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Who Just Donated the Largest Gift of Art to the LACMA in History?  
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11/6/14 Posted 11/6/14

Jerry Perenchio. A long-time anonymous supporter of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, entertainment mogul Jerry Perenchio, of Univision Communications, announced publicly today he would bequest almost his entire collection to the museum. The bequest includes some 47 works valued at $500 million with paintings by European masters Picasso, Pissarro, Manet, Degas, and Bonnard, making it the largest gift of art in the museum's history. "L.A. is my home, and I wanted to leave it to a museum h... [more]

Art or Not? Mattresses  
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11/6/14 Posted 11/6/14

Art or Not? One of the pictures described below is a genuine art work: every Friday the ArtSlant team asks our discerning readers to indulge in a game of spot the difference. The answer will be revealed on our social media on Monday: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram. This week's theme is: mattresses. #1 "the artist, born in Glasgow, 1982, uses public space in this series of street interventions, where the artwork becomes part of it's background, barely perceived by the hurried commuter. Discarded every day objects and household items appear t... [more]

Ryan McGinley to Host UNTITLED Vernissage in Miami  
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11/5/14 Posted 11/5/14

UNTITLED art fair announced today that famed photographer Ryan McGinley will host its vernissage in Miami Beach this December honoring ACRIA, a leading research and education organization working to help people with HIV and AIDS. To raise support for ACRIA, McGinley will offer three limited edition photographs of his 2014 Pairie (Pond) from his ongoing road trip series. Since 2005, McGinley has been traveling across the United States with a mass of models and assistants to capture stunningly... [more]

Critical Americana in Chicago  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery > Chicago
June 6th - July 18th
Posted 11/4/14

Critical Americana in Chicago by Philip A Hartigan on July 3, 2014 Installation view, ‘Michael Dinges, Victoria Fuller, and Geoffry Smalley’ at Packer Schopf Gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) CHICAGO — In a group show at Packer Schopf Gallery, three artists explore ideas or activities that are central to American identity: nature, political protest, and sports. Geoffry Smalley takes pages of old illustrations of the American West,... [more]

Review - New City  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery > Chicago
June 6th - July 12th
Posted 11/4/14

Geoffry Smalley. “Catskill Creek, Citi Field,” acrylic on inkjet print, 2012 RECOMMENDED The group of shows at Packer Schopf Gallery ruminates on intrusion. There is technological and environmental encroachment, and the intrusive mythos of masculine and feminine ideals. Michael Dinges’ “Lifeboat: The Wreck of the Invisible Hand” hangs center stage as a retired boat and a lesson. Made with vinyl siding, the scrimshaw declarations ring around this dramatic piece as... [more]

Review - New City  
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at Packer Schopf Gallery > Chicago
June 6th - July 12th
Posted 11/4/14

Geoffry Smalley. “Catskill Creek, Citi Field,” acrylic on inkjet print, 2012 RECOMMENDED The group of shows at Packer Schopf Gallery ruminates on intrusion. There is technological and environmental encroachment, and the intrusive mythos of masculine and feminine ideals. Michael Dinges’ “Lifeboat: The Wreck of the Invisible Hand” hangs center stage as a retired boat and a lesson. Made with vinyl siding, the scrimshaw declarations ring around this dramatic piece as... [more]

San Francisco’s Iconic Lexington Club to Shut Its Doors  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

In 2009, I assisted with A Trip Down False Memory Lane, an exhibition curated by Jessica Silverman. Featuring works depicting real or imagined memories of the Lexington Club, we installed the show on the patchy maroon walls of San Francisco’s iconic dyke bar. Each image made palpable the fact that the space is so much more than four walls and some bar stools. A destination for lesbians from all over and a staple for many younger city dwellers, the Lex is where a spectrum of LBTQ patrons... [more]

The Tel Aviv Art Fair with Social Reach  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

Fresh Paint 7, Israel's largest contemporary art fair, which attracts more than 30,000 visitors annually, open tonight. The fair brings together the major forces of culture in the country, from galleries and institutions to established artists and curators working both locally and globally. While its exhibition model generally resembles those of other commerical art fairs—with their commercial motives, thematic sectors, and programming iniatives such as the Artists' Greenhouse, which presen... [more]

A Chinese Art Collective Is Mopping Times Square  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

Bust out those mops. The Chinese art collective Polit-Sheer-Form Office is scrubbing Times Square today at noon as part of their "new socialism for the 21st Century." Better than Mayor Giulani, who never once rolled up his sleeves with a bottle of Pine-Sol on his mission to clean up the streets, "Do The Same Good Deed" puts some 400 people to work for a performance art piece mopping and scrubbing away decades of accumulated grime and Sbarro pizza boxes. They want you to participate, too. They have... [more]

Announcing the 2014 ArtSlant Prize Winners  
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11/3/14 Posted 11/3/14

ArtSlant is very please to announce the winners of the 2014 ArtSlant Prize: 1st Place ($3000): Edra Soto 2nd Place ($1000): Adam Douglas Thompson 3rd Place ($500): Anastasia Samoylova Student Prize ($500): Oren Pinhassi Edra, Adam, Anastasia and Oren will be exhibiting in our booth at Aqua Art Miami December 3rd-7th. Aqua is known for being one of the most exciting boutique fairs during the Art Basel Miami Beach blitz. Located a block from the beach and now under the umbrella of Art Miami, be sure you... [more]

Art or Not?  
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10/29/14 Posted 10/29/14

Art or Not? One of the pictures described below is a genuine art work: every Friday the ArtSlant team asks our discerning readers to indulge in a game of spot the difference. The answer will be revealed on our social media on Monday: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram. This week's theme is: old school parties. #1 "Internationally known for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages. His photography career began in the 1980s when he first showed his artwork in New York City gallerie... [more]

BBC to Broadcast "The Art That Hitler Hated"  
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10/29/14 Posted 10/29/14

In 2012, Bavarian Police raided a pensioner's apartment in Munich. There, they discovered 1,000 paintings by artists such as Klee, Chagall, Monet, Picasso, and Matisse—painting missing since the Nazi era, when many significant works were looted from Jewish homes with the intention of relocating them for display in Hitler's Führermuseum: a super-museum of Ayran approved art, with a wing dedicated to the infamous "degenerate art,"­ abhorred by Hitler. The artworks were kept hidden f... [more]

HBO Releases First Sneak Peak from Banksy Does New York  
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10/28/14 Posted 10/28/14

To promote the release of their user-generated Banksy documentary, Banksy Does New York, HBO will release one short clip from the film on YouTube everyday this week leading up to its premiere on HBO Go this Friday, October 31. However, each video will only be available from HBO for 24 hours. How's that for hype? The documentary from filmmaker Chris Moukarbel follows the iconic street artist's 31-day New York Residency, Better Out Than In, through crowd-sourced footage captured by eyewitnesses... [more]

Art Historian Claims to Have Found Lost Caravaggio Masterpiece  
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10/27/14 Posted 10/27/14

The lost Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy (1606) identified by Caravaggio expert in undisclosed private European collection via Mina Gregori, one of Italy's most prominent Caravaggio experts, says she's absolutely certain about the authenticity of the Baroque master's lost Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy, which he had with him when he died in 1610, the Guardian reports. The 15th-century painting, known to art historians for centuries but never found, was identified by Gregori, president of the Roberto Longhi F... [more]

Art or Not?  
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10/24/14 Posted 10/24/14

Art or Not? One of the pictures described below is a genuine art work: every Friday the ArtSlant team asks our discerning readers to indulge in a game of spot the difference. The answer will be revealed on our social media on Monday: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram. This week's theme is: belly buttons. #1 "Installations of miniature sculptures constructed with materials such as collected dust particles, polymer clay, and dead insects satirize the contemporary condition of individuals trapped in the... [more]

20141021055353-calarts-frontsign-campus “CalArts to Alleged Rape Victim: How Long Was Your Dress?”  
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10/21/14 Posted 10/21/14

The above headline from an article on Al-Jazeera America started circulating online through my social media in the past week. Since then, I’ve seen a lot of CalArts alumni, staff, and current students sounding out in solidarity with the student, now a sophomore at the Institute. In response, the school sent out an email outlining its policies and its efforts to make them better. CalArts is a small community, and so this current scandal is having a real effect on it. But despite its... [more]


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