Suzanne Lacy’s career as an artist, educator, and activist spans multiple decades and major movements in contemporary art history (Feminst Art, New Genre Public Art [a phrase coined by the artist], and, more recently, Social Practice). It offers one of the most important models we have of a practice that explores complex social dynamics and political issues while never losing site of art as a source of imagination and as a catalyst of change. Read Interview
First ever full-scale survey of Jim Shaw's work opens at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Jim Shaw (born 1952) is one of America’s most important and prolific contemporary artists. Part of a ground-breaking group that graduated from CalArts in the late 1970s including Mike Kelley, John Miller and Tony Oursler, Shaw has one of the most distinctive visual imaginations of his generation. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead presents the first ever full-scale survey of his work internationally and the first large-scale solo exhibition for 13 years. It brings together more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos from the last 25 years, including several works that have never been exhibited before. Read Story
"Sand in Line" exhibits multi-modal art until November 29
Art that explores line, form and text can be used to describe “Sand in the Line.” an art exhibit displaying various works made from print media, film and unexpected material. The art exhibit, curated by Michael Henderson, showcases the works of Kana Harada, Jen Hofer, John Pluecker, Dawn Pendergast and Trish Ramsay. The artists also conduct workshops that demonstrate their specific from of art. Read Review
JUDY CHICAGO Deflowered at Riflemaker Monday 12th November
November sees a series of JUDY CHICAGO exhibitions and events in the UK for the first time since 1985. Judy Chicago is an artist, writer and activist whose work set the agenda for women’s art over the past five decades. A pioneering force who came to prominence in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s, she helped re-shape the male-dominated art landscape by creating innovative work from a woman’s perspective – reacting to social and political injustice during revolutionary times. Read More
A graduate of the CalArts Animation Program, Pendleton Ward went on to work at Frederator Studios and wrote and storyboarded for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack before going on to create the hit series Adventure Time in 2010. Following the “Awesome” Cartoon Network panel at the Platform International Animation Festival, Toonzone News caught up to Pendleton Ward and sat down with him for an interview. Read Interview
Tia Kratter joined Pixar Animation Studios in April 1993 as a digital painter during production of the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story.” She has subsequently held the shading art director role on “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars,” where she was responsible for specifying the color and texture of every object modeled for a film. Kratter most recently completed work as the shading art director for Disney•Pixar’s feature film “Brave,” which opened in theaters in summer of 2012 and is set to release in North America on Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 13, 2012. Read Interview
Photographer Robert Landau chronicles the history of larger-than-life advertisements for pop musicians.
Video may have killed the radio star, but it also sounded the death knell for the era of the rock 'n' roll billboards that dominated a 1.7-mile strip of Sunset Boulevard for three decades starting in the late '60s. Slick ads for fashion and TV shows have replaced those hand-painted monuments to rock gods such as the Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin that might have been relegated to the memories of a generation were it not for the foresight of a curious 16-year-old. Read Story
Set in recession-wilted SoCal suburbia, Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ nonfiction feature focuses on an endearing trio of teenage Christian punks.
The coming of age of the American adolescent, a perennial subject of fiction and nonfiction films, adds a fresh chapter with Only the Young, the debut feature by CalArts grads Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims. Their fast-moving documentary zeros in on three ultra-likable Southern California high-schoolers, following them through a succession of hairstyles and turning points. Read More
Raymond Scott, fave of Bart Simpson, in REDCAT music tribute
Few cultural aficionados today recognize Raymond Scott's name. But if you've ever watched a Looney Tunes cartoon, or an episode of "The Ren & Stimpy Show," or "The Simpsons," you've likely heard some of his antic, polyrhythmically perverse, one-of-a-kind music. Read story