INTERVIEW: Meet Gottfried Helnwein (2008)

Untitled, 2005, mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas),192 x 249 cm / 75″ x 98″ By Stefan Jermann, originally published in Truce Magazine, 2008 My stomach churns; I’m feeling excited – not exactly nervous, but psyched. I’m driving along narrow lanes, through a bleak and lonely area, looking for a grand castle. Suddenly, just […]

Notes on Five Key Jean-Michel Basquiat Works

Untitled (Head), 1981 His paintings proclaimed the existence of a more basic truth locked within a given event or thought. The Defining Years: Notes on Five Key Works By Fred Hoffman The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic Just because the body is rotten— That is all fantasy. What is found now […]

Jean-Michel Basquiat and “The Art of (Dis)Empowerment” (2000)

He was also known to be reluctant to involve himself in black politics, often finding himself estranged from “up town” black artist communities. By Louis Armand,  from a lecture at the Comparative Studies Colloquium, August 30, 2000, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. When Jean-Michel Basquiat died in 1988 at the age of twenty-seven he had only been […]

Petra Cortright: “Self Portrait” (2011)

Born in 1986, Petra Cortright first gained notoriety as an internet artist but more recently has earned acclaim for the works she has exhibited in brick-and-mortar galleries. She has moved beyond just jpegs, websites and YouTube and has begun to incorporate elements of the online experience into her conceptual practice.

Francis Bacon and ‘Narrative’, the Natural Enemy of Vision

“I do not want to avoid telling a story, but I want very, very much to do the thing that Valery said – to give the sensation without the boredom of its conveyance. And the moment the story enters, the boredom comes upon you.” – Francis Bacon By Ernst Van Alphen, brief excerpts from Francis […]

Willem de Kooning – “Fire Damaged Studio Footage” (1966)

“Fire damaged footage of De Kooning in his East Hampton studio mid August of 1966. The history of the footage: De Kooning, was a close friend of mine and of the poet Frank O’Hara. A month before this footage was shot , O’Hara was killed by a car on Fire Island, Me and O’Hara had […]

ASX.TV: Takashi Murakami – “Arhat” (2013)

Having been long-time admirers of Takashi Murakami and, at the same time, given countless opportunities to extensively cover his prolific works of art, there was no doubt that we wouldn’t be there for the opening of Murakami’s “Arhat” exhibition and world premier of his film, “Jellyfish Eyes.” Taking place at Blum & Poe Los Angeles, […]

ASX.TV: Takashi Murakami – “Birth of Superflat” (2011)

Superflat is a postmodern art movement founded by the artist Takashi Murakami, which is influenced by manga and anime. It is also the name of a 2001 art exhibition, curated by Murakami, that toured West Hollywood, Minneapolis and Seattle. In this short piece, Murakami explains about the SUPERFLAT concept and what he means by that. […]