Let’s not sugarcoat this: Chelsea has become a glittering straight jacket for any artist who actually wants to experiment. The collector market tethers these artists to calculated production where artistic value and cost never seem to go hand in hand. This makes it hard to get too excited about opening night in Chelsea, and in fact, but for a handful of openings, we’re not. This is what we recommend.
A 21 year old guy kicked a cat, really hard, and caught it on video. Now he’s been arrested. Good. Poor kitty! [ANIMAL New York]
Marianne Boesky is opening a new space on Clinton Street in the Lower East Side, just ahead of the new condo wave. There goes the whole, entire neighborhood. [Bowery Boogie]
As we reported yesterday, the Rent Guidelines Board voted on whether or not to consider a rent freeze on rent-regulated apartments, while tenants yelled at the owners on the board. They came out with a compromise, a 0-3% increase for apartments with a one year lease and a .5 to 4.5 increase for 2 year leases and a 0-10 percent allowance for subletters. Following votes will determine the outcome. [Paddy Johnson, WNYC]
Speaking of protests, the Village Voice has photos from last night’s rally for Occupy protester Cecily McMillan, who faces up to seven years in prison for elbowing a police officer. She says it was an accident and has photo documentation of bruising from that police officer. [Village Voice]
The Met costume center named after Anna Wintour officially opened last night with an introduction from Michelle Obama. [The New York Times]
Who are the most expensive female women artists? Artnet tells you. (I would not have guessed Beatriz Milhazes at number 9). [Artnet]
There is now an LIC Art Bus, that will transport art lovers between Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and MoMA PS1. [Hyperallergic]
Adrianne Jeffries dubbs the gold-backed bitcoin a “disaster waiting to happen”. [The Verge]
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.
Mercifully, this year’s ADAA far was absent of familiar pop art fair staples such as Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. Many dealers brought contemporary art to the fairs, with familiar names such as Dana Schutz, Jacob Kassay, and James Turrell filling the booths. That, along with a series of in-depth solo booths, contributed to an overall sense of higher quality than in years past.