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. 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
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Looks like there’s more than one summer book sale in Chelsea. Yesterday we posted about David Zwirner’s annual pop-up bookstore, but while you’re in the neighborhood why not stop by Printed Matter’s Summer Warehouse Sale. Starting tomorrow, most of the store’s art books and other ephemera will be discounted at up to 40 percent.
The National Academy in New York has announced that it has added 13 new visual artists and architects to its ranks. Among the elected 2014 National Academicians are Ida Applebroog, Jane Dickson, Martin Puryear, Edward Ruscha, Joan Semmel, Stanley Whitney, Peter Bohlin, Preston Scott Cohen, Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, Eric Owen Moss, Antoine Predock, and Charles Renfro.
The NYPD is investigating a pair of bleached white American flags discovered on top of the Brooklyn Bridge’s towers in the early hours of Tuesday morning. While police aren’t yet sure who is responsible, they believe the incident could be an artwork.
At this morning’s press conference for Christopher Williams’s MoMA show “The Production Line of Happiness” — opening July 27 — curator Roxana Marcoci discussed the artist’s “truly cross-disciplinary” practice and how it encouraged “different ways of seeing.” Williams himself talked about how he felt uncomfortable being considered both a Conceptual artist and a photographer at all. Yet for some critics in attendance, the truly hot-button issue seemed to be the exhibition’s lack of wall labels; I observed one journalist railing to Marcoci herself about this decision, evincing a level of passion normally reserved for Middle Eastern politics.
Last night, Luxembourg’s Culture Ministry announced that artist Filip Markiewicz is set to represent the country at next year’s Venice Biennale. Markiewicz, who splits his time between Luxembourg and Hamburg, was chosen from 17 proposals by a jury composed of Muhka director Bart de Baere, artist Martine Feipel, art critic and curator Paul di Felice, Culture Ministry rep Claudine Hemmer, and Mudam director Enrico Lunghi.
If you’re in the market for some summer reading, head over to David Zwirner’s 525 W 19th Street location for the gallery’s annual pop-up bookstore. It opened yesterday and will run through August 1. Presented with ARTBOOK | D.A.P., the sale will include signed artist catalogues, new publications, DVDs, posters, and other ephemera.
Despite its monumental size (standing at 54-feet-tall) and weight (clocking in at close to one ton), Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber duck sculpture has vanished following heavy flooding in southwestern China’s Guiyang city. The duck was anchored by a 10-ton metal platform on the Nanming River last Wednesday when it “flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood,” said Yan Jianxin, who helped to coordinate the exhibition, to China Real Time. This isn’t the first time the duck has been damaged — it deflated once before while showing in Hong Kong. Continue Reading
Independent Curators International (ICI) has chosen Greek entrepreneur and art collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos to receive its 2014 Leo Award (named for Leo Castelli) at the organization’s annual benefit on November 17. The ICI has picked Daskalopoulos for the work he has done with both the D.Daskalopoulos Collection and his arts non-profit NEON.
Recently, Jeff Bailey announced his gallery’s plans to leave Chelsea by early August in order to focus on the Hudson, New York outpost he’d opened earlier in 2014. (Bailey plans to still keep an office in Manhattan.) He’s got good company upstate, from Retrospective (helmed by Zach Feuer and Joel Mesler) to John Davis Gallery, Jack Shainman’s School (technically in Kinderhook, but close enough) and that ego-temple known as the Marina Abramović Institute. Hudson—easily accessible by train, and a bit over a 2-hour drive by car—continues to be the art-world émigré town of choice. (It doesn’t seem to have affected property values as of yet—a cursory check of real estate listings turns up plenty of multi-bedroom houses that are considerably cheaper than a closet in Brighton Beach would be.)