- The countdown is on! You’ve got until Thursday, 6 pm to place your bids in our paddle8 auction. Do not miss this. [Paddle8]
- There’s no stopping the “amenities” coming to the Lower East Side’s waterfront. Nancy Ortiz, the Resident Associate President of the public housing project Vladek Houses– which happen to be on the Lower East Side waterfront– spoke up last night about the fancy new revamps to Pier42. “[W]e are a community tired of being ignored … [kayaks] don’t fit into the demographic of our community”, she said. [Curbed]
- A London power list of powerful people in the arts. No big surprises here. Of the handful of visual arts entries, there’s Amanda Sharp, Sarah Lucas, and Ben Vickers, digital curator at Serpentine. Basically, artists should win a Turner Prize and professionals should work at the Tate or Serpentine. (Writers, bloggers, and alt spaces, forget it.) Our suspicions about circular glassesstand the test of time.[The London Evening Standard, via artnet News]
- Trouble in Canada: Parliment Hill’s Centre Block is in lockdown after shots were fired in the building and a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot. [The Globe and Mail]
- The Albright Knox is expanding. [The Art Newspaper]
- Sotheby’s is creating a new category to handle sales of 20th century art. The hope is to boost sales in the under developed market of modernist works from countries across Europe and around the Mediterranean. These works are by artists who have a strong regional following but are not yet part of the international mainstream. [The Art Market Monitor]
- A good reason to head to Philadelphia (aside from this) is a retrospective reviving the century-long career of a female Jewish Ashcan School painter Theresa Bernstein. According to theartblog, curator Gail Levin posits that she was unfairly left out of history for her gender and religion. Maybe. [The artblog]
- Another article questioning whether biennials can rejuvenate economies. This one is about New Orleans. [The Art Newspaper]
- Has been circulating around the Internets for a few days: King Tut had several congenital deformities which may have led to his early death. More evidence has emerged that his parents were siblings. [Tabloidy images at the Daily Mail; Research from the BBC documentary]
Sometimes a single GIF is just not enough information for a conclusive idea. “Revolving Door” by Michael Bell-Smith is an example. Obviously, it’s an elegant use of the medium, and an example of simple elements creating deep space. Is it a sincere formal exercise? Or is Bell-Smith commenting on the cyclical nature of digitalia? I can’t tell. For more insight, you can head to his current show at Foxy Production.
With only two days left to bid on our Paddle8 auction, there’s no time to waste. This post exists to remind collectors and AFC supporters to get their bids in.
You won’t hear us bitching about Chelsea this week, which, given the last month, is probably a relief for all our readers. We’ll be more than occupied with protests, generative artworks, Bushwick Expo, video blowouts, and televisual operas. You can also expect to hear no end of promo for our auction, which ends —->THURSDAY, Thursday, Thursday!<—–
Paul McCarthy’s butt plugs continue to spark outrage in Paris. Erected in Paris’s upmarket Place Vendôme this Thursday as part of the FIAC art fair, the giant green plug titled “Tree” enraged a passerby Thursday so much that he slapped McCarthy three times. Now, after protestors cut several ropes holding the plug up, FIAC has deflated the piece.
Dear readers, just a friendly reminder: When we post a GIF, it means we’re finished with our posting schedule for the day. We’re signing off with a gift to you. So please, do not refresh your browser hoping that Paddy, Whitney, or I will post a breaking news blurb at midnight. Tonight, as soon as I press “publish,” I’ll be on my way to Transfer for Rick Silva’s opening. And that is why I’m posting a Rick Silva GIF on the blog today. Simple as that.