Miami Art Week: Mistakes You Ought to Make

So there are mistakes, no matter how misguided or wrong they might seem, you really ought to make the first time you go to an art fair. After a few years of stumbling through these tacky conventions, you get to know too many people and you get to become a little self-conscious about being seen acting ridiculous. The tragic result is that you end up conducting yourself with proper professional dignity, which finally and totally sucks all the remaining fun out of these altogether crass... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 11/26/11

A Little Bit of Flavin, and a Dash of GG Allin: Sweet Surprises at Artissima, Turin

As rains washed the city and the River Po flooded its banks during Artissima 18, Turin’s present-day devotion to contemporary art was plain. Public works from Daniel Buren, Rebecca Horn, Tony Cragg, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, mingled with Baroque architecture, greeting me at every turn. Exhibition-goers spilled onto the streets and an atmosphere of art and innovation was inescapable. Turin is no stranger to innovative thinkers; this is after all where Nietzsche spent his... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 11/21/11

798 Art District, Beijing - People and Places

Today I ventured out to 798, Beijing’s home to contemporary art. The site of the art world here in Beijing is itself worth the hike. The galleries have taken up residence in a disused electronics factory that was apparently built by the East Germans, by the look of things, in the 1950s. As I was guided around the space by one of my fellow ArtSlant contributors, I was amazed at the buildings, much more than I was by the art: the original Bauhaus style with Communist slogans still sprawled... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 11/13/11

Sassy magazine, immaterial teen style labor, a Body without Organs, the zombie apocalypse and me

When I was seventeen around 1993, I was convinced I could snag the title for the Sassiest Girl in America. According to the editor Jane Pratt, the winner would appear on the cover of Sassy magazine, and her “intelligence, wit, social responsibility, creativity and general sassiness” would also be awarded with “cash, fashions and jewelry”. I had a friend take pictures of me with my Pentax K1000 lounging atop my 1975 Plymouth Volare wearing some of my dad’s old Levi’s 517’s dyed puke yellow,... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 11/7/11