ArtReview’s Power 100 list is out, so that’s going to be a day wasted in listicle chatter. This thing isn’t any less flawed than those page-view friendly rating slideshows ArtINFO puts together twice a month but it does include one listing we think is worth raising an eyebrow over. That eyebrow goes to dOCUMENTA (13) Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who nabbed the number one slot this year. Her position warrants the rating, but given what we’ve seen recently, how she got there is anyone’s guess.
We love this line from Roberta Smith’s piece on Michael Mahalchick: “In Mr. Mahalchick's best work an almost devotional sense of precision shines through a thin veneer of slovenliness. Elsewhere the veneer thickens.” [NY Times]
In other newspaper-critics-agreeing-with-us news, Adrian Searle doesn’t like the Hans-Peter Feldmann exhibition at the Serpentine (which was largely drawn from last month’s groan-worthy 303 Gallery show). [The Guardian]
On the other hand, Frieze has a review of a Richard Prince show that honestly starts like this: ”'Good artists borrow, great artists steal' is a quote often ascribed to Pablo Picasso. It could also be the motto of Richard Prince, who is known for appropriating existing photographs, and hence taking the Picasso quote almost literarly [sic], something that has caused him copyright lawsuits in the past.” For real, guys? Can we start using the big-boy ledes, please? I think I started an essay with that quote in tenth grade. [Frieze]
New York has a piece by Justin Davidson about what the renovations coming to Times Square will look like. The answer? Boring. Which is exactly what Times Square needs. [New York]
So The Times sent art critic Holland Cotter to Africa for a month. His verdict: everything is African, too African, or not African enough, but at least now we’re making things more African, and also less African. It’s a sensitive, inquisitive dispatch, but we’re not sure where it’s going. [NY Times]
Nadja Sayej says she got a Documenta press kit that consisted almost entirely of photographs of curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. We understand that there wouldn’t be much in the way of installation photographs—the exhibition, after all, is still six weeks away—but still, these photos are hilarious. [ArtStars*]