March, 2013

The Glam That Fell to Earth

Sometimes scholarship on punk can feels a bit blasphemous, but if Billy Idol shows up to a panel, he gives it some cred. Today from the DS Archives we bring you punks, hippies, and glam with two exhibitions examining the cultures, fashion and lifestyles. Glam! The Performance of Style is on view at the Tate Liverpool until May 12 and features the the work of David Hockney, Andy[…..]

The whispers too, they intimate

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you a profile from writer Matthew Harrison Tedford on Claudia Joskowicz, a recent visiting artist at the San Francisco Art Institute. Claudia Joskowicz, who is an artist based in New York and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, creates videos that reawaken violent events and their residue from Bolivian history. Often filmed in very slow motion,[…..]

Fan Mail: Marta Stysiak

For this edition of Fan Mail, Marta Stysiak of Warsaw, Poland has been selected from our worthy reader submissions. Two artists are featured each month—the next one could be you! If you would like to be considered, please submit your website link to with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line. When viewing the body in the series “with” by Marta Systiak, I wonder if[…..]

A Moment with “The Man”: Thoughts on Ragnar Kjartansson’s Recent Work

Through his refreshing lack of self-seriousness or sanctimony, Ragnar Kjartansson has cut a jagged, joyful figure on the contemporary art scene. Indeed, with solo exhibitions in Boston and New York, the artist has recently been favored with the art world’s fickle attentions and is having something of a well-deserved moment. Ragnar Kjartansson, “The End–Venice,” 2009. Performance view. Venice, June 2009. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring[…..]

Thukral & Tagra: Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity (2013), Jiten Thukral’s and Sumir Tagra’s (branded as Thukral & Tagra) latest show at Art Plural gallery, gives expression to the cacophonous spectacle of hybridity that defines contemporary India, a site that they deem to be a hotbed of conflicted histories and global transactions. These issues of societal flux are explored in their oeuvre through an eclectic visual language composed of cartoonish[…..]

Hashtags: What if an Arts Organization was a MOOC?

Arts organizations in 2013 strive for more than visitors and ticket buyers. Take a look at just about any arts nonprofit’s mission statement and you’re likely to see community building, engagement, and education listed as top priorities. Public lectures and digital content production top the list of methods, but every once and a while an organization tries something more unique; here in Los Angeles, for[…..]

At War With the Obvious

William Eggleston is recognized for taking the ordinary and elevating it to levels of grandior that could have never been conceived for things so seemingly mundane. In celebration of his indelible mark on the history of photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents “Art War With the Obvious,” a survey of well known and lesser known photographs by Eggleston. Today from the DS Archives we take a[…..]