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New Research on Private Art Collectors Released  
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1/26/15 Posted 1/26/15

Who collects art? Where do they live, how old are they, how many of them are there, and what do they like to buy? These are questions that most people who gravitate towards art as an industry have asked themselves. Now, thanks to a new report compiled by Larry's List and published by Publishers for Modern Art, Vienna, the answers are revealed. The most wide-reaching report on collectors of contemporary art, the document is based on profiles and data from around 10,000 active private collectors from 71 countries: the... [more]

The Artist Philanthropist: Prize Winner Splits Cash Prize with Peers   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/23/15

"Let's split this motherfucker!"—thus was the cry from the mouth of artist Theaster Gates, the winner of the UK's biggest cash art prize Artes Mundi 6. Gates made the announcement in Cardiff, Wales, last night that he would share the winnings with all of the other nine shortlisted artists. Such benevolent acts of generosity are rare in the money-centric art world. If evenly divided up, they'll each end up with 4,000 GBP—quite a downgrade, compared to the £40,000 GBP Gates would have... [more]

Art or Not?  
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1/23/15 Posted 1/23/15

Art or not: Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures below is for realz: every week ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week, a diversion from our regular format: our Editor Andrea Alessi took these pictures at one of Kraftwerk's Amsterdam shows. Can you guess which are animatronic performers and which are real earthlings? #1 #2 Click to reveal the answer! << Last Week's Art or Not Next Art or Not >> ... [more]

Opening Night Report: Deadbeat Club: Mentally Retired, LA  
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1/20/15 Posted 1/20/15

By the time I’d arrived, several hundred people had lined the sidewalk of N. Figueroa Ave and edged themselves around the corner onto Avenue 60 some two blocks away. It was a clusterfuck, albeit, a pretty relaxed one. The atmosphere surrounding the Highland Park gallery and retail space Slow Culture is chill. A few tags from nomadic friends blend with the charm of the traditional neighborhood, plus the mosaic Space Invader installation above the entrance door is a sweet touch. Upon entry, I... [more]

Art or Not?  
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1/16/15 Posted 1/16/15

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures with description below is a genuine art work: every Friday ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week, it's Police of the Past. #1 The artist is a French photographer who first traveled in America in the mid-1960s on a mission to evoke the chaos and excitement of the fast-changing times. “It felt good to be young then and the 1960s glorified freedom of expression,” he writes. “The country was going through profound c... [more]

Why Cobain Suicide Note Tee Isn't as Shocking as You Think  
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1/15/15 Posted 1/15/15

Commerce has never drawn a line when it comes to exhuming the grim remains of our beloved heroes and now Kurt Cobain's suicide note now has found its way onto a T-shirt design, sold on eBay by a "Nuchyk" from Thailand.It goes without saying, if you were to walk around in public with the Tee, I probably would have you down as some sort of sociopath, but the Twitter eruption of outrage yesterday into a vault of condemnation points equally to the unnerving way we fetishize our icons.Last year,... [more]

Art or Not?  
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1/10/15 Posted 1/10/15

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures with description below is a genuine art work: every Friday ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week, it's a bad hair day. #1 "Painted in two separate periods, this picture has a complex history. In its original state, it showed a pink-faced man, wearing a white shirt and a black suit. It was painted in a deliberately simple, naive style, using household, rather than oil paint, and incorporate... [more]

The Whitney Relaunches Online Collection, Adding 21K New Artworks  
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1/9/15 Posted 1/9/15

A new building is not the only upgrade the Whitney is getting in 2015. The Museum of American Art relaunched its online collection Thursday, introducing the expanded collection.whitney.org. Making some 21,000 new artworks available for online viewing, up from a mere 700, the Whitney has contributed a sizeable resource on twentieth century and contemporary art to the artistic community. The digital database includes works from over 3,000 artists working in all mediums, as well as texts, educati... [more]

Graffuturism Founder Starts New Gallery in San Francisco  
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1/8/15 Posted 1/8/15

Following on the success of recent exhibitions A Major Minority at 1AM Gallery and L’Avenir at White Walls, the graffiti writer, painter, curator, and graff-theorist Poesia is opening a new gallery space in San Francisco on January 10. The gallery is located at 886 Geary Boulevard in the Tenderloin district, and shares the building with White Walls Gallery. 886 Gallery, Interior space Exterior of 886 Geary Boulevard. Photo: Brock Brake The curatorial program for 886 Gallery will fol... [more]

Je Suis Charlie: The World Mourns for Freedom of Expression   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/8/15

Alongside our peers around the world, we were deeply shocked and saddened at the news of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in which ten journalists plus two police officers lost their lives as they sat down for their weekly editorial meeting on Wednesday. The weekly satirical publication, a stalwart advocate of freedom of expression and of left-wing pluralism, is known in particular for its irreverent cartoons and send-ups of religious leaders. This was the second terrorist attack the magazine has suf... [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 ephemeral a... [more]

Parra's Post-Pop: New York Opening  
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1/6/15 Posted 1/6/15

Parra, the Dutch dude who draws weird psycho-sexual creatures and provides creative input for a brand hipsters would murder for, has a new show opening at Jonathan LeVine New York City tomorrow night. His last show at the gallery was in 2013. The images released for preview show the artist moving forward with his strident Post-Pop graphics on canvas, always repeated in his distinctive black-red-blue-white palette. In many ways, Parra is the perfect Post-Pop figure, putting out commercial paint... [more]

50 Exhibitions in 50 Weeks  
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1/2/15 Posted 1/2/15

3 | The Juicers, Laura Eldret, Fig 1/50 and 50/50, ICA Studios Tonight in London sees the launch of fig-2, at the ICA, presenting a new exhibition every week throughout 2015. Curator Fatoş Üstek has revived fig-1, started by Mark Francis and White Cube owner Jay Jopling 15 years ago at a Soho warehouse they called Fragile House gallery. Back then, they juxtaposed newcomers with established names in a spontaneous succession of 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks—among them Jeremey Deller, Patti Smith Grayson Perry, Gilbert... [more]

Art or Not?  
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12/26/14 Posted 12/26/14

Art or Not? Who is to say what is art or not? One of the pictures with description below is a genuine art work: every Friday ArtSlant asks our discerning readers if they can spot the difference. This week: Festive lights. #1 "In the 30-by-30-foot installation, participants must remove their shoes to walk on a carpet of towels that resemble prayer rugs. Gazing at an overhead thicket of neon signs, they soon realize that they are looking at hundreds of slang terms for the vagina." #2 "Stepping into the magnificently lit... [more]

ArtSlant Presents Philippa's Page 3 Pin-Ups  
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12/22/14 Posted 12/22/14

This week, Artslant Pin-Ups observes the fact that the birthday of our Lord and Savior the infant Christ is fast approaching, and chooses to share with our readers a totally innocuous artwork, instead of some smut: the lovely and less-than-PG-rated Slightly Open Clam-Shell, by Georgia O'Keeffe. Definitely 100 percent a painting of a clamshell, and nothing else (what's wrong with you, man?), this beautiful, totally non-sexualized and wholesome work from 1926 is a perfect expression of just how litt... [more]

Our New Social Media Logo  
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12/21/14 Posted 12/21/14

After 7 years running, 2014 has seen some pretty hefty changes for us here at ArtSlant. We're excited to show our readership what we've been working on behind the scenes over the last months when we launch our new site design in 2015. As part of our new look, our logo has also been reworked by the talented hands of artist Deso (Broken Fingaz crew). We'll unveil all in the New Year so stayed tuned for an announcement. Meanwhile our fresh new social media icon is live! instagram.com/artslant ... [more]


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