Evidence that the election results have had any impact on the art fairs were scant at best yesterday. Artist Jason Lazarus told me he kept hearing that this was the year artists would skip, but as I walked around UNTITLED., I didn’t notice any fewer artists then usual. I witnessed plenty of sales, though, and the dealers mostly seemed pleased. Collectors are aware of their upcoming tax windfall.
Most people we know are flying into Miami and staying for only a couple of days. In our opinion, this is the best way to see the fairs—quickly enough to minimize the pain. But those who stay for only two or three days won’t be able to see all the fairs, so the trip requires some advance research. Our guide will help with that. We’re not listing all the fairs—only the ones worth your time and money.
On the subject of money, to those readers who are coming specifically to purchase work, a special request: consider buying more of it this week from emerging and middle tier galleries. A lot of these galleries are launching fantastic shows but continue to struggle. If we don’t help them out, that end of the market is going to die. If you don’t want to limit your conversations to what Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst are making, spend a little more on some new artists. You’ll be glad you did.
Charles Schwab has closed artist Sarah Meyohas’ account because of illegal market manipulation. Meyohas had purchased stocks and sold them in front of an audience as a performance. She then painted the fluctuations in stock prices caused in part by her transactions. [Observer]
Wow. Florence Nightingale was quite the graphic designer. The famous nurse was an avid statistician and created data visualizations to impact health policies: “to affect thro’ the Eyes what we fail to convey to the public through their word-proof ears.” [Open Culture]
A group of artists staged The Fung Wah Biennial on a bus travelling up and down the East Coast. The event was a nostalgic look back at the most infamous (and now defunct) of the Chinatown busses. [NPR]
Ian Volner wrote was has to be the most lovingly detailed account of the Met Breuer’s renovations. [New Republic]
Applications are open for the Lumen Prize, which rewards digital artists with up to $3,000 in cash and a travelling exhibition. [The Lumen Prize]
Charges against Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who lit the door of a government office building on fire, have been changed from “ideologically-motivated” vandalism to “damaging a cultural heritage site”. [Artforum]
Greene Naftali is opening a temporary exhibition space at 227 Leonard St in Williamsburg. They’re opening with a solo show from Lutz Bacher on April 8th. [ART News]
The Seven Best Restaurants in the world according to Vogue include two New York picks: M. Wells at PS1 MoMA (overrated IMO—too many innards) and UNTITLED at the Whitney (underrated IMO—out of this world fried chicken and carrots). The list doesn’t include one of my personal favorites, SMAK, at Malmo Konsthall. Best meringue I’ve eaten. Ever. [Vogue]
Add David Lynch to the list of celebrities supporting Bernie Sanders. [Twitter]
An informative article on the multimedia show “The Rebel Zone: Queen Street West (1975–1989) Art & Activism”, at Toronto’s YTB Gallery. The exhibition, curated by filmmaker and singer/songwriter Lorraine Segato, tracks the rise of the Queen Street West creative community, which often melded art and politics. [Hyperallergic]
I’ll admit I’ve not been much of a fan of Free Art and Technology (FAT) Lab, which according to member Evan Roth is “dedicated to enriching the public domain one mutha-fuckin LOL at a time.” Too often this amounted to pretentious trolling. But, now Roth has become disillusioned with the “monetization, commercialization, and centralization of the internet.” Now Roth has taken to filming locations in Sydney Australia, where internet-delivering submarine fibre-optic cables meet the land. Sounds a lot like Trevor Paglen. [Hyperallergic]
And yesterday, love (of the hopefully undying variety) seemed to be in the air at the Artist-Run—two of the participants decided to get married after having met each other just four days prior. Of course, we were there to document the moment in GIF.
Don’t worry, there’s more to come about our Miami adventures. And we haven’t forgotten about New York—our regular events listings will be back tomorrow.
But for now, we’ll be sleeping off our Basel weekend.
A French start-up has released artist-designed graphic condoms. Their campaign features Greek statues sporting these so-called “erotic ephemeral tattoos”. We support this. [Hyperallergic]
Norman Engleback, one of the architects of London’s Southbank Centre, has died. [ArtReview]
Mickalene Thomas’s Spring 2016 exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum will include as part of its outreach programming a luncheon involving the participation of specialists in domestic violence, substance abuse and suicide prevention. Revealed by the museum’s director Heidi Zuckerman during a panel in Miami, the move is part of the institution’s concerted community outreach. Doesn’t this seem like a no brainer, especially if you consider it part of audience development? [ARTnews]
A recap of Kate Durbin’s “Hello Selfie” performance at PULSE. [Dazed]
Is Postdamer Strasse losing its hold as Berlin’s trendy gallery district? In February, West Berlin gallery ARNDT will be moving to a new space on Fasanenstrasse in Charlottenburg, which is the location of several traditional galleries and auction houses. [artnet News]
In case you missed it, Paddy and Michael are in Miami, covering the fairs. Today on the blog, you can read our recaps on UNTITLED. (Paddy praises it for offering “a far more unified viewing experience than any other fair” and NADA (Michael thinks its “matured into thoughtfully idiosyncratic connoisseurship”). [AFC]
Olivier Michelon, currently the director of the Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse, has been announced as the new chief curator at the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris. [Artforum]
It was inevitable, wasn’t it? Hipster Barbie has now become Warhol Barbie. For an artist who owned a lot of Barbies, I’m sure this represents a full circle moment for his foundation. [Hyperallergic]
The Canada Council finally releases further details regarding their new funding model, which we had reported in the summer was suppose to be announced last month. Of course, rather than providing a convenient press release, the Council is encouraging you to visit the initiative’s difficult-to-navigate website, because they want you to work harder at figuring out a new system they’ve done so little thus far in concretely defining. OK then! [Canada Council for the Arts]
UNTITLED. organizers should be giving themselves a big pat on the back. Now its fourth year, the fair is clearly its strongest iteration yet. Part of this is just natural maturing of exhibitors over the course of the last few years—Asya Geisberg, SITE LAB, and Microscope are just three examples of programs that have consistently improved. But the fair’s also done a good job picking up strong new exhibitors, perhaps most notably this year, the Hole and Postmasters.
It’s raining plastic raindrops. Yes, Miami Art Week is upon us, and you’ve already gotten our take on what’s worthchecking out outside the satellites. Traffic is promising to be a real shit show with the Venetian Causeway being closed, a favoured route to the Beach. Even though the city has a free, Basel express bus, getting around will be even more of a hassle. So more than ever, plan ahead, and rely on our curated fair guide. We’re doubtful you’ll be able to do it all, but that’s always the case anyways with Miami—at least you try to do it all. Gold star for effort.
But if you need lighthearted news to get through your tearful, existential crisis, the “Rescued Art for Rescued Dogs” project will auction off paintings in which artists have added dogs to “bad landscape paintings rescued from thrift stores and flea markets.” [The Recorder]
So many choice quotes in this article about the future of graffiti-art collectors in New York. Vinny Pacifico, a graffiti-art collector out of the Bronx, hopes to cultivate a market for graffiti like he did with his meat-packing business. “One day, people here are going to wake up to all this, just like they woke up 10 years ago and decided they wanted Kobe or organic beef…and when that time comes, I want the kind of market share in art that I now have in meat.” Also: developers love graffiti. “Graffiti is now being used for gentrification purposes,” Doyle auctioneer Mr. Madrigale said. “Its presence is meant to signal that a neighborhood is welcoming to artists.” [Crain’s New York Business]
Congratulations to artists EJ Hill, Jordan Casteel, and Jibade-Khalil Huffman for their appointments to the Studio Museum’s 2015 – 2016 artists-in-residence program. [ARTnews]
Donations to arts and culture organizations rose 9.2% in 2014, but lags behind several other categories in which Americans prefer to give like health- and religion-related causes. [Los Angeles Times]
A shot from inside the Whitney’s new Danny Meyer restaurant Untitled. I’m no food critic, but I ate there last night and fully recommend it. There’s a carrot dish that looks like a miniature high-rise village, and literally the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. It was juicy without being coated in fat. It actually seemed healthy. (Paddy) [Gothamist for pics.]