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Tuesday Links: Listen to Brian Lehrer Grill the NYPL President About His Dumb Plan

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 13, 2014
In honor of the NYPL

In honor of the New York Public Library’s main branch

  • Last week we linked to news that The New York Public Library had dropped its renovation plan for the Central Library. (HOORAY!) Now listen to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer grill NYPL President Anthony Marx, who said he wasn’t planning to close the Mid Manhattan Branch, per se. “You were going to close it,” said Lehrer. “[T]he idea for many more computer terminals, and cafe spaces, and wireless access, and comfortable seating behind the lions got derided as turning the world’s greatest public research library into another Starbucks.” Thank God that’s over. [WNYC]
  • Famed radio host Casey Kasem is missing and has possibly been hidden on an Indian reservation in Canada. [Gawker]
  • For reasons that are difficult to understand, how rich people spend their money is always a news item. Christie’s Contemporary Auction once more sees soaring prices. [The New York Times]
  • Who’s fucking tired of art fair press releases? Mark Flood. His new show “The Insider Art Fair” dumps on top ten’s and art fair artist bios. [Zach Feuer]
  • Richard Mosse wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, but to the chagrin of The Guardian’s art critic, Adrian Searle. He tells twitter he’s never met the artist but detested Mosse’s Irish Venice Pavilion multi-screen film, read the self-serving interviews and spin-doctorish theorizing. Most people will be familiar with his shots of war torn Congo, in which he’s turned the landscape pink. This back and forth between Jorge Colberg and Moss from 2010 is very entertaining; Colberg takes him to task. [Conscientious]
  • Contemporary Art Daily has every photo you could ever want from the Whitney Biennial and has even embedded video works so we can watch them again later. [Contemporary Art Daily]
  • Hyperallergic obtained a letter allegedly from 1717 Troutman’s landlord David Steinberg, who suggested that fellow tenants had repeatedly complained about the galleries to city agencies. That’s consistent with the news that galleries are the only ones getting kicked out. [Hyperallergic]
  • VICE tweeted an image of a small blonde child getting cow’s milk squirted into his mouth, we clicked. Mossless Magazine interviews photographer Lucas Foglia, who photographs people living off the grid. [VICE]
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Morning Links: Resource Edition

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on March 13, 2013
  • A blog and potential resource for President and canine painter George Bush. [Dog Art Today]
  • Hilarious! The L.A. MOCA drama told in GIFs. [C-Monstah]
  • A new art(ish) blog based in Copenhagen launches with reviews of international shows and the odd interview and news item. Not a lot of critical perspective here, but a reasonable start. [Recent Future Archive]
  • MOCA is close to working out a five-year agreement with The National Gallery in DC, which will include collaborating on programming and research and exhibitions. This might help ward off the LACMA merger. [NYTimes]
  • Vine hack. Now you can make 20 second videos if you want to. [AnimalNY] Thank-you Jordan Smilovic [Brooklyn Web Developers]
  • If you’re in Europe, nobody’s going to stop you from watching porn on your computer. It’s porn IRL that’ll get you in trouble. [Mashable]
  • Guggenheim Museum Director Richard Armstrong writes a letter to Hyperallergic’s Senior Editors Kyle Chayka and Jillian Steinhauer in response to “When Artspeak Means Oppression” penned last week by contributor Mostafa Heddaya. In that piece, Heddaya calls out the Guggenheim for not paying much attention to human rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates where they’re currently building Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. [Hyperallergic]
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) announced last week that the museum will be laying off 21 people (11 percent of its staff). Why are they doing this? Tyler Green takes a look at their rationale and finds it inconsistent with museum management practices. Consider this your must-read article for the day. [Modern Art Notes]
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