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Frieze Week London 2015: The Instagrammies   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/16/15

We love a big city art week because it's like taking your mind to a theme park. If ever there's a time for critical thinkers to kick back and allow themselves to not take things too seriously, it's Frieze Week. From your relegated position at the bottom of the art hierarchy, you laugh as the art PR attempt to placate the elite with the deftness of a headless chicken. Meanwhile, artists pretend to be sociable creatures and woo museum people and curators do their best impression of being unpretenti... [more]

I Like Big Butts and I Can Not Lie?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Group Show at Superchief Gallery LA May 2nd - May 30th
Posted 5/26/15

Just off a street full of piñatas in DTLA is Superchief Gallery—the younger (but larger) sister of Superchief New York. I was here to see the Booty Worship exhibition, alone, because I couldn’t persuade any of my friends to come down and see a "butt" show with me. My friends have far more taste than I’d realized. I was greeted on arrival by pink curtain flaps resembling a lady’s spread legs. I got out of the taxi, and, conscious that the driver was watching me, sa... [more]

An Actual Location for This Moment: Gabriel Sierra at the Renaissance Society   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Gabriel Sierra at Renaissance Society May 3rd - June 28th
Posted 5/19/15

Gabriel Sierra creates structures of relation, platforms where humans, architecture, and paper media collaborate on the creation of artworks. His current exhibition at the Renaissance Society—the first solo exhibition in the United States for the Bogotá-based artist—is a scatter piece of sculptures, rules, and relationships in which 14 constructions, mostly in modernistically white plywood, lie on the gallery floor. They look at first like a kind of stern minimalism in the Ren&rsqu... [more]

Made-Up with Danny Volk: S1E7 with Laura Letinsky   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 3/20/15

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: Photographer Laura Letinsky gives Danny his creepiest makeover yet while... [more]

Armory Show 2015: The #Instagrammies   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 3/6/15

An art fair isn't the most innovative cultural event—it might even make you worry about the state of culture and raise concerns about the mental health of art industry workers. No, it's not the most relaxed way to experience art—bonus points for the most nauseating strip lighting in the world. Important questions are raised by this year's Armory Show, such as: why shouldn't I attach a GoPro to my dog? Why should a sweater have armholes? It also reminds us that the true frisson of art... [more]

ArtSlant Presents Philippa's Page 3 Pin-Ups  
12/8/14 Posted 12/8/14

Selected by London-based writer Philippa Snow, ArtSlant's Page 3 Pin-Ups is an acerbic take on the topless tabloid muse. The new weekly series is inspired by Playboy’s Playmates, Page Three, and Letters To Penthouse: for anyone who’s ever muttered the phrase “fuck contemporary art” and really meant it. Dear Artslant Letters—I never thought the guys and girls who write to you were for real, or that anything like this would ever happen to me, but boy, was I wrong! Ab... [more]

ArtSlant Presents Philippa's Page 3 Pin-Ups  
11/24/14 Posted 11/19/14

Selected by London-based writer Philippa Snow, ArtSlant's Page 3 Pin-Ups is an acerbic take on the topless tabloid muse. The new weekly series is inspired by Playboy’s Playmates, Page Three, and Letters To Penthouse: for anyone who’s ever muttered the phrase “fuck contemporary art” and really meant it. Lovely Leslie, 23, hails from Minnesota: the only daughter of a lumberjack and a shampoo model, this dreamy doozy's lifelong ambition is to follow in both her daddy a... [more]

I'm Gonna' Be Rich! You're Gonna' Be THIN! Diet Secret Revealed, LOSE 450 lbs. in One Day, and Maintain It  
9/1/14 Posted 9/1/14

I noticed many of you opted in for the maintenance program.First you must join, so I CAN TELL YOU what to do. [more]

Candid Camera: John Waters and Bad Director’s Chair   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
John Waters at Sprüth Magers Berlin February 7th, 2014 - April 12th, 2014
Posted 2/27/14

The man who heroicized contenders for the title “Filthiest Person Alive” in his 1972 underground classic Pink Flamingos might have smirked a knowing smirk had he watched the line of punters push, shove, queue jump, and bicker as they endured the bottlenecked Schlange that led into his current Berlin exhibition, Bad Director’s Chair, at Sprüth Magers. For John Waters, the push and shove of narcissistic, jealous rivalry was far filthier than any of The Filthiest People Alive&rsq... [more]

Serious Clowning Around   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Guðmundur Thoroddsen at Asya Geisberg Gallery October 24th, 2013 - December 21st, 2013
Posted 11/25/13

For his first solo show at Asya Geisberg Gallery in 2012, Guðmundur Thoroddsen presented ink drawings and wooden busts of blank-eyed bearded patriarchs—gods, men, and their progeny—as the exhibition title suggested: “Father’s Fathers.” Thoroddsen, who is Icelandic, was remixing imagery from various sources: Norse mythology, humankind’s evolutionary path, and the artist’s personal history, while the long geometric beards of the figures, depicted both... [more]

Chatbots and Chance Operations: An Interview with John O'Connor  
11/24/13 Posted 11/24/13

New York, Nov. 2013: John O’Connor is known for his colorful, intricately patterned drawings, often structured by a series of chance operations and other times informed by found text and data. Recently, O’Connor has added appropriated text from spam email and chatbots into these systems. We met on the occasion of his fourth solo exhibition at Pierogi Gallery, “The Machine and the Ghost” and his recently released catalogue featuring essays by Robert Storr, John Yau, Rick Moody, and Susan Swenson. A devoted professor, O’Connor had invited his students fr... [more]

Between Yore and Today: Renaissance Men   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Generic Art Solutions at Mindy Solomon Gallery October 16th, 2013 - November 16th, 2013
Posted 11/8/13

Spill (2010) is a video that depicts a trim garçon walking up to a man seated at a table. With a nod of deference, the waiter places the menu in the hand of the quiet patron. The waiter then grabs the tablecloth with both hands to perform that sleekest of tricks where the cloth gets pulled out from under the dinnerware. Swiftly he jerks it, sending plates and glasses crashing onto the floor. This is a piece by Generic Art Solutions, a duo based out of New Orleans who deals in cheeky drama and ludic... [more]

Shoes, OMG SHOES   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
David Shrigley at BQ September 17th, 2013 - October 26th, 2013
Posted 10/16/13

In a grey winter dressed in Berlin black, David Shrigley’s miniature exhibition at oftentimes collaborator BQ Berlin is a sweet treat, embodying a vibrancy and playfulness fitting for the new Turner Prize candidate. For the uninitiated, the Scotsman’s work targets the absurd in the mundane, exposing the hypocrisy or frivolity underlying everyday norms through blunt aphoristic phraseology, an OCD eye for the off-putting detail, and weird childish doodles. You can say that he acts the know... [more]

What Comes After the Royal Art Lodge?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Neil Farber & Michael Dumontier, Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Adrian Williams at Division Gallery June 27th, 2013 - August 31st, 2013
Posted 7/6/13

“After the Royal Art Lodge,” which opened last week at Division Gallery, is not for the myopic. It requires a lot of close looking. The group show of new work from Adrian Williams, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Neil Farber, and the duo of Farber and Michael Dumontier, and slightly older pieces from Marcel Dzama, features 23 works in diverse media — paint, ink, watercolour, wood, old sweater — of which the majority are either small or elaborated with pictures and words. The work is... [more]

REBUS ! The Victorian Puzzle Drawings of Anonymous Book  
4/25/13 Posted 4/25/13

The newest book from DULL TOOL DIM BULB (!)  The Cryptic Rebus Drawings of Anonymous  19th Century Picture Word Games from the Collection of Jim Linderman A modest little 40 page book for children or adults, a reproduction of miniature picture word puzzles from the Victorian age by an anonymous hand.  Available as an affordable ebook or in print. A remarkable collection of 19th Century original, hand drawn Rebus puzzles by anonymous! The practice of using pictures to represent w... [more]

Comic Foreground Photographs from Argentina? New Vernacular Photography Book  
3/5/13 Posted 3/5/13

Argentina Tintamarresque!  Comic Foreground Vintage Photographs.  The newest Book from House of Dull Tool Dim Bulb, and it is only $5.99 in Ebook form, and $21.95 in paperback.  66 pages of fun!  AVAILABLE NOW! Cutout novelty photographs were invented by the same guy who first painted dogs playing poker. That astounding fact may just be enough for you to purchase this, the most curious of books, but I will throw in a few more encouragements. One, all the photographs included... [more]

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