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Columbia Student Protests Sexual Assault With Performance Art

The issue of sexual assault on college campuses — and specifically, the often vexingly ineffectual policy in place to address it — has been gaining some serious traction in the news these past months, and one of the faces at the forefront of the movement is Columbia College senior Emma Sulkowicz. In addition to talking to the press and even the federal government with her message, as a Visual Arts major, Sulkowicz has also chosen to channel her protest into her senior thesis. “Carry That Weight,” which she terms an “endurance performance art piece,” consists of carrying her dorm mattress with her all day, every day, as she continues to attend classes on campus.

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Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco Announces Exhibitors

Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco (Art SV/SF), the second new art fair to pop up in the techie region, has announced the exhibitors for its inaugural fair from October 9 through 12 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Things have been heating up in the area over the past year with Silicon Valley Contemporary taking place this past April and Art Market San Francisco in May. Put on by the Art Miami people, Art SV/SF is the company’s seventh fair.

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Stick Your Piece to Douglas Coupland’s “Gumhead”

Most encounters with wads of other people’s chewing gum are less than pleasant to say the least, but artist Douglas Coupland is nonetheless soliciting the public’s used Bubblicious and inviting them to stick it to his head — or, at least, a large-scale sculpture thereof. The denotatively titled “Gumhead” currently sits outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, and so far, according to the Globe and Mail, the work has garnered an estimated half million gum pieces in various palimpsestic patterns across the artist’s giant face, sometimes forming a bindi, snot, or blood from the eyes (Coupland suspects this is in reference to this summer’s Ebola outbreak). In a cheeky twist, one visitor even succeeded in sticking a blown-up pink balloon to the statue’s mouth.

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Here’s 500 Years of Lady Portraits in 3 Minutes

An online art seller called artFido has created an art historical time-lapse video that condenses 500 years of portraits of women into 3 minutes. The video basically begins with Renaissance works (no Venus of Willendorf?) and ends with four different Picasso paintings. The 90-piece selection isn’t an especially inspired group of paintings and primarily foregrounds the work of Genius Male Artists like da Vinci, Ingres, and Renoir. It would have been nice to include the work of some women artists like Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, and Judith Leyster who were known for self-portraiture. For those interested in a less conventional survey of lady portraiture, the Mary Sue pointed out this more diverse version.

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Sneak Peak: Preview ART21’s Season 7 Episode With Katharina Grosse

As PBS stalwart ART21 gears up for its seventh season, we’ve partnered with the series to premiere exclusive clips from some of their upcoming episodes. Over the next five weeks, we’ll spotlight one new artist featured this season until the series premiere on October 24.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Le1f, Botero, Burning Man, and More

Artist Rashaad Newsome (rashaadnewsome) snapped this photo of rapper Le1f and brand ambassador Ian Isiah at his King of Arms Art Ball where they were judges on Sunday night.

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High Museum Gets $2.5M for Folk Art

Atlanta-based philanthropists Dan Boone and his late wife Merrie Boone have given $2.5 million to the city’s High Museum of Art to be used toward folk art initiatives, including the endowment of a permanent curator in the Folk and Self-Taught Art department. A search for this new curator is currently underway.

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Miranda July Launches App That Sends Messages Through Strangers

Miranda July is at it again with her projects-about-lonely-people antics. This time, the filmmaker-actress-performance artist has created a messaging app called Somebody that provokes interaction between strangers (what else?).  “When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend,” the press release explains. “This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in.”

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2015 Armory Antique Show Cancelled

Next year’s Armory Antique Show has been cancelled because the United States National Guard needs their drill hall. Turns out the 69th Regiment Armory, where the fair typically takes place in late January, is owned by the National Guard and they need to use it for military drills during the time the fair was slated to take place.

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NeueHouse Gets Tiki Pop Treatment From Cyril Duval

Ahead of his first show at Johannes Vogt Gallery, artist-designer-Shanzai Biennial co-founder Cyril Duval (aka ITEM IDEM) has designed a “Tiki Pop” façade for swanky workspace NeueHouse.  Filling the windows at NeueHouse’s East 25th Street location, the design is inspired by the Razzle Dazzle ships of WWI. Check out more of Duval’s work when “VOIR DIRE” opens at Johannes Vogt on September 13.

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