- An SPCA shelter in Scotland is looking for someone to adopt this giant rabbit. The internet is going crazy. THE RABBIT IS HUGE! [Jezebel]
- Is a Rotterdam museum’s new open art storage facility a game changer for cultural institutions? Set to open in 2018, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen’s storage space will enable its entire collection to be viewable to the public, a first in the institutional world. And 10% of its storage will be rented out to private collectors for €350 to €400 per square meter. Beyond the potential conflicts of interest, this seems like a win-win situation — collectors get access to conservation services, the museum gets more private investment and artwork loan opportunities. [The Art Newspaper]
- Sergei Shchukin amassed one of the most impressive collections of modern art in the early 20th century. After the Russian revolution, those artworks were scattered to state-owned museums. Now, they’re being reunited for a show at the very-capitalist Louis Vuitton museum in Paris—the first time the collection has ever been shown outside of Russia. [The Guardian]
- According to Kate Wadkins, punk is in the air: she surveys the current wave of shows, including PUNK Magazine’s 40th anniversary exhibition at HOWL! Happening and a collection of West Coast punk-related Xerox prints and zines at Printed Matter. [Hyperallergic]
- The latest from the blue chip rumour mill: it appears White Cube no longer represents Marc Quinn. [The Baer Faxt]
- If you’re looking to expand your art therapy coloring book collection, the National Archive’s coloring book of strange patents (chicken goggles! robot rides!) might fit the bill. [Popular Science]
- Hoverboard porn is now a thing. [Daily Dot]
- There is a genre of fan fiction known as “Larry” that imagines a homoerotic relationship between two members of the boy band One Direction. London artist Owen G Parry has used this material (mostly written by teenage girls) as inspiration for his latest exhibition. Picture pregnant Harry Styles, and you get an idea of how very, very weird this is. [The Telegraph]
- The strange history—and even stranger success—of Jerry Vile’s annual erotic art festival in Detroit, The Dirty Show. [Detroit Metro Times]
- I gotta say, the new Beyonce video “Formation” (dirty) is pretty incredible. Pretty amazing to see such a political video played at the Super Bowl. [The Internet]
- The Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles sounds like it will be a sight to behold. It’s 100,000 square feet—the size of a Home Depot—and will be modeled off the Kunsthalle — a nonc-ollecting art museum. Except, of course, that this gallery will sell art. Curator and partner Paul Schimmel is organizing the first show, which will be a historic survey of women working in sculpture. [Culture: High & Low]
- According to Knoedler & Company’s accountant, apart from the sale of the fakes, the company did not make money. [artnet News]
- Speaking the Knoedler & Company, Ann Freedman, the former president of New York’s Knoedler gallery has settled a lawsuit with collectors Domenico and Eleanore De Sole over the sale of a forged Mark Rothko purchased from Knoedler in 2004. The piece sold for $8.3 million. The terms have not been disclosed. [Artnews]
- Quote of the year:
So since Hillary cannot yell, since by the virtue of being sane and not a white man she is forced to be the biggest adult in the room, just like Obama has had to for eight goddamn years, I will yell for her.
FIRST AND FUCKING FOREMOST, COOL, YOU LIKE BERNIE’S WISHES AND DREAMS APPROACH TO POLITICS. “FREE COLLEGE FOR EVERYONE AND A GODDAMN PONY.” YES, THAT SOUNDS FUCKING WONDERFUL BUT DO YOU THINK HILLARY COULD EVEN SAY THOSE WORDS WITHOUT FOX NEWS LITERALLY BURYING HER ALIVE IN TAMPONS AND CRUCIFIXES? [Pajiba via: Hyperallergic]
- Leave it to Hyperallergic to create the longest, most comprehensive link list of art news out there. Say good-bye to your afternoon [Hyperallergic]
- A round up of Super Bowl ads. [It’s Nice That]
For years we’ve sung the praises of NADA, an artist-centric fair that celebrates and works to commodify the strange, the creative and the wonder. In 2015, though, we began to question the model. Was NADA a bit stale compared to recent years? Was ARTIST RUN, a new fair that celebrates the DIY artist, closer to our interests?
These questions came up a lot yesterday at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City, which AFC staff writer Michael Anthony Farley described as a “great compromise between ARTIST RUN and NADA. Farley was referring to the structure of the fair, which invited more dealers than artists to participate, but retained the artistic energy and life essential to new art by keeping the booth prices low. It’s a great fair.
I agree the sentiment, but would put it a little differently: Material tells us that NADA can easily be replicated.