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

My costumes are part of a "quiet uprising" among women, says Handmaid's Tale designer

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, costume designer Ane Crabtree talks about her work on dystopian TV show The Handmaid's Tale, and how the …

Handmaid's Tale

Cézanne unmasked: the shattering portraits that blew Picasso and the Paris avant garde away

He painted his wife without lips. He painted his friend with a spinal deformity. And he painted himself as a ghost in a top hat. Paul Cézanne’s unflinching portraits, coming to Britain this autumn, didn’t just astonish Picasso and his disciples. They changed art for ever<p>In Paris at the dawn of the …

Art

The Letters of Picasso’s Dealer and a Century’s Worth of Impressionist Archives Are Going Online

Art World<p>The Wildenstein Plattner Institute is digitizing historical documents they say will be "a game changer."<p>,<p>Art historians and dealers …

Art History

The Velvet Underground as Peanuts Characters: Snoopy Morphs Into Lou Reed, Charlie Brown Into Andy Warhol

The fun cartoon above was apparently found in a "Guide to the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol's Factory" published by the French magazine, <i>Les</i> …

Music

Snap2

How Artists Fought to Keep SoHo Rents Affordable—and Why It Matters Today<p>Artsy Editorial<p>By Anna Louie Sussman<p>When a group of artists journeyed from …

Lofts

artnet News

An Illustrated Guide to Linda Nochlin’s “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”

Linda Nochlin’s “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” (1971) is generally considered the first major work of feminist art history. Maura …

The Feminist Avant-Garde, Now More than Ever

Installation view of “WOMAN. FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE of the 1970s” (2017) from the Sammlung Verbund Collection, Mumok, Vienna (photo by Lisa Rasti, © …

One florist is beautifying NYC with flower arrangements in unlikely places

A florist is beautifying New York City, one flower at a time.<p>If big, beautiful bouquets of flowers emerging from trash cans have stopped you in your tracks while wandering around NYC, you've come across the work of Lewis Miller.<p>Miller, a wedding and party florist, has been dazzling onlookers by …

John Lennon

The Artsy Podcast, No. 35: The Olympics of Art

<i>Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art.</i><i>You can find the Artsy Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or</i> …

Podcasting

The Political Problems of the Contemporary “Flâneur”

Installation view of <i>Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie</i> at the Barnes Foundation (all photos by the author for …

9 Projects Canadians Need to Know about at the Venice Biennale

A view of the Grand Canal in Venice. Photo: Wolfgang Moroder via Wikimedia Commons.<p>The Venice Biennale, one of the world’s largest art events in …

The Arts

A Tribute to Madonna's Early 80s Post Punk Past

In wake of a new biopic, we remember what was really happening before Madonna became Madonna.<p>Universal Pictures just scooped the rights to a Madonna biopic titled <i>Blonde Ambition.</i> It covers the megastar's rise to fame in New York City in the early 80s. However, Madonna herself is not onboard with …

The Breakfast Club

Turner Prize shortlist dominated by painters and older artists as Tate lifts age limit

The 2017 Turner Prize shortlist, announced today, 3 May, immediately reflected the Tate’s recent decision to lift the age limit of the shortlisted …

Art

An Artist’s Mythic Rebellion for the Venice Biennale

LOS ANGELES — Mark Bradford, one of America’s most acclaimed painters, could not figure out what to put in the grand rotunda.<p>This artist, who is set to represent his country in May at the 2017 Venice Biennale, found an unusual way of working long-distance. In a warehouse in South Los Angeles, not …

The Cut

Vito Acconci, Audacious Artist and Experimental Architect, Dies at 77

Installation view of <i>VITO ACCONCI: WHERE ARE WE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976</i> at MoMA PS1, 2016 (image courtesy Acconci Studio and MoMA PS1, photo by …

Three Ways a Single Auction in 1973 Changed the Art Market

Andy Warhol photographed with art collectors Ethel and Robert Scull, sculptor George Segal, and painter James Rosenquist at the Scull's residence in …

Artists

Laurie Anderson’s Glorious, Chaotic New York

As a teenager in suburban Chicago, Laurie Anderson was a cheerleader, star of the senior play, an editor on her school paper, runner-up for a Junior Miss scholarship and the girl voted most likely to succeed. In New York, she studied sculpture with Sol LeWitt, played the violin while wearing ice …

This Five-Star Paris Hotel Gives You Insider Access to the Art World

Courtesy of Le Royal Monceau Raffles.Since its inception in 1928, the Le Royal Monceau Raffles hotel in Paris has been frequented by esteemed members …

Hotels

Glenn O’Brien and the Avant-Garde That Lost

“The things I miss aren’t there; the things I miss aren’t anywhere.” —Apostolos Georgiou, <i>Artforum</i><p>Three Sundays ago I went to the Frank Campbell …

The Arts

Life After Art: William Powhida’s Futures Market

Installation view of William Powhida’s “After the Contemporary” at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (all images via …

Hyperallergic

Balenciaga sells £1,705 version of IKEA's blue tote bag worth 40p

Luxury fashion brand Balenciaga has designed a large blue tote bag that bears a striking resemblance to IKEA's iconic Frakta bag, but with a …

Fashion

Let Them Eat Art! Dissent on Documenta 14’s Periphery

For Athenians, the presence of Documenta in Athens has raised a number of questions, including most importantly: how will this German-funded …

Greece

Is Political Art the Only Art That Matters Now?

The protests started almost immediately after the presidential election. An artist named Annette Lemieux emailed the Whitney Museum and asked that …

Planned Parenthood

The ‘Carb Artist’ Who Makes Work Out of Fake Food and Real Aspirations

Chloe Wise is so hot right now. <i>Lit-er-al-ly,</i> she would say, in that accent that has somehow transcended its Southern California roots to become the …

Hari Nef

Alex Jones Says He's A Performance Artist. Surprisingly, Actual Performance Artists Agree.

In light of the InfoWars host's bizarre assertion, the most interesting question is: what happens next?<p>Following his 2015 divorce, far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is embroiled in an ugly and somewhat bizarre custody battle.<p>In response to his ex-wife’s claims that the …

Alex Jones

Cindy Sherman’s New Show Examines Rich Women and Age-Shaming

View Slideshow<p>In a new photography exhibition on the Upper East Side, the Mnuchin Gallery is revisiting Cindy Sherman’s <i>Society Portraits</i>, one of her …

Art