The internet is taking over the world! Virtualism, digital currency, and MindClones are giving the IRL art world a run for its BitCoins. Even if tech-savvy art isn’t your thing, all of these events are a reason to take a much-needed break from your laptop.
The art world must have speculative fiction on the brain. The week starts with a discussion of the art of 2050 and continues with art about the seen and unseen (“the unknown” is a pervasive theme this week). There’s also a lot having to do with data: the good, the bad, and the ugly—depending on how you feel about infographics.
This week and next we’ll be featuring the work of seven artists we think you should keep an eye on. Not only are they making extraordinary work, but they’re being recognized for it as well. We kick things off with Rebecca Patek.
Liquor distilled from a piece of a Beuys sculpture.
Three artists did a performance where they distilled liquor out of a piece of a Joseph Beuys’s sculpture, “Fettecke.” Beuys’s widow called the performance “crap and stupid.” [artnet News]
In scary, apocalypse-y news of the day, a new study says that we’re in the midst of a sixth mass extinction. [USA Today]
If you want a sense of just how hard it is to talk about the Israel/Palestine situation, last night’s “10 Days/10 Ideas” workshop was a good reminder. We hear that instead of Skyping in artist Khaled Jarrar, the event was shuffled around between venues until finally landing in a bar. Fortunately, Deborah Solomon interviewed him. [WNYC]
Given how contentious that small event seemed to be, it’s not surprising when Christian Viveros-Fauné points out that the New Museum’s Here and Elsewhere, a survey of art from the Arab world, is “New York’s first museum exhibition of art from that region.” He thinks it’s long overdue. [Artnet News]
Another beautifully meditative Triple Canopy piece on archived images of motherhood. [Triple Canopy]
It’s happening: Rising rents are running even the larger dealers out of Chelsea. Casey Kaplan and Betty Cunningham join the wave, Rozalia Jovanovic reports, though others like Lisson and Gallery 303 have opted to resign long-term leases. Apparently, ground floor retail space south of Houston has gone up 37 percent in the last year. Holy. Mother. Of. God. [Artnet News]
Labour leader Ed Miliband uses the phrase “image-based politics” to describe the social media-friendly look of David Cameron’s campaign; signalling a change in style, this comes with an unflattering photo of Miliband eating a bacon sandwich. It’s reminiscent of John McCain’s smear ad comparing Obama to Paris Hilton. [The Guardian]
If fair overload doesn’t kill you this week, the events will. Get ready for the Whitney Biennial, the Last Brucennial, and a throwdown show by Anthony Antonellis at Transfer this weekend. Don’t count on sleeping this week.
Dave Hickey, by Dr. J Caldwell (Image courtesy of http://nasher.duke.edu)
Last Sunday, Stephanie Theodore tweeted a photo of a child resting on one of Donald Judd’s shelves at the Tate Modern, prompting a string of miffed tweets. The family has come forward to defend the child: “Their only crime was to be seduced by a ladder of jewel-coloured shelving. Sissi has always been anti-establishment but she would never hurt anybody.” The Tate attests that “[t]he situation was dealt with immediately.” [Evening Standard via ArtUpdate]
Carolina Miranda writes an account of Dave Hickey’s talk Wednesday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He claimed there are no critics…to a room full of critics. He also bemoaned art school as a place where most teachers are “big fucking failures” and complained that identity politics has done little more for the art world than tribalize it. [C-Monster]
Triple Canopy’s membership drive ends today. Do it. Also submit a proposal for their 2014 program. [Triple Canopy]
Art in General’s curator Courtenay Finn has been appointed curator of the Aspen Art Museum. [Artforum]
President Obama told folks on the floor of a General Electric plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that they can potentially make more with skilled manufacturing than you can with an art history degree. Now the CAA is upset, saying, “Humanities graduates play leading roles in corporations.” Guys, get a grip. We spend a lot of our days complaining about the slim prospects for arts majors. Obama’s not that far out of line. [CAA via: Hyperallergic]
Heather Kravas, a quartet, 2013. Performance view, January 2014, The Kitchen, New York. Liz Santoro, Oren Barnoy, Jennifer Kjos, and Cecilia Eliceche. Photo: Paula Lobo. Image via: ArtForum
Hedge fund managers manipulate the art market. This WSJ article does a reasonable job of informing readers on who the key players are, but doesn’t release the kind of juicy issues former art market journalist Sarah Thornton was known for reporting. Read the WSJ article and then Art Market Monitor for analysis. [Art Market Monitor]
Vik Muniz, Chuck Close, Sarah Sze and Jean Shin have been commissioned by the MTA to beautify the 2nd Ave subway. No Vik Muniz rendering has been released but we’re unhappy with him regardless since he’s been making bad work since forever. We’re also unsure that Chuck Close was the right man for this commission. Who wants to look at a giant anonymous baby head during their commute? [In the Air]
The reviews for the Guggenheim’s Carrie Mae Weems show (opening today) have begun to roll in. Holland Cotter is upset the show wasn’t larger, and half heartedly gives curators Kathryn E. Delmez at the Frist Center and Jennifer Blessing and Susan Thompson at the Guggenheim a pat on the back for doing a good job working within the restrictions. [The New York Times]
Claudia LaRocco on the weeklong experience of APAP: Mild. I very much appreciated the observation that the pop song is still an ironic or at least knowing structural device in dance. [ArtForum]
The Kiev Biennial will take place for a second time. Really? This is not a city of great stability at the moment. The launch of any exhibition of that size there will be daunting task for curators and artists. [The Art Newspaper]
Corin Sworn has won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. [In the Air]
There’s been a variety of fun and whimsical art events lately, but every once in a while there’s a week of substantive works which we’ll be thinking back on for years to come. Performa is one of those, and the online biennial “The Wrong” might be another. And after 41 years, this Tuesday’s event at the Clocktower Gallery may be your last opportunity to visit before it’s turned into luxury condos.