In Boston’s South End, a real-estate developer is incubating an art neighborhood. Whether or not this offers a sustainable future for artists in the city is unclear, but there is some good work on display.
The Björk stops here: “I Liked the Björk Show at MoMA, Haters,” writes Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. Rather than continuing to berate the show’s curator Klaus Biesenbach for filling MoMA with mannequins, Shepherd actually describes some of Björk’s newly commissioned work, specifically her 10-minute video, “Black Lake.” Not many people were able to sit down amongst the crowds of viewers and actually watch this footage of Björk emerging from the iridescent lava caves of Iceland. According to this reviewer, “Björk has given birth to herself.” [Jezebel]
“The 10 Most Talked About Art Essays for February 2015” are worth talking about. February’s officially over, so now’s a great time to look back and load up your Instapaper. Ben Davis draws our attention to some of the best art thinkpieces of the month, including “Towards a Theory of the Dick Pic” by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, in case it didn’t send the first time. [artnet]
“Radical Color,” a new online exhibit of photography curated by Jon Feinstein and hosted by Humble Arts Foundation is good enough to be somewhere besides just the internet. Actually, it’s simultaneously on view at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland. Photography is a physical backup of light. Why not back it up to the cloud? [HAFNY]
Zackary Drucker announces a funding campaign for the Flawless Sabrina Archive, and Vice profiles Mother Flawless Sabrina herself, “wend[ing] through the last fifty years of American history like a queer Forrest Gump.” And yes, she did know William Burroughs, Edie Sedgwick, and Jackie O. [Vice]
Islamic State militants can’t decide whether to smash or sell off all of the ancient Iraqi and Syrian artifacts they come across during a typical day of looting. Apparently their monetary value can be traded in for propaganda value, via an exchange called: smashing things. There’s this new video of some guy knocking a priceless mask off the wall with a sledgehammer. If you break it, you can’t buy it. [New York Times]
“How Iraqi are you?” asks Hayv Kahraman’s second solo show at Jack Shainman Gallery. Her paintings draw from Maqamat al Hariri, a 12th century text about 12th century everyday life in Iraq—that and photographs of herself. If you want to see ten Hayv Kahramans depicted holding hands in a circle, please do. [HuffPo]
How American are you? Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan are getting a Museum. Except it’s in some Brooklyn couple’s apartment hallway. [Blouin Art]
Photographer Christopher Williams’s current retrospective at MoMA, Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, can feel a bit like he’s playing a trick on viewers. It’s a show that’s built around withholding information, meaning that what you see is rarely the whole story.
There’s a type of summertime heat in the Gulf states that will turn even the hardiest of souls into a single ball of sweat. Not even air conditioning cannot save you. Summer’s really not the best season for art, and the galleries tend to know that; they slow down just like the rest of their sticky city-dwellers. And yet, a scant few do get out, and try to see art though most of the galleries have gone on vacation.
Postcard from the original “Congo Village” exhibition. Courtesy the Art Newspaper.
In 1914, Norway celebrated its centenary by debuting “The Congo Village,” a piece in which 80 Africans were put on display, living in cabins with palm roofs surrounded by African artifacts. Now, artists Mohamed Ali Fadlabi and Lars Cuzner plan to re-create this piece in Norway as a means of “remembering a forgotten event.” What other horrific ideas can we recreate? [The Art Newspaper]
The Atlantic has a nice profile on Doom Patrol, a short-lived troupe of misfit superheroes; they once fought a Dadaist supervillian group that attempted to enclose all of Paris within a gigantic painting. [The Atlantic]
We all know that Russia is asserting claims on “New Russia,” but what else is going on in the country? Since January 2014, the cost of buying live pigs has risen by 40 percent. [Pig Progress]
Some people think wedding photographers can refuse to work at same-sex ceremonies because they’re artists, and artists are free to express themselves. [The Week]
Los Angeles is sitting on 7.5 million dollars worth of funding for public art. Much has been unused since 2007. [The Los Angeles Times]
David Kordansky will move into a 20,000 square foot Kulapat Tantrasat designed space on South La Brea in Los Angeles this September. [Baer Faxt]
Artprice.com is looking for art economist. [Baer Faxt]
“Hot trends such as painted pornography; fluorescent paint; sculpture with mirrors, spray foam, and yarn were mistaken for art because artists believed blind pleasure-seeking could be made to seem insightful when described ironically.” [Salon]
A fascinating interactive feature on how Americans die. [Bloomberg]
Artists are getting jobs, according to the NEA. Unemployment levels for artists now hover around 7.1. percent. That’s nowhere close to pre-recession levels at 3.6 percent and can be attributed to the multiple jobs held by artists. [KPCC]
French artist Abraham Poincheval will live inside a taxidermied bear’s “stomach” for 13 days. Didn’t this happen to Björk in the 1990s? [BBC]
Closer to home, the Secret Science Club will be hosting a taxidermy contest this Sunday in Brooklyn. [The Brooklyn Paper]
What on earth is a “curator of public engagement”? Jori Finkel asks and finds an answer. [The Art Newspaper]
OkCupid boycotts Mozilla Firefox because the CEO isn’t gay-friendly. Firefox responds saying that they are totally gay-friendly! Oh, well, because the boycott continues. [The Verge]
Everything you see today is a lie. Remember, it’s April Fools’ Day. [The Internet]
Here is one of those art lies, featuring Jeff Koons as the Michelangelo of our times. [@artnet]
“I want to suggest that the minimum requirement for a photograph is authorship. Authorship in the form of intent, however specific or not specific it might be. Intent requires consciousness, and machines or robots don’t have consciousness.” Today’s must read. [CPH Mag]
Photographers seem to meet through the Internet. Mossless interviews Timothy Briner, Sean Stewart, and Joe Leavenworth. [VICE]
But for the truth, you will finally be able to live out your fantasy of being a goat. Goat Simulator, the only videogame that lets you live your life as a cranky goat, comes out today. [Kotaku]
A republican street artist espouses all kinds of hate in caps. [Raw Story]