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20150129104756-alac_barker_ceiling Your Guide to Navigating Los Angeles Art Events on This Very Important Weekend   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/29/15

Living in Los Angeles as an active member of the art scene involves making many choices on a weekly or even nightly basis. In other cities, where art spaces are packed tightly together in close proximity, it’s usually possible to hop around to visit a number of events on a given night, using public transportation or grabbing an Uber, no big deal. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is not one city: it is many. It is unimaginably spread out, and the vast distances between the different art encl... [more]

20150128191111-120 Top 10 Booths to See at the LA Art Book Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at MOCA Geffen Contemporary January 30th - February 1st
Posted 1/28/15

The exhibitor list for this year’s LA Art Book Fair is very very long. So while I’d like to be able to say that this is a definitive top 10 list of booths to see, I can’t quite boast that. This is not a comprehensive list, rather, this is a highly subjective list, and as such, is skewed towards photography publications, publishers that I’m already familiar with (full disclosure: I’m married to an artist who has been featured in publications from Lodret Vandret and Conv... [more]

20150122111146-ryan_trecartin_video6 Finding Ryan Trecartin’s Friendster Profile, or, The Archive in the Age of Social Media   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/22/15

Imagine: one day in the near future, you might wake up to find that all of your Facebook friends are gone. A little while ago, while ostensibly doing research for a review I was writing on Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch’s Regen Projects exhibition, I learned that Trecartin had essentially been “discovered” through Friendster. Curious, I went hunting for the evidence. What did Ryan Trecartin’s Friendster profile look like? Who were his friends in the early 2000s? What did th... [more]

Graffuturism Founder Starts New Gallery in San Francisco  
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1/8/15

Following on the success of recent exhibitions A Major Minority at 1AM Gallery and L’Avenir at White Walls, the graffiti writer, painter, curator, and graff-theorist Poesia is opening a new gallery space in San Francisco on January 10. The gallery is located at 886 Geary Boulevard in the Tenderloin district, and shares the building with White Walls Gallery. 886 Gallery, Interior space Exterior of 886 Geary Boulevard. Photo: Brock Brake The curatorial program for 886 Gallery will fol... [more]

Christo’s Over The River Project May Be a Go, Finally  
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1/6/15

We previously reported on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s proposed project Over The River, a two-week installation over the Arkansas River (you can see a video of the 79-year-old artist white-water rafting the river here), which has been plagued by various legal challenges. Today we got word that another important hurdle has been crossed. On January 2, 2015 a federal court upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of Over The River, based on their assessment of the ephemeral a... [more]

20150105091802-bonnie-charlie_s-gone-away-photo-by-james-a 1950s Collages by Helen Adam Anticipated the Internet Meme   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/5/15

A funny image accompanied by a one-liner caption—it’s a form we know all too well. The internet meme is infinitely reproducible, mutable, and sharable: they're digital artifacts symptomatic of our current cut-and-paste culture. But we’re not the first generation to cut and paste with wild abandon: in Europe in the 20s and 30s, photomontage became surreal art in the hands of practitioners like Hannah Höch, John Heartfield, and Raoul Hausmann; British artists took to collage from... [more]

20141004051307-1200_img_5659_tilt_photo___ian_cox_2014_for_nuart Where the Streets Become a White Cube: A Look Back at Nuart Festival   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at NuArt Festival September 4th, 2014 - October 12th, 2014
Posted 10/4/14

There’s a subversive brilliance to Nuart which must be appreciated: the fact that every year, in the languid late summer days of September, a bunch of notorious vandals and their apologists descend en masse upon an idyllic Norwegian seaside town under the auspices of a street art festival—largely bankrolled by the Norwegian Arts Council and the city itself. To the American observer it seems beautifully backwards. Cities like New York and Los Angeles are usually doing all they can to supp... [more]

Deputy Mayor Declares Paris "World Capital of Street Art" for Nuit Blanche 2014  
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10/4/14

HeHe, Radiant Tree, Nuit blanche 2014 © HeHe Nuit Blanche, Paris’s annual night-long celebration of art, music, and light, kicks off tonight at 8pm and runs until 7am Sunday morning. Each arrondissement offers its own attractions, from light art installations to public performances, and roving bands of art watchers wander around the city of lights in search of the glow of projections, late night gallery openings, and the strains of music. This year is unique in that it highlights... [more]

Can't Get Enough Koons? Whitney Museum Announces 36-Hour Koons-a-thon  
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10/2/14

Installation view of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 27–October 19, 2014). © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ronald Amstutz. The Whitney Museum announced today that in celebration of the final weekend of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective—and indeed the final weekend before the museum moves to its new downtown digs—it will remain open for 36 hours straight, from 11 am Saturday, October 18, through 11 pm Sunday, October 19. Visiting a museum at 3 am must be a... [more]

20140929231945-8efeddavidbowie_20140919_231 Bowie Victims: Confessions from David Bowie Is at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23rd, 2014 - January 4th
Posted 9/29/14

I’m not sure exactly what Jon Savage meant when he referred to “Bowie victims” in his book about the birth of punk rock, England’s Dreaming, but ever since I read that phrase it stuck with me. In a way I identified with it—being a big David Bowie adherent—and didn’t necessarily consider it as a derogatory term. I figure he meant teens obsessed with Bowie, the young androgynes with their flared high waters and platform boots, teased mullets and green eye mak... [more]

Ello: Is it Good for Artists?  
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9/29/14

We hate Facebook, but we use it anyways. Its distressing “real name” policy, emotional manipulation for research and the extortion of revenue from small businesses, magazines, non-profits, etc who now must pony up in order for their posts to show in more than 10% of their own fans’ feeds has compounded to make the behemoth social network universally reviled. Unfortunately, no new social media network has come along to take its place. Along comes Ello. Last week, ironically, Twitter... [more]

New York Art Book Fair Opens This Weekend  
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9/25/14

The New York Art Book Fair can be a rather overwhelming experience, packed with ephemera and elbow-to-elbow crowds. With all the various book launches and events, to help make sure you're not going to miss something awesome at this year's NYABF, here's a list of the exhibitors we highly recommend you check out. Eva Prinz and Thurston Moore of Ecstatic Peace Library. Photograph © Tim Barber. Via Print Mag. Obviously go see Thurston Moore play at the preview tonight (Thursday). At 7pm at Printed Ma... [more]

20140909121314-strok Views of Nuart 2014 in Stavanger, Norway   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/9/14

Reflecting on my experience at the Nuart Festival this weekend in Stavanger will take some time. It was a week filled with art, music, parties and panels, with much to digest and consider. But here's some photos from the week to tide you over while my full report is forthcoming. More photos can be found on our Instagram account (ass_mag, get it?), also here, here, here, here, and by searching #nuartfestival The landscape in Stavanger is stunning. Tilt. Spy. Port of Stavanger. Swoon and David... [more]

VIDEO: Christo Goes White Water Rafting  
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9/4/14

We've had our eyes on Christo's Over the River Project for several years (Christo's been working on it now for twenty years), and every so often we get updates from the OTR squad on the project's various legal battles and incremental successes. The two-week project, which proposes to install a series of fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado, has already received permission from the Federal Government, Colorado State Parks, the State Land Board and Fremont County, Colorado, but faces chal... [more]

Deadline for the Winter 2015 Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is Today August 31  
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8/31/14

The deadline for the Winter term of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is quickly approaching. All applications must by submitted by Sunday, August 31st at midnight Pacific Time. The Winter 2015 residency will take place January - February, 2015. It includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD and airfare to and from the residency site. The residency takes place in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris in a Haussmann-style apartment. Studio space is not provided. Thanks... [more]

20141004051058-20140823154115-top_image NUART FESTIVAL 2014. "Beneath the pavement, The Beach"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at NuArt Festival September 4th, 2014 - October 12th, 2014
Posted 8/23/14

I’ve been doing a bit of studying up lately. So far I’ve learned that the rules concerning the sale of alcohol in Norway rival those I’ve encountered in Utah: not available on Sundays, or after 6pm most days; for some reason there’s a couple of days in May that are totally off-limits; oh and supermarkets only sell beer that’s 2.5% alcohol (worse than Utah’s 3.2!), for the stronger stuff you’ve got to go to someplace called Vinmonopolet (I’d venture... [more]

20140820110646-01 Car Culture: the 14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/20/14

Los Angeles, California is synonymous with car culture. From lowriders to hot rods, Woodies and Super Deluxes, customized historic cars are a commonplace sighting on the streets of LA. At the height of the movement in the 1970s, the historic locus of the lowrider cruise was Whittier Boulevard, and throughout the city of Whittier one can see signs of this cultural heritage. Newly local to the area, I checked out the 14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show on August 16. Greenleaf Ave bustled wi... [more]

20140721032619-4_denes Settling Unsettled Landscapes: Talking about SITElines   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shuvinai Ashoona, Jamison Chas Banks, Raymond Boisjoly, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Buckingham, Adriana Bustos, Johanna Calle, Luis Camnitzer, Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chavez, Liz Cohen, Minerva Cuevas, Blue Curry, Agnes Denes, Juan Downey, Futurefarmers, Anna Bella Geiger, Frank Gohlke, Pablo Helguera, James Hyde, Deborah Jack, Yishai Jusidman, Leandro Katz, Irene Kopelman, Miler Lagos, Glenda Léon, Ric Lum, Antonio Vega Macotela, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jason Middlebrook, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Kent Monkman, Patrick Nagatani, Florence Miller Pierce, Marcel Pinas, Edward Poitras, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Kevin Schmidt, Allan Sekula, Melanie Smith, Charles Stankievech, Marcos Ramirez ERRE & David Taylor, Clarissa Tossin at SITE Santa Fe July 19th, 2014 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 7/21/14

At the Eldorado Hotel's Agave Lounge, over fabulous margaritas, ArtSlant's editor in chief, Natalie Hegert, met with Santa Fe art critics Hannah Hoel and Lauren Tresp to discuss SITElines, the new SITE Santa Fe biennial… Natalie Hegert: A point that I want to talk about is how [SITElines] functions as a model for a biennial. How different is this from another themed exhibition you would encounter in any other museum, versus a biennial? Why does this necessarily need to be considered a bien... [more]

20140702215547-7898075_orig Lisbon Street Art and Urban Creativity Conference   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/2/14

This weekend at the auditorium of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, scholars and researchers will convene for the Lisbon Street Art and Urban Creativity Conference. Organized by Daniela V. de Freitas Simões of the Art History Institute/line of Contemporary Art Studies (IHA/CASt) of The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – NOVA University of Lisbon, and Pedro Soares Neves of the Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA) of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University o... [more]

20140619193917-3637044392_a2b51ecf3b_b Street Art Basel   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/19/14

Two years ago ArtSlant published this article on street art in Basel during the Art Basel fair week. We figured it's a good time to revisit it, as Art Basel 2014 is now in full swing. I can't promise that the street works featured here are still around, nor can I promise that all the links still work here! Original article here. There's only so much art fair one can handle. Those big halls get more crowded as the weekend wanes, your feet start to ache and your eyes ache even more. If you've managed... [more]

20140613074602-moneyless Welcome to the Neighborhood: Talking with Julia van der Meer of Mini Galerie   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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108, Roberto Ciredz, CT, Martina Merlini, Moneyless, Tellas at Mini Galerie May 23rd, 2014 - July 5th, 2014
Posted 6/13/14

We just learned about the opening of Mini Galerie, a new gallery space in Amsterdam, which is currently showing works by Italian artists Moneyless, 108, CT, Roberto Ciredz, Tellas and Martina Merlini. The works share a strong graphic, abstract sensibility, from Moneyless's geometric explorations to CT's bold and singular shapes, and from Roberto Ciredz's colorful topographies and 108's organic forms to the black-and-white restraint of drawings by Tellas and Martina Merlini. (Due to popular demand,... [more]

20140501204502-tumblr_n4i0e2thvb1t136deo1_1280 The Rounds of a Rumor: #womenMoMA2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/1/14

So you may have heard a little story about MoMA’s plans for 2015… and, well, they’re not true. Yes our story about MoMA showing only women artists for the year, in temporary exhibitions and in the permanent collection, was an April Fool’s hoax, published alongside stories about Putin’s new vocation as a painter, Gagosian opening a new location on St. Bart’s and Jemima Kirke quitting the HBO series Girls in order to focus on art. (Read the original post here.)... [more]

20140412065504-185 Black as midnight on a moonless night   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jordan Tate at Transformer Station March 28th, 2014 - June 14th, 2014
Posted 4/12/14

"Black as midnight on a moonless night." That’s how Special Agent Cooper likes his coffee, and that’s what I thought of when viewing SUPERBLACK by Jordan Tate, at Transformer Station in Cleveland, Ohio. “That’s pretty black,” says Pete Martell, as he pours a cup of coffee for Cooper in that first episode of Twin Peaks. SUPERBLACK is pretty black all right. In fact it’s the blackest black you’ll ever see. It’s… excuse me… really fucking black. ... [more]

20140312233059-dsc_6249 From the Margins to the Mainstream: Shepard Fairey, May Day, at Deitch Projects   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/12/14

This review originally appeared on ArtSlant NY in May, 2010. Still rings true... More than a week after the outrageously crowded May Day opening, Shepard Fairey’s show at Deitch Projects is still somewhat of a circus. “It’s been the busiest week of my life,” said one of the gallery directors as she simultaneously fielded questions about still-available work from several parties of interested buyers, stapled checklists, and answered emails. As the last show at Jeffrey Deitc... [more]

20140307151612-leonard_photo In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th, 2014 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/14

ArtSlant editors Natalie Hegert, Joel Kuennen, and Charlie Schultz met up at Agra, an Indian restaurant on Lexington Avenue, to discuss the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, its surprises, best in show, and disappointments. They touch on trends and themes of scale, archives, lists, dongs, and objectness—parsing the line between artwork and artifact. Charlie Schultz: I guess I’ll start by saying I found this year’s iteration of the [Whitney] Biennial to be far less crowded than in... [more]

20140305051402-3_drivein What Makes the SPRING/BREAK Art Show So Different, So Appealing?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SPRING/BREAK Art Show March 4th, 2014 - March 9th, 2014
Posted 3/5/14

The SPRING/BREAK Art Show inevitably feels like a huge art school party. Maybe because it’s held in a school. But also because of the almost cliquish camaraderie among the exhibitors, the artwork packed halls, the crowded downstairs bar area, and the perennial pack of artist-types chain-smoking outside. Having gone to grad school in NYC, it seems like I always run into people I know at SPRING/BREAK, either exhibiting, curating or just checking it out (because they know someone else who is exhibiting... [more]

20140226204127-20100918100708-music_pyromaniac_day_and_pyromaniac_dead_of_night-1 More Than Surface Value: An Interview with Yoshitomo Nara   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/26/14

This interview was originally published on ArtSlant New York in 2010, during Yoshitomo Nara's solo exhibition, Nobody's Fool, at the Asia Society Museum. New York, Sept. 2010: Yoshitomo Nara is an art superstar, cult idol, pop icon. His images of big-headed little girls wielding knives and menacing expressions are recognized and adored by a legion of fans around the world. Yet this status as an art celebrity he accepts reluctantly, preferring to be considered a student retaining a constant "b... [more]

20140206093206-pwh2013_06 POW! WOW! Hawaii This Week! Way to make us all jealous guys...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Esao Andrews, Seth Armstrong, Becca, Bezt, Low Bros, Stephanie Buer, Bumblebee, C215, Adam Caldwell, Carl Cashman, Fernando Chamarelli, david cooley, Cryptik, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Curiot, Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla), Ekundayo, Gaia, Ghostpatrol, Pam Glew, Seth Globepainter, Kamea Hadar, Randy Hage, Jeff Hamada, Andrew Hem, Know Hope, Madsteez, James Marshall (aka Dalek), Woes Martin, Brian Mashburn, Soey Milk, Brendan Monroe, Buff Monster, Word To Mother, Dabs Myla, Nosego, Pixel Pancho, Kevin Peterson, Reka, Joram Roukes, Mimi S., Sainer, Andrew Schoultz, Stinkfish, Tatiana Suarez, Shark Toof, Mark Dean Veca, Yoskay Yamamoto at The Honolulu Museum of Art February 9th, 2014 - February 16th, 2014
Posted 2/6/14

Ok yeah, it's February. Half the globe is freezing its butt off. Who wouldn't want to be in Hawaii right now? Particularly this weekend, because it's Pow Wow Hawaii, and this year has an incredible roster of participating artists: a sizable contingent from the West Coast, including Andrew Schoultz, APEX, MADSTEEZ; along with New York legends like Lady Aiko, COPE2, Ron English; and international superstars like Know Hope, Dabs Myla, Vhils; and rounded out with a roster of Hawaii's own, like SLICK,... [more]

20140130165431-p1050339_copy Make Art Now, Ask Questions Later   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/30/14

This article was originally published as part of ArtSlant's Street Special Edition in summer 2012, which was, it could be considered, the beginning of ArtSlant Street. Enjoy! Jeffrey Deitch’s bold claim, that graffiti is “arguably the most influential art movement since Pop,” was meant to rile people up. The provocative statement was found in the exhibition catalogue to the ambitious Art in the Streets exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2011. Graffiti and... [more]

20140115223352-teodor_dumitrescu_-_usurping_nature Lowbrow Lectures and Surreal Soirees: Surreal Salon Six   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art January 2nd, 2014 - January 30th, 2014
Posted 1/16/14

Another year, another Surreal Salon at the Baton Rouge Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art; this being the sixth edition of the U.S.-national juried exhibition of pop surrealism and lowbrow art. Surreal Salon Six features 80 works from 58 artists representing 20 states. The exhibition's juror is none other than Greg Escalante, co-founder of Juxtapoz, and the artist judged "best in show" will receive an editorial in the April issue of the magazine. If you're in the Baton Rouge area, don't miss... [more]

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