Abraham Ritchie: Battling for Graff

        Time keeps passing along and street art continues to battle for wider acceptance in the art community and society in general. The City of Chicago is one of the most aggressive eradicators of street culture, retaining “Graffiti Blasters,” a privately owned business based within the city government, at a cost of $9 million this year.  As one can see on the Graffiti Blasters’ website, City of Chicago makes no concessions about how they view street art: “Graffiti is vandalism, it... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/25/10

Joel Kuennen: Billionaire Art Island

  Ever been to an eccentric billionaire art-lover’s island experiment? I hadn’t either and surprisingly, it was pretty cool. This past month, I found myself on a large ferry with about ten other people leaving the port of Okayama and heading to an island in the Inland Sea of Japan called Shodoshima, a member of the Setouchi Islands. It was an overcast day, like most other days that week. Rain came and went, misting in between, as we crossed the calm Seto Sea. I was headed to the Setouchi... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/19/10

Charlotte Jansen: Playing without Practicing

Sound Art has become increasingly popular (thus, the capital S and capital A). The first dedicated gallery in the UK, Soundfjord, opened late last year; Florian Hecker’s installation at the Chisenhale in the spring has been one of this year’s most talked-about pieces. But as the form proliferates, the debate surrounding it intensifies. Can it ever be an autonomous discipline? Just where does music end and sound art begin? Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1975, artist Tim Lee is one of... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/11/10

Abraham Ritchie: Favorites and Others

    When people learn that I am an art critic they usually give me a look like they’ve seen a leprechaun or Bigfoot or some other mythical creature that shouldn’t exist. After they overcome their surprise, one of the first things he or she often asks is, “So who’s your favorite artist?” I think this may be some kind of game, where I give my answer and they can see if they recognize the name.  They’re usually puzzled and annoyed when I give what has over the years become my standard... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/5/10