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20150421194958-img_7640 The Paris Follies: No. 12   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/15

“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]

20150423033911-thecylcleoffutility-static Branding a Genre: INSA's Gif-iti   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/23/15

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]

20150423183825-blogdaliartist A New Definition of Art in the Age of Celebrity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/23/15

The last two months have seen two great celebrity-become-artist scandals. Björk’s retrospective and Kanye’s doctorate. Two years prior, Abramovic's The Artist is Present paired with a performance by Jay-Z stoked the same flame that threatens to consume our conceptions of aesthetics and Artist—with a capital A. Because that exists, still. Art, it seems, may need a new definition. One that fits with current conceptions and usage. $$$$$$$$$$ @zoeschlanger Can't stop watc... [more]

20150421193023-img_7394_2 The Paris Follies: No. 11   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/15

“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]

20150422085108-27-murillo-1 Darlings: A New Cult of Youth in Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/22/15

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]

20150422203247-bella_s_revenge__1_ I Was an e-Erotica Editor   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/22/15

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]

20150421103236-anahita_razmi__middle_east_coast_west_coast_hd_video_23_mins_04_secs_2014 From the Harem to the Revolution: Worn Out Images of Middle Eastern Women in Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/21/15

Two chador-clad figures gesticulate with fully covered arms onscreen at the rear of Carbon 12, a gallery in Dubai. It would be easy to yawn and dismiss Anahita Razmi’s video, Middle east coast west coast (above), as yet one more work in which an artist covers Middle Eastern women’s faces and bodies to insinuate that they are voiceless. That assumption is turned on its (veiled) head, once one picks up a set of headphones to listen to the work’s sound, which reveals that the performer... [more]

20150421083051-1321627126_top-intro Brand as Museum: Patronizing or Patronage?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/20/15

The title of this piece made me wonder why the art world so much enjoys the conjunction "as." It seems a funny construct, one thing as another thing. It contains within it both the idea of transformation, and also deception, and fails to decide or state which side of the fence the utterance wants to come down on. There’s also a strange utility within the phrase, the using of one thing as another as though there were a lack or necessity for makeshift solutions. "When you think about... [more]

20150421085832-1427975402438 Handmade Digital: Revok's Return to L.A.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/20/15

Revok received a hero’s welcome upon his return to his hometown of Los Angeles, marked by the April 10th vernissage of his first L.A. solo exhibition, organized by Library Street Collective and held at MAMA Gallery in the Downtown Arts District. In a gallery packed with friends, fellow writers, and fans, he spent most of the night enveloped by a patient congregation of adherents, blackbooks in hand, waiting for a coveted autograph from the famed graffiti writer. The mood that night was celeb... [more]

20150421093819-6784160666_a02e8d2952_b Is "Selling Out" Still Relevant in a Post-Digital World?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

This week we're publishing a series of teaser articles on the theme of "Brand" leading up to our "Brand" themed second issue of Editions, our new inbox magazine—which will be sent to ArtSlant subscribers this Thursday. Today, Paul Hanford asks whether selling out is outdated. Selling out. To some, it appears as a pious and fiery Martin Luther-style preacher, spitting out commandments into the bohemian mind, who, while scraping together enough bronze to buy milk and cigarettes, is comfort... [more]

20150417131117-cindy_sherman Brand America   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

In March, Artforum announced that both Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman would be creating new series of work for placement in various international American Embassies; in corporate terms, this is like being asked to make a contribution to the décor of the global headquarters of Brand America, and the announcement is of note to me personally because a) I genuinely enjoy the work of Cindy Sherman, b) I enjoy the aesthetics of Brand America from a largely kitsch perspective, and c) I am now com... [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]

20150417093447-jeff-koons-portrait The World's Best-Branded Contemporary Artists   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

This week we're publishing a series of teaser articles on the theme of "Brand" leading up to our "Brand" themed second issue of Editions, our new inbox magazine—which will be sent to ArtSlant subscribers this Thursday. Here, Nadja Sayej considers the world's best-branded artists. In a recent essay published by Berlin-based artist Constant Dullaart, the artist who shelled out 2.5 million free Instagram followers to art world accounts writes, “Audience is a commodity.” He continues... [more]

20150417124258-roerich The Talismanic Adventure of Nicholas Roerich   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/17/15

"Culture is the accumulation of highest Bliss, highest Beauty, highest Knowledge." —Nicholas Roerich, Realm of Light, Book II, 1931 Three solid red circles, pyramid-set, and surrounded by the thick line of a red circle. The ancient symbol of the Pax Cultura represents the interconnectivity of Art, Science, and Religion—the protection of which formed the basis of the Roerich Pact, signed in 1935, which agrees that "historic monuments, museums, scientific, artistic,... [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]


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