The Winnipeg sculptor, painter, and collage artist Marcel Dzama’s eclectic choices for his top ten range from avant-garde underwater shorts (Painlevé) to noir (The Third Man) to New Wave (The Fire Within) to contemporary experimental (Guy Maddin). [Read more via the Criterion Collection]

    Artwork pictured: Silence in Numbers, 2011

  5. It’s not every day we see our artwork featured in Vogue! 

    Bettina Prentice, founder and owner of Prentice Art: “I did almost all of my Christmas shopping on Artspace.com this year. Part of their mission is collaborating with cultural institutions and nonprofits like limited editions so they’ll produce a portfolio of incredible contemporary art to benefit, say, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Creative Time, or even Coalition for the Homeless. The editions are just what I look for 1) by respected artists, 2) small in scale, and 3) very high in quality.”

  6. Artwork of the day:

    Scared of his own ghost by Marcel Dzama

    Happy Halloween! View our entire collection of art to haunt your walls here.

  7. THIS: Dark Knight Rising movie poster

    reminds us of

    THAT: unique work by Marcel Dzama

    We are so excited for the final installment of the Dark Knight trilogy!

  8. Another artist that I love and who has done quite a few collaborations with musicians is Marcel Dzama

    In his signature earthy tones, Dzama lends his characters to Beck’s Guero album and fellow Canadian band, The Weakerthans’s Reconstruction Site. —JESSIE

  9. Untitled, 1998-1999

    by Marcel Dzama

    Ink and watercolor on paper 

    I’ve been completely transfixed by this work by Marcel Dzama. It drew me in with its simplistic design, which appeals to my love of vintage illustration and balanced compositions. Truthfully though, what I really like is the somewhat morbid subject matter: the headless woman who seems to have her choice of 17 heads with a variety of hairstyles and facial expressions. 

    Struggling to explain myself (and desperate to delegate today’s post to someone else in any way possible), I decided to consult my friend Tim by sending him the link and asking him why I would like it. He immediately said, “Because it’s like Princess Mombi from Return to Oz” - as if this is a perfectly acceptable reason to like something. The reference was lost on me, as that movie terrified me as a child and I haven’t seen it since. Turns out, it works.

    Apparently Mombi (a dark-haired, deranged, and evil middle-aged sorceressmade a deal with the Nome King: if she trapped Princess Ozma in her enchanted mirror, he would make her a princess and give her thirty beautiful heads which she could switch depending on her mood. 

    I’m not sure if this is what Dzama intended when creating this work, and I am not any closer to figuring out why exactly I like it. But no matter. I don’t think you need a reason to like a work of art, and that is my final answer. -JENN