Art or Not? You thought you had the art world sussed, but every once in a while it chucks you a curve ball. In short, sometimes art can seem like a joke. What if we strip away the nonsense jargon—is the artwork still an artwork? What if we attribute those words to a different image—does that make it more legit? Every week, we ask our readers to play a game of guess who, and enjoy moment of irreverance in an oh-so-serious art world...
This week: which pile of goo was made by an art... [more]
Comicon North by Vanguard Culture/Rebecca Romani by aagz Gary Aagaard, Lauren Berley, Thayer Bray, Maclovio Cantu IV, Brittany Ellis, eric garcia, Wes Hardesty, Khryztof, Michael Koerner, Alberto Lopez, Kathleen McLaughlin, Chris Smith, Richard Smolinksi, Sallie Whistler Marcucci at The Studio Door
July 3rd - July 26th
Article by Rebecca Romani
It’s late on a Friday and the Studio Door Gallery on 30th is still going strong for the opening of its national Comicon-inspired show, “Strip: Caricature, Satire and the Funnies.” The caricature artist is working on a couple who looks thrilled to be getting mildly caricaturized and someone is busily adding lines to the communal canvas off in the corner. She is concentrating so hard she barely notices people looking over her shoulder.
Image via Starbucks
Every artist worth their salt has their own distinctive aesthetic, and that proves especially important for graffiti and street art, where artists compete directly in the public space, not only to catch the eye of the passerby but to build an instantly recognizable identity within their community. Graffiti, after all, is all about whose tag is "up" the most in a territory.
Brooklyn-based Maya Hayuk works both in the streets and the studio and her aesthetic is ubiquitous. With its pop ne... [more]
Are You Living The Life You Always Wanted?
Do you fall asleep fulfilled with everything you've done?
Are you making meaningful friendships?
Spending time on your family?
Giving everyday your all?
If you are, good for you. Keep being you.
If you, like many Americans, are poor, bored and overworked, it's time you stop living like you're dying.
You may have thought of filing for bankruptcy, moving away, changing names, dealing drugs, cheating taxes...
You may have even fantasiz... [more]
The Divine Between Heaven and Earth - Paul McCloskey’s ’Omega 3D’ - By Lisa Mikulski The Alley Theatre/Arts Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone presents Paul McCloskey’s anticipated ’Omega 3D’, showing July 6 through July 31, 2015. The ’Omega 3D’ is the third series in McCloskey's Awakenings trilogy: The Alpha, Reloaded, and the Omega. It is rare that a work of art, or a series of works, strikes me with a physical as well as an emotional reaction. The w... [more]
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.
Check ou... [more]
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
International artists and poets join together in a work of singular beauty - Review by Mary Gregory by Mary Gregory Alessandro Actis, gianpiero actis, Alix Arduinna, Ann Bagnall, Helen Bar-Lev, Bebe Barkan, Stanley H. Barkan, Abdelmajid Benjelloun, Marilyne Bertoncini, Huguette Bertrand, Danielle Bigata, Makhlouf Boughareb, Louisa Calio, Doranne Alden Caruana, Lidia Chiarelli, Misako Chida, Mia Barkan Clarke, Cristina Codazza, Mariela Cordero, Marie-Josée Desvignes, Michael Enevoldsen, Katayun Firuzi, Natalie Florio, Astrid Shriqui Garain, Caroline Gill, R. Gopakumar, Adel Gorgy, Fiona Green, Fotini Hamidieli, Thomas Higgins, Marie-Lydie Joffre, Ismo Jokiaho, Peter Thabit Jones, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, Kriangkrai Kongkhanun, Marilyse Leroux, Angèle Lux, Donna McGee, Carole Menahem-Lilin, Alejandra Miranda, Caroline Nazareno, Krzysztof Ogonowski, Raffaele Ragone, Stefania Sabatino, André Schreuder, Johnmichael Simon, Marsha Solomon, Antar Terkmani, Nova Kerbeb Testa, Alisa Velaj, Maria Fiorenza Verde, Changming Yuan at Torino, Italy EBook
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]