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Finally made it over to see the Anselm Kiefer show at Gagosian (which closes after Saturday). It’s kind of a hot mess, stuffed to the rafters with too much of everything — namely, a series of massive-ass vitrines full of ashen decay and stuff made with lead. Amid all the clutter, however, are some paintings I found quite compelling: a series of jagged mountainscapes made of thickly-piled paint.
Perhaps these appeal to me because I just spent several weeks in the Andes, where staring at a forbidding, vertical landscape is part of daily existence. But I wasn’t the only one. A kindly security guard told me that his favorite piece out of the entire exhibit was the painting at bottom. “If you stand back and look at it, it’s like you could be on a horse looking at that mountain, wondering how many days it will take you to get there,” he explained. “And then when you get close, all kinds of wonderful things happen.”
Photos by C-M.
Guy in a rabbit suit, pacing in front of Gagosian Gallery. (Photo by C-M.)
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- National Gallery to receive emergency funding for repairs on its I.M. Pei-designed building. (Arts Journal.)
- The Saltz-master on the Met’s Pictures Generation show: “…it was a crackling time, and appropriation is too nice a word for how potent this style still is: Stealing and ransacking convey the atmosphere much better.”
- Art dealing: Now it’s all about old school.
- A Leonardo codex prepares to go public.
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- The art of Penguin science fiction. My favorite. Reminds me of the Cadillac Ranch in Texas. (Coudal.)
- Robots that make art out of shouting. (Arts Journal.)
- The Bat Segundo Show interviews Atom Egoyan. Interesting fact: he’s into airports.
- Highlights from the U.S. Pole Dancing Championships. Fascinating.
- Word on the street.
- Today’s Street Art: 0331c in Russia.
- An undulating brick wall built by a robot.
- Nicolai Ourosoff takes on Calatrava’s transit hub at the World Trade Center site: “The result is a monument to the creative ego that celebrates Mr. Calatrava’s engineering prowess but little else.” Yowza.
- As it undergoes as makeover by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lincoln Center turns 50. More here.
- For those who delight in the bashing of anything built after 1700: Prince Charles is giving a talk at the Royal Institute of British Architects tomorrow.
- Your moment of subway announcements. (@sashafrerejones.)