Delaware is the Luxembourg of Interstate 95, apparently. The state’s lack of sales taxes means collectors can save hundreds of thousands of dollars by directly shipping artwork there after purchase. Of course, this means it won’t be displayed, only hoarded. [The New York Times]
“The Metropolitan Museum of Art tried to throw a mother and her child out of the PUNK show for writing in crayon on the wall… Shame on you!” This, and other one-star Yelp reviews of art museums are available for your edification and amusement on this Tumblr, which (full disclosure) is run by my (Michael’s) niece. [Bad Art Museum Reviews]
Ai Weiwei’s latest social media beef? The artist is accusing Lego of censorship after the company refused to send a bulk order of bricks for an exhibition. Lego apparently does not condone the use of its products for political artwork. [artnet News]
Speaking of beef, the World Health Organization released a report today finding that eating processed meats such as bacon increases the chance of getting colorectal cancer by 18 percent. It also said that red meats were probably carcinogenic, but there was limited evidence. The report also stressed the benefits of meat and said this was reason to cut down, not entirely eliminate meat from diets. [BBC]
Music producer/collector Kasseem Dean, also known as Swizz Beatz, and retired private equity investor Barbara Vogelstein have joined the Brooklyn Museum’s board of trustees. Vogelstein is actually returning to the board after a hiatus. [Artforum]
The Obama family likes more abstract art and have decorated the white house with works by Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg and others. [The New York Times]
Edward Gomez offers an indepth look at Martha Wilson’s show at P.P.O.W. We were interested in this exhibition because her image Bear in Mind/Bear in Hind was inspired by our panda calendar project, but also because there’s been a lot of talk over social media about “Martha Meets Michelle Halfway”, a portrait in which Wilson dresses like Michelle Obama…in half blackface. Many find it offensive. Wilson told Hyperallergic, “An African-American artist friend advised me not to wear blackface,” she recalled, “but I had been impersonating First Ladies for three decades. In the end I decided to wear half no makeup and half black makeup to clearly show that it was a performance whose subject had to do with how race figured into our perception of the current First Lady. Clifford [Owens] engaged the audience [at The Brooklyn Academy of Music] to get a discussion going about performativity in the room and in the culture at large.” [Hyperallergic]
Midsize brick-and-mortar galleries are dropping like flies in traditional art centers. Rising rents, the increased cost and importance of art fairs, and competition/mergers from/with international mega-galleries are to blame. [Blouin Artinfo]
Tuesday night, we’re throwing a revolutionary dance party at Brooklyn’s Lovegun to celebrate our Fall Fundraiser. The world is a pretty dystopian place—and we need you to join the resistance. We’ll be collecting donations at the door; offering fabulous raffle prizes; and enjoying performances, DJ sets, and more post-apocalypstick than you can possibly scrub off your collar from Trey La Trash, Molly Rhinestones, Orlando Estrada and Ellen Degenerate.
But enough about us—if you survive tomorrow night’s apocalypse, you’re in for a week of solo shows opening, lectures from the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates, open studios at the fantastic Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and several nights to see the weirdest beauty pageant imaginable from Psychic Readings Company. The week ends with an epic four exhibitions closing in Bushwick just after Sunday brunch time.
See? Art F City is always helping you navigate the treacherous wastelands of 2015. Won’t you help us survive?
Close-up with Sarah Lucas’s “Au Naturel.” Image courtesy of the Guardian.
Oh, dear. Artist Sarah Lucas’s “Au Naturel” was chosen for Dlisted’s caption contest. Don’t worry: you, too, still have time to submit your own snarky caption about the mattress. [Dlisted]
It seems like those $90 Suicide Girls prints are sold out on the SG website. We were too late! [Suicide Girls]
But you can always see one of the Suicide Girls prints in person at Postmasters’ new exhibition, #wcw (@Womencrushwednesday). [Postmasters]
Nominate your favorite net-artist for the second annual Prix Net Art, with the winner receiving a $10,000 grant. Your favorite net artists already know how much you care, but hugs do not pay the bills. [Rhizome]
In Tampa, the tenth-known violent death of a transgender person to occur this year. No. [Political Animal]
Book-lovers, you may want to prepare yourself before clicking on this link. People are “defiling” vintage books in the name of stencil-art. [Town and Country Living]
A.I.R. Gallery launches their annual studio visit lottery. $15 bucks per ticket, or a pair of them for $20. The list of visitors this year is impressive: Martha Wilson, Mira Schor, Kat Griefen, Lesley Heller, Judith Brodsky, and Paddy Johnson, among others. [A.I.R Gallery]
The history of cybernetics and management techniques, with a focus on Chile. The country tried out cybernetics as a means of economic control in the 1970s, but then the U.S. came in and led a coup against the country, thereby ending the cybernetic-management experiments. [AVANT]
On why the Marvel cinematic universe lacks the X-Men and Spider-Man, who are very much a part of Marvel comics. [A.V. Club]
Verisart, a new art-and-tech start-up, seeks to catalogue every new work of art and record it with blockchain technology. [Bloomberg]
China Through the Looking Glass is on track to become the most popular exhibition at the Met ever. So far, the exhibition has been seen by 500,000 and is on view through Labor Day. The Alexander McQueen show remains the most attended, attracting 661,509 in its 15-week run. [ARTnews]
The EXPO CHICAGO art fair announces its 2015 fair programming, which will include talks on the state of design criticism, global biennials, and the Chicago Imagists. [EXPO CHICAGO]
The prints are here! Tuesday night Art F City launched our one-night-only exhibition and reception of Rachel Stern’s “Nude Artists as Pandas” at Sargent’s Daughters. One of New York’s fastest rising stars, Stern has shown at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Invisible Exports, and Humble Arts Foundation. This summer, she spent two months in Maine, at one of the world’s most prestigious residencies, Skowhegan.
The launch attracted art-worlders shot by Stern such as Martha Wilson, Nayland Blake, Jason Andrews, and Allegra LaViola along with luminaries like William Powhida, Ben Davis and Kat Griefen. All were recorded for posterity by photographer Christian Grattan.
The series above is available as a suite of 12 limited-edition photographs or as individual prints. For purchase options visit our donation page. For more information reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The time has never been better to support to Art F City. Donating $50 or more not only earns you a 100% tax deductible donation, but is a gateway into Art F City’s 2015 Calendar and print series, Nude Artists as Pandas. The calendar includes 12 amazing nude photographs of artists, dealers and writers by Rachel Stern, as well as a selected list of all the major art events for the coming year. Shock your relatives and impress your friends with the best gift you could give anyone this holiday season.
What do nude pandas look like? What do naked artists wearing panda hats look like? On November 18, 2014, those questions you never asked will be answered. This is the date we launch Art F City’s 2015 panda calendar and print series, Artists as Pandas in the Nude—it will be an event to behold. All calendars and prints will be available for FREE with a tax-deductible donation to the blog.
Check back on the 18th and GET READY FOR SOME FUR. In the meantime, you can find out more after the jump.