Sam Rolfes, RareGIF No.40130612, 2015 Animated gif.
During the Cold War the CIA secretly promoted Abstract Expressionism at home and abroad as evidence of the United States’ intellectual freedom and cultural prowess. By exporting modern art—offered as a counter-narrative to Socialist Realism—the country engaged in a complex, not to mention expensive, branding exercise, long before the term “branding” entered common use.
The twentieth century strategy of creatin... [more]
Art or Not? We're not saying that the art world is full of bull or anything, but sometimes you've got to laugh. One artist's conceptual triumph is another's conceptual fail... Each week we invite our readers to guess which of the juxtaposed images described below is a genuine artwork and which is our probable fake?
This week: can you guess which of these arrangements of the marvelous sombrero hat is currently hanging on the wall of a prestigious public gallery?
The artist's inventions emerg... [more]
Is it possible to trademark a whole genre of art? UK-based artist INSA has done just that, and gives an insight into the practicalities of defending your art in the digital era. In his most recent project, INSA’s Satellite Gif-iti (racking up more than 2.5 million views at the time of writing) the artist puts a behemoth brand stamp on the earth, endorsed in a 3 minute film—which sees the artist paint a carpark the size of two football pitches in Rio De Janeiro, and create a Gif from... [more]
The art world darling. The term’s ties to youth are not surprising, ever more now that youth in the art market doubles as a texture, a feature of desirability—a quality that is not necessarily bound to age, but to attitude. The cult of youth has held strong since the Victorians, and its associations with affection still stand. While the term darling (dear-ling) and its tender definitions may not have evolved over the past few centuries, the idiomatic media darling—the darling that belon... [more]
Rape is taboo, says my boss. The heroine cannot be raped during the span of the novel, though having been raped previous to the events of the story is acceptable, as long as it is not described explicitly.
I ask my boss if fingers count. I had a manuscript the other day in which the heroine had fingers inserted inside her without consent, and I am curious, do I tag this as rape, or no?
There is a silence as my boss considers this. That would not need to be tagged, my boss decides. Rape is not rape... [more]
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]
Art or Not? Sometimes an artwork can spark outrage. An apparently harmless sculpture can cause a public riot that rages on for four decades... But after all, as the artist of the real artwork below once said: "Art isn't democratic."
This week: One of the images described below is a pile of bricks. The other is an work of art. Can you tell the difference?
It is clear from the variety of materials employed by the artist in his sculpture and from the way in which he presents those materials... [more]
Each year, we select one of our very talented writers to take up residence for a month at our Paris residency. 2015 welcomes Himali Singh Soin to the residency. See below to learn about Himali and her project.
ArtSlant is also pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for the Summer 2015 term of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency. This term will take place during the months of July/August 2015 and includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD and airfare to and from the resid... [more]
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]
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]
$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]