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A Clown for the Machine: Tony Oursler Takes on Surveillance

by Stephanie Berzon
When Edward Snowden released classified information from the National Security Agency to mainstream media in 2013 he was globally marked as either a traitor or a patriot. The top-secret documents revealed that the NSA has been collecting data from anywhere and everywhere, including 55,000 quality images daily through social media and personal communications to use in facial recognition programs. The revelation confirmed civic anxieties that the dreaded future is here: your face can be used... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Berzon on 5/3/15


by Charlie Schultz
Like a girl with facial tattoos and rainbow hair searching for a spoon in the ambassador’s kitchen, the pictures of a painter with a legacy of working outside the system can appear awkward in a blue chip gallery. The knee-jerk reaction is to presume the artist has gone soft, sold out, been absorbed at last by the main stream. In the case of Billy Childish—poet, novelist, musician, painter—from whom the elemental acid of punk rock’s primal ethos gushes forth geyser-like, the surprise is not that... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 11/20/11

Blue Tale of Black Silhouettes

by John Everett Daquino
Ever since her New York debut at the Drawing Center in 1994, Kara Walker has been able to successfully turn silhouettes into a provocative art form. In wall murals, paintings, drawings, mixed media installations and films, Walker, who was born in California and moved to Georgia with her family at the age of thirteen, has used the decorative craft popularized in the 18th century technique to illustrate racially charged narratives set in the antebellum and post Civil War South. In her latest... [more]
Posted by John Everett Daquino on 6/19/11


by Trong Gia Nguyen
The Japanese artist Mr.'s second solo show at Lehmann Maupin contains photographic work, one large painting, and a film whose title is eponymous with the exhibition's, .  Well, after seeing the actual show, I may very well wish otherwise. This predictable work from another member of the Murakami clan continues the artist's examination of Japan's Otaku subculture, obsessive males who fetishize cuteness ("kawaii") in the form of technology, manga, sci-fi literature, anime, and video games.  in... [more]
Posted by Trong Gia Nguyen on 11/16/08