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20141031081948-vincent_van_gogh_-_head_of_a_skeleton_with_a_burning_cigarette_-_google_art_project Disorder, then a Good Death: What's Scarier than a Skull?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/31/14

I read recently about a group in the States called The Order of the Good Death, who describe themselves as “a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality,” a mission which seems like both good sense and nonsense in equal measure. I myself am what I suppose could be labeled death-phobic. The many other things of which I am afraid —mechanical or puppet clowns, ventriloquist's dummies... [more]

20141031173035-dick-pic-detail Searching for Christ's Penis   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Egon Schiele at The Courtauld Institute of Art October 23rd - January 18th, 2015
Posted 10/31/14

The marking of the centenary of the First World War seems to have provided a good excuse for many galleries to revisit some of the greats of Expressionism. Namely, the unholy, and unholily popular trinity of Dix, Grosz, and Schiele, three men who, in recording their everyday lives and tumultuous surroundings in lividly-colored, pinched perspectives, also let the burgeoning sexuality of youth pound priapically against the quivering doors of the traditional nude. Ahem. Grosz’s early portfolios are... [more]

20141028000922-screenshot_2014-10-27_at_4 A Cool, Darkling Swirl: Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Works at the Ace   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/28/14

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]

20141030111523-childwarholcostume Halloween-a-bramovic: Four Unspooky Costumes for the Lazy Art Appreciator   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/30/14

Halloween, for me, is the true “most wonderful time of the year,” and so it came as no real surprise to be asked to outline a few costume suggestions for the readers of this website. While most of my own clothes can do double-service as both everyday wear and Hammer-Horror garb alike, I recognize not everyone reading is capable of making the same assertion. (I should note that when this article was first proposed to me by an Editor, it came with the suggestion that I dress my partner&mdas... [more]

20141030175828-hot_spot Artist Profile: Mona Hatoum - State of the Union   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/30/14

In this recurring series, ArtSlant will introduce a number of international artists making the best in contemporary art. Picturing the international is no easy task. Mona Hatoum, born in Lebanon 1952, does so with ease—as if manifesting the aesthetics foreign policy out of thin air, using familiar objects to craft sleek, suggestive environments that appear governmental in their use. The UN aesthetic turned sexy. The clinical yet open quality of the work (policy, of course caters to ev... [more]

20141030124534-gaba01 Taking a Museum of African Art to the Bank   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Meschac Gaba at KunstHall - Deutsche Bank September 20th - November 16th
Posted 10/30/14

When the world thinks of Africa at the moment, the conversation seems to stop on the deadly West African virus, Ebola. For a less alarmist and fear-stoked impression of a massive continent, Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997-2002), on view at Berlin’s Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle until November 16, is currently offering insights through the eyes of one money-minded artist from Benin. Funny coincidence this show is hosted by a Deutsche Bank-sponsored gallery, as German... [more]

20141030212930-screen_shot_2014-10-30_at_5 [VIDEO] Oxymoron of Normality at DEPO Istanbul   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/30/14

The Oxymoron of Normality at DEPO Tütün Deposu Lüleci in Istanbul, Turkey, is an exhibition which brings together artists from Poland and Turkey. Organized by the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok, Poland, the show is part of the cultural program of the 600th anniversary of the Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations in 2014. The Oxymoron of Normality. We are Europeans, but perhaps not in a full sense is curated by Monika Szewczyk and aims to cover the condition of countries in the area of Central and Eastern Europe and the Ba... [more]

20141029120549-pharrell_mcginley_adidas_2 Pharrell and Ryan McGinley Create New Adidas Ad Promoting Racial Equality   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/29/14

What is it about the art world that rappers love so much? Perhaps it's the patina of glamor and luxury, the clash of low and high culture, or the opportunity to promote a shiny new ideology. Forty-one-year-old hip hop icon turned feminist philanthropist Pharrell Williams has teamed up with NY-based photographer and filmaker Ryan McGinley to shoot a new multi-ethnic campaign for Adidas Originals. The campaign, which launched yesterday, presents Pharrell and McGinley's vision of a better, more equal... [more]

20141029153609-screen_shot_2014-10-29_at_11 Jeder ist ein Curator: How Crowdsourced Curation Can Make Museums Truly Public   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/29/14

I think I might have curated my lunch today. I chose a specific sandwich from the collection on offer at the shop and to accompany it I chose a drink that I thought would go well with my sandwich. To balance the selection, I included a banana. The result might have been a “well-curated” lunch, but I’m not sure. It depends on who’s defining of the term. In recent years the word “curating” escaped the confines of museums to be picked up by the mainstream, while... [more]

20141029162955-snoop-top-image How to Paint with Snoop Dogg: A GIF Tutorial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/29/14

Rearrange your sock drawers. Rapper turned painter turned Lion turned hosier Snoop Lion just released a fresh line for your feet. Working with Swedish sock company Happy Socks, Snoop and the creative team at Cashmere Agency developed a collection of three designs inspired by his foray into painting. "The Art of Inspiration" sock collection includes the navy and white paisley-patterned "Snoop Dogg Gin & Juice," the brightly colored paint supply-themed "Snoop Dogg Painter," and "Snoop Dogg Stripes... [more]

20141029114435-sergey_ogurstov_2 Emerging Russian Artists You Need to Know   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/28/14

Last week the Calvert Journal, an online journal produced by the Calvert 22 Foundation, released a 20 Under 40 list of Russian artists to look out for. The Foundation's exhibition space, Calvert 22, is the only not-for-profit gallery in London dedicated to contemporary art from Russia and Eastern Europe. Its program often contextualizes contemporary Russian artists’ output with the country’s rich historical and cultural past. The gallery's current exhibition, Beyond Zero (installed throu... [more]

20141027090353-3 10 Iconic Punk Record Sleeves   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/27/14

To say the overall breadth of the US punk scene through the 80s and 90s is sprawling is to make a massive understatement; thousands of bands and myriad esoteric subgenres mean that picking a mere ten examples of choice record cover art is a weighty and daunting proposition. Conspicuous absences abound—a list like this failing to feature Ray Pettibon could be considered more than heretical, but how do you choose between Nervous Breakdown and Slip It In?—but what follows is a relatively t... [more]

20141026122629-bowery End of an Era: Why Graffiti Artists Won't Mourn the Loss of the Legendary Bowery Mansion   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/26/14

For a moment, let’s just take a second to appreciate the manmade structures around us: the blue-printed, hand-crafted, conceptualized edifices we interact with on a daily basis. Let’s think about the wonder of architecture, and how every ounce of character that is placed into a building is felt tenfold by its occupants for years to come. Some nations built castles, some cultures built temples, but for contemporary downtown Manhattanites, there is value, intrigue, and inspiration to be fo... [more]

20141026120242-1 Joan Jonas Knows How to Make Performance Art That Endures   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joan Jonas at HangarBicocca Foundation October 2nd - February 1st, 2015
Posted 10/26/14

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]

20141024112240-dandelion_lamp Photo Report: Inside Dutch Design Week   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/23/14

Recently, a “Stereotypes of the Netherlands” map made its rounds on the Internet, describing how the Dutch conceptualize their small country’s terrain. Down south, in the middle of Brabant’s “Catholic Carnival Country,” a short distance from “Dumb People, Great Beer” (apologies, Belgium), is the technological oasis of “Philipstown,” so named for the diversified technology mega-corporation. If the city is known for innovation in technology and indu... [more]

20141024114639-2 Allen Ginsberg’s Photographs: The Unforgivable Passage of Time   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Allen Ginsberg at University of Toronto Art Centre September 2nd - December 6th
Posted 10/24/14

An exhibition of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs, currently on view at the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, presents its audience with a large volume of stills taken by the poet between 1953 and 1996. Approximately 150 images hang on the walls of We are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996), representing some of Ginsberg’s most intimate documented moments that capture and immortalize an instance in time. The viewer’s re... [more]


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