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Domestikator

An art installation titled 'Domestikator' was scheduled to be displayed in the gardens of the Louvre next week. But the Louvre recently changed their mind, deciding the work was too risqué.

I don't think Khrushchev would like this art.

More info: NY Times

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 13, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Art

Exposed Before Mona Lisa

Performance artist Deborah de Robertis's latest piece involved sitting in front of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre while exposing her genitals and shouting "Mona Lisa, my p****, my copyright." All while stunned tourists looked on.

Apparently she has a history of similar genital-exposing performance pieces. She explained later, "My message is to question the place of women artists in the history of art. That's why it's necessary to do my performances in museums."

She's being charged with sexual exhibitionism and assault (for biting the jacket of the security guard who dragged her away).

I'm not sure if Khrushchev would have liked her performance or not.

More info and pictures: Daily Mail

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 30, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Performance Art, Nudism

Mystery Illustration 58

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What was the topic or theme of the article accompanying this illustration?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 26, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Art, 1960s

Karen Eland - Coffee Artist

Artist Karen Eland specializes in painting with coffee and beer. I think that the coffee painting came first, and she later diversified into beer.

It makes me wonder how many other drinks it's possible to paint with. Wine? Whiskey? Coke? Root Beer?

Her website: KarenElandArt.com



Mona Latte, 1998



The Drinker, 2011

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 24, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants

Cosmic Welcome Mat

The latest from artist Jonathon Keats: a "cosmic welcome mat" to greet visitors from outer space. The mats will be placed at various locations around the Bedford Park campus of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, to coincide with the 68th International Astronautical Congress that will be taking place nearby. The mats will be examined periodically to check for signs of extraterrestrial visitation.



From a press release:

"Years ago, Fermi famously questioned the existence of intelligent life throughout the universe," says experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats. "Fermi asked, 'Where is everybody?' Maybe the reason we've never encountered aliens is that they never felt invited. From an outsider's perspective, human behavior can appear pretty unfriendly, and that impression has some truth to it."

To counter the hostility of his species, and to communicate hospitality to aliens, Mr. Keats enlisted the most welcoming of human inventions. His cosmic welcome mat, developed in consultation with Flinders space archaeologist Alice Gorman, translates the concept of welcomeness into a visual language that all sentient beings can potentially comprehend.

"In fact, the mat comes in four different versions," says Dr. Gorman. "Since we can't make any assumptions about beings we've never encountered, and certainly can't assume that they're versed in human culture, it's important to present them with different options built on different premises." For instance, one version of the mat expresses welcomeness in terms of geometric fit, while another does so by biological analogy, evoking room for growth.

Dr. Gorman and a team of Flinders students will rigorously monitor use of the intergalactic doormats, employing standard archaeological sampling techniques. The carpeting will be regularly vacuumed for sediment. Comparison of sedimentary deposits can provide important data about how effectively welcomeness has been communicated by each design. These data will inform future iterations of the mat, slated for distribution worldwide, and potential future deployment on the International Space Station.

The concept reminds me of the various UFO landing ports that have been constructed throughout the world, such as the one in Lake City, PA. Also relevant is Douglas Curran's book, In Advance of the Landing, about objects built by people in anticipation of the arrival of extraterrestrials.

More info: flinders.edu.au

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 23, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Aliens, Art, Furniture

Burger Grease Artist

In 2009, Arby's commissioned artist Phil Hansen to paint a version of the Mona Lisa using grease from the burgers of 14 of their competitors. He called his creation Mona Greasa.




Another curious fact about Hansen. According to wikipedia, while in high school he managed to cause himself nerve damage because of his obsession with pointillism.

He's also written a book that sounds interesting: Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 14, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Art, Junk Food

Golden Tower


Transgender Canadian artist Cassils will display the following installation at New York's Ronald Feldman Fine Arts gallery on Sept. 16. Description from the artist's website:

The centerpiece is PISSED, a minimalist glass cube containing 200 gallons of urine: a collection of all the liquid the artist has passed since the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era executive order allowing transgender students to use the bathroom matching their chosen gender identities. The sculpture is contextualized by audio recordings from the Virginia school board and the Fourth Court of Appeals articulating the ignorance and biases that run through every level of judicial proceedings.

My first thought was, that's a lot of pee. Trump rescinded Obama's executive order on Feb. 22. So 206 days will have passed between the rescinding and the exhibit on Sep 16, which means Cassils, in turn, must be passing about a gallon of urine per day. According to MedlinePlus, it's normal to excrete about half-a-gallon a day, assuming you're drinking 2 liters of water a day. Cassils must be drinking about 4 liters of water a day to be peeing that much.

My second thought was that urine art is one of those things that Chuck would describe as no longer weird.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 20, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Art

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 6



The artist is Federico Beltran Masses.

"Hints of drugginess in the eyes, and suggestions of Sapphic eroticism laid on with a trowel, created a sultry visual cocktail that appealed equally to celebrities of the order of Rudolph Valentino, Joan Crawford and King George VI, all of whom had their portraits painted, and the general public."

Full essay here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 19, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Addictions, Art, Sexuality, Russia, Twentieth Century

What is a drawing?

New Zealand artist Kirsty Lillico recently won the annual Parkin Drawing Prize, which netted her $20,000. The question her win has raised is, was her piece, titled "State Block," actually a drawing? It consisted of pieces of carpet draped over string.

Lillico said, "Drawing, to me, it's not just about a pencil and paper. I'm using a knife and carpet and hanging it in a space to achieve the same ends."

The prize's patron, Chris Parkin, admits that the piece stretches the definition of a drawing, but he notes it was "still lines, at the end of the day... somebody has taken a knife, and started a line and taken it for a walk."

More info: stuff.co.nz

"State Block"

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 02, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Art

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