From exhibition catalogue pages marketed as original prints to brazenly fake “authorized” copies of Harings and Warhols, we’re living in a golden age of art piracy.
Chris Cobb is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn. He studied Art and Politics at the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Berkeley. He has written for the Believer Magazine, SFMOMA's Open Space magazine, FLASH Art, and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered.
Internal and External Worlds Collide in Norma Tanega’s Psychologically Charged Art
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
My Unexpected Valentine’s Day with Louise Bourgeois
On my first trip to New York in 1998, I looked up Bourgeois in the phone book and called her. To my surprise, she answered and invited me to her home on Valentine’s Day.
Machine Art that Shoots Flames and Rips Stuff Apart
The Survival Research Laboratories stage large-scale sensational “machine art performances,” of which there have been over 55 to date.
Embracing Feeling Over Logic in Two Artists’ Fragmented Worlds
In their exhibitions at Honey Ramka, Michael Wetzel and Jessica Cannon long for the cohesion of forms and meanings.
Toy-sized Sculptures that Feel Like Daydreams
The sculptures on view in White Column’s project room feel like the results of a lot of daydreaming by Joe Howe, who is now 87.
A Painter Who Captured London’s 1980s Reggae Scene
The British painter Denzil Forrester, who is currently showing at White Columns, talks about how he made art and was a fly on the wall at reggae and dub music venues.
Lust for Life Drawing: A Room Full of Iggy Pop Nudes
“Iggy Pop’s body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture,” says Jeremy Deller. “It has witnessed much and should be documented.”
Blerds and Bleeks Swarm Harlem’s Black Comic Book Festival
Forget James Bond — how about we get Idris Elba to be the next Batman?
Gordon Parks’s Long-Forgotten Color Photographs of Everyday Segregation
When Life magazine sent Gordon Parks to document the daily lives of three black families living in Alabama, it was 1956, during the Montgomery bus boycott.
Playing with Paint, Self-Portraiture, and Penises
Like a Ferrari parked in a garage in Emeryville, California, for way too long, Keith Boadwee is finally taking his show on the road. A transgressive artist, probably known best for his homoerotic yet humorous photographic self-portraits, Boadwee faded into relative obscurity after some early success in 1990s Los Angeles. But this year his work is reaching new audiences.