- Knoedler & Co.’s sale of 80 million dollars worth of fake paintings is the scandal that just keeps giving. This Sunday, 60 minutes did a segment, with Anderson Cooper hosting. Cooper couldn’t get the gallery’s owner, though, Ann Freedman to agree to the interview. That’s more interesting than the segment itself, which reveals little [CBS News via ARTnews]
- Two parents forgot the essential “do not touch” lesson of art-viewing at the Shanghai Museum of Glass. In a stunning but–let’s be honest–hilarious CCTV video, two boys not only touch Shelly Xue’s ethereal “Angel Is Waiting” sculpture, but yank it off the walls as their parents stand by filming [Hyperallergic]
- Holy crap. In Canadian news wholly unrelated to art, The Tragically Hip, Canada’s most beloved rock band, announced that their lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer. [Local xPress]
- Noel Cruz removes the paint on faces of dolls so he can repaint them. He choses dolls of celebrities, and gives them an eery life-like look. Normally, not our bag, but you gotta admit there’s some serious skill here. [Deviant Art]
- 239 Tenth Avenue in Chelsea, the one time home to Getty Gas station, and an art installation of fake sheep owned by Peter Marino (referred to by Curbed as “the leather daddy of luxury”), is currently under construction. Get ready for condos! Curbed, doing what Curbed does, has the photos of that…construction. [Curbed]
- The art world can also produce tabloid fodder worthy of Hollywood as seen in the headline “Isa Genzken Says She Became An Alcoholic After Her Divorce From Gerhard Richter.” Juicy. [artnet News]
- Every so often it’s important to get an education, as well as see what materials renowned artists are reading. Hank Willis Thomas provides a curriculum on “Vision & Justice” including, unsurprisingly, texts by Audre Lorde, James Baldwin and Marlon Riggs. [Aperture]
- The Rider’s Alliance, a grassroots transit advocacy group has polled New Yorkers who live in zip codes served by the L train whether they’d prefer an 18 month, full shutdown, or three years of disrupted service. 77 percent of the 350 respondents said they’d prefer the 18 month shut down. The L Train tunnel incurred significant damage during Hurricane Sandy and requires the work. Many galleries and artists are served by this line. [Capital New York]
- After binge-watching every season of The X-Files, we’re a little disappointed we missed this weekend’s annual Pine Bush UFO Festival, which includes, according to their website, UFO novelties, live characters and the “now INFAMOUS (and often hilarious) ‘Alien and UFO Themed Parade’.” Here are the pics from that event, which includes adults, children and dogs in tacky green alien costumes. [Gothamist]
There are all kinds of screenings and events to see this week, from Dirty Dancing at the Queens Museum, to Brian Alfred’s flattened renderings of Japanese train stations and Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, to Rob McLeish’s sculpture show and potential skewering of criticism at Kansas. We’re looking forward to all of this, but we’re perhaps most anticipating painter Jordan Kasey’s new show at Signal. We can’t think of a more unsettling figurative set of works and we mean that in a good way. There’s a quite dread behind that fruit loops stare above. More of that please.
“How can you say that affordable housing should go towards artist studios rather than homeless domestic violence victims?”
The question, asked on Monday evening by the Village Voice’s Neil deMause during dinner at a luxurious Chelsea apartment, sent some hands reaching for wine glasses. It was a moment in William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton’s MONTH2MONTH, the public art project running in private residences around the city throughout May, that made the stakes of such a project’s engagement housing uncomfortably clear. The guests at the dinner, a varied mix of artists, patrons and the curious, were faced with a paradox of the liberal sensibility whereby supporting the arts might be tantamount to taking housing away from the truly needy. At least until Powhida announced that he, an artist, didn’t think artists should be given studio space over anyone.The problem is one of affordability. The discussion moved on, drinks were refilled.
In the age of poor doors and museum-sanctioned real estate summits, MONTH2MONTH, produced by MoreArt, asks what role the art community, which is so often viewed as an agent of gentrification, can play in the debate around NYC housing.
For months, we at AFC have been talking amongst ourselves about Kevin Yuen Kit Lo’s fantastic essay The Propaganda of Pantone: Colour and Subcultural Sublimation. Lo meticulously dissects Pantone’s appropriation of internet subculture aesthetics, wherein the company strips the popular color schemes of #seapunk, vaporwave, and the latest batch of social-media-influenced cyberfeminism of their political context and reduces them to signifiers of trendiness.
So when I stumbled upon this Young Offenders post about LA artist Blake Kathryn, which describes her work as “cyber-vaporwave-noventeras-3D”, I was excited to share it. Beyond these GIFs, Kathryn’s still 3D renders present idealized visions of art-historical femininity, which give the impression that things are a little too perfect. They’re beautiful but a little off—mashing-up classical sculpture, net art, consumerism, and even the ubiquitous philodendron.
Believe it or not, Grace Jones was born 68 years ago today, in Spanish Town, Jamaica. She’s essentially a living classical sculpture. with nearly 7 decades on this earth she’s too-good-for, she mysteriously looks better and still gives more energetic performances than pretty much anyone alive. Grace Jones is everyone’s hero. After the jump, we have a collection of artists’ GIF tributes to one of the most glamorous, innovative, and all-around awesome figures in the history of art/pop.