Category archive: art

July 28, 2014

Failed States, B4 Armored Mercedes Wagon By Jill Magid

Failed States is the title of a book by artist Jill Magid, and it is also the title of her 1993 Mercedes 300TE station wagon, which she had armored to B4 level protection, and exhibited last year at the...
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My First Rifle Series by An-Sofie Kesteleyn

After hearing about a 5-yo who shot his 2yo sister, Amsterdam-based photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn set off to understand American families where little kids get guns. After scouring shooting ranges around the country, she found and photographed fifteen kids for...
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July 11, 2014

Phorbas & Oedipus

Oedipe enfant rappelé à la vie par le berger Phorbas qui l'a détaché de l'arbre #sculptures @MuseeLouvre pic.twitter.com/U32FUGhXkD— Le Scribe accroupi (@scribeaccroupi) July 11, 2014 This neo-classical sculpture of an infant Oedipus being rescued by the shepherd Phorbas is based...
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July 3, 2014

In Mother Russia, Daddy Holds You

I don't know what glorious pronouncement of Soviet parenting advice No. 3A is, but I'm sure Putin's parents followed it to a T. English Russia has a whole collection of kids' propaganda posters for your future kleptocrat's collective nursery...
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June 19, 2014

Kristof Kintera Bulletproof Stroller In Basel

Prague-born artist Kristof Kintera's 2007 work, Bad Innovation In The Name Of Protection, is included in his exhibition I AM NOT YOU, which just opened at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland. It is basically an armored stroller, made...
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June 13, 2014

This Would Have Come In Handy This Week

DO NOT BE ALARMED IF SOMEONE WHO WAS ALIVE BEFORE THE NINETIES MIGHT ACTUALLY KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT SOMETHING— Jenny Holzer, Mom (@JennyHolzerMom) March 17, 2014...
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May 28, 2014

Kids Desk And Fractal Animals: Glashaus's Other Woodworking Projects

Craftsman Mochizuki Tsutomu has had some interesting projects even before he got involved in fabricating those limited edition sushi blocks from yesterday. Mochizuki's firm is called Ninomiya Glashaus, and it's in the Tokyo sprawl of Kanagawa-ken. Which is the...
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Jade Jagger Climbing Out Of A Sunroof While Bob Colacello Snaps Pictures

Here is Bob Colacello's 1974 photo of three-year-old Jade Jagger climbing out of a sunroof of a Mercedes at the old Montauk airport after a "weekend drawing with Andy Warhol." While we're all relieved to know that Jade survived,...
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It's Just A Toke: Bob Colacello Giving Emerson Forth A Joint

Writer, Interview editor, nightlife gadabout, and Warhol frienployee Bob Colacello is auctioning off a bunch of stuff. Including this 1972-3 snapshot by an unknown hand, showing Bob passing a joint to young Emerson Forth, the son of Warhol Superstar...
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May 21, 2014

Hatsuyama Shigeru And Kodomo No Kuni

Hatsuyama Shigeru was an illustrator for the Japanese kid's magazine Kodomo no Kuni [Children's Land] in the 1920s and 30s, the Taisho-Showa era transition when modernist ideas and design were flourishing. These two images are from 50 Watts' amazing...
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May 15, 2014

Street Artist Takes Bugaboo Onto Polo Fields

image: nyt How does an edgy underground street artist like KAWS keep it real when he's attending a lawn party in a polo-playing, art collector's private museum barn in Greenwich on a sunny spring Sunday afternoon? With an All...
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Philosophers' Kids Always Have The Nicest Inscribed Copies of Capitalist Critique

The French philosopher Gilles Deleuze published one of his most important books, Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, written with the psychoanalyst Felix Guattari, in 1972. It includes a critique of Freud's Oedipus Complex and its related structures of psychoanalysis as...
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May 12, 2014

May We Interest You In Some SHANZHAI BIENNIAL ORIGINALSTM Shoes?

When you're a capitalist tool, everything looks like product. I have never been able to figure out the DIS Magazine/Red Bull relationship, but I get the sense that they're trying to take a critical stand on art and culture...
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May 7, 2014

A Golden Treasury Of Punk Is Dad

It felt weird to not hear very much from the Milano Salone design fair this year. I may need to adjust my media diet. But while digging around for pictures, I stumbled across a horrifying window display from Diesel...
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May 4, 2014

Pittsburgh To Get Next To Last Tom Otterness Playground Sculpture

With the addition of Tom Otterness's 2007 bronze sculpture Playground in a new riverfront park this fall, Pittsburgh will have the highest concentration of playground equipment-as-sculpture in North America. With two. The Pittsburgh burg of Aspinwall is redeveloping a marina...
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May 2, 2014

Here Is A Baby Climbing Out Of A Clock

Finally finished A McCrossen's Marking Modern Times. It's good but unexpected images like this make it a must read pic.twitter.com/cqkSkUiTrp— Atrophic Parenchyma (@AtrophicP) May 3, 2014 Rather than use the snapshot of the page mentioned above, here's the original image,...
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April 18, 2014

Coming Out As Pregnant

The NY Times has a brief excerpt of nice butch lesbian A.K. Summers' graphic memoir of coming out as pregnant. I hope it includes some thoughtful and entertaining lessons about how having a kid changes how we see ourselves...
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March 28, 2014

We Go To The Gallery Is Awesome, Facing Insane Copyright-Fueled Doom

Here's another Kickstarter I'm slow to write about, and this one is facing dire consequences. Artists Ezra and Miriam Elia's critique of the contemporary art world is called, We Go To The Gallery. It's a parody of the Ladybird...
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March 12, 2014

Typing By Michael Dumontier And Neil Farber

I'd seen the various editions that artist/blogger/Canadian/dad Michael Dumontier had published with Paul + Wendy Projects. But I confess I didn't realize the Typing edition, the unique, hand-typed prints which he and Neil Farber started in like 2012, were...
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March 9, 2014

Maurice Sendak's Rosebud: Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Ladder

In 2008, Maurice Sendak told the NY Times about how the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the sensational trial that followed, freaked his 4-year-old self right out, and generated an anxious fascination with the incident for the rest of his...
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March 5, 2014

Spotted, Splatter-Painted At The Armory Show

Let me guess, her favorite book is Olivia. Are these product? Or homemade? Or both, i.e., etsy? In other Armory Show news, it's amazing that Uppababy is turning up at the VIP preview. Back in the day it was...
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February 18, 2014

Malebøker Is Norwegian For Coloring Books

Norske Malebøker is a gorgeous-looking anthology of vintage Norwegian picture, activity, and coloring book illustrations, assembled by Einar Økland from his own collection. 50 Watts has a typically amazing selection of images in a rich and beautiful variety of...
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February 17, 2014

Mutton Good Time, By Patrick Smith

Sometimes you bust the mutton, and sometimes the mutton busts you. Congratulations to Maryland freelance photojournalist Patrick Smith, whose photo of little Sadie Bezzant getting crushed by a sheep at the 2013 Strawberry Days Rodeo in Pleasant Grove, Utah,...
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February 14, 2014

Chestburster Onesie By Mike Dougherty

From writer/director/drawer Mike Dougherty: At my first baby shower. Designing a onesie. pic.twitter.com/emSVnleKsg— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) February 9, 2014 Kind of think this should've been a maternity t-shirt, though....
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February 13, 2014

Modern Primitives Baby Chair By Aranda\Lasch

Looking around Johnson Trading Gallery for something slightly less utilitarian than $20,000 plywood bookcase sculptures, I found this: the Modern Primitives Baby Chair by Aranda\Lasch. The New York-based architecture practice produced the Modern Primitives series in collaboration with Fendi...
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February 7, 2014

Are You The Ciao! Manhattan Baby At Max's Kansas City?

Here is rare footage of Max's Kansas City, the Park Avenue South hangout for the New York art world in the 1960s and 70s. It was shot by David Weisman, probably in 1967, as B-roll for Ciao! Manhattan, which...
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February 5, 2014

Silence, Glass Crib By Mona Hatoum

Was at MoMA today and saw Silence, a 1994 sculpture by Mona Hatoum. The wall text says, "Made of glass, this life-size crib threatens any child in its care with shattering collapse and inevitable injury." And if that weren't...
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January 31, 2014

Kid-Size Art Installations By Benin's Own Beshac Gaba

La Mode en Miniature (2008) installation view, Stevenson I just found images of these kid-related works I saw from the Frieze Art Fair in London last fall, by the Beninese artist Beshac Gaba. Gaba often makes installations that take...
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January 29, 2014

A Children's Treasury Of The Holocaust

Bedrich Fritta was a Jewish Czech artist forced to produce construction plans and diagrams for the Nazis. His son Tomas was one when the family was sent to the Theresienstadt ghetto. Bedrich made unauthorized drawings, too, documenting and criticizing...
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January 26, 2014

MUSEUM HANDS, PEOPLE!

This is some world-class WTF going on here, as reported this afternoon by New York art dealer Stephanie Theodore, who saw these parents letting their kid climb into an extraordinarily fragile Donald Judd stack sculpture at Tate Modern: Holy crap....
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January 24, 2014

Forget It, Karl-Heinz, It's Playmobland

Gotten goods never prosper ! The fence is not better than the stealer ! 22 Jan 2014, @playmobklau01 I am not really understanding the nuances of graphic designer Karl-Heinz Weiss's Twitter stream, but anything that results in more morality...
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January 19, 2014

Les Jeux d'Enfants Cookbooks By Michel Oliver

I lost this link, and then I just found it. Which is awesome, because this 1966 book, La Patissierie est un jeu d'enfants/Mkaing French Desserts & Pastries is Child's Play, written and illustrated by Michel Oliver, who was then...
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January 14, 2014

Papa Types Support Breastfeeding In Church

Ohoh, Pope Francis, while baptizing 32 infants in the Sistine Chapel:"Some will cry because they are uncomfortable or because they are hungry," the Pope said. "If they are hungry, mothers, let them eat, no worries, because here, they are...
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January 4, 2014

The Artists' Colouring Book Of ABCs, For Kids Company

original drawing for cover by Bob & Roberta Smith The artist coloring book has crossed the pond. boxed, hardcover limited edition, with Chapman bros. silkscreen Last month Kids Company, a London charity that provides a range of basic services...
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December 26, 2013

The Bank, By Superflex And The Residents Of Sharjah, UAE

It's Things I Really Want To Post Before The End Of The Year Week here at DT, starting with The Bank. The Danish artist collective Superflex contributed one of the most thoughtful installations for this year's Sharjah Art Biennial....
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December 16, 2013

Slate: Making Fake Babies For Discount Shopping Since Saturday

Congratulations to Matt Yglesias, whose fake baby Tim Duncan Crawford was born over the weekend as part of a Slate pitch on how you don't need to actually verify you have a baby to get 20% discounts on subscriptions...
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December 5, 2013

Tracey From The Shop: Rothko Comfort Blanket

For six months in 1993 the young British artists Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas opened what we'd now call a pop-up shop in east London called The Shop. They sold little doodads and objets that they'd made, including, apparently,...
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November 26, 2013

Some Old Keith Haring Coloring Book

Hmm, whatsat? Oh, just Mondo-Blogo findin' OG Keith Haring coloring books while pokin' around in old studios, NBD. you never know what you will find when cleaning out an old studio! [instagram]...
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November 19, 2013

'An Abstract Gets Close Scrutiny'

A photo from SFMOMA back in the day. These kids are now grown and living in the East Bay somewhere, scratching their heads at real estate prices. [promieniowanie via grupaok]...
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November 9, 2013

Petit Criminels Entre Nous: Francois Bertillon

François Bertillon, 23 months. Crime: Gluttony, nibbling all the pears from a basket Date: October 17, 1893 19th century Parisian police officer and anthropometrist Alphonse Bertillon is the father of the mug shot. And of the youngest perp, François...
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October 31, 2013

Babies By Konrad Lueg

Konrad Lueg went on to become Konrad Fischer, a hugely important art dealer, who introduced many American conceptual and minimalist artists' work to Germany and beyond. But before that, he was a straight-up artist himself, and was super-tight with...
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October 17, 2013

Portrait Of The [Pregnant] Artist By Jennifer Rubell

Frieze Week is always good for a blog post or two. So mazeltov this year to noted Miami food- and gala-artist Jennifer Rubell, whose Portrait of the Artist, a monumental fiberglass-on-steel sculpture of her eight-months-pregnant self, complete with enterable...
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October 14, 2013

Go Ahead, The Warhol X Bugaboo Canopies Are Fine

When they first announced the Bugaboo fabrics with images licensed from the Warhol Foundation, I basically kept my mouth shut. The fact of the colabo made sense. The availability of separate fabric sets instead of only as full-on strollers...
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October 11, 2013

[St]architects Make Elaborate Dollhouses For KIDS Fundraiser

KIDS, a British charity helping disabled kids and their families, has rallied 20 architects and such to make dollhouses to be auctioned at a fundraising gala next month. The inspiration for the project is "The Queen's Dolls' House," an...
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October 8, 2013

Capitalism Works For Elmo

Elmo contemplates capitalism #CAPITALISMWFM pic.twitter.com/65XizXLbXg— Handel (@handelsaurus) October 8, 2013 Speaking of Kickstarter, I backed Steve Lambert's project to build this giant sign, CAPITALISM WORKS FOR ME! True/False a couple of years ago now, and it has been a blast...
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October 4, 2013

Nursery, An Installation By General Howe

There's a new changing table in Chelsea, people. Nursery, by former Brooklyn [now Wisconsin] street artist General Howe, is the inaugural exhibition at Kianga Ellis Projects. It's an IRL nursery version of The General's vintage kids cartoon-themed tumblr, The...
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October 3, 2013

Children Of Duchamp, By Nobutaka Aozaki

It's been a hundred years since Marcel Duchamp introduced the Readymade to an unprepared art world, which is still dealing with it. Since he just graduated from Hunter College's MFA program, I'm going to guess that Nobutaka Aozaki's awesome...
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October 1, 2013

Alexander Calder's Fables of Aesop

In 1931, Alexander Calder was at the height of his fame in Paris, known for his Cirque performances and his wire dessin portrait sculptures of his fancy friends. It was the year he began making and showing the abstract...
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September 30, 2013

Damien Hirst ABC Boardbook

From the Department of Things I Might Have Been Somewhat Excited About At One Point, At Least As Blog Fodder, But Now Would Be Happier If It Never Existed: it's an ABC boardbook by Damien Hirst. Of course D...
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September 13, 2013

Make Your Own Fun [ADVANCED LEVEL]

Creative Playthings Melt Art set was literally a box of crayons and a hot plate. No, seriously: That's like Brick-on-a-String level of make-your-own-fun-somehow. Vintage Melt Art by Creative Playthings NIB, 1st bid $12.99+ 5.75 s/h, auction ends Sept 16...
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