- Mona Lisa finally gets shown as Da Vinci intended: under a custom Toshiba lamp with 34 individual bulbs. Congratulations all around. “We have completed one of the most daunting tasks we have faced, innovating the lighting of a world-famous painting,” says Toshiba senior executive vice president Hidejiro Shimomitsu. [Gizmodo]
- Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe will transform Marlborough Chelsea’s booth at Art Basel in Switzerland into several fractured spaces all surrounding a printmaking lab titled, “Artichoke Underground.” No idea what this is gonna look like. [ArtINFO]
- From yesterday’s ArtFCity twitter: If only I could find fresh succulent Belgium truffles in the shape of a butt model’s anus. Oh wait… [Laughing Squid]
- Two days after launch, the Marina Abramovic Institute responds to speculation that the artist is building a cult. [Twitter]
- Terry Gross interviews Mitch Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development. This has nothing to do with art, but he’s a really interesting writer. [NPR]
- Good news for net artists. [s]editions expanded their platform yesterday to allow artists working in digital tech to upload their work and sell it. [Hyperallergic]
- Art in America has some crazy good interviews with previous Venice Biennale curators. An example:
Francesco Bonami, ’03 What did you lose in the process of curating? What did you gain?
I lost some weight and my marriage. I gained the idea that if you believe in what you are doing it is impossible to fail, even if you dive from a plane without a parachute. Which is basically what I did.
Robert Storr, ’07 What was the harshest criticism you faced?
Read Artforum’s gangbanging reviews, if you want to know. I am not about to repeat or recycle their diatribes and slander. [Art in America]
- Holland Cotter dubs the Venice Biennale a quiet success. [NYT]
- There will soon be a lot more Flavins in the world. The Dan Flavin Estate has reversed its position on the production of posthumous versions of the artist’s fluorescent light sculptures. The artist had over 1,000 unrealised sculptures when he died. [The Art Newspaper]