It’s easy to have impure thoughts when looking at Betty Tompkins’ large-scale photorealistic renditions of pierced clitorises, double penetrating phalluses, macro coital embraces and all manner of twisting and sinuous tongues taking turns on the human anatomy. Indeed, this is art with benefits. Starting with her first Fuck Painting in 1969, Tompkins has been exploring and confronting a black-bar culture that censors any reminder that our most basic instincts are to inseminate and to be inseminated. Right now you can catch Betty Tompkins’ Kiss Paintings at 55 Gansevoort until December 15th. In this short interview, Betty talks about smuggling porn, the inception of her Fuck Paintings, and some of the strange reactions people have had to her work. [READ MORE...]
National Gallery Victoria presents David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing, a comprehensive exhibition – his first major survey in Australia – of new and recent work by the internationally renowned Glasgow-based artist. Shrigley has developed a cult following for his stripped back, darkly humourous and deliberately crude drawings that explore existential dramas, human dysfunction and anxiety. David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing will be on view until March 1, 2015, at National Gallery Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne, Australia
Barry McGee and Clare Rojas debut a joint exhibition at Alessandra Bonomo Gallery in Rome, Italy. Showcasing the couple’s visual harmony inside the gallery space, the exhibition features sharp geometrical forms inspired by Eastern European, Amish, and Native American tradition. The exhibition will be on view until the end of the year at Alessandra Bonomo Gallery Via Del Gesu 62 00186 Rome
See Amanda Charchian’s photographs in a group exhibition entitled Road to Elysium – along with photographers Melvin Sokolsky, Aaron Hobson, and more. Road to Elysium will be on view until January 12, at Heist Gallery, 43 Linden Gardens, London
Takashi Murakami “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” is on view now until January 17, 2015 at Gagosian Gallery.
Sculptor and artist Jonathan Prince at work in the spray booth adding transparent color to his new sculpture entitled ‘Basin.’