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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Culture Grab: Tacky NYC street art - literally

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  • Luna Park via The Huffington Post
In a ratable, 30-photo slideshow, the Huffington Post provides (street) art lovers with a glimpse at "The Underbelly Project," one of the largest street art exhibits ever. Located in an abandoned New York City subway station, the illegal project has been a work in progress since 2008 with more than 100 contributors. [Huffington Post]

ArtsCriticATL's Cathy Fox reviews the Contemporary's three concurrent exhibits by Laura Poitras, Mia Feuer, and Jaimie Warren and Steve Aishman. She calls Poitras' contribution "an intense experience of the personal and political fallout of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the toxic cycle of suffering and revenge." [ArtsCriticATL]

"And black velvet everywhere rejoices for no longer being the most low-rent of painting surfaces," comments Gawker reader "Atilla the Bun" after learning about London street artist, and "minor" South Korean celebrity, Ben Wilson, who paints miniature scenes and designs on chewed and discarded pieces of gum. How tacky (couldn't resist!). [Gawker]

The Guardian presents "If the Light Goes Out: Edmund Clark's pictures of Guantánamo Bay," a slideshow photo gallery with select photos from Clark's latest series, which directs focus at the institution's spaces and objects, such as a decaying rose and force-feeding chairs. [The Guardian]

New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz discusses the influence and art history of conceptual artist John Baldessari, whose work he places across the scale of quality from "formulaic and optically awkward" to "mini-masterpieces" that exude the "sweet spirit of curiosity" and "tickle and titillate." [New York Magazine]

The New York Times takes a look at auction season starting with Tuesday night's sale of Impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s in New York City, which included Modigliani's "Nude Sitting on a Divan" for $68.9 million and Matisse's “Dancer in an Armchair With a Checkered Floor” for $18.5 million. [The New York Times]

We already brought National Novel-Writing Month to your attention, and now Salon's Laura Miller explains why writers ought not pursue the writing of a 50,000-word novel for the occasion. She makes her case in 1,304 words. Slacker. [Salon]

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