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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Time to Rally

by Whitney Kimball on October 15, 2013
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Time to execute your most ambitious plans. Start collecting New York’s finest emerging photographers tonight with Camera Club. Join your comrades for a weekend of social change at Eyebeam. Finally make it down to Postmasters’ new Tribeca space, and those up-and-comers in the Donut District (even Roberta Smith did).

For the rest of you lazies, there’s a lot of other stuff and a boob chair at the Hole tonight. Go nuts.

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Friday Links: A Fight for the Library, and A Mixed Bag of Fireworks

by Whitney Kimball on July 5, 2013

Screen shot of confiscated fireworks, from the TSA's first Instagram post

  • Good news for stemming the tide in New York City: opponents of the New York Public Library’s imminent renovation have filed suit against the plan in New York State Supreme Court. Patricia Cohen reports: “The suit…accuses the library of violating its charter and the state’s Constitution by dismantling seven floors of stacks and removing books from the site. It also says the library failed to conduct an environmental impact review.” Critics have called the plan drastic and hasty, so if nothing else, this will at least force a conversation. [Times]
  • Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have won the contract to design the Hong Kong contemporary art museum M+, beating out competitors Toyo Ito and Renzo Piano. The museum’s expected to be Hong Kong’s Tate Modern. [LA Times]
  • Hrag Vartanian’s very informative review of the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Brooklyn Museum show is a must-read for the uninitiated. In his opinion, the show itself could use some more of that clarity. [Hyperallergic]
  • In case you missed all the excitement, the TSA’s on Instagram! So far, they’re posting photos of confiscated weapons, all willy-nilly. As of this writing, they’ve posted 11 photos and amassed over 31,000 followers. #knives #grenades #travel. [Instagram]
  • The Times reviews are in. Karen Rosenberg writes that Ellen Gallagher’s survey is spread too thin, between the Tate and the New Museum. Not a huge surprise for a two-part retrospective of a mid-career artist. [Times]
  • People like cats, and Roberta Smith does, too. She reviews “The Cat Show” at White Columns, the second New York art event this summer to hold an adoption drive– the other being Flux Factory’s “Kitty City.” [Times]
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Gallerist Takes a Look At Instagram, Finds the Art World

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 1, 2013
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You’d think a post about Instagram would lead one beyond a handful of top art advisers. For Gallerist, this is not the case. Gallerist believes “the art world” has an Instagram obsession and seeks to prove this point by investigating whether deals occur thanks to the service. The whole feature hinges on dealer Dick Richter’s Dick Richter Gallery, an art gallery that sells secondary market art on an iphone, and collector and advisor Nino Mier, who has commented on Richter’s Instagram page.

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