Writing about the Armory Show comes with a caveat: people lie. Ask a dealer if they’ve made any sales, and they’ll often say “yes,” whether or not they’ve actually sold anything. Often, though, those tales reveal themselves. Some lies come with errors. This year, for example, a dealer told us collectors only buy at the end of a fair—an obviously false statement—but yes, she’d sold some small works. Other tales reveal themselves years later. Like when a dealer tells you he was “losing his shirt” at a past fair, forgetting that he’d told you that very same year that he’d sold out the booth.
On the rise of the art fairs: “This shift in the market has been problematic for many traditional art galleries, which are going out of business at an alarmingly steady rate.” [Art Media Agency]
Hahahahaha. The New Republic claims, in one headline, “The Privileged Are Taking Over the Arts.” Oh, thank you for warning me because I had never noticed all the rich people in the art world! [The New Republic]
CCA is now publishing the online art mags Art Practical and Daily Serving. Another college/non-profit crossover: Coronograph, Texas’ newest online art magazine. The interview-only pub will be jointly published by Dallas’ Southern Methodist University and Austin’s Pastelegram. [Glasstire]
HNWI Alert: Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has gifted the Museum of Contemporary Art with $10 million. In return, he will receive an art gallery in his namesake. On February 10, Griffin purchased a very large Richter at auction. Maybe Chicago will be able to see that. [Bloomberg]
“[T]he works are porous, they leak out or into each other, and their material realities exist with or without the gaze of a person.” Artist Pierre Huyghe on his current show at LACMA. [Art in America]
Nadya and Masha of Pussy Riot have released an English-language song and music video named “I Can’t Breathe,” after Eric Garner’s chokehold death. [The Guardian]
This spring, expect to see Op-art fashion on the cool kids who can afford wearing Kenzo. [Opening Ceremony]
Four men attempt to wrestle a bear. Lesson learned? Bears are great wrestlers. [YouTube]
Just what we needed—another art fair. Independent Projects opens November 6, in just over a week. It’s held in the old Dia building, site of the Independent fair held in the spring. Expect solo booths from a motley bunch of dealers ranging from Bushwick’s’ finest to Upper East Side mainstays like Gagosian. [Independent Projects]
If you care about other people’s personal lives, the Internet has a story for you! Famous CBC host Jian Ghomeshi claims he was fired because of his private BDSM lifestyle. Is this the next level of discrimination? Add a vengeful ex-girlfriend to the mix and we have 50 Shades of Grey meets Gone Girl. [Facebook]
Look, we don’t know what happened, really. However, according to the Toronto Star, three women 20 years his junior have come forward over the last few months claiming that Ghomeshi forced them to engage in nonconsensual, violent sex. [Toronto Star]
A lesson in public shaming (and one of our favorite reads from over the weekend): Monica Lewinsky pens an insightful essay that brings up an important question. Where were all the feminists when she was dragged out in front of the press? [Vanity Fair]
According to OkCupid, people in Montana, Oregon, and Wisconsin take fewer showers than anyone else using the dating site. [Slate]
The sexy ebola nurse costume. Happy Halloween! [brandsonsale]
What is hipster photography? Marco Bohr provides a fascinating and detailed description. Typically, the genre depicts people who look happy and carefree and are often joined by others who look the same. These people are young, good looking, and often white. They are almost never in suits. Perhaps most interesting, though, is that Bohr observes a lack of class identifiers in these pictures, positing that what these images really project is class mobility through the knowledge of what’s “cool.” Naturally, these images are meant to be shared. [Visual Culture Blog]
The University of Texas at Dallas is investing in a $17 million art history institute emphasizing data analysis. [Dallas Morning News]
In Sweden, artists who exhibit in state-run museums must be paid a stipend. That’s the rule, but plenty of institutions have been evading payment. [The Art Newspaper]
The Conscientious photo portfolio competition 2014 deadline closes October 31st. This is a competition aimed at emerging photographers and offers an interview on the site. [CPH]
Art fairs can seem depressingly uniform, all of them decked out with bright lights, oppressive cubicles, and constant noise of the art-world rabble. So after a week of peeking over heads to view art, visiting Moving Image can seem downright eerie.
Even by itself, the Armory Show is overwhelming. With the Armory Show’s booths extending to the vanishing point in both directions of Pier 94, it can leave an unsettling impression of endlessness, where everything starts to look the same. And amidst the vastness of this week’s equally-momentous art events (a three-part Whitney Biennial, and the Armory’s satellites), this weekend could use a break of something more human in scale.