- “Speaking of depressing Dutch paintings… Hereeeee’s Vinnie!” Van Gogh’s dour “Potato Eaters” and Currin’s northern European Renaissance throwback “Thanksgiving” are included in this Thanksgiving round-up of art history family dinners. [Observer]
- Big news from Manchester: Fiona Gasper will take over as Executive Director of the Manchester International Festival early next year, and Rem Koolhaas has been commissioned to new arts venue the Factory Manchester. [Artforum]
- Riveting long read on how a Canadian internet troll “swatted”—a form of online harassment leading to a crank-called swat team raid on your home—many female Twitch streamers before eventually being arrested after a long and challenging cross-border investigation. Most damning in all of this is how utterly lax and hands-off Twitch, the live streaming video gamer site frequently ranked among the top five peak internet traffic websites, was in dealing with all of this female-directed trolling. [New York Times Magazine]
- Filipino artist Maria Taniguchi, best known for her large-scale “brick” paintings, has won this year’s Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. [ArtReview]
- A summary of this year’s Americas programme at Art Basel Miami Beach: Los Angeles gets a big push with a panel including Hans Ulrich Obrist and Bret Easton Ellis, and there will be a stronger Midwest presence thanks to a handful of Chicago galleries and presentations by artists from that region (ie. the Wisconsin-born Michelle Grabner and her husband Brad Killiam at James Cohan’s booth, Iowa’s Ken Okiishi at Pilar Corrias.) [The Art Newspaper]
- Martin Herbert’s round-up of December’s top ten must-see shows includes the Brooklyn Museum’s Agitprop! and early Donald Baechler works at Cheim & Read. [ArtReview]
- One of the longest-running antiquarian book sellers, London’s Maggs Brothers, is moving for the first time in 75 years. Established in 1853, this photo essay of its soon-to-be-vacated five-storey Georgian mansion filled with rare books and manuscripts is a lovely memory trip for antiquarian die-hards. [Spitalfields Life]
- According to Carly Simon, Jack Nicholson’s pick-up line was “What if we go over to your apartment?” followed by “Do you ever drink coffee in your bedroom?” [@RichJuzwiak]
- The secret histories of.. airports! LGA was built on a former 19th century amusement park boasting the east coast’s first Ferris Wheel, and ATL was once a failed racetrack owned by Coca-Cola’s founder. The things you learn in these seasonal content farms! [Gizmodo]
- General Idea’s early video works will be screening at the Barbican in January, and curator Panos Fourtoulakis discusses the Canadian collective’s impact on shaping queer identity and culture, as well as the “potentiality of life unscribed by heteronormative conventions.” [Fringe!]
- Related: AA Bronson, the last surviving member of the group, is the subject of this photo essay exploring his current shows at the Kunstvereins in Grazer and Salzburg. [Hyperallergic]
- This GIF from Bruce Nauman’s “Thank You Thank You”. [@ART21]
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.
Between 1692 and 1693, more than twenty people were executed in Massachusetts. They were the victims of a series of trials and persecutions against people accused of witchcraft. Most were women. All but one died of by hanging. During that time, Rebecca Nurse, a 71 year old grandmother known piousness and stature in the community was hung for witchcraft.
Years later, her great, great grandchild, Rebecca Goyette tells a new story, inspired by the events that killed her grandmother. I was lucky enough to be part of the live studio audience for the the filming of her new work “Ghost Bitch”, which imagines the life of a character by the same name doing historical reenactments by day and dominatrix work by night. She is a modern day witch who works hard to fulfill the expectations of thrill-seeking tourists—and art audiences.
The result was improvisational work of theatre and film that so thoroughly impressed and terrified me I reached out to Goyette to discuss the work. It premieres at the Satellite Art Show in a bandshell on Miami Beach next week, as part of her curatorial project “Extra Teats: “A Screening of Bad Ass Puritan-Purging Digital Artwork”. The screening includes works by Katie Cercone, Kerry Downey, Dawn Frasch, Faith Holland, Narcissister, Kenya Robinson. We discuss gender dynamics and power struggles, Ghost Bitch, and the filming of that project and the most frightening art I have ever paid witness to.
Every year Xipsy (Boyd Level) produces their Art Basel guide we produce a dedicated post to promoting it. Why? Because in conjunction with our own opinionated guides, a simple foldable PDF naming all the fairs, their hours, locations and openings has proved invaluable. You don’t have to figure out how to use any special apps or scour websites for their hours. You don’t have to worry about exhausting precious phone battery to use it. It’s all here in one convenient printable map, this year produced with Bulletin41. Print this thing out as we have. You’ll thank us for it later.