New York gets a French art school.
Put on your glitter shoes and button up your vests. It’s benefit season, people, which means the gentleman in the room will be in a need of a bow tie or two. Navigating all this can be a bit of a minefield; a bad benefit asks people to donate while forcing them to listen to misguided speeches, whereas a good benefit can make you feel special for contributing. Without going to a few, it’s impossible to know the difference in advance. Well, good news: I happen to have been to quite a few, and can offer several recommendations and thoughts. Each benefit gets rated on a scale of one to four Koons balloon dogs.
I’ve spent an enormous amount of time thinking about Laurie Anderson GIFs over the past several weeks thanks to the 10th Anniversary GIF collection. And yet, somehow I never got to looking at the pre-existing animated GIFs out there. A google search tells me there’s a predictable amount of glowing lip images—a common motif in Anderson’s work—but the most compelling image is actually the black and white shot of Lou Reed, blinking above. It appeared on a tumblr that the image paired with the title of the Velvet Underground song Let me be Your Mirror and a quote by Anderson on his death. The song is a good match for the image; Reed’s expression is blank enough that it could mean anything.
I dedicated most of last week to watching Laurie Anderson videos on youtube while doing my work. She’s incredible. A few highlights below. No commentary today, unfortunately. I’ve got a world of installation ahead of me.
Art F City’s 10th birthday has finally arrived. We’re celebrating TONIGHT at Lightbox (339 West 38th Street, 6:30-10:00 p.m.) by throwing a party to remember, our 10th Anniversary Power Women benefit and live auction.