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LA MOCA to Host the Largest Cameron Survey in Over 20 Years

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has announced plans to mount the biggest retrospective of the work of LA legend and artist Cameron in over 20 years. “Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman,” is set to run October 11 through January 11, 2015 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. The show will feature 91 artworks and ephemera — some believed lost until now — including paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, poetry, and important letters between the artist and her husband Jack Parsons, as well as mythologist Joseph Campbell. The show will also importantly highlight the recent publication “Songs for the Witch Woman,” produced by Fulgar Esoterica, which brings together Parsons poems with Cameron’s transcendent illustrations. Continue Reading

Cory Arcangel’s New Project Collects Your Tweets

Electric Literature tipped us off to the pending publication of Cory Arcangel’s Working on My Novel,” which, quite simply, is composed of tweets from strangers that include those four words. “What does it feel like to try and create something new?” the artist ponders on his website. “How is it possible to find a space for the demands of writing a novel in a world of instant communication?” Like many of Arcangel’s best ideas — including the one in which he automatically appends the caption “What a misunderstanding!” to New Yorker cartoons — it’s simple and hilarious. We can’t wait to curl up on the couch and pore through these tweets — wearing a Surfware hoodie, naturally.

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UK Gov Pledges £5M More to Glasgow Art School

UK culture secretary Sajid Javid called the staff and students of the Glasgow School of Art an inspiration on a visit to the art school yesterday, July 24. The school’s historic Mackintosh Building tragically went up in flames on May 23, and both the building and student artworks inside were left seriously damaged. “The resilience shown by the staff and students since the terrible fire is a real inspiration,” Javid said.

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Instagrams of the Art World: Wet Pomeranians, Elton John, Fire Island, and More

The Hole’s Kathy Grayson (kathy__grayson) gave her famous Pomeranian, Bertram — who happens to have his own instagram account (bertiebertthepom) — a bath this week and it was adorable.

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Alexandra Peers Named Culture Editor at New York Observer

News of more shifting around in the art blogosphere came through the wire today when Capital announced that Alexandra Peers has been named the next culture editor of the New York Observer. She will be taking over for Sarah Douglas, who recently moved over to ARTnews as the magazine’s new editor-in-chief. Continue Reading

Art World Drinks: A Garry Winogrand Negroni

In 1955, Garry Winogrand turned his camera on New York’s iconic nightclub El Morocco and captured the venue’s glamorous clientele in what we can only assume were alcohol-fueled nights of revelry. For an appropriately boozy companion to Winogrand’s bacchanalian (and slightly terrifying) photo, “El Morocco, New York,” we looked to an iconic drink of the era  — the Negroni.

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Asian Art Museum Names Tianlong Jiao as Chinese Art Curator

Tianlong Jiao has been named as the new curator of Chinese art at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Starting September 15, Jiao will organize special exhibitions for the museum and oversee its Chinese collection. He comes to the Asian Art Museum from the Hong Kong Maritime Museum where he was chief curator. Jiao is an expert in Chinese archaeology and early Chinese art history and has been part of more than thirty archaeological excavations in China.

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Warhol, Diebenkorn, and Lawrence Works Donated to Stanford’s Cantor Center

Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center announced today three significant gifts that will add artwork and other materials by Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jacob Lawrence to its collection.

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Iceage Gets Cinematic With “The Lord’s Favorite”

Copenhagen band Iceage just dropped this captivatingly absurd video, directed by multi-hyphenate artist Cali ‘Thornhill’ Dewitt. The noise-punk quartet adds something approaching an unexpected country shuffle to the song, as band members jump up and down in slow motion and occasionally dose themselves in champagne. Overall, the self-consciously cinematic aesthetic seems to nod to another Dane: Nicolas Winding Refn, director of “Drive”and the “Pusher” trilogy. There’s no word yet on the release date for the next Iceage full-length, but the band will tour the States in the fall, including Philadelphia and New York dates in October.

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Bay Area Experimental Space the LAB Gets a Boost From New Leadership

The LAB, one of the Bay Area’s most renowned experimental art spaces, is making a comeback and getting a noticeable facelift under the new leadership of curator Dena Beard, according to a recent article by Christian L. Frock for KQED Arts. Formerly assistant curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Beard will step up as executive director at the LAB on August 1. She plans to launch a major effort to revitalize the non-profit space by renovating the gallery and performance spaces, organizing targeted fundraising events, and teaming up with founding artists like Alan Miller, who will serve as board president. Continue Reading