- Oh god, this athleisure Miami fair activation totally deserves a laughing/crying emoji: “SoulCycle is offering free stationary bicycling classes while an artist works inside the popup studio.” [Bloomberg]
- “‘It’s a little late now, I’d say,’ he observed dryly during an interview last month in his Lower East Side studio. ‘But better than never.’” On the bittersweet rush by American museums to acquire the works of African American artists for their permanent collections after decades of neglect. [New York Times]
- Ridiculous: since President Xi Jinping took office, his tough stance on freedom of speech has led to Chinese artists being under increasing surveillance, and now, the inexcusable shutdown of a Beijing exhibition focusing on domestic violence just hours before its opening. [artnet News]
- The other story at last week’s Heffel Fine Art Auction sale was the record sales for three Lawren Harris canvases. “Mountain and Glacier” fetched $4.6 million CDN, the highest ever for a Harris work at auction. The sale comes at the heels of the Hammer retrospective co-curated by Steve Martin, which is reviving international interest in the Canadian painter. [Los Angeles Times]
- The National Gallery of Canada is receiving a $10-million gift which will help establish its new Canadian Photography Institute. [Ottawa Citizen]
- It looks the NYT investigation on tax-exempt private museums—and the wealthy collector founders who are able to deduct full amount of any art or stock they donate to it—is now being scrutinized by the Senate Finances Committee. [New York Times]
- A London Gallery is recreating Miró’s studio for an upcoming exhibition. [The Guardian]
- Andrea K. Scott thinks Rachel Rose’s “Everything and More” at the Whitney is a “lock” for best debut in 2015. [The New Yorker]
- The suspected Planned Parenthood shooter is apparently a dealer of fine art prints. [artnet News]
- Brilliant: an unauthorized arts festival at the Tate Modern is being organized during the Paris climate talks to bring attention to the looming deadline for the big four British institutions to not renew BP’s lead sponsorship. [Deadline]
- Stampsy startup founder Roman Mazurenko—best known as editor-in-chief of LAM (Look at Me) Magazine, and a key Moscow cultural entrepreneur—has died. [Artforum]
White guys are at it again. Earlier this week, Quebec filmmaker Dominic Gagnon’s of the North enraged Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq as a “painful and racist” experimental documentary that used her music without permission. Tagaq took to Twitter to complain about the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival’s (RIDM) recent screening of the film.
And she’s not wrong to be upset. A bit of background: of the North compiles user-generated YouTube footage from Nunavut and Northern Quebec; it’s a mash-up of Arctic tundra landscapes populated with oil rigs, hunting, and skidoos but also Inuit men vomiting after drinking binges, and even a desperate Buñuel-esque edit of a vagina that cuts into a video of a dog’s tail hair being trimmed.
Art Basel Miami Beach doesn’t technically begin until next week, but myriad satellite fairs, pop-ups, and exhibitions at institutions and artist-run spaces have pretty much turned Miami “Art Week” into a season unto itself. For Miami locals and those who want to check out more than just what you can see at the fairs, this is the guide for you.
This dizzying GIF depicts a spinning CGI bald man in the fetal position covering his eyes while he gives himself a BJ, exposing his butt hole in the process. Something about it, though, makes it feel more New-Age-y than pornographic. It could be that his hands look like they’re praying and he’s seemingly levitating over a serene pool of water. Or the fact that he’s spinning in such a manner that his toes form the points of a pentagram. Maybe it’s because this is what watching people do yoga is like?
At any rate, it’s a dude pleasuring himself who looks embarrassed. Gaze upon his shame after the jump.
Art Basel Miami Beach doesn’t technically begin until next week, but myriad satellite fairs, pop-ups, and exhibitions at institutions and artist-run spaces have pretty much turned Miami “Art Week” into a season unto itself. For Miami locals or those already in town prepping for the main fairs, there’s plenty of quality shows already open this week, including tonight’s opening reception for a real/fake all-woman art fair. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for what you can see today or this weekend.
It’s hard to count all the ways the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) exhibition “Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen” fails. Lame gallery space, obvious exhibition design, poor exhibition maintenance all contribute to a terrible viewing experience. And it’s not the first time. The show is the latest in a string of underwhelming shows suggesting that the film centre and headquarters for TIFF might not be equipped to handle the major touring exhibitions it earnestly seeks to attract. In the five years since TIFF moved into the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a five-story glass-paneled complex in the heart of city’s entertainment district, its exhibition programming has struggled in going year-round.
Blame the HSBC Gallery, its main exhibition space. Despite state-of-the-art cinemas on upper levels gently twisting above an airy street level public atrium, it’s always struck me as an architectural afterthought. Any exhibitions I’ve seen — from a revamped version of MoMA’s Tim Burton exhibition to the TIFF-organized David Cronenberg retrospective survey — have felt cramped, and marred by exhibition design lacking any sort of intuitive flow or sense of movement for visitors.