A chartreuse sculpture of Vladimir Lenin Urinating because why not
Another performing arts center, the Incubator Arts Project, closes shop in New York with a lukewarm review of its final performance, “Nomads”. Oh, well. [Village Voice]
The “Fountain of the Future,” erected in Krakow and commissioned by Polish officials is actually a fluorescent chartreuse sculpture of Vladimir Lenin urinating. [The Independent]
Class division was always a part of New York life, according to these illustrations of the 19th century “Carriage Parade”, which is described as “a foreshadowing of our current celebrity-obsessed culture”. This is a great find for New York history nerds. [Ephemeral New York, Via @wagnerblog]
The Whitney’s Instagramming sneak peaks of Jeff Koons sculptures still in their wrappers. It appears there will be gold. [Instagram]
A fiery debate over a bland-sounding but relevant headline, “Why connoisseurship matters.” Art dealer Bendor Grosvenor thinks connoisseurship is finally starting to matter again because “The pendulum is at last swinging away from the “authorship doesn’t matter” brigade.” Tate curator Martin Myrone casts doubts over the a rebranded “new connoisseurship” because connoisseurship has always been part of the job. This sounds a little like the New Aesthetic, which identified hot new trends by faulty theory. [Arthistorynews]
The Paris art school ENSBA’s out of touch and commercially driven director, Nicolas Bourriaud, is apparently renting out student space for his private events with Ralph Lauren, leaving the student’s without access to their studios for days. [Artnet News]
Joan Mitchell’s work is on view at Cheim & Read and Lennon, Weinberg. For an excellent discussion of these paintings formal qualities check out Thomas Micchelli’s review. “There is nothing ingratiating about these paintings. Chrome green is one of the drabbest colors in the palette, and it is unpleasant to work with — sticky and invasive. Mitchell pushes its dourness further by darkening it with black, which erupts in smears across the surface.” [Hyperallergic]
In another attempt to make art museums more and more like Disney World, there’s a fake crime scene around a missing painting at the Springfield Art Museum. Has the painting been stolen, or has it come to life!? The Art Hunters, or a fictitious duo of crime solvers not unlike an art-themed Scooby-Doo, have been called on the case. Oh it’s also an online reality show. [ARGNet]
We’ve entered the season of group shows. Tonight, attend the Chashama Gala and support an organization that has tirelessly worked to provide free and low-cost studios for artists. Friday, check out Bad Girls at Klaus Von Nichtssagend, a contemporary take on the now famed 1990′s touring feminist museum exhibition organized by Marcia Tucker. And Saturday, spend some time at Picture Ray Studio with some of our favorite photo editors at Mossless. Their third issue drops that day.
Let’s be honest; if you’ve been going to Bushwick Open Studios for the last couple of years, you’ve probably got some reservations about the event. By day, it’s a zoo of eateries and portable vintage clothing shops smattered with bits of performance art and artists listless in their studios; by night, it’s an enormous frat party. Slowly, but surely, the BOS listing website is starting to resemble the DUMBO Arts Festival open studios; lots of artists, most of them pursuing art as a hobby.
We know, because we’ve spent the last several days combing the website for studios we think worthy of visiting this weekend, so you don’t have to. Below is a list of studios we recommend. And if you want our unsolicited advice: get the job done as quick as you can, lest you get swallowed by a roaming frat party swarm.
Time: a universal topic in art, but especially prominent in this week’s art events. Thinkers Tacita Dean, R. H. Quaytman, John Powers, and Marco Antonini are just a few who will be taking on time as subject matter.
It is also time to start planning for Bushwick Open Studios. This post covers the several Bushwick galleries and satellite fair which will be opening for this week’s massive open studio walk. Coming up next: AFC’s picks for artist studios. Stay tuned!
In the summer of 2012 The Newtown Creek Armada invited people to visit New York’s sewage plant and play with their remote controlled water boats. The plant is located on the Newtown Creek, which was made a superfund site in 2010 due to its extreme pollution levels.
Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), the city’s only bastion for free and off-the-wall art education, has announced new courses for a two-week session this May. It’s part of the collective’s latest acronym-stretching project BYOU (Bring Your Own University).