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

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 …

Flowers

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 Canadian Connections in Venice

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 …

Art

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 Arts

The Cut

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

Artist and architect Vito Acconci died today from a stroke at the age of 77. For a little under two decades, Acconci produced strikingly original and …

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 …

New York City

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The On-the-Rise Food-Obsessed Artist Who Came From Instagram

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 …

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 …

Charting the Art Adviser’s Rise in the Art World

Portrait of Amy Cappellazzo and Allan Schwartzman of Art Agency, Partners, courtesy of Art Agency, Partners. Photo by Roe Etheridge.<i>The following is</i> …

Artists

An Introduction to Jean

Even though Jean-Luc Godard turned 86 this past Saturday, cinema scholar David Bordwell would no doubt still call him “the youngest filmmaker at work …

The Avant-Garde Oeuvre of a Classically Trained Sculptor from North Korea

Seung-taek Lee, “Drawing” (1966) (all images courtesy of Lévy Gorvy)While the avant-garde that emerged in the 20th century is most often seen from …

Carolee Schneemann Wins the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement

People<p>The American artist is best known for pieces like "Meat Joy" and "Interior Scroll."<p>,<p>American artist Carolee Schneemann will receive the Golden …

The Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Bags May Be My Least Favorite Designer Collab Ever

Fashion and Art Louis Vuitton<p>0 Comments<p>share it tweet it pin it<p>We’re betting you’ll all have plenty to say about these classic art-emblazoned bags, …

Damien Hirst Is Back With an Underwater Fantasy. Will Collectors Care?

VENICE — Damien Hirst is staring into the eyes of a jade Buddha, its face seemingly abraded by the vestiges of time. “I think he looks damn good, considering he’s 2,000 years old,” he said, straining to keep a straight face. Nearby, the sculpture of a pharaoh fashioned from blue granite and …

Art