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? 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?
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]
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]
Theodore Darst, Untitled, 2015. Animated gif.
We don’t have websites, software, online marketplaces, or editing tools anymore—we have platforms. In recent years the digital domain has seen once literal platforms—stages, plinths, furniture, buildings—proliferate into the immaterial and spread their surfaces everywhere.
But what is a platform exactly? We hear the word all the time—in computing, fashion, marketing, politics—but has sudden ubiquity diluted its me... [more]
A MET galéria Háromszög című sorozatának első kiállítása"PROCESS": Gábor Enikő, Detvay Jenő, Kecskés PéterA kiállítást megnyitotta: Nagy Zopán költő, író, fotográfus
Art or Not? Sometimes the things we encounter in our everyday lives stop us in our tracks: these fleeting moments of feet-stopping beauty are artworks often greater than we find in any top end gallery... How we define and categorize art is a game that constantly evolves. Every weekend, we marvel at the irony of the art world and ask our readers: art, or not?
This week: we've been playing with Legos.
“I see the world in rectangles,” says an artist whose sculptures made enti... [more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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? 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.
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? 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?
"Art’s relati... [more]
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]
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]
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]