Jenny Holzer

10 Famous Artists Who Should Have Their Own Reality TV Show

“For the past three years I’ve been an intern at Eli Klein Fine Art,” says one of the characters on Bravo’s Gallery Girls by way of introduction. This should give you a good idea of what the reality series, which premieres Monday at 10 pm, entails: a handful of pretty young women trying to make their way in the New York art world despite multiple indications that it may not be the best path for them. Pitting the blonde Upper East Siders with fabulously wealthy parents and apparently permanent internships against Brooklyn brunettes on the verge of opening their own gallery/boutique (also with the help of family money), its relationship to art is roughly the same as The Hills’ was to journalism.

In other words, if you like to watch rich girls pick fights with each other and call their dads while soaking in a bubble bath (really), Gallery Girls is for you. But its lack of actual art world relevance got us thinking about what kinds of art-related reality shows we’d rather see — along with Bravo’s fun competition series, Work of Art, of course. It occurred to us that there is no shortage of fascinating, entertaining, and controversial personalities in contemporary art, so we hope you’ll excuse us for mixing the highbrow with the low in this list of famous artists who would make great reality stars. … Read More

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A Collection of Wonderful Readable Art

Maybe it’s the fact that we moonlight as book nerds, but to us, there’s something singularly compelling about art that incorporates the written word. Maybe it’s because we so often see and use words as purely utilitarian, and it’s satisfying to see them in a representative, artistic sense — or maybe it’s just because we’re suckers for pretty typography in all its forms. Either way, we feel like we’ve been seeing an abnormal amount of text-based art in the past few months, so we were inspired to put together a little roundup of some of our favorite works in the genre, from old to new, from slapdash paintings to meticulously cut paper works. Click through to peruse our completely incomplete collection of typographical art we love, and be sure to add to our collection in the comments. … Read More

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The World’s Most Romantic Public Art

There’s nothing more romantic than a stroll with the one you love — and since it’s been an unseasonably warm February in many places, you might be able to manage one this Valentine’s Day without freezing to death in your companion’s arms. As long as you’re outdoors, you’ll score points with your beloved (and spend exactly $0) if you plan your walk around a particularly romantic piece of public art. In case you’re strapped for inspiration, we’ve collected some of the best love-inspired specimens, past and present, from around the world, and our finds range from the dreamy to the outright bizarre. Claes Oldenburg’s Cupid’s Span in San Francisco, Jenny Holzer’s provocative projections, and, of course, Robert Indiana’s Love await you after the jump. … Read More

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20 Amazing Artist-Inspired Tattoos

[Editor's note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we're revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published February 16, 2011.] If we’re being honest, most of us will never own a work of art by a famous artist. And while back in college, it might have been okay to pay homage to one of the greats with a poster print from the museum, these days when it comes to the artwork that hangs on our walls, we tend to opt for original pieces by emerging (read: more affordable) talents. A few enterprising souls have found a way to sidestep the issue completely by displaying famous works of art directly on their bodies. Click through for some of our favorite examples, and if you happen to have an art-inspired tattoo, be sure to tell us about it in the comments. … Read More

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The Best of Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach, the most fabulous art fair in the world, marked its 10th anniversary over the past few days with one of its best presentations of modern and contemporary art ever. More than 260 international galleries packed the Miami Beach Convention Center with every size, shape, and form of art imaginable — from Mike Kelley’s assemblages of found plushy animals and Nick Cave’s surreal Soundsuits to eye-catching displays of Andy Warhol’s commercial work and a life-like sculpture of Prince William ready to fulfill your royal dreams. Flavorpill combed the aisles for days to offer you the best of this year’s fair. … Read More

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10 Notable Sell Outs in Cultural History

“Sell out!” Such a subjective yet indicting little term, isn’t it? For most artists or film auteurs, lending their skills and image to commercial causes is… risky. It could mean image suicide! Scorned fans! Mocking scoffs! Yet, sometimes, it works out awesomely. Sometimes, the final results of these commissions are so nifty, so shameless, or just so perplexing, that they’re fairly un-mockable and even praiseworthy. From Banksy’s dark intro to The Simpsons to David Lynch’s Playstation commercial, here are some notable recent-ish instances of cultural figures selling out, psyching out their clients, or just making us go “aw.” Who’d we miss? … Read More

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From Warhol to Holzer: Our Favorite BMW Art Cars

BMW recently launched a virtual museum featuring 17 of its commissioned “works of art on wheels.” Visitors can vroom around the site between the Roy Lichtenstein-ed, Frank Stella-fied, and Jeff Koons-tomized vehicles, and view short video vignettes about the making of each car. The vids drop a few curious revelations — like Rauschenberg dubbing his car a “wonderful virgin.” Generally, they are just long form commercials for BMW, with carefully selected, amorous soundbites. Still, they are worthwhile to watch for glimpses of each talent at work alone. See the individual videos at the BMW Art Car Tour and check out our favorite four-wheelers in the gallery below to see what we’ve learned. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: PBS Arts

PBS has always been the go-to TV channel for the arts, and now its PBS Arts website is providing an equally stellar cultural experience online.

Featuring curated web exhibitions, PBS Arts covers the realms of visual art, dance, theater, film, and music. Current exhibitions include a look at contemporary artists responding to themes in the news, a tour of New Orleans five years after Katrina with artist Thomas Mann, and an overview of the sounds of Brazilian Samba singer Seu Jorge. … Read More

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Your Last Chance to Check Out the KedsWhitney Windows

For the past two weeks Jee Young Choi, Natalia Yovane, and Erica Greenwald, three MFA students who were chosen by a panel of experts from Keds, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Bloomingdale’s, have been busy making art in the KedsWhitney Windows at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street and Lexington Avenue flagship location for all the world to see. Click through to check out photos of them creating original works of art, plus get a peek at the KedsWhitney Collection by Jenny Holzer, and a touchscreen Keds customizer. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we lusted after Jenny Holzer’s limited-edition line of canvas sneakers for Keds, which benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art. We read the first review of Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming September release, Freedom. (Spoiler alert: Publishers Weekly thinks it could save Christmas book sales!) We reconsidered Asher Roth. We wished… Read More

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