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Kanye in Context: Genius, Twat, or Both?  
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2/10/15 Posted 2/10/15

It’s been a fantastic 48 hours for Kanye haters. After (almost) gatecrashing Beck’s acceptance speech at The Grammys, Westie (as he affectionately lets me call him) claimed the award show disrespected artistry by not handing the Award to Beyoncé (again). Media shit storm. Highlights: Elle posted a photo of hiphop’s Will and Kate: Jay Z and Beyoncé, looking “horrified.” In an open letter to Mr. West on her Facebook page, Shirley Manson from the 1990s asked for... [more]

Kehinde Wiley Brings His Portraiture to Life for Fashion Week  
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2/10/15 Posted 2/10/15

Kehinde Wiley normally paints sumptuous portraits of people of color in heroic poses drawn from classical portraiture. The popular New York artist has an upcoming solo show at the Brooklyn Museum called A New Republic which will present 60 paintings and sculptures from the past 14 years. We're really excited for the exhibit and were pleased to see some synergy between New York Fashion Week and Wiley. Wiley finds most of his models on the street, casting everyday people into iconic moments. Of... [more]

Yes, Selfies Can Be Feminist. But...   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/6/15

I was naively unprepared for the wave of vitriol I woke up to on Twitter from Caitlin Stasey, the 24-year-old former Neighbours actress and founder of herself.com, following my article last week which attempted to discuss several interesting new art exhibitions and platforms that deal with female self-image online: "Can Selfies Be Feminist?" @onaartist @ArtSlant this article declares tht self expressions of nudity r countr productive 2 feminist agenda w no real explanation as 2 y — caitlin stasey (@caitlinstasey) Februa... [more]

The Dream of the 90s Is Alive… in the Art Museum  
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2/6/15 Posted 2/6/15

The 2010s are so 90s. The decade’s enduring nostalgia moment—perhaps first identified, or at least concretized in Portlandia’s hilarious 2011 pilot—endures longer still. Look no further than this Jimmy Fallon Saved by the Bell reunion sketch, one of the most joyful things circulating the internet this week, to feel the prevailing 90s love. We’re seeing 90s allusions in fashion’s grunge resurgence—piercings are mainstream, midriffs have resurfaced, f... [more]

Art or Not?  
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2/5/15 Posted 2/5/15

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures below is a genuine art work: every Friday, ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can tell which "artwork" is the imposter invented by us. This week: which of these piles was made by an artist who has shown at MoMA? #1 This artist's installations and audio, sculptural, and kinetic works balance between failure and aspiration. A sense of resignation to the forces of decay and obsolescence runs throughout her work—most visibly in her minimal cubes made of confetti, which decompose during the pe... [more]

Digital Vampires and Alien Seduction: Artist Talk by Dora Budor Tonight  
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2/1/15 Posted 2/1/15

Tonight in London, at 18.30 GMT: artist Dora Budor gives a lecture on "digital vampires, a-historicity of the perfect CGI image, use of special effects in film in relation to their fictionalized histories and the labor of the undead, the wet body of film and its viral behavior, alien seduction, DNA splicing of the cinematic body." Dora Budor, The Architect's Plan, His Contagion and Sensitive Corridors, Courtesy New Galerie and Aurelien Mole The talk is in conjunction with an online and IRL exhibition presented by experimental moving image platform TANK TV. Budor has been a resident for... [more]

Art or Not?  
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1/30/15 Posted 1/30/15

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures with description below is a genuine art work: every Friday ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week: which of the images depicting ripped apparel below is a museum-exhibited artwork? #1 This artist began exploring how gender myths are inscribed and spread, in particular through clothing fashions. Literally ripping asunder fixed ideals of beauty, his humorous, often provocative, performances and interventions in the public... [more]

Roaming the Megalopolis: Spotlight on Julien Segard  
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1/28/15 Posted 1/28/15

The prestigious Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta, will feature French artist Julien Segard with a solo booth presentation at this year’s India Art Fair. The selection of Segard’s recent drawings promises to be a provocative insight into the social fabric of Delhi—host city of the fair—and an urban muse which Segard calls "an unsettling extreme of contrasts." Segard is fearless and scrupulous in his studies of life lived on the streets. His most recent drawings foc... [more]

Fair Flow: Exclusive India Art Fair Mixtape by Maja Rezoug  
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1/27/15 Posted 1/27/15

Maja Rezoug has been active as a DJ since 2008. Since 2012, Rezoug has been exploring the beat scene from a Zagreb perspective with her radio show, club night, and blog Beat The Future—the first and only of its kind in Croatia. Now her interest is focused on world sounds and the electronic interpretation of them, as well as her own musical creations and rich sound tapestry, with a preference for lo-fi analogue media, which she also uses for shooting her 8 and 16mm experimental short films and ima... [more]

Made-Up with Danny Volk - Episode 1, DADO  
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1/27/15 Posted 1/27/15

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 Danny Volk gets made up in the style of Cats (... [more]

Björk's Breakup Album  
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1/27/15 Posted 1/27/15

New Björk album. Vulnicura. Her ninth proper. Two main strands of conversation emerge in the public and media reaction: 1. Didn't she (and her team) deal with the whole album leak/rush release thing so much better than Madonna (and her team) did the other month? 2. It's a breakup album, isn't it? For an artist so adept at dealing with latest innovations in technology, it's perhaps interesting that the central lyrical theme of Vulnicura, chronicling her break-up with long term partner... [more]

New Research on Private Art Collectors Released  
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1/26/15 Posted 1/26/15

Who collects art? Where do they live, how old are they, how many of them are there, and what do they like to buy? These are questions that most people who gravitate towards art as an industry have asked themselves. Now, thanks to a new report compiled by Larry's List and published by Publishers for Modern Art, Vienna, the answers are revealed. The most wide-reaching report on collectors of contemporary art, the document is based on profiles and data from around 10,000 active private collectors from 71 countries: the... [more]

ArtSlant Prize Announce "Submit Your Work Today"  
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1/26/15 Posted 1/26/15

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The Artist Philanthropist: Prize Winner Splits Cash Prize with Peers   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/23/15

"Let's split this motherfucker!"—thus was the cry from the mouth of artist Theaster Gates, the winner of the UK's biggest cash art prize Artes Mundi 6. Gates made the announcement in Cardiff, Wales, last night that he would share the winnings with all of the other nine shortlisted artists. Such benevolent acts of generosity are rare in the money-centric art world. If evenly divided up, they'll each end up with 4,000 GBP—quite a downgrade, compared to the £40,000 GBP Gates would have... [more]

Art or Not?  
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1/23/15 Posted 1/23/15

Art or not: Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures below is for realz: every week ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week, a diversion from our regular format: our Editor Andrea Alessi took these pictures at one of Kraftwerk's Amsterdam shows. Can you guess which are animatronic performers and which are real earthlings? #1 #2 Click to reveal the answer! << Last Week's Art or Not Next Art or Not >> ... [more]

Opening Night Report: Deadbeat Club: Mentally Retired, LA  
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1/20/15 Posted 1/20/15

By the time I’d arrived, several hundred people had lined the sidewalk of N. Figueroa Ave and edged themselves around the corner onto Avenue 60 some two blocks away. It was a clusterfuck, albeit, a pretty relaxed one. The atmosphere surrounding the Highland Park gallery and retail space Slow Culture is chill. A few tags from nomadic friends blend with the charm of the traditional neighborhood, plus the mosaic Space Invader installation above the entrance door is a sweet touch. Upon entry, I... [more]


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