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Sneak Peek: ART21’s Season 7 Episode With Thomas Hirschhorn

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.

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Watch an Exclusive Clip of “Art and Craft,” the Forgery Doc You Have to See to Believe

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.

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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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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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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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Here’s a Sneak Peak at Rashaad Newsome’s Film for the Brooklyn Museum’s “Killer Heels”

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.”

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Performance Art or Insanity? Klaus Kinski at Anthology

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:

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Experimental Filmmaker and Video Artist Harun Farocki Dies at 70

Legendary experimental filmmaker Harun Farocki, whose films and installations critiqued institutions of power and explored complicated relationships with the image, passed away yesterday at the age of 70. The German magazine Monopol confirmed the news this morning.

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Iceage Gets Cinematic With “The Lord’s Favorite”

Copenhagen band Iceage just dropped this captivatingly absurd video, directed by multi-hyphenate artist Cali ‘Thornhill’ Dewitt. The noise-punk quartet adds something approaching an unexpected country shuffle to the song, as band members jump up and down in slow motion and occasionally dose themselves in champagne. Overall, the self-consciously cinematic aesthetic seems to nod to another Dane: Nicolas Winding Refn, director of “Drive”and the “Pusher” trilogy. There’s no word yet on the release date for the next Iceage full-length, but the band will tour the States in the fall, including Philadelphia and New York dates in October.

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ICI Makes “DO IT” video for Garage Show

Yesterday Moscow’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture officially changed its name to the Garage Museum Of Contemporary Art and opened an inaugural exhibition of sorts devoted to Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s twenty-year-old pet project “DO IT.” Organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), the exhibition will take place in several venues throughout Moscow for its run through July 6. As a quirky teaser for the show, ICI has also put together a five-minute video narrated by comedian Reggie Watts that details the history of the project and “art by instruction” in general. Watch it below

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