In Cajamarca, Peru. The city where Atahualpa, the last sovereign leader of the Incas, would meet his death at the hands of the Spaniards after being ransomed for a room full of gold and silver. (Photos by C-M.)
- Floating cakes. (An explanation here.)
- The science of good dancing. The video is amazing. (The Rumpus.)
- Blogging about not blogging. So true.
- Nieman Lab has an interesting white paper about the legal issues surrounding blog aggregation.
- Historical types annoyed by Murakami at Versailles. Seriously? ‘Cuz lord knows if those saucy French royals were still eating cake today, they’d each have a Murakami. And a Koons and a Hirst and a Richard Prince and a…
- The art industrial average is waaaay down: Damien Hirst’s auction sales have shrunk by 93%. (@artfagcity.)
- Plus: Hirst, alleged plagiarist.
- Structural damage from the earthquake leaves Chilean contemporary art museum unable to open in time for bicentennial celebration.
- Tourist dust may be damaging the Sistine Chapel. (Arts Journal.)
- David Alfaro Siqueiros mural in L.A. is taking forever to repair.
- “No more jokes about Duchamp. Absolutely no more jokes about art fairs. In fact, no more jokes about the art world for a while; a moratorium has been called.” That’s Jen Graves on humor and art, advancing a highly dangerous idea that could put C-Monster out of business.
- A digital record of Mexico’s treasures in Spain.
- Culture Pundits is organizing a conversation about art on Twitter.
- The photographs of Renee Nowytarger.
- A funny-smart conversation between Erin Donovan and Joanne McNeil about the state of chick flicks. The portion about Matthew McConaughey is spectacular.
- Medical wood block prints from 19th century Japan.
- Heart As Arena is reviewing Japanese noise musician Merzbow 50-CD set, one day at time. Pithy and funny. Makes me want to listen in with him.
- Haiku poetry street art. (On a related note: Peggy Denby of Keep Atlanta Beautiful sounds like a total buzzkill.)
- Today’s Street Art: Caravan of creatures by El-Tinas and Pelucas in Spain.
- Ronald McDonald reusable menstrual pads. Including one with the Hamburglar. Amazing. (Thank you, Jeff. I have no idea why you were surfing the web for reusable menstrual pads, but I’ll take it.)
The landscape surrounding the Nazca Lines, in Peru. (Photo by ryangerald.)
- Must. Get. The alien abduction lamp. (@pourmecoffee.)
- Undocumented immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in services.
- Ocean dead zones around the world. There’s a lot of deadness around the U.S. (Cool Green Science.)
- Paint-huffing hallucinations differ by hue. Apparently gold, chrome and silver provide the most vivid trips.
- Tangentially related: Ben Davis has an insightful essay on the Brion Gysin legacy.
- Why Mad Men’s producers know more about art than Work of Art producers, tied into a larger post about Japanese tentacle rape. I am in writerly awe.
- Sorta related: A critique of James Franco’s General Hospital performative performance art performances. (You can see all of ‘em for a little while on Hulu right here.) Skip the first two episodes (zzzzzz, thud). But be sure to catch the July 23rd show, in which Franco’s “killer” performance goes down. We not only get to see that James Franco has a remarkable dentist, but both Jeffrey Deitch AND Kalup Linzy make an appearance at around Minute 10. (Memo to Mr. Deitch: Keep your day job. Please.) The shit really starts to get crazy at Minute 33, complete with Kalup Linzy in drag and Franco going kooky on a stairwell, all set to the tune of Tears for Fears’ Mad World. Oh fuck yes, it’s the best thing I’ve seen all year. SPOILER: Franco took the baby. P.S.: Maya’s a bitch for freezing up after Ethan’s shooting. (@artfagcity.)
- Painting of Conan the Barbarian goes for a cool $1.5 million.
- Rob Pruitt, on glitter.
- Mondrian liked to boogie. (@SFMOMA.)
- RIP Doug Ohlson.
- A highly interesting interview with Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida about art, money and #class. With a sorta related follow-up by Jen Graves here.
- Through the windows of his taxi: The photographs of Oscar Fernández Gómez. Wow.
- Museum Cake Report: PS1.
- Fascinating story in the NYT Magazine on maintaining privacy and disparate identities in the age of the internet. Plus: An interesting essay from Walter Kirn on when the business of culture is of more interest than culture itself.
- Death tattoos.
- Obama gives the British Prime Minister a painting lithograph by Ed Ruscha, who gives Obama a work by British street artist Eine, who thought the whole thing was a gag at first. Plus: A profile of Eine about the hubbub. Interesting fact: the piece given to Obama was show at Brooklyn art space Ad Hoc back in 2008. (Los Angeles Times, @ARTnewsmag.)
- Today’s Vaguely Picasso-esque Graffiti Monster: Courtesy of Tosco in Lisboa.
- Snøhetta chosen to design SFMOMA’s expansion. A photo essay of the firm’s work. Plus: The museum has a helpful post on the letter ø.
- What a Wonderful World, death metal edition. OMFG. (Make the Logo Bigger.)
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The Toquepala open-pit copper mine in southern Peru. (Image courtesy of NASA.)
- The Charles Bukowski Hollywood Tour.
- Architect David Adjaye is fighting insolvency. (@artnetdotcom.)
- The Art Industrial Average is in the Pooper: How L.A.’s art galleries are weathering the economic sinkhole (by expanding); Seattle’s Henry hunkers down.
- Plus: Art collectors are selling. But vewy vewy quietly.
- Virginia Museum to get a trove of Expressionist art, including pieces by Kirchner and Kandinsky. (Arts Journal.)
- The V&A and Royal College of Art in London to close their joint conservation training program. (Arts Journal.)
- In sort of related news: Rock Center’s Deco murals get a spring cleaning.
- Gina Lollobrigida gets her own photo retrospective at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.
- MoMA’s cooking up an exhibit of art related to the Bauhaus. More on Bauhaus-a-palooza here.
- Rent-an-artist: The world of art escorts. (Bloggy.)
- A gallery of vintage magazine graphic design. Who knew that Sunset looked vaguely cool in the 1930s.
- Human bodies glow.
- Today’s Graff: Ignoto in Brazil.
- Moscow’s historic architecture is being destroyed at a faster rate than any other city in Europe, says a report.
- The day in government border architecture.
- Some rad photos of Studio Gang’s craggy Aqua Tower in Chicago.
- The raddest looking barn.
- Your moment of panda bread.
Tita3 in Peru. (Photo by enteserhumano.)
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- The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. (ackackack.)
- ArtNews‘s Top 200 Collectors.
- Dang, do I love me some lawsuit: Brooklyn’s River Café suing over salt water damage suffered from Olafur Eliasson’s waterfalls. (@kenwheaton.)
- The Art Industrial Average Continues Its Downward Slide: The market sinks at London auctions.
- After all the brouhaha about wanting it back, the Euphronios krater isn’t exactly attracting awe-struck crowds in Italy.
- One word: Plastics. They don’t live as long as we thought they did. (Arts Journal.)
- Sarah Jessica Parker talks to ArtNet for “literally three minutes” about her new art reality show. (Animal.)
- The Guardian crowdsources coverage of Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project. Plus: Rupert Christiansen at the Telegraph reports that the installation has already become a bore. (Best of 3.)
- Speaking of crowds: LACMA is dealing with Michael Jackson mourners intent on getting as close as they can to Koons’ sculpture of Jackson with Bubbles.
- The week in art world conflict: Philip Smith was left out of the Met’s Pictures Generation show and the Saltz-Master isn’t gonna take it anymore. Plus: Greg.org takes on the wall text.
- Photographs of Cuba by Ernesto Bazan.
- In other news: Alberto Gonzales finally found a job.
- Today’s Street Art: Amose in Tokyo.
- In time for Christmas? Zaha Hadid’s Chicago pavilion – which was supposed to open in June – still not open.
- Design schemes for NOLA homes from Brad Pitt’s architectural foundation.
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s various designs for the Guggenheim.
- Priceless: An open letter to Dwell Magazine.
- Your moment of Have You Heard of Hip-Hop?
Restaurante Royal. (Photo by C-M.)
Neo-classical silhouette? Check.
Garish color palette? Check.
Acres of reflective glass? Check.
Italianate balustrades? Check.
Fu lions? Check.
Narchitecture has been achieved.