Cancel whatever you’re doing at 7 PM tonight, readers. Paddy Johnson will be critiquing the finalists of ArtPrize, in the 3D and time-based categories. (Peruse the finalists here. Watch the Livestream here.) The stakes are high; we expect some animated debate to light up twitter tonight.
And the rest of the week looks equally promising: fashion snarker Simon Doonan talks menswear, the New York Film Fest continues, and Philadelphia’s Vox Populi Gallery sees a weekend filled with Videofreex, Jeanine Oleson, and Jaimie Warren.
In the name of anarchy and art, the Counterforce collective vandalizes Google’s Frank Gehry-designed offices. The destruction may have been minimal. [ValleyWag]
Famous epitaphs! Charles Bukowski’s tombstone reads “Don’t Try.” [Wikiquote]
Here’s a video of a cat saving a boy from a dog attack. Hero cat! [TMZ]
South Africa’s National Art gallery’s first black museum curator has been axed under suspicious conditions. [Daily Maverick]
An Albertson’s clerk failed to double bag a magnum bottle of wine, and it broke the bag and the customer’s foot. Now, the woman is demanding $8.3 million in damages. [Courthouse News via @bhsutton]
In Toronto, it’s worth following the roads with “No Exit” signs, writes Shawn Micallef. Often times those dead ends lead to hiking trails, artist studios, and even hockey nets. [The Toronto Star]
A Detroit bankruptcy judge tells creditors they can’t take artworks off the walls of the Detroit Institute of Arts. They’d like to examine them for buyers they already have lined up, claiming they’ve “found buyers willing to pay more than $1 billion for parts or all of the collection; one wants all Chinese art.” [Boston Herald]
Jason Foumberg discusses the Art Institute’s “pay-to-play” model for acquiring contemporary art. For $150, anyone can join the museum’s Society for Contemporary Art; this allows them to cast a vote for which work they’d like to see join the museum’s collection. [Chicago Magazine]
Jaimie Warren gets a mostly positive review from Roberta Smith, who lauds her art-making, but says she could stretch her art farther with a little discipline. Where the work lacks discipline was never laid out, though, so this review doesn’t provide much insight. [The New York Times]
Prospect New Orleans announces their artist list for the upcoming biennial, to be held October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015. [Prospect New Orleans via Hyperallergic]
Make of this what you will. Jaimie Warren sent us this beautiful GIF yesterday, along with a short description of what’s in store for her performance tonight at The Hole: It’s coming of age love story starring Freddy Krueger. So, now you know. The performance starts at 7:30.
Last week’s inaugural Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair was full of art dealers scrambling to figure out what type of art techies might like. Some, like K&M Art, thought techies might want to unload their bitcoins for art. [Medium]
Monday nights you can choose between watching reality TV like Ru Paul’s Drag Race or wrestling entertainment like Raw. It doesn’t matter what you choose; NPR argues that both shows are “essentially one and the same,” both performance art about gender. I’d like to agree, but there’s too much of a focus in this piece on wrestlers performing masculinity and drag queens performing femininity; WWE is full of nearly naked sequined wrestlers twisted into pretzel positions with their oiled-up partners. [NPR]
Art collector and dealer Daniel Wolf and artist and architect Maya Lin have an old jail in Yonkers. They’re planning to transform it into studio space and a gallery. No word whether the collection will be made available public, but even so, the piece is pitched as though it’s about the budding art scene of Yonkers. The only other artist they were able to cite out there is David Hammons. The best part of the piece is when they describe the lack of basic amenities on the waterfront as “shopping.” [The New York Times]
Lawsuit filed against Brooklyn landlords claims they were quick to kick out black residents to make room for white ones. [Gothamist]
For new media lovers: Link Art Center has some sweet-looking art available at Paddle8. [Paddle8]
Lindsay Preston Zappas describes Math Bass’s show at Overduin and Co. as an exercise in visual merchandising. Ouch. [Carets and Stick]
Sarah Jessica Parker interviewed Alex Katz; she filled in for Leonard Lopate. [NPR]
Exhibition A interviews an art collector who’s also an astronaut. The interview’s full of space talk, not so much art talk. [Exhibition A]
Pierre Huyghe joins Hauser & Wirth. Not sure what this means for his New York gallery; he’s currently represented by Marian Goodman. [AMA]
This month’s issue of e-flux journal is mostly about sex. Sex! [e-flux]
Jaimie Warren’s new show at The Hole gets a lauding write up from the Huffington Post. Critic Priscilla Frank is a fan. [The Huffington Post]
Thank god we’re (mostly) giving ourselves a break from political coverage this week with an art bingefest: art which is concerned primarily with cat food art, food’lberities, a room full of petroleum gel, and dicks. Back to the good ol’ classic dick blogging.
AFC’s Matthew Leifheit and Baltimore City Paper writer (and AFC friend) Michael Farley give you some highlights of Bushwick Gone Basel, a one-night only fair alternative held inside the CuCu’s Nest, a Miami Beach dive bar. In three words: Jaimie Warren RULES.