Massive Links! Gallery Week to Launch | Bin Laden is Dead | Tom Otterness Has Dead Dog Problems

by Paddy Johnson on May 2, 2011 · 8 comments Massive Links

Pablo Picasso, Marie-Thérèse avec une guirlande (1937), Gagosian Gallery

  • Canadians who care about preserving the arts funding they have should vote strategically today to prevent the Conservative Party’s Steven Harper from winning a majority. As a Canadian who has lived outside of the country for more than five years I can’t vote, but I deeply care about these election results. Make your vote count.
    This weekend: New York Gallery Week! This means scads of openings, free events and programs. I’m looking forward to the Hilary Harnischfeger talk at Rachel Uffner Gallery May 7th (1:00 – 2:00 pm), New Directions in Curatorial Models at Sean Kelly Gallery (even though none of the panelists have been announced), May 7th (3:00 -5:00 pm) and Paper Monument‘s discussion of “the art assignment” at Rachel Uffner. May 8th (4:00 – 6:00 pm).
  • At the request of its visitors, the Aldritch launches a portraiture show, and the results are traditional. No Facebook or cell phone pictures, complains Martha Schwendener for The Times, but apparently there’s enough good art in the show to warrant a trip.
  • Everyone and their dog is talking about that Gagosian Picasso and Marie-Thérèse show. I’m putting it on this week’s to-see list, but enough with the “museum quality show at no cost” story. This is just another way not to talk about the art.


Anonymous May 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I thought it was hilarious that the Tom Otterness story was front page of Metro today — the morning after bin Laden was shot! I know it’s because of when they went to press & how late the big story broke, but the placement certainly made me do a double (or triple) take. Anyway, Otterness sold his soul to the devil for fame; I won’t stay awake at night knowing he’s still experiencing negative repercussions for that decision.

Anonymous May 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Otterness just makes a lot of bad cutesy work. The dog thing is separate and at this point should be let go.

Adam Zucker May 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I am so sick of Tom Otterness and the ridiculous commissions he gets from NYC to make “public” eye sores. Very disturbing.

Anonymous May 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Well, now that’s a separate and an actual issue. But what would media have to talk about if we were forced to discuss real stories? Calendar management stories like today’s news item about Ai Wei Wei’s sculpture unveiling being post poned by bin Laden’s death could be sidelined!

Anonymous May 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I don’t think we’ll ever get everyone to stop talking about the no admission re: picasso at gagosian, but at least tom otterness can shut their dog up.

EEH May 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm

There’s also a Soutine/Bacon exhibit at the Helly Nahmad Gallery that opens to the public today. (I almost went to the opening party yesterday save for an acute sickness, and now feel like penitently mentioning it.)

As for bin Laden, for a moment I was wondering if the networks would somehow find a way to mention his death and the royal wedding in the same breath.

And Otterness is a worthless ass.

aaron gemmill May 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

isn’t the cutesy art penance for killing the dog?

Brian Sherwin May 10, 2011 at 4:08 am

Want people to keep talking about you? Kill a dog, submerge a religious symbol in urine, or do anything else that generally would be seen as being bat-shit insane. It is interesting how so many are known not so much for what they have done today– but for who they pissed off decades ago.

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