Someone dug up footage of Warhol Superstar Nico covering Bowie’s “Heroes” with a disco beat in a small British bar in the early 1980s. She looks totally crazy and it’s one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in my life. [YouTube].
More counterculture nostalgia out of England: London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery has a show of vintage punk memorabilia and 1970s photographs of Vivienne Westwood, Siouxsie Sioux, Johnny Rotten, and more. It’s on view through August 26th, if you’re planning a trip to take advantage of the cheap pound! [Blouin Artinfo]
Alexandra Lange questions the veracity and relevance of the “50% of the world’s population live in cities” assumption. She makes some good points about the inaccuracy of the UN’s methodology and the need for more nuanced looks at local morphologies for designers and theorists. In the Bay Area, for example: “I can think of a dozen other reasons, right in their own backyard, why a Silicon Valley incubator should be interested in the future of housing, transportation, regional planning, and workplace design. Why, then, must they go global? The future of one kind of city, in which people live densely and work in sprawl, is being written on their doorstep, and yet, the use of the statistic implies that they want to change a larger, less knotty idea of the city.” But isn’t the whole fun and spirit of architecture, design, and planning a never-ending strive for the utopian? [Curbed]
The New York Post unearthed pictures from the mid 90’s, when Melania Trump (then Knauss) posed with another female model for a “lesbian-themed” photoshoot. True to the Post’s classy editorial style, this just reeks of slut-shaming and isn’t really journalism. Maybe all those out-of-work Gawker staff can send their resumés over to Rupert Murdoch. [The New York Post]
Related: Australian muralist Lushsux has had his Instagram account deleted after publishing photos of a mural he completed depicting Hillary Clinton in a sexy American Flag swimsuit. [9 News]
Update: Lushux responded to the censorship by covering Clinton in a Burqa. [ABC News]
This must’ve been a fun article to research… the history of drugs in art, from ancient times to Kenny Scharf’s installations for tripping and Damien Hirst’s medicine cabinets of psychopharmaceuticals. Even Marina Abramović has dabbled in mind-altering substances! But for the best example of drug-induced creativity, rewatch Nico’s “Heroes” rendition at the top of the page. [CNN]
Job alert: Italian art fair Artissima is seeking a new director. The fair takes place in Turin in November. [artnet News]
The AC Institute is holding an open call for a gun memorial design. Those interested should submit a mock up for a memorial design at the National Mall in Washington DC. The winning projects won’t be installed at the mall, but will be included in an online show and a publication. Deadline: December 2016. [AC Institute]
Creative Time has added seven new board members: artist/actor Waris Ahluwalia, artist Trevor Paglen, designer Ivana Berendika, collector Heather Farrer, curator Sofía Hernández, Clinton Foundation program vice president Maura Pally, and Andrei Tretyakov, a venture capitalist. [ARTnews]
What does a face found in a pile of glue, an umbrella that gives you the finger when opened, and a dancing butt have in common? Primarily, they’re all images we found on our Instagram feeds. But perhaps more importantly, they’re the kind of images you’d expect to find if you landed in 150th wing of the Internet and discovered a very strange party going on. They’re weird, they’re fun, and they’re very creative.
And as a part of the “weird internet” many people bemoan has been lost, they’re a bit hard to find. But they’re out there, and we’re here to find them. From now on, every Friday we’ll be posting highlights from a social media account of a member from this society.
First up, @MarilynMansion, AKA Cameron Lee. The Toronto-based artist, curator and DJ promises, in his Instagram profile bio, “delicious deelites [sic] for your eyeballs.” Specifically, outfit selfies taken before he heads out the door to DJ one of his parties, which includes FEMINISTRY, a “Queer Femmes 2 The Front” monthly happening tomorrow night at Bloordale’s Holy Oak.
Next month, Public Art Fund is installing a giant text piece by Martin Creed in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This will be one of three text-based sculptures in the area when it opens. What is up with New York’s love of big, single words?
Video artists! Columbia University is hiring for a ton of production/editing positions. Good luck trying to use their employment portal—if you can figure it out, I’m sure you’re hired. [Columbia]
Thailand’s new military government sucks. But apparently that’s good news for Bangkok’s art scene. Dissatisfaction has energized artists to make more politically-engaged work, while a plethora of empty businesses have been converted to galleries or studio spaces. [Reuters]
Meanwhile in American cities, gentrification has gotten so bad that this horror-movie-set of a structure is what a $1 million house looks like in San Francisco. [SFist]
A collection of animals licking windows. They all look really funny and weird. Except for the monkey. It’s disturbing. [Sad and Useless]
Collector, billionaire, and Seattle Art Fair founder Paul Allen reportedly crashed his luxury yacht into acres and acres of endangered coral reefs off the coast of the Cayman Islands. He denies his toy was responsible for the damage, but one of his companies is paying to help “repair” the reef. How magnanimous! [artnet News]
More than 200 units of affordable housing will be built in Flushing. Monadnock Development has received the contract from the city, and promises, amongst other things, a rooftop farm, a fitness facility and what’s being described as “feng-shui-oriented” design. According to Curbed, “A chunk of the apartments will be reserved for affordable senior housing, with the rest going to families “earning between $24,200 – $72,600 annually for an individual and $34,520 – $103,560 for a family of four,” per the HPD.” [Curbed New York]
Moscow just opened its 200th subway station, modeled after the paintings of Piet Mondrian. Here’s an article and slideshow about the Russian capital’s metro system art. Why can’t we have nice things? Oh right… (see below) [Deutsche Welle]
Michael Kimmelman concedes that the Santiago Calatrava World Trade Center Transportation Hub looks pretty good, but he never really gets past how much it cost to produce the thing. $4 Billion in public money for the 18th busiest train station in New York. By comparison, Grand Central cost $80 million in private funds (about half the cost of the Transportation Hub adjusting for inflation.) [The New York Times]
Sans context, arguably the day’s creepiest-sounding headline: “Cave Art Hands Made by Reptile, Not Human”. [Discovery News]
When it’s cold, I like to compare airline tickets on Flight Scanner — somewhere, anywhere, warm. Right now, I’m looking at the Bahamas, solely because I want to visit Pig Beach! It’s actually called Big Major Cay, and is a mysterious island where dozens of feral pigs live. Wouldn’t it be fun to swim with pigs? They’re highly social and smarter than dogs, dolphins and three year olds. They like to play and relax in the sun—I’ll take hanging with a pig over a parrothead at a surf bar any day. [National Geographic]
Hrag Vartanian was at yesterday’s Met Breuer press preview, and wasn’t impressed, especially by its main exhibition of the so-called “unfinished”, “an almost exclusively Eurocentric stroll through Western art history.” Ouch. [Hyperallergic]
Phillips CEO Ed Dolman says the art market is in a period of consolidation. Apparently only 51% of lots at their “New Now” auction of emerging art on Monday reached buyers. [Bloomberg]
On the mainstreaming of selfie feminism, it’s uncomplicated relationship with narcissism (largely shaped by the baggage of “basic bitch” white feminism), and how artists — specifically, black women, femmes, and gender-nonconforming — can potentially “demolish the gaze”. [The New Inquiry]
Miri Regev is Israel’s new Minister for culture and sport and she sounds horrible. She’s threatened to defund “disloyal” artists, punish theater troupes who refuse to perform in the occupied territories, and banned a book about an Israeli-Palestinian couple from schools. [The Guardian]
OK, this is pretty great: a UK firm has created an official “period policy” for female staffers. [The Guardian]
Instagram of the Day: Veteranas and Rucas, an archive of photos from the 1990s Chicano underground. [KCET]
Silvia Killingsworth, currently managing editor of the New Yorker, has become the editor of The Awl and The Hairpin. She starts in April, and will be overseeing a revival of both sites. [The Awl]
Turns out Yelp isn’t only useful as a go-to website for dining destination consensus. For Kelly Mark, it’s an effective way to pressure a restaurant to remove its unauthorized copy of an artwork.
Last August, the Canadian artist served notice to the owners of Old School, a Toronto restaurant, demanding the immediate removal and destruction of a neon sign that bears a striking resemblance to her 2006 work, “I Called Shotgun Infinity When I Was Twelve”. The neon copy is exactly the same in text, layout, and color. Only the font and size of the piece differs.
George Zimmerman is a painter, apparently. His latest works? Paintings of Confederate flags that you can buy prints of from a gun dealer’s website. There’s also a contest involved. [TMZ]
The NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association somehow manages to be even more Orwellian than its name. The group has been encouraging off-duty police officers to photograph the city’s booming homeless population. Those images have been posted to the Association’s social media accounts in some sort of attempt to …shame people into not being homeless? [Hyperallergic]
Dragan Espenschied weighs in on Blingee’s imminent “sunsetting”, and what made it so attractive to artists with an internet-based practice: it was a web 2.0 “stupid” image-making tool with a distinct aesthetic (glitter!) operating within a web 1.0 community model. “Looking at a blingee in blingee display mode is like going through a 1990’s free graphics collection that amateurs used to exchange elements for their homepages.” Also: apparently Blingee’s super-users were Russian grandmothers. Who knew? [One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age]
The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation has just announced that it will offer funding to select New York Organizations in the following sectors: arts education, public art, art in community and service centers, artistic activism, community-based museums, expanded access to art, art in the service of social justice or change and the promotion of under-recognized artistic practice. [The Observer]
Gilbert Vicario has been hired by the Phoenix Art Museum as the new curator of contemporary art, a position the museum hasn’t seen filled in over a decade. This comes in the midst of a major personnel exodus and re-shuffle under the new museum directorship of Amada Cruz. [Artforum]
Charlotte, North Carolina now has the rarefied status right of having an all-Drake radio station on their FM dial. Jealous! [CBC]
“If a company like Samsung with sufficiently deep pockets can keep battling until [the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office] eventually decides that maybe its patents should never have been awarded in the first place, what’s the point?” Apple loses one of its design patents, and its lawsuit with Samsung continues. Eye roll. [Cult of Mac]
Check out this slideshow archive of photographs, news clippings, and posters from Baltimore’s defunct Proposal Gallery. The artist-run space rented a storefront for $1 a year in the late 70s/early 80s. You know, back when you could buy a house for a dollar. This is why my generation is so bitter. [City Paper]
That time period is the subject of a new exhibition at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum. Figurative—and in particular, “bad”—painting made a comeback in West Germany as a reaction to minimalism. Bonus: I learned a new German word, one of those impossibly long, oddly specific words for an abstraction that German does so well that we have no equivalent for. “Vergangenheitsbewältigung” is to come to terms with the past and dark history of one’s culture. [The Economist]
It’s mid-August, so you know what that means: announcements from the Toronto International Film Festival regardings its early-September slate of gala premieres and red carpet photo calls. While many focus on its significance in Hollywood — it’s People’s Choice Award is considered a precursor for Oscar glory — it’s also important for its programming of experimental and video art. So, that being said, we’re looking forward to its Wavelengths programme, and world premieres by Mark Lewis (he represented Canada at the 2009 Venice Biennale) and Mexican auteur Nicolàs Pereda. [Toronto International Film Festival]
Cy Gavin, who is presently showing at Sargent’s Daughters, incorporates materials such as his father’s cremated remains into his paintings. [The New York Times]
The six most popular art exhibitions, according to the Instagram hive-mind. [artnet News]
Internet shame army, London, Ontario police need your help: a woman has been filmed stealing flowers from a gravesite, and they are trying to identify her. [BuzzFeed]