Installation Art

The Autobiographical Haunted House of Artist Alex Da Corte

Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte, who celebrates his first major museum solo exhibition at MASS MoCA in 2016, has taken over gallery Luxembourg & Dayan’s East 77th Street townhouse for his newest installation, Die Hexe (“The Witch,” but for the artist it means “death of symbol”). Da Corte’s haunted house tableau references everything from his grandmother (who was a dollhouse maker), to the building’s former residents (The Mamas & the Papas), to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s decadent 1972 film, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. The artist also joins his personal history with that of the art world. Die Hexe features cleverly hidden nods to artists like Mike Kelley, Robert Gober, and Haim Steinbach, taking visitors “on a journey through surreal interiors where familiar imagery and obscure biographical references mingle, repeat, trade places, and morph into new provocations that invite reflections upon memory, impulse, the stability of knowledge, and what constitutes value in a work of art.” Die Hexe will be on view at Luxembourg & Dayan through April 11. … Read More

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50 Uncanny Artworks

Pop surrealists and lowbrow artists owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret Keane — painter of melancholic, saucer-eyed little girls. Tim Burton’s Keane biopic Big Eyes, in theaters December 25, tells the story of the tumultuous relationship Keane had with husband Walter, who took credit for her work. Amy Adams plays the artist, who struggles against her husband (played by Christoph Waltz) for control of her art. “I was as sad as that painting,” Keane said in a recent interview with Eye on the Bay, pointing to one of her famous works. “I was thinking, ‘What is all this about? Why is life so sad?’” The world-weary waifs in Keane’s paintings are doll-like and uncanny. Freud defined the uncanny as the “unhome,” or the opposite of familiar. Keane’s girls feel too fragile for this world. Here is a treasury of other artworks whose uncanny appeal has fascinated and frightened, capturing a sense of otherness, wonder, and disquiet. … Read More

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The Best Photos From Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

The party ends at Art Basel Miami Beach tomorrow. The weeklong art fair celebrated its 44th year with the best in contemporary art from almost 300 galleries all over the world. This year’s celeb-filled slate included work from Miley Cyrus, a performance piece from New York City artist Ryan McNamara that “attempted to convey the experience of the Internet,” and several solemn nods to the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri. We scoured social media for the best snaps from Art Basel for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to link us to your personal favorites, below. … Read More

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The Uncanny Personal Universe of 10 Artists

On the East Coast, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is hosting David Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. David Lynch: The Unified Field explores the director’s personal iconography from his beginnings as a painter in the ‘60s to the present. … Read More

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Cosmic Art Installations Inspired by Space

Science has become “mainstream,” according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — the host of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, a newly resurrected version of Carl Sagan’s 1980’s PBS series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. “It’s with us and around us,” he stated in a January interview, citing the popularity of space thriller Gravity. He’s right, of course. Our fascination with the cosmos has grown exponentially, and artists are exploring concepts of space that are bringing us closer to the solar system more than ever. Inspired by Jeff Talman’s new installation, Rhythms of Stars, at St. Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University, which continues the artist’s fascinating work with the sounds of stars (Talman is also set to release a CD that presents the sounds of the sun), we searched for other installations that use the galaxy as their guide. … Read More

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10 Contemporary Artworks That Confront Mortality

“Have you ever heard a death rattle before?” the neurotic Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) asks Edward Norton’s character in David Fincher’s Fight Club. It’s a morbid, but amusing moment in the film that we thought of when looking at the work of Saskia Moore this week. Reality Sandwich featured the artist’s sound piece Dead Symphony, which we discuss past the break. It explores the sounds of near-death experiences. Artists have pondered mortality for centuries, and we’ve singled out ten contemporary artworks that confront the subject head-on. … Read More

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10 Guerrilla Poetry Projects

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word,” Emily Dickinson once wrote. It’s with that notion in mind that writers have assembled as guerrilla poets, leaving their words on billboards, street corners, and inside books. We discovered a guerrilla poetry project earlier this week on Booooooom, featured below, and wanted to share other unexpected and unconventional poems that have popped up around the world. … Read More

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10 Artists Who Destroyed Their Own Work

Remember that life-size dollhouse that Canadian artist Heather Benning created that we fell in love with? Well, it was recently burned to the ground — by the artist. We feature a photo of the abandoned barn turned candy-colored dream home in flames after the jump. Historically, there are many reasons why artists have destroyed their own work. For some, it’s a way to keep a tight leash on their public image and bury the embarrassing early creations they’d like to forget about. Others incorporate the remains into new pieces, and several see the act of destruction as the work itself. Here’s a brief survey of artists who ruined their own creations and wreaked havoc on the art world. … Read More

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A Brief Survey of Naughty Public Art

Artist Paul McCarthy is at it again. We spotted his newest inflatable sculpture, a massive pile of feces, on Booooooom. You can see it after the jump, along with other public artworks that display a naughty, irreverent, and pervy side. It’s fascinating to observe the public’s reactions to subjects normally kept hush-hush in polite company. These installations, performances, and sculptures have nothing to hide, though. See how potty humor, private sex acts, and other naughty themes have entered the public sphere, framed by the fine art world. … Read More

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Bizarre 3D Installations Made from Found Objects

French artist Bernard Pras creates enormous installations made from found objects, building incredibly dynamic and complex three-dimensional artworks. The pieces, which we first spotted over at My Modern Met, are often odes to famous artists or figures from pop culture, and, perhaps as a nod to their wide cultural subject matter, incorporate everything from food to toys to rolls of toilet paper to the actual architecture of the installation space. Indeed, the works often inhabit enormous spaces, their subjects only coming into view when you stand in the right place. Talk about art you can get lost in. Click through to see some of our favorites of Pras’ enormous collection, and then be sure to head over to his website to check out even more of his work. … Read More

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