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Gary Indiana’s “Vile Days” Makes Me Want To Continue Being An Art Critic
Art / Books

Gary Indiana’s “Vile Days” Makes Me Want To Continue Being An Art Critic

Gary Indiana’s art column in The Village Voice, which ran from 1985 to 1988, is unthinkable from today’s standards of art criticism. And this just isn’t because The Voice doesn’t exist anymore (or, actually, it does in the form of a zombie Twitter account blasting out old articles into the void). More than just the … Continue reading

The Discomfort in Comfort: Vulnerability in Elizabeth Jaeger’s New Portraits
Art

The Discomfort in Comfort: Vulnerability in Elizabeth Jaeger’s New Portraits

It was, at first, slightly challenging to place artist Elizabeth Jaeger’s new show Hours at Jack Hanley Gallery into the context of her larger body of work. Jaeger’s work, consisting of primarily sculpture and ceramics (with some video pieces here and there), has taken some turns since she came onto the scene. When dealing with … Continue reading

Filthy Dreams’s Velvet Buzzsaw Threeway
Art / Film / Trash

Filthy Dreams’s Velvet Buzzsaw Threeway

Why hello there, dearest Filthy Dreams readers! Are you ready for a scare? Or just some nonsensical artspeak straight from the mouth of a cut and campy Jake Gyllenhaal? Us too! As some of you may know, the art worlds are all a-flutter with talk of Netflix’s recently released art world/horror flick Velvet Buzzsaw, directed … Continue reading

Brett Kavanaugh as a Mythological Embodiment of White Man Whining: The Paintings of Sedrick Chisom
Art

Brett Kavanaugh as a Mythological Embodiment of White Man Whining: The Paintings of Sedrick Chisom

Musician, writer, cultural theorist and lead singer of rock n’ roll bands including Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up Ian Svenonius recently posited his belief that all the best rock n’ roll is “funny and provocative.” I think Svenonius is spot-on here. However, the only aspect of this statement that I would amend is that … Continue reading

“Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal” Needs More Than Just Beautiful Objects
Art / Fashion

“Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal” Needs More Than Just Beautiful Objects

Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until March, is a curious show that seems to be trying to navigate between two opposing poles. On the one hand, Little Ladies is clearly meant to delight, drawing on the museum’s permanent collection to showcase the incredible … Continue reading

A Charmed Hour And A Haunted Song: A Tribute To Brian Butterick/Hattie Hathaway
Trashy Tributes

A Charmed Hour And A Haunted Song: A Tribute To Brian Butterick/Hattie Hathaway

This week, the sad news ricocheted around the New York performance, drag, art, and nightlife community that Brian Butterick, otherwise known as drag queen Hattie Hathaway (or sometimes, Loretta Nicks, plain old Loretta or Loretta B. DeMille) passed away. If you, dearest reader, don’t recognize Butterick’s name immediately, just assume that everything you love about … Continue reading