Post image for Hi, Artists! Autumn 2015 IMG MGMT Application Now Open

We’re now accepting applications for our autumn 2015 IMG MGMT series! Deadline is August 1.

The strange world of sunburn stock photography.

The strange world of sunburn stock photography. Ow.

  • How popular are different art businesses globally, according to Facebook likes? Apparently Americans like Christie’s more than Sotheby’s. [ARTnews]
  • Don’t do “sunburn art”! (As if this were a “real” trend….) [Standard Daily]
  • Australia’s art funding is facing “dark days” due to budget cuts. [The Guardian]
  • Also facing a budget crisis: Chicago public schools. The city is cutting the schools’ budget by $200 million. [Marketplace]
  • An insightful article on the former sources of performance art. The author wonders about some outsider sources as well, from Oofty Goofty, a feral man-beast covered in tar, to Mr. Eat It All, a guy who tried to eat a waterbed for a promotional event. [Glasstire]
  • This is not surprising: art is really popular among the mega-wealthy. JJ Charlesworth talks about the rise of the prices in relation to the new global elite and the concept of scarcity as value. [artnet News]
  • “Incredibly fast and easy loans against your artworks. 4% Monthly, No Fees. Money tomorrow.”​ The mega-wealthy can now receive low-interest loans from ArtRank by leveraging their art collection as collateral. [Observer]
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem has just announced that David Adjaye is designing a $122 million new home for the institution. Unfortunately, it looks like this means the current building, which dates from 1914, will be joining the list of historic structures in Harlem that have been demolished in the past few years. [The New York Times]
  • Horror fans and art-school students, rejoice! This Halloween, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on Art School of Horrors, a Roger Corman production, where “bad art wants revenge.” [IMDB]
  • Baltimore has awesome bars and creative people—who actually want to be friends with you. [The New York Times]
  • In China, the exhibition ban on Ai Weiwei has been lifted. The artist remains unable to travel outside the country. [The Art Newspaper]
  • A piece of public art in Liverpool has been destroyed by vandals. The sculpture was a brass bird with electronics that played recordings of city residents talking about their hopes and dreams. Everyone’s a critic. [Liverpool Echo]
  • Hello, bears! It’s bear-cam season. [Explore]
Post image for Highlights From the ICA Boston: The Foster Prize and Arlene Shechet

In part two of my Boston adventure, I visit the ICA for a sculptor’s retrospective and an exhibition by the recipients of the 2015 James and Audrey Foster Prize.

Post image for Artist Studios Today, Compared to Artist Studios in the 1980s

From 1983: “The artist continues to be priced out of his or her home and is forced to move on.” Decades later, artists’ rental situations remain precarious.

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It’s Canada Day! Much like universal healthcare, gay marriage, and CARFAC fees (national arts funding) our neighbors to the north get to celebrate everything before we do…including their national holiday. So by the time Americans are getting 4th of July drunk, Canadians will already have recovered from their Canada Day hangovers and be ready to bring their leftover bacon to your lame cookout.

Post image for Space-Squeezed Boston Artists Find Room in SoWa

In Boston’s South End, a real-estate developer is incubating an art neighborhood. Whether or not this offers a sustainable future for artists in the city is unclear, but there is some good work on display.

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For New York’s art world, summer truly begins after July Fourth. That’s when a majority of galleries change to a Monday through Friday schedule.