Benjamin Sutton caught Alexandre Singh’s, “The Humans” at BAM last night and reports very mixed results. As Sutton tells it, it’s a re-imagining of Paradise Lost that starts off funny and full of action, and descends into over written drawn out courtroom drama. I had high hopes for this show—Singh is known for his fantastic strange semi-historical performances—so it’s a bit of a bummer to read this. [In the Air]
Is the art market a boom or bust? Me, Felix Salmon, Thomas Galbraith, and John Seed discuss. [Huffpo Live]
Ad Reinhart is best known for his black paintings, but he was also a cartoonist. Who knew? [ArtNews]
Flux No-So-Silent Auction takes place January 15th, 2014. Get your tickets now. [Flux Factory]
Wow. The Studio Museum gets a glowing review from Holland Cotter for “The Shadows Took Shape”, a group show that explores Afrofuturism. [The New York Times]
Is it humanly possible for one mayor to do more damage to his credibility than Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? After a video tape was released of Ford smoking crack, allegations that drunkenly told a staff member he wanted to eat her pussy were released. In response to those allegations he told the press, “I’m happily married and I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.” Then, he attended a city council meeting wearing a football jersey that had “MAYOR” written on the back. This morning The Star has a long reported piece about Ford’s alcohol abuse problem. Apparently junior staffers bought Ford a bottle of vodka approximately 10 times per month and were routinely tasked with taking care of Ford’s personal errands. Through all this, somehow he’s still the mayor. [The Star]
Thanks to Performa, we’re looking forward to a month of actual art—hopefully with less of a commercial focus than we’re used to seeing around New York. Given Performa’s ability to identify great artists, its depth of historical engagement, and the independent nature of performance art, you’re bound to find some great work this month. It’s also humongous (for better or worse). You need our guide.