Good morning everyone! Welcome to a day of schizophrenic weather (it’s warm now, but not for long), and random links. Let’s get to ’em!
We had a great conversation about the Mike Kelley retrospective at P.S.1 with Twitter folk. I am no fan of that show. [Twitter]
Q. When is an Uber car not an Uber car? A. When it runs over a child. [Bits via: @KarrieUrbanist]
Arts journalists need support. Sarah Kent writes about this year’s Art Foundation Awards (which will be announced this Thursday), which for the first time will award a writing prize. Times for writers, she thinks, are brutal. [BBC]
Tom Perkins, a founding member of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal, to lament the public criticism of the “one percent”. Apparently, this kind of criticism is similar to the Nazi attacks on the Jews. Cue the Internet outrage. Paul Krugman responds best to this one. [The New York Times]
A car bomb explodes outside of Cairo’s museums, destroying precious antiquities. The last line of the article also notes the death of at least four people and the injury of more than 70. [The Art Newspaper via: Dan Duray]
I’ve never been able to come up with a top ten list of exhibitions; big, lasting ideas don’t always take place in art on the wall. So, keep that in mind with my best-of list; there’re exhibitions, sure, but my main requirement was picking “art” that I keep coming back to time-and-time again.
For those of you who didn’t get tickets to Performa, we’ve got more local alternatives. We’ll have a day of humor and sleaze for Mike Kelley; a show for cyberpunk kids; and a handful of events involving important TV artists. Group Material co-founder Julie Ault will show us the meaning of collaboration, and at the Kitchen’s benefit, we’ll show the meaning of giving. And Clifford Owens is doing that performance again where he does whatever the audience tells him to, so watch out for him.
Raymond Pettibon and Marcel Dzama get interviewed and talk about urine paintings because it’s VICE. [VICE]
The Moving Image Fair granted its second annual Art Award to artists Rollin Leonard and Jessica Faiss; their works will be acquired by the 53 Art Museum in Guangzhou, China. Congratulations! [In The Air]
Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) gets it from the New York Post. They claim it’s more ubiquitous than James Franco. [The New York Post]
What happened to 3rd Ward. According to this report, Next Street, a merchant bank, held the company hostage after it failed to come up with promised funds for the expansion project. Something about this part of the story seems fishy to us. Since when are banks unable to come up with the funds for their investments? [The Observer]
Gene McHugh profiles artist Nate Hill as though he were a fictional character. Pretty brilliant. [Rhizome]
Best headline and subheader of the day: Brooklyn Man Giving Away Life-Size Hamster Wheel to Make Room for Some Friends. UPDATE: It was a hoax. [Time]
Cody Foster & Company, ornament wholesale manufacturer to the world, might be ripping off the designs of craft artists. A Flickr has popped up documenting the company’s copycat designs. [Jezebel, Consumerist]
Jesus. Holland Cotter sure likes the Mike Kelley exhibition at PS1. “Plainly put, the Mike Kelley retrospective, fresh from Europe to MoMA PS1, knocks everything else in New York this fall right out of the ring.” [The New York Times]
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has greenlighted construction for up to 10, 30-story-tall condominiums along Greenpoint’s waterfront. Current residents are especially not happy that Greenpoint’s turning into New Williamsburg. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Thieves have discovered Henry Moore is a good source of bronze. Another Moore has gone missing, this time stolen from a park in Scotland. [ArtsBeat]
Banksy leaves some graffiti in Woodside only to have it destroyed. Anyone else starting to feel like this is an unauthorized Creative Time, “Key To The City” type project? Our morbid interest in Banksy is leading us all over the city. [Gothamist]
Twitter now allows users to receive DMs from people they don’t follow too. Great for the average user, not so great for celebrities. [Gizmodo]
FAT Lab got a cease & desist letter from Google for their Dr. Google project. [FAT lab]
Are artists to blame for gentrification? asks Ben Davis, in response to the Guardian’s article of a similar title. Davis comes to a conclusion which every artist in the Bushwick, Williamsburg, East Village, or Soho has long ago: “gentrification isn’t just about people’s individual lifestyle choices—of artists, or preppies—but a symptom of dysfunctional urban policy, everyone is going to continue to get herded in front of rising rents every few years.” [Slate]
If you missed Mike Kelley’s 2005 Gagosian show “Day is Done”, then you have another chance to see it at PS1. [Times Magazine]
The fourth wealthiest Russian oligarch bought a single truffle (the mushroom) from Nello restaurant on the Upper East Side for $95,000. What do you eat with that? [ANIMALNY]