It’s only been a week since Amazon launched its new fine arts category, but the customer reviews are already pouring in. Naturally, we immediately took to combing the site for the best of them. Some of the juiciest comments have already been removed from the site, but luckily we were able to snag a lot them before they disappeared. Hoo-boy, did we ever find some good ones!
The art world is often extravagant. Opening dinners overflow with a cornucopia of earthly delights while paint, temporary walls, and tools get frittered away in the dumpsters outside. Resources like these get squandered all the time, and rarely does anyone raise an eyebrow. It’s surprising, then, to hear about the current trash-related protest against MoMA Poet Laureate and UbuWeb Founder Kenneth Goldsmith for his relatively small, but big-sounding paper-based project “Printing Out the Internet”.
Pratt students beware: you are being trolled! There is now a Tumblr devoted to anonymous confessions about the school’s students, faculty, and the “pratt cats outside the engine room.” [Pratt Institute Confessions]
Tech money is being spent on restaurants, lavish parties, and hoodies that will last ten years. It is not being spent on the arts. Ellen Cushing examines The Bacon-Wrapped Economy. [East Bay Express]
In this month’s Frieze, curator Dieter Roelstraete ponders why artists and writers keep talking about leaving the art world. He’s wary about all this noise, which sounds more like a deflated whimper than any siren blasting into the future. With artists, he calls them out for complaints that’re “immediately transformed into an art performance.” With writers, he’s suspicious, wondering: “[W]ould anyone seriously interested in ‘forgetting the art world’ really write an art world book about it?” [Frieze]
New York Magazine has unearthed the secret to listicle gold: all you need is photos of someone hot [re: Ryan Gosling] carrying things. Look at him carry a coffee cup, a book, or laundry and try not to get turned on. Well, we got the “carrying things” part down with our post “Important People Carrying Brillo Boxes at the Armory Show”. Now we just have to get the hotties. [New York Magazine]
In 1979, Basquiat painted the walls of his old girlfriend’s East Village apartment,. Alexis Adler. Now she’s going to cash in with the help of his former assistant Stephen Torton. [ARTinfo]
Two days ago, Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan released “20 Best Trollings in Modern History.” When we read that Roseanne Barr guest edited the New Yorker in 1996, we thought Gawker was trolling us. They were not. [Gawker, The New Yorker]