Good morning. Bryant Park’s ice rink closes this weekend, but we know it’s still winter—snow starts falling on Sunday.
De Blasio pushes back on the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment, calling for more affordable housing sites. [The New York Times]
Scratching the surface on what makes Berlin’s art gallery scene tick. [Artnet]
Portlandia makes fun of art again. This time the show targets McDonald’s, Urban Outfitters, and activist art. It’s only a little bit funny, but at least there’s an exploding head. [Hyperallergic]
“St. Petersburg was selected as the host for Manifesta 10 due to its expressed desire to research the notion and function of contemporary art and culture in a contested area.” That phrase—“contested area”—in the latest Manifesta press release must, we assume, refer to the petitions against holding the event in Russia. [e-flux]
Activist shareholder Daniel Loeb wants to pack the Sotheby’s board with a team of his own choosing. [Dealbook]
A “privileged” fashion line. Sure. All the better to stomp on the backs of the less privileged with stillettos. [Nasty Gal, via @kstoeffel]
Andrea K. Scott previews Maria Lassnig’s retrospective at MoMA PS1, opening March 9. She responds to curator Peter Eleey’s comment that the 94-year-old painter is “the perfect artist for the age of the selfie.” [The New Yorker]
In the Bronx rests one lonely castle without an owner. It’s for sale, awaiting a buyer. [Daily Intelligencer]
Rhizome has been on a roll lately; Michael Connor’s latest essay on “postinternet” gives us another reason to ponder the term’s potential use or uselessness. It ends with a really touching, personal note from Connor, who writes: “I wanted to write this text in a way that would appeal to olds like me.” [Rhizome]
How not to run an art auction, brought to you by the Jan Krugier Estate and Christie’s. Before Monday night’s auction, it was generally assumed that many of the estate’s Modernist paintings were overpriced, and suffered from overexposure; many had been circulating in the market, however unsuccessfully, for years. [The New York Times]
Artspace interviews Performa founder Roselee Goldberg. On acting like an art historian: “I’m always trying to expose the history of performance and tell the [Performa] artists about it, because, really, a lot of people don’t know the history very well.” Okay. On the Internet: “The Internet, on the other hand, is keeping people out of the galleries—I’m hearing that from different writers, and I think it’s very real.” That’s kinda not true, but fine. [Artspace]
A story of gentrification: Since its development in 1993, Philadelphia’s “Avenue of the Arts” has caused real estate prices to jump by nearly 1,300 percent. [The Philadelphia Inquirer, via Arts Journal]
Luck does not smile broadly on musician Questlove. After six months, his Chelsea Market fried chicken stand has shuttered. We blame this on location, location; Chelsea Market-goers like raw juice, not chicken buckets. [Eater]
A juicy summary of SAC’s guilty plea to all five counts of insider trading violations and pay a record 1.2 billion dollar penalty. This, in addition to $616 million in insider trading fees SAC agreed to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a host of legal fees. According to The Times: “Guilty pleas by financial institutions are exceedingly rare, and legal specialists say the case against SAC could embolden prosecutors to bring criminal charges against other firms.” [Dealbook]
As we reported earlier this week, 3rd Ward will be closing due to financial troubles, effective nearly immediately. That’s the bad news. Since the story broke, though, there’s been some hopeful updates for those artists wanting to stay put in their studios, on their own.