The Crappiest Place on Earth
Back in the Fall of 2013, UK street artist Banksy orchestrated a month-long art residency in the city of NYC, NY where he unveiled a new art piece/installation every single day for 30 days straight. The residency was so popular that it was turned into a brilliant documentary film titled Banksy Does New York. Today we learn that Banksy has produced a new art exhibit in the UK by transforming an abandoned vacation resort called the Tropicana into a 2.5 acre, life-size amusement park called Dismaland. The exhibit/installation will be open to the public for 5 weeks only (it opens officially to the public on August 22) and will feature artwork not only by Banksy but by other artists like Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty and others. Banksy describes his “bemusement park” as a “family theme park unsuitable for children”. The photos gathered in this gallery were shot by Christopher Jobson for Collossal and give us a pretty good feel for what attendees will see on display when this exhibit opens to the public. HERE is the official site for Dismaland which offers official information about how folks can secure the very in-demand tickets to visit, as well as official promo photos for the exhibit as provided by Banksy. I am absolutely crushed that there is no way that I can fly out to the UK to see this exhibit in person because I am obsessed with the idea of this show. Dismaland may be the Crappiest Place on Earth but it looks like a really amazing place for art fans … street or otherwise.
That Ish Cray Of-The-Day
This is getting really crazy, really fast. A slew of celebrities were victims of a mass nude photo leak a few days ago, and I’m sure they were thinking that the situation couldn’t get much worse. Well, I think this qualifies as “worse.” But I’m also interested in hearing what you guys think. There’s an artist working on an exhibit titled Fear Google, and he plans to include the nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence And Kate Upton in his upcoming show. For reals. Click inside for more!
Yes, the 'Crazy In Love' hot shorts will be there.
I am so excited for Cleveland right now! Two very big names in pop culture are headed back to my old stomping grounds, and I’m hoping it means, well, more money for C-Town. As many of you know, Lebron James is going home, and now I’m learning that Beyoncé is headed to Cleveland as well. Sort of. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced a new exhibit featuring some of the best outfits from the Queen Bey‘s career. This is gonna be all kinds of awesome! Click inside for more!
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SPOILER ALERT: She learned nothing.
As you all know, Trent and I went to see Kara Walker‘s latest exhibit in Brooklyn yesterday, titled “A Subtlety Or the Marvelous Sugar Baby…” Trent loved it, I loved it. And when I say “I loved it” I mean I stood in that space very upset that my mother (formerly a professor of African, African-American, and Women’s History, a woman who took me to my first protest—against domestic violence—when I was 8, and marched in her last protest—for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal—when she was 52, and nearing the end of her battle with cancer) and her twin sister, my Aunt Grace (also a fierce activist and journalist) were not there to experience it with me. I thought of the words of a brilliant professor of the Sufi sect of Islam who I studied with at Sarah Lawrence, when she described certain ancient, preserved places of worship in other countries, saying, “The air is different in there.” The air was, indeed, different out there. And I had some experiences (some positively breathtaking, and some disturbing) that I want to share.
Lots Of Disappointed Fans
Yesterday we learned that Kanye West was planning another series of video projections across the globe for his latest single, New Slaves. Even though none of the projections were popping off in Nyack, NY I was still excited to see some new videos from other parts of the world (and PITNBr nicole was hoping for a second experience in Toronto). Unfortunately, all of last night’s projections didn’t go so smoothly, especially in Houston, Texas. Police apparently shut down the video at one location, while others experienced technical difficulties. Click inside to learn more.
Posted under: 'New Slaves', Kanye West
The Exhibit Is Called 'The Maybe, In Which'
Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton is always doing things to catch my eye. I most recently saw her in Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom (and she’s already been cast in his next movie), but I have big plans to sit down one day and watch her performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin, which made big waves on the indie scene back in 2011. Anywho, I was excited to learn that she was a part of a performance art piece at the Museum Of Modern Art, strange as that performance may sound. Click inside to learn more about the glass box in which Tilda will be sleeping on various days throughout the year.
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So … a new waxwork statue of Prince William of Wales has gone on display in London, England this week in a new exhibit titled Engagement. As you can see, the artist who created the statue didn’t really capture the essence of Prince Wills in this likeness … at all. At another gallery, a painting of Kate Middleton titled God Save the Future Queen by an artist named Zoobs turned out much better than this wax statue did. It looks like even the art world is getting in on the Royal Wedding bandwagon. More »
The TV Guide
In honor of Sanrio‘s 50th Anniversary they have launched the Small Gift Pop-Up Tour here in the US in both Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA providing a FREE carnival/art exhibit … yesterday was the first night the event was open to the public so David and I decided to check it out:
David is such a good sport about amusement part stuff so we really had a great time. There was Hello Kitty-inspired artwork on display, rides and games to play, fun fair food to eat and — of course — fun stuff to buy. After the jump, check out some of the fun photos I snapped last night — including a photo of David and me that I cannot EVEN believe I am sharing with the world (hint: there are costumes involved) … More »