#1 The Hannover Mitte

Cris and Michael met at the legendary CASABLANCA in Hannover. Cris just returned from his first trip to New York and inspired by the scene was saying: “I want to publish a magazine.” Michael: “Me too.” We started the next day, snatched Thomas from the turntables at CASABLANCA.  No experience, no funds, no computer, lot’s of glue, fun and music. Three months later ELASTE was launched.

#2 The Robots

#3 The Andy Warhol

#4 The Russians

#6 The Oriental

#7 The Sports

#8/9 The Classic

# 10 The Psychedelic

# 11 Wald und Wiesen

# 12/13 WHY?

# 14 The Patsies

# 15 Punk macht dicken Arsch.

# 16 The Heavy Metal

Sniffin' Glue

THE MAKING of ELASTE

DINNER WITH ANDY

$$$$$

IN FLAMMEN

DOCUMENTA BOUND – KASSELER KREUZ
FEEL THE BURN

ALWAYS BE SKEPTICAL ABOUT SIMPLICITY

You Can't Always Get What you Want

But if you try, you might find what you need.
Chasing Mick

Hero For One Day

Fool For a Life Time

P.L.O.

REBEL REBEL

Looking for the Thin White Duke

Joi Trouvé

DA DA DA

THE GERMAN DAYS

by Iggy Pop | Post Pop Depression

"EIN JAHR (ES GEHT VORAN)."

The Art of Rebellion

A young woman gets her freak on. Tseung Kwan O Police Station, Hong Kong.

“Lighting”

by Pyotr Pavlensky. In the early hours of Oct. 16, 2017, Pavlensky set fire to the ground-floor windows of a branch of the Banque de France on the Place de la Bastille. "Institutions of power are...

WIM WENDERS’ “(E)MOTION” INSTALLATION

WIM WENDERS presents “(E)motion”, a site-specific visual installation and the first collective exhibition of his work. Scenes from movies including “Paris, Texas”, “Wings of Desire”, “Pina”, “Buena...

KAWS:HOLIDAY

Following projects in Taipei and Seoul, the 37-meter-long KAWS:HOLIDAY Companion is set to dock in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong. The KAWS:HOLIDAY sculpture is the largest reclining Companion ever....

Frieze L.A.

Kori Newkirk's "Signal" is made of television antennas. The artist says, “I was born analog, but I will die digital and my experience is of both.”

Ton, Steine, Scherben.

Paris, a Porsche vandalized during scuffles with riot police by Gilet Jaunes

New York Posts

Scott took direct aim at his theme, which was the news. Fake news. Clickbait. Tabloids screaming horrors. Jeremy Scott working with the artist Aleksandra Mir, conjured a collection that felt very...

Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again

A sweeping retrospective shows a personal side of the Pop master — his hopes, fears, faith — and reasserts his power for a new generation. Andy Warhol’s “Flowers” series from 1964 has been set...

Ugly Beauty

Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Selfies Mimicry in nature was first observed in butterflies, in the 19th century. Certain breeds pose as wasps; others bear marks falsely advertising that they are...

Plasti Elasti

Kid playing with Plasti Elasti, London. Photo: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

“Work Hard, Live Hard, and Fuck hard.”

Richard Bernstein, Andy Warhol’s Favorite Artist     What does it take to become a star? In the 1970s and ’80s, it seemed as easy as sitting for artist Richard Bernstein. “Bernstein’s...

Lotic is Using Their Voice

  A candid conversation with the artist about their debut album, using their voice, and watching America from afar. One of many terrible things about technology is that it conflates connection...

Aladdin Sane

A photograph from the photo session for David Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane has been gifted to the V&A as it announced record visitor figures for its world-touring David Bowie is exhibition....

Chemical X turns ecstasy into art.

He shot to national prominence with an artwork that depicted supermodel Cara Delevingne in an arrangement of 7,000 ecstasy pills. Now Chemical X, the anonymous artist credited with designing...

“Street Power”

Ho99o9 is pronounced horror, and no, the band is not demonic or satanic. “Most people are like, 'Isn’t that 666?' I’m like, 'It’s clearly a f---ing nine!'” said theOGM, who makes up the group with...

Blinded by the Light

James Turrell obliterates the senses in stunning new Mona wing Mona owner David Walsh calls his $32m new wing ‘a testimonial to the power of light as art’.   When people talk about having a...

Was Lil Peep Leading the Way for Sincerity in Rap Music?

Full disclosure: I only heard of Lil Peep for the first time on November 16, 2017, the day of his untimely death. I had no idea that emo had any sort of relevance in this day and age, let alone that...

Purple Reigns

The Pantone Color Institute has announced a new shade of purple in honor of Prince. The new hue has been dubbed Love Symbol #2, after the singer’s logo and custom-made Yamaha purple piano....

Us and Chem

We caught up with skater Blondey McCoy in the final days of his debut exhibition Us and Chem, as he chatted with art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist about mental health, social media, and grannies...

“Jeff Koons Balloons,

I Just Wanna Blow Up" . JAY-Z, photographed performing to over 85,000 fans at the closing of day one of England's "V Festival" at Weston Park in South Staffordshire on Saturday evening. His stage...

What is New Order Untitled?

Graphic designer Saville tells Lou Stoppard about creating New Order Untitled in 1989 to coincide with the band's US tour. ‘‘Untitled' is that impulse to share something with other people but...

RACISM 1993

x James Victore. Victore attributes his compulsion to question authority to his childhood on a military base during the Vietnam War. After dropping out of art school, he began producing...

REPLICANT 2017

Last night, a Chinatown street hidden underneath the Manhattan Bridge became the scene for Raf Simons’s second men’s wear show in New York, which was largely inspired by the movie “Blade Runner.” “I...

KEEP IT ALIVE

Keep IT Alive is an exhibition of Alan Vega’s final work, a suite of haunting large-scale paintings he had completed just before his death in July, 2016. Born in Brooklyn in 1938, Vega is known...

Empty Gallery, Paris

Between Paris’s 10th and 18th Arrondissements on Wednesday evening, Virgil Abloh opened his pop-up Empty Gallery as a preview of his soon-to-arrive New York City store, which will go by the same...

Anish Kapoor Explores “Urgent Times”

Anish Kapoor has continued to explore the power of pigment by transforming a room into a bright red landscape based on the unseen borders that separate the modern world. The installation, titled...

OBEY, SYDNEY

Shepard Fairey unveils largest work to date in Sydney. The artwork is a 50m-high and 30m-wide woman with flowers behind her ears, holding a giant waratah – the floral emblem of New South Wales – and...

“I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday, *

because you're evil And you lie." *Johnny Marr, Steven Patrick Morrissey

Ghosts

Jason Shulman captures the entire duration of a movie in a single image with his series Photographs of Films. Pointing his camera at a screen and making an ultra-long exposure of the film as it...

TRICKSTER

New York painter Kehinde Wiley’s latest exhibition features portraits of fellow artists, among them Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers, Rashid Johnson, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae...

L.A. R I O T S

The 1992 Los Angeles riots, also known as the Rodney King riots, the South Central riots, the 1992 Los Angeles civil disturbance, the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest, and the Los Angeles uprising,...

No I.D.. No Identity.

In the cover story for i-D's Creativity Issue, Tim Walker captures the energy of bright young things Adwoa, Slick, King, Leo and Elliott, against the distinct backdrop of East London.

Talking God, Sex, Money and Bodybuilding

The Milan-based duo shares their take on contemporary obsessions.– Laura, you’re the first partner in a design office I’ve come across who is also a professional opera singer. Laura Baldassari: In...

SOMEDAY WE CAN:

Using her simple trademark linework—black ink on white surfaces — Shantell Martin transforms everything from walls to found objects, ceramics, toys, sneakers, and even the faces and bodies of...

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Ai Weiwei will build more than 100 fences and installations around New York City this fall for “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” one of his most large-scale public art projects to date. Mr. Ai, who...

Away with DAF!

For the 40th anniversary of DAF, a lavish biography of the electro band and its great era in the early eighties pays tribute. No, he is not a nostalgic, the Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado: "Unfortunately, it is unfortunately - I say sadly - that the stuff stays from there...

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Gay Party Music and Social Media Induced Narcissism

Casey Spooner and Michael Stipe penetrate queerdom.  When Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner formed the electroclash duo Fischerspooner in 1998, they set out to open minds and expose the masses to worlds of art and performance through synth-heavy dance music. They...

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Interview with James Turrell

Next month, an extension to our gallery, called Pharos, will open, housing four new works by James Turrell, as well as works by Jean Tinguely, Charles Ross, Richard Wilson and Randy Polumbo. Read more about Pharos here. Elizabeth Pearce: Do the four pieces of yours in...

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Is Fashion Modern?

A FULL LIST OF THE 111 ITEMS in the MoMA exhibition. • 501 Jeans (Levi’s). 1947 example from the company archive • A-POC Queen Textile (Issey Miyake). Example from MoMA’s collection • Adidas Superstars. 1983 pair from the company archive • Air Force 1s (Nike). Three...

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F O R E V E R

Sprüth Magers presents FOREVER, a new site-specific work by Barbara Kruger. For this installation, which occupies all four walls and the floor of the Berlin gallery’s main exhibition space, the artist has created one of her immersive room-wraps and several new vinyl...

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China bans Justin Bieber for “bad behavior.”

President Xi called on artists to promote socialism rather than be “slaves” to the market or chase popularity with “vulgarities.” China’s media regulators said “artists, film-makers, musicians and television personalities should spend time in rural areas to form a...

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Great Modern Things

Neon is one of what Andy Warhol called “the great modern things” – a kind of lovely thing that can only exist in the modern world. Neon is up in lights, again. The gaseous element whose glamorous glow has been appropriated by one artist after another since the 1960s...

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WOOD SWIMMER

  "The Woodswimmer," is a stop-motion music video shot by Brett Foxwell. "Fascinated with the shapes and textures found in both newly-cut and long-dead pieces of wood, I envisioned a world composed entirely of these forms.”...

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The Green Box Shop Saves Us All

Musician Frank Ocean headlined New York City’s Panorama Festival at Randall’s Island Park this weekend wearing a T-shirt with a simple message: “WHY BE RACIST, SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC, OR TRANSPHOBIC WHEN YOU COULD JUST BE QUIET?” In today’s political maelstrom, and the...

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RAF Sympathisant

A$AP Rocky professes his love for Raf Simons. A$AP Rocky hasn’t been shy about his thing for Raf Simons. In his song “RAF,” an ode to the Belgian designer featuring Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, and Frank Ocean, Rocky raps: “It’s rare Raf when I wear Raf, bare...

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TRUMP TV

We’re Approaching a Major Turning Point in Trump-Era Pop Culture. Critics and audiences alike can be suspicious of art that looks like it wants to have an effect. We like to be unsettled but we also want our politics to be confirmed; some of us disdain “preaching to...

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ZEIT GEIST

German ZEIT Magagzin about ELASTE.  Now on display the original ELASTE in the "Geniale Dilletanten"  exhibition in Dresden's Albertinum Museum. Einige Leser haben mir nach dem Newsletter vom Montag gemailt, weil sie wissen wollen, wie das Elaste-Magazin aus den frühen...

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Pioneers

The German ZEIT Magazin asks for a museum exhibition to recognize ELASTE:

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INTERVIEW WITH PSYCHIC TV AND “GODSTAR”

SACRED BONES RECORDS presents PSYCHIC TV official music video for ‘Godstar’ directed by AKIKO HADA in 1985. The video also features an interview with GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE commenting on their ‘Godstar’ single and the band’s new...

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KEEP IT ALIVE

Keep IT Alive is an exhibition of Alan Vega’s final work, a suite of haunting large-scale paintings he had completed just before his death in July, 2016. Born in Brooklyn in 1938, Vega is known first as one-half of the groundbreaking electro-punk duo Suicide, which...

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Empty Gallery, Paris

Between Paris’s 10th and 18th Arrondissements on Wednesday evening, Virgil Abloh opened his pop-up Empty Gallery as a preview of his soon-to-arrive New York City store, which will go by the same name. The vaulted, light-filled space held an Yves Klein blue box, in...

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Anish Kapoor Explores “Urgent Times”

Anish Kapoor has continued to explore the power of pigment by transforming a room into a bright red landscape based on the unseen borders that separate the modern world. The installation, titled Destierro, is on show at the Parque de la Memoria in Argentina – marking...

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Umbrella, Umbrella

The Infamous Chalk Girl. In 2014, as a 14-year-old schoolgirl, she was arrested for drawing a chalk flower on a wall where thousands of people created protest artworks. It was the end of the umbrella revolution, in which tens of thousands...

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Original ‘Superstar DJ’ of the 1990s and prodigious hedonist, Sasha has become something of a pacified elder statesman of rave in recent years. Having played residencies at the Hacienda in Manchester, the Sound Factory in New York, and in countless Ibiza mega-clubs,...

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OBEY, SYDNEY

Shepard Fairey unveils largest work to date in Sydney. The artwork is a 50m-high and 30m-wide woman with flowers behind her ears, holding a giant waratah – the floral emblem of New South Wales – and the word “OBEY”. It will take around 400 cans of spray paint to...

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OFF – WHITE

In this time of political protest, terrorism, warfare, and the mass displacement of people, what good can mere fashion do? Virgil Abloh, for one, decided that he was going to say something big with his Off-White menswear show in Florence. “It’s my Trojan horse model,”...

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Our Word Now

Ice Cube Schools Bill Maher on the N-Word: "That’s Our Word Now. And You Can’t Have It Back." "It’s not cool because when I hear my homie say it, it don’t feel like venom. When I hear a white person say it, it feel like that knife stabbing you, even if they don’t mean...

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MORTALITY

according to Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. https://youtu.be/rkSj5Z7oVYI

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Ghosts

Jason Shulman captures the entire duration of a movie in a single image with his series Photographs of Films. Pointing his camera at a screen and making an ultra-long exposure of the film as it plays through, each scene from a movie is overlaid on top on another until...

read more

TRICKSTER

New York painter Kehinde Wiley’s latest exhibition features portraits of fellow artists, among them Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers, Rashid Johnson, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. Wiley examines the ways in which artists, and people of color,...

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L.A. R I O T S

The 1992 Los Angeles riots, also known as the Rodney King riots, the South Central riots, the 1992 Los Angeles civil disturbance, the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest, and the Los Angeles uprising, were a series of riots, lootings, arsons, and civil disturbances that...

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Bunch of Kunst

Sleaford Mods film rips Austerity Britain a fresh one. Plugged into disaffection … Sleaford Mods in Bunch of Kunst We know about British bands making it big in their 20s – but what about in their 40s? Christine Franz’s excellent documentary about Sleaford Mods shows...

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C H A N G E S

David Bowie Homage: Willow Smith, Zendaya, and Kiernan Shipka's Heartfelt Rendition of "Changes" W's April cover stars, Willow Smith, Zendaya, and Kiernan Shipaka, pay homage to the legend David Bowie with a performance of his iconic song, “Changes”.

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No I.D.. No Identity.

In the cover story for i-D's Creativity Issue, Tim Walker captures the energy of bright young things Adwoa, Slick, King, Leo and Elliott, against the distinct backdrop of East London.

read more

Talking God, Sex, Money and Bodybuilding

The Milan-based duo shares their take on contemporary obsessions.– Laura, you’re the first partner in a design office I’ve come across who is also a professional opera singer. Laura Baldassari: In addition to being an opera singer, I’m a painter. Design was not on my...

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A DOCUMENT

Turns Five – "In a political climate that aims to tear us apart, we are reminded of the common capacity to marvel at the power of beauty and creativity. This issue marks a milestone—our five-year anniversary—and ten editions in, we continue to explore questions;...

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Memorized

You get the idea, meeting Helmut Lang as I did on a recent afternoon at the Sperone Westwater gallery on Bowery amid his peculiarly assertive, fossil-like memory-foam sculptures, shellacked wall objects (some of which look almost edible, but of course are not), and...

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Ma' Ma' Raschplatz Da

„»Just what is it that makes today ́s home so different, so appealing?« (Richard Hamilton, 1956)
Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt, liegt meist ein kleines Kärtchen in meinem Flur. So auch diesmal »Basement« Hannover Raschplatz. Eröffnung Freitag 12.6.81 22h. Knapp am dreizehnten vorbei, dachte ich und lenkte meinen Wagen einige Tage später durch die trostlose Gegend hinter dem Bahnhof. Beinahe am Ziel angelangt ging ́s dann auch noch in den Keller. Gleißende Leuchtstoffröhren, Pirelli Gummi auf dem Boden, die Decke unverkleidet, hier und da ein bißchen Chrom. Der erste Blick signalisiert, hier wollte jemand der Café– und Diskothekenszene mit ihren pastellfarbigen, schimmernden Barocktempeln eine Ohrfeige verpassen.“
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