This week, the Musée d’Orsay faced a difficult quandary: How to publicize an exhibition dedicated to one so infamously deviant as the Marquis de Sade? You could plaster the entire outside of the museum with graphic bloodsport pornography; you could erect a statue of the man out of nipple clamps and riding crops; you could hire dozens of models to writhe around naked in a faux-orgy that spells out “SADE.” Note that one of these examples is not a joke and actually, definitely happened.
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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. Our fourth preview clip catches up with Cuban installation and performance artist Tania Bruguera. The episode documents one of her ongoing long-term works, the “Immigrant Project International,” which her website terms an “artist initiated socio-political movement,” headquartered at a community center in Corona, Queens. Conceived in 2006, the project officially began operation in 2010 and is slated to run through 2015.
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. Our third preview clip finds Swiss Contemporary artist Thomas Hirschhorn constructing a “temporary monument” to Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci out of wood and tape in the South Bronx.
His counterfeits may not have brought down the Knoedler gallery, but Mark Landis, subject of the forthcoming documentary “Art and Craft,” certainly got around in his 30-year high-profile art forging spree. Sometimes using little more than a pack of colored pencils, Landis graced a reported “46 museums in 20 states with more than 100 pieces.” These particular stats are delivered to us by Matthew C. Leininger, the other half of this merry tale, a former art registrar who has become obsessed with Landis and proceeds throughout the film’s runtime to chase him in the truest Tom and Jerry fashion.
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.
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.
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.”
For its upcoming survey of the history of the high heel, “Killer Heels,” the Brooklyn Museum has asked several contemporary artists — Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome — to create video works for the show. Yesterday, Newsome posted a preview of his commissioned piece, which features Kevin Jz Prodigy, Cakes da Killer, and “a slew of Statements, Legends, and Icons from the NYC Ballroom Scene.”
In 1971, the German actor and notorious troublemaker Klaus Kinski, then coming off his intense performance in Werner Herzog “Aguirre, The Wrath of God,” staged a theatrical production that was like no other before or since. Kinski stepped into a spotlight on stage at Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle with an intimidating glare, and launched into his monologue, speaking as the voice of Jesus Christ: