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Who Will Win #ArtMadness? Probably Van Gogh  
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3/18/15 Posted 3/18/15

Ah, March: the arrival of spring, the celebration of St. Patrick’s day, and, in the United States, it’s time for “March Madness”—a curious ritual involving baskets, balls, and brackets. But now there’s #ArtMadness, for us arty types who also enjoy a bit of friendly competition. Luckily, with #ArtMadness, you don’t need to know anything about basketball, team strategy, coaches’ names, or even college sports mascots. You just pick which works of art you l... [more]

MACBA Cancels Exhibition a Day Before Opening  
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3/18/15 Posted 3/18/15

Ines Doujak Haute Couture 4. via http://www.elmundo.es/ The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) has announced it is cancelling an exhibition just a day before it was due to open due to an internal staff dispute over a work by Austrian artist Ines Doujak. The controversial Doujak sculpture, Haute Couture 4, features a sex scene between a German Shepherd, Bolivian feminist leader Domitila Barrios de Chúngara, and the Spanish monarch King Juan Carlos I who is sodomized while he vomi... [more]

What Do British Politics Really Look Like? An Open Call to Art Students  
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3/16/15 Posted 3/16/15

What does Britain really look like? How do the UK's students see the nation's politics and how do they see their political future? On Friday The Guardian launched a nationwide iniative to create alternative art for the UK general elections which take place in May. Inspired by iconic election posters of the past—and by the more recent graphics produced by students in Dundee during last September's Scottish independence referendum—The Guardian is sending out another open call to art s... [more]

ArtSlant Prize Round 1 Juried Winners Announced  
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3/16/15 Posted 3/16/15

$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards We are very pleased to announce our 1st round Juried Winners! Congratulations to our winners! Round 2 will be opening soon so stay tuned for your next opportunity to enter the ArtSlant Prize competition. Learn more about the ArtSlant Prize Round 1 Juried Winners: ABSTRACT Artist: Georgina Vinsun Title: Elizabeth, 2014 Medium: Oil on triangular canvas, 50 x 50 cm DRAWING A... [more]

American Museum Offers to Guard Iraqi Artefacts from ISIS  
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3/12/15 Posted 3/12/15

In an unprecedenated move, a privately-run museum in Virginia may become a safehouse for ancient Iraqi treasures. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, the world's largest living history museum, announced on Wednesday its offer to assist Iraqi cultural experts by storing valuable cultural relics to protect them from the threat of possible destruction by ISIS militants. In cooperation with their Iraqi colleagues, who visited the Foundation at the beginning of March, the artefacts would be transfered fo... [more]

Google Chrome Art Extension Released  
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3/12/15 Posted 3/12/15

Need more art in your life? Who doesn't... There are tons of projects dedicated to inserting art into your browser; some recent projects include Add-art (supported by Eyebeam and Rhizome) as well as the You Museum, a project by "Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey." Both of these initiatives make use of ad spots on websites to insert art into everyday browsing. Doing things a bit differently, Google has released a Chrome extension to turn your blank tabs into art museum peep holes. Drawing f... [more]

Art or Not?  
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3/12/15 Posted 3/12/15

Art or Not? Does the art world sometimes leave you incredulous—or wishing you'd thought of that? Every week, we contemplate art from afar, and ask our readers to guess which of the images and their PR is real, and which is a fake invented by our editors... This week: ham—or spam? One of these artworks is part of an exhibition opening at a London gallery this week. #1 This German artist's new work discusses the tension between nature and culture: when a flower is picked from the ground and... [more]

Showcase Winners Round 1 Announced  
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3/9/15 Posted 3/9/15

$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards Round 1 of the ArtSlant Prize has come to an end. Our jurors (below) will now review all the Showcase Winners and determine our Juried Winners who are eligible for the ArtSlant Prize. The Juried Winners will be announced March 16, 2015. Check out all the Showcase Winners! Round 1 Jurors: Eric Shiner is the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world, located in Pittsburgh, PA. At The Warhol Museum... [more]

Art or Not? Armory Week Special!  
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3/6/15 Posted 3/6/15

Art or Not? Every week, ArtSlant invites our readers to have a chuckle at the surreal stretches of the art world: is it the artists, the concept, or the way it is marketed to us, that makes an artwork authentic? Are artists masterful alchemists or masterful tricksters? We turn the art spin back on itself: this week, we roam the fairs and galleries during Armory Week in search of the absurd. Can you guess which of these Furbies is currently for sale by a major NYC gallery? #1 "Art’s relati... [more]

Playful? Or Childish? The Art We Deserve   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/6/15

Hopping around the fairs you start to notice some trends in material and content. We’ve noticed a healthy use of floral foam at Independent and Armory, rock-climbing grips as wall plinths, new-media on canvas, and a whole bunch of animated icons making their way into the pictorial plane. There is a lot of playfulness this year… but it’s all rather childish. Per Fhager at Stene, exhibiting at Volta NY On a far wall in the upper reaches of Independent, there’s a photo dip... [more]

2nd Annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Coming to a Museum or University Near You  
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3/4/15 Posted 3/4/15

What is history but what we write about history? Our culture, our very civilization, is based around our written records. Cultural importance, longevity, and influence are invariably granted to those about whom the most words have been written. In honor of International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8), you can help write more words about women in the arts, and therefore substantially improve the visibility of women on the most accessible and widely used reference tool we currently use on... [more]

Boycott or Action? Bansky in Gaza  
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2/27/15 Posted 2/27/15

Shot simply and in his typical parodic style, Banksy's latest project to go viral is a short video that sees the anonymous street artist and activist enter the Gaza Strip. It is the first work the British artist has completed in the Palestinian territory, but in 2005 nine pieces of his art appeared on Israel's West Bank barrier. The two minute video is titled "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination"—a satirical reimagining of an aspirational travel ad. It ends with... [more]

Fair Flow: Colombian Beats for #ArcoColombia  
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2/26/15 Posted 2/26/15

Colombian music represents an amazing amalgamation of cultures and climes—and just as Colombian art is in the spotlight at ARCOmadrid, Colombia's musical infusions are another cultural industry that is beginning to garner international attention. Big bands like Grupo Bahía, Puerto Candelaria, and others here combine afro-caribé and neo-jazz with many other influences, rhythms, and instruments to brew a uniquely Colombian sound. We've collected a few of our favorites below for w... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/26/15 Posted 2/26/15

Art or Not? Sometimes the art world just wants to have fun. Or so we'd like to think. Every weekend, with our tongues firmly in cheeks, we invite our readers to a game of spot the difference. This week: construction sites. Which of the artworks described below is by an artist whose accolades include the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Museum? #1 “I don't want to exhibit something to someone any more. I want to do the reverse: I want to exhibit someone to something." #2 "I... [more]

Georgia Fee Residency Summer Session Now Accepting Applications  
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2/26/15 Posted 2/26/15

The summer session of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is now accepting applications. All applications must by submitted by Friday, April 3rd at Midnight Pacific Time. To apply, click on enter Residency to the right of your ArtSlant Profile.The Summer 2015 residency will take place July 1st - August 31st, 2015. It includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD and airfare to and from Paris. The residency takes place in Le Marais neighborhood of Paris. Studio space is not provide... [more]

Preview: MENAM at Armory 2015   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/23/15

Middle East-centric shows are having a moment in American museums, but the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean (MENAM) focus at this year’s Armory Show (March 4-8) will mark the first time a fair in the US has brought a large showing of art from the region to a commercial environment. Curator Omar Kholeif and focus partners Edge of Arabia and Art Jameel have selected a handful of galleries, each of which will feature a maximum of two artists, balanced between modern and contemporary.... [more]


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