Hello frends! I am an artist. My roots take place in St.Petersburg, which has great architecture, culture and history that influenced me once and forever. Today, in the times of technical progress, mass production and new artificial materials I search for inspiration in the foundation of the Arts - old Russian Orthodox icons, Renaissance and folk cultures. I seek out look for new shapes and images within my themes using different materials, but my favorite is glass for its plasticit... [more]
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 is revealed below.
This week's theme is: playing with rope.
The artist's "performances with rope" forged a body of work conducted in experimental arts spaces in New York and Chicago throughout the 90s. Ancient art forms of rope typing from the East such as Shinbari and Hojojutsu bear a strong influence on the erotic charg... [more]
Now entering its 14th year, Artissima’s Present Future is an acknowledged launch pad for the careers of emerging young talent. Indeed, internationally renowned artists such as Dora García, Jeremy Deller, Ryan Trecartin, and Phil Collins all had early presentations in this section of the fair. This year, 20 artists have been selected by a team of five international curators: Luigi Fassi, Catalina Lozano, Piper Marshall, Jamie Stevens, and Xiaoyu Weng. Each curator’s distinctive aesthetic... [more]
What literature is to words and music is to sound, dance is to movement. Refined into a language—from the cosmic shimmy to the mash-potato, Viennese waltzing to a raver’s speaker humping, and of course, that formal staging from ballet to music videos we call simply Dance—we take movement and communicate joy or boredom, despair or titillation, or if good, all of the above.
Seeing the LA Dance Project last weekend at the Ace in Los Angeles, it was hard not to find the whole affair intensely beautiful. Stylized as hell, drawi... [more]
In a climate where the state is using psychiatric evaluation as a way to silence the politically inconvenient, it was only a matter of time before the Russian artist and political activist Petr Pavlensky, previously known for sewing his mouth shut, would offer up his own visceral brand of commentary.
On Saturday October 18, in below freezing temperatures, Pavlensky climbed naked onto the wall of Moscow’s Serbsky Center for psychiatry, where after cutting off his left earlobe, he remained... [more]
Time is the one thing we can all agree to call supernatural. It is at least neither energy nor matter… and yet it is the beginning and end of the creation of the world.
Joan Jonas concluded her performance at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan with these words from Under the Glacier (1968), a little known, visionary novel by the Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness. The acclaimed New York video and performance artist looked like a Lilliputian creature, an aged little fairy; her snow-whit... [more]
There's something new happening at FIAC this year. Not exactly the quickest to catch on to a trend, the Parisian art fair has created its own satellite, with a focus on introducing new art and artists from the international scene through a showcase of 68 galleries from 14 countries. Judged by a selection panel of art historians and curators, the tangential fair's emphasis is on supporting the underdog—not only the up-and-comings, but also "outsiders" and artists who have been overlooked h... [more]
Patti loves Paris and Paris loves Patti, and the question that I’d ask is why?
Now right at the beginning, up front, I need to make a few things clear. First, let me state that this relates to our FIAC coverage because Patti is performing at the most sought after, and possibly the only gig to feature as part of the FIAC programme. It's a reunion with John Cale, on Thursday night, at Fondation Cartier.
Since this hardly seems sufficient to qualify my bold assertion I’ll also add th... [more]
Graz, Austria, Sept. 2014: Rashaad Newsome’s heart pulses to the beat of hip hop. But how can one replace chamber music with old school black vernacular? New York-based Newsome, who is originally from New Orleans, travels the world finding the attitude-drenched insider lingo of each city, weaving it into his compositions for an unforgettable performance piece called Shade Compositions.
Newsome came into the spotlight in 2010 in collaboration with Alexander Wang at MoMA PS1 and is known f... [more]
It's Turner Prize time again. Britain’s most hated art award celebrates its 30th year this year. What has it achieved in over three decades?
For one thing – its brought contemporary British art to the public attention – mostly to be lampooned by the tabloids. Who can forget headlines surrounding Tracey Emin’s winning entry My Bed (dubbed ‘My Turd’ by Private Eye) or the fury roused by Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde tiger shark entry in 1992?
The “national joke” has provoked walk outs and protests (the Stuckist... [more]
Given that I am now older (although no wiser, perhaps) than I was when I was 21, there are very few things which can coax me over to the Camden area these days. To make your first trip back there after you've reached something sort-of-approximating adulthood is like having the lights flicked on, abruptly, in a low rent simu-dive-bar: Soylent Green may be people, but the human skulls on the bar here are made of B-grade plastic, and the candles shoved into them are melting their crania. Its patina... [more]
In dishonor of the longtime US holiday celebrating the beginning of the colonization of the Americas, we here at ArtSlant thought it might be a good idea to round up some influential postcolonial artworks that interrogate and deconstruct the long-lasting effects of colonization on identity.
Props to the states that have opted out of Columbus Day:
AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY.
Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Peña - Couple in a Cage, 1992 and 1993
Kara Walker, A Subtlety, 2014
It seems like this year, perhaps influenced by the performance series 14 Rooms that took place at Art Basel a few months ago, Frieze has taken a performative turn. Many of its special projects incorporate live shows, and a new section called Frieze Live will introduce performance-based works and reenactments of historical performances at the fair itself. For example, the Japanese duo United Brothers will offer the visitors a soup made of vegetables grown in the region of Fukushima’s 2011 nuc... [more]
We've already recommeded Disabled Theatre, a "hip hop party"-like performance, and a Frieze Project at the zoo. Here are a few more events and performances to look out for this week:
Part of ICA London's Off-Site programme during Frieze this year is a series of panel discussions organized in collaboration with Rhizome. Taking place from Wednesday to Friday, the three panels of "Do you Follow? Art in Circulation" will focus on the politics of digital circulation and its effect on contemporary art... [more]
Also part of Frieze Projects 2014 is Cerith Wyn Evans' offsite project that will take place at the London Zoo at Regent’s Park. Wyn Evans, known for his neon works, will create an installation at the impressive Snowdon Aviary, designed in the 1960s by Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Frank Newby, and Cedric Price. The work will be viewed together with the rare birds from the see-through structure, and on Thursday the 16th, at 5:30 PM, a special performance will take place, with... [more]
In the run up to Ed Fornieles’ solo show, Chisenhale Gallery's Instagram feed was peppered with quick-moving pictures of wholesome family activities—brightly colored breakfast cereals, food porn and sleeping infants, angelic kids growing up to uplifting muzak, hand-holding—some of which descend into destruction, fire, or violence. Other images remained open-ended, such as the repeated phrase "Be Yourself." Fornieles, a British artist now working in LA, who was part of Sarah McC... [more]