1. For No Good Reason movie trailer. A portrait of artist Ralph Steadman, most frequently celebrated for his illustrations accompanying the writings of Hunter S Thompson and their collaborations identified as the Gonzo school of journalism that emerged during the turbulent eras of Vietnam and Nixon. Here, Johnny Depp appears at Steadman’s home studio to observe his artistic process and the expansiveness of his work that goes far beyond his political and satirical pieces.

    Check out: http://www.ralphsteadman.com/

    (Source: sonyclassics.com)

     
     
  2. whitneymuseum:

    A look at the fourth floor of the 2014 Biennial, curated by Michelle Grabner.

     
  3. thinkmexican:

    Farewell, Gabo

    Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez died at his Mexico City home on Thursday. He was 87.

    García Márquez lived the majority of his adult life in Mexico after first moving there in 1961 while in political exile. It is said that he received the inspiration for his masterpiece, “100 Years of Solitude,” while driving to Acapulco in 1965.

    Gabo, as he was affectionately known, lived a storied life, making friends with everyone from Fidel Castro to Bill Clinton. It was, in fact, his relationship with Castro that had him banned from entering the United States for more than thirty years.

    Gabriel García Márquez’s remains were cremated in a private ceremony last night. A family spokesman said in a statement that an official memorial will be held at Mexico’s Palacio de Bellas Artes on April 21.

     
  4. Dona Nelson, String Beings, 2013 (back). Acrylic and painted string on canvas, 82 × 82 in. (208.3 × 208.3 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
    Dona Nelson, Installation view, String Beings, 2013. Acrylic and painted string on canvas; Okie Dokie, 2008. Acrylic on canvas). Both works: Collection of the artist; courtesy Thomas Erben Gallery, NY

    whitneymuseum:

    "When color becomes material, I’m really interested in that … When you put a bunch of string into a mess of paint, and the string takes on the color, the canvas also takes the color in unpredictable ways." —Dona Nelson talks about making String Beings (2013).

    Want to hear more from artists in the 2014 Biennial? Pick up a free Whitney Guide in the Lobby, a Windows Phone app featuring interviews with artists, commentary from the curators, and a tour for kids.

     
  5. thehammermuseum:

    Many artists in ‘Take It or Leave It’ borrow, steal, or change existing visual material to give it new meaning. Now we want to see your appropriations! Just find us on Instagram @hammer_museum, repost one of our photos, give it a new title, and tag it #approrpriatethis! Or, just Instagram your own photos of the exhibition! Loved the mixed media TV spectacular at the “take it or leave it: institution, image and ideology” show at the @hammer_museum #appropriatethis by nicolemiizuka http://ift.tt/1fkeZ1J

     
  6. One of the foremost contemporary Arab artists, Massoudy has succeeded in conquering his ego or nafs, as it is known in the Sufi tradition. With his large vertical strokes and sparse horizontal lines, he alternates between the spiritual and temporal, the perpetual and ephemeral, painting and writing (or is it writing and painting?) as if in a trance, without the least care for the material outcome of his creativity; in this lies his brilliance.
    Wijdan Al-Hashemi

    website: http://hassan.massoudy.pagesperso-orange.fr/english.htm

     
     
  7. Miguel Cárdenas
    Head on a Pedestal
    Pencil on Paper
    2013
     
    The drawings happened during the time I was working on the sculptures. They are a counterpart to the solid assertion of the object. The drawings exist in a world that seems to make sense within the imagination, a world in which the meaning of an object dissolves into an essence which seems recognizable.

    (Source: elmuseo.org)

     
  8. Senga Nengudi
    Performance Piece, 1978
    Activated by Maren Hassinger
    Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
    Photo: Harmon Outlaw - See more at: http://www.studiomuseum.org/exhibition/radical-presence-black-performance-in-contemporary-art#sthash.kntVGF0g.dpuf

     
  9. “She Who Tells a Story” introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.

    (Source: mfa.org)

     
  10. artchipel:

    Gary Simmons (b.1964, USA) - D.C. Pavillion / Fox Plaza Inferno. Pigment, oil paint and cold wax on canvas (2007)

    [more Gary Simmons | artist found at myampgoesto11]

    (via blackcontemporaryart)