Posted: November 18th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Seven more days slip by with but a handful of stories to cling to. Click on:
- There’s now a Kafka angle to the Munich art hoard story (interivew with Cornelius Gurlitt)
- Here’s another good Nazi art theft yarn. What became of the Mona Lisa?
- Museum-show of the season is not in a museum at all. A Kick Up the Arts visits Hauser & Wirth
- When was the last time art changed your outlook on life (thanks @TheodoreArt)?
- If you can bear it, here’s how to talk up a $142m dollar sale
- Objects, and ignorance, are both on the rise according to J.J. Charlesworth: a good analysis
- And so the Al-Wakrah sports stadium, now under construction in Qatar, resembles a vagina
- Tyler Green takes you on a road trip with a compendium of highway-inspired art works
- If you suspect algorithms are out to get you, this Kyle Chayka piece is essential reading
- Martin Gayford mines his new book to give us an account of the rivalries which fuelled the renaissance.
Posted: November 11th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Your usual mix of the good, the bad and the trivial (art stories from around the web):
- Look on the bright side of any imminent apocalypse. Colleen Fitzgibbon interviews filmmaker Ben Rivers for BOMB Magazine
- Found poetry of Google autocomplete demonstrates that the hivemind sure has an active muse. Read about it on Hyperallergic
- Here’s a radical public toilet deisgn for the Ichibara arts festival in Japan. For the call of nature look no further than Faith is Torment
- More rad architecture: a glittering pizza oven inspired by the golden age of Italian disco (from Colossal)
- John Lewis Christmas ad flagged up at Fast Company Create (and the bear looks a bit like football manager Harry Redknapp)
- In case you were in any doubt about what a strange place Russia has become, here’s a police choir singing Daft Punk (via Rowan Early)
- Pyotr Pavlensky has clearly not seen the above and as a result nailed a delicate part of his anatomy to Red Square, as the Guardian reports
- And where are the police when you need them; this animated dummy from David Lewandowski must be stopped (thanks @thebenstreet)
- An exhaustive site dedicated to knitting instructions for the scarf or scarves once worn by Tom Baker in Doctor Who. Beyond nerdy (ta @markscottwood)
- Here’s a form of rememberance we can all get behind: deets on Joe Sacco’s 24ft long panorama of the Western Front via @SebastianSmee.
Posted: September 2nd, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
- Interview of the week, possibly the month, the Guardian speak with ‘wrecker of civilisation’ Genesis P. Orridge
- Meanwhile the Telegraph keeps it light with the trailer to a new feature about the most famous cat on the webz
- These are a pure joy. Music videos chosen by Prosthetic Knowledge. Just why is the forefront of tech so uncanny and funny?
- PhD funding shocker. Now two post grads have put their heads together to beat Facebook addiction.
- Mostafa Heddaya (Hyperallergic) wonders what it meant to be alternative at the Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward in London
- Here’s a journey I have made thousands of times but never with such an ace vantage point and satisfying sense of historical continuity. London to Brighton
- The Onion are first with the story behind the story. CNN explain why they went big on that Miley Cyrus performance
- Just possibly the best infographic ever, director Alfred Hitchcock’s myriad obsessions: falls, journeys, deaths, blondes, etc
- The Guardian carries a video of a day in the life of the world’s most expensive footballer. There is something a bit humdrum about the whole thing
- Finally, poet Paul Muldoon eulogises poet Seamus Heaney in the New Yorker. Saddening.
Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Found Objects are back. Sorry to regular readers for the break:
- Freelance journalist Francesa Borri is working for $70 a story. That’s $70 to cover the frontline of the war in Syria. (via Jude Sheerin)
- Bomb magazine links the work of Gordon Matta-Clark and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, all via the writing of Francis Ponge.
- Here’s a thing. Artist Marc Ngui is illustrating a barely readable work of philosophy. So here are Deleuze & Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus as a no less mystifying diagram.
- If you haven’t seen these gestures for critical discussion, check them out. If you have seen them, it’s worth refreshing your memory. Very funny.
- The term emerging artist is a slippery one. But now IdeasTap have tried to nail it down with 22 signs that you may be one.
- This could be the most instructional gif ever. Watch the world breathe as the seasons change from the vantage point of space.
- Marina Abramovic continues to hob nob with pop stars, but this piece of advice from the venerable performance artist is probably a good ‘un. Do one thing at a time.
- A Park Avenue tunnel in New York has been turned into an interactive light show party, courtesy of Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
- Damn, Bowie even looks good in his police mug shot. Memorabilia from a drugs bust in 1976 has just come to light in Rochester, NY. Nice piece.
- Last but not least, a sea fort near the Isle of Wight has been covered into a luxury hotel. If that doesn’t quite capture the imagination the pics should do.
Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Sheesh, it’s hot. Before the Internet melts you may want to check out these links:
- A new film documents the remarkable life and living/working arrangement of psychiatric patient Yayoi Kusama. The 8-minute trailer alone is well worth a watch
- The Paris review carries a long read piece about artists’ novels. Just the very suggestion of reading a book with a pair of white gloves is enough to sustain the interest here
- A former Google employee lifts the lid on the benevolent institution and finds it as hierarchical and paranoid as any other big corp (via @LuckyPDF)
- I’m not sure if this is a review, an arty press release or a piece of art in its own right. However a show called Weird Dude Energy gets an entertaining write up on Bad at Sports
- The state of art journalism according to one who knows. Tyler Green talks to Edward Winkleman about the whole sorry picture. (Scroll down the page for it.)
- A German artist has made a controversial protest against US web surveillance with a puntastic light show on the side of the American Embassy in Berlin (from Spiegel Online)
- This is just dreadful. Christies auction house are pricing up the collection at Detroit Institute of Arts, just as the city gets in the worst kind of financial trouble
- Love a bit of ‘gonzo’ art reporting. Stuart Jeffries from the Guardian tries his hand at passing off his own work for a masterpiece in the company of replica-painting pro Susie Ray
- This sounds like a premise for a novel. Two metal bands from Israel and Palestine share bus and stage to embark on an 18-date European tour together
- Finally, RIP comedian Mel Smith. This memorable sketch from Not the Nine O’Clock News is always worth another look: Gerald the Gorilla.
Posted: July 8th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Busy times, but those Found Objects just keep coming:
- There’s a great profile of photographer Robert R McElroy in artcritical. How a former GI ended up as one of the very few people taking photos of the New York downtown scene of the 1960s
- Simon Reynolds recalls violence of music concerts in the early 1980s and wonders where it is gone. Check out his flyers from gigs in Aylesbury Friars. My ears are still ringing
- Who knew there was a foundation in Spain to protect the memory of Dictator Franco. Well, there is and they are not all that keen on the work of Eugenio Merino
- From one foundation to another. Hrag Vartanian reviews a lively looking show by Bruce High Quality Foundation at the Brooklyn Museum. Beware the gif
- These luscious photos belie their mathematical origins. Hugo Acier has been applying Boolean operations to three dimensional landscape scenes with sublime results
- “When you paint, you enter a different time stream,” so speaks Jonathan Jones who has a timely gripe with the marketing of a forthcoming show of painting at Tate Britain
- Some zany performance art can be found on the blog New Art, with a commentary by Vvoi. I don’t know what he or they are saying, but it’s infectious
- Dieter Roth diaries can overwhelm at Camden Arts Centre, but Rachel Guthrie has managed to pick through the detritus to deliver a tidy review on her eponymous art blog
- This sounds all kinds of good, Meschac Gaba brings a bit of Cotonou in Benin to Bankside and Tate Modern. The gallery blogs about his museum within a museum
- Finally, if you haven’t yet checked out Degenerate Art Stream, you need to. Nevermind the fact that I’m almost half way through guest posting every day for two weeks.
Posted: June 24th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | Comments Off
Hello, arty people of the internet. Please find below links that may interest:
- Teutonic art of woodcut gets colourful makeover in 20th century Japan thanks to Kawanishi Hide (and thanks to @KathyKavan)
- David Lister is unshocked by the shocking current show at the ICA and asks for some right wing perspectives to stir things up (via @IndyVoices)
- @tessanorton flags up a gallery of the coolest flags in history, if flags are ever cool. Great comments thread, mind you
- Anthropological blogger Joris Luyendijk sets out the case against banking cartels. The scenario is every bit as grim as you suspected (ht/ @ginnyUK)
- RIP James Gandolfini, a better man than Tony Soprano. The actor died in Rome aged 51 and Carolina Miranda posted a link to this spot on obit.
- What better way to follow that, than with this. Wiretap reveals that real life mobsters are massive fans of The Sex Pistols (from Animal NY)
- French body artist Orlan is suing Lady Gaga for allegedly making off with her prosthetic aesthetic. The National Post reports and Artnet posted the link
- The Guardian chews over that disturbing photo of Charles Saatchi appearing to throttle Nigella Lawson and yet we remain none the wiser
- Breaking news: people use their hands to look at art. So suggests a lovely picture gallery by Matthew Monteith on Beautiful/Decay
- Doug Aitken persuades at least a dozen of his famous friends to take the train with a nomadic arts festival. Hope the US network bears up better than the UK would.
Posted: May 27th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Another week, another clutch of timely links:
- Interesting take on cave art, from the Travel Desk of the Guardian. “The good life was invented here,” says Robin McKie
- Playwright David Hare pays tribute to Patrick Caulfield. Ahead of the painter’s Tate Britain show this is well worth another visit to the Guardian site
- A witty cartoon about Futurism is to be found can be found on The Casual Optimist. Bet you never thought the Italian proto-fascists could be so sweet
- Hoodie alert. Erdal Inci has cloned a potentially dangerous yoot and set them on an endless march towards who knows what?
- This may be the worst song ever, but hey it’s Ai Weiwei and he’s directed a video so, you know, do check out (via Hyperallergic)
- Artists James Harvey and Ryan Humphrey had a dream of Akira retold using Simpsons characters. So far 768 artists have been recruited to make it a reality
- Carolina Miranda reports on the stateside popularity of James Turrell right now, a sculptor who will sell you the sky
- Something to look forward to at Blain Southern next month. The first ever UK show of JG Ballard’s favourite painter Paul Delvaux
- Possibly only of interest if, like me, you’re from Colchester, Essex, UK. But anyhow here’s a report from a painting show by the father of Blur lead singer Damon Albarn
- In the Telegraph, Mark Hudson paints a fair enough picture of the Land Art show at Southampton City Art Gallery. There are indeed a lot of black and white photos in it
- From the department of difficult loves, Stephanie Bailey reviews a Jean Cocteau exhibition in Hong Kong. A good read from Hyperallergic.
Posted: May 20th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Links once again compiled for your edification and delight. Please read responsibly:
- I suppose the art story of the week was a Gerard Richter painting breaking records for a living artist. “I just love it . . . I just love art,” says buyer
- But if you’re in New York you may have been more distracted by the face off between Jeff Koons and Paul McCarthy. The Times gives this round to McCarthy
- Also expected to do well at auction: a chimpanzee. Hyperallergic reports on the six figure fees which circus animal Mikki can hope to pull down
- Talking of expensive polaroids, American Suburb X posts a gallery of Warholian photographs, which include shots of Debbie Harry, Tom Jones and Arnold Schwarzenegger
- What the hell are they teaching in Russian art schools? The latest piece of slavic controversy took place in Brussels where Petro Wadkins has ‘pissed all over’ tradition
- Another Hyperallergic story offers comfort to the middle aged. Hrag Vartanian notes the online rise of the 18th century power paunches, plus a one Daniel Lambert
- On these shores we got excited about Tate Britain’s new hang. It includes toughened floors to support monumental Epsteins. Can’t wait to see for myself
- The Guardian comes up trumps with at least two compelling interviews this week. The more recent is this one with the quiet man of the YBA movement, Gary Hume
- The paper also interviews Cornelia Parker who talks about her peasant stock, her anxieties regarding cracks in the pavement, and sleeping with the enemy
- Non football fans look away, but it’s been an emotional week for the national game. Here we see a photo which sums it up . . . Beckham in tears.
Posted: May 13th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Good afternoon/morning. It’s time for my weekly compilation of interesting links:
- First but not foremost, it’s been Frieze week in New York. Jason Farago captures the spirit of the event and bottles it for the Guardian
- Fans of Dante may not be thrilled about the arrival of a new Dan Brown book. The Telegraph publishes a brilliant take down
- Grossmalerman has a few tips for aspiring fellow artists with a piece about getting a gallery (on Hyperallergic). Funny/sad
- Tom Morton stumbles upon an online community of macrophiles and picks out an image of a bucolic giantess for a 1000+ word critique
- Find out what Paul McCarthy’s up to and be suitably horrified. Randy Kennedy spends time with the controversial artist for the New York Times Magazine
- You can rely upon American Suburb X for jawdropping picture galleries. These architectural scenes by Gabriele Basilico are to be adored
- Blogger Chloe Nelkin flew in a private jet to Berlin Gallery Weekend. I realise the city can be cheap, but that’s ridiculous. Kindly, she shares her experiences
- Art:21 runs a piece about Santiago Sierra. Team Gallery has been hosting his Veterans series in which real ex-servicemen are paid to stand in the corner
- You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can always judge the cover itself. The Casual Optimist rounds up some recent gems
- Last but not least, Degenerate Art Stream is a well-modelled blog in which artists of all stripes get to curate a daily stream of links. So be inspired at will.