The original TABLE for TWO.
Abramovic + Ulay, Nightsea Crossing, 1981 - 86.
Marina Ambramovic & Ulay Laysiepen
Death Self, 1977
This performance consisted of the two artists seated in front of each other, connected at the mouth. They took in each other’s breaths until all of their available oxygen had been used up. The performance lasted only 17 minutes, resulting in both artists collapsing unconscious to the floor, having filled their lungs with carbon dioxide. This personal piece explored the idea of an individual’s ability to absorb the life of another person, exchanging and destroying it.
Ariana Page Russell is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York, USA. Russell has dermatographia, a condition in which her skin is hypersensitive, causing painless, temporary welts that emerge when lightly stroked, scratched, rubbed, and sometimes even slapped. Russell exploits her condition in her artwork by creating patterns on different parts of her body and photographing them as the skin becomes irritated and swells.
I FUCKING HAVE THIS
René Magritte - The Lovers (1928) X Crystal Castles - Not in Love (2010)
Was Elmgreen & Dragset’s “Prada Marfa” (2005) more prescient than we thought? (photo by Marshall Astor, via Wikimedia)
Marfa’s Art World Gentrification Is Pushing Out Long-Time Residents
by Laura C. Mallonee
Happy birthday to Yves Klein (1928-1962). Many contemporary artists are associated with a signature image or technique, but only Yves Klein laid claim to a specific color, by having it patented in 1957.
Yves created “Portrait Relief I: Arman” by molding the body of his artist-friend Arman in plaster and casting it in bronze. The bronze was then painted with “Yves Klein Blue,” and the life-size sculpture was placed against a gilded wooden panel. Done before Klein’s premature death, this was the first in what was to have been a “Collective Portrait Relief” of several artists, including Klein himself at the center.
“Portrait Relief I: Arman,” 1962, by Yves Klein (© Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York/ADAGP, Paris)
Tom Verlaine & Patti Smith