The neighborhood surrounding the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) buzzed last Tuesday as moderate-sized crowds mingled on Fulton Street in front of three newly unveiled public art installations. It was precisely the intended effect of BAMart:Public, an initiative to enliven underutilized public spaces with visual art (a fourth project is on view inside BAM’s Peter J. Sharp building). David Harper, the program’s curator, walked me through the installations and explained the project’s genesis along the way.
Former AFC curatorial fellow David Harper takes an insightful look at Basel's satellite events, which he sees as a study in contrasts. Choice quote: “With a heavy cloud of steam rising off the pool, the band droned on as two exotic dancers emerged and submerged themselves into the water, both bearing an unfortunate resemblance to Nomi Malone in a Deitch-directed version of Showgirls.” [Art Agenda]
Jonathan Gold's the only restaurant critic ever to win a Pulitzer, and it's articles like this one that remind us why. His tour of Spain's thriving modernist restaurant scene is fascinating — and there's even some art thrown in the mix. [Wall Street Journal]
A number of writers have pointed out the disconnect between our Occupy-inspiring economic mess and the decadence on display at Basel, but this piece by Chris Vroom stands out for identifying this gap as symptomatic of deeper issues within the art market. Vroom does a nice job here of explaining how the 1% “hijacked culture” through the dominance of high-end collectors and offers some interesting ideas on how to change things. [Huffington Post]
Along the same lines: The Daily Beast's Blake Gopnik looks at how the art market has flourished despite the economic downturn, offering five reasons why art prices defy conventional economics. According to one collector, it might have something to do with the “robust glow of prosperity.” [The Daily Beast]
Verge Center for the Arts is currently raising funds for their programming and expansion campaign, which includes residency studios, exhibition spaces, a classroom, and a print lab. They're halfway to their goal with 14 days to go – help them out! [VCA]
The video's titled “How Not To Make Bread,” but I just don’t know any other way. [Youtube]