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20150420191517-img_7519 The Paris Follies: No. 10   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/20/15

“No theme requires more pure logic than love.” —Alain Badiou, What is Love. At the Georgia Fee Writers Residency this spring in Paris, Himali Singh Soin will utilize the romantic clichés of Paris to excavate its less probable, scientific desires. From 18th century follies in Parc Monceau and Bois de Vincennes to 20th century follies in Le Parc de la Villette to modern buildings like Le Grand Arch to Gargoyles and mere street side ornaments, her lines will be made of hype... [more]

20150420190522-img_9103 The Paris Follies: No. 9   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/20/15

“No theme requires more pure logic than love.” —Alain Badiou, What is Love. At the Georgia Fee Writers Residency this spring in Paris, Himali Singh Soin will utilize the romantic clichés of Paris to excavate its less probable, scientific desires. From 18th century follies in Parc Monceau and Bois de Vincennes to 20th century follies in Le Parc de la Villette to modern buildings like Le Grand Arch to Gargoyles and mere street side ornaments, her lines will be made of hype... [more]

20150417101014-3bd46d65-5b1d-40ed-8546-5a31a2a1d3f1_10635 You Can’t Ape It: Art Outsiders Can Tell the Difference Between Abstract Art and Finger Paintings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

This article was originally published on The Psych Report. Anyone who’s stood before one of Cy Twombly’s gigantic scribbles or Jackson Pollock’s chaotic drip paintings knows it doesn’t take an expert to be a critic. One of the most common critiques, “my kid could have done that," is a claim that’s inspired books and editorials and more than a few threatening tweets from art aficionados defending the genius of abstract expressionism against the harsh judgemen... [more]

20150417155039-5970392182_d97de13cb7_o The Changing Treasons: It's Time for New York's Leading Critics to Surrender Their Crowns   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

It is an astonishing peculiarity that in New York there is just one newspaper setting the tone of cultural opinion: The New York Times. There are others, of course, but they haven’t a fraction of its influence. There is no audible counter-argument. Conversations on the street rarely begin, “Did you see that thing in the New York Observer?” Even national papers such as the Wall Street Journal and USA Today are unable to penetrate the shield that the New York Times has formed over the c... [more]

20150416201605-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e11 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E11 with Catherine Sullivan   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/16/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Catherine Sullivan says something she shouldn't while turning Danny... or... [more]

20150416040957-manley_time_stop_install_06-web San Francisco Collecting Taps into Intrinsic Value of Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/15/15

Collecting art as a narcissist hobby is the most virulent kind of collecting, whereas collecting as a means of humble support seems to be the approved model—at least in San Francisco. A recent art panel in the city attempted to discern a difference between San Francisco and Los Angeles collectors. Moderated by LA gallerist Mieke Marple (Night Gallery), the panelists were Sofya Polyakov of Noun Project (LA), Sabrina Buell of Zlot Buell art advisors (SF), Jessica Silverman of Jessica Silverman Gallery (S... [more]

20150415114721-grains_of_paradise_7 How to Exhibit and Collect Design   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/15/15

With the scope of art continually expanding to include everything from film to fashion wear, the design world is finding itself on the up and up. More art collectors are including works by iconic designers into their collections, and many major art institutions—MoMA for instance—either have departments dedicated to architecture and design, or they’ve presented major exhibitions of prominent design figures and movements (David Adjaye, for example, is currently having a huge retrospect... [more]

20150417155655-418456373941 Record Store Day Special: Top Album Sleeve Artwork   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/15/15

Only in its eighth year, Record Store Day is already starting to feel as traditional as a Morris dancer at a folk festival. For me, the biggest attraction here is rooting through the limited edition vinyl released especially for the event. That sensory chemical nirvana triggered when thumbs flick through the racks, the way eyes dilate when they make contact with that sleeve... the one you’re going to take home with you. And as you lay on your bed, vinyl crackling away, you gaze across the de... [more]

20150414121608-image_1_cubicle Artist Profile: Andrew Norman Wilson Therapizes the Corporate World   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/14/15

It was once common to assume that artists avoid participating in the corporate world—presuming that the art world is separated from the rest, with utopian and improbable ideals. However, the dividing line between an artist and a businessperson has never been that clear, and it's only becoming more complicated. Creativity used to be seen as something unique to artists and designers, but recently­­—with the “new economy” and a restructured labor market—creativity is considered n... [more]

20150414111426-20150414094804-6 What Do Artists Collect?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Arman, Peter Blake, Hanne Darboven, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Dr Lakra, Sol LeWitt, Martin Parr, Jim Shaw, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Danh Vo, Andy Warhol, Pae White, Martin Wong at Barbican Art Gallery February 12th - May 25th
Posted 4/14/15

Somewhere in this huge warehouse a noise starts up. Between the rows of crates that recede as far as the eye can see in all directions lies a carpet of dust, as thick and undisturbed as night-fallen snow. The shelves bow with the weight of their load, disappearing up, beyond the soft penumbra of the sodium glow that punctuates the darkness at regular intervals. Somewhere in this maze of gargantuan blocks, pine-smelling and at rest—somewhere in this vast repository of knowledge, this uncared-f... [more]

20150416081503-20150413072754-unnamed Artists and Their Desks   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/13/15

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" —Albert Einstein The art voyeur has often fawned over the luxury artist's studio, and even seen the artist's bed—but the superior furniture item to any working person is surely their desk. Desks are a synechdoche for 9 to 5 imprisonment and paperwork drudgery, a statement of power and efficiency in the office regime, a dumping ground of daily deitritus—but what does a... [more]

20150413092257-and_then_lindner_still 5 New Media Installations to See at the Images Festival   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/13/15

rup·ture ˈrəpCHər/ verb To breach or disturb (a harmonious feeling or situation). synonyms: sever, break off, breach, disrupt The 2015 Images Festival, North America’s largest festival for contemporary and experimental media, opened in Toronto on April 9. Art and film enthusiasts in the city have the chance to attend a variety of events taking place across the city—from artist-run centers and art galleries, to the Chinatown Centre Mall. The annual event was started in... [more]

20150413110206-image_5 Hotel Juárez: Francis Alÿs Lights Up a Ghost Town   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/13/15

It’s hard to describe a setting as disturbing as Ciudad Juárez, a city that lies on the border of Chihuahua and Texas that has gained notoriety for its alarming number of deaths and disappearances, linked to drug cartels and corrupt government officials. It goes without saying that Juárez is no place for the faint-hearted. Its streets are now deserted, while most of the historic landmarks that once attracted a tourist or two have been closed down for good. It is one of these landma... [more]

20150413152955-excuse_me_by_norman_rockwell Innocence to Power: Shifting Depictions of Women over Five Centuries of Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/13/15

The venerable New Orleans fine art and antiques specialists M.S. Rau Antiques have taken on a vast and complex subject for their latest exhibition. Innocence. Temptation. Power. The Evolution of Women in Art aims to chart the representation of women in art from the 15th century through the Modern era. The exhibition comprises over 50 works dating from c. 1420 to the 1960s, which we are invited to appraise as products of their time and place, and to peel back the layers of conditioning that atte... [more]

20150410102615-danny-volk-slideshow-s1e10 Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E10 with Jessica Stockholder   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/10/15

Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before. Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Danny offers to edit Jessica Stockholder's Wikipedia page (which—ah... [more]

20150410122837-screenshot_4__typing_syria_ Typing Syria: Whatsapp as Performance Art or Awareness Campaign?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/10/15

Typing Syria is a social experiment and performance piece running in a Whatsapp group through the month of April. Subscribers are not allowed to engage with the characters, and are encouraged to eavesdrop but not act. This voyeuristic relationship echoes the international community’s attitude to the Syrian situation four years on, which can be likened to the screen saver that comes onto the iPhone after 30 seconds of inattention. Throughout the performance, two old friends, fictional char... [more]


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