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Copyright Contention Continued: Another Graffiti Artist Sues Fashion House   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/16/15

May’s Met Gala saw many dubious fashion statements but few as controversial as Katy Perry's Moschino dress designed by Jeremy Scott, who wore a matched ensemble. Perry walked the red carpet in an off-the-runway dress from Moschino’s Fall 2015 collection, which incorporates illustrated printed elements that bear a striking similarity to a 2012 mural piece by New York artist, RIME. The mural, titled Vandal Eyes, was painted legally in Detroit, according to the subsequent lawsuit filed... [more]

Immersive Light Artworks to Illuminate Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/14/15

Chicago’s century-old Garfield Park Conservatory—one of the largest greenhouse conservatories in the country—has been referred to as “landscape art under glass.” This fall, landscape art will meet contemporary art when Luftwerk, the artistic vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, brings a series of large-scale, responsive light and sculptural installations to the horticultural monument. Check out our interview with the artists from 2014 here. Luftwerk’s sol... [more]

Solidarity, Visibility, and Tactical Activism: Responding to Police Brutality with Art on the Street   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/8/15

“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.” —William S. Burroughs Where do we go from here? It is usually the first question pondered and the most difficult to answer. The Sandtown/Winchester communities are still in the process of healing over three months after what the media has named the Baltimore Riots. Both neighborhood residents and Baltimoreans citywide have been attempting to make sen... [more]

A Monumental Gesture of Intimacy   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Taturo Atzu at De Oude Kerk June 27th - September 6th
Posted 7/27/15

The number of tourists pouring into Amsterdam increases steadily every year. Obviously Madame Tussauds, the Anne Frank House and—of course—the red light district are popular destinations, but in the last decade or so museums have become a serious pull-factor. Number one on the list is the Rijksmuseum, welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors in 2014 and on track to break that record this year. For the exhibition Late Rembrandt alone half a million tickets were sold. Besides happy faces... [more]

Art or Not?  
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5/15/15 Posted 5/15/15

Art or Not? Oh, hold up: it's Frieze Week in New York, the prime opportunity to catch some Art or Not action... Every week, we ask our discerning readers to play a game of spot the difference. One of the artworks described below is a genuine artwork snapped by our Senior Editor Joel Kuennen in New York this week: #1 The artist has built a set of fantastical hand-woven bird nests that will hang from the lampposts in the north end of the Park. The nests will incorporate typical nesting mater... [more]

Paolozzi's Underground Mosaic and the Preservation of Public Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/8/15

Depressing and conflicting news comes from several London sources in recent weeks, reporting that Eduardo Paolozzi’s sprawling mosaic at Tottenham Court Road Station is being eroded to make way for the new station serving Crossrail. Speaking of the loss of the decorated columns (previously thought safe) at the entrance to the station as-was, the 20th Century Society—campaigners to save the oft-unloved architecture that has sprung up since the First World War—said in a somewhat bittersw... [more]

Open Source Philadelphia Announces 2015 Exhibitors   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/29/15

Philadelphia's renowned Mural Arts Program have announced the artists who will exhibit as part of their latest high profile project: Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space. With its mix of some of the most sought-after names from the "street art" circuit alongside distinctive names from contemporary art, the selection reveals a roster of exhibitors who all share an institution-friendly quality. Odili Donald Odita, Heaven’s Gate, 2012, Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Ar... [more]

Villa Toronto: This Is Not an Art Fair!   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/19/15

"Villa Toronto—This is not an art fair!" “Why are there so many people here?” “It’s for the Raptors game.” Ragnar Kjartansson, S.S. Hangover, 2013, Music by Kjartan Sveinsson; Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik and Luhring Augustine, New York This is a conversation I overheard between two hurried commuters while attending opening night for the event Villa Toronto a couple of evenings ago. Organized by Warsaw’s Raster Gallery and presented... [more]

Christo’s Over The River Project May Be a Go, Finally  
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1/6/15 Posted 1/6/15

We previously reported on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s proposed project Over The River, a two-week installation over the Arkansas River (you can see a video of the 79-year-old artist white-water rafting the river here), which has been plagued by various legal challenges. Today we got word that another important hurdle has been crossed. On January 2, 2015 a federal court upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of Over The River, based on their assessment of the ephemer... [more]

Arts and Banking: Umpqua's Foray into the Arts   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/18/14

Corporatism pervades the art world: BMWs are wrapped in Jeff Koons vinyl, museum exhibitions and art fairs are sponsored by global financial institutions, one mega luxury conglomerate even has an entire museum. It's a simple fact now: money and art go hand-in-hand. Usually, the issue taken up is the cooption of art for financial/political purposes and the impure state in which this leaves art but, frankly, it’s hard to believe this argument is still around let alone received as valid. Not... [more]

Philly Mural Arts Program Announces Open Source  
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11/10/14 Posted 11/10/14

Mural Arts Program, the Philadelphia-based organization that works with artists and communities to develop murals across the city, is collaborating with curator Pedro Alonzo on a major new initiative. Set to culminate in a "celebration" during Mural Arts Month in October 2015, Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space will take place across the whole city, inviting numerous artists to paint murals around the city. Alonzo is one of the leading curators of street art in the US and has worked w... [more]

25 Years After the Fall of the Wall a Public Art Project Remembers with Light   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/6/14

Seventy thousand citizens gathered on the streets of the East German city of Leipzig on October 9th, 1989, after churches opened to accommodate protesters disillusioned with the oppressive East German regime, the Cold War, and the structural and geographical scar the Berlin Wall had represented for the past 28 years. This massive confluence was the culmination of weekly prayer meetings organized by Christian Führer, the pastor of St. Nicholas Church. Some might call it a stretch to conclude tha... [more]

The Art of the People's Climate March  
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9/22/14 Posted 9/23/14

photo courtesy of Stephen Melkisethian Over 400,000 took to the streets in New York City yesterday for the People’s Climate March, what’s being hailed as the largest demonstration against climate change in world history. Just two days before the U.N. convenes its Climate Summit, demonstrators hoped to send a clear message to world leaders that they must act assertively to combat climate change. Stretching through central Manhattan from its starting point on the west side of Central Park to its... [more]

VIDEO: Christo Goes White Water Rafting  
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9/4/14 Posted 9/5/14

We've had our eyes on Christo's Over the River Project for several years (Christo's been working on it now for twenty years), and every so often we get updates from the OTR squad on the project's various legal battles and incremental successes. The two-week project, which proposes to install a series of fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado, has already received permission from the Federal Government, Colorado State Parks, the State Land Board and Fremont County, Colorado, but faces... [more]

Simple Pleasures   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Daniel Buren at Palais Royal August 1st, 1986 - December 31st, 2024
Posted 8/28/14

Given that we are in the zombie month of August when most galleries are closed, your faithful correspondent decided that it was time to go and check out some permanent public art: Daniel Buren’s 1986 installation Les Deux Plateau, apparently more commonly known as Colonnes de Buren. I’m assuming that for such a worldly audience as ArtSlant’s, these titles need no translation. But what is it? Well, it’s a grid of 260 candy-stripped columns, in a grid of candy-stripped li... [more]

Public Art in the Metropolis: The Polarizing Power of London’s New Commissions   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/15/14

Public art has to strike a difficult balance in a city like London that is constantly evolving. It carries with it associations of permanence but its presence isn’t always welcome and, perhaps worse than being openly disliked, works in situ over long periods of time can turn into street furniture, invisible to those that pass by day in day out—the ‘public’ for whom the work exists. Tilted Arc (1981), Richard Serra’s public commission for the Foley Federal Plaza in New York i... [more]


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