Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Oct. 9-16)

In this week’s news, a controversial work attributed to Banksy is restored in London, Trump withdraws from UNESCO, and weak sales reports from Christie’s Postwar and Contemporary Sale… Omer Fast exhibition draws ire as “poverty porn,” reports Hyperallergic Fast’s seemingly derelict interpretation of Chinatown businesses has drawn ire from local groups. The exhibition has angered other community members, including the Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB), a ...
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Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Oct. 2-9)

Jasper Johns is turning his studio into an artists’ retreat, and we all want to go: Jasper Johns has big plans for his home and studio in Sharon, Connecticut—and the town is officially on board. Following his death, the artist plans to transform his pastoral property, where he has lived since the 1990s, into an artists’ retreat, providing a live-work space for 18 to 24 ...
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Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines

Pierre Hyugue and Ursula Biemann among artists announced for the 13th Media Arts Biennial of Chile. The 13th Media Arts Biennial of Chile, “Tremble,” opens this week on October 5th, showcasing a veritable who’s who of top international and regional contemporary artists: This latest version to be held between October 5 and November 5, 2017, has worked under the title and curatorial concept of “Tremble.” “Tremble” ...
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Vieno James Talks About the Fictional World behind “The Land of the Black Sun”

Vieno James (b. 1996) may be a young artist, but his work is informed by a profound history of craftsmanship and race relations. Using mostly found objects, James creates works that combine the raw quality of pre-historic weaponry with the highbrow abstract aesthetic of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Recently named one of White Hot Magazine’s “Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram,” Vieno James’ star is quickly ...
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The Barque of Theseus: An Interview with Vincent Desiderio

Written by Daniel Maidman Vincent Desiderio was born in 1955. He graduated from Haverford College in 1977 and later attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities, most recently at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in China. Desiderio has received several grants and painting ...
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A Tribute to Despair – A Journey Toward Light

Written by Rebecca Kinzie Bastian The path to healing is never easy. It can take years of focused, purposeful work to recover from the traumas that life so often and easily hands out. Meditating, finding purpose, embracing the positive energy that surrounds us—all of these techniques are powerful tools for those on the healing path. In his new  exhibit, “Reign Upon Sonrise: A Five Year ...
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Self as Muse: An Interview with Savannah Spirit

Written by Daniel Maidman In her first New York City solo show, “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” photographer Savannah Spirit finds inspiration turning the lens on herself.  Artist Savannah Spirit was born in LA in the mid 70’s and has been happily shooting photographs since she was 7 years old. Spirit’s work addresses body positivity, the female/male gaze, and women’s rights. As an activist, Savannah has dedicated ...
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A New Book On Australian Contemporary Art Foregrounds Questions About Diversity

Written by Naima Morelli Polemics about the lack of diversity in the image of Australian art ensued after the publication of a new book entitled Australiana to Zeitgeist: An A-Z of Australian Contemporary Art (2017). But is Australian contemporary art as white as it seems? And how is it perceived abroad? Tony Albert, A Collected History, 2002-2010, courtesy of the artist Art mirrors the society and times that produce ...
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Beyond Collecting: A Conversation with Craig O’Neil

Written by Lori Zimmer Art collecting in today’s hyped-up art market is a complicated beast. Many want to simply support artists, but some collectors want to make a quick buck by flipping the hottest artists tomorrow at auction, while others are looking for long-term investment in the art they think will appreciate in value. Then there are some collectors whose process goes beyond collecting and takes ...
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State of the Art in American Figurative Painting: A Fractional Survey of an Impossibly Broad Topic

Written by Daniel Maidman I am an American figurative painter, and I write about art, so D/RAILED asked me to write about where American figurative painting stands today. This was exciting at first, but the more I chased it, the farther the topic receded. The field is enormous and shows almost no conceptual or procedural unity. One’s only hope, in approaching the topic overall, is ...
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