One of the many vintage WMDs sketched out by Scott Wilson. (Images courtesy of Scott Wilson.)
The humble napkin: duster of crumbs, wiper of spit, ideal matter on which to sketch the blueprints of the mighty machines that will inhabit some future dystopia. Scott Wilson captures the germ of all manner of imagined contraptions on napkins and rounds them up in his new book, WMDs of the 1880s. Herewith, a tiny preview of his highly-compelling mad-scientist doodles.
See a full gallery of Wilson’s work on his website. You can pick up a copy of the book at Blurb.
An Ottoman map of the fortress of Ancona produced by Piri Reis in 1525 CE and dedicated to Sultan Suleyman I. See it large. Find a slideshow of other illuminated Ottoman maps here. (Image courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.)
- A mechanical tumor. Freaky.
- Gagosian dropped from Vanity Fair‘s movers and shakers list.
- The Smithsonian is offering buyouts.
- Big Question: Will SFMOMA still get Don Fisher’s art collection now that he has died? (Unbeige.)
- Financial Crisis Art. I think I may need one of these for my living room. (What a Lovely Recession.)
- How artists aided in the creation of our national parks.
- Looking Around helpfully (and thoroughly) rounds up the whole Barnes Foundation mess in Philly – in addition to providing a synopsis of the documentary about the mess, The Art of the Steal – in one, two, three and four posts, with more to come. Juicy.
- Keith Haring’s Pop Shop recreated as part of an exhibit at the Tate Modern called Pop Life. And Guardian critic Adrian Searle HATES it, especially the pieces by Damien Hirst which he says make him “feel dead inside.” (Arts Journal.)
- On that controversial, recently-discovered, highly-speculative Frida Kahlo stash. See the slideshow, which pairs images from her real diary, next to the one from the recently discovered archive.
- History’s habit of forgetting female artists: the case of Artemisia Gentileschi. (Arts Journal.)
- Idiom, a new online art mag produced by Barry Hoggard and James Wagner.
- Who says art isn’t masturbatory?
- Speaking of circle jerks, Koons is curating the art collection of a rich guy, whose boat he painted, at the New Museum.
- The Day in Stonerrific ‘Net Art: Watch this one first. Then, after you’ve had a seizure, chill out to this one. (Rhizome.)
- Daniel Johnston as iPhone app.
- Wonderful: The photographs of Charlotte Dumas.
- “No Third Terms. Vote for Burns.” Street art getting sorta political in NYC.
- Today’s Graff: Kislow in the Ukraine.
- L.A. wants to graffiti-coat itself.
- Your moment of Autotune meets Steven Hawking meets Carl Sagan.
Nebraska Evening, 1941, by Thomas Hart Benton. (Image courtesy of the Amon Carter.)
- In Fort Worth: Views and Visions: Prints of the American West, 1820-1970, at the Amon Carter, opens today.
- In Chicago: Heartland, at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, opens Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
- In L.A.: Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life at LACMA, through Jan. 3.
- In L.A.: Kati Heck at Marc Selwyn, through Oct. 24.
- In Seattle: The Soil Invitational at Soil Art, opens Wednesday at 6 p.m.
- In Seattle: Yellow Terror at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, through Apr. 18.
- In Seattle: Parentheses at Western Bridge, through Dec. 19.
- In NYC: Edward Burtinsky: Oil at Hasted hunt Kraeutler, opens Thursday.
- In NYC: Peter Bialobrzeski, Stephane Couturier, DoDo Jin Ming and Toshio Shibata, The Abstracted Landscape at Laurence Miller in midtown, through Nov. 14.
- In NYC: Chris Ofili, Afro Margin, at David Zwirner, through Oct. 24.
- In NYC: Eric Doeringer: Sol Lewitt at Creative Thriftshop in Brooklyn, through Oct. 18.
- In NYC: Sally Mann, Proud Flesh, at Gagosian Madison Avenue, through Oct. 31.
- In London: Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy, through Dec. 11. Find a webcam for one of the show’s pieces, Shooting Into a Corner, here.
- In Berlin: Get Free %, with Steve Lambert, Gert-Jan Akerboom, John Hitchcock and many others, at Golden Parachutes, opens Thursday at 7 p.m..
Jim Avignon, The Big Bailout Burlesque at Factory Fresh. (Image Courtesy Factory Fresh.)
- In NYC: Factory Fresh hosts live music and performances, including Larry’s Fake-Tattoo Performance, the one-man band Neoangin and Kim Boekbinder of Vermillion Lies, Friday at 8pm.
- In NYC: The Breaking Point, Eric Ayotte, Melody Boone and Ryan O’Connor at Work, opens Saturday at 6pm. Includes BBQ and dancing.
- In NYC: 1(212): A Summer Wasted, with Marissa Bluestone & Peter Feigen baum, opens today.
- In SF: Color Between the Lines, Erik Parra and Danny Neece, at Artillery, opens today.
Boobies!!! A whole wall of them. The piece is titled Muro, 2009 by Raquel Paiewonsky. (Photos by C-M.)
While my mission on this trip to Lima has been to eat and to eat again, I have managed to sneak in a few visits to art galleries between degustaciones. The best show thus far has been an exhibit of contemporary Dominican art that I happened to catch at the Centro Cultural de España on the Plaza Washington, near downtown. The show, Mover la roca (Move the Rock), features new works by the D.R. arts collective Quintapata, whose members are Tony Capellán, Pascal Meccariello, Raquel Paiewonsky, Jorge Pineda and Belkis Ramírez. Overall, a highly interesting show. And way better than the couch art I’ve been admiring at many of the city’s commercial art galleries.
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Affordable Housing, by Ross Jones. (Image courtesy of William Angel Gallery.)
- In London: Ross Jones at William Angel Gallery, opens Friday.
- In Oakland: Marina Vendrell Renaut, Flaming Furbelows, at Johansson Projects, opens Saturday at 4 p.m.
- In L.A.: Steve Burtch and Meeson Pae Yang: Refraction at Lawrence Asher, in the Fairfax District, through Saturday.
- In L.A.: Eyeone and Patrick Martinez at Tradition, in Westlake Village, opens Saturday.
- In S.F.: Pablo Guardiola and Haden Nicholl at the Little Tree Gallery, opens Saturday. (Sadly, this will be the gallery’s last show.)
- In Chicago: Paul Chan: My Laws Are My Whores at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, through April 12. (Interesting: You can download Chan-designed computer fonts here.)
- In Chicago: Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through June 21. Plus: Next month, visitors to Art Chicago will be able to walk inside one of Fuller’s domes.
- In Miami: Recent Acquisitions at the Miami Art Museum, through Oct. 11.
- In Fort Lauderdale: A workshop on creating and using your own pinhole camera, led by artist Courtney Johnson, at Girls Club, this Saturday at noon. (Cost: $60.)
- In NYC: A book party for Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, at powerHouse books, today at 7 p.m.
- In NYC: Alfredo Jaar, The Sound of Silence, at Galerie Lelong, through May 2. (Art21.)
- In NYC: Dan Witz at Tattoo Culture, opens Friday.
- In NYC: Ellsworth Kelly, Paintings and Drawings, at Matthew Marks, through April 11.
- In NYC: The Women of the Photo League, opens today at 6 p.m.
- In NYC: Michael Leavitt, Don’t Stop Object Shopping, at Fuse Gallery, opens Saturday.
- In NYC: Mark Jenkins, The Golden Ass and Other Stories, at Stricola Contemporary, opens Saturday.
- In NYC: Aakash Nihalani, Ellis Gallagher and Poster Boy, Neo-Con, at 17 Frost Gallery, opens Saturday.
Hard at work. (Photo courtesy of Factory Fresh.)
Illustrators Jon Burgerman and Jim Avignon have been busily collaborating in the deep, dark recesses of the Factory Fresh basement on a series of works that will go on display this Thursday, Feb. 12 in a show called Anxiety Room. If you’re in Brooklyn, check ‘em out! The show will be up through March 15.
Slow Storm, 2006 by Danica Novgorodoff at Out of Sequence, at the Lab at Belmar in Lakewood, Colo. (Image courtesy of the Denver Post.)
- In Denver: Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics at The Lab at Belmar, in Lakewood, through May 12.
- In Milwaukee: Remains: Contemporary Artists and the Material Past, opens Thursday.
- In Kansas City, Mo.: Check out Polly Apfelbaum’s installation Split at the Kemper, through Aug. 9.
- In NYC: Vik Muniz talks about his artist’s choice selections at MoMA, tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. (Hrag Vartanian.)
- In NYC: The New York premiere of the documentary film Handmade Nation, at the Museum of Arts and Design, this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
- In NYC: Edward Dolnick discusses his book, The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, at the Jewish Museum, this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
- In London: Takashi Murakami: New Paintings at Gagosian, opens today.
- In Weimar: 15 Artistic Interventions in the Public Space at Bauhaus-University, through Feb. 16. (rebel:art.)