- Why the U.S. pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai sucks balls — seriously, it looks like an Orange County office park. Not a pretty story. (@hragv.)
- In related news: The UK pavilion, designed by Heatherwick Studio, is FUCKING AWESOME. This video proves it. Plus: Fast Company decodes pavilion architecture. Hilarious.
- How to diss like Shakespeare. Handy.
- What happens to all that unused hotel soap? Here’s one answer.
- The Moment dissects Simone de Beauvoir’s “intellectual frump” look.
- The Turner Prize short list. Let the griping begin! (Arts Journal.)
- The Art Industrial Average is Up: Picasso painting sells for a buttload.
- ¡Art critic smackdown! Regina Hackett takes the NYT‘s Roberta Smith to task for her review of the Guggenheim’s Haunted show.
- Art that was once alive.
- Artists swapping services for health care in Brooklyn. More here. (Thank you, @ComicStripicus.)
- Photo Essay: Bill Owens’ Suburbia. Sorta related: Suburban Slovakia.
- Allen Ginsberg, photographer.
- Art Shred is in the latest issue of ARTnews. Yay!
- Design-conscious sex toys.
- Today’s Street Art: Michael Beerens’ angry swordfish in Paris.
- Seems like New York City wants to tear down this wall…Shepard Fairey’s wall.
- Os Gemeos has a new blog. I think I saw this guy on the subway today. (Coudal.)
- “Why they should let Jean Nouvel build every inch of his arrogant tower.”
- More arguments in architecture: Why the U.S. Supreme Court should keep its front door as an entrance. “That visitors can still leave via the grand front door is of little comfort. This relegates the opening promise of the portal — ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ — to the rearview mirror. It is no longer a promise at all, no longer an expectation of the visitor upon entrance. Now, to read it, the visitor must turn around, like Orpheus, and hope it wasn’t just an illusion.” (Modern Art Notes.)
- Mirror Man.
The group shot. Taken well before the kegstands got everyone crunky. (Image courtesy of Fluent Collab and Santiago Forero.)
Remember that conceptual art frat party I went to Austin? Well, the group shot is out — and we’re in it. (And I think my hair is bigger than my head. (Dang humidity.) Anyhow, it’s all pretty darn collegiate-looking if you ask me. And all I gotta say is that New York could use more stuff like this (aka free beer and chips and salsa in someone’s backyard). Larry Gagosian, please get on it.
Thanks to the folks at Test Site for the good times (and the photo).
Alls I gotta say is: Sweet. God. Almighty. (Photos by C-M.)
I’m not ordinarily a Whole Foods shopper, but I just HAD to visit the corporate HQ of America’s most blinged out supermarket chain while in Austin — and thankfully, my efforts were amply rewarded. The Whole Foods here is truly out-sized, with colors that are hallucinogenic and a baby boomer soundtrack that keeps the senses on total overload. I realized that it made perfect sense that this is a company that would emerge from Texas, a state that revels in doing everything on a larger-than-life scale. The whole experience was like entering an Andreas Gursky photo. With smells. And insane amounts of disposable plastic. And a three-foot tall chocolate fountain.
As totally insane as the whole place is, I have to tip my hat to the folks in corporate for the presence of the Bowie BBQ stand in the middle of the store. Their brisket sandwich KICKS ASS.
Partying hearty with the faux fraternity types. (Photos by C-M.)
While in Austin, @ktsmither gave us a tip that Test Site, a city arts lab, was hosting an event by artist Michael Smith (a.k.a. Baby Ikki). He and curator Jay Sanders had transformed a tony home in a well-to-do neighborhood into an art frat house — ΟΣΦ, Omicron Sigma Phi — and were staging a “reunion” party (complete with keg). From what I heard, the neighbors got slightly ruffled at the idea of some possibly vomitous revelry moving into the area. But fortunately this was a gentlemanly fraternity, channeling an a-capella-group-from-Amherst kind of vibe. So, we spent a pleasant afternoon drinking beer in the name of art — and then everyone gathered for a group shot on the front lawn. An all around excellent afternoon, made better by the fact that it’s now been enshrined as art.
Learn more about Test Site here.