contemporary art

John Waters poses confidently for camera while standing in art gallery.

365 Days of Art: September 9 – Director John Waters Discusses Art Collecting

September 9, 2003 Director, photographer, writer and art collector John Waters declares on the television series ART:21: I love collecting art because it makes other people insane.” He buys his first piece of art (a reproduction by Miró from a museum gift shop) at eight years old, and realizes the power of art when his

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Small rowboat with two women approach women represented as barrels, leaking water from holes.

365 Days of Art: September 1 – Amy Cutler Show Opens in Sweden

September 1, 2011 A solo show of new works by Amy Cutler, one of my favorite artists, opens at Galleri Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm. Her very mysterious, yet funny, paintings often feature groups of women engaged in group activities that simultaneously bring them together, yet show the rifts and competition in their dynamic. There is

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A Mike Kelley installation in a gallery.

365 Days of Art: January 31 – Mike Kelley Dies by Suicide

January 31, 2012 Mike Kelley, described variously as “one of the most influential American artists of the past quarter century and a pungent commentator on American class, popular culture and youthful rebellion” by the New York Times, and as a proponent of “clusterfuck aesthetics” by the Village Voice (which I think was a compliment), commits

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Maura McGurk Featured in “At the Edge” Magazine

The premier issue of At the Edge magazine, an independent art publication which focuses on emerging artists in New York City, features artist Maura McGurk and her crusade against gay bullying. The article discusses McGurk’s July 2011 solo exhibition, entitled Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying. The paintings in the

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The Puzzle Pieces Were a Hit!

If you read my earlier post which explained the story behind the puzzle pieces, you know that I considered this an experimental piece…after all, I don’t usually make interactive pieces or installations. The idea was to create something visually interesting (as always), something that would advance the cause of drawing attention to–and stopping–gay bullying, and

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Maura McGurk’s First Solo Show: Pride and Prejudice, An Exhibition on Gay Bullying

Maura McGurk’s first solo exhibition will feature paintings created in response to gay bullying. McGurk began this body of work in fall of 2010, on the heels of several suicides by teenaged boys who had been bullied by classmates. These suicides were well-publicized due to their sheer number and proximity in time: five suicides in

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The Only Art Worth Doing Is the Art That Makes Things Better: An Interview with Maura McGurk

In an interview with fellow artist Gina Marie Dunn, Maura McGurk discusses her creative process and inspirations for creating political art. She also considers some practical issues about being a fine artist, and, true to form, even finds a way to reference the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.

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