People wearily bemoan the untrustworthiness of auto mechanics. Often, this labor force is assumed to be full of dupers, exaggerators, and flat-out liars.
It’s cliché to think this: that they’ll take advantage in ways from small to horror-story large, since their customers don’t have the knowledge, tools, or will to address the problems plaguing their conveyance. And it’s cliché for a reason—especially in Miami—where personal transport is tantam... [more]
The business of buying and selling art is one that the art world knows all too well. From reading about the latest Warhol sold at auction to following commercial gallery sales, we’re constantly reminded of art’s shift from object of visual and aesthetic pleasure to commodity item. As artworks are removed from their original creative and expressive origins, they can become lost—both literally and figuratively—in the commodification process. Often an artwork's provenance, catalogu... [more]
In the film After Life (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide.
That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Araki.... [more]
“I really understand wanting to punch art,” I wrote back to my Editor after being asked my opinion on the Andrew Shannon Monet-punching story. “I think about it almost daily.” And I do.
Personally-speaking, I can think of several specific incidents during which I have fantasized about punching an artwork in the last five years alone: at the height of "First Thursdays" mania in East London three or four years ago, for instance, I attended a "hip" show by an artist whose wor... [more]
On Tuesday, December 2, Beijing-based artists Song Xi (宋兮) and Yang Xinjia (杨欣嘉) received notice that their apartment complex, Dongxindian, in Cuigezhuang village, would soon be demolished, following an edict issued in December 2013 that declared the government would initiate extensive investigations into Beijing’s many overcrowded, often illegally-populated and dilapidated apartment complexes. These complexes are generally inhabited by a large migrant population, in apartments divided into tin... [more]
I have a confession: I am a DJ. And during December, I leave my MNEK pre-releases at home. Instead, with a bulging bag of Wham and Wizard on my back, I cross the vomit-strewn streets of London to play to the drunk office Christmas parties that take place in one continuous month-long conveyer belt of mistletoe and tears.
However, as we try to gauge whether to take the office punk's advice that Dead Kennedys most definitely will not clear the dance floor, or to stick to our guns with a good old bi... [more]
The original impulse in my life as an artist was to write and to break from writing into image... Art is the last oral tradition alive in the West.
Francesco Clemente, the nomadic Neo-Expressionist painter and sculptor, continues to pursue his travels and artistic investigations, and, fortunately for New Yorkers this season, has brought back the resulting documents in two concurrent shows: Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India, at the Rubin Museum and Two Tents at... [more]
Peckham's Arcadia Missa, founded by Rozsa Farkas with Tom Clark as assistant director and head of publishing, and Tenderpixel, founded by Etan Ilfeld with Borbála Soós as director and curator, are two broad and interesting London gallery projects worth getting to know. Both have evolved over the past few years beyond the typical gallery's scope, by pushing strong research collaborations and rigorous publishing programs. As such they both represent unconventional and expansive gallery mode... [more]
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have taken on a novel approach to programming in the last year with two common purposes: to increase institutional relevance and popularity, and as a fundraising strategy. Both institutions organize frequently scheduled parties; AGO has First Thursdays and ROM hosts Friday Night Live. They are certainly not the first museums to develop programming that entices patrons and a larger audience with attractive parties featuring drinks a... [more]
New York based photographer Eric Chakeen (a former assistant to Ryan McGinley) shared some of his shots from his latest project, And Away They Go, which documents the life at the Del Mar racetrack—a place Chakeen visited often growing up in San Diego. Here, the photographer gives ArtSlant his personal perspective on the complex social atmosphere at one of California's most historic sports venues.
The Del Mar racetrack opened in 1937. It was a huge part of Hollywood in its halcyon days. Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby were frequent vi... [more]
The Egyptian Revolution incited an outpouring of graffiti, most of it politically motivated and aimed at an audience of ordinary Egyptians. A multitude of artists—including Ganzeer, Keizer, Ammar Abo Bakr, and the late Hesham Rizk—put their lives on the line to write on every available surface, from walls to military barricades and even army tanks. Basma Hamdy and Don Karl aka Stone meticulously documented the street art that came before, amidst, and in the aftermath of the Revoluti... [more]
In much of the Middle East, graffiti is regarded as a form of vandalism—a subversive crime to be scrubbed away or painted over and concealed. However, that outdated understanding may be shifting, due to the impact of the wildly popular Djerbahood Project. From July through August, 2014, Djerba, an ancient Tunisian island, recently welcomed around 150 of the world’s best known and emerging street artists to bring new life to the whitewashed walls of the tiny, traditional village of Erria... [more]
I remember when I first moved to Vancouver, and told people I was from Toronto, the venom and animosity for my hometown astonished me. Many of the people who were so vehemently hateful of Toronto and had never been there before, I was told. I found this astonishing, because in the 28 years I lived in Toronto, I'd never heard a single person bash Vancouver. If anything, people from Toronto spoke highly of Vancouver—the phenomenal beauty of British Columbia, the number of great artists Vancouve... [more]
“Intervals revels in the unknowable as essential to human experience. The exhibition bears witness to incomplete presences and resonant remainders. It finds in music a measure and a reckoning with these elusive forces and the abyss that lies between.”
—Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Gesamtkunstwerk, as German-defined, is a work that sums all arts—aural, visual, and performative—to total a perfect affective state. No other word seems capable of describing... [more]
An empty wall to fill but on a tight budget? Looking for an original Christmas gift? Or are you just an avid bargain hunter? A semi-abstract print by Jaap Hillenius could be just the ticket for you. Price: somewhere between 175 and 250 euro—and that’s including the frame. If you like large formats, the reclining nude by Hans van der Ham costing 450 euro is an option. And at 175 euro a diptych by Bert Loerakker is a good deal—especially if you take into account the original price of... [more]
Opening this weekend at Raven Row London is a series of events about the intersection of literature and art called Plastic Words, which will run throughout December and January. There has been a resurgent interest in the overlap of contemporary literature and art recently. The development of the independent Art Writing MFA at Goldsmiths and its swift subsumption back into the MFA in Fine Art neatly demonstrates the sometimes contested, sometimes happily shared, ground these modes of working occupy.... [more]