- Brian Droitcour has been reviewing galleries on Yelp and it’s fucking hilarious. And I’m burning with jealousy that I didn’t think of this first.
- Pundit tracker. They should have this for art writers. I’m sure I’d be toast.
- Alan Turing and his tragic end: A stunning Radiolab piece about the man who conceived of computers.
- A couple of weeks back I was reading Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner and publicly wondered on Twitter why so much contemporary American fiction is peopled by adolescent man-children. @tejalrao responded with this excellent essay.
- Nuanced bit on Thomas Kinkade versus the Art Industry, by Doug Harvey. (Even if the white type on black background seems designed to leave you half blind.)
- An informative wrap-up on a couple of panels at New York Law School about the boundary between appropriation and plagiarism.
- Speaking of which, a fascinating sidebar related to copyright: who owns the text of our laws?
- Welcome to my new timesuck: the ICAA and the MFAH in Houston have put all kinds of tasty Latin American art documents online. (@tylergreendc.)
- Wish I was going to be in Peru in time to see this: A group of artists is going to be painting murals at Cerro de Pasco, a polluted, high-altitude town that sits alongside an open-pit mine producing zinc and silver. The mining company is trying to relocate the city (which has more than 100,000 residents) so that it can expand its operations.
- Speaking of which: the organizers of the Cerro de Pasco event should invite Elliot Urcuhuaranga. His stuff is beautiful.
- Restoration Hardware goes graffiti. (@notrobwalker.)
- Helpful tip for the art media: If you want to get the press office at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art to actually return your calls, tell them you want to do a spread on Jeffrey Deitch’s house.
- Exit Art and its final show. I’m gonna miss this scrappy space. (Hyperallergic.)
- Saving brutalism: not so easy.
- 20 arts institutions on Tumblr.
- On biophony, the sound of all living organisms.
- Sort of related: Cage on Cage — Nicolas does John. (Thank you, Will Brand.)
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Cash For Your Warhol, by Hargo (aka Geoff Hargadon).
I’ve organized a little online show for the folks behind the Add-Art Firefox plug-in that riffs on advertising and selling out. For the purpose of this digital gathering, I’ve teamed up with eight brand name vandals — Stikman, Skewville, infinity, Hargo, eko, Celso, Cake and Abe Lincoln Jr. – to replace all of those annoying web ads with something waaaay artier and entertaining. (Haven’t heard of the plug-in? You can read all about it here and download it here.)
In this post, find examples of each of the artists’ “campaigns.” To see the complete series of pieces that each artist created (along with an explanatory write-up of the show), visit Add-Art.org.
Special thanks to Hana Newman for pulling this together.
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.
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.
Skewville just debuted a brand, spankin’ new website that chronicle 13 years of Skewy mayhem – on and off the street. Check it out.
Hilarious. (Photo by Celso.)
Hooray for the Red, White and Blue: All Supply, No Demand by Skewville in NYC. (Photo by shoehorn99.)
- Artist website blocked at art museum due to “adult content.”
- Gap founder gives up plan for a big museum in S.F.’s Presidio.
- Steals and Deals: Bernie Madoff associate Ezra Merkin forced to sell art collection.
- In sort of related news: Dutch arts official vanishes after the discovery that he had embezzled €15.5 million from an arts organization’s accounts. (Arts Journal.)
- The Vatican has announced that it has found what is believed to be a Michelangelo self-portrait. And a U.S. scholar claims to have found a self-portrait by Rembrandt as a 16-year-old. (Arts Journal.)
- Tickets and their machines.
- More reasons why the Saltz-master should have a blog.
- Roast Beef Dinner: A cool Thiebaud in Toledo.
- The Day in Fictional Bankruptcies.
- Ooh ooh, the Deutsche Bank Art Mag story about bloggers is also available in English. And, guess what? We’re “controversial!”
- When architectural installations imitate Tony Cragg.
- The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African photographs, a searchable database. (Coudal.)
- A previously unpublished view of the Tienanmen “Tank Man.”
- Today’s Street Art: Lister in Sydney.
- Graffiti as proselytizing tool: A Q&A with Jesus Saves.
- For the Typography Geeks: A new font based on Brazilian Pixaçao graffiti.
- The architecture of Michael Jackson’s Neverland compound. Photo essay here.
- Trippy: the glass balcony at the Sears Tower.
- An installation made with hula hoops.
- Your moment of breakdancing Stormtrooper. (Gracias, Celso.)