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San Francisco’s Iconic Lexington Club to Shut Its Doors  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

In 2009, I assisted with A Trip Down False Memory Lane, an exhibition curated by Jessica Silverman. Featuring works depicting real or imagined memories of the Lexington Club, we installed the show on the patchy maroon walls of San Francisco’s iconic dyke bar. Each image made palpable the fact that the space is so much more than four walls and some bar stools. A destination for lesbians from all over and a staple for many younger city dwellers, the Lex is where a spectrum of LBTQ patrons... [more]

The Tel Aviv Art Fair with Social Reach  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

Fresh Paint 7, Israel's largest contemporary art fair, which attracts more than 30,000 visitors annually, open tonight. The fair brings together the major forces of culture in the country, from galleries and institutions to established artists and curators working both locally and globally. While its exhibition model generally resembles those of other commerical art fairs—with their commercial motives, thematic sectors, and programming iniatives such as the Artists' Greenhouse, which presen... [more]

A Chinese Art Collective Is Mopping Times Square  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

Bust out those mops. The Chinese art collective Polit-Sheer-Form Office is scrubbing Times Square today at noon as part of their "new socialism for the 21st Century." Better than Mayor Giulani, who never once rolled up his sleeves with a bottle of Pine-Sol on his mission to clean up the streets, "Do The Same Good Deed" puts some 400 people to work for a performance art piece mopping and scrubbing away decades of accumulated grime and Sbarro pizza boxes. They want you to participate, too. They have... [more]

Announcing the 2014 ArtSlant Prize Winners  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

ArtSlant is very please to announce the winners of the 2014 ArtSlant Prize: 1st Place ($3000): Edra Soto 2nd Place ($1000): Adam Douglas Thompson 3rd Place ($500): Anastasia Samoylova Student Prize ($500): Oren Pinhassi Edra, Adam, Anastasia and Oren will be exhibiting in our booth at Aqua Art Miami December 3rd-7th. Aqua is known for being one of the most exciting boutique fairs during the Art Basel Miami Beach blitz. Located a block from the beach and now under the umbrella of Art Miami, be sure you... [more]

Art or Not?  
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10/29/14 Posted 10/29/14

Art or Not? One of the pictures described below is a genuine art work: every Friday the ArtSlant team asks our discerning readers to indulge in a game of spot the difference. The answer will be revealed on our social media on Monday: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram. This week's theme is: old school parties. #1 "Internationally known for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages. His photography career began in the 1980s when he first showed his artwork in New York City gallerie... [more]

BBC to Broadcast "The Art That Hitler Hated"  
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10/29/14 Posted 10/29/14

In 2012, Bavarian Police raided a pensioner's apartment in Munich. There, they discovered 1,000 paintings by artists such as Klee, Chagall, Monet, Picasso, and Matisse—painting missing since the Nazi era, when many significant works were looted from Jewish homes with the intention of relocating them for display in Hitler's Führermuseum: a super-museum of Ayran approved art, with a wing dedicated to the infamous "degenerate art,"­ abhorred by Hitler. The artworks were kept hidden f... [more]

HBO Releases First Sneak Peak from Banksy Does New York  
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10/28/14 Posted 10/28/14

To promote the release of their user-generated Banksy documentary, Banksy Does New York, HBO will release one short clip from the film on YouTube everyday this week leading up to its premiere on HBO Go this Friday, October 31. However, each video will only be available from HBO for 24 hours. How's that for hype? The documentary from filmmaker Chris Moukarbel follows the iconic street artist's 31-day New York Residency, Better Out Than In, through crowd-sourced footage captured by eyewitnesses... [more]

Art Historian Claims to Have Found Lost Caravaggio Masterpiece  
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10/27/14 Posted 10/27/14

The lost Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy (1606) identified by Caravaggio expert in undisclosed private European collection via Mina Gregori, one of Italy's most prominent Caravaggio experts, says she's absolutely certain about the authenticity of the Baroque master's lost Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy, which he had with him when he died in 1610, the Guardian reports. The 15th-century painting, known to art historians for centuries but never found, was identified by Gregori, president of the Roberto Longhi F... [more]

Art or Not?  
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10/24/14 Posted 10/24/14

Art or Not? One of the pictures described below is a genuine art work: every Friday the ArtSlant team asks our discerning readers to indulge in a game of spot the difference. The answer will be revealed on our social media on Monday: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram. This week's theme is: belly buttons. #1 "Installations of miniature sculptures constructed with materials such as collected dust particles, polymer clay, and dead insects satirize the contemporary condition of individuals trapped in the... [more]

“CalArts to Alleged Rape Victim: How Long Was Your Dress?”  
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10/21/14 Posted 10/21/14

The above headline from an article on Al-Jazeera America started circulating online through my social media in the past week. Since then, I’ve seen a lot of CalArts alumni, staff, and current students sounding out in solidarity with the student, now a sophomore at the Institute. In response, the school sent out an email outlining its policies and its efforts to make them better. CalArts is a small community, and so this current scandal is having a real effect on it. But despite its... [more]

New Graffiti Law Makes Stockholm City with Most Legal Walls   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/21/14

The recent Swedish election grabbed national headlines: Pharell appeared onstage in Stockholm with Feminist Party candidate Gudrun Schyman. Schyman is no stranger to the 'sleb, having been a popular contestant herself on Let's Dance, Sweden's version of Strictly Come Dancing, and is a pal of ABBA. Schyman's party may have lost out to the center-left Social Democrats lead by Stefan Löfven, but her daughter, a former graffiti writer, will be happy nonetheless: last week the new government announc... [more]

Glorious Pictorial Abuse  
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10/21/14 Posted 10/21/14

Last week, the NY Post took a step into the Arts with a weird little profile on "painter, gallery owner, and entrepreneur" Ashley Longshore. Longshore paints slapdash, horrific odes to symbols of wealth of and for the wealthy, we're told. Bushesque in its naïveté, it is baffling that these works are commissioned in the first place. Longshore's painting, at right, according to the Post, will be displayed "in the farmhouse’s main entertaining space" of the couple's Michigan horse farm. The rich truly... [more]

Marina Abramovic to Help Others Sit Really Still for a Really Long Time and Count Rice   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/21/14

Legendary performance artist Marina Abromovic announced today her next public workshop aimed at helping others push beyond their own physical and psychological limits of sitting really still for a really long time while doing something really boring. In partnership with the Italian furniture maker Moroso, the Marina Abromovic Institute (MAI) will present "Counting the Rice" at this year's Art Basel Miami in December. Participants will try to sit these scary-looking modernist torture tables design... [more]

Georgia Fee Artist-in-Residence Opens Show at HVCCA  
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10/20/14 Posted 10/20/14

Back from her two-month artist residency in Paris as ArtSlant's 2014 Georgia Fee Summer Artist-in-Residence, Sara Shaoul is exhibiting her recent video Erin Mahoney (Activist, Friend) at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Part of their group exhibition, The Women's Room: Female Perspectives on Men, Women, Family and Nation, HVCCA presents video artworks by seven women artists, whose works explore the intricacies of gender, human relationships, and nation-centric politics. Shaoul's pi... [more]

Internet Fooled AGAIN by Banksy Arrest Hoax  
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10/20/14 Posted 10/20/14

Banksy is trending this morning as a fake article emerged with news of his arrest in Watford, Hertfordshire, by the London Metropolitan Police. Reports and images from fake news website National Report stated that Banksy's real identity had been revealed as Paul Horner, a 35-year-old male from Liverpool. His identity had apparently been confirmed by his PR, Jo Brooks. The arrest of the ubiquitously famous graffiti artist—who has remained anonymous for his entire career—was attribut... [more]

North America's First Museum of Islamic Art  
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10/20/14 Posted 10/20/14

via The first Islamic museum in North America has opened to the public. Located in Toronto, the The Aga Khan museum was established by His Highness Prince Karim, also known as the fourth Aga Khan. The museum hopes to highlight Islamic work in the art world, but also in the realms of science and intellectual discussion. The museum houses objects collected by the Aga Khan’s family. According to the museum’s official website, this collection includes objects dating back from the... [more]


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