Dave Hickey, by Dr. J Caldwell (Image courtesy of http://nasher.duke.edu)
Last Sunday, Stephanie Theodore tweeted a photo of a child resting on one of Donald Judd’s shelves at the Tate Modern, prompting a string of miffed tweets. The family has come forward to defend the child: “Their only crime was to be seduced by a ladder of jewel-coloured shelving. Sissi has always been anti-establishment but she would never hurt anybody.” The Tate attests that “[t]he situation was dealt with immediately.” [Evening Standard via ArtUpdate]
Carolina Miranda writes an account of Dave Hickey’s talk Wednesday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He claimed there are no critics…to a room full of critics. He also bemoaned art school as a place where most teachers are “big fucking failures” and complained that identity politics has done little more for the art world than tribalize it. [C-Monster]
Triple Canopy’s membership drive ends today. Do it. Also submit a proposal for their 2014 program. [Triple Canopy]
Art in General’s curator Courtenay Finn has been appointed curator of the Aspen Art Museum. [Artforum]
President Obama told folks on the floor of a General Electric plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that they can potentially make more with skilled manufacturing than you can with an art history degree. Now the CAA is upset, saying, “Humanities graduates play leading roles in corporations.” Guys, get a grip. We spend a lot of our days complaining about the slim prospects for arts majors. Obama’s not that far out of line. [CAA via: Hyperallergic]
Over the past week, three artists have been camping out in Arizona in search of paranormal activity. I set up a time to chat with them over email—there’s no cell phone reception at their campsite—to get a report about what they’re doing out in the middle of nowhere.
This week’s five jobs are all about getting cozy with artists. If you want to give a boost to emerging talent, delve into the works of icons, or just commune with the ghosts of artists past, there’s something here for you to explore.
A rare hen harrier. Image courtesy of the Guardian.
If you have yet to catch up on the Pritzker Prize controversy, Carolina Miranda’s recent analysis is the authoritative source. As for why you should care, her April interview with Denise Scott Brown offered a pretty shocking testimony to misogyny in the architecture world. [Architect Magazine]
Roberta Smith was a friend of Donald Judd, and likes his shrine-house, which has been restored just as he left it. “Its inauguration can only be good for art, design and architecture in New York City and elsewhere,” she writes. [NY Times] (If you still have yet to read Jerry Saltz’s conversation with architecture critic Justin Davidson on the subject, that’s a good one. It reaffirms why people feel so strongly about Judd, and why the Judd worship is justified). [NY Mag]
Pinterest has announced it’s loosening up on the nudity ban to accommodate artful nudes. Not that it ever had much luck policing those. [TechCrunch]
A new service called Coub (ew) allows you to create ten-second loops from YouTube videos. [Animal, coub]
We really can all get along. The Wall Street Journal observes that local businesses are catering more to the art residents in Bushwick. The Boar’s Head distributor Frank Brunckhorst Co. has offered the use of its private block to Storefront Bushwick so they can curate a sculpture show in the street this weekend. [WSJ (behind the paywall)]
Apparently, the British Council asked Venice Biennale artist Jeremy Deller not to show a banner ambiguously stating “Prince Harry Kills Me.” They worried that it referenced British troops in Afghanistan; Deller confirmed to BBC Radio that it also had to do with the Sandringham incident, in which the prince and a friend were investigated for the shooting of two rare birds of prey on his family’s estate. (His show is full of bird imagery). [Guardian]
Once there was an easy way to get from Brooklyn to Queens without going through Manhattan. But that’s just not possible anymore. [Village Voice]
For $2000/night, you can sleep over in Judd’s five-story Soho loft, immersing yourself more deeply in art than ever before. [Curbed] UPDATE: Just kidding. [Gallerist]
Following yesterday’s takedown of bikes, and sharing, the Observer kicks off its new column “Isn’t That Rich?,” a column on uptown social life. This week’s edition: chauffeur-nannies, authored by Mr. Burns: “The New York Post recently wrote about parents who were passing off their classroom volunteer duties onto nannies, much to the dismay of their private schools, or rather, of the other moms, who didn’t fancy selling snickerdoodles alongside hired help at bake sales.” Seriously, this is the best thing I’ve read all week. [Observer]
We don’t know how we failed to link this yet, but William Powhida’s new show does a solid job of mocking “conceptually-based” market-tailored art strategies. Between the shipping crate, the neon, the digital color field, he’s basically got the Frieze bases covered. The show’s in LA, but the PDF says it all. [MAN, williampowhida]
Kriston Capps at Washington City Paper has an enjoyably thorough report on Hirshhorn Director Richard Koshalek’s resignation. The bigger question: is Washington willing to support large-scale, unabashedly contemporary projects on the National Mall? [City Paper]
In disputes over fair wages, British museum workers stage walkouts from the National Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Stonehenge, and several more. [BBC]
Carol Vogel’s profile on Massimiliano Gioni tells us little about the Biennale, but once again confirms that, yes, one truly can have it all. [NY Times]
The show is based on the “Encyclopedic Palace,” a Futurist model of a 136 foot-tall skyscraper intended to contain all of the knowledge of the world. It reflects the scope of the art world. Gioni “hop[es] every artist in the show comes across as an outsider.” [Sotheby's]
HuffPo describes Ai Weiwei’s “Sacred”, a solo show collateral to the Biennale, and its six dioramas of his treatment in prison, and perfect reconstructions of his cell. He’s also showing “Straight,” 150 tons of straightened rebar scrounged from the ruins of Chinese schools which collapsed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and killed over 5,000 children. [HuffPo]
Nationalgalerie Curator Udo Kittelmann isn’t happy with the choice, feeling that Ai Weiwei will overshadow the others. [TAN]
Charlotte Higgins observes that Weiwei’s dioramas in coffin-like black boxes, in a church, draw comparisons to self-martyrdom. Curators rush to his defense. [Guardian]
The Brits (at least one of them) take more of a shine to Jeremy Deller’s very British pavilion. [Guardian]
Twitter’s raving about Sarah Sze’s pavilion, which looks from here like blurry sticks. You just gotta be there. [museumnerd, Daily Beast]
Andrew Rice on Contemporary Artist Damien Hirst’s falling market. Lots of great quotes from Hirst’s former Financial Advisor, Frank Dunphy. [Business Week]
We learned a lot about Donald Judd, thanks to art critic Jerry Saltz and Architecture Critic Justin Davidson, who’ve made a trip to his restored loft. [Vulture]
Michael Kimmelman, a former art critic-turned-architecture-critic for the Times brought the Madison Square Garden lease renewal to the forefront in his February column. It’s now May, and the debate still rages. MSG doesn’t want to leave. [Curbed]
The Committee to Save the NYPL offers a point-by-point rebuttal to the New York Public Library, in the fight to keep the NYPL from demolishing the stacks and sending most of its inventory into offsite storage, for circulation in a Central Library Plan. [SaveNYPL.org]
Another good day for the like economy: Yahoo has now officially bought tumblr, in a deal estimated to be worth $1.1 billion. They promised “not to screw it up” like flickr. Worpress’ Matt Mullenweg thinks it was a steal, Forbes’ Peter Cohan says they overpaid. [NPR]
Facebook’s been getting similar criticism since it bought Instagram last year for $1 billion, and has yet to see a return. [Time]
Wordpress founder founder Matt Mullenweg already says he’s seeing user backlash against tumblr, says TheVerge: “imports [of individual posts] from Tumblr to WordPress rose from the typical rate of 400-600 per hour to over 72,000.” [TheVerge]
Our twitter is flooding with updates this morning from the #AAM2013, the American Alliance of Museums conference and awards ceremony. Look at @Juliahalperin and @ArielHudes for the bullet points. [#AAM2013]
Museums are hiring for high-level curatorial positions. [AAM jobs]
For the second time in its history, the Judd Foundation will open Donald Judd’s New York home and studio to the public. Currently, the five-story SoHo space is undergoing renovations in preparation for a spring 2013 grand opening. That’s less than a year away. It remains unclear what the building will become, and how much of the artist’s personal collection will be on view.
At The Language of Less (Then and Now), visitors get a well-balanced primer on Minimalism and Post-Minimalism with no glaring omissions or gaps. Like any greatest hits album, it aims to please, and it usually does. But it will never succeed in satisfying a true fan.