Writing about the Armory Show comes with a caveat: people lie. Ask a dealer if they’ve made any sales, and they’ll often say “yes,” whether or not they’ve actually sold anything. Often, though, those tales reveal themselves. Some lies come with errors. This year, for example, a dealer told us collectors only buy at the end of a fair—an obviously false statement—but yes, she’d sold some small works. Other tales reveal themselves years later. Like when a dealer tells you he was “losing his shirt” at a past fair, forgetting that he’d told you that very same year that he’d sold out the booth.
Postcard from the original “Congo Village” exhibition. Courtesy the Art Newspaper.
In 1914, Norway celebrated its centenary by debuting “The Congo Village,” a piece in which 80 Africans were put on display, living in cabins with palm roofs surrounded by African artifacts. Now, artists Mohamed Ali Fadlabi and Lars Cuzner plan to re-create this piece in Norway as a means of “remembering a forgotten event.” What other horrific ideas can we recreate? [The Art Newspaper]
The Atlantic has a nice profile on Doom Patrol, a short-lived troupe of misfit superheroes; they once fought a Dadaist supervillian group that attempted to enclose all of Paris within a gigantic painting. [The Atlantic]
We all know that Russia is asserting claims on “New Russia,” but what else is going on in the country? Since January 2014, the cost of buying live pigs has risen by 40 percent. [Pig Progress]
Some people think wedding photographers can refuse to work at same-sex ceremonies because they’re artists, and artists are free to express themselves. [The Week]
Los Angeles is sitting on 7.5 million dollars worth of funding for public art. Much has been unused since 2007. [The Los Angeles Times]
David Kordansky will move into a 20,000 square foot Kulapat Tantrasat designed space on South La Brea in Los Angeles this September. [Baer Faxt]
Artprice.com is looking for art economist. [Baer Faxt]
“Hot trends such as painted pornography; fluorescent paint; sculpture with mirrors, spray foam, and yarn were mistaken for art because artists believed blind pleasure-seeking could be made to seem insightful when described ironically.” [Salon]
A fascinating interactive feature on how Americans die. [Bloomberg]
Earlier this week, the Internet was abuzz with rumors of Jeffrey Deitch’s departure from MOCA. At 9:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, MOCA sent out an email announcing a major change ahead for Los Angeles’ contemporary art museum.