The boss was on TV, again! Once again, Paddy Johnson appears live from Grand Rapids to talk about the 2D and installation finalists at ArtPrize. We’ll spare you the recap this time, but Kevin Buist is getting good at TV moderating. Just watch it above. [WoodTV]
How to clean an ebola-infected apartment. Throw away everything. [Daily Mail]
Wonkette has rounded up its favorite zingers from the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in Nevada and Idaho. Basically, the court calls governors and officials in Idaho and Nevada manipulative, hypocritical, and unusually cruel bigots. [Wonkette]
All you ever wanted to know about body piercing from Hannah Cherry, who considers the job her life calling. This comes with an image of her suspended from back piercings for a Jane’s Addiction concert. Her tips: don’t pick at it. [Brightest Young Things]
This is a weird pairing: GOOD Magazine features Art Spiegelman, who just produced a silent film, WORDLESSS!, of early wordless graphic novels, with and a six-piece band led by jazz saxophonist Phillip Johnson. The film debuts at BAM in January. He says that there are still magazines that find his work too risqué for their covers. [GOOD]
This makes me so glad I work for an art blog, where trolling mainly consists of people wanting to pound across their art opinions. Game developer Kathy Sierra writes about trolling that stems from wanting to see women getting what they “deserve”. Said trolls complain that Sierra misconstrues the facts. [Serious Pony]
Peter Schjeldahl approves of the Robert Gober’s MoMA show, which he calls “a crusade for visceral truth in art”. Prepare for extensive use of faucets and wax figures, to both beautiful and imposing ends. [New Yorker]
From my inbox: The Cooper Square Committee reports that East Village artists are among the many longtime tenants being pushed out of Allen Ginsberg’s old building. From the report:
In December of 2013, Jared Kushner purchased 170-174 East 2nd street buildings for $17 million, and quickly followed the purchase with the distribution of eviction notices to tenants of the two buildings. During the past nine months under the ownership of Kushner, tenants of both buildings were subjected to lengthy and severe construction work which has resulted in ceiling collapses, eroded floors, broken tiles, cut off gas service, and unannounced hot and cold water interruptions. Impacts on artists in the building range from fear of displacement, to damage of artwork, and compromised ability to do creative work under the stress and noise of construction.
Since Jared Kushner purchased the buildings at 170-174 East 2nd street, the Committee reports, 70 percent of its tenants have been vacated. Of the nine remaining tenants, about half are artists. Ironically, the building now boasts its “creative spirit” and history of housing artists as a draw. We’ll be watching this story. [Cooper Square Committee]
We’re departing from our usual art GIF focus to highlight this promo GIF for the RadioLoveFest at BAM. As you can see above, the bars cleverly mimic a digital visualization of volume and complete the shape of a heart.
The event itself sounds amazing; during this five day festival, running from June 5th to June 8th, WNYC will re-imagine some of public radio’s most loved programs in the form of live theatre. The schedule for all this fun can be found here.
Get ready to recover from the art fairs. We’ve got a short but sweet events listings for you this week so that you can slowly return to normal. For the most part, the events aren’t in Manhattan: Check out Where 4: Siebren Versteeg, a shipping container gallery show around the Knickerbocker M stop on Tuesday, Ann Hirsch’s solo show of sculptures, drawings, and prints at Bed-Stuy’s American Contemporary on Friday. But be sure to save your energy for Open Engagement. Founded in Canada in 2007, the social-activist art conference will finally be running in Queens. Woot!
Happy MLK Day, readers! We’re bringing you the best of the web this morning, but expect a lighter posting schedule due to the holiday.
Holland Cotter rails against an art world he sees affected at every level by money. Art, galleries, media are all identified as suffering.
Conservative art can encourage conservative criticism. We’re seeing a revival — some would say a disinterment — of a describe-the-strokes style of writing popular in the formalist 1950s and again in the 1970s: basically, glorified advertising copy. Evaluative approaches that developed in the 1980s and 1990s, based on the assumption that art inevitably comments on the social and political realities that produce it, tend to be met with disparagement now, in part because they’re often couched in academic jargon, which has become yet another form of sales-speak.
The antidote, at least to some of the problems he lays out, are outlets like Art F City and Hyperallergic. [The New York Times]
With the Sochi Winter Olympics soon approaching (and with an estimated $50 billion price tag) Malcolm Harris investigates how cities can end up taking on so much financial and political risk. The answers are fairly simple: guns and insurance. [Al Jazeera America]
Uproar over Jezebel’s search and publishing of untouched Lena Dunham photos finally makes the New York Times. Dunham doesn’t see how “photoshop or no” why featuring a woman whose body doesn’t look like coatrack wouldn’t be a good thing. [The New York Times]
The Guardian instigates a curious poll asking whether Damien Hirst will be remembered in 50 years. Ah, Britain, where everyone has an opinion on art. [Comment Is Free]
Courtney Love is in court for “twibel,” a combination of Twitter and libel (and possibly the most annoying new word of the year so far). This is the first time a libel case involving Twitter has been presented before a jury. [On the Media]
Making the rounds on Facebook: a Tumblr about all the mirrors sold on Craigslist. [Craigslist Mirrors]
Matthew Barney’s latest film River of Fundament will premiere in February at BAM. Tickets are already on sale. [BAM]
Saving our energy for the months ahead means screenings! Tons and tons of screenings. This week’s program ranges from seminal overlooked eighties video art to free outdoor opera to “Street Fighter.” Transfer Gallery also hosts a night of readings for women in tech (invite-only) and Primetime brings you a milk-tasting.