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Google Art Project Wants to Preserve Street Art...and Sell Watches  
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3/19/15 Posted 3/19/15

Google Art Project launched last year, with a dedicated Street Art section, in an attempt to preserve disappearing works of art around the globe: on Tuesday, they announced they are doubling the number of artworks in their archive, to include more than 10,000 images. For more than 20 years, New Yorkers and street art lovers worldwide made the pilgrimage to 5Pointz, a building in Long Island City called the "Graffiti Mecca" because of its brightly colored, ever-changing walls. Artists from... [more]

20150318113002-screen_shot_2015-03-17_at_4 Who Will Win #ArtMadness? Probably Van Gogh  
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3/18/15 Posted 3/18/15

Ah, March: the arrival of spring, the celebration of St. Patrick’s day, and, in the United States, it’s time for “March Madness”—a curious ritual involving baskets, balls, and brackets. But now there’s #ArtMadness, for us arty types who also enjoy a bit of friendly competition. Luckily, with #ArtMadness, you don’t need to know anything about basketball, team strategy, coaches’ names, or even college sports mascots. You just pick which works of art you l... [more]

MACBA Cancels Exhibition a Day Before Opening  
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3/18/15 Posted 3/18/15

Ines Doujak Haute Couture 4. via http://www.elmundo.es/ The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) has announced it is cancelling an exhibition just a day before it was due to open due to an internal staff dispute over a work by Austrian artist Ines Doujak. The controversial Doujak sculpture, Haute Couture 4, features a sex scene between a German Shepherd, Bolivian feminist leader Domitila Barrios de Chúngara, and the Spanish monarch King Juan Carlos I who is sodomized while he vomi... [more]

20150316100307-3cd1de81-0d31-40f2-a08c-aa2693fc8b8d-721x1020 What Do British Politics Really Look Like? An Open Call to Art Students  
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3/16/15 Posted 3/16/15

What does Britain really look like? How do the UK's students see the nation's politics and how do they see their political future? On Friday The Guardian launched a nationwide iniative to create alternative art for the UK general elections which take place in May. Inspired by iconic election posters of the past—and by the more recent graphics produced by students in Dundee during last September's Scottish independence referendum—The Guardian is sending out another open call to art s... [more]

American Museum Offers to Guard Iraqi Artefacts from ISIS  
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3/12/15 Posted 3/12/15

In an unprecedenated move, a privately-run museum in Virginia may become a safehouse for ancient Iraqi treasures. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, the world's largest living history museum, announced on Wednesday its offer to assist Iraqi cultural experts by storing valuable cultural relics to protect them from the threat of possible destruction by ISIS militants. In cooperation with their Iraqi colleagues, who visited the Foundation at the beginning of March, the artefacts would be transfered fo... [more]

Art or Not?  
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3/12/15 Posted 3/12/15

Art or Not? Does the art world sometimes leave you incredulous—or wishing you'd thought of that? Every week, we contemplate art from afar, and ask our readers to guess which of the images and their PR is real, and which is a fake invented by our editors... This week: ham—or spam? One of these artworks is part of an exhibition opening at a London gallery this week. #1 This German artist's new work discusses the tension between nature and culture: when a flower is picked from the ground and... [more]

Art or Not? Armory Week Special!  
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3/6/15 Posted 3/6/15

Art or Not? Every week, ArtSlant invites our readers to have a chuckle at the surreal stretches of the art world: is it the artists, the concept, or the way it is marketed to us, that makes an artwork authentic? Are artists masterful alchemists or masterful tricksters? We turn the art spin back on itself: this week, we roam the fairs and galleries during Armory Week in search of the absurd. Can you guess which of these Furbies is currently for sale by a major NYC gallery? #1 "Art’s relati... [more]

2nd Annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Coming to a Museum or University Near You  
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3/4/15 Posted 3/4/15

What is history but what we write about history? Our culture, our very civilization, is based around our written records. Cultural importance, longevity, and influence are invariably granted to those about whom the most words have been written. In honor of International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8), you can help write more words about women in the arts, and therefore substantially improve the visibility of women on the most accessible and widely used reference tool we currently use on... [more]

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... [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 for w... [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... [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
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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.ph... [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 i... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/13/15 Posted 2/10/15

Art or Not? Sometimes it can feel like the art world is having a joke at the public's expense. What makes an artwork "genuine" or an artful coincidence? Every Friday, ArtSlant invites you to put your tongue in your cheek, and consider which of the pictures below is a work of art. This week we ask: which of these images showing puppies at play is the real artwork? #1 This Chilean artist builds a strong sense of community into her interactive projects. This facility contains "sculptures" that function both as t... [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, socio... [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]


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