Bronx Commons, an affordable housing complex coming to the Bronx along with a performance space, was supposed to include set-aside apartments for aging musicians being priced out of the borough. Now, the developers are being told that policy might violate fair housing laws. This is a bad precedent for affordable artist housing. [Curbed]
Artist James Bridle has designed a salt circle (like in witchcraft) to trap self-driving cars. This is so good. [The Creators Project]
White Mule Framing Inc. is auctioning off pretty much everything they own. This includes vouchers for future framing work. The business has decided to move out of Manhattan due to rising rents and is auctioning off their inventory to raise money for a down payment on a forever home. That’s a pretty smart move. [32 Auctions]
Looks like we’re going to have to check out Lynn Hershman Leeson’s work at Bridget Donahue. Photos from this show pique curiosity. [Contemporary Art Daily]
A.E. Benenson considers Sean Raspet’s faux-food innovations as the conceptual grandchild of the Bauhaus’s optimism—a foil to a not-so-distant, cynical Silicon Valley dystopia. Paddy and I weren’t so happy with the non-food’s texture and chemical-y taste. We tried it at Frieze last year. To quote myself, the gel in a tube had “notes of past-due seafood kimchee with a squirt of toothpaste.” [Art in America]
Pace announces it will open a second gallery in Hong Kong during the Art Basel Hong Kong art fair. [artnet News]
Based on her tags on Tumblr, we’ll describe Argentine artist Catalina Muñoz as a “Cyberpunk Grrrl”. Her blog is full of great GIFs, including these strange tableaus of Barbie is burqas in various settings, from hot pink offices to doll houses. These are probably some of the strangest GIFs I’ve seen in a while, which is saying something.
Much like Paddy’s experience of the Whitney Biennial, New York’s art scene this week is dominated by the political with a healthy smattering of painterly painting, ubiquitous identity politics, and the unapologetically weird.
Highlights include a talk about “the intersectional self” at the 8th Floor featuring Genesis P-Orridge on Thursday, followed by a solo show from Dona Nelson at Thomas Erben Gallery. We’re looking forward to Ernesto Burgos’ work at Kate Werble Gallery (think ab-ex in 3D) on Friday night and some afro-futurist cyberpunk world-building by E. Jane at American Medium on Saturday. If you need a moment of zen before the work week starts, head to E.S.P. TV’s closing reception at Pioneer Works on Sunday—you can join them on a corporate retreat, complete with a self-help guru.
Thomas Gainsborough, “Mr. and Mrs. William Hallett,” aka “The Morning Walk.”
Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Jasper Johns, and Cindy Sherman are among the artists who’ve signed a petition against the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget. Under Trump’s plan, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) would be totally defunded. [artnet News]
This is scary. Artist Karen Fiorito has received multiple death threats since creating an anti-Trump billboard. It was commissioned by Phoenix art gallery La Melgosa, and alludes to Nazism. [The Independent]
Also scary: German police now suspect a Belgian man killed Berlin-based artist Ewa Kowska in a sex game gone wrong. The artist’s body was found with multiple stab wounds, which the killer tried to cover up by setting fire to her apartment. [The Local]
Oh man, I have to see this. Apparently the finale of Tracey Ullman’s Show features a wine-swigging “troubled artist” character inspired by Tracey Emin. [Mirror]
The Lower East Side’s 100 Gates Project, which pairs artists and small businesses for murals on bodega shutters, is heading to East Harlem and Staten Island. Will the Instagrammers seeking street art selfie backdrops follow? [Curbed]
For some reason, 63 year old Keith Gregory attacked a 1785 Thomas Gainsborough painting (above) with a sharp object in the National Gallery in London. [The New York Times]
Kerr Houston’s writing about Penelope Umbrico make me like Penelope Umbrico. [BmoreArt]
Last month, I checked out what was on view at some of Mexico City’s galleries during the art fairs. Over the past week, I stopped by a few more. Highlights include Rurru Mipanochia at ArtSpace Mexico (bastion of queer contemporary art), SANGREE at Yautepec, and Mauricio Limón at Galería Hilario Galguera a few blocks away. Today is the last day to see Mauricio Limón’s show, and I highly recommend it.
All three very different solo shows share one thing in common: they mine Mexico’s turbulent post-colonial history with a sense of humor. Strategies range from queering pre-Columbian cosmology or hybridizing Mayan and classical European pottery to recycling imagery from currencies that failed in the face of globalization. Notably, none of this work comes across as bitter or preachy.
I stumbled across Laura Berger’s adorable GIFs of nudes frolicking while looking for a NSFW GIF of the Hump Day (here at AFC, our browsers have very strange search histories). But these guys are totally SFW, as their minimalist anatomy leaves everything to the imagination. Maybe life’s just simpler when sex-less.
A painting by Adolf Hitler. It’s “a piece of shit”.
Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi has curated an exhibition about art and madness at Museo Di Salo in Lombardy. The most high-profile inclusion in the show: a rarely-seen painting by Adolf Hitler that Sgarbi describes as “a piece of shit”. [The Telegraph]
This is the best museum-related news we’ve heard in a long time. The Museum of the Dog is moving back to New York after relocating to St. Louis (really?) in 1987. Expect so much dog art. [NBC New York]
Yay! Trump’s latest travel ban has been shot down by a federal judge, again. [The New York Times]
And the bad news: Trump’s proposed budget is really bad for the arts, the EPA, and poor people. But great for the military industrial complex. Defense first, obviously, because once we’re a toxic shithole of a country devoid of culture or social infrastructure everyone else will just be lining up to invade. [The Washington Post]
Ronald Hollar has been charged by Des Moines police after drunkenly crashing his car into one of that city’s most beloved public artworks. [KCCI Des Moines]
Julian Opie and Lisson Gallery are prepping for Opie’s first major show in China, at Shanghai’s Fosun Foundation. Honestly, I had mostly forgotten about Opie. I wonder if that’s because his work seems so dated as a result of how much it influenced turn-of-the-millennium graphic design. I can’t look at one of his paintings without seeing a painfully hip early 00s Granta “best of” anthology cover. Maybe Chinese audiences won’t be as jaded to his style? [Newsweek]
Versailles is changing its contemporary art program. After recent controversies surrounding their solo art-star exhibitions (Anish Kapoor, anyone?) the French landmark is shifting to a group show model. Whoever thought people would consider curating group shows as a lower-drama alternative? [artnet News]
This animated GIF of nude people spelling out the word “YOGA” in the woods brings such a smile to my face. I mean that not in the pervy sense, nor in the sense that it has helped me attain some spiritual serenity.
It’s just impossible to look at this and not smile. If you’re hankering for more pics of naked people doing yoga outside in some very funny positions, this is the site for you.
Fire Island Artist Residency’s online editions store recently added a really good Catherine Opie reprint. [FIAR]
Krisztina Czika makes knockoff IKEA mugs using body hair removal wax and human hair. Based on the comments section of this article, they aren’t very popular. [Dezeen]
Entertainment Weekly has published the most scathing film review I have read: “In terms of content and meaningfulness, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song is the cinematic equivalent of a Trump press conference. Incoherent, disconnected, self-interrupting, obsessed with pointless minutiae and crammed full of odd, limp stabs at profundity from a closed-off man in his 70s who apparently has no ability to edit or accept constructive criticism. Malick, too, still inspires a passionate minority of hardcore devotees who will defend everything he does, no matter how inept or ludicrous, out of some bizarre sense of base loyalty towards the man who made Days of Heaven 39 years ago. Even for those groupies, this new humiliating wreck of a movie—the reclusive director’s worst ever—presents a test of will.” [Entertainment Weekly]
Danish police tracked down a collection of stolen paintings 16 years after their theft. But since the owner’s insurance company already paid for their value, they won’t be going home to the collector. [artnet News]
The Satanic Temple has launched its own art gallery in Salem, Massachusetts. Right now they’re showing Vincent Castiglia paintings made from human blood. I’m confused as to how these look so boring. [Observer]
Apply for the PhotoIreland Festival. This year, curators are looking for work that relates to a creepy old library. [PhotoIreland]