ART PAPERS 38.01 - Jan/Feb 2014
Mic check, 1-2, 1-2...This issue is dedicated to investigating hip-hop and contemporary art--not as isolated encounters, but rather where they intersect, how they complement and enhance each other, and, ultimately, how in conversation they act to transgress the status quo.
— Fahamu Pecou, excerpt, Letter from the Guest Editor
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Artist Project: DJ Adrain Loving
Art x Hip-Hop Mixtape
Letter from the Guest Editor
The Devil Is a Liar: The Diasporic Trickster Tales of Jean-Michel Basquiat & Kendrick Lamar
Shantrelle P. Lewis
Shantrelle P. Lewis introduces us to the Yoruba deity Eshu (Exu), the keeper of the crossword, the way-maker, the quintessential trickster and his hip-hop manifestations in the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kendrick Lamar. Ase.
Eye Candy Is Dandy: Rashaad Newsome’s Hip-Hop Heraldry & the New Black Swag
Katie Cercone fashions the linkage between Rashaad Newsome’s Heraldry series and a new-millennial Black dandysim as embodied by A$AP Mob.
Render, R.A.P. Music, and “Reagan”: Killer Mike & the Hip-Hop Imagination
Joycelyn Wilson sits down with Killer MIke for an exclusive and revealing interview on artist responsibility, Ronald Reagan’s ghost, and how the hip-hop imagination presents an alternative context for looking at the world.
Artist Project: Marcia Jones
Displaced Oshum Theory
Neither Queer nor There: Categories, Assemblages, and Transformations
Essayist Matt Morris contends that the burgeoning queer hip-hop movement provides a different context for articulating “queer.” It’s not just theory anymore!
Artist Project: Robert Pruitt
Looking for the Perfect Beat
Beyond the Abyss: Neo-Hip-HOp Cultural Expression
A.M. Weaver mines the new aesthetic tradition in film and video emerging from hip-hop’s visual, cultural, and social sensibilities.
Interview with Charlie Ahearn
On the 30th anniversary of the release of Wild Style, William Corwin sits down with legendary filmmaker Charlie Ahearn to discuss the art-historical merits of a nascent cultural movement called “hip-hop.”
Artist Project: Bayete Ross Smith
Got the Power
Picasso Baby: Hip-Hop and the Appropriation of Space
Mark Anthony Neal
Mark Anthony Neal considers the power of hip-hop. Whether it’s on the block, in a gallery, or at your mom’s book club--once hip-hop enters, things will never be the same again.
On the Production Value: Mohamed Bourouissa’s All-In
Stephanie Bailey examines the global aesthetics of commerce and value in hip-hop culture through the work of French artist Mohamed Bourouissa.
Art Beat + Lyrics, Andrew Alexander
Wangechi Mutu, Laura McLean-Ferris
Beat Nation, Andrew Forster
Loretta Fahrenholz, Kari Rittenbach
Banksy, David Everitt HOwe
Odd Future, Henry Darger & Art Brut, Christopher Lirette