For those of us who chased fairies in our backyards and played with make-believe friends, there’s Samara Golden’s two-story trompe l’oeil installation—it’s one for the dreamers. More specifically, it’s for those who fantasize about a world beyond.
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]
Good morning. Bryant Park’s ice rink closes this weekend, but we know it’s still winter—snow starts falling on Sunday.
De Blasio pushes back on the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment, calling for more affordable housing sites. [The New York Times]
Scratching the surface on what makes Berlin’s art gallery scene tick. [Artnet]
Portlandia makes fun of art again. This time the show targets McDonald’s, Urban Outfitters, and activist art. It’s only a little bit funny, but at least there’s an exploding head. [Hyperallergic]
“St. Petersburg was selected as the host for Manifesta 10 due to its expressed desire to research the notion and function of contemporary art and culture in a contested area.” That phrase—“contested area”—in the latest Manifesta press release must, we assume, refer to the petitions against holding the event in Russia. [e-flux]
Activist shareholder Daniel Loeb wants to pack the Sotheby’s board with a team of his own choosing. [Dealbook]
A “privileged” fashion line. Sure. All the better to stomp on the backs of the less privileged with stillettos. [Nasty Gal, via @kstoeffel]
Andrea K. Scott previews Maria Lassnig’s retrospective at MoMA PS1, opening March 9. She responds to curator Peter Eleey’s comment that the 94-year-old painter is “the perfect artist for the age of the selfie.” [The New Yorker]
Brave the cold just a little longer, for we have so much art to see this week. Talks abound, from B. Wurtz on the history of sculpture to Winkleman Gallery’s panel on African-Americans in Soviet culture. We have openings, like a feminist sound art retrospective at CUNY and Greenpoint’s winter open studios night. Round out Sunday with a Genesis Breyer P-Orridge film-screening and book launch at PS1 and we’ll call it a week. Just grin and bear it.
The Queens Museum makeover stories are coming out. This one focuses on the partnership with the Queens Library, which will be housed inside the museum. Very cool. The Museum opens November 9th and we plan to be there opening day. [The Wall Street Journal]
This is ugly: Calder heirs accuse the the Perlses of surreptitiously holding on to hundreds of Calder’s works and swindling the artist’s estate out of tens of millions of dollars. [The New York Times]
Laurie Anderson has published a short eulogy for her late husband, Lou Reed. “He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.” [The East Hampton Star]
Anyone else tired of reading about Obamacare’s troubled start? Just fix it. [The Internet]
Holland Cotter notes that rent was cheaper in New York in the 70’s and performance art flourished. He likes the performance art show (1970-1980) curated by Jay Sanders at The Whitney. [The New York Times]