Modern-day slavery, female representation and outsider art are the big themes of this week’s Must-See Art Events. Today, two talks (Cheryl I. Harris at Artists Space and the Normalities Austrian Cultural Forum) look at the market-enforced instability of ‘black’ spaces and the ongoing Balkan immigration to Vienna, respectively. Two solo shows — Betty Tompkins at FLAG Art Foundation and Carla Gannis at TRANSFER — could be seen together as first- and third-wave feminist responses to female representation. And the Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion — coinciding with a Christie’s sale of outsider art on January 22 — suggests the formerly niche art market sector is finally going mainstream.
Welcome to EMOJI HELL. Just in time for Halloween, Carla Gannis has imagined Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthy Delights” for the modern age. Her GIFs will be screening tomorrow night, on Halloween, at King’s Tavern in Brooklyn. Like smoking a whole carton of cigarettes at once, the exercise may be an emoji cleansing. Emoji costumes are encouraged!
Good news. The Art F City auction is live on Paddle8 and we’re employing every form of digital media to let people know! That means you’ve got through Monday, February 17th at NOON sharp to bid on all live items before the heading to Postmasters Gallery for the live auction with CK Swett. You have through Monday, February 17th at TEN PM to bid on silent lots.
This February 17th, get ready for The Art F City Art World Roast Auction and Awards (AFCAWRAaA): a night of crowning the worst and auctioning off the best. (Basically, it’s like the art prom, but everyone is Carrie). Prepare yourself for roasting and ass gadgetry; this year, our gilded awards will take the form of golden butt plugs.
Art F City is pleased to announce that we are the exclusive media partner for the inaugural Pratt PHATT-B digital conference. The one-day festival includes keynote address by Eva and Franco Mattes, panel discussions, workshops, and an exhibition. It is free and open to the public.
Roberta Smith explains why selling art works from the Detroit Institute of Art’s collection is shortsighted and damaging to the city’s future. “If the United States aims to produce more and import less, it needs designers and inventors of things to be produced. Such skills require just the kind of imagination and ingenuity that are nourished by art training from an early age and by museums.” [The New York Times]
Holy shit. The New York City Opera will be cancelling its current season, and the next, unless it can raise $20 million by the end of the year. [BlouinArtinfo]
Edward Winkleman thinks artists can do more good for the world if they’re well-known, so it’s okay to be a bit selfish in the studio. It’s true, of course, but fame won’t be the path or even the goal for every artist. [Edward Winkleman]
Carla Gannis and Justin Petropoulos have asked Anthony Antonellis + Anthony Tognazzini to produce ‘Closer.mp4’ – a short story written by A.Tognazzini, animated by A. Antonellis and narrated by Daniel Rourke. No idea what this will look like, but we’re swinging by Transfer Friday night to check it out. [Facebook]
Another story about window dressing: billionaire real estate broker is turning the Chelsea gas station into luxury condos, and using a series of artworks to advertise the property. First up is “Sheep Station,” a grassy knoll to be occupied by the late Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s sheep sculptures. [BlouinArtinfo]
It’s been a while since we’ve been inside a Barnes & Noble. That trip can wait a little longer, thanks to Hyperallergic’s list of new fall reads. [Hyperallergic]
Russia still has artworks looted from WWII Germany. Angela Merkel tried to bring it up again at a press conference, but was stonewalled. [Art News]
Christopher Knight reviews the newly-discovered Van Gogh Sunset at Montmajour. Not the greatest, he says. [LA Times]
No more indoor screenings; this week, we are very busy and important people. Chelsea’s bringing the mega-openings. Prolific emerging artists are everywhere, and Transfer Gallery is back in action. And all through fashion week, the PowerSuit Boutique is making PowerSuits for all of us.
One of twenty-four drawings from Cy Twombly's 1959 series "Poems to the Sea," to be auctioned in November
The Dia Foundation’s original founders Heiner Friedrich, Fariha de Menil Friedrich and Helen Winkler submit their scathing disapproval of Dia director Philippe Vergne’s plan to deaccession a large chunk of works– an auction of Twomblys, Chamberlains, and Newmans which would raise $20 million for its acquisitions budget. They deem the plan “a complete betrayal of trust toward some of the great artists of the twentieth century.” [MAN] Paul Winkler has expressed similar disgust.
There’s always someone willing to oppose investment in art museums. In Hong Kong, Christopher Chung Shu-kun, a lawmaker from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong party, says he will oppose any calls for further funding sought by the West Kowloon Cultural District authority. That’s HK$25bn ($3.2bn) in additional funding he wants to block. He believes the money they originally received was not spent wisely. [The Art Newspaper]
A 260-plus page interview with Henri Matisse will be published more than 70 years after he initially blocked its publication. He was upset that the interview was reduced in size. [The Guardian]
Madison Square Park Conservancy has hired Brooke Kamin Rapaport as their Senior Curator. She’ll be organizing the schedule of four annual sculpture shows, overseeing publications, etc. [AFC Inbox]
In case you missed it last week, federally-contracted Smithsonian workers protested for a living wage. The Smithsonian responded with a red herring debate about the technical definition of the word “strike.” [Hyperallergic]
Maybe video artists could take a nod from Audiam, a YouTube “treasure chest” for musicians. [Verge]
So far, the new art podcast A Cups, by artists Angela Washko and Ann Hirsch, sounds promising, with artists Nate Hill and Nathaniel Sullivan and journalist Rachel Rabbit White. Tune in tonight at 9:15 to hear artist Carla Gannis live. [A Cups]
40 minutes from a Guerilla Girls breakfast is available from ArtTable. They wear the masks the entire time. [Gallerist NY]