Art or Not? Do you ever get the feeling when you enter a gallery, that you just don't get it? 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 turn your ironic eye on art and identify the accidental imposter of the two images below—you might be surprised.
This week, abstract stains: which of the below is a work by a world famous artist?
...one of the pioneers of the post-Abstraction-Creation movement i... [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]
$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards
Round 2 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 our Art page and the Juried Winners from Round 1.
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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]
$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards
We are very pleased to announce our 1st round Juried Winners! Congratulations to our winners!
Round 2 will be opening soon so stay tuned for your next opportunity to enter the ArtSlant Prize competition.
Learn more about the ArtSlant Prize
Round 1 Juried Winners:
Artist: Georgina Vinsun
Title: Elizabeth, 2014
Medium: Oil on triangular canvas, 50 x 50 cm
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]
Need more art in your life? Who doesn't...
There are tons of projects dedicated to inserting art into your browser; some recent projects include Add-art (supported by Eyebeam and Rhizome) as well as the You Museum, a project by "Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey." Both of these initiatives make use of ad spots on websites to insert art into everyday browsing.
Doing things a bit differently, Google has released a Chrome extension to turn your blank tabs into art museum peep holes. Drawing f... [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]
$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards
Round 1 of the ArtSlant Prize has come to an end. Our jurors (below) will now review
all the Showcase Winners and determine our Juried Winners
who are eligible for the ArtSlant Prize. The Juried Winners will be announced March 16, 2015.
Check out all the Showcase Winners!
Round 1 Jurors:
Eric Shiner is the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world, located in Pittsburgh, PA. At The Warhol Museum... [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]
Hopping around the fairs you start to notice some trends in material and content. We’ve noticed a healthy use of floral foam at Independent and Armory, rock-climbing grips as wall plinths, new-media on canvas, and a whole bunch of animated icons making their way into the pictorial plane. There is a lot of playfulness this year… but it’s all rather childish.
Per Fhager at Stene, exhibiting at Volta NY
On a far wall in the upper reaches of Independent, there’s a photo dip... [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]