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Sotheby’s Shake Up: Chairman William F. Ruprecht Resigns

by Corinna Kirsch on November 21, 2014
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The rise and fall of Ruprecht’s empire.

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Wednesday Links: Dumb, Dumb, and Dumber

by Paddy Johnson Henry Kaye Andrew Wagner on July 16, 2014
Damien Hirst's Rosary.

Dumb, Dumb and Dumber, Exhibit A: Damien Hirst’s Rosary.

  • FIFA claims that 12% of the worlds population (or 900 million people) watched at least some of the World Cup final. Novelist Teju Cole, designer Jeb Thorpe, and artist Mario Klingemann created a time-based collage of photos of the game posted to twitter, each photo layered on top of the next so the TV consistently falls at the same place on the screen. This is a terrible project. Aesthetically, the only device used is the light of the TV as an anchor—which it already is—and a photoshop transparency filter to show the multitudes of people watching at the same time. This is a study in sameness. [The Atlantic]
  • As if the Jeff Koons H&M bag wasn’t enough: Damien Hirst starts a jewellery line. One of the pieces? A rosary with a golden pill instead of a crucifix. [Artnet]
  • Speaking of Damien Hirst, cutting out a site-specific Damien Hirst dot painting from the wall, does not mean you own it. “The ownership of a wall painting in the series titled Wall Spots always resides with the owner of the Wall Spots signed certificate, which accompanies the art work.” [Animal New York]
  • Carolina Miranda says the 9/11 Museum doesn’t give you any place to be alone with your thoughts, a quality in direct contrast with September 11th, which turned NYC into a stony silent city. [Culture: High & Low]
  • Creative Time is hiring an Editorial Fellow to work run their Creative Time Reports blog. Debate on twitter rages over whether a Art History, Journalism or other related MA or PhD, PhD should be strongly preferred for a salary of 40K a year. (The consensus appears to be that at least the PHD should be a “no”.)  And yet, Creative Time’s numbers aren’t that far out of line with the mandated NIH post-doc salaries. Basically, Creative Time will pay a fellow $5000 less than medical researchers over the course of two years. [NYFA Classifieds]
  • The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is offering a glimpse of the Russian Government and its art in their show “The Art Collection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.” expect extreme Russian nationalism and paintings of wistful soldiers holding giant guns. [Artnet]
  • Anti-immigrant graffiti sparks supremely dumb debate (if you can even call it that). [Gawker]
  • Today in very large numbers: Christie’s sells $4.5 billion in art in the first half of 2014. It’s hard to be surprised anymore by the fact that, indeed, auction houses bring in a ton of money. But this seems noteworthy; Sales are up 22% from the same period last year. Will growth this exponential be sustainable? [The Wall Street Journal]
  • Derek Thompson at The Atlantic claims that Millennial’s political views “don’t make any sense.”  [The Atlantic]
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Tuesday Links: Listen to Brian Lehrer Grill the NYPL President About His Dumb Plan

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 13, 2014
In honor of the NYPL

In honor of the New York Public Library’s main branch

  • Last week we linked to news that The New York Public Library had dropped its renovation plan for the Central Library. (HOORAY!) Now listen to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer grill NYPL President Anthony Marx, who said he wasn’t planning to close the Mid Manhattan Branch, per se. “You were going to close it,” said Lehrer. “[T]he idea for many more computer terminals, and cafe spaces, and wireless access, and comfortable seating behind the lions got derided as turning the world’s greatest public research library into another Starbucks.” Thank God that’s over. [WNYC]
  • Famed radio host Casey Kasem is missing and has possibly been hidden on an Indian reservation in Canada. [Gawker]
  • For reasons that are difficult to understand, how rich people spend their money is always a news item. Christie’s Contemporary Auction once more sees soaring prices. [The New York Times]
  • Who’s fucking tired of art fair press releases? Mark Flood. His new show “The Insider Art Fair” dumps on top ten’s and art fair artist bios. [Zach Feuer]
  • Richard Mosse wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, but to the chagrin of The Guardian’s art critic, Adrian Searle. He tells twitter he’s never met the artist but detested Mosse’s Irish Venice Pavilion multi-screen film, read the self-serving interviews and spin-doctorish theorizing. Most people will be familiar with his shots of war torn Congo, in which he’s turned the landscape pink. This back and forth between Jorge Colberg and Moss from 2010 is very entertaining; Colberg takes him to task. [Conscientious]
  • Contemporary Art Daily has every photo you could ever want from the Whitney Biennial and has even embedded video works so we can watch them again later. [Contemporary Art Daily]
  • Hyperallergic obtained a letter allegedly from 1717 Troutman’s landlord David Steinberg, who suggested that fellow tenants had repeatedly complained about the galleries to city agencies. That’s consistent with the news that galleries are the only ones getting kicked out. [Hyperallergic]
  • VICE tweeted an image of a small blonde child getting cow’s milk squirted into his mouth, we clicked. Mossless Magazine interviews photographer Lucas Foglia, who photographs people living off the grid. [VICE]
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