- Oakland, Calif.: Rune Olsen, If Only…, at Johansson Projects, opens Thursday. Opening reception on Friday, June 4, at 5pm.
- L.A.: Mary Reid Kelly at Susanne Vielmetter Projects, through June 12.
- L.A.: Jose Bedía, Faces in the Landscape, at Latin American Masters, through June 12.
- Pasadena: Stitches, at the Armory Center for the Arts, through June 6.
- Austin: Matisse as Printmaker at the Blanton Museum of Art, through Aug. 22.
- San Antonio: On the Road, at Artpace Gallery, through Sept. 5.
- Washington, D.C.: Yves Klein at the Hirshhorn, through Sept. 12. (The Art Newspaper.)
- NYC: Seven Easy Steps: Spiritual Ecstacies at Horton Gallery, opens today.
- NYC: Provocateurs of Japanese Photography, at Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, opens Wednesday at 6pm.
- NYC: Artlog’s Summer Art Guide Party and Benefit, at The Gates, this Wednesday at 8pm.
- NYC: Oil and Water, at Coleman Bancroft and Gallery Schlesinger, through June 13.
- Hudson, N.Y.: Andrew Dunhill: Sculpture, at John Davis Gallery, in Hudson, opens on Thursday at 6pm.
- Lincoln, England: Silent Witness: Graphic Novels Without Words, at The Collection, Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire, opens Saturday.
- Paris: Impossible Photography: Paris Prisons, at the Musée Carnavalet, through July 4.
- Berlin: Minimalism Germany 1960s, at the Daimler Contemporary, through May 30. (Art Fag City.)
- Milan: Paul McCarthy, Pig Island, at Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, through July 4. (See images here.)
- Why the U.S. pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai sucks balls — seriously, it looks like an Orange County office park. Not a pretty story. (@hragv.)
- In related news: The UK pavilion, designed by Heatherwick Studio, is FUCKING AWESOME. This video proves it. Plus: Fast Company decodes pavilion architecture. Hilarious.
- How to diss like Shakespeare. Handy.
- What happens to all that unused hotel soap? Here’s one answer.
- The Moment dissects Simone de Beauvoir’s “intellectual frump” look.
- The Turner Prize short list. Let the griping begin! (Arts Journal.)
- The Art Industrial Average is Up: Picasso painting sells for a buttload.
- ¡Art critic smackdown! Regina Hackett takes the NYT‘s Roberta Smith to task for her review of the Guggenheim’s Haunted show.
- Art that was once alive.
- Artists swapping services for health care in Brooklyn. More here. (Thank you, @ComicStripicus.)
- Photo Essay: Bill Owens’ Suburbia. Sorta related: Suburban Slovakia.
- Allen Ginsberg, photographer.
- Art Shred is in the latest issue of ARTnews. Yay!
- Design-conscious sex toys.
- Today’s Street Art: Michael Beerens’ angry swordfish in Paris.
- Seems like New York City wants to tear down this wall…Shepard Fairey’s wall.
- Os Gemeos has a new blog. I think I saw this guy on the subway today. (Coudal.)
- “Why they should let Jean Nouvel build every inch of his arrogant tower.”
- More arguments in architecture: Why the U.S. Supreme Court should keep its front door as an entrance. “That visitors can still leave via the grand front door is of little comfort. This relegates the opening promise of the portal — ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ — to the rearview mirror. It is no longer a promise at all, no longer an expectation of the visitor upon entrance. Now, to read it, the visitor must turn around, like Orpheus, and hope it wasn’t just an illusion.” (Modern Art Notes.)
- Mirror Man.
My interpretative dance in celebration of concrete.
Alls I gotta say is: Sweet. God. Almighty. (Photos by C-M.)
I’m not ordinarily a Whole Foods shopper, but I just HAD to visit the corporate HQ of America’s most blinged out supermarket chain while in Austin — and thankfully, my efforts were amply rewarded. The Whole Foods here is truly out-sized, with colors that are hallucinogenic and a baby boomer soundtrack that keeps the senses on total overload. I realized that it made perfect sense that this is a company that would emerge from Texas, a state that revels in doing everything on a larger-than-life scale. The whole experience was like entering an Andreas Gursky photo. With smells. And insane amounts of disposable plastic. And a three-foot tall chocolate fountain.
As totally insane as the whole place is, I have to tip my hat to the folks in corporate for the presence of the Bowie BBQ stand in the middle of the store. Their brisket sandwich KICKS ASS.
Partying hearty with the faux fraternity types. (Photos by C-M.)
While in Austin, @ktsmither gave us a tip that Test Site, a city arts lab, was hosting an event by artist Michael Smith (a.k.a. Baby Ikki). He and curator Jay Sanders had transformed a tony home in a well-to-do neighborhood into an art frat house — ΟΣΦ, Omicron Sigma Phi — and were staging a “reunion” party (complete with keg). From what I heard, the neighbors got slightly ruffled at the idea of some possibly vomitous revelry moving into the area. But fortunately this was a gentlemanly fraternity, channeling an a-capella-group-from-Amherst kind of vibe. So, we spent a pleasant afternoon drinking beer in the name of art — and then everyone gathered for a group shot on the front lawn. An all around excellent afternoon, made better by the fact that it’s now been enshrined as art.
Learn more about Test Site here.