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!
Rent prices tend to vary by borough, neighborhood, or street. It’s fairly unusual, then, to see a wide range of rental rates within one building. But at the Dock Studios building in East Williamsburg, owned by Grand Morgan Realty, there’s tenants just over the moon and those who are ready to get the heck out.
Regina Rex’s summer show Four Paintings doesn’t label itself as a curated show, but it’s one of the more well-thought out shows I’ve seen this summer. This will be the second time the collective has offered a summer show in this format; last year’s Four Paintings show was similarly phenomenal.
“Don’t move to New York,” I told an audience of young students at the University of Georgia last week. To my surprise, most of the students were already familiar with my thoughts on the matter—I’d forgotten about a conversation I’d had with local artist and MFA graduate Layet Johnson, who’d called to ask me if he should move to New York. That conversation became part of an installation in a hotel show. It’s a small town, so by the time I’d arrived, the entire student body had listened to the piece.
Still, the topic came up again and again during my stay, and part of it was my own doing. I’m sad that New York, the city I’ve lived in for more than 10 years, is now barely hospitable to those making the kind of art I love. It’s my job, though I don’t like it, to tell young artists thinking of moving that without connections, their job prospects are dim. The ugly reality is the cost of living is prohibitively expensive in New York.
Bushwick artists, get ready to put on your very best Bob Ross impersonation. This Sunday, The Active Space will host a Bob Ross-inspired painting takedown where competing artists will duke it out over who can paint the best “Rossian” landscape. If you’re a happy trees type of painter, let The Active Space know because they need more artists. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Magritte’s pipe is not a great painting. [ARTINFO]
The New York Post is looking for OkCupid users to profile on its weekly dating column, “Meet Market”. They’re trying to turn OkCupid into “Love Connection” of old, where readers get to vote on which dude gets to go on a date with a girl. They’ve already sent out some willing OkCupiders on dates (the paper will pay for all your drinks and vittles, except for the tip), with mixed results. Here’s where you sign up. [The New York Post]
Billionaire MOCA board member Steven A. Cohen will not be going to jail. Over the last year, his hedge fund SAC Capital has been under investigation by the government, but with the announcement of a settlement between SAC and the feds, the Treasury will now be receiving a whopping $614 million payout. [The Daily Beast]
We have reason to suspect that Greg Allen has been on a six year Indiana Jones-style quest that ends tomorrow with an opening at apexart. In 2007, he wrote a post on the first satellites for TV and radio communication, giant space balls, or satteloons [greg.org], which would have been visible to the naked eye. The launch of one “American Star,” he wrote, “helped to ease Americans’ Space Age insecurity.” Greg noted that America’s launch into space seems to have made an enormous impact on artists like Anish Kapoor, Tom Sachs, and Francis Alys; at the end of his post, he announced that he would be hunting down the original test models and photos. The show opens tomorrow night at 6 PM. [apexart]