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Sherman on Franco

Detail from James Franco's New Untitled Film Still 21 (2013); detail from Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still 21 (1978)

Detail from James Franco’s ‘New Untitled Film Still 21′ 2013 (left) and detail from Cindy Sherman’s ‘Untitled Film Still 21′ 1978 (right)

Art world darling (and certified creep) James Franco recently launched a new and appallingly bad photo series at Pace Gallery, New York, that riffs on Cindy Sherman’s iconic film stills. “Cindy is an artist who used cinema as a source for her work; she ‘played’ at being an actress” says Franco. “I am an actor who inserts himself into his work. I am fully embedded in Hollywood, but these photos allow me to take a step to the side, look back, and refashion the work I do in Hollywood. I am at the same time actor, critic, artist, and character.” Hmm. When asked about Franco’s appropriations last week, Sherman said: “I was flattered, I can only be flattered. I don’t know that I can say it’s art, but I think it’s weirder that Pace would show them than that he would make them.” Not exactly a glowing endorsement then…

Hot Photo Friday – Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone, from the series 'Body Language', 2009

Matthew Stone, from the series ‘Body Language’, 2009

Some work by Etel Adnan

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Slavoj Zizek on the Horror of Tulips

McCartney & Hume

A collaboration with Gary Hume from Stella McCartney's latest collection

Drawings by Gary Hume feature in Stella McCartney’s latest collection

Stella McCartney’s latest pre-Fall range includes a collaboration with English painter Gary Hume, who created a series of graphic drawings that were then embroidered onto sweaters and the coat above, amongst other things. You can view more from the range here.

Two Dead Cows

Sidney Nolan, 'Untitled (calf carcass in tree)’, 1952

Sidney Nolan, ‘Untitled (calf carcass in tree)’, 1952

Peter Peryer, 'Dead Steer', 1987

Peter Peryer, ‘Dead Steer’, 1987

The Rosalind Krauss loft

The Rosalind Krauss loft (1976), with a custom platform bed

Rosalind Krauss’s loft, 1976 (with custom platform bed)

Rosalind Krauss is an American art critic and a professor at Columbia University in New York City.  In 1976 her bedroom looked like this. Mean. It was designed by the late Alan Buchsbaum (who died in 1987), and you can view some more of his excellent interiors here.

On Curating

Serpentine Gallery co-Director Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Serpentine Gallery co-Director Hans-Ulrich Obrist

“Today, curating as a profession means at least four things. It means to preserve, in the sense of safeguarding the heritage of art. It means to be the selector of new work. It means to connect to art history. And it means displaying or arranging the work. But it’s more than that. Before 1800, few people went to exhibitions. Now hundreds of millions of people visit them every year. It’s a mass medium and a ritual. The curator sets it up so that it becomes an extraordinary experience and not just illustrations or spatialised books.”

Hans Ulrich Obrist discusses the art of curation in The Guardian.

Hot Photo Friday – Karlheinz Weinberger

Karlheinz Weinberger, from the series 'Rebel Youth' (1950s-1960s)

Karlheinz Weinberger, from the series ‘Rebel Youth’ (1950s-1960s)

Longo Vids


Robert Longo, best known for his iconic late 1970s series Men in the Cities is another visual artist who tried his hand at making music videos.  He’s the guy behind New Order’s 1986 video for Bizarre Love Triangle (above) and even worked with angry ginge Dave Mustaine from Megadeth on their single Peace Sells (below).

Early in his career, Longo had his own band too.  The artist was the lead singer of Menthol Wars, who performed in New York in the late 1970s.  Below is their very excellent single Even Lower Manhattan, released in 1982 on a Terminal Records compilation called Cleveland Confidential.