Does nail art mean we’re turning into post-human cyborgs? [Rhizome]
“I put a giant 10-foot vagina in the world and people respond to giant 10-foot vaginas in the way that they do.” Carolina A. Miranda interviews Kara Walker on her Domino Sugar project. [Culture: High & Low]
As we mentioned yesterday, Karlheinz and Agnes Essl, founders of the Essl Museum, had 43 works from their private auction put up for sale at Christie’s last night. To be honest, sales “fell flat,” according to The Art Newspaper. That didn’t stop Christie’s from trying to sell works after the auction; the house sold Gerhard Richter’s “Net” straight after the auction close. I guess you can you do that? [The Art Newspaper]
Frieze opens its doors to VIPs today. Journos don’t have their write-ups ready, but we’ve learned that there’s a new section for performance called “Live.” [Twitter]
Can’t get enough Frieze news: Cory Arcangel and a Frieze staff member will perform a new piece by the artist, which is to download and watch Anchorman 2. Very Arcangel. Very ironic. Very 2000. *eyeroll* [@cory_arcangel]
Adult goths, bow down before this new review of NIN’s 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine. It’s been 25 years since the album’s original release, and the ensuing commodification of teenage angst. [The Quietus]
Beginning this December MoMA will present a 50-film screening of Robert Altman films. [Artsbeat]
“I think that humor is always a reaction to a feeling of impotence or despair, and for me the moment we are living in right now is very dark, with conflicts dividing people in a violent way and having an impact on culture and trade.” Camille Henrot on the relevance of humor in art. [Artspace]
Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the creation of “Public Art Challenge,” a series of million-dollar grants to three cities in the United States to create temporary art projects that “celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships and drive economic development.” Could this mean more cities hosting ArtPrize-inspired exhibitions? [Artsbeat]
Man arrested for aggressive mopping and threats. [Fox]
AFC’s finished for the week, but here’s our favorite video from this weekend’s blogging. Tune in every Saturday…
All the cats of the YouTube come together to play Arnold Schönberg’s “Drei Klavierstücke, op. 11 – II” in Cory Arcangel’s video. Thanks to Clive Holden for reminding us of this on twitter earlier this week.
Peter Burr‘s black and white lenticular prints—showcased as GIFs above—would have made an good inclusion in Cory and Jamie Arcangel’s “Infinite Fill Show” at Foxy Production back in 2004. That show was inspired by the 1984 Mac software application with varied 16-bit monochrome patterning that could be picked and dropped into areas of the screen to denote color and depth. That show, which was assembled through an open call had only two requirements; the work should be black and white, and have a repeating pattern. Over 80 artists submitted work including Sterling Ruby (his work currently on view at Hauser & Wirth), Katherine Grayson ( Kathy Grayson of The Hole?), and Dragan Espenschied (now at Rhizome as their conservator).
Burr’s series uses fill patterns common in early-nineties computer graphics programs to create his GIFs. These works don’t feel particularly dated, though, perhaps due to the use of 3D modeling. They’re fresh and given the black and white palette, oddly without much somberness.
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!
Cory Arcangel has teamed up with Bravado, the global music merchandising company, to launch his new line of Arcangel Surfware: lifestyle clothing for web surfing (sweatpants, bed sheets, etc). Fittingly, the merch will debut in a one-day-only pop-up shop at the Holiday Inn Soho. [Cory Arcangel]
AFC’s Corinna Kirsch goes on Temporary Art Review to talk about the future of art criticism. [Temporary Art Review]
Jerry Saltz isn’t giving up on the fight to save MoMA, whose renovation he believes will be “another Penn Station”. He thinks that if enough prominent artists from the collection get together and petition the museum, it might stop this “garden of Modernism” from becoming a “business-driven carnival”. [Vulture]
We admire Saltz’s effort, but based on what we’ve seen from Lowry, we don’t think critical opinion is a big motivating factor in MoMA’s decision-making. Two years ago at Frieze’s “Expanding Museums” panel, Lowry seemed to define public accessibility as placing the entrance closer to the street. He also anticipated this “period of discomfort”. “We all go someplace and it seems new and we get used to it, and then it changes, and we’re upset,” he said, “and in ten years if we change things people are going to be equally upset.” Ultimately, he pointed out, people don’t own the museum. [Frieze]
The vanished Malaysian flight MH370 is believed to have landed in the Indian Ocean, and passengers are presumed dead. Famed calligraphist Liu Rusheng was one of the passengers. [Daily Beast]
In time for spring, Ben Sutton rounds up 11 new public artworks around New York City. [Artnet]
“Every motherfucker in the world thinks they have a shot at hitting the lottery, which has odds of one in 259 million, but the best-educated students in America do not believe that they are signing up for several decades worth of debt slavery when they enroll in grad school, even though the odds of that are better than the odds of your art history degree landing you that curator gig at the Met.” [Gawker]
The Harlem explosion has led to the discovery of thousands of miles of corroding pipes which could also explode. [The Verge]
Lindsay Lohan has a reality show on Oprah. The first ten minutes features Lindsay yelling at somebody about not folding her clothes, and then a quick intervention from Oprah. We’re guessing that’s about the formula for the whole show. [PaperMag]
The 9/11 Memorial Museum will open in May, and will charge $24 for admission. Yuck. [The Art Newspaper]
For the last two weeks you could do a Google search for David Zwirner, and Donald Trump’s picture would come up. Someone on the Zwirner team appears to have corrected the google issue, but we got a screenshot! [via: firstname.lastname@example.org]
6 castles that cost less than an apartment in New York. [Buzzfeed] But the overhead must be insane. [Facebook]
Bullet profiles Macaulay Culkin’s art collective, which has something to do with drugs and wigs. [Bullet] Daily Mail has a photo of his Soho loft, a “playground workspace” which looks like Tom Hanks’s place from the movie Big. [Daily Mail]
Scholars rejoice! By October 2014, the Morgan Library’s expansive drawing collection of works from Dürer to Cézanne online. The public digital archive–of drawings and some versos–will be over 10,000 images vast. [Arts Beat]
A Balthus biography reveals the artist’s distaste for Sabine Rewald, the curator of his current show at the Met. And so the Met refuses to stock the book in its store. Apparently museums often opt out of stocking books that could compete with their hefty pricey catalogues. [Gallerist NY]
The world’s first inflatable concert hall looks a lot better than one would think. It begins its tour in Japan. [Spoon & Tamago]
Animal’s Marina Galperina and Kyle Chayka are presenting short-form video selfies at The Moving Image Fair in London. [Animal]
We’ll all have one earbud in at the AFC office today. “Ten Songs That Saved Your Life” is an online archive where you can stream custom playlists by the likes of Hans Ulrich Obrist, AA Bronson, Cory Arcangel, Robert Longo, Mike Kelley, Gerand Malanga and so many more. Spoiler alert: artists love Joy Division. [Ten Songs That Saved Your Life]
Empire Drive-In comes to the New York Hall of Science in Corona Park, Queens. From October 4th through 12th, take in a movie projected onto a salvaged wood screen while sitting on a pile of wrecked cars. [collabcubed]
The Fader reflects on last weekend’s PS1 Art Book Fair with a video. They liked the presentation by Dutch design school Werkplaats Typografie, Japanese punk zines, and James Franco. [The Fader]
Contrary to what you might think from attractions like “Rain Room” or packed Warm-Ups at PS1, the NEA finds a steady drop in arts attendance over the past decade (but they’re also counting Broadway). [New York Times]
Stephanie Smith’s boyfriend told her she was 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring. So she started a blog, and documented each sandwich she made for her boyfriend as she woos him into engagement. A joke gone too far? [The New York Post]
And just as the 10th anniversary of his death approaches… Madonna performed what is possibly Elliott Smith’s most tortured song at Gagosian Gallery on Tuesday as a performance art publicity stunt for her new film. The 10th anniversary of Smith’s death is next month. After singing down on her knees, Madonna then used the stage to denounce the prison system and call for a revolution of artists “who are not worried about whether their ass looks good—although it is important to have a good-looking ass…”[Gothamist]
The Cat Show at White Columns has everything and nothing to do with cats. Everything, because most of the 134 artworks show cats or cat-related ephemera—like litter boxes, scratching posts, or yarn. Nothing, because the themes of many of these works aren’t about cats at all.