things circulating the internet this week, to feel the prevailing 90s love. We’re seeing 90s allusions in fashion’s grunge resurgence—piercings are mainstream, midriffs have resurfaced, f... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/5/15 Posted 2/5/15

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures below is a genuine art work: every Friday, ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can tell which "artwork" is the imposter invented by us. This week: which of these piles was made by an artist who has shown at MoMA? #1 This artist's installations and audio, sculptural, and kinetic works balance between failure and aspiration. A sense of resignation to the forces of decay and obsolescence runs throughout her work—most visibly in her minimal cubes made of confetti, which decompose during the pe... [more]

20150126165655-7 Gershman Y Exhibit Explores Brave New Word  
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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 2/6/15

http://jewishexponent.com/culture/2015/02/gershman-y-exhibit-explores-brave-new-word by Greg Salisbury .........Curator, J. Susan "Isaacs, a Delaware native who is a professor of art history and the curator of the departmental galleries at Towson University in Maryland, has since refined and expanded “And the Word Is … ” to hew closer to her original intent to demonstrate how art can provide an ecumenical examination of where and how people draw religious inspiration."......... [more]

Art or Not?  
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1/30/15 Posted 1/30/15

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures with description below is a genuine art work: every Friday ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week: which of the images depicting ripped apparel below is a museum-exhibited artwork? #1 This artist began exploring how gender myths are inscribed and spread, in particular through clothing fashions. Literally ripping asunder fixed ideals of beauty, his humorous, often provocative, performances and interventions in the public... [more]

20150128004444-drapetomania LIKE IN REVELATIONS...and other such things  
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at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art January 30th - May 29th
Posted 1/29/15

(JEFFREY MCNARY) James Baldwin wrote, "The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions hidden by the answers." Few galleries of art hold true to that magnetic north like the recently opened Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard University. In this space, stories dance. Tales unfold, enlightening and reminding of the African diaspora and its hopes, dreams, visions and tears. There's heavy traffic in such endeavors, with much wreckage on the roadside and splinters o... [more]

Björk's Breakup Album  
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1/27/15 Posted 1/27/15

New Björk album. Vulnicura. Her ninth proper. Two main strands of conversation emerge in the public and media reaction: 1. Didn't she (and her team) deal with the whole album leak/rush release thing so much better than Madonna (and her team) did the other month? 2. It's a breakup album, isn't it? For an artist so adept at dealing with latest innovations in technology, it's perhaps interesting that the central lyrical theme of Vulnicura, chronicling her break-up with long term partner... [more]

New Research on Private Art Collectors Released  
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1/26/15 Posted 1/26/15

Who collects art? Where do they live, how old are they, how many of them are there, and what do they like to buy? These are questions that most people who gravitate towards art as an industry have asked themselves. Now, thanks to a new report compiled by Larry's List and published by Publishers for Modern Art, Vienna, the answers are revealed. The most wide-reaching report on collectors of contemporary art, the document is based on profiles and data from around 10,000 active private collectors from 71 countries: the... [more]

Art or Not?  
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1/23/15 Posted 1/23/15

Art or not: Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures below is for realz: every week ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week, a diversion from our regular format: our Editor Andrea Alessi took these pictures at one of Kraftwerk's Amsterdam shows. Can you guess which are animatronic performers and which are real earthlings? #1 #2 Click to reveal the answer! << Last Week's Art or Not Next Art or Not >> ... [more]


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