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20141120181214-screen_shot_2014-11-20_at_1 YouGov's New App Lets You Find Out What Tracey Emin Fans Really Like   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/14

It has been announced that fans of Damien Hirst describe themselves as moody, love TV's Ross Kemp, and eat vegetarian bangers and mash, according to a remarkable new web app launched this week by internet pollsters YouGov. The app, which collates data from over 190,000 UK YouGov members has already kicked off a Twitter storm as people can find out for themselves what the most leftwing cheese is or the remarkable fact that if you like Tracey Emin, your third most likely favorite film is the Samuel L.... [more]

20141119141035-numen__1_ Is Immersive Art Too Easy? On "Getting It" and Having Fun   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/19/14

I was in a conversation with the curator Lucia Schreyer the other day. We were discussing the latest exhibition at Palais de Tokyo; we have differing opinions about it. I enjoyed the show very much. Once again it seemed as though the PdT had curated an exciting, interactive exhibition, fully using the space they have available and successfully iterating the concept of "Inside." Lucia didn’t like it so much. Her complaint was that it is too spectacular, like "a Luna Parc" for adults, and to b... [more]

20141119111743-badger Five Minutes with Daniel K. Sparkes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/19/14

Daniel K. Sparkes (a.k.a Mudwig in a previous incarnation) is a British artist whose offbeat approach has seen his work pop up in the most unusual spots all over the world, including Wroclaw, The Hague and Sheffield—alongside weighty venues such as Jonathan LeVine NY and Somerset House London (as part of upcoming Mapping the City). Sparke’s take on everyday life mixes surreal playfulness with humorous textuality: a "fur" print t-shirt was a recent eye-catcher. Thematically, he sets about the a... [more]

20141119160148-plane The Internet Will Not Be Fooled: On Hubris and Russia's MH17 Photoshop Fail   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/19/14

On November 15th, an article titled “Kremlin Has Mastered Propaganda, But Not Photoshop: Fake MH17 Photo Lights Up RuNet” was posted on Global Voices. The article detailed an event that occurred a few days before that had since become a widespread source of mockery and digital response, first on RuNet and then beyond. RuNet, for those unfamiliar, comprises Russian-language internet domains and websites—the essential digital component of contemporary Russian culture. The RuNet sensat... [more]

20141114190709-img_3953 Gallerist Head to Head: Bea de Sousa, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, and Kristin Luke in Conversation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/14/14

Christopher Kulendran Thomas is an artist/art strategist whose approach I have long admired. When I invited him to realize a project at my London gallery the Agency, he brought me The Air Inn Venice (TAIV) and its creator, LA artist Kristin Luke. Christopher met Kristin when she originally curated him at TAIV, along with her own practice and contributions by Ed Fornieles and Renzo Martens, in her California pad. Now Christopher is curating TAIV for the Agency. A three-way dialogue ensues as the exh... [more]

20141118185630-dinner_emmaus Fake It Till You Make It: A Few Words on Forgery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/18/14

Picasso’s oft quoted “Good artists borrow, great artists steal” is one of those dubious chestnuts likely repeated in the halls of art schools enough to be painted over the doors. William S Burroughs’ notion of language as a virus presupposes that nothing or little of what we say is original—everything starts out as a borrowing, a theft. Theft, forgery, fakery, authenticity, and homage underlie all art and literature, always softly shadowing their meaning and troublin... [more]

20141118210043-screen_shot_2014-11-18_at_3 Do We Need Galleries Anymore? The Utility of Online Exhibitions   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/18/14

Making the art world accessible to anyone with an internet connection. —Artsy Visual art is rarely understood unless it is reckoned with in person. Even then, it is often difficult to really see what an artist is trying to express, especially with the many abstract works that have come out of modernism. A huge part of the viewing experience involves being able to face works that artists created in real time and in real space. Being able to comprehend and feel what Mark Rothko felt when he... [more]

20141118200334-growth-1234__1_ Arts and Banking: Umpqua's Foray into the Arts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/18/14

Corporatism pervades the art world: BMWs are wrapped in Jeff Koons vinyl, museum exhibitions and art fairs are sponsored by global financial institutions, one mega luxury conglomerate even has an entire museum. It's a simple fact now: money and art go hand-in-hand. Usually, the issue taken up is the cooption of art for financial/political purposes and the impure state in which this leaves art but, frankly, it’s hard to believe this argument is still around let alone received as valid. Not since t... [more]

20141117190701-center_jenny Art's Post-Internet Identity Crisis   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/17/14

In his essay “Why I Hate Post-Internet Art” Brian Droitcour complains that “the post-internet art object looks good online in the way that laundry detergent looks good in a commercial.” He bemoans the art object that looks like it has leapt off the screen into the gallery to pose for its photo before being disseminated online. His criticism is that such objects are too aware of the gallery system, playing to the capitalist brand mentality of the art world—the image/ob... [more]

20141117000851-witkin The Kiss of Death: Gruesome Depictions of Love in Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/16/14

As the saying goes, all art is, in the end, about sex or death. They're the two oldest themes in art history. But then at some point someone must have thought, how about getting them both in there, and creating the best art ever? And then a lot of other people thought that'd be a good idea too. And then it went to some weird grisly places and became a bit scary. Here's our selection of the most macabre love moments in art. Joel-Peter Witkin, Kiss, 1982 King of the Bizarre, Witkin's grotesque take o... [more]

20141114160226-gcc2 Gulf Artist Collective Brings Their Diplomatic Parody to the Middle East   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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GCC at Sharjah Art Museum October 11th - December 10th
Posted 11/14/14

Representatives of The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (The Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC in abbreviation) deliberate while seated in red silk chairs around a polished wooden table engraved in gold leaf. GCC, a collective of eight artists largely of Kuwaiti origin have installed Micro Council, a doll-sized replica of the table in the center of an otherwise empty and sterile exhibition space at Sharjah Art Foundation. The table huddles weakly beneath the glare of LED lights str... [more]

20141114203355-pierre_cardin_5 Pierre Cardin Museum Opens in Paris: A First Look   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/14/14

You know, call me a sucker, and tell me that I should be over these kinds of petit exercises in social one-upmanship, but I do still get a little frisson of excitement when I’m rolling around Paris with an "exclusive" invitation in my pocket. It's one of the perks of the dirty job of criticism/journalism/whatever it is you want to call what I do. The folly of such an attitude was aptly displayed last night when, after a day of only mild bragging, I arrived at the "cocktail" for the opening... [more]

20141113173349-vanessa_mae_holding_olympic_torch Crossover Career Fail: Vanessa-Mae's Olympic Fiddle   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/13/14

Following a radical departure into skiing at the Sochi Winter Olympics, mega-selling violinist Vanessa-Mae has been found guilty of another type of fiddle. Finishing last out of 67 skiers and racing for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, the FIS (International Ski Federation) announced this week it has banned the artist from competitive skiing for four years for race fixing. Their ruling states she only qualified for the Olympics after her results were manipulated at four races, organized at the r... [more]

20141009073802-crone_web Learning to Look as a Gallery Moves On: Cameron Crone at Jancar Jones   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Cameron Crone at Jancar Jones Gallery October 25th - November 22nd
Posted 11/13/14

By way of introduction, Cameron Crone's first solo-show at Jancar Jones, Reflow the Logic Board, is a testament to just how strange and surprising photography can get. The artist presents color photographs of to-scale beach towels, their terrycloth weaves intervened with kitty litter dripped-sand-castle-y patterns, all laid out on some mysterious concrete ground. Crone has also fabricated a series of urban-aqueduct-cum-skate-ramp sculptures, with terrazzo beveled curves and arcs. The work is very... [more]

20141112171211-screenshot-nypost #TerribleDecisions: #CosbyMeme Edition   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/12/14

The lack of foresight and the unwillingness to learn from recent history resulted this week in Bill Cosby tweeting a photo of himself smiling under the words “Happy Monday” with the instructions, “Go ahead, meme me! BillCosby.com/CosbyMeme #Cosby Meme.” In his solicitation of public response, Cosby chose a medium in which he had no control or editing power over the results. The tweet has since been deleted, after it got exactly what he asked for. It's *amazing* that Bill Cosby's PR thought #CosbyMeme was going t... [more]

20141112182647-1_electricobjects_sarah Framed: Digital Art's New Home in Your Home   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/12/14

Where does digital art live? Today, it’s usually found on your computer. While networked practices, hacks, and coded mixed-media practices are supported through scattered exhibition spaces and sites like Rhizome, digital art—art made using digital tools (think gifs), including digital photography, created to be viewed on a screen—hasn’t found much of a home away from your computer screen. Until now. Last year, in New York, a small start up raised hundreds of thousands of dol... [more]


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