Their message is explicit: "We want to spill our blood, brains, and seed in our life-search for new meaning and purpose to give to life." Although it's difficult to say what this new meaning might be, it's clear that Gilbert & George think they can find it in bodily substances. Shit, piss, blood, uri
While watching a show by Survival Research Laboratories, at what point do we feel nervous? When the gigantic flame-thrower laps its angry tongue in our direction? When a tank-sized steel monster chews menacingly on a piece of scrap metal? All forms of death and destruction are accounted for by SRL, d
Born in Ireland in 1909, Francis Bacon spent his formative years in a nation wracked by the Sinn Fein uprising, an event that haunted him long after his family moved to England. He never trained formally as a painter but began to pursue art in London in the late 1920s, eventually
In 1963, the Puerto Rican painter Francisco Rodon began his series of works on Argentinian writer Jorges Luis Borges, who said, "It's the best portrait ever painted of me." Lest Rodon become too flattered, Borges added, "It's the only one so far."
Rodon began to make art at age nine, when he sketc