Spent last night at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn watching some inter-gender lucha libre — complete with an intermission performance of the Mexican hat dance and a Pee Wee Herman-inspired rendition of Tequila. I also voted in the guacamole contest. A note to whomever made guacamole #1: Never, under any circumstances, or for any reason, must you put curry powder in guacamole. I believe that this is governed by the Geneva Convention. Look it up.
Supply and Demand, by Skewville at Factory Fresh. (Image courtesy of Factory Fresh.)
- The Art Industrial Average seems to be showing signs of life — at least when it comes to the old school stuff. Plus: Sotheby’s returns to profitability. (Arts Journal.)
- On the New Museum controversy, “art collector, heir” Adam Lindemann takes to the Observer to announce: Get over it whiners, it’s a rich person’s world — and y’all just live in it. A coupla things: One, Lindemann forgets to inquire how the Joannou show fits in with the New Museum’s mission of ‘new art, new ideas.’ (As far as I can tell the only thing ‘new’ in the show is the paint job on the museum’s walls.) Secondly, he says that as long as “the public gets a great show” then that’s all that matters. Um, except the show isn’t great. It’s kind of a hot mess. Top floor reminds me of standing in line at Universal Islands of Adventure…except I don’t get the joy of riding the Hulk roller coaster when it’s over. (@hragv.)
- ¡Celebrity Curator Smackdown! Jeff Koons versus Shaquille O’Neal. Thank you, Ben Davis.
- Marina Abramovic, the minimalist. Holland Cotter at the NYT reviews the show here.
- In related news: Jerry Saltz makes “genital contact.”
- Harry Benson totally annoyed to see one of his pix “appropriated” by Whitney Biennial artist.
- A profile of Christophe de Menil in W — aka Dash Snow’s grandma.
- Booby-trapped art work. (@KnightLAT.)
- Plus, in NYC: Sculptures that look as if they are about to leap to their death.
- Man Bartlett’s balloon pile.
- Abstract expressionist stamps.
- Create your own Chiquita Banana’s stickers.
- Photo Essay: Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta.
- Welcome to Your Parents New York. (Flaming Pablum.)
- Today’s Street Art: Stinkfish in Bogotá.
- RIP Bruce Graham, the architect who designed the Sears Tower in Chicago.
- Sorry Wallpaper, you have it wrong: This is not the world’s first artificial floating island. These have been around for hundreds of years.
- The Big Lebowski morality continuum.
Hilarious. (Photo by Celso.)
Through the looking glass: The bubble mirrors on the ceiling made for fun photographing. (Photos by C-M.)
Disorienting times call for disorienting art. Factory Fresh, in Brooklyn, has a gallery-sized maze that leads viewers around bends and into dead-ends, all covered in various layers of sensory-overload paint. A collaboration between Celso, infinity, former Keith Haring collaborator LA2 and the mysterious Stikman, the maze takes the concept of the graffiti-covered alleyway and turns it into a total funhouse. (Full disclosure: Celso is my partner-in-crime, romantic and otherwise.) One of my favorite touches was the ceiling, where the artists installed bubble mirrors that delivered a warped viewing experience of the entire scenario.
The show is up through Dec. 2nd.
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