Posts tagged as:

Damien Hirst

Jeff Koons Lays Off Workers Amidst Reports of Unionization

by Paddy Johnson and Rhett Jones on July 18, 2016
Thumbnail image for Jeff Koons Lays Off Workers Amidst Reports of Unionization

According to sources speaking anonymously with Art F City, Jeff Koons’ mammoth studio operation in Chelsea has laid off 14 of its night crew workers who were attempting to unionize and one day crew member who was friendly with those night crew organizers.

Read the full article →

Art Basel Feels Like Last Season’s Trunk Sale

by Paddy Johnson on December 3, 2015
Thumbnail image for Art Basel Feels Like Last Season’s Trunk Sale

My Art Basel experience will sound familiar to almost everyone following the fair. After a day at Art Basel Miami, most dealers I spoke to still had work available. That’s not to say that sales were slow— just slower than the usual mad rush we’ve become accustomed to over the last few years. According to art consultant Josh Baer, that’s not because the art was bad, but because collectors have become more thoughtful.

Yeah right. Collectors have not suddenly transformed into more curious and discerning people. They’re just not oblivious to the obvious: most of the art on view looked like B-rate work we’d seen a hundred times already. Even people who have nothing to do all day but buy things will eventually get bored of that.

Read the full article →

Recommended Shows: Jen and Paul’s One-Stop Souvenir City and Chelsea Bus Tours

by Whitney Kimball on October 1, 2014
Thumbnail image for Recommended Shows: Jen and Paul’s One-Stop Souvenir City and Chelsea Bus Tours

Suck it, Chelsea.

Read the full article →

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]
Read the full article →