“Handheld” is a series of creepy, Buffalo Bill-themed miniature couches and chairs made to look like human skin by British artist Jessica Harrison. What little girl wouldn’t LOVE to have some of these pieces in her dollhouse? (via Teacups & Couture)
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Click to enlarge. Definitely click to enlarge. From design boom: “The first solo exhibition of London-based artists Jake and Dinos Chapman in the Ukraine showcased their latest piece ‘the sum of all evil’, the duo speculate on central themes such as the holocaust, violence, and death through cutting subversive humour so characteristic of their work. the highly detailed, meticulously crafted miniature landscape is made up of four dioramas referencing significant historical events – including the discovery in Babi Yar (1941) – the Ukrainian mass grave where the nazi occupier executed more than 30,000 jews in just two days. The work unabashedly fuses sensitive events with mass-branding and symbols of the global fast food chain, McDonald’s. the mercenary giant – which could be considered the mascot of commercialization – is interweaved into reincarnations of these sensitive events, amplifying the criticism of the underlying hypocrisy connected with an era of globalization. the artwork pulls into play a liberated hostility that provokes an uncomfortable controversy surrounding moral taboos through the mechanics of raw, dry wit.”
Our artist buddy and wowlebrity Louis Cannizzaro is one of the contributors today to the “American All-Star Show” at the Brown Gallery in Los Angeles at…. Well, look at this announcement he sent for all the info.
Last night at Christie’s auction house in New York, this painting by John Currin of the legendary Bea effing Arthur nude with breasts untethered, titled – what else? – Bea Arthur Naked, sold to an anonymous phone bidder for $2 million. It’s a beautiful work, kind of like a modern Mona (although more La Giganta than La Gioconda). But fans and followers of World of Wonder will remember a not unsimilar work by Chris Zimmerman owned by Lenora Claire that hung in the World of Wonder Gallery for Lenora’s “Golden Gals Gone Wild” show.
Matisse’s beautiful painting The Dance as he painted it in 1910 and how he might have created it today
In conjunction with the exhibition “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,” the New Museum in New York is offering performance residencies to Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller — solo performers who are known collectively as the NEA 4. Notes the museum webpage, the four artists “played a pivotal role in the dramatic shifts in public funding for the arts that occurred during the culture wars of the early ’90s. Their work, funded in part by the US government, came under attack for its frank treatment of themes of gender, sexuality, subjugation, and personal trauma. In 1990, their work was defunded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) after Congress amended the statute governing federal funding for the arts to include considerations of ‘general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs of the American public.’ Subsequently, the NEA ceased funding for individual artists altogether.”
Our old friend wowlebrity Karen Finley presents a site-specific performance work that alchemizes the fundamental divergences between performance art and visual art economies, “Sext Me if You Can,” May 23-26.
This self portrait of Dutch artist Rembrandt, Rembrandt Laughing, was painted when he was in his early 20s, around 1628. It’s on a copper plate just under 9″ X 7″ and is being purchased by the Getty Museum for an undisclosed price, but experts believe it will run into the tens of millions of dollars. The Getty Museum’s director, Timothy Potts, calls Rembrandt’s depiction of himself over the years his “most sustained and remarkable achievement. We feel we know Rembrandt better than any other artist who lived because we see his face in portraits from when he was a young man in his 20s, just starting out, virtually all the way through to his death. So he’s in a sense his own greatest subject, and these are among the most admired works he ever made.” (Full story at LATimes)