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Being John Malkovich: Artist Recreates Classic Photographs with John Malkovich's Face  
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9/23/14

Sandro Miller, David Bailey / Mick Jagger "Fur Hood" (1964), 2014 Photographer Sandro Miller just face swapped 35 seminal photographs with John Malkovich's face. Get it? John Malkovich is the greatest actor of all time who can convincingly embody any role like no other. The only thing more shocking about seeing Malkovich's face on John Lennon's naked body is that no one has done it before. Brilliant. The forthcoming exhibition, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich, is not just a creepy tribute to ou... [more]

The Art of the People's Climate March  
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9/22/14

photo courtesy of Stephen Melkisethian Over 400,000 took to the streets in New York City yesterday for the People’s Climate March, what’s being hailed as the largest demonstration against climate change in world history. Just two days before the U.N. convenes its Climate Summit, demonstrators hoped to send a clear message to world leaders that they must act assertively to combat climate change. Stretching through central Manhattan from its starting point on the west side of Central Pa... [more]

20140920001758-20130527032529-bookofseeds Cryptographics: An Interview with Curator's Open Winner Manus Groenen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/20/14

Manus Groenen’s show Cryptographics: A Tribute to the Voynich Manuscript was selected as the winner of ArtSlant’s Curator’s Open, where we asked readers to use our massive database of art to design an exhibition. Now showing at EXPO CHICAGO Art Fair, Groenen’s Cryptographics brings together twelve unique artworks exploring different forms of marking, both linguistic and pictorial. Reflective of the mysterious text his show honors, Groenen’s Cryptographics features works touching on the cosmological, the obscured, and... [more]

The Modernist House That’s Fighting for Its Life on Twitter  
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9/12/14

Its neighbors are trying to demolish it, but this modernist house in Raleigh, North Carolina is waging its own war... on Twitter Tweet thy neighbor as you would have her tweet you… unless she’s Gail Wiesner. Oakwood Modern House, the fun loving, Craftsman-style referencing, side-facing-front-door-having dream home of Architect/Owner Louis Cherry and his wife Marsha Gordon, has been fighting a now year-old existential battle with its traditionalist neighbor Gail Wiesner, who’... [more]

Seagram Building Picasso Safely Removed After 55 years  
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9/9/14

Pablo Picasso's 1919 Le Tricorne was removed from the Four Seasons in New York on Sunday The Picasso is safe, but it’s gone. Following lawsuits, restraining orders, and some good all around public outrage, Picasso's 1919 Le Tricorne was removed Sunday from the Four Seasons in the Park Avenue Seagram Building, where it had hung for over five decades. Using a 23-foot-long tube custom built for the project, a 20-person team from the New-York Historical Society successfully removed the maste... [more]

20140709014919-9 ArtHamptons: Looking to Korea and Beyond   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/9/14

This year, ArtHamptons returns to the Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark bringing a unique focus on contemporary Korean art. Citing a growing fascination in New York with contemporary Korean art, ArtHamptons will feature fifteen Korean art galleries bringing with them over 150 artworks. Fittingly, Korean-born, New York-based multimedia artist Jayoung Chung will open the fair with her performance, Performing with You. Developed in part during her residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center,... [more]

Janitors Trash 60 Artworks at German Art Academy  
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6/25/14

photo: Andreas Endermann via RP Ist das Kunst oder kann das weg? At the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, it was a janitor (or group of conspiring janitors) who offered the final critique for some sixty student artworks. Trash. Noting a long standing divide between students and janitors over art being left in the hallways, the Rheinische Post reported the custodial staff destroyed dozens of student artworks with a viciousness usually reserved for hard-to-open packaging and cheating husbands. ... [more]

20140616220453-screen_shot_2014-06-16_at_1 Google Launches Mega Digital Street Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/16/14

Google announced its latest mega-project through its Cultural Institute: archiving and cataloguing street art and graffiti all over the world. Working with street art experts and dozens of galleries, Google launched its street art project with over 5,000 high-resolution images from some 1,702 artists including superstars Vhils, eL Seed, and Roa as well as hundreds of less-known artists. Using Google Maps you can also take 360-degree digital tours through buildings filled with street art, some... [more]

Krakow Erects A Bright Yellow Statue of Lenin Peeing  
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6/13/14

Yep, a fluorescent chartreuse yellow statue of Lenin awkwardly holding his thing and peeing has come to Pole-land. According to The Independent (which mistakenly reported the statue being "fluorescent green"), the 'pubic' statue of Lenin was erected as part of Krakow's 6th Grolsch ArtBloom Festival in its eastern Nowa Huta district. The so-called Fountain of the Future stands in a place where another statue of Lenin was before it was dismembered in 1989 (and later bought by a Swedish millionai... [more]

New Report Shows Most Artists in the UK Don't Get Paid  
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5/26/14

Shaan Syed, The Cost of Living, 87.9 × 48 cm, 2014, via artsy.net How many artists are starving? In the UK, probably most. According to figures released today by a new campaign called Paying Artists from a-n The Artists Information Company and AIR Artists Interaction and Representation, most artists in the UK cannot support themselves through their art, are not paid for publicly funded exhibitions, and have to turn down gallery requests that don't pay. Here are the exact numbers according to a survey of more than 1,000 UK artists: 71 percent of artists... [more]

ArtSlant Prize Winner Michael Zelehoski Now At Mike Weiss Gallery  
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5/19/14

We're so excited to congratulate our first ArtSlant Prize Winner Michael Zelehoski on being newly represented by elite Chelsea gallery, Mike Weiss Gallery. Zelehoski won the 2009 Artslant Prize with his stunning Human Lobster Trap. In the past five years, Zelehoski has shown his work extensively across the U.S., represented by a number of galleries including Dodge Gallery, Ethan Cohen, and Christina Ray Gallery. Zelehoski was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He received his Associates of Art degree... [more]

Kickstarter Opens First Art Exhibition in Brooklyn  
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5/14/14

Mega-Crowdfunding website Kickstarter is opening its first art show ever tomorrow at their headquarters in Brooklyn, featuring artists who have used the platform to fund their own projects. They have a stellar line up including the Marina Abromovic Institute, Swoon, Heather Hart, and Jeremy Baily. A couple names we’re particularly excited to see are Leon Reid IV and Saya Woolfalk. Reid, a public artist whose recently made a foray into 3D-printing, used Kickstarter to fund a public art in... [more]

Irish War Photographer Richard Mosse Awarded Deutsche Börse Prize  
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5/13/14

Irish Photographer Richard Mosse was awarded the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his stunning photo series and film installation documenting, in unsettlingly bright pinks and brilliant fuchsias, the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mosse was presented with the award, including a £30 thousand prize, at The Photographers’ Gallery in London yesterday. For The Enclave, Mosse spent two years embedded with rebel forces in the war-torn eastern reg... [more]

Hassan Hajjaj Wins 2014 PULSE Prize  
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5/12/14

PULSE New York named Hassan Hajjaj their 2014 PULSE Prize winner on Friday. Hajjaj was chosen for the award, including a $2,500 prize, by an invitational jury including Kathy Battista, Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art NY; Paddy Johnson, founder and Editorial Director of Art F City; Julia Kaganskiy, director of NEW INC., New Museum; and Alice Gray Stites, Museum Director and Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels. Part fashion photography, part hip hop, part pop art, t... [more]

Beloved "Body Conscious" Maria Lassnig Passes Away at 94  
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5/8/14

photo via Famed artist, "body awareness" theorist, and Austria's "Grand Dame of painting" Maria Lassnig passed away earlier this week in Vienna at the age of 94. Lassnig, born in Austria in 1919, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna during World War II and is known for her brushy paint strokes and brutal subject matter. Lassnig used painting to explore the human body and psyche, illustrating a critical and sometimes gruesome subjectivity. She herself was often the object of her critical eye. Her l... [more]

About Frickin' Time! You May Now Take #Selfies at The Frick  
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4/30/14

image courtesy of The Frick Collection, New York Whew! Finally, #TheFrickCollection has realized it's #2014. The staunchly conservative #museum amended its visitor policies to allow #photography without flash aka #MUSEUMSELFIE! (#filters are a go). The decision closely follows a host of other institutions' move to lighten up already, Hyperallergic reported. In allowing photography, The Frick Collection joins the ranks of MoMA PS1, the Met, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, and the Getty Museum. ... [more]

20140429141833-3 Breaking Free: An Interview with gay.edge.liberation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/29/14

gay.edge.liberation grew up as a hard core punk kid in Germany. He’s also, as you might suspect, gay. While boasting anti-establishment, on-the-fringe-of-society values, the punk and street art scenes aren’t historically welcoming of gay artists. It’s a culture gay.edge.liberation says can be rife with homophobia and sexism. In 2007 he started gay.edge.liberation, a pseudonym-cum-art project (that’s cum as in and) to fight homophobia in street art and hard core scenes. He&rsquo... [more]

Researchers Discover Dozens of Lost Warhol Artworks on Floppy Disks  
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4/24/14

Andy Warhol, Andy2, 1985, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visuals Arts, Inc., courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and The Andy Warhol Museum announced today a landmark discovery: more than two dozen never-before-seen digital artworks by Andy Warhol. The works, featuring some of Warhol’s most iconic subjects – Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s Soup, Botticelli’s Venus – were saved, or more accurately “trapped,”... [more]

GIFs Are Offish Legit says Saatchi (and it’s pronounced “Motion Photography”)  
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4/18/14

Saatchi Art, the Saatchi Gallery, and Google+ just announced the winners of their first-ever Motion Photography Prize. “Motion Photography” is apparently the high-brow version of a GIF, those low-brow, low-tech repeating videos long enjoyed by Tumblr gurls and basement dwelling neckbeards, and more recently, everyone. They've also already been kind of a thing in the art world—the Pittsburgh collective VIA launched its intense 2014 T.GIF tournament last month and we hosted our own... [more]

Finland Honors Gay Icon With Leather Daddy Postage Stamp  
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4/16/14

via Itella Posti I need a Finnish pen pal. This fall Finland's postal service, Itella Posti, is releasing a new series of stamps paying homage to legendary homoerotic illustrator Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland. Laaksonen's iconic hyper-masculine drawings helped give rise to fetish art and made an incredible impact on gay culture. During a career spanning from the '50s to the '70s, Laaksonen produced over 3,500 illustrations challenging sexual norms and popular tropes while giving leather... [more]

20140408142040-setting_up_2 Huge Installation In Pakistan Brings Drone Operators Face-to-face With Their Targets   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/8/14

Drone operators don’t see the faces of their targets. Sitting in military offices thousands of miles away from combat zones, they have a term for their kills, appearing to them as grainy dots on a computer screen: bug splats. A group of Pakistani artists is working to fight the insensitivity of such impersonal warfare with a project called #NotABugSplat, which gives a face to otherwise anonymous victims. Building on French artist JR’s Inside Out Project, they installed a huge portrait of... [more]

Bavaria Reaches Agreement with Munich Art Hoarder on Schwabing Art Trove  
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4/8/14

Cornelius Gurlitt, photo by Markus Hannich Officials will continue to investigate the “Schwabing Art Trove” for Nazi looted art; pieces not under investigation will be returned “without delay.” Those are the conditions of the agreement reached by Bavarian officials and Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt, who’s been a focus of media attention since officials seized over 1,400 pieces (valued at $1.3 billion) from his home in Munich two years ago. The agreement was... [more]

Sotheby's Hong Kong Sees 9 Record Breaking Sales for Asian Artists  
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4/7/14

Zhang Xiaogang, Bloodline: Big Family No. 3, via Sotheby's A slowing economy does not seem to be stalling demand in China’s growing art market. Sotheby’s Hong Kong closed Saturday with record auction sales totaling $86 million, breaking nine records for Asian artists and bringing the auction house to some $140 million in sales in the first three days of its spring auctions. Included in Saturday’s sales was Contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Big Fami... [more]

Your Favorite Disney Villains as World Leaders  
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4/5/14

Saint Hoax is at it again, this time serving us world leaders as Disney villains. The Middle-Eastern artist (he hasn’t revealed his real name or where he lives) caught our attention when he turned world leaders into drag queens (now available as sweatshirts) and then into blow-up sex dolls. He rewrites history through visual lies, calling the work “POPlitical." In this latest iteration exploring the performativity of global politics, Saint Hoax imagines Sarah Palin as Cruella de Vil,... [more]

Dogs to Diplomats: President Bush Reveals His Series of Portraits of World Leaders.  
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4/4/14

When we joked about Putin becoming a painter for April Fools, we considered photoshopping his face onto a photo of President George W. Bush standing next to one of his paintings. Then we decided it was too easy. Well, Bush is still a bush-league painter and it looks like the joke is still on Putin. Today on the Today Show, the former president unveiled his latest series of paintings. If you thought he may have peaked early with first exhibition of dogs, you were wrong. Bush’s series of po... [more]

20140326193758-investment Patron as Network: Will St Leger's Experiment in Crowdfunding   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/26/14

Over the past 5 years, online crowdfunding has assumed a kind of mythical aura. It is, at least in my experience, talked about as if it were a bottomless well of wealth, a sure-fire source of capital for everything and anything from a hovercraft to a public art installation. Need money? Crowdfund it. There are thousands of generous strangers, eagerly waiting with credit cards poised. While the majority of projects do fail, the numbers are astounding. Now a well-worn (granted a bit misleading) f... [more]

20140323180559-11 Sharp Stencils: JULY i   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/23/14

Toronto-based street and urban “view artist” JULY i isn’t one for sugar coating a message. JULY i’s work is sharp, offering biting cultural and political critiques rich with a dark humor. Working with stencils or painting free hand, JULY i’s oeuvre includes works addressing everything from environmentalism to consumerism to colonialism. Found everywhere but in the gallery, JULY i is a street art traditionalist, working in back alleyways and underpasses, places where it... [more]

MOCA Artist Trustees Return to the Fold After Leaving In Protest Over a Year Ago  
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3/19/14

photo courtesy of MOCA The Board of Trustees of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) welcomed artist trustees John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Catherine Opie back to the board yesterday, after they quit in protest in 2012. The artists are returning in a vote of confidence in the new leadership of MOCA Director Philippe Vergne, who, in his short tenure, has already helped the museum raise its endowment to an historic high of $100 million. “I'm very excited about the prospec... [more]

War is a Drag: Saint Hoax Makes Over World Leaders as Drag Queens  
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3/18/14

Vladdy Pushin' (Vladimir Putin) Shakespeare is often quoted for writing, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." The statement eloquently encapsulates what Plato wrote about the stage of life a millennium prior and what social scientists would later define as "impression management," the idea that our style of dress, speaking, behavior are all merely props we use to present our "identity." In my opinion, Drag Queen RuPaul put it most succinctly: "You're born naked, th... [more]

Ai Weiwei Invites Chinese President to His Berlin Exhibition  
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3/17/14

Ai Weiwei, 2012, Photo by Gao Yuan, courtesy of Martin-Gropius-Bau Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is about to celebrate the opening his largest exhibition ever, and he wants Chinese President Xi Jinping to see it. In an interview with the Suddeutsche Zeitung published Saturday, Ai, an outspoke critic of China's ruling party, surpised art watchers by inviting Xi to his show set to open at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau early next month. "It would be good if the president found the time to go visit... [more]

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