And in that sense, Drake is Sotheby’s perfect collaborator. Contemporary art occupies a position strikingly similar to his in the pop cultural matrix: it’s something everyone is supposed to know about, but you’re meant to appreciate it with a certain degree of wariness. While Drake is an undisputed hip-hop king, his reputation for unbridled emotion has garnered him no small amount of derision. Energetic tenderness as swagger is a tough pose to strike.
But that’s exactly what Drake has brought to the table at Sotheby’s, and it’s what makes the exhibition, which opened yesterday and runs through June 12, such a success. “It was really his enthusiasm—he was super, super [...]
Did you ever watch Work of Art, that weird Bravo reality show that was a cross between America's Next Top Model and finals period at every art institute in the world? Essentially, at the end of every episode, the assorted artists were supposed to create an artistic masterpiece inspired by that episode's theme; it was a ludicrous plot line, not nearly as decadent as its fashion-driven predecessors, and the show was cancelled after two seasons. I loved every minute of it.
From that show, though, I was introduced to New York's art critic Jerry Saltz, solely referred to on the show as "Art-Critic-Jerry-Saltz," one of the best critics in the [...]
This is FAST Corp. — the acronym stands for Fiberglass Animals, Shapes, and Trademarks — one of the country’s most intriguing and entertaining niche manufacturers. FAST uses these molds to cast large fiberglass statues that have become icons of roadside Americana. If you’ve ever seen a big steer perched atop a steakhouse, a giant soft-serve cone in front of an ice cream stand, or a Bob's Big Boy statue, FAST probably made it.
Have you been haunted by the dark, glassy eyes of Bob's Big Boy, a friendly oversized cow, or LITERALLY ANY OTHER PIECE OF ROADSIDE AMERICANA, and are wondering where not to go so you can avoid them? Paul Lukas [...]