Chusma, 2008 by Luis Gispert. (Image courtesy of Fredric Snitzer.)
- In Miami: Luis Gispert at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Goldman Warehouse, in Wynwood, through June 27.
- In NYC: Commune, a group show curated by Dominique Nahas, at Black and White in Chelsea, opens Thursday.
- In NYC: Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective at the Met, opens tomorrow.
- In NYC: Mike Cohen: True Color at Hasted Hunt, opens Thursday.
- In NYC: Richard Avedon at the ICP, through Sept. 6.
- In NYC: Brian Dettmer, Nikki S. Lee, Jim Dingilian and many others in Deviate, at Schroeder Romero, opens Friday.
- In L.A.: Scott McFarland at Regen Projects, opens Saturday.
- In San Pedro, Calif.: Boxing & Ballet, new works by Jocelyn Foye at Project Room 3G, opens Saturday.
- In London: Gerhard Richter at the National Portrait Gallery, through May 30.
- In Paris: Beatriz Milhazes at the Fondation Cartier, through June 21.
Beast, in Miami. Saw this building-sized bomb while standing in line at Enriqueta’s for their super succulent pollo a la plancha. (Photo by C-M.)
- Vicodin earrings.
- Photographs of Oscar contenders prior to the Oscars. Makes me wish I could spend a whole day photographing Mickey Rourke.
- Congrats!! The Times of London picks the 100 best blogs in the blathersphere! On the list, art and architecture sites such as BLDGBLOG, Art Fag City and Modern Art Obsession. (The arts websites start here.) C-Mon on a separate list, of the 100 best blogs for wasting time.
- D.I.Y. paparazzi: Celebrities Twitter their lives away. (Art Fag City.)
- SFMOMA pairs art with music. Nice idea, but the whole exercise leaves me wondering: Do any brown people make music in the Bay Area? (Modern Art Notes.)
- The Free Store. (Eyebeam reBlog.)
- When times are bad, rich people hock their art. C-Monster hocks her guns.
- Recession? What Recession? Yves Sain Laurent’s Duchamp perfume pulls in $11 million at auction. More on the auction here. (Arts Journal.)
- The Met downsizes and the Las Vegas Museum of Art shuts down. And, unbelievably, on the verge of collapse, Long Island’s Vanderbilt Museum unearths a treasure buried in its walls.
- Must-read: A wonderful post by Eyeteeth’s Paul Schmelzer on art as protest over at Art21.
- Republicans happy to fund art in Iraq, but not in the U.S. Plus: more on the Iraq National Museum’s reopening.
- Small wonders.
- Contemporary art is “almost fraud” says some European dealer. And let’s keep it that way, people, because what else would I write about if it wasn’t? (Hrag Vartanian.)
- From the Department of WTF: Where else to park a train but between a doe-eyed manga girl’s legs? (Gracias, Big Papi G.)
- Speaking of Japan, if I had kids, I’d want to raise them there so that they could grow up watching stuff like this. DO NOT MISS the guitar-playing machine at the 2:45 mark.
- Today’s Graff: Le Dorian in Chile.
- The 10 Best Songs About Architecture. (architecture.mnp.)
- A blog that looks at the U.S./Mexico border wall as architecture. (ArchiDose.)
- Your moment of artspeak, Woody Allen style. (Mercy, Yvonne!)
Welcome to Miami: This year, I couldn’t make it to Art Basel. But I can still channel its spirit. Party like it’s the end of the world, you crazy muthas. Because it is. (Photo by C-M.)
Zoe Strauss. (Image courtesy of WCB.)
- In Miami: Zoe Strauss at World Class Boxing, opens Saturday.
- In NYC: William Eggleston: Democratic Camera at the Whitney, opens Friday.
- In NYC: Alexander Calder: The Paris Years at the Whitney, through Feb. 15.
- In St. Louis: Birth of the Cool at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum, through Jan. 5.
- In L.A.: Vermeer’s A Lady Writing at the Norton Simon in Pasadena.
- In San Francisco: Andy Goldsworthy at Presidio Park, through May 3, 2009.
- In Seattle: The photography of Richard Barnes at Howard House, opens Thursday.
- In London: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro at the Barbican, through Jan. 25.
- In London: Antoni Tapies at Adam Gallery, through Nov. 29.
- In Paris: From One Revolution to Another: Carte Blanche to Jeremy Deller at the Palais de Tokyo, through Jan. 4.
Christian Curiel at Kevin Bruk Gallery in Miami. His show, Collapsing Inwards, is up through Nov. 11th. (Photo by C-M.)
- The Arts Action Fund has released their Congressional report card on the 110th Congress. “The Report Card,” the press release explains, “assigns each Member of Congress a letter grade and numerical score based on his or her voting record on specific arts and arts education policy issues.” Guess who got Fs? Ron Paul from Texas, Dana Rohrabacher from California and Tom Tancredo from Colorado — among many, many others. Maine tops the list for best state delegation, while my birth state of Wyoming and the much tittered-about state of Alaska both tie for dead last. Then again, who needs all that pesky art when you’ve got nature?
- I stand corrected: The art of engraved oil barrels plasma-cut gas cans.
- Bloomberg reports on the fate of the Lehman Bros. art collection, which is comprised of 3,500 pieces, including works by Takashi Murakami, Andreas Gursky and Jasper Johns.
- A profile of art collector Peter Brant, former friend of Warhol and owner of Interview magazine. Interesting sentence: “For years art-world gossips have speculated that Brant and the powerful art dealer Larry Gagosian are skillfully gaming the art market through auctions and brokered sales to boost the prices of artists in who they are heavily invested, such as Warhol, Prince and Koons.” Unfortunately, the writer provides no further explanation… (Via A.O.)
- Speaking of which, Gagosian is going all Ruski.
- Robert Hughes on the art market: “One of the things that sustains the art market is an irrational faith in a continuous rise in prices… There was a 17th-century Italian painter called Guido Reni. Not a lot of people have heard of him but in the late 18th century many connoisseurs thought that Italy’s two supreme artists were Michelangelo and Reni. But by 1950 you could buy a 10ft painting by Reni for £300.”
- The social consequences of a bad economy. The Daily Show‘s take here, complete with starchitect jokes.
- The Day in Computer Art: Mauritian Sunset by Sandy Smith.
- Harvard Law School to award Christo and Jeanne-Claude with its 2008 Great Negotiator Award. For reals.
- Gabriel Orozco on his whale skeleton sculpture, Mobile Matrix, 2006.
- “Wordless art criticism.“
- Interesting essay about contemporary Chinese art: Ellen Pearlman of the Brooklyn Rail takes on Jed Perl of the New Republic. (Via Hrag.)
- Hilarious: For the second time, Tracey Emin’s bronze sculpture of a sparrow is stolen and returned in Liverpool. (Via A.O.)
- Even more hilarious: A canvas by Hugo Chávez, painted during his stint in prison in 1992, has sold for $225,000 at auction. More here.
- Sign up for an October Surprise party, in the vicinity of NYC.
- That polar bear terrorizing D.C.? It was really artist Mark Jenkins in collaboration with Greenpeace.
- When architecture imitates Damien Hirst.
- A thorough three-part report on Renzo Piano’s redo of the California Academy of Sciences.
- Chocolate type faces.
- When Blackbook imitates C-Monster.
- Your moment of Tony Montana.
Detail of a paint sculpture by Loriel Beltran at Fred Snitzer in Miami. His show, Process/Processed, is up through 10/4. See footage of a shirtless Beltran at work here. Hubba hubba… (Photo by C-M.)
I’m back! And ready to grumble. Thanks for your patience during my absence. xox, C.
- Bangin’ Art Video of the Day: Kelly Burns pounding the skins. Sort of. (Go to the link that says Projects on the left and then click on Rush Fort, 2008.)
- The End is Near: “…no part of the art market is more vulnerable than contemporary art, which has risen so very high on little more than PR and salesmanship.” (Via A.O.)
- All Hirst all the Time: A profile of the artist as a middle-aged man in Time, as well as Richard Lacayo’s Q&A in one and two parts. More on Hirst’s garage sale here. Plus: Robert Hughes does a full-blown fist drop on the artist, while Bloomberg reports that Sotheby’s stock takes a dip in anticipation of today’s debacle auction.
- Forgive the tardiness, but I was swamp-walking when this happened: Thomas Campbell is named The Met’s new boss man. More here. (What’s up with Campbell’s Sears Portrait Studio-style headshot, by the way?) Also: New York Mag speculates on what Gary Tinterow, another in-house favorite, will do now that the gig has gone to Campbell.
- The Slog is super happy that Dana Gioia will be leaving the NEA: “…he revitalized it by turning it into the most cowering, deferential source of government arts funding this side of Syria.”
- ‘Cuz they needed more room for all that boring art: The New Museum buys another property on the Bowery. Plus: Yet more evidence that the Lower East Side is totally done: Sperone Westwater Gallery to get the Dark Lord Foster to put up a big and shiny building just up the block.
- Newsflash: Art Basel to stay in Miami Beach. Because, really, there was a huge chance they were gonna decamp to Fresno.
- The beginning of the end for satellite fairs? Or the end of the beginning?
- New York Mag‘s Jerry Saltz (aka the “food virgin”) and the Guardian‘s Adrian Searle write about what it’s like to dine at El Bulli. On a competitive note: C-Monster was there last month. Take that, you mainstream media muthas!
- Grocery list art.
- Sarah Palin not wild about museums (via AFC). Plus: Palin and Hillary, together again. (Sort of.) And: McCain wants to tax the poor.
- Graff of the Day: Titifreak mural in Brazil.
- Cool animation: Agua by Sam3. (Via Ekosystem.)
- Pixadores in Brazil destroy a gallery show at Choque Cultural in São Paulo for commercializing street art. More here.
- R.I.P. David Foster Wallace. Video interviews with the writer here.
- Photos from the Venice Architecture Biennale.
- The glassification of NYC. In related news: Rem Koolhaas is coming to NYC, or at least one of his buildings is.
- Will the affordable housing of today be the slums of tomorrow?
- Photo Essay: The construction of the Pentagon 9/11 memorial. Should be interesting to see what this looks like once the trees fill in.
- When television imitates architecture: J.J. Abrams’ new series, Fringe, rips off Libeskind.
- Attempts are afoot in the Illinois state legislature to keep Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House open to the public. Plus: Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House is flooded by a surging Fox River.
- Your moment of Andy Rooney on public art. Sublime.
Detail of Monteavaro’s wall-sized installation of drawings and paintings. (Photos by C-M.)
Photos from Beatriz Monteavaro’s solo exhibit, We are all in the gutter…, at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami. The show runs through June 2nd.
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