When the curator becomes the primary product, nobody wins. With 800 artists to 100 curators, the flashiest booths naturally win out at SPRING/BREAK. We picked a handful of booths which deserve a longer look.
Poland’s skanky folk-rap entry into the Eurovision contest features a busty butter-churner. It’s embarrassing. [YouTube via @magdasawon]
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year housing plan will provide the city with more high-rises; in the Koch era, formerly dilapidated buildings were improved. Those sites are no more, so the city will need to move upward. [The New York Times]
For building boom advice, de Blasio can always look to Henry VIII, who spurred London’s first building boom. After cutting ties with the papacy, Henry VIII sold all the land owned by the Catholic Church to private investors! [Elizabeth’s London]
Some tech start-ups from the EU you probably haven’t heard of. [Tech.eu]
The F.C.C. is set to vote this Thursday on whether to move forward with a proposal that would bifurcate the internet into a fast lane and slow lane. A coalition of tech companies—basically any online company you’ve ever heard of—responded last week in a letter, strongly urging the F.C.C. to reconsider. David Carr, lays out his rationale for why he thinks the tech companies will win this battle. [The New York Times]
Borghese Gallery in Rome has opened its windows to protect the art from humidity; they don’t have air conditioning. Gawker finds this open-windows policy to be an outrage, but it’s not. Museums around the world continue to do this, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Plus, it’s not like all the world’s masterpieces were damaged beyond repair due to the lack of air conditioners. [Gawker]
This is horrible. Former 92nd Street Y Executive Director Sol Adler, was found dead in his own home. He was fired last summer amid allegations of corruption.[Haaretz]
Roberta Smith is all over Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby,” an installation dominated by a giant sphinx made out of sugar. She loves it and says there are all kinds of interpretations to be thrown at it. [The New York Times]
Forbes announces its first-ever 30 Under 30 Summit with a dubstep-infused video that lists off celebrities and then asks “Who’s Next?” This, and the date, is all we know about the conference. What? [Forbes]
Good lord. At the Frieze talk with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina and the New Yorker’s David Remnick, Alekhina described an instance when an activist friend was taken to the woods and locked in the trunk of a car with an ant nest on his head. [Gallerist]
Everyone attending the Armory Show at yesterday’s VIP preview has an opinion on the Armory and fairs in general. “The Armory is back!” declared Monique Meloche of Monique Meloche Gallery. After three years of handwringing over whether the New York-born fair would survive the competition brought to the table by Frieze New York, that question finally seems to be put to rest. The fair is doing just fine.
Good news. The Art F City auction is live on Paddle8 and we’re employing every form of digital media to let people know! That means you’ve got through Monday, February 17th at NOON sharp to bid on all live items before the heading to Postmasters Gallery for the live auction with CK Swett. You have through Monday, February 17th at TEN PM to bid on silent lots.
This February 17th, get ready for The Art F City Art World Roast Auction and Awards (AFCAWRAaA): a night of crowning the worst and auctioning off the best. (Basically, it’s like the art prom, but everyone is Carrie). Prepare yourself for roasting and ass gadgetry; this year, our gilded awards will take the form of golden butt plugs.
William Powhida reviews the exhibition catalog It’s the Political Economy, Stupid. He calls out theorists and critics who hope for a new, post-capitalist art practice without dealing with how we get to there (the future) from here (the now). It’s great. [Hyperallergic]
Magda Sawon did not win the High Line Art commission, but the activist Florent Morellet did. John Ahearn will sculpt his bust, which will go on view to the public in September. [High Line Art]
Though eight weeks old, this story’s totally relevant. Kriston Capps reports that D.C.’s independent gallery scene is shifting, and possibly shrinking. [City Paper]
Did you win this year’s apexart open call? Only if your name is Avi Lubin, Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, Martin Waldmeier, or Lisa Williams. [e-flux]
The Guggenheim makes history with its app, or at least that’s what some PR-filled reviews would lead one to think. [Long Island Newsday]
“Gadgets will soon be made of crabs and potatoes”. According to The Guardian, this is what we should look forward to with artfully designed tech. [The Guardian]
The house that Ai Weiwei built for contemporary Chinese art collectors Christopher Tsai and André Stockamp has now been sold. The upstate New York “compound” includes three bedrooms and a studio. [Curbed NY]
Malcolm Gladwell wrote about Korean Air back in 2008, saying that they’ve had more plane crashes because their culture is hierarchical. Slashdot seems to think this could explain Asiana Airline’s recent crash. [Slashdot]
Silva Plath, Two women reading, (left), Nine female figures (right). Photograph: Indiana University Lilly Library
Lots of news from Twitter today:
Deborah Soloman is tweeting that Larry Gagosian has bought the former Harkness House for Ballet Arts on 5th Avenue. No further details yet. [Deborah Solomon]
Magda Sawon of Postmasters is warning art folk over twitter about an email scam. Beware of Helen Harkins, who is asking people to buy art she saw on website. Emails involve fedexing checks and arranging shipments. Do not fall for this. [Magda Sawon]
Yoko Ono weighs in over twitter on the gun debate by tweeting John Lennon’s bloody glasses. [Yoko Ono]
In the papers:
Time Out NY has the city’s best art critic, Howard Halle, making listicles. That makes me a little sad about the state publishing, but on the upside, they’re pretty good listicles. This curated guide to art celebrities should provide enough context to put an end to the misguided idea that George W. Bush is a good painter. [Time Out NY]
Artist Asher Penn interviews artist Spencer Sweeney. [Sex]
Randy Kennedy on social practice projects by Creative Time, The Queens Museum and more. [NYTimes. Paywall]