In celebration of Pride week, Christie's ran a special Warhol auction this week, making some 100 photographs and drawings available to purchase. Beyond the price tags, the works, many in the public eye for the first time, draw a passionate portrait of the underground LGBT scene of the '70s and '80s that was so much a part of the artist's life. They are a historical archive, charting a defining era of sexuality and social politics in American cities like San Francisco and New York City. Though t... [more]
Art or Not? Do you ever walk into a gallery, and feel like you're missing something? Art can sometimes confuse you. But what does make something art, or not? Is it context, words, or the audience, who says what flies in the gallery? Every week, we ask our readers to stop taking the art world so seriously for a little minute and try and play a game of spot the difference.
This week: which of the unusual scenes below is documents a performance exhibited at a Welsh art institute?
Staged in the glo... [more]
On Saturday I go to the granite steps of the MCA with several hundred others for Chicago Artists Group Portrait, 2015. The weather’s kinda perfect: sunny, with big cadillacs of clouds rolling by every couple minutes to keep us cool. Down front Jason Lazarus, dressed all in white and holding a megaphone, paces, checks the time.
Jason’s an artist/educator/proselytizer of collective action, a well-known/liked artist about town. We’re all here to become history, to legitimize our self-definitions, to e... [more]
$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards
Congratulations to our Juried Winners! This round's selections courtesy of Catherine Wagley, Edra Soto and Jacqueline Ferrante.
Thank you to our jurors and all of the Showcase Winners from Round 3!
Round 4 will be opening on Friday, June 26th.
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Round 3 Juried Winners:
Artist: Jan Christopher-Berkson
Title: Two Black Squares With Shapes, 2015
Art or Not? Art Fairs make for perfect mockery material. This year we've been trawling the art on show in and around Basel and coming across some riotus work, with equally absurd press releases, that all leaves us with belly ache. Can this be for real? Important art is often so confusing...
This week: which of the works below was created by an esteemed Swiss artist who represents her country at the Venice Biennale this year, and has artworks currently for sale at Art Basel?
For the artist,... [more]
$20,000 in Cash and Exhibition Awards
The Round 3 showcase winners have been picked and now it's on to the juried round!
Our jurors this round include our ArtSlant Prize 2014 winner, Edra Soto, L.A. Weekly Art Critic, Catherine Wagley and Associate Director of A.I.R. Gallery, Jacqueline Ferrante. They will make their selections this week, the winners of each category will be announced on Monday, June 22nd.
Thank you to all who applied!
Round 3 Juror Bios
Catherine Wagley writes abo... [more]
Under the Radar
ArtSlant is an open Arts community with over 200,000 free, user-generated artist profiles. The support of our community is an essential part of our mission — from our magazine to our residency and prize. Every week our editors select the best artist profiles from under the radar.
Terry Castle — San Francisco, CA
Txema Novelo — Mexico City, Mexico
Amy Leibrand — Columbus, OH
Art or Not? "An intellect says a simple thing in a hard way, an artist says a hard thing in a simple way" Bukowski once said. The art world is full of both. Each week, we ask our readers to have some fun figuring out what is art, what is intellect, and what is just potted plants.
This week: One of the images described below is the perfect artwork for a health goth's home. Can you tell which?
The Cuban artist's temporary installation El huerto di mi abuelita (2008) is a Proustian ouevre e... [more]
Round 3 closes today!
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Premium Placement promotes your work around the ArtSlant website including on the homepage, the artshow, a... [more]
Table of Contents:
Arte de Sistemas | Ionit Behar
Map Art: Systems Unite | Gillian Dykeman
Activating the Archive | Jessica Lynne
Living Images, Digital Decay | Taylor Dafoe
Systems for a Downer: on Artistic Failure | Philippa Snow
Ed Fornieles, installing pole for ami, 2015. Part of a new body of work that documents the artist's apartment using a live webcam. At the same time, a cartoon dimension will be layered over the top, unfolding its own narrative.
All Systems Are Go
It could be said that c... [more]
Welcome to the first installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out.
My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?"
This question came up in the Fieldwork seminar I took this year in the Masters of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto. Initially, the answer seemed l... [more]
Art or Not? Ever stepped into a gallery or institute and thought to yourself, you cannot be serious? Without the "textual bikini" of art PR, does the naked artwork have any shape or is the joke on us? Every Friday for a laugh, we challenge you to figure out which image with its description has been forged by the ArtSlant team.
This week: One of the below is a the result of a wear and tear of a gallery's floor, while the other is very realistic art work exhibited in a gallery space. Can you tel... [more]
In early 2012 Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós challenged filmmakers to create videos for their album Valtari. Photographer Ryan McGinley chose the song “Varúð,” an eight-minute dream narrated by a raspy head voice over an unsteady piano and transparent strings. In his video a barefoot girl in a glittery gold wig and a washed-out blue nightie skips through the streets of New York City in slow motion. She passes trucks, taxicabs, construction workers, and business men, m... [more]
Oberhausen, May 2015: The world of experimental and avant-garde film and video is relatively intimate, its natives comparatively few. A visit to Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, Europe’s premiere short and experimental film platform, is a step into that world; it's a place populated once a year by an international cadre with a passion for moving image's oldest and most cutting edge format. Where else can you can you drink in a late night bar confident in the knowledge that any of the other 100+ pa... [more]
Georgia Fee Artist | Writer ResidentSummer Term 2015
We are very pleased to announce the selection of Lara Atallah as our 2015 Summer Resident. Thank you to all applicants and a very special thank you to all shortlisted applicants who were interviewed.
Lara Atallah is a New York-based artist interested in the role of photographic archives in the construction of historical narratives. In 2013, she started an ongoing project titled Tales of a Non-Country, which looks into... [more]
Tributes have been pouring in upon the announcement of the passing of Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015), who died at home, aged 75, on Monday after suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome.
“She was so young at heart,” portrait photographer Martin Schoeller was quoted in Time as saying. “She was also the most courageous photographer, never taking no for an answer, always trying to achieve her vision at all costs.”
Although her work carried across a broad canvas includi... [more]