Peter sees the painting. "I could paint that", says Peter. "But you didn't", says Mummy.
(mildly NSFW). In We go to the gallery
, by British artist Miriam Elia
, the titular characters of the Peter and Jane Keyword Readers of the 1960s
visit a museum of contemporary art. Penguin, the publisher of the original books, is not amused
, but the feathered creature may be actually dead in the water
Afghan war rugs
Traditional rug-making techniques meet contemporary political imagery. See also the 'Rugs of War
: a game where you are an artist who makes art by playing games. Requires Flash.
By Pippin Barr
. [more inside]
Contemporary Art: love it or hate it, this list by Hana Cohn of The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years
is worth a look through the slideshow. Recent Art-Star news-makers are here, along with other interesting works…
"Punk-artist-anthropologist Cameron Jamie has made three documentaries on violence; I’ve read about them all and seen just this one
." The author speaks of "Kranky Klaus," LA-born artist Jamie's peek into the Austrian folkloric character Krampus
, a sort of photo-negative of Santa Claus who comes on Christmas to punish bad children. [more inside]
"It was always about the intersection of creativity and chaos."
So said Kirsha Kaechele, described at Wikipedia as an "American contemporary art curator, artist, and practitioner of sustainable architecture," of the avant-garde Life is Art Foundation/KKProjects
art happening that she carried out via Katrina flooding-devastated homes in the St. Roch area of New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward. These homes now lie in ruins, as they did before. She owes back taxes on the homes, and city has placed tax liens worth $28,000 on two of them. While she can afford the back taxes, she says, the liens are beyond her means. A medicinal marijuana farm created to fund Life is Art failed to make enough money to fund the projects. In any case, she has spent the past five months in Tasmania with her boyfriend, professional gambler and art curator David Walsh
, where he has established something called the Museum of New and Old Art
. (Pause.) I believe that connects all the most relevant dots as succinctly as possible. [more inside]
"If you were to describe me without anyone being able to see me, they would think I am a monster (Guardian video + article)
, that I am not fuckable. But if they see me, that could perhaps change." While French artist ORLAN's
work spans decades and mediums (FR, may be NSFW)
, she is perhaps best known for her 1990s performance series "The Reincarnation of Saint-ORLAN" wherein ORLAN filmed herself receiving seven different plastic surgeries (NSFW)
while entirely conscious. [more inside]
It's hard not to hear "glitter painting" and think it is as disposable an artform as the Velvet Elvis
, but San Francisco artist Jamie Vasta
has taken everyone's favorite craft supply to a strange and beautiful new height. Represented by Patricia Sweetow
in San Francisco, Vasta recreates reference photos at large scale using only glitter and glue. [more inside]
Art Museum for sale.
Rocked by a budget crisis, Brandeis University will close its Rose Art Museum
and sell off a 6,000-object collection that includes work by such contemporary masters as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Nam June Paik.
The LA Times makes the Madoff
open a window to the world.; is an article discussing (in order) the art of Golnaz Fathi
; a classically
From her website 1
; and a video
Tanavoli Parviz - sculpter
Nadia Ghai-Far - abstract painter
( click peintures and fusains).
Farhad Moshiri - multi
Shirana Shabazi - photographer
The World in Contemporary Islamic Art
(via bbc) 18 May – 2 Sept; at the British Museum in London.
Among the exhibitors are The Iraqi calligrapher Hassan Massoudy
Iranian photographers: Shadi Ghadirian
and Malekeh Nayini
and artists Farhad Moshiri
The Egyptian artist Sabah Naim
The Palestinian artist Laila Shawa
and the Saudi Arabian X-ray artist Fahad Mater-al-Ziad
(pdf) If, like me you can’t get to see the real thing maybe these will help. Enjoy.
This is not pornography.
Spaces filled with removed figures.
: Contemporary Chinese Art From China and the US.
Contemporary art, in general, seems to be rather risky. After seeing an example of modern architecture in the incubatory stages
, I wonder why our buildings and spaces are so aesthetically traditional. [more inside]