At the Rubell Family Collection, dozens of contemporary women artists working in every conceivable medium left us very impressed.
Michael: Here, the blue-chip market and a private collector managed to accomplish something many institutions or independent curators haven’t—presenting an all-female show that feels as if it has nothing to prove.
Paddy: I still can’t get over how many monumental art works in this show so effectively dominated the space that you’d literally feel awestruck by their presence.
Yes, our world continues to become more and more like a goofy sci-fi film daily. The 3RDi (pronounced “third eye”) is a headband that looks like a Livestrong bracelet with a tiny camera, documenting everything from the vantage point of the wearer’s forehead. As the image above suggests, it’s a must-have accessory for living in the dystopian police state. [PetaPixel]
Warhol’s “Four Marilyns” fetched $32 million last night at the end of Christie’s sale, but the house had guaranteed it at $40 million. Despite the highlights — Lucio Fontana’s egg-shaped painting sold for $29.2 million, Bourgeois’s spider set an auction record at $28.5 million, Freud’s portrait of Camilla’s ex-husband Parker Bowles $35 million — the two-dale Christie’s sale saw a 41% sales drop from May’s auctions, suggesting that the estimates didn’t necessarily match the quality of artworks. [Bloomberg]
The auction gets the equivalent of a shoulder shrug from Josh Baer who called the 20 percent sell through rate the sign of a healthy market. [Baer Faxt]
Sotheby’s released its quarterly report yesterday, and it appears that revenue from auctions themselves is shrinking. The auction house is offsetting that with income from ancillary activities, such as financial services. This may give credence to speculation that the evening sales don’t make money. [Blouin Artinfo]
In a climate where a 1990 Christopher Wool painting that consists entirely of the stenciled text “CATS IS BAG BAG IN RIVER” sells for $17 million and people are disappointed, it’s hard not to argue that the world is insane. Just how crazy has wealth inequality become? So crazy that apparently the super-rich are buying airfields and farms in remote locations to escape anticipated civil unrest. [The Guardian]
David Stewart wins this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for a group portrait featuring his daughter and her girlfriends surrounded by their smart phones and coffee takeaway cups. The London-based photographer was awarded £12,000 for the National Portrait Gallery’s signature prize. [British Journal of Photography]
A Frank Lloyd Wright house reopens on the grounds of Alice Walton’s Bentonville, Arkansas-based private museum. Formerly located in New Jersey, the Bachman-Wilson House took 18 months and two trucks in order to make the 1,200 mile move. [The Art Newspaper]
Wow, plans have been unveiled for a new 1,000 foot office/residential building in Downtown Brooklyn that would be taller than any New York building outside of Manhattan. While the arrival of new luxury developments is an inevitability we’ve all come to dread, I have to say this design by SHoP architects is pretty nice. The skyscraper incorporates subtle nods to the city’s gothic and art deco spires without coming across as fake-historic or bland—the two options we’re used to seeing plague the city’s architecture scene. It does, however, lend itself to some Lord of the Rings jokes we should all be expecting to hit Twitter any minute now. [Dezeen]
Long Beach, California is getting a new art/craft fair that organizers describe as “Etsy for metalheads.” [LA Weekly]
Artists protesting the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit at the Brooklyn Museum are trying to raise a bit of cash for signs, city permits, etc. Help them out. [Generosity]
Deborah Kass’s sculpture OY/YO was placed in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday and will stand there through August. That’s right by our office, so we’ll be heading out to see the sculpture today. [The New York Times]
Fascinating: A study by the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia finds that residents in gentrifying neighborhoods have slightly higher mobility rates than those in non-gentrifying neighborhoods, but they do have a higher risk of moving to a lower-income neighborhood. (Isn’t this because if you’re forced to move its because your income isn’t rising at the same rate as the neighborhood median?) [Bloomberg Business]
Baby falcons a top three New York bridges. [Gothamist]
Gawker writers have voted to unionize. Unlike many labor negotiations, no management-labor strife exists—Founder and President Nick Denton has been supportive of the move. “We know, from our experience of online flame wars, that contention is usually counterproductive,” Denton told Capital via instant message last week. Finally, someone who pays attention. [Capital New York]
For the dedicated wanker: DickBib. This plastic washable bib is designed to catch your jizz. Those who want one will have to pledge to the IndiGogo campaign. [Fleshbot]
Ken Johnson gives Deborah Kass’s America’s Most Wanted show up at Sargent’s Daughters the thumbs up. “This project — seen here in full for the first time in New York — might seem just a clever one-liner, but it’s more suggestive than that. Like Warhol’s series, Ms. Kass’s calls to mind the popular trope of the avant-gardist as a kind of outlaw, but with curators framed as aiders and abettors. In our intensely professionalized and monetized art world, is it too fantastical to imagine the whole system as an organized crime against the free spirit of art?” [The New York Times]
Daily Serving and Art Practical are holding a funding drive to raise $1,700 a month to pay writers. Help them out. [Patreon]
The Frick will not destroy its beloved garden. Michael Kimmelman opines on why that’s a good thing. He also encourages the Frick to think out of the box and buy some real estate. Is there no museum without expansion plans in this city? [The New York Times]
Will one museum of contemporary art make Moscow a center for cutting edge art? Not a chance—many artists in this city operate entirely outside the international scene and have barely developed. Nonetheless, this is the premise of Kelly Crow’s article on The Garage, a 58,000 square-foot space in Gorky Park launched by the philanthropist wife of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova. It reopens next week. [The Wall Street Journal]
Another gallery launched in complete ignorance of the scene it will participate in. Georges Bergès of Georges Bergès’s Gallery claims many art professionals rarely travel beyond the L Line—his constant trips abroad make him different! Here’s another jewel: “Until recently, galleries only focused on prominent artists, or have taken few risks because of economic and other pressures, and the collector almost always takes a loss because the secondary market for emerging artists is still evolving.” The gallery even has a return policy because they can put it back on their “Global network”. [Artnet news]
Who’s heading to Deborah Kass’s opening at Sargent’s Daughters tonight? She’ll be showing two years of paintings from her series “America’s Most Wanted” (1998-1999), which draws on Andy Warhol’s similarly named series, “13 Most Wanted Men.” Kass, a long-time feminist and spokesperson for the arts, has our interest.
Good news. The Art F City auction is live on Paddle8 and we’re employing every form of digital media to let people know! That means you’ve got through Monday, February 17th at NOON sharp to bid on all live items before the heading to Postmasters Gallery for the live auction with CK Swett. You have through Monday, February 17th at TEN PM to bid on silent lots.
This February 17th, get ready for The Art F City Art World Roast Auction and Awards (AFCAWRAaA): a night of crowning the worst and auctioning off the best. (Basically, it’s like the art prom, but everyone is Carrie). Prepare yourself for roasting and ass gadgetry; this year, our gilded awards will take the form of golden butt plugs.