- To commemorate a hundred years since the first World War, the Liverpool Biennial has commissioned artists to paint warships. The ships pay homage to the geometric “dazzle” camouflage which was used to confused German U-Boats. [The Art Newspaper]
- “The wealthiest of the wealthy now view art as an alternative currency.” That’s former Christie’s chairman and current art advisor Amy Cappellazzo, on the seemingly-unstoppable auction boom. Last week, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips raised a total of $340 million in London– up 26% from last year. The piece suggests that more people aren’t collecting, but the small pool of blue chip collectors is getting bolder. [The New York Times]
- Leslie Hewitt addresses those protesting her decision to talk on Carl Andre at Dia. Noting that her “position was assumed powerless, and [her] voice was registered inert or lacking a critical stance,” she said: “I reject this premise, and have the audacity to go off script — as a woman who does not render patriarchy invisible in my daily life, as a woman of color who has the long view, with pragmatism in mind, and as an artist who utilizes historical distance strategically as a way to address art history through a personal, social, and political lens.” [Hyperallergic]
- A listing for a two-bedroom apartment in The Beresford on the Upper West Side is going for $3.395 million, which sounds normal except for the fact that every square foot of the apartment is covered in taxidermy. Is this beautiful, cruel, or just plain unsettling? [Curbed NY]
- Art world sexism, by the numbers: in percentages of male artists, Sperone Westwater comes in at 91, Team at 85, and Matthew Marks at 84. All these stats and more were collected by the open source internet project Gallery Tally, with posters visualizing the disparity. Gallery Tally needs to connect with Brainstormers. [The Art Newspaper]
- Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced they will use $23 million for arts education in this year’s budget to hire 120 new arts teachers at under-served middle and high schools. [WNYC]
- Seems like India is no exception to the recent increase in counterfeit art. Indian dealers and gallerists are proposing to set up a regulatory body to comb all art sales for forgeries. Could this be a solution to the increased circulation of expensive forgeries in the art market? [Business Standard]
- A slide show of some of the world’s most outsized animals. Creepy. [Trends Addict]
- In Brave New World-like science news: a birth control pill that can be ingested and then release contraceptive drugs by remote control for as long as sixteen years. Hacking is a foreseeable problem. [The Verge]
- Michael Anthony Farley has praise for a show of fresh nudes, so gushing that we want to go down to Baltimore to see it in person. His use of this quote in particular, by Willem de Kooning: “Flesh is the reason oil paint was invented.” [Bmore Art]
The GIF Connoisseur tumblr currently has 388 gifs of this guy in front of various moving backgrounds. This is more meme than it is art gif territory, but in light of the July 4th weekend I think a little entertainment is appropriate. Enjoy.
How successful was tonight’s Paddles ON! sale of digital art in London? On its face pretty good. Phillips sale totaled £83,500 ($113,636.83), exceeding their high estimate for the sale at £67,150 ($91,392.43). Dig a little deeper, though, and the results of the auction as a whole, which included 22 lots, suggest a still developing market: Five lots went unsold and four sold for under their estimates. Two unremarkable abstract panels that sold for as much as five times their estimate boosted the evenings sale numbers. Michael Staniak’s IMG_885, a monochrome painting made of casting compound and acrylic on board, brought in the most; it sold for £25,000, £20,250 over its £4,750 estimate. Trailing Staniak came Michael Manning’s Chinese Broccolini Torta, a pastel digital print on canvas which sold for £15,000, £10,000 over its £5,000 estimate.
Just one third of Sabrina Rattté‘s flicker-filled Vivariums triptych over on Computers Club.