- S.F.: Christopher Taggart: Away, at Baer Ridgway, opens Saturday at 4pm.
- L.A.: Art Los Angeles Contemporary, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, begins on Friday at 11am and runs through Sunday at 6pm.
- NYC: Matt Mullican, an artist who worked with a computer programmer to create a navigable scale model of the solar system, gives a talk at Artists Space in SoHo tonight at 7pm. You can view the piece here.
- NYC: A free screening of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis at Rabbit Hole Studio, in Dumbo, at 8:30pm. Doors open at 8pm.
- NYC: Ancient Sci-Fi Update, Pavel Kraus and Megan Burns, at The Proposition, through March 13.
- NYC: Cooking with Gallery Beat, a live talk show with Paul H-O and Dr. Lisa, featuring Phoebe Hoban, Peter Bolte, John Lee, Pat Daugherty and Jen Friedman, at BravinLee Programs, this Saturday at 6pm.
- Valhalla, N.Y.: Oona Stern: The Reluctant Naturalist, at Westchester Community College, through Feb. 26.
Jeff Soto, in Miami. (Photo by Luna Park.)
- 15 pictures from Glock’s official Facebook page.
- Dear Apple Computers: WHAT. THE. FUCK. You guys let Rupert Murdoch (purveyor of Glenn Beck) establish a subscription model for the iPad but you don’t let any other publishing company do the same? Gross.
- Smithsonian chief to make first public appearance in L.A. this Thursday since the David Wojnarowicz brouhaha began. Plus: His latest e-mail to staff.
- Finland announces that it will likely be the home of another likely never-to-be-built Guggenheim Museum. (The accompanying image of art suits pretending to throw snowballs is pretty spectacular.)
- “Gallery rage.”
- The many incredible uses of DC motors, by Swiss artist Zimoun. Best when paired with ping pong balls and cardboard. Whoa.
- Surreal babies.
- On poop in art: Harvard art historian combs through the defecation in Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. (ARTnewsblog.)
- This slideshow makes me want to tease out my hair and write bad checks.
- Farhad Manjoo argues that it’s wrong, wrong, wrong to use two spaces after a period. Tom Lee rebuts. (@gelatobaby, The Atlantic.)
- For the typography nerds, Mexican edition: The El Vética T-Shirt. (20×200.)
- Swoon’s speech at TEDxBrooklyn, discussing the flotillas and the Haiti project — and the concrete things artists can do.
- Today’s Urban Installation: Felice Varini’s painted optical illusions. (Contemporary Art Truck.)
- Edward Lifson tracks a connection between architect Louis Sullivan and sculptor Tony Smith.
- A museumy architecture round-up.
- 36 versions of the Internationale. Includes a rendition by Pete Seeger — in French. (@ubuweb.)
- Seattle: Carolina Silva, Against Gravity (or the Oddity of the Flooded Land), at Lawrimore Project, through Jan. 29.
- L.A.: Classic Photographs Los Angeles, at the Helms Daylight Studio, in Culver City, this Saturday and Sunday only.
- L.A.: Fierce, a one-night exhibit featuring Anthony Lister, at THIS Los Angeles, this Friday at 7pm.
- Stanford, Calif.: Art Censorship Issues, A screening of David Wojnarowicz’s Fire in My Belly’ and panel discussion, which will include artist Enrique Chagoya (who recently had a piece of his smashed in Colorado), at Annenberg Auditorium at Stanford, this Wednesday, at 5pm.
- Chicago: Nicholas Knight, Declaimed, at 65Grand, this Friday at 7pm.
- NYC: Maximum Perception, a performance festival, at English Kills, this Friday and Saturday, 7pm-midnight.
- NYC: Trespass, a group show, at Pandemic Gallery in Williamsburg, opens this Saturday at 7pm.
- NYC: Piotr Uklálnski, Discharge!, at Gagosian Gallery, on Madison Avenue, opens Wednesday.
- NYC: Imeday Imeday Ollarday Icklenay, at Allegra LaViola, next public performance this Wednesday at 6pm.
- NYC: R. Luke Dubois: A More Perfect Union, at Bitforms, opens Thursday at 6:30pm.
- NYC: Ray K. Metzer, at Laurence Miller Gallery, through Feb. 26.
- NYC: Deborah Brown, The Bushwick Paintings, at Lesley Heller Workspace, opens Wednesday.
Katsu and AVONE do a phone booth in downtown Manhattan. (Photos by C-M.)
The elusive street artist Stikman has given me a copy of his lovingly crafted 2011 wall calendar for a giveaway. Let’s just say y’all are lucky I don’t keep this one for myself.
Leave a comment and this little piece of Fun in the Sun could be all yours.
P.S. Been having a little work done on the site, so things may look janky until everything is sorted out.
The January 2011 of ARTnews magazine is hitting stands with a cover story I wrote about the new shape of street art. Specifically, it’s a look at the more abstract, geometric, sculptural and conceptual interventions going down in cities across the globe. (That’s Spanish artist Nuria Mora featured on the cover.) You can read the story online, but may I recommend picking up the mag. The article is illustrated with all kinds of incredible pictures, which you won’t be able to see otherwise.
As part of this, there’s a couple of street art-related tomes that really deserve a plug: Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art and Urban Interventions: Personal Projects in Public Spaces. These are two very thoughtful books devoted to the subject. Definitely check ‘em out.
As always, thank you for reading!
Eko. (Image courtesy of Eko.)
- Fake Criterions. (Grazie, @mrjohnflowers.)
- Steven Soderbergh’s Spalding Gray doc screening at LACMA tonight; will be at IFC this Friday.
- The 2010 Art World Census. Take it.
- Another Bouncing Ball does a round up of David Wojnarowicz’s writings. Well done.
- In related news: the National Portrait Gallery’s commissioner resigned to protest the removal of Wojnarowicz’s video. In addition, NYT columnist Frank Rich takes the Smithsonian and the D.C. establishment to task over the issue.
- Speaking of censorship, a MOCA-commissioned mural by Blu in L.A. was immediately buffed by the museum shortly after being painted. The museum has failed to provide any good explanation for why it removed the work. Hyperallergic has updated coverage here and here.
- And since we’re talking about MOCA: Word has it that the staff at the museum is grossly unhappy under Il Deitcho.
- In London: A very surreal Turner Prize ceremony: Protestors on one side of a barricade, celebrants on the other. (Arts Journal.)
- El Saltzino’s Top Ten. #class makes the list.
- On the Machu Picchu/Yale debacle: “It seems more interesting to see antiquities restitutions not as an emptying out of Western museums but as part of a larger trend—the reverse migration of objects, from the West to the regions and cultures from which they came, along with the flow of Western art to new centers of power.”
- The Museum of Arts & Design to have a center devoted to olfactory art. This could be all kinds of bizarre-interesting.
- The Basel Frazzle, the morning after.
- Rock band T-shirts for arthouse film directors. Can’t decided between the Herzog or the Ingmar Bergman…
- Today’s Street Art: Geometeric abstraction meets naked dude. (Ekosystem.)
- What kind of house would a confined man dream about? Find out here. Do not miss the trailer at the bottom.
- The Architectural Industrial Average is low: Looks like Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago skyscraper is dead as a door nail. (Cityscapes.)
- Inside Wikileaks Headquarters. Which reportedly resides, literally, inside a bunker.
- Google beatbox.
Un gato. (Photo by Yvonne Connasse.)
Hey Folks: The flood situation in Pakistan is grim. Crops, livestock and infrastructure have been wiped out. (See Boston’s Big Picture to get a glimpse of the disaster.) Please consider pitching in via a reputable organization such as Oxfam. Every little bit helps.
- It’s not just the Pacific. The Atlantic also has a swirling garbage patch.
- The true cost of oil.
- Christo and Jeanne-Claude project in Colorado seems to be on the skids. You can send a comment in support of the project at Over The River. You’ve got ‘til Sept. 14. (Arts Journal.)
- The Art Industrial Average is Low: Chelsea Art Museum temporarily shuts down.
- Van Gogh painting stolen from Cairo museum.
- Making art out of apps. (Arts Journal.)
- The Day in Celebrity Art: James Franco gets reviewed in the New York Times (by Roberta!) and a slideshow of Bob Dylan’s paintings. (L.A. Times.)
- Picasso fabric.
- Fred Kaplan pays tribute to jazz photographer Herman Leonard, who passed away earlier this month. That shot of Dexter Gordon is all kinds of wonderful.
- The photography of Flo Fox. Fascinating story.
- Art Fag City wants your fart art sounds.
- Not sure how I missed this spectacularly grim piece of art merch: The Andy Warhol Electric Chair watch.
- Photographer and AP drop claims against each other in Shepard Fairey case. Presumably leaving them more energy to go after Fairey.
- Chernobyl street art. (Grazie, fabrye.)
- Today’s Graff, Morse Code Edition: Line Line Dot, in L.A.
- The McMansion of my dreams.
- Tracking trends in fantasy book cover art. Swords, big. Fog/mist, on the rise.
- Tadashi Kawamata’s Pompidou huts. Like architectural nests.
- From the Department of Whoa: A pallet pavilion.
- Marie Osmond reciting dada poetry. Oh fuck yes.