- In S.F.: Luc Tuymans at SFMOMA, opens Wednesday. Read the NYT profile of Tuymans here.
- In L.A.: After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy at the California African American Museum, through March 7. That Nadine Robinson piece looks pretty damn badass.
- In San Jose, Calif: The Art of Zines 2010 at Anno Domini through March 13.
- In Houston: Maurizio Cattelan at the Menil Collection, opens Friday.
- In NYC: Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, opens Friday.
- In NYC: Kiki Smith, Sojourn, at the Brooklyn Museum, opens Friday.
- In NYC: Last week to see Omer Fast: Nostalgia at the Whitney, closing on Sunday. Don’t miss.
- In NYC: Metal Mad: An Army of Artists Paying Homage To Heavy Metal, at Giant Robot, through March 3. (World’s Best Ever.)
- In London: The Worst Condition is to Pass Under a Sword Which is Not One’s Own, at the Tate Modern, through May 3.
- In Berlin: East Side Stories: German Photography 1950s to 1980s, at Kicken Gallery, through April 17.
What does Greed smell like? Last Friday night, half of Rome, eager to find out, trundled down to Gagosian to sample the new scent by Milan-based artist Francesco Vezzoli. You may be wondering what the hell perfume hawking is doing in a gallery. So are we. But because we’re suckers for public relations, we nonetheless trudged through the rain and rhinoed our way past a mob the likes of which we haven’t seen since we tried getting into the Vatican Museums on a Friday in July. (Seriously.) The big news: Turns out the perfume was a fake! Nothing inside but aqua colorata.
Even so, we had a great time seeing the local Roman celebs, not to mention Roman Polanski, who directed the fake infomercial video that we got to see before we made it over to the tinted holy water. Our verdict? The idea is a rehash of pieces by Marcel Duchamp and, more recently, by Bulgarian-born, New York-based artist Daniel Bozhkov — with the addition of annoying needlepoint appropriations of female artists’ faces. We did, however, really enjoy the stylish, bordello-red drapes. They gave us the sensation of being someplace really special. Like the Vatican.
Click on images to supersize. Much more (including Roman Polanski) after the jump.
Amelia Hannah, a yarn painting by Robert Forman. (Image courtesy of Robert Forman.)
- An absolutely gripping collection of 18 years worth of Polaroid pictures documenting one man’s life and death. (Thanks, Eugenio.)
- Chicago government types buff graffiti mural because it’s too “urban.”
- The NYC graffiti crackdown continues: Peter Vallone Jr. has introduced a bill that would require developers to remove vandalism from construction sites or face fines. (Does that include removing illegal advertising as well?)
- Hamptons cops arrest gallerist for serving champagne at an opening. Winkleman gives his take on the situation here.
- And ‘cuz today is a police-state kinda day: Cops raid Sydney gallery and confiscate photos of adolescent nudes by photographer Bill Henson. In related news: His former models are rallying behind the artist (via AJ). More here.
- Christie’s to auction Goya sketches that were rediscovered after 130 years. Jonathan Jones at the Guardian reviews the images: “I think that Goya is our conscience. He lived in an age of spiralling unreason, and so do we.”
- Artist needs your antidepressant pills more than you do. (Via Bloggy.)
- Photo Essay: Jacob Riis’s New York.
- The Huntington Library in L.A. gets a serious makeover. More here and here. Plus: A slideshow.
- A Q&A with Peter Schjeldahl: “Oh yes, curatorial babble. My distaste for that is well known. But you know I think there’s been a trend recently against that. I think there’s a lot less of that than there was, and it’s interesting, the New Museum has almost no wall text.”
- MAN has a good round-up of museo-related news, including an item about ducklings getting killed in the pool drain at the American Indian Museum in D.C. Harsh.
- Bo Diddley kicks ass.
- Back on the Block: Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House sale will not take place because of buyer problems.
- Dezeen has a really good photo essay on Madrid’s Caixa Forum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
- How Youngstown, Oh. is trying to deal with all of that excess urban architecture cast aside by a declining population. (Via architecture.mnp.)
- Architectural asymmetry not so hot, says Slate.
- Jean Nouvel to design new Paris skyscraper. (Is it me, or does he look like Dr. Evil in the accompanying photograph?)
- The Day in Architecture Industry Gossip: The Dark Lord Foster has taken over a Melbourne gig previously assigned to Zaha Hadid. Plus: some nice photos of the Dark Lord’s Beijing airport. (Via NotCot.)
- Incredible photos of highway interchanges by Ken Ohyama.
- Your moment of break-dancing, crazy fingers edition. (Via Maykr.)
Embroidered piece by Steve Macdonald, aka the Ramblin’ Worker. (All photos courtesy of Paper Boat.)
Artists Steve MacDonald and Rachel Budde came together for a new exhibit last week at the Paper Boat Gallery, an independent arts space in Millwaukee. The folks at the gallery were kind enough to put up a very nice Flickr set that shows opening night proceedings. If you’re in Milwaukee, this looks like it’s definitely worth checking out. The show runs through the end of the month.
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- Absolutely Fabulous does artspeak. Included: a nice piece by Edward Winkleman, reflecting on the bear market.
- The Day in Corporate Douchebaggery: Louis Vuitton goes after artist over a Darfur-related print, which contains an image of a naked child holding a Murakami bag. “As an artist yourself, we hope that you recognize the need to respect other artists’ rights and Louis Vuitton’s Intellectual Property rights,” reads the cease-and-desist letter.
- Is the press rooting for an art market crash? Uh, maybe. (Thanks, Jason!)
- In a related story: Kenny Schachter on Art Cologne: “On opening day, the 42nd Art Cologne international art fair was so empty that an American could be forgiven for imagining tumbleweeds rolling down the aisles.”
- The coffin couch, the ideal piece of furniture for today’s art fair.
- Paris Bureau Chieftess Yvonne Connasse tells us that there is a Land of the Lost remake in the works…and Universal has just released early photos of the ’08 version of the Sleestaks.
- She also reports that the Czechs predicted the existence of QVC, back in 1957.
- The Daily Show does a great take-down of the 60 Minutes interview with Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia.
- Carnegie International has a Flickr page. (Via MAN.)
- Courbet: Cindy Sherman before Cindy Sherman was Cindy Sherman.
- The artist list for OCMA’s California Biennial.
- Photos from the Olafur Eliasson show at MoMA.
- The Day in Name Changes: Harvard University Art Museums will now be known as Harvard Art Museum. I wonder how many academic committees it took to come to this radical decision.
- Howard Zinn, illustrated.
- R.I.P. Albert Hoffman, the father of LSD. More here.
- So totally odd. But I couldn’t help liking it.
- Felt weapons. (Via Murketing.)
- In NYC: Using transit cams to catch graffiti artists.
- Graff of the Day: Murocracia in Spain.
- I’m Banksy T-shirts.
- Amazing what you can do with an X-Acto knife: One of the best billboard jams I’ve seen yet.
- The floating graffiti pig at Coachella.
- New work by Boogie.
- Timelapse of cherry trees blossoming at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. (Via Kottke.)
- Johnson’s Glass House used to shill denim.
- Trippy cool building with rad stairs: BIP Computers by Alberto Mozó in Santiago, Chile.
- New Architecture Book: Verb Crisis, a tome that examines solutions to high urban density.
- Is the CIA photoshopping satellite imagery? (Via PDN.)
- Andy Warhol, thespian. Love the part where Liz Taylor decides she’s not his type.
- Your moment of snoozing bear cub, courtesy of Yvonne Connasse.