We’re back! It’s been a while since we’ve given you a “We Went To,” but here we are to tell you about the best and worst of what’s on view on the Upper East Side. One fact became clear on this trip: John Baldessari has made a career out of oxymorons.
Our thoughts on Venus Over Manhattan, Higher Pictures, Hauser & Wirth, Marian Goodman, and Tibor de Nagy, inside.
Claes Oldenburg’s two-story exhibition at MoMA “The Street and the Store” is more like one big stockroom of early sixties New York City. At best, perusing the inventory, from mutilated garbage to large pastries, gives a sense of reality seeping into an Ab-Ex art world. It’s a show made for its day.
Artist Liam Gillick wrote a horrible essay that tries to connect R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet to topics as varied as military control and iPhones. It reads like a grad student’s first essay, which is too bad because I’m a fan of his writing on relational aesthetics. [Afterall]
Speaking of relational aesthetics, where is Rikrit Tiravanija from? The New York Times says he’s Argentinian, but I’m certain he’s a Thai citizen who was born in Argentina. [The New York Times]
Sotheby’s hopes to make more money than the amount of money they normally make. How? They’re putting one of Andy Warhol’s Double Elvis works on the auction block with an estimate of $30 – 50 million. [New York Daily News]
The MTA came out with an app that lets you track subway art on your smartphone. This sounds great until you realize that it’s useless because most subway stations lack cellphone reception. [ANIMAL]
The Andy Warhol Museum announced its new curator. USA Today thinks it’s a big deal that he’s Australian. [USA Today]
Time to throw a party for Kaspar König! The 68-year-old German curator is retiring after a long career-which began at the age of 23, when he put on one of Claes Oldenburg’s first museum solo shows. [frieze d/e]
Who wants to see better challenges on Bravo’s reality show Work of Art? Judging by critic Jerry Saltz’ 300 plus Facebook comments on the subject, I’m guessing most of us. Prompted by this clear calling, I teamed up with Carolina A. Miranda of C-Monster.net fame to propose a few suggestions for the Bravo Team.