Reena Spaulings

 Art Club 2000, Untitled (Times Square / Gap Grunge 1), 1992-1993, C-Print  

Art Club 2000, Untitled (Times Square / Gap Grunge 1), 1992-1993, C-Print

 

Rrose Sélavy, Vern Blosum, John Dogg: Why do artists create alter egos or hide as collectives behind made-up characters? Martin Herbert traces the figure of the fictional artist over the last hundred years and discovers a reflection of the art world’s changing face. Sometimes one identity just isn’t enough.

 Cashmere Sweeter: Dan Bodan, die große Berliner Hoffnung  

Cashmere Sweeter: Dan Bodan, Berlin’s next big hope

Berlin Special: Stream of Consciousness about Berlin art scene that makes theory become lifestyle.

 Movie Star Maps, 2014 Detail of room-sized mural installation, Los Feliz, California Photo: Michael Underwood

Movie Star Maps, 2014
Detail of room-sized mural installation, Los Feliz, California
Photo: Michael Underwood

Alex Israel was born in Los Angeles in 1982. His practice is multi-faceted, employing a variety of media to accommodate the many and varied flavors of his particular West Coast aesthetic. His blown-up sun shades, airbrushed self-portraits, and Hollywood props belie a deeply layered set of personal and pop cultural references that expertly reorient their context. His As It LAys series of celebrity interviews reflect the miracle and wonder that is life in L.A. and helped to bring a greater attention to his sun-drenched artworks. Since 2010 he has operated a sunglasses company called Freeway Eyewear that has lately begun collaborating with marquee artists to design new looks. The next collaboration is scheduled for release this holiday season. Israel is an unvaryingly upbeat artist, consistently delivering a cool optimism across his oeuvre. What is his secret? An interview by Jon Leon.

 Pieter Bruegel the older, The Land of Cockaigne, 1567 Oil on wood, 52 x 78 cm

Pieter Bruegel the older, The Land of Cockaigne, 1567
Oil on wood, 52 x 78 cm

Martin Kippenberger’s idea of an art that reflects its social conditions has evolved into an art world that integrates everything. What happens when the work dissolves into its context and the form of the work becomes a form of life?

 Installationansicht »Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years« Artists Space, New York, 2012.  Foto: Daniel Pérez

Installation view, »Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years«, Artists Space, New York 
Photo: Daniel Pérez

A sprawling, multi-panel chronology of Bernadette Corporation’s history included in their current retrospective at Artists Space pinpoints their formation in SoHo in 1993 as the initiative of one »Bernadette« and some others active in the neighborhood club culture.