The Digest. 01.16.08.

Volador by Tete Calvache

Volador. Photo by Tetë Calvache.

  • Art Blog Quote of the Day, in the Guardian: “Art is much too important to be left to artists; it needs planning, organisation and let’s face it, control. I mean, remember what things used to be like. Some “sensitive soul”— another way of saying some introspective bourgeois subject— would go out into the countryside completely uncurated! Look where that led: all those paintings by Cézanne and Van Gogh. Art with no public voice at all, that frankly bores us today but we still have to pretend to admire. Well, we’ve had enough of the struggling artist’s hard-won visions. We want art that delivers and so we have evolved a new mode of artistic production. It’s called the Tate commission.”
  • A Google map guide to Banksy. In related news: Even more Banksy, Melbourne edition.
  • Paris Art Crime Blotter: Band of “vandals” spent more than a year secretly repairing the Panthéon’s broken clock.
  • LACMA still getting rich people’s dough.
  • Zaha Hadid chosen to design Eli Broad’s museum in Lansing. (Via ArtForum.)
  • Winter Museum Preview: Philly.
  • How much did you sell? Anaba has posted the results to his informal art market survey from Art Basel Miami Beach.
  • Spiderman stained glass.
  • It scrambles the mind: Fake Lyons to be built in real Dubai.
  • Art couch.
  • In exchange for colonialism, the New World gave Europe syphilis.
  • Graff of the Day: Dehy76 in S.F.
  • Flying hotel.
  • The new Gensler-designed CAA building in L.A.: the Death Star, populated by Hollywood agents.
  • In NYC: Roy De Forest at George Adams Gallery.
  • In L.A.: Robert Graham at USC’s Fisher Gallery.
  • In Austin: It’s a Beautiful World, with David Choe, David Ellis, The London Police, and many others at Gallery Lombardi.
  • In Eche, Spain: Javier García-Solera Vera’s Official School of Languages building.
  • Your moment of astronaut Barbie.
Posted by C-Monster.


  1. TT

    I don’t get the Banksy map business. What next, mp3 players with erudite commentary on the socio-political context and stencil technique that one can listen to while following the map?