Hot Box, by Skewville. Part of the exhibit Shift Work Disorder, at Factory Fresh, through June 20th. (Image courtesy of Factory Fresh.)
- William Faulkner reading from As I Lay Dying.
- An interview with Nicholas Carr on how the web is rewiring our brains in not-so-good ways. Jonah Lehrer reviews the book in the NYT, and disagrees with some of his points. Plus: an NYT cover story on how the internet and electronic devices can become all consuming for some.
- And ‘cuz there’s no end to the black hole that the Internet has sucked me into: I’m on Tumblr.
- Help Knife Edge Productions put on a performance of Tape — directed by the very awesome Sam Helfrich — here in New York, in the fall.
- Stonehenge at night, 1944.
- Andrew Russeth reads the new Leo Castelli bio so you don’t have to.
- All those khakis bought a lot of art: Gap founder Donald Fisher’s big ass art collection about to go on display at SFMOMA.
- The British Museum is working with Wikipedia.
- One of Thomas Kinkade’s companies files for bankruptcy. (Unbeige.)
- Prescott, Ariz. muralist asked to lighten faces of minority children in a piece. The school’s principal says the request was made for artistic purposes; others aren’t so sure. An Update on Muralgate: Local GOP councilman behind the push to lighten children’s faces. Plus, the school’s principal backs down on the request. (Hyperallergic.)
- An art theft blog that rides the fine line between legal and not. And, a profile of the FBI guy that used to track the art thieves down.
- Stanford copyright guru Larry Lessig on our remix culture at TED. Very interesting. (The Rumpus.)
- Photo Essay: Antony Gormley’s light matrix at the White Cube gallery in London. Very Tron.
- Today’s Graff: Eko gets geometric in Pau, France. Very cool. Much more here.
- Crazy custom scooters. Love the one with the VW sidecar. (ackackack.com)
- LEED green buildings…not very green, reports Fast Company: “…the voluntary rating system — the gold standard for green buildings everywhere — falsely presents its projects as bastions of health and safety, when it actually allows for all sorts of harmful stuff, whether pesticides in tap water or formaldehyde-laden particleboard.” (ArchDaily.)
- A Lego printer.
A skeleton of a rabbit, by Belgian street artist Roa, who is having a solo show at Factory Fresh in Brooklyn, opening this Friday at 7pm. (Image courtesy of Factory Fresh.)
- Seattle: Lucha VaVoom, Sexo y Violencia, lucha libre and saucy striptease, at Showbox Sodo, this Sunday at 7pm.
- NYC: Emerging photographers can have their portfolios reviewed at The New York Photo Festival Portfolio Review, starting this Thursday. The Festival kicks off at noon.
- NYC: The Moth: Saints and Sinners, with Ernesto Quinonez, Maria Finn and graffiti artist Lee Quiñones, hosted by Al Leston, this evening at 7:30pm.
- NYC: Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, at MoMA, through March 21, 2011.
- NYC: Kate Gilmore, Walk the Walk, at Bryant Park, through May 14.
- Norfolk, Va.: Playlab, Peep Show, at 403 Granby, through July 1.
- Miami: Alicy Aycock, Loriel Beltran, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, John Bock and others, Paper, at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, through June 26.
- Madrid: Principio Potosí at the Museo Reina Sofía, opens Wednesday. (Art Newspaper.)
- Ghent: Ed Templeton, The Cemetery of Reason, at S.M.A.K., through June 13.
- Basel: Basquiat at the Fondation Beyeler, through Sep. 5.
- Berlin: Andreas Gursky at Sprüth Magers, through June 19.
- Rome: Hungry for Death, an exhibition from the archive of Destroy All Monsters, a collective/band that included Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw, at the American Academy in Rome, this Thursday at 6pm.
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.
Jim Avignon, The Big Bailout Burlesque at Factory Fresh. (Image Courtesy Factory Fresh.)
- In NYC: Factory Fresh hosts live music and performances, including Larry’s Fake-Tattoo Performance, the one-man band Neoangin and Kim Boekbinder of Vermillion Lies, Friday at 8pm.
- In NYC: The Breaking Point, Eric Ayotte, Melody Boone and Ryan O’Connor at Work, opens Saturday at 6pm. Includes BBQ and dancing.
- In NYC: 1(212): A Summer Wasted, with Marissa Bluestone & Peter Feigen baum, opens today.
- In SF: Color Between the Lines, Erik Parra and Danny Neece, at Artillery, opens today.
Mundano’s painted recycling carts. (Photos by C-M.)
Paintings that spin, Brazilian street carts laden with scraps and drippy canvases that document São Paulo’s organically-expanding cityscape. That’s what’s currently on show at Factory Fresh in the intriguing group exhibit Lichen, which is showing the work of artists Apolo Torres, Loro Verz and Mundano, all of whom hail from São Paulo. Especially interesting: Torres’s urban landscapes, which celebrate a city in permanent contact with calamity.
Lichen is up through July 26.
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Coextensia, by Apolo Torres. (Image courtesy of Factory Fresh.)
- In NYC: Lichen, Loro Verz, Apolo Torres & Mundano, straight from São Paulo at Factory Fresh, opens this Friday at 7pm.
- In NYC: Slavic Soul Party!, as part of Summer Nights at the Jewish Museum, next Thursday July 16th, at 7:30 p.m.
- In Beacon: We Are Familia, a salon, at Open Space in Beacon, opens this Saturday.
- In Miami: Balls in the Air at Locust Projects, be part of an interactive performance, this Saturday at 7:00pm.
- In Omaha: A Century of Retablos at the Joslyn Art Museum, through Oct. 4. (Art Newspaper.)
- In Austin: 60WRD/MIN ART CRITIC, a performance by Lori Waxman in which she receives artists and writes reviews of their work — and then signs, publishes and frames them; at the ArtHouse at Jones Center, from Friday through Sunday. (Why didn’t I think of this?)
- In Vancouver: Andreas Gursky at the Vancouver Art Gallery, through Sept. 20. (eyecurious.)
- In S.F.: Becca, Mike Maxwell & Paul Chatem at White Walls, opens Saturday.
- In L.A.: The West Coast premiere of Captured: 30 Years of the Lower East Side of New York tonight at ALIFE at 7:00pm.
- In L.A.: The Buff Monster Summer Party at Japan LA tonight at 7pm.
- In L.A.: Family Books and Aaron Rose present Three films about Sister Corita at CineFamily, this Sunday at 8pm.
- In L.A.: An exhibit and book signing for Jim and Karla Murray’s Miami Graffiti at Mid-City Arts, opens Saturday at 7 p.m.
- In L.A.: Urban Myth, with Pure Evil, Zeus and many others, at Cerasoli Gallery, opens Saturday.
- In L.A.: A Public Art Party, with lots of Yayoi Kusama, in Beverly Hills, this Saturday at noon. With box lunch by Porta Via.
- In Santa Ana, Calif.: R. Crumb at the GCAC Gallery, opens Saturday.