#NotMe: Andrea Bowers Apologizes for Appropriated Image

Andrea Bowers, “Open Secret,” 2018-2019, installation on view at Art Basel

Earlier this week, writer Helen Donahue discovered that artist Andrea Bowers had included images of her bruised face, collarbone, and shoulders in Open Secret, currently on view at Art Basel. Donahue had not been consulted about Bowers’ use of the image, and sought help from followers on Twitter to have the image removed from the artwork. […]

It Pays to Be Friends

Kayne West and Kid Cudi

Actor Jamie Foxx sang the sample of “I’ve Got a Woman” on Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” but he wasn’t West’s first choice. Foxx was hired when Ray Charles’ estate refused to license his performance of “I’ve Got a Woman.” Foxx, having recently played Charles in a film biopic, was the obvious replacement. (Music nerds should […]

Stale Ingredients: Kanye West, Richard Prince, and Cauldron

Kanye West and DONDA, “Famous,” 2016, video still featuring silicon sculptures. One of the problems with being an art historian (or legal scholar, for that matter) is that one often finds herself using a crude man to exemplify a fine principle. If you want to explain why Cubism is world-changing, you’ve got to say nice […]

Bitter Brew: Why The Hoodwitch Should Hex Starbucks

Starbucks recently introduced a “Crystal Ball Frappuccino,” presumably hoping for a sequel to its wildly successful Unicorn Frappuccino. Here is Starbucks’ Crystal Ball Frappuccino Instagram post from March 22, 2018: Purple, green or blue—they say the Crystal Ball Frappuccino chooses you. ✨? Available in US, Canada and Mexico…while the magic lasts. A post shared by […]