Brooklyn’s former “Broken Angel” house. Image by Chris Wood via Hyperallergic.
No, none of these links are about Dubai.
Last night, gunmen opened fire on the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” in the suburbs of Dallas. The anti-Islam event was organized by Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative—which is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A security guard was wounded before both gunmen were shot and killed by police. [Reuters]
This comes just days after Renald “Luz” Luzier, sole surviving cartoonist from the Charlie Hebdo attack, announced that he has given up drawing Muhammad. It’s probably a wise choice. [BBC News]
The Bay Area’s “Parking Lot Art Fair” opened this weekend. The event was a free (to both visitors and exhibitors) uncurated alternative to Art Market San Francisco in a public parking lot. Based on photos, it actually looks like it was more fun than it sounds. [SFGate]
At the other end of the art world, Christie’s is hoping to break price records with the auction of one of the last major Picasso paintings in a private collection and Giacometti’s iconic “Man Pointing”. The works are valued at at $140 million and $130 million, respectively. [Business Insider]
Clinton Hill’s “Broken Angel” story keeps getting sadder. Arthur Wood, the sculptor who was evicted from the property after living and working there for 30 years, is heartbroken that the developers who bought the site are incorporating fragments of his sculptures into luxury condos. [DNAinfo]
A detailed account of a weekend with the dissident elite; artist Ai Weiwei, Wikileaks collaborator Jacob Appelbaum, and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. The three got together in Beijing for Rhizome’s 7on7. [Fusion]
Interview Magazine talks with Beth Fiore and Jonathan D’Agostino about their new Lower East Side gallery space D&F. When asked what the biggest struggle was opening a gallery, Fiore responds, “I think the biggest struggle is bigger than opening a gallery. It’s being in the art world. It’s so hard, and there is no regulation, and you can waste a lot of time with some really bullshit people.” Hear, hear. [Interview Magazine]
Russia is a weird place. In the 1990’s, culture, especially the music scene, was obsessed with being glamorous, apolitical, and mass-media friendly. Russia’s decadent post-Soviet years sound like they were probably a lot of fun… if you were a gangster or popstar. [The Moscow Times]
AFC editors take panels by storm; Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras speaks at Artists Space; and the first U.S. retrospective of “one of the most prominent artists working in Southeast Asia” comes to the SculptureCenter.
I wish I had written this Internet Glossary. So good. The Toast adds some additional translations to common Internet slang: “You need to see” translates to“here is a video you’ll forget in two minutes”. “!”=”I have space for one character in this RT”. “FTW”=”I agree with this”. “THIS“=”I Have Nothing to Add”. [The Toast]
Paddy Johnson has filed another artnet News review. It is titled “Richard Prince Sucks.” Click through to find out what she thinks of Richard Prince. [artnet News]
A new study by the Pew Foundation finds that Buzzfeed is trusted less than ThinkProgress, Sean Hannity Show, Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh. [PewResearch]
The Founder and Executive Director of Art21, Susan Sollins, passed away last week. Hyperallergic has reported a nice overview of her influence and vision. [Hyperallergic]
Rhizome is building a tool that will help archive facebook conversations. Dragan Espenschied, Rhizome’s digital conservator, speaks to the New York Times. [The New York Times]
In news of the ever-shifting art blogosphere: Just months after scooping up the staff of Artinfo because Louise BLOUIN wasn’t paying anybody (she’s currently embroiled in lawsuits and small claims court filings filed by her former contractors), artnet News has already lost one of its best assets. Ben Sutton is now at Hyperallergic. One wonders if this has to do with Artnet’s tabloid–like news sensibility. (Also, it appears they’ve made a font change). This means Hyperallergic is expanding, which is good news for those of us who are sick to death of Gallerist NY voice.
An Edward Snowden documentary, Citizenfour, was slipped quietly into the New York Film Festival. Apparently, Snowden contacted the filmmaker Laura Poitras soon before making the leaks because of her previous films My Country, My Country, and The Oath. [Hyperallergic]
Hoverboards are real, and they are not two blowdriers attached to the bottom of a skateboard. They’re using magnets, and you have to hover over a metal floor. No, you can’t have one, they’re $10,000. [The Verge]
Not art-related, but what the hell: Renée Zellweger looks like an entirely different person. [Gawker]
Guess who’s got a Jayson Musson’s Coogi painting for sale? We do, and you have two more days to get it. [Paddle8]
New York City has just given the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum $5 million towards its $79 million renovation. [ArtsBeat]
Former Executive Director of Rhizome and New Museum triennial co-curator Lauren Cornell interviews Laura Poitras, the filmmaker behind The Guardian interview in which Edward Snowden revealed himself to the public. Poitras, who was described as the “Keyser Soze of the [Snowden] story” by The New York Times earlier this year, expresses her commitment to fighting against the “Orwellian nightmare” of government surveillance. She also uses the interview to speak about storytelling and the artistic choice to put Snowden behind the camera. Poitiers is currently making a documentary about government surveillance in America which will serve as the finale in a trilogy of films about the post-9/11 world. [Mousse Magazine]
The Silk Road, a website operated via Bitcoin exchange and subject of various artworks, has been shut down by the FBI. Approximately $3.6 million in Bitcoin currency was seized in conjunction with the shutdown. [The Washington Post]
Today’s must-read: Randy Kennedy’s report on Detroit, and the looming possibility of the sale of DIA’s art collection. Kennedy gives readers a very clear sense of the damage that would be done to the institution should the City attempt to do this; basically, it would be destroyed. [The New York Times]
Chicago art dealer Alan Kass was convicted of fraud. Due to health issues, he was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months home confinement, in addition to paying $350,000 in restitution to the gallery’s former clients. [The Art Market Monitor]
Cities unfriendly to artists based on soaring housing prices: Washington, San Diego and Los Angeles. The chart also maps cities where housing costs have declined. Looks like Chicago is a winner here, behind the obvious city, Detroit. [The Washington Post]
Sometimes art and horses don’t mix. Teenage girl buys horse named Señor Pablo Picasso. Finding that a dopey name, she fields suggestions for new names on a message board. Once “Guernica” gets tabled, the infighting begins. [The Chronicle of the Horse]
319 Scholes opens up a co-working space with desk space, meeting rooms, and an in-person fabrication studio. [Deskmag]
You’ve got a month to enter the 2013 Conscientious portfolio competition. Aimed at emerging photographers, it’s free to submit, and all you have to do is send a link to your website and tell them what pictures to consider. Deadline is Halloween. [Conscientious]
On Wednesday, Sotheby’s largest shareholder Dan Loeb, fired off a letter to the auction house accusing CEO William Ruprecht of failing to offer up “enough modern masterpieces to woo potential bidders and compete with rival Christie’s International.” That same day, Sotheby’s announced the upcoming sale of two major modern works by Picasso and Giacometti, worth a combined $80 million. [The Wall Street Journal]
Thanks to GalleristNY for publishing an email with the names of the Whitney Biennial artists. So far the blog’s only been able to confirm 8 of the 51 names, but we’re republishing the list with some initial thoughts.