Avant-Guardian Musings Round-Up

By Dorothy Barenscott | Updated selection of visual arts, art theory, social media and culture links, images, articles, and videos gathered by art historian Dorothy Barenscott for Avant-Guardian Musings blog: www.dorothybarenscott.com

The Feminist Pioneers Making Provocative Art About Sex

THIS SUMMER IN LOS ANGELES, a hairy, phallic-looking screw painted by Judith Bernstein extended across 180 feet of the exterior of Venus gallery in Boyle Heights. This month at MoMA PS1 in Queens, men and women stripped down to their underwear and rubbed each other with raw fish in a video by …

Art

Frank Stella’s Favorite Cities for Art

The American artist Frank Stella, 81, best known for his Minimalist and abstract styles, will tell you that, without travel, he wouldn’t have been able to sustain his career as long as he has. “Seeing great art in different destinations gives me the motivation to keep going and holds me to a high …

Artists

The Rise and fall of Art Startups

Despite its reputation for being at times archaic, the art world has been very creative when it comes to integrating technology. We take a look at …

Startups

Extremely Polite Woman Mails Stolen Art Back to Museum

In a world where we still refuse to return the sweater we borrowed from our college roommate years ago (sorry), one woman in New York City bravely …

Art

Towards a New Universalism - Journal #86 November 2017 - e-flux

The politicization of art mostly happens as a reaction against the aestheticization of politics practiced by political power. That was the case in …

Art

Inside the Underground World of Legal Art Forgery

Even among the wealthiest collectors, forged paintings are a closely guarded secret—but more common than you’d think<p>Despite having the means to own the original, one American multimillionaire has opted to hang a forged Renoir in his home while the real thing hangs prominently at a major museum. The …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Everything you need to know about the MET exhibition 2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming spring exhibition, without a doubt one of the most anticipated of 2018, has just unveiled its theme: …

Dolce & Gabbana

10 essential facts about Bauhaus

Germany is already preparing for the 100th anniversary of the influential school of design in 2019. Meanwhile, it is never too late or early to …

Bauhaus

Michelangelo Exploded Art History, Just With His Drawing

The Metropolitan Museum’s “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”is a stupendous metaphysical-visual exhalation. Somewhere amid the High …

Art

Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘Write What You Know’ is the Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of <i>The Remains of the Day</i>, <i>Never Let Me Go</i>, and most recently <i>The Buried Giant</i>, and oh, also our newest Nobel Laureate in …

Authors

Facetime with Cindy Sherman: The Artist on Her "Selfie" Project for W, and What's Behind Her Celebrated Instagram

“I actually hate the idea of selfies,” says Cindy Sherman while discussing recent images she has been making with her iPhone. “People say”—she adopts a naive tone—“ ‘Oh, but you’re, like, the queen of selfies,’ ” and then her voice goes flat. “I really kind of cringe at that thought.”<p>Sherman, who …

Art

In Laura Owens’s New Whitney Show, Painting Is Serious Fun

Inspiration

Richard Hambleton, ‘Shadowman’ of the ’80s Art Scene, Dies at 65

In the early 1980s, when graffiti seemed to be everywhere, hundreds of startling black-painted silhouettes appeared mysteriously on buildings on the Lower East Side and in other parts of Manhattan. The spectral, life-size, menacing figures lurked and skulked and leapt. Some of their heads, with …

Art

We Broke Down ArtReview’s Power 100 by Race, Gender, Profession, and Place of Birth

German artist Hito Steyerl is the most powerful person in the art world. That’s according to <i>ArtReview</i>’s Power 100 ranking of the most influential …

Artists

Richard Hambleton, ‘Shadowman’ Artist Who Mesmerized New York’s Downtown Scene, Dies at 65

Art World<p>His work will appear in MoMA's "Club 57" show, opening today.<p>,<p>Richard Hambleton, the Canadian street artist that emerged in New York’s …

Art

Linda Nochlin’s Students Remember a Teacher Who Revolutionized Art History

Kathleen Gilje,<i>Linda Nochlin in Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergère</i>, 2006, oil on linen, 37 x 51 inches. Image courtesy of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, …

Art

Over 1,800 Artists and Art Workers Sign Letter Against Sexual Harassment [UPDATE 2]

The phrase, which was popularized by artist Jenny Holzer in the 1980s, was included on the website and in the letter of a group declaring they will …

Curator Nato Thompson on Politics and the State of Social Practice Art

Nato Thompson (photo credit: Alyssa Maloof)A prominent voice in public art, Nato Thompson announced this week that he will be leaving the Creative …

Is the Art Market Irrational?

<i>You can find the Artsy Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or the podcasting app of your choice. Don’t forget to rate the show and</i> …

Leonardo Da Vinci

How to Teach Your Children to Care about Art

Artsy Editorial<p>By Casey Lesser<p>Upon entering Frieze New York last May, I ran into a colleague with his two small children. As we crossed the threshold …

Museums

Women Accuse Knight Landesman, Art World Mainstay, of Sexual Harassment

Knight Landesman, a longtime publisher of Artforum magazine and a power broker in the art world, resigned on Wednesday afternoon, hours after a lawsuit was filed in New York accusing him of sexually harassing at least nine women in episodes that stretched back almost a decade.<p>In a prepared …

Feminism

Claes Oldenburg Is (Still) Changing What Art Looks Like

<i>This story is one of the seven covers of T Magazine’s Greats issue, on newsstands Oct. 22.</i><p>IT SEEMS SOMEHOW fitting that the only permanent public artwork in New York City by Claes Oldenburg — the undisputed master of Brobdingnagian outdoor sculpture and a New Yorker for more than 60 years — is a …

Art

Montreal Will Host Its First Major International Art Fair Next Year

Art Fairs<p>ArtMontreal will hold its inaugural event in June of 2018.<p>,<p>Art Toronto kicks off its 18th straight edition on Friday—but that’s not the only …

The Arts

9 Famous Artists’ Studios You Can Visit, from Jackson Pollock to Barbara Hepworth

From Francis Bacon’s famously disheveled creative hive to Constantin Brancusi’s workspace, which featured his own handmade furniture, the studios of …

Art

Why the Obamas’ Portrait Choices Matter

Barack and Michelle Obama don’t like to waste an opportunity, in word or action, to make larger points about contemporary life and culture. In that vein, their choices of artists for their official portraits in the collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery shine a spotlight on the …

Michelle Obama

The Turd of Gentrification Floating in the Pond of Urbanism

This week on Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson chat with Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina Miranda about David Geffen's $150 million …

Gentrification

How Instagram Helped Discover One of This Year's Breakout Movie Stars

Sean Baker didn't want a star. The director and co-writer of 2015's indie hit <i>Tangerine</i> was struggling to find the right actress for his follow-up, <i>The</i> …

Rotten Tomatoes

Academic Freedom Reconsidered

Blog: The World ViewMost scholars would agree that academic freedom is fundamental to the integrity and legitimacy higher education. Without academic …

Education

Who Are the Most Influential Artists of the Last Century? 26 Industry Leaders Weigh In

Art World<p>Which artist defined the last 100 years—and continues to reverberate in the work of artists today?<p>,<p>In 2017, a century since Marcel Duchamp …

Art