Jeff Koons may inspire more debate than any other living artist. His work is kitschy, expensive, and market-friendly. He recycles imagery to the point of looking intellectually lazy. Is his factory of art makers really that different from Buzzfeed, a vast and wealthy website that brings together hundreds of pre-existing and manipulated images for little more than entertainment?
Throughout the web series Zhe Zhe, the show’s characters both fantasize and delude themselves about being anything other than in their twenties and underemployed. They’re rockstars, they’re socialites, and occasionally, even demonstrate a modicum of self awareness.
A year after the close of the American Civil War, America’s first homegrown musical, “The Black Crook,” premiered in New York. That timing probably has a lot to do with why the Broadway-style musical has come to be seen as American as apple pie. But it also now begs the question: Why aren’t there more singing Lincolns? For that, there’s Courtesy the Artists to fill the void. Made up of Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade from the performance group My Barbarian, Courtesy the Artists channeled the same type of zany, yet critical theatrics the group’s known for.
While Bushwick Open Studios inspired some pretty harsh criticism on this blog, we did leave the galleries with plenty to recommend. We saw shows at the NEWD Art Show, Interstate Projects, and English Kills.