Possibly the best thing Pulse has going for it is their VIP lounge. Set at the back of their tent on the beach, this balcony gives collectors an incredible view of the ocean. When I visited met two friends who had been there for most of the day and were deliriously happy. That’s what you want.
The new tent is a much-needed departure from the Ice Palace, which thanks to a few rocky years of leadership, many now associate with leaks, poor exhibitors and poor sales.
Scene from last night’s Ryan McNamara performance in Miami. Photo: Paddy Johnson.
Scenes from night two of Eric Garner protests in New York. Protesters stopped traffic at the West Side Highway in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue, among other well-traveled stops. Commuters: be aware. [Daily Intelligencer]
Watch John Stewart’s smart assessment/freak out on the Eric Garner aftermath. [The Daily Show, now linked to by the rest of the Internet]
Cumberbitches must have some clout in the world; Benedict Cumberbatch has been recruited to play the title role in Marvel’s Dr. Strange, set to debut in 2016. [Marvel via Mic]
For those of us who grew up in suburbia’s own particular brand of America, Mike Nagel’s report on abandoned indoor malls should hit close to home. [The Awl]
ICA/Boston announces the appointment of Eva Respini to the position of Barbara Lee Chief Curator. She comes from MoMA’s Department of Photography, where she started her career there as a curatorial assistant nearly 15 years ago. [ICA/Boston]
I don’t envy the writers stuck with task of trudging through hours of art fair bullshit in the hopes of fishing out a fresh new angle. Aside from protest news, so far Art Basel coverage has consisted of “overheard” roundups, slideshows, and Miley Cyrus sightings. After 14 years, what’s there to say about an event that’s basically a luxury department store? I would imagine, dick.
So this Kim Asendorf GIF goes out to this year’s AFC Miami correspondent Paddy Johnson. “Rio Reset” is a picture of Rio, but the caption on 15folds is particularly relevant to fair season:
Every end is a new beginning, commonly with a higher standard, but sometimes it’s just the same again.
To be fair, I’m including another GIF, “Warenhaus“, in which Asendorf has topped New York with a toilet.
Here’s a dog that really likes its bucket. Gotta love the soundtrack.
Miami cannot agree who has control over the Museum of Contemporary Art’s future; is it the city or the trustees? Behind door one, we have Alex Gartenfeld, interim director for Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Behind another, we have Babacar M’Bow, the other interim director, appointed by the mayor. [The New York Times]
A Brooklyn spa is sending out weekly traffic and detour announcements, so that you can make it to the wet lounge on time. It’s actually the best way to know about weekend parades in the city. [Body by Brooklyn]
BIG’s proposal for a flood-proof Lower Manhattan includes a raised West Side Highway and lots of park space. [BIG]
If you left a prosthetic leg on the LIRR, it’s at the lost and found at Penn Station. [The New York Times]
The city, now accepting proposals for public art projects at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. You’ll get 5k for the project this summer! [Department of Transportation]
Now you won’t be able to invite people to your Gmail calendars from your email. Apparently people didn’t use the function enough, though that’s likely due to the fact that users didn’t know it existed. [Google System]
But hey! At least you can play Rubik’s Cube on Google’s front page today, right? [Google]
David Carr offers some much needed insight into the firing of New York Times editor Jill Abramson, saying that all the talk about pay inequity was a sideshow. The real issue, he speculates, was that the Times had been lagging in digital endeavors, and in response, she tried to bring in a digital expert, Janine Gibson, a senior editor at The Guardian. This proved to be an issue in terms of office management, as Abramson failed to tell Dean Baquet, the paper’s managing editor, that he would now have to share his job with someone else. Baquet was furious and threatened to quit. [The New York Times]
Yet another museum will be rolling out a Frank Gehry expansion; this time it’s the Philadelphia Museum of Art. [Philly.com via @kellycrowsj ]
Is the 9/11 museum gift shop in poor taste? The New York Post seems to think so, but their argument seems to be wrapped up in the idea that museum directors get paid too much money. [The New York Post]
Ben Davis writes about how the Yams decision to pull out of the Whitney Biennial should be a wake-up call for the museum. The biennial, he says, has a race problem. [Artnet]
Jeffrey Gonano, the Picasso raffle winner (Image courtesy of the Daily Mail)
Pussy Riot will definitely soon be free, along with 30 Greenpeace activists who’ve attracted a lot of media attention lately for trying to board a Russian oil rig. Good, but nothing’s fixed. [Reuters, Corey Flintoff]
Looks like Hyperallergic had a more successful trip to Miami’s new Perez Art Museum than AFC did. (They like). The opening was so packed that AFC’s Paddy Johnson couldn’t get a clear view of anything but the bathroom. [Hyperallergic]
More momentum for The Contemporary! After reopening recently and appointing a new director, the Baltimore museum has appointed artist and curator Ginevra Shay as its program manager. It has a lot of young leadership, a nomadic format, and a very flexible program. Keep an eye on these guys. [twitter]
“Why the art world is so loathsome”: a listicle for our times. Simon Doonan primarily lists Art Basel, money, dick art, poop art, and art that looks like a window display at Barney’s. That criticism comes with a little cache since Doonan himself spent years making Barneys window displays. [Slate]
Pei-Shen Qian, the artist accused of making Knoedler Gallery’s fake paintings, claims he’s innocent. He says he made similar works to Abstract Expressionists but never intended to pass them off as authentic. [Bloomberg]
Al Goldstein, creator of “Screw” Magazine, has died. His contribution to sex culture, was, according to his lawyer, “utterly tasteless.” [PleaseKillMe]
The winner of the Picasso raffle is: Jeffrey Gonano, a 25 year old project manager for a fire sprinkler company in Pennsylvania. Also, the war-battered city of Tyre, for which the raffle raised more than $6.8 million. [Artsbeat]
Come February you can write on the New Museum’s walls, thanks to Pawel Altheimer’s show. Get a sharpie or whatever, and go nuts, but definitely limit that to the temporary walls. [Animal New York]
Everyone on the social media tubes have been re-posting about some scientific research that says taking photos of art impairs your memory of it. Will telling Instawhores they’re going to suffer from the “photo-taking impairment effect” change their ways? Doubting it. [HuffPo]
Sotheby’s continues to find itself in unpleasantly sticky situations. This go around, they’re getting sued for putting up allegedly fake Frank Lloyd Wrights at auction. [In the Air]
Brooklynites are getting their way, kinda. The Brooklyn Flea, a summer-only craft fair—or as I prefer to call it, Etsy Live!—won’t be returning to Williamsburg this year after locals have complained that they never get to enjoy their parks during the summer, as it’s full of tents, booze, and crocheters. [The Brooklyn Paper]
The Rubells on how they started collecting contemporary Chinese art. Their efforts have resulted in the opening of 28 Chinese, a showing of their personal collection held at the Rubell Foundation’s galleries. [The New York Times]