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GIFs Are Offish Legit says Saatchi (and it’s pronounced “Motion Photography”)  
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4/18/14 Posted 4/18/14

Saatchi Art, the Saatchi Gallery, and Google+ just announced the winners of their first-ever Motion Photography Prize. “Motion Photography” is apparently the high-brow version of a GIF, those low-brow, low-tech repeating videos long enjoyed by Tumblr gurls and basement dwelling neckbeards, and more recently, everyone. They've also already been kind of a thing in the art world—the Pittsburgh collective VIA launched its intense 2014 T.GIF tournament last month and we hosted our own... [more]

Finland Honors Gay Icon With Leather Daddy Postage Stamp  
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4/16/14 Posted 4/16/14

via Itella Posti I need a Finnish pen pal. This fall Finland's postal service, Itella Posti, is releasing a new series of stamps paying homage to legendary homoerotic illustrator Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland. Laaksonen's iconic hyper-masculine drawings helped give rise to fetish art and made an incredible impact on gay culture. During a career spanning from the '50s to the '70s, Laaksonen produced over 3,500 illustrations challenging sexual norms and popular tropes while giving leather... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Hiroko Sakai  
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4/16/14 Posted 4/16/14

(Image: Hiroko Sakai, I Believe, Oil on Canvas; © Hiroko Sakai) Hiroko Sakai (b. Izuka City, Japan) Hiroko Sakai is a Japanese artist, and has been living and working in San Francisco California since 1998. The intense passion that she conveys in her art has inspired deep expressions of emotion in viewers over the years. "San Francisco, with its vibrant arts culture, became my second home and was a source of much inspiration. My differences are my strength and I can combine... [more]

Mutual Wave Machine Experience at SVC 2014 (via Art Nerd SF)  
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4/15/14 Posted 4/15/14

Mutual Wave Machine concept, Courtesy of the Marina Abromovic Institute The Mutual Wave Machine had its U.S. premiere last night at Silicon Valley Contemporary, and Art Nerd San Francisco contributor Ashley Gardini and I had the very first exclusive experience. Conceived from Marina Abramović’s desire to get into her own experience through “brain visualization”, the piece was created by artists Suzanne Dikker and Matthias Oostrik with Peter Burr, Matthew Patterson Curry, Diederik Schoorl, Oliver Hes... [more]

Highlights From Silicon Valley Contemporary (via Art Nerd SF)  
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4/15/14 Posted 4/15/14

As the first South Bay art fair Silicon Valley Contemporary was met with a little resistance, but in the end it was highly attended and the art was pretty great. Many visitors left in hopes that SVC would return next year. Here are the pieces we thought about “writing home” about, or better, to you. 1. Kate Gilmore, Rock. Hard. Place., 2012, HD video David Castillo Gallery, Miami This video piece was not only an aesthetic delight (mesmerizing, really) but quite funny and the artist... [more]

Round 2 Showcase Winners Announced  
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4/14/14 Posted 4/14/14

The Round 2 Showcase Winners have been selected. Be sure to check them all out here! Stay tuned, the Juried Winners for Round 2 will be announced next week. Round 2 Jurors: Juliette JongmaDirector, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam. Galerie Juliètte Jongma opened its doors in 2004 in the De Pijp area of Amsterdam. The gallery’s focus is on representing a wide range of national and international artists both in an early and a more established stage in their carreer. The gallery represents artists... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Sherry Wacker  
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4/12/14 Posted 4/12/14

(Image: Sherry Wacker, Wild Horse, 2010, 1964 Mustang Grill Emblem on Airbrushed Steel Sheet With Rope Frame, 38 X 48 X 6 Inches; © Sherry Wacker) Sherry Wacker (b. 1950, Baltimore) Horsepowered Memories, airbrushed images combined with car parts and other objects, is my latest series. These works are about the decades of the Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. The goal of these pieces is to make us feel exploded with the memories of our past and then to think abo... [more]

It's Gallery Weekend Berlin Time! Feature Your Art in Our Special Edition Coverage.  
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4/10/14 Posted 4/10/14

As one of the foremost contemporary art events in Germany, Gallery Weekend Berlin lures international collectors, curators, artists, and critics in for two days and nights of non-stop art appreciation. This May fifty of the city’s top galleries will unveil their very best for a frenzied weekend of openings, exhibitions, and parties. Pop the champagne and pick up a canape! Now's your chance to feature your artwork in our Gallery Weekend Berlin Special Edition! FEATURE YOUR... [more]

Announcing ArtSlant Prize Round 2 Jurors  
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4/8/14 Posted 4/8/14

Announcing the Round 2 Jurors for the ArtSlant Prize 2014 Francesca GavinVisual Arts Editor, Dazed, London. Francesca Gavin is a writer and curator based in London. She is the Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused, a Contributing Editor at Artsy.net, Twin, AnOther and Sleek magazine. Gavin is the author of five books including The Book of Hearts, 100 New Artists and Hell Bound, published by Laurence King. She curated exhibitions at spaces including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris,... [more]

Bavaria Reaches Agreement with Munich Art Hoarder on Schwabing Art Trove  
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4/8/14 Posted 4/8/14

Cornelius Gurlitt, photo by Markus Hannich Officials will continue to investigate the “Schwabing Art Trove” for Nazi looted art; pieces not under investigation will be returned “without delay.” Those are the conditions of the agreement reached by Bavarian officials and Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt, who’s been a focus of media attention since officials seized over 1,400 pieces (valued at $1.3 billion) from his home in Munich two years ago. The agreement was... [more]

Sotheby's Hong Kong Sees 9 Record Breaking Sales for Asian Artists  
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4/7/14 Posted 4/7/14

Zhang Xiaogang, Bloodline: Big Family No. 3, via Sotheby's A slowing economy does not seem to be stalling demand in China’s growing art market. Sotheby’s Hong Kong closed Saturday with record auction sales totaling $86 million, breaking nine records for Asian artists and bringing the auction house to some $140 million in sales in the first three days of its spring auctions. Included in Saturday’s sales was Contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Big Fami... [more]

ArtSlant Exhibitions: Douglas Mandry's Promised Land  
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4/7/14 Posted 4/7/14

Douglas Mandry, Montagne I (Ponction, volutes), 2013 ArtSlant Prize Exhibitions presents Douglas Mandry, the first artist to be selected for our ArtSlant Prize exhibition series, 2014. Mandry's photography is in response to the standardized representation of the landscape and the possible loss of material references in the digital era. In an effort to get closer to the process of analog retouching, his photographs are first printed, then reworked, exploiting their physical properties; the print... [more]

Your Favorite Disney Villains as World Leaders  
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4/5/14 Posted 4/5/14

Saint Hoax is at it again, this time serving us world leaders as Disney villains. The Middle-Eastern artist (he hasn’t revealed his real name or where he lives) caught our attention when he turned world leaders into drag queens (now available as sweatshirts) and then into blow-up sex dolls. He rewrites history through visual lies, calling the work “POPlitical." In this latest iteration exploring the performativity of global politics, Saint Hoax imagines Sarah Palin as Cruella de Vil,... [more]

Dogs to Diplomats: President Bush Reveals His Series of Portraits of World Leaders.  
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4/4/14 Posted 4/4/14

When we joked about Putin becoming a painter for April Fools, we considered photoshopping his face onto a photo of President George W. Bush standing next to one of his paintings. Then we decided it was too easy. Well, Bush is still a bush-league painter and it looks like the joke is still on Putin. Today on the Today Show, the former president unveiled his latest series of paintings. If you thought he may have peaked early with first exhibition of dogs, you were wrong. Bush’s series of po... [more]

Brussels Is Good For You! Get In on Our Art Brussels Special Edition  
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4/3/14 Posted 4/3/14

With one of the strongest collector bases in Europe, it’s no wonder Art Brussels makes sure it has something for everyone. Like the city's flourishing art scene, the fair brings emerging artists and galleries together with their more established peers. Take advantage of the opportunity to get your artwork noticed by our worldly readers (not to mention Belgian collectors). Spaces are now available in ArtSlant's upcoming Art Brussels Special Edition; reserve now. FEATU... [more]

News: MoMA Announces 2015 Focus on Women Artists, Gagosian to Open Yet Another Gallery, Jemima Kirke Quits Girls, and Putin Reveals His First Solo Exhibition  
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4/1/14 Posted 4/1/14

MoMA Plans Only Female Art for 2015 An Archive as Impetus performance in MoMA’s Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, 2013, where artist Xaviera Simmons read a list of demands, including to "erase sexism at MoMA" clearly made an impression on the Museum leadership. Photograph courtesy of Xaviera Simmons. To mark the 30 year anniversary of the first Guerrilla Girls protest at MoMA, Director Glenn D. Lowry announced yesterday plans to give the museum over exclusively to women artists for the entire year... [more]


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