Does this Times interactive feature on the Whitney make anyone feel a little nauseous when scrolling over all its moving parts? I don’t think it’s ideal to feel motion sickness when reading. Michael Kimmelman says the museum isn’t a masterpiece, (he’s the second critic to say the outside looks like a pharmaceutical company), but deems the museum a “serious achievement”. [The New York Times]
Famed graffiti mecca 190 Bowery has found new office tenants who apparently want to retain the building’s ground-floor appearance because the companies “are literally at the intersection of chic and gritty.” Shudder. [Curbed NY]
Musing on the black model who appeared in several nineteenth-century French paintings. [The Root]
Todd Seelie visits the desert for a week, mostly around the Salton Sea, the largest lake in California. It’s a superfund site, so you can blow stuff up and photograph it and nobody gives a shit. [Hopes and Fears]
Vogue, in its own way, tries to make the case for selling artwork on Instagram as a populist alternative to traditional gallery representation …by citing paintings selling for “upwards of $30,000” and patrons such as members of the Swiss royal family. [Vogue]
Also over at Vogue, a pretty great interview with Marilyn Minter. “When Photoshop came around, I thought I’d died and went to heaven. When I hear artists say “Oh, the good old days” or “I’m old school,” I just want to puke. There’s no tool I won’t use.” [Vogue]
What does it mean to be a Power Woman? In this auction benefit for Art F City it means you’re bad ass: You make great art and have been doing since forever. You’re an influential powerhouse within the art community. You are deserving of recognition for the work you do. In short, you are nothing less than amazing.
Join the 10th anniversary benefit that will blow your mind. This April, your support will help one of the most important voices in art criticism, reporting, and activism rise to even greater levels. And what better way to honor this year’s theme, Power Women, than by honoring one of the century’s most significant and influential artists, Laurie Anderson. This is gonna be awesome.
Discovery Times Square’s newest tourist-bait exhibit: Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. [amNewYork]
“Corporate spiritualism” artist Kevin Bewersdorf who once erased all his artwork from the Internet, returns with a new website full of very zen GIFs. [Rhizome]
“Do you think he had any idea how much and how many people loved him?” Artist B. Wurtz remembers Feature Inc.’s Hudson, “an almost impossibly pure form of art dealer.” [Artforum]
New Orleans shutters the last of its public schools, switching over to an independently operated charter school system. [Washington Post]
Um, so there’s a street artist that’s spraypainting dog poop. He goes by the moniker “Gold Poo,” referring to the gold spray paint he uses. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Here’s a solution to inequality: let’s run around the city on a treasure hunt for hidden money! A San Francisco real estate developer felt sorry for profiting off out-of-control rents and has been tweeting clues to envelopes with $100 in them. A copycat has come to New York @HiddenCash_NYC; maps and clues will be posted once a week and we will be following. [SF Gate]
Does The NYPL’s storage plan make sense to anybody? The Library President Anthony Marx says that books will remain in storage because “bringing the stacks up to code” would be much too costly, at $46 million. And yet, the original plan was estimated to run at around $500 million with potential to rise much higher. Nobody suing the Library understood why the stacks needed to be updated in the first place, as they were built with Carnegie Steel and are a cornerstone of the building. Did the Library throw books away? [New York Times]
Adult Magazine’s roundtable discussion on vulgarity features artist Marilyn Minter. [Adult Magazine]
Drew Daniel, an electronic multi-instrumentalist, Matmos member, and avowed metalhead talks about queerness and The Soft Pink Truth in Pitchfork. It’s a very smart interview. [Pitchfork via @heartasarena]
Andrea K. Scott reviews the latest High Line exhibition, Archeo, which, in typical High Line fashion, includes sculpture you’ll have to search for amid the well-manicured green. She mentions that some works resemble plop art—they are “guilty of plopping.” [The New Yorker]
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.
As we prepare for Basel Miami, let us reflect on Aurel Schmidt’s approach: “It’s a great way for people in the art world to actually have fun together.” [T Magazine, 2009]
Manish Vora, co-founder of Grey Area, tells it like it is, “So much of the Basel fatigue is that a lot of the events are not that fun.” Pre-party Basel coverage has already started at NYT. This year’s concern? Celeb parties are a bigger draw than art parties. [The New York Times]
BUTT Magazine has taken down our favorite reportage from the fairs, but Choire Sicha quoted a juicy paragraph of it back in 2009. Even that much is worth the read. [The Awl]
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn gets a lauding profile from the New York Times. Marilyn Minter has the best quotes in the piece, “I was really attracted to her in the first place because she had black artists and women, and never made a big deal out of it,” she said. We also learn a little about a Minter painting called “The Singer”, which sadly won’t be at Basel this year. [The New York Times]
NADA’s offering tours to kids at Basel this year. [In the Air]
New York Magazine will go from publishing their magazine weekly to every other week. They plan to use the money they save to beef up the long form features in the magazine and invest in online content. [The New York Times]
Jay and Stuart Podolsky are landlords making a fortune by renting shelter spaces to the city. Their nicknames back when one such building was used as a hostel? The “terror lords”. Andrew Rice really did a great job with this story. [New York Magazine]
A revised bill for the Equity for Visual Artists Act, which would introduce artists’ resale rights to the art market will be floated in the Capital come January. With all the political gridlock there though, we don’t anticipate the bill passing anytime soon. [The Art Newspaper]