May, 2011

ArtStars*: The Hunt for Gilbert & George

Today’s video is from our friends at ArtStars*, a traveling show about the contemporary art world, out to uncover the 7 Unsolved Mysteries of the Art World — one art scene, one country at a time. In this video, host, Nadja Sayej, stawks famed artist duo Gilbert and George as she asks them the rules of the art world. And, they deliver. Don’t miss ArtStars*[…..]

Get Your Ass To Mars: Takeshi Murata at Ratio 3

The title for Takeshi Murata’s current show—Get Your Ass To Mars—is a command, stolen from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hauser/Quaid character in Total Recall, based on Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.” For the Hauser/Quaid character, what awaits him on Mars is textbook Dick: a conspiracy based on money and greed; instability in memory and identity, or in discerning reality; plus our own[…..]

From the DS Archives: Julia Fullerton-Batten

This Sunday, From the DS Archives reminds us of London-based photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten. Fullerton-Batten is currently included in the group survey Heroines, a comprehensive exhibition focused on depictions of strong female protagonists in work from the Renaissance to present-day, at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid through June 5th. This article was originally written by Julie Henson on September 23, 2008. On September 13th, Julia Fullerton-Batten opened her[…..]

Fan Mail: Aaron Ruell

For this edition of Fan Mail, Aaron Ruell has been selected from a group of worthy submissions.  If you would like to be considered, please submit to a link to your website with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line.  Two artists are featured each month – the next one could be you! Art and popular culture have long been fluid constructs – a truism[…..]

I Could Become a Million Things, But Not That

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley “Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child,” Norman Mailer infamously remarked in 1971, less than one year before Arbus died and over nine years after she snapped a photo of a scrawny blond boy who actually did have grenade in hand.[…..]

Open Engagement: Art + Social Practice

Last week the Open Engagement Conference gathered artists, critics, curators and one museum director to discuss an emergent field, Art and Social Practice. It was organized by Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice faculty Jen Delos Reyes and Harrell Fletcher along with their MFA students. This is the third iteration of the conference and it featured Julie Ault, Fritz Haeg, and Pablo Helguera – all[…..]

Postcards from America: a New American Road trip

Last Friday, May 13th, at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, five Magnum photographers and one writer gathered to kick off their road trip christened, Postcards from America. Paolo Pellegrin, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky & Ginger Strand will spend the next two weeks living together on a bus named “Uncle Jackson,” traveling from San Antonio, Texas to Oakland, California. Postcards[…..]