Japanese-born video artist and Fluxus member Shigeko Kubota has died in New York aged 77. She is perhaps best known for the photographs associated with her 1965 performance Vagina Painting at the Perpetual Fluxus Festival in New York, in which she marked a scroll of paper with washes of red paint from a brush strapped between her legs – a powerful response to the heroic posturing of the male-dominated abstract expressionist movement. Surprisingly, this was Kubota’s first and only performance work, and her subsequent practice was centred around video, sculpture and installation. Read Art Asia Pacific’s obituary here.
Kanye West’s new video for All Day, directed by Steve McQueen has finally been released. Well, sort of. The double-header video for the aforementioned single as well as new song I Feel Like That recently had a four day run at LACMA in Los Angeles. It features West bounding through a London warehouse filmed in tight close up in a single take.
On Friday West participated in a Q & A about the work at LACMA with McQueen and LACMA director Michael Govan that you can read more about here. It was a rambly affair typical of Kanye, in which he described his decision to work with McQueen as “elevating his palette” as well as his desire for his work to exist in an art context (West did go to art school after all).
No word yet on a general release for the video, so in the mean time check out the clip above of Kanye performing All Day at this year’s Brit awards.