Author Archives: LOL

Hot Photo Friday – Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg, 'Girl in Bathtub', 1949

Saul Steinberg, ‘Girl in Bathtub’, 1949

Da Vinci’s Dicks

Lude drawing in one of Leonardo da Vinci's sketchbooks

A lude drawing in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks

Here’s a surprise – a saucy doodle in one of Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks.  Likely drawn by the artist’s cheeky apprentice and lover Salai, it’s pleasing to know that dick pics have been amusing even the fanciest of humans for hundreds of years.  More here.

What Sterling Ruby Listens To

Sterling Ruby in his California studio

Sterling Ruby in his California studio

Art world darling Sterling Ruby’s just created some vividly coloured stage backdrops – not unlike those in his recent Hauser and Wirth show -for BasilicaSoundScape music festival, so Blouin Artinfo asked him to share his current studio playlist.  A bit patchy, but good to see perennial LOL faves Chrome in there – listen below. Turns out Ruby’s introduction to the band consisted of him getting high in the back of a van with Helios Creed (one half of Chrome) in 1993. Nice for some.


As an aside, LOL’s just discovered the recent fashion collaboration between Ruby and his Belgian designer pal Raf Simons, featuring a rather outrageous $33,000 parka. You can view some of the collection here and below is a snap from the catwalk with some Ruby soft sculps in the background.

Raf Simons with Sterling Ruby at 2014 Paris Fashion Week

Raf Simons with Sterling Ruby at 2014 Paris Fashion Week

Miley is an artist now.

Vacuous popster Miley Cyrus and one of her horrible sculptures

Vacuous popster Miley Cyrus and one of her horrible sculptures

“I did the pineapple because you know what they say about pineapple, right? If you drink a lot of pineapple juice you’re going to have yummy cum. So that’s why I put it on the dick with a bunch of babies, and it says, ‘Fuck.’ I try to think about everything so it has a story to me.”

Miley Cyrus discusses the sculptures she’s created for her forthcoming exhibition, Dirty Hippie at V Magazine’s office gallery in Manhattan. God help us.

Nick Chambers returns to Australia

Nicholas Chambers

Curator Nicholas Chambers

Nicholas Chambers, currently the the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum will be returning to Sydney, his home town, this November. After two and a half years at the Warhol Museum, he’s heading back to Australia to take up the role of Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner has confirmed that the institution will soon begin an international search for his successor.

What’s Wrong with the September Issue of Artforum

Artforum, the September issue

Artforum, the September issue

In an article published on the New York website today, Jerry Saltz weighs in on a major problem with the new issue of Artforum, and by extension, the art world generally. Saltz observes that of the 73 ads in the September issue of Artforum, only eleven, ELEVEN – are for solo shows by women.  He says:

“The magazine is telling us that the top two-thirds of the art world are mired in self-perpetuating, self-replicating sexism: More art by men is shown and sold in large galleries because more art by men has been shown and sold in large galleries. And the result is not just about what gets shown, but what that teaches us about what is worth showing: the art world as seen in these ads is much more comfortable digesting strange, weird, surprising, and even insane work from men, but gets squeamish whenever women try to show at all”.

Let’s not forget that the sidelining of women isn’t exclusive to the arts industry either.  Why not top things off with a trawl through 100% Men.  Angry?  Me too.

Serrano’s Piss Christ Upsets Again

Andres Serrano's 'Piss Christ' installed next to

Andres Serrano’s ‘Piss Christ’ hanging at the Fesch Museum, Corsica

Last week around 50 protesters stormed the Fesch Museum in Corsica brandishing a large sign emblazoned with the words ‘Piss Christ out’ – referring of course to Andres Serrano’s notorious work, Piss Christ; a photograph of a small plastic crucifix suspended in a container of the artist’s urine.  The photograph is currently included in a collection based exhibition, installed next to an 18th century painting of the Virgin Mary. While the protesters assert that the work is an affront to Catholicism, exhibition curator Eric Mézil thinks they’re being unreasonable, telling Le Figaro “We must see the works for what they are, not for intentions that the artists could be imagined to have had.” At least they haven’t resorted to a physical attack – in 2011 Piss Christ was slashed by vandals in Avignon and in 1997 another edition was beaten with a hammer at the NGV in Melbourne.