It only took me three months to see the Chris Ofili show at The New Museum but, boy, am I glad I made that happen last week. It’s fucking incredible—I left the museum euphoric. And the three floor show of paintings, drawings, and sculpture has been extended until the end of the weekend, so you’ve still got time to see it. I can’t recommend doing so highly enough.
Steve Lambert, a finalist in this year’s ArtPrize competition says that if he wins, he will donate the money to the LGBT Fund of Grand Rapids. That’s potentially a lot of money. He’s been nominated in both the public vote, and by the jury. The top prize for each is worth $200,000. Currently, he’s up for the $20,000 Time-Based Juried Award and the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize. (He’s now out of the running for the public vote prize.)
If there was ever any doubt that politically conservative culture critic Terry Teachout is full of shit, his latest article for The Wall Street Journal should settle the matter. In it, he suggests that Roberta Smith and Michael Kimmelman are hypocrites because they have called out The Metropolitan Museum of Art for accepting money from philanthropist and famed right winger David H. Koch over Twitter, but might not refuse to cover the museum. The Met’s brand-new plaza with the Beaux-Arts facade, is named after Koch because he donated $65 million to pay for it.
Art Basel put together curated Kickstarter page for a bunch of non-profits, and the New York Times leads their story with the line: “One of the world’s most prominent art fairs is hoping to garner support for nonprofit art organizations by lending them some street cred.”
There are so many problems with the project and the coverage, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Artsy just posted an interview with London-based collector Sarah Elson who’s devised a “residency-cum-homespun exhibition” that’s a “new form of art patronage.” It’s actually just the same model of patronage that’s existed for centuries.