Bonniers Konsthall invites Los Angeles based artist Sterling Ruby to present his first solo exhibition in Sweden. Sterling Ruby, whose been named one of the 2000s most interesting artists, works in a mixture of materials and genres, from glazed biomorphic ceramics to drawings in nail varnish. He takes his subject matter from a wide range of sources, including maximum security prisons, urban gangs, modernist architecture, and the mechanisms of warfare. His works can be seen as a form of assault on both materials and social power structures. The universe of Soft Work is by first look playful, soft and humorous but will soon reveal a dimensions of fear or terror. The artist transforms pillows, blankets, and quilts from objects of comfort into ominous sculptural objects that hint at the possibility that safety and security are an illusion. Here the American flag is used as material in gigantic vampire mouths and obese stuffed animals hangs from the roof like macerated cadavers. On view until March 17, 2013 at Bonniers Konsthall, Torsgatan 19, Sweden.
Daniel Arsham at the opening of his exhibition Reach Ruin at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Connecting the lines between art, architecture, dance, and theater, Arsham mines everyday experience for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and form. Arsham is known for subverting existing architectural structures in unconventional, playful ways: façades appear to billow in the wind, figures seem wrapped beneath the wall’s surface. His cross-disciplinary practice, historical inquiry, and satirical wit combine into an ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined. Reach Ruin will be on view until Mid-March 2013, at Fabric Workshop and Museum. photograph by OHWOW
Swedish duo The Knife announce new album Shaking The Habitual, to be released in April 2013. Sign up to receive news about the new album by email here.
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Kenneth Anger, James Franco and Brian Butler at their performance of Aleister Crowley’s Bartzabel Working at the opening of The Martian Chronicles exhibit, honoring the work of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, on view until January 5, 2013 at L&M Arts, 660 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA
Legendary and iconic filmmaker Bruce LaBruce started filming his new film called Gerontophilia, about an 18 year old boy who discovers he has a fetish for the aged gets a job in a nursing home and develops an intimate relationship with one particular old man, and needs funding to complete the film. Learn about the film and make a donation here.
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“What strip mining is to nature the art market has become to culture.” Robert Hughes
This is the quote I was turning around in my mind as I flew towards Miami. Your virtuous young narrator had a lot of preconceived ideas about this colossal, annual art happening. More specifically, I was expecting a total shit show, with a who’s-booth-screams-louder mentality and corporate tie-in’s down to the toilet paper level – all in the [CLICK HERE...]
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Art and design space Grey Area will host their Christmas show entitled Ornamental at Coates Wyllie featuring artists André Saraiva, Vadis Turner, John Gordon, and more. Ornamental will be on view from December 15 to December 22 at Coates Wyllie, 12 West 29th St, New York, NY