Art or Not? When we're doing our weekly rounds of the world's galleries and musuems, we sometimes find ourselves baffled. The press release and the art work often don't seem to add up. And what about those fleeting encounters with the natural beauty that surrounds us, the perfect poetry of a passing moment?
Every week, we ask our readers to have some fun with us and tell us, what is art, and what is not? This week, it's a foggy question.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, London,... [more]
Image: Round 3 Juried Winner, Devon Reiffer, Boy in Heels, 2014, Charcoal and Gesso on Unstretched Canvas, 96 x 72 inches
Round 4 is accepting submissions until July 24th!
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.
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Art or Not? Do you ever walk into a gallery, and feel like you're missing something? Art can sometimes confuse you. But what does make something art, or not? Is it context, words, or the audience, who says what flies in the gallery? Every week, we ask our readers to stop taking the art world so seriously for a little minute and try and play a game of spot the difference.
This week: which of the unusual scenes below is documents a performance exhibited at a Welsh art institute?
Staged in the glo... [more]
$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards
Congratulations to our Juried Winners! This round's selections courtesy of Catherine Wagley, Edra Soto and Jacqueline Ferrante.
Thank you to our jurors and all of the Showcase Winners from Round 3!
Round 4 will be opening on Friday, June 26th.
Learn more about the ArtSlant Prize
Round 3 Juried Winners:
Artist: Jan Christopher-Berkson
Title: Two Black Squares With Shapes, 2015
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June 18th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Immagine & Poesia, an international movement that publishes and exhibits poems paired with visual artworks, has published its second volume of collaborations. President of the movement, Lidia Chiarelli, along with editor of the ebook, Huguette Bertrand, have selected and presented contributions from poets and artists from 27 countries—from Albania to Venezuela. The goal of the work, they state, is to gather creative individuals from all over the world to celebrate together a "love of... [more]
Art or Not? Ever stepped into a gallery or institute and thought to yourself, you cannot be serious? Without the "textual bikini" of art PR, does the naked artwork have any shape or is the joke on us? Every Friday for a laugh, we challenge you to figure out which image with its description has been forged by the ArtSlant team.
This week: One of the below is a the result of a wear and tear of a gallery's floor, while the other is very realistic art work exhibited in a gallery space. Can you tel... [more]
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? 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?
The focus of this year's Biennale is the implicit structures and constraints of the Biennale as an int... [more]
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?
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? 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:
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]
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? 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...
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]
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? 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]
Oh sweet Calgon refuge! by Monty Trashmore John Elliott, Robert Eustace, Brad Ford, Katherine Knupp, Lena Logvina, Kris Risto, Todd Scalise, Brian Toy, Brad Triana, Liz Venuto at Suite 915/ The Renaissance Building, Eire, PA
April 25th - May 30th
At first I was all like, but then I was like, and finally, finally I was like, "11/10, would reject." Try the jalapeño sausages. [more]