Lean In has a solution to combat awful stock photos of women. With the help of the Getty, they’re releasing “empowering,” stereotype-defying stock photos. Tattooed mom holding her toddler? Check. Silver vixens? Check that box, too. [The Cut]
Here is some lovely and rare footage of the old Penn Station to really drive home how much of a garbage nightmare the current Penn Station is. [Gothamist]
Yuck. Plans have been hatched for another mega-museum, this time for a display of Central America’s Mayan artifacts. Nothing screams Mayan culture like an oppressive cement storage space. [Hyperallergic]
60 artworks have been removed from the Saltzburg home of the son of a Nazi-era art dealer, whose collection of 1,280 works includes Picassos, Renoirs, and Monets. [The New York Times]
At Monday’s Phillips contemporary sale in London, seven out of 32 lots failed to sell with a buy-in rate of 22 percent. The night’s top sales came from a predictable gang of “you know who’s” like Yayoi Kusama, Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst, and Christopher Wool. Also doing well: Nate Lowman. Yawnnn. [ArtInfo]
Klaus e_books releases Ann Hirsch’s “Twelve” on iPad after the app’s removal from the iTunes store. [Klausgallery.net]
After a flood of empowering stories about selfies, finally we get one that’s truly a neg. The Atlantic spotlights the “selfie with homeless people” meme. [The Atlantic]
Artists Space redesigned their website, getting rid of their big, neon, triangular, blinking web 1.0 cursor. [Artists Space via Rhizome]After the opening of Yayoi Kusama’s current show at David Zwirner, people were waiting in line for hours to see Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Rooms.” The gallery’s solution to this ridiculous problem: 45-second-long sessions inside the rooms. [Wall Street Journal]
This profile of David Zwirner doesn’t spill too many trade secrets, but offers a clear history of Zwirner’s rise and the sheer volume of business being done in the upper tiers of the art world. [The New Yorker]
“He spoke to his paintings. They were his friends, the loyal companions that didn’t exist in his real life.” Der Spiegel profiles Cornelius Gurlitt, best known as the man responsible for hiding a recently unearthed collection of Nazi-looted artworks. [Der Spiegel]
Citing rising rents in a building owned by Cooper Union, St. Marks Bookshop is moving a few doors down in the East Village. [CBS]
Last night, members of Free Cooper Union put on dinner-theater reading at e-flux where they read aloud from documents leaked from their college’s trustees. In case you missed it, there’s a livestream. [Free Cooper Union]
Oddly, Peter Schjeldahl begins his review of Isa Genzken’s show at MoMA by painting a picture of her as a fairly unknown artist. [The New Yorker]
We’re back! It’s been a while since we’ve given you a “We Went To,” but here we are to tell you about the best and worst of what’s on view on the Upper East Side. One fact became clear on this trip: John Baldessari has made a career out of oxymorons.
Our thoughts on Venus Over Manhattan, Higher Pictures, Hauser & Wirth, Marian Goodman, and Tibor de Nagy, inside.