Aneta Bartos Sought To Portray Her Father’s Immortality, Then Old Age Caught Up With Him
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Aneta Bartos Sought To Portray Her Father’s Immortality, Then Old Age Caught Up With Him

Michel Houellebecq once wrote, “They would have to pay taxes, submit themselves to administrative formalities while ceaselessly bearing witness—powerless and shame filled—to the irreversible degradation of their own bodies.” Here, Houellebecq speaks of inevitable physical decline as inevitable spiritual decline. With your strength, goes your spirit. With your beauty, goes your hope. Whether we are … Continue reading

If Con Art Is Art, Then Donald Trump Is The Master: Andres Serrano’s “The Game: All Things Trump”
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If Con Art Is Art, Then Donald Trump Is The Master: Andres Serrano’s “The Game: All Things Trump”

I live with Trumpy Bear. Yes, the “I come when the Trumpet sounds. I am the Storm!” Trumpy Bear with a comb-over, a tragic tie, and an enormous American flag built into his back. The one from the commercials airing on Fox News that seem like an SNL skit (what doesn’t anymore?). My relationship with … Continue reading

Collapsed Distance: Barbara Ess Observes and Surveils at Magenta Plains
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Collapsed Distance: Barbara Ess Observes and Surveils at Magenta Plains

American art critic Kristine McKenna, writing for the Los Angeles Times in 1991, referred to artist Barbara Ess’s signature pinhole photographs as “luxuriously beautiful.” Those photographs, in which subjects are blurred, information is blacked out and realities blend into fantasies, expose photography as a medium that, at its best, is rife for the subjectivity of … Continue reading

There’s No Memorial Like Merch: What The Hell Is With The Keith Haring X Barbie?
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There’s No Memorial Like Merch: What The Hell Is With The Keith Haring X Barbie?

Does Barbie know about AIDS? Does she know her new friend Keith Haring died of complications from AIDS? These are the questions, some of many, I found myself considering when I discovered last week to both horror and amusement that Mattel produced, in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, the Keith Haring X Barbie® who … Continue reading