Welcome 2014, you're hung over, tired and anyplace beyond the bed and the toilet doesn't exist yet. So here you have it, some bed side reading in the form of our top articles of this past year!
Let's be honest: we did not go to see the artwork, we went to see fucking James Franco. Would his celebrity status overshadow his plastic practice? Surprisingly, the exhibition "Gay Town" cleverly engaged with this question head on – ah, and also whether Franco is gay or not. Here's what we saw.
Since the dawn of mankind we have used lying as a way to either cover up or to propel deeper issues into the spot light. And so that trend continued this year in Berlin during Preview Art Week. The booth of Gallerist Pablo Gehr of G & G Fine Art allegedly contained Banksy’s work. We asked a lot of questions and received incriminating answers. Yet one question still remains: does the art world really care about fraud?
The performance "Digital Autism" saw artist Mia Florentine Weiss confined to a bed and remaining there for three days using Artparasites as her only means of communication to the outside world. Part of ‘Peace Never Sleeps’ exhibition for Gallery Weekend in Berlin this past April – we’re always wondering what Mia will do next.
We faced a few attempts of censorship, both online (with reported posts at Facebook, such as photos of sculptures from Samuel Salcedo) and offline. After publishing a photo of a nude model inside the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, we received a threat that the website would be sued if the article wasn't removed. Not only we not bend over to their request, but in response we published another article exposing the hypocrisy behind their request – since nudity should not be an issue in a building full of erotic photographs – and defending our right of free speech and art appropriation.
Asexuals make up 1% of the worlds population, they don't like sex. But the other 99% of the world? Well, turns out they love it. This is why this article that delves into an unknown secret place to “Pollock the canvas” was received with bonafied excitement.
Those long locks, the avant-garde style and that I-just-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude is too much to resist! Ah, welcome to the world of dating an artist. Again with the sex, but his time why you should avoid dating artists. Did we stereotype dating? Yes, do we care? No, not really.
Graffiti can be beautiful, but in the hands of these artists dressed like two lost Olson twins, the spray cans turn into liquid douche bags – and with an upcoming reality show, it's safe to say it will make Jersey shore seem like Downton Abbey. So what was the response we received from 2Square after they read our article? "FUCK YOU AND YOUR UNKNOWLEDGEABLE SELF! Also, you like boys." Ah, maturity like a '68 Margaux.
Gossip girl, eat your heart out. Everyone, everywhere found something to laugh or cry about in our “Gallery Girl” series. Real life tales of all the young helpless girls and boys exploited in the name of art. Did you miss any? Start here: Confessions Of A Gallery Girl, Pt. 2: The Evil Collector, Pt. 3: Boys vs. Girls, Pt. 4: Internship From Hell, Pt. 5: Secrets Of The Louvre, Pt. 6: Letters Of Rejection, Pt. 7: Vices Of The Met Gala, Pt. 8: The Devil Has A Gallery, Pt. 9: Falling In Obsession, Pt. 10: Selling Broken Artwork
That's it for now, we look forward to another year with you!
The Artparasites Team