You won’t hear us bitching about Chelsea this week, which, given the last month, is probably a relief for all our readers. We’ll be more than occupied with protests, generative artworks, Bushwick Expo, video blowouts, and televisual operas. You can also expect to hear no end of promo for our auction, which ends —->THURSDAY, Thursday, Thursday!<—–
People have lost all faith in print publishing. Gannett, the company that owns 81 daily newspapers including USA Today, has decided to separate its print and digital ventures into two separate companies in order “to shield more profitable business lines from the decline in print advertising,” reports USA Today. Their shares have gone up like crazy since the news broke. [Gawker]
Thank you, artnet News, for this headline: “Art School Defends Failing Student’s Poo Sculpture”. The student is accusing the University of Arts London of failing her because her unsavory ceramic poop would have deterred higher-paying students from applying to the school. School denies. [Artnet News]
Dan Duray reports that Berlin-based online auction platform Auctionata is considering acquiring Artspace. According to an internal email sent by CEO and founder Chris Vroom, Auctionata will be visiting their offices to “discuss potential synergies with the collaboration.” Ooooh, synergy. [Artnews]
The New Yorker comments that PS1 and the Rockaway Artist Alliance’s “Rockaway!” Festival will aid Hurricane recovery. I would say, that’s a stretch. Local businesses most evidently helped are organic Brooklyn taco trucks, the MTA, and Patti Smith. [The New Yorker]
Good news and bad news. Good news first: Tim Wu, the man who famously coined the term “net neutrality” and is a famed advocate for neutrality is looking to throw his hat into New York’s Democratic Primary. Zephyr Teachout, a fellow law professor and activist, asked him to be her running mate in a long-shot challenge to incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo. He is upset about net neutrality being legislated out of existence. Now for the bad news: Cuomo has challenged the petitions that Wu needs to get on the ballot, saying they are invalid. Now he’s raising money to fight the legal distractions. [The Verge]
Ben Sutton delivers a fabulous overview of the Museum of Biblical Art’s show “Back to Eden”. The show looks like a weirdly sexed up creation myth, with Biblical-themed work by Barnaby Furnas, Sean Capone, and Alexis Rockman. Looks like a must-see. [Artnet News]
Oh, God. “Art Everywhere” is the world’s largest art exhibition, putting art on “as many as 50,000 digital and static displays in all 50 states”. Lots of people seem to believe that art’s ability to communicate is amplified by volume. [ArtDaily]
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is lending out a lot of their masterpieces in exchange for dough. That’s prompting some criticism—what if the work gets damaged while on the road? Not sure why this is such a no-no if the program exposes more people around the world to great works of art. [Boston Globe]
53,000 applications were filed for a mere 89 apartments in East Harlem artist-focused subsidized housing. [Hyperallergic]
Maria Lassnig, who passed away last May, seems to have been used to pain. In her retrospective at PS1, paintings portray “body awareness”, with fears, anguish, suffocation, and limbs dissolving existentially into space. In her famous portrait “You or Me?”, Lassnig holds a gun to her head while aiming another at the viewer, a gesture which reads as being your own worst enemy.
This is what makes her video “Kantate,” or “Cantata”, so special. Lassnig sings the song of her life’s ups and downs, which we’ve read about in the wall texts– bad luck with men, isolation, and self-deprecation. But for all of the loneliness that comes through in the painting, we finally get to see the love of her life: art.
Click through to watch the video on YouTube. Unfortunately this doesn’t come with subtitles, but scroll to the “about” section for the English translation.
To celebrate the reopening of Fort Tilden on July 29th, MoMA PS1 is giving beachgoers the Rockaway Arts Fest. Expect “arts and crafts, film screenings, kayaking, baseball games, and more.” The “more” part includes a concert by Patti Smith. [Gothamist]
Art Basel opens to the public today. VIPs have already strong noted work, especially at ArtUnlimited. Josh Baer mentions record-setting sales, but what’s selling might be just as worthwhile. He notes “an uptick for ‘mid level’ or “mid career” works at ‘mid level galleries.’” Anyway, we’re still here in New York right now. [The Baer Faxt]
“Art Basel is the only fair where directors, curators and trustees all turn up together, so they can make much quicker decisions,” dealer Thaddaeus Ropac told the Art Newspaper. This is supposed to be some sort of explanation for why there’s more atypical work at the fair this year. What bullshit. If dealers are trying to sell “underknown” works, like the gray painting cited by Gerhard Richter, wouldn’t the more logical explanation be that there’s not a lot of the better known work available? [The Art Newspaper]
If artists need to learn how to operate like start-ups, curator and artist Nicholas O’Brien writes, then they can look to the distribution systems established by indie game development. [SFAQ]
Adam Fitzgerald interviews poet and former Artnews correspondent John Ashbury. Very gossipy and there’s a very funny tidbit about how Ashbury learned French so he could write his diary in the language to keep his mother from reading it. Worried she knew the word “garcon” he also adopted slang “gars”. [Bomb]
Julien Auctions in Los Angeles is holding their second-ever street art auction. The auction lists eight Banksys for sale; no word yet on whether the street artist disapproves of the sale of his works. He usually does. [Broadway World]
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.