I filed my last column for the L Magazine today. It’s been a good seven years with them so I’m bummed to leave. But, you know, new horizons and all that. In two weeks you can read my bimonthly column on artnet News.
Good morning and welcome back to the frigid cold. After two days of warmer temperatures in New York, we’re expecting snow again. In links, we’re looking elsewhere.
More than 40 protesters took over the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan during Saturday night’s pay-what-you-wish admission hours. They were protesting the labor conditions on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates, where Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a franchise of New York’s Guggenheim, is being built. [Hyperallergic]
Jessica Gross received a writers residency from Amtrak after lamenting that the train service did not have one over Twitter. Her piece on trains as a writer’s garret is now up. [The Paris Review]
@Museumnerd and @MollyCrabapple are up for Shorty Awards. [Shorty Awards]
Systematic, a show including the work of four abstract contemporary artists (Cora Cluett, Paul Dignan, Felice Koenig, and Emily Schaefer) opens at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art Gallery in Guelph Ontario, March 1st. The show’s already garnered a nod from The Buffalo News. [The Buffalo News]
Mickalene Thomas discusses her late mother, a muse to her work and force of strength in her life. [Creative Time Reports]
A new study shows that in Ontario, recent university graduates have fared significantly better in the job market than graduates from other post-secondary institutions. [The Globe and Mail]
Artnet interviews Curator Jens Hoffmann who has just released a collection of the 50 shows that he believes shaped today’s exhibition-making practices. No word on what any of those 50 shows were and he refers to himself as a math genius. [Artnet]
Yesterday was a bad day for art. Gagosian announced they will be hiring Derek Blasberg, Editor-at-Large for Harper’s Bazaar, to do lord knows what (I mean that literally, as he’s not got a position), and Hudson, the founder of Feature Inc., died. The first bit of bad news isn’t worth much discussion. Blasberg is just another jewel in an empire that values culture by the money and influence it has behind it, not the ideas it contributes to society. Hudson was different. He cared about art just as much as the business, and in these times, that kind of loss will be felt.
Eric Fischl, “The Bed, The Chair, The Sitter” 1999
If you’re in New York, it’s 14 degrees and there’s news of another impending storm. Blarg. News elsewhere is more interesting.
ALLOVERSTREET happens this Saturday in Baltimore, an event that invites visitors to trek to five arts spaces on East Oliver between Guilford and Greenmount. [Bmoreart]
Jason Foumberg reviews “Your Everyday Art World”, a book by Lane Relyea, that contends social gatherings of like-minded markers are the driving force of the art industry. The meat from Foumberg’s review, “Relyea views DIY circuit is described as training wheels for conventional institutional roles. It’s why apartment galleries pretend to have white cube walls and hand out typed checklists at their opening receptions. What has the potential to be a radical exhibition format mimics the art world professional standard; and whatever was actually radical in the DIY scene has been usurped by the elite curators and artists who float from biennial to biennial so that an apartment gallery’s “microutopian” potential, as “the everyday’s poetic antitext,” becomes the premise for the next big international biennial. Alternative always gets folded back into the mainstream. [New City]
I spent a couple hours at the pub last night watching figure skating and The Westminster Dog Show. (Mullane’s might be the best sports bar ever). Sky, the Wire Fox Terrier wins the show. Can’t wait to see him eat a steak! [The New York Times]
Painter Eric Fischl is now experiencing an upswing because he had a show at the Albertina and has some work on view at New York Academy of Art? Um, okay. [FT]
In case you missed it, Gallerist has a profile on Phillipe Vergne, the new director of MoCA, and his work at DIA. [Gallerist]
Too bad Randy Kennedy couldn’t get a comment from Crystal Bridges founder Alice Walton for his story on the show their planning for September: 100 under-recognized artists, culled from a list of more than 10,000. Still, a great read. [The New York Times]
As if there weren’t already enough reasons to come to the Art F City Roast (Feb 17th at Postmasters), we’ve found another one: famed Village Voice Critic Christian Viveros-Faune will be the evening’s Roast Master!