Stories about art and the artists who make it

London’s Massive Student Art Fest

July 15, 2009

Some work leans toward the journalistic. Lucie Varekova’s series of photos capture the mood of the London neighborhood of Sipson, the center of debate over Heathrow Airport’s contentious third runway. During one recent visit, a young girl, there with her father, crawled around inside Sara Baydur’s exhibit, which featured a little tunnel with a TV […]

Q&A with Slinkachu

July 8, 2009

In contrast to the propaganda posters of Shepard Fairey or the subversive stencils of Banksy, Slinkachu’s approach to street art is more subtle, more sensitive. You could easily walk right past one of Slinkachu’s installations and not know it’s there. His photographs are key: the close-ups make you feel like a participant, while the far-away […]

Inside the Head: Art and Mental Illness Explored

June 2, 2009

Emaciated self-portraits, an electro-therapeutic cage, photo journals of extreme conditions like gigantism: welcome to the Wellcome Collection’s exploration of the relationship between mental illness and the arts. During a recent visit, a group of middle-aged women meandering through the exhibit broke into a fairly loud debate at one point, and minutes later were chuckling about […]

I’m Tired of Banksy

May 11, 2009

The Banksy buzz is getting old. For years, we’ve debated the identity of this British graffiti artist, whose work began appearing on Bristol streets in 1993 and now sells for record prices. (Though his auction prices have fallen between 30-50% in the recession.) Is he a talented prankster from Bristol? A subversive art collective? A […]

Adrian Tomine Talks

February 6, 2009

“Comics are the only thing in my life I’ve spent 32 years practicing,” Adrian Tomine told a crowd at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. “It’s not something you can take a class on how to do. It’s an accumulation of a lot of attempts and a lot of failure.” Despite his view that one cannot […]

Art Spiegelman Wants a Blood Test

December 9, 2008

The acclaimed comic artist was once banned from Robert Crumb’s house, loves chicken fat and hates the term “graphic novel”. He also takes very little pleasure from drawing. The full story at INTELLIGENT LIFE. (Image by Austin Kleon:

Sad, Beautiful Losers. In Boots.

October 29, 2008

Watching the film “Beautiful Losers” at the 52nd annual London International Film Festival last week felt like a time warp. The film documents a group of artists, film makers, musicians, skateboarders, and outsiders that documented their lives through art; creativity that helped define, articulate, and give an identity to an entire generation of DIY youth […]

Hit It Big With Your Art at Burning Man?

August 26, 2008

A year ago, in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Brooklyn artist Mike Ross achieved rock-star status at Burning Man. He and his volunteer crew, after months of preparation, hoisted two 18-wheel fuel trucks into the air—welded together with 50,000 pounds of steel—and rigged them vertically into a base plate in the ground. The […]

LA Punk Has a Sense of Humor, Too

November 15, 2007

Mr. T’s Bowl is where I’ve seen bands like the Mormons, who wear short-sleeved, white, button-up shirts with black ties, bicycle helmets and backpacks, and go berserk on stage while playing a hybrid of punk and hardcore. The band recently performed at Coachella (Southern California’s annual music festival) by meandering through the crowd with a […]

The War’s for Sale, and There are Plenty of Buyers

August 15, 2007

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers profiles individuals and families affected by private companies that have acquired huge military contracts in Iraq. Read my full review on Mother Jones’ The Riff blog.

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