“Fucking prolific” is a phrase that comes to mind when paging through Claudia Maté’s web portfolio. Just based on the thirty-nine websites, GIFs and videos on her site, you might think she’s well into her late thirties. Her resume is equally long, listing exhibitions at MoMA, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and Wayne State University.
A brief look at Aaron Williams’s work isn’t going to get you anywhere. His spray painted crumpled posters look like Tauba Auerbach’s work, his photos resemble photoshop gradients, and his routed paintings channel Joan Mitchell. Everything looks familiar. And that’s not an accident. You have to spend time interpreting the references.
This week and next we’ll be featuring the work of seven artists we think you should keep an eye on. Not only are they making extraordinary work, but they’re being recognized for it as well. We kick things off with Rebecca Patek.
It’s almost July, which means it’s time for our critically-acclaimed summer reading list, a list of books that, quite simply, we critics acclaim. Last summer, we gave you a list of novels artists love, just in time for your beach reading. This time around, we’ve provided our own mix, ranging from fiction on chatrooms and psychosis, and histories on New York and Elizabethan London.
Ben Davis takes a closer look at the Whitney Museum’s wall labels in the Jeff Koons retrospective; he finds some naive ideas about race. Apparently, “Equilibrium” had to do with hoop dreams, and Koons thought Michael Jackson’s skin-whitening was “radicality” and “abstraction” because it was the ultimate appeal to the mainstream white middle class. We all know that Jeff Koons is about quasi-religious celebration of the mainstream, so that doesn’t bother me. It’s the lack of Koons’s critical intent that can be disturbing. [Artnet News]
You may have heard that the U.S. is playing in the World Cup today. Do your patriotic best by watching this video of a bald eagle in slow-motion. Or you can just watch the Muppets get down with the stars and stripes. [YouTube]
Beluga vodka is sponsoring MANIFESTA; curator Kasper König, um, developed a cocktail with them. “Adoring the talent and authority of the chief curator of MANIFESTA 10 Kasper König, Beluga together with him created a special König Cocktail which according to the curator’s idea is a bit spicy, expressively bitter and dry, with bright fruity notes.” [Rhiannon Pickles PR]
Picking up on our airdancer GIF from last week, is this terrible tough-guy song on floppy guys. [YouTube]
ArtsGreensboro has agreed to underwrite the arts coverage in the Greensboro News & Record for a year. This seems like a good start, but we can’t get through the subscription service to view the article they’ve written on the subject of the arts. According to Hyperallergic, CEO and President Thomas Philion says they are looking for ticket sales (for their grantees?) from this venture. Does this mean we can expect “criticism” that reads like ad copy? [Hyperallergic]
Conceptual artist duo Bompas & Parr have created an installation of carnival attractions meant to reveal the sexual subtext of these fairs at the Museum of Sex. This includes a photograph of cotton candy over a woman’s crotch. [Museum of Sex]
Activist and community organizer Justin Wedes tweets that Cecily McMillan might be released from Rikers Island soon. #rumors [Twitter]
Chinese millionaire buys an ad in the New York Times saying he’s going to give out $300 cash to New York’s homeless and treat them to lunch, too. At the lunch, he doesn’t give out the cash; the homeless diners start yelling. Strangeawfulwtf. [The New York Times]
Blast from the past: Cory Arcangel’s kittens playing Arnold Schoenberg’s “Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11-II.” [YouTube, via @CliveHolden]
Between 7:15 and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, somebody broke into the Metropolitan Opera house at Lincoln Center and began spray-painting obscenities on sculptures and paintings. Very likely, it’s a disgruntled employee. [New York Post]