The archival footage features a number of artists in the New York school (Alcopley, Conrad Marca-Relli, Joe Stefanelli, John Stephan, Robert Richenburg and Will Barnet) discussing life in New York’s 1950s art world.
Tuesday Video Column
Joseph Beuys Likes New Wave and New Wave Likes Him
When I hear of German performance artist Joseph Beuys, I think of felt, fat and riding in an ambulance to live in a New York apartment with a coyote in “I Like America and America Likes Me.” I certainly don’t think of a hilarious attempt at New Wave pop.
A Harajuku Cinderella Story
This week’s Video Column pick had me at the abstract flatulence. Kyary (aka きゃり or Carrie) started as a Japanese fashion blogger, became a Harajuku fashion mag model, launched a line of fake eyelashes and now (since last month) she’s a Jpop phenom. What’s not to love?
An Artist’s 1973 TV Commercial
It’s incredible to think that back in 1973 performance artist Chris Burden used a recorded video excerpt of his performance that same year, “Through the Night Softly,” to create a 10-second black-and-white spot that was broadcast five times a week for four weeks on KHS-Channel 9 in LA.
You Stupid Kunst
This video is a tall glass of cool water and worth your time just to learn the six types of art bollocks (more commonly known as “artspeak”) …
Shepard Fairey’s Secret “Revealed”?
I can’t believe TMZ is in the art game (you know you’re mainstream when … ) but the look on street artist Shepard Fairey’s face when his wife offers her take on if he goes out on the street posting stuff anymore is priceless. Ouch.
Ryan Trecartin Makes a Movie Trailer
In advance of Ryan Trecartin’s upcoming exhibition at PS1, the artist has released a trailer teaser to get us all excited for a new batch of video works.
Lindsay Lohan Stars in Art Video, World Doesn’t End
Richard Philips might be better known in the art world as a photorealist painter, but the painter just turned videographer with an art project-cum-advertisement for celebrity and tabloid icon Lindsay Lohan. The work is “a 90-second ad for her more sober self,” according to Linda Yablonsky at T Magazine.
Street Artist Gets Jilted by LA MoCA, Bombs Bathroom
Becca Midwood, a downtown LA street artist working since the mid-1990s, got pulled from LA Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art in the Streets exhibition due to a “last minute curatorial choice.” Becca gets her work in the museum anyway, though, with a wheatpaste in the museum’s bathroom. Check out this video of the guerrilla operation.
Ai Weiwei’s Portrait Projected on NYC Chinese Consulate
On this past Friday May 20, Cuban artist Geandy Pavon did a guerrilla projection protest for Ai Weiwei. In this work, called “Nemesis Ai Weiwei: The Elusiveness of Being”, Pavon projected Ai’s face onto the blank street-side facade of the New York City Chinese Consulate. Click through for video documentation of the project.
General Idea Tells You to Shut the Fuck Up
There’s something about General Idea that always felt ahead of its time. Videos like “Shut the Fuck Up” (1984) foreshadows the mashup culture of today but with a decidedly anti-establishment feel, even though they were obviously designed for the capitalist art market.
An Idiot’s Guide to the Steins
A YouTube video narrated by the Metropolitan Museum’s associate curator Rebecca Rabinow gives us a quick primer on the Steins, starring Gertrude and Leo. Rabinow tells us the takeaway on one of art history’s greatest collecting families.