tagged: death

Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye

by Edo Dijksterhuis
In the film (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. The now... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 12/22/14

The Kiss of Death: Gruesome Depictions of Love in Art

by The Artslant Team
As the saying goes, all art is, in the end, about sex or death. They're the two oldest themes in art history. But then at some point someone must have thought, how about getting them both in there, and creating the best art ever? And then a lot of other people thought that'd be a good idea too. And then it went to some weird grisly places and became a bit scary.  Here's our selection of the most macabre love moments in art.    Joel-Peter Witkin, , 1982 King of the Bizarre, Witkin's... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 11/16/14

Disorder, then a Good Death: What's Scarier than a Skull?

by Philippa Snow
I read recently about a group in the States called The Order of the Good Death, who describe themselves as “a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality,” a mission which seems like both good sense and nonsense in equal measure.   I myself am what I suppose could be labeled death-phobic. The many other things of which I am afraid —mechanical or puppet clowns, ventriloquist's dummies, clusters... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 10/31/14

Dead Kennedys

by Philippa Snow
In May of this year, the Dallas Museum of Art will mount , an exhibition that brings together the artworks seen in the last hotel room of the late John F. Kennedy. These are the sculptures, the paintings—the sun-burnished nudes and the dreary snowscapes—as seen by the gray-green eyes of the President just hours before his violent death in the motorcade. Each individual piece's quiet observance of Kennedy's final moments is its God-given purpose in this exhibit—an art mausoleum. These works,... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 3/3/13
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