Install shot from Matthew Day Jackson's current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth (Image courtesy of the gallery)
The all-American macho artist is alive and well in Matthew Day Jackson. Times Magazine has a profile of racecars, blood lust, and sculptures to hold the ages. [The New York Times Magazine]
For art worlders seeking to bone up on dirty Danish, dirty Arabic, dirty Russian, or dirty Hindi before fair season, Animal New York presents “Lewd Linguist”: a semi-autobiographical language guide to navigating gay sex, round-the-world. Handy! [Animal]
Today is the chance to catch some of the La Di Da film festival, the popular indie film festival headed by New York Times critic Miriam Bale, at Anthology Film Archives. [The New Yorker]
The Art Newspaper’s Julia Halperin reports that around 15 up-and-coming galleries from China will be the next Armory fair’s international highlight. [The Art Newspaper]
Now we can all litter in space! This new company sells DIY kits, to send stuff into space. [The New Scientist]
Rhizome’s Charles Eppley interviewed Barbara London, the co-curator of the “Soundings” show at MoMa. The interview ends with the two agreeing that yes, sound is here to stay. [Rhizome]
NYC cultural heavyweights tell WSJ what they’ll be getting into this fall. Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum in Harlem will read Hilton Als’ new book “White Girls” and watch the new season of “Girls” on HBO. [The Wall Street Journal, behind the paywall]
August suffers from a lull in gallery openings, so you can anticipate plenty of film and performance listings from us for the rest of the month. This week we recommend checking out some of the Lord of the Rings at MoMA (yes, you read that right), a film about land artist Andy Goldsworthy at Storm King, and the last of Shaun Krupa’s performances at the Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. Sound also emerges as a theme this week, with a performance by Ganjatronics at Clocktower Gallery and the launch of the Soundings event programming at MoMA.
As an installation, the components of Swedish-born artist Carol Bove’s exhibition at MoMA, The Equinox, practically vibrate together; as a set of sculptures, not so much. Currently, Bove’s more monumental sculptures are on view on the High Line; in contrast, her MoMA show features seven sculptures of varied scale, all arranged seemingly randomly on an elevated, white platform.
Amazon mogul Jeff Benzos has purchased the Washington Post. We don’t expect any kind of massive, Amazonian overhaul. Their staff is unionized. [Forbes]
MoMA made a tumblr called “MoMA Teens” to better connect with, well, the teens. [ArtsBeat] [Tumblr (warning slow load)]
An interesting piece by Greg Allen on Walter de Maria’s Las Vegas Piece, an earthwork in the middle of the desert, comprising four huge, shallow cuts in the ground. Allen infers from people’s reports that the piece is now “a bald spot in the desert,” which means they’re stuck driving way out in the middle of nowhere and finding nothing, which might be the whole piece anyway. [greg.org]
This “People of the Art Museum” comic is a little reductive and a lot funny. [Medium]
12 Pastel portraits by Bob Dylan will be on view at London’s National Portrait Gallery on August 24th. He’s this musician—not sure if you’ve heard of him. [International Business Times]
People are upset because Discovery Channel’s telling white lies on Shark Week, presenting a prehistoric monster shark like it’s still alive, and getting carried away by a frenzy of its own making. [The Verge]
SITE Santa Fe, which claims to be America’s first international biennial, wants to reinvent the biennial. According to director Irene Hoffman, the problem had to do with star curators launching shows closely tied to the perspective of said curator, but with little lasting impact on the community. Sounds familiar. [Hyperallergic]
A Japanese collector is now claiming that a Renoir, which he purchased at Sotheby’s for $1.61 million back in February, had been stolen in August 2000 from his own home. [ARTInfo]
There’s going to be movie about Vermeer that seeks to answer how the Dutch Baroque could have achieved his photo-realistic style years before photography was invented. Could the great master have used optics? (Spoiler: yes, yes he did.) [Hyperallergic]
“Enchanting Painting” made from fly puke. That is all. [Wired]
Summer is here, and it’s hot. If going to the beach sounds painful, we’ve got a suggestion: museums. Thankfully, the air conditioned galleries of New York’s museums have plenty of worthwhile shows to check out. (Just don’t try to go to the rooftop gallery at the Met; they’ve closed that today due to the heat.) Below, we’ve rounded up a whopping list of 16 fantastic museum shows we’re going to check out.
Claes Oldenburg’s two-story exhibition at MoMA “The Street and the Store” is more like one big stockroom of early sixties New York City. At best, perusing the inventory, from mutilated garbage to large pastries, gives a sense of reality seeping into an Ab-Ex art world. It’s a show made for its day.
John Hightower passed away on July 6th, at the age of 80. He will be remembered as a tough-as-nails, populist administrator who changed the course of state funding for the arts, served as MoMA’s director during a time of social upheaval, and invigorated the South Seaport Museum.
Icelanders will not put up with your “nature terrorism”. A handful of Berlin-based artists are under investigation by the Icelandic authorities for spray-painting the Mývatn wetland area. [The Art Newspaper]
If you thought art collectors were eccentric, just wait until you read this profile on rare egg collectors, as well as rare egg thieves and curators. [The New Yorker]
The Chicago Transit Authority has commissioned artist Theaster Gates to create a permanent installation for the 95th and Dan Ryan station, as part of a long-term Red Line expansion. The project will cost an estimated $1.3 million and will establish an apprenticeship program for students. Construction will begin in 2016. [Bad at Sports]
Expanding your gallery to London’s the cool new thing. [New York Times]
Picasso’s stepdaughter accuses her former handyman of having stolen over 400 of Picasso’s works. [Huffington Post]
Honest Eds, a Toronto-based block-wide discount store known for its flashing lights, has been quietly put up for sale along with some other property owned by The Mirvish Family. David Mirvish is an art collector who’s been in the news lately after he sued the Knoedler Gallery for not working hard enough to sell paintings he believes are real. Very few people share this belief. [National Post]
Possible good news for G Train riders (that’s us!). A review of the service makes several recommendations, amongst them, that the MTA add cars and increase train frequency. The estimated cost to these improvements is $700,000 and could be approved as early as the end of the month. [Bedford+Bowery]
Hey, look, another medium to which we’re not yet desensitized: fly puke and shit! [Grist]
Doryun Chong, Associate Curator of painting and sculpture at MoMA, has been named chief curator for Hong Kong’s M+ starting this fall. [Gallerist NY]
True Blood has been renewed for a 7th season. LOL. [Flavorwire]
One Hopi artifact (out of 70) has been returned to its owners after a controversial Paris auction in April [New York Times Blog]
This article about the lack of regulation in the art market starts off on a strange note: “A gallerist and an economist walked into an art gallery opening. The paintings on display featured the rape of dismembered corpses. The economist was horrified, but the gallerist said the work was good and the artist had a promising career.” Oh, those strange gallerists. [Quartz]