I made a recent realization: discussing complex gender issues leaves me speechless. I realized that after about the 14th time I tried and failed to begin this article. This new manifestation of my ignorance comes courtesy of the MIT List Visual Arts Center’s exhibition entitled Virtuoso Illusion: Cross-Dressing and the New Media Avant-Garde. The exhibit covered themes of alternative identity, gender roles, and sexuality. I was strongly drawn to two pieces in particular, one of which was Michelle Handelman’s video “Dorian” (2009), the other was Kalup Linzy’s “Conversations wit de Churen III: Da Young & Da Mess” (2005).
Thanks to everyone who came out for our informal six-month anniversary celebration, which quickly became a big ol’ party at our rather new Williamsburg office.
If the image of the Warhol piñata at the Brooklyn Museum didn’t freak you out enough, the videos of everyone from Jennifer Rubell to Jerry Saltz taking a whack at the thing (and right in the mouth no less) will surely disturb you to no end. If the art world ever needed a good therapist then now is the time, I mean even if it’s just to deal with members of the art-ocracy “bashing a gay guy” thing as a form of dessert!
This year’s Whitney Biennial may be my favorite in memory. I’ve been thinking about it for over two months now and will publish my review here next week but until then I wanted to post some photos that I snapped during the press preview back in February.
Interested in honing your painting skills over the summer? The Tyler School of Art Summer Painting Intensive is a six-week (June 14–July 23) immersion program for artists interested in developing their work in a challenging and supportive environment.
The SPI is a non-credit, post-baccalaureate-style residency program suitable for BA and BFA seniors and recent graduates aiming to hone their artistic and intellectual skills, students building a portfolio for application to graduate school, as well as professional artists seeking to strengthen their abilities and expand their outlook.
On the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Fekner revisited one of his classic videos from 1981 titled “Toxic Waste From A to Z,” and has inserted a new soundtrack. While the original work was inspired by the environmental disaster that was Love Canal, this latest remix is part of an effort to stop a potential disaster in the making, Wastebed 13.
According to Fast Company, Britain’s Tate Liverpool Museum is offering visitors to its Picasso: Peace and Freedom exhibition a virtual gift: a virtual copy of the artist’s “Monument to the Spaniards who Died for France” (1945-7) on your mobile phone to show and share with friends.
A recent art show, Black Sheep Projects, coordinated by two RISD masters students, Jason Huff and Derek Paul (DP) Boyle, seeks to help ameliorate the stress of graduation by giving the undergraduate population a chance to get some real world experience in what life is like as a practicing artist. Currently housed in a space on Eddy Street in the arts district of Providence, Black Sheep Projects is a recently formed alternative art exhibition. A 10-minute walk from the RISD campus, it sits nestled among the brick streets, apartment buildings, and trendy store fronts which populate this neighborhood in the mid-way point between Boston and New York.
Writing for the Guardian, Sean O’Hagan is wondering how our recent laws governing privacy and surveillance are impacting the art form we’ve come to know as Street Photography.
In the late 1990s, the folk punk duo Guitar Boy was playing small music venues in Los Angeles and building a fan base. Unfortunately, the group consisting of Nancy Agabian and Ann Perich slowly faded away. This Saturday, they will reunite to perform as part of the Wonder Cabinet showcase at Occidental College, a day-long event curated by Lawrence Weschler. Guitar Boy may be an unknown band nowadays but I couldn’t resist posting their still relevant song about Getty Center … ENJOY!
Up until now most of the discontent being expressed in the art world has emanated from artists who were the first to feel the impact of the recession and critics who see the art world and the art market being conflated as being a bad thing … but now collectors and galleries are starting to vent.
We’ve all heard about Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s stint a failed artist but now we get to judge for ourselves as the portfolio he submitted to the Vienna Academy of Art is going to auction.