This week, by far our favorite Instagram discovery has got to be the beautiful geniuses over at FoolsDoArt, two Squarespace employees who spend their free time recreating classic artworks with office supplies and raw determination. If we had our druthers, we’d just do an entire thread of their works — “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” are especially priceless — but we’ve got a whole seven days of phone-snapped artistry to catalogue, and holiday-ish artistry at that. See, below. (And meanwhile, thank you, Washington Post, for devoting virtual column inches to this well worthy phenomenon.)
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Frieze New York returns this year from May 14 to 17 with over 190 galleries hailing from 33 countries — including first-timers Acquavella, Blum & Poe, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Matthew Marks, Pace, and Skarstedt. Also new this year is the “Spotlight” section, first introduced at Frieze Masters, which will be dedicated to solo presentations by 20th century artists. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, this inaugural “Spotlight” features 16 galleries but only 15 artists, due to solo presentations for Lynn Hershman Leeson at both San Francisco’s Gallery Paule Anglim and Brussels’s Waldburger Wouters. Check out the full gallery list, below.
Phillips’ rocking $14.2 million “The Collector: Icons of Design” auction on Tuesday evening was led by Isamu Noguchi’s spectacular and rare “The Goodyear Table, for A. Conger Goodyear” from 1939 that sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for a record $4,450,500. New York dealer Christophe van de Weghe was the underbidder.
On Wednesday, Jerusalem’s Israel Museum announced the winner of the third biennial Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography as American photographer and experimental filmmaker Lisa Oppenheim. Chosen from a pool of 160 applicants spanning 28 countries, Oppenheim will receive $45,000 to continue her prospective project, “Imprint (Shroud of Turin).” Prize jurors included Quentin Bajac, MoMA’s chief photography curator; Monika Faber, founder and director of the Vienna’s Photoinstitut Bonartes; and Galit Eilat, co-curator of the 2014 São Paulo Biennial, among others.
“Portlandia” returns for its fourth season on January 8th, and though you may well have heard from some other source — friends, Tumblr, artisanal semaphore — we got our news courtesy of photographer Catherine Opie. Opie, who was first and perhaps best known for her no-holds-barred portraits of the queer and kink communities in the 90s, chose to photograph starring duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein first in a more subdued, classical style (below), then also played on the idea of Portland’s worldliness rather literally with an electric-blue globe-themed shot. “My portraits are so quiet and so still, and they’re also really serious, that I was a little bit surprised at first that they wanted to go for my style,” said Opie in a video interview, noting she’s been a “Porlandia” fan since Season 1. “But they wanted that style actually because as a comedian, you don’t need to make comic-looking images.” Check out the full posters, below — and join us in crossing our fingers that next the “Portlandia” marketing team commissions a commercial from Kenneth Anger.
Keen on reading aloud? Then consider signing up for an hour-long slot in the Guggenheim’s continuous live reading of On Kawara’s ”One Million Years,” which will take place as part of the retrospective “On Kawara – Silence,” set to run February 6 to May 3, 2015. From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the exhibition, a male and a female reader will continue the tradition begun with the work’s first presentation at New York’s Dia Center for the Arts in 1993, taking turns reciting from the lengthy list of years printed in the volumes “One Million Years Past” or “One Million Years Future.” Volunteers are welcome to sign up for more than one session — and just in case the prospect of reciting dates weren’t incentive enough, will receive free admission to the exhibition for the day for their reading. For more information, check out the Guggenheim’s website, or for those who need no more convincing, e-mail email@example.com with “Volunteer” in the subject line.
In the strangest actor-musician news since Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground, A.V. Club is reporting that Vincent D’Onofrio (of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” fame) is now part of an experimental spoken-word duo whose first single is called “I’m A Hamster.” (Dana Lyn provides jittery string accompaniment. There are also some horns.) “I’m a hamster with a chip on my shoulder. I don’t like metal, it’s the wrong color,” D’Onofrio snarls. “I like browns and off-whites. Let’s not talk about the wheel!” The most shocking thing about this 1:34 slice of weirdness? It’s not half bad. The single is from a full-length album due March 3; Detective Robert Goren and Lyn play Joe’s Pub in New York on December 20.
This very niche 2015 calendar is “like the FDNY Firemen calendar, but with levels and nitrile gloves instead of axes and fire pants,” and it can be yours for a mere $15. The cheeky 12-month celebration of New York’s art handling community pays homage to the mostly unsung heroes who hang, adjust, cart, and finesse so many expensive objects from the clutter of the studio to the rarified confines of the white cube. “Collectively we work for several major New York City institutions (a couple in funny shaped buildings), galleries, art-trucking companies, universities, and a private artist studio,” said Zaq Landsberg, one of the project organizers and models. “I believe this is the first art handler calendar ever — definitely the first made by art handlers.” The calendar skews toward muscular men holding drills, with a few female handlers in the mix.
It feels only appropriate to start this post off with a rousing “1-2-3-4!” — the same rallying cry with which Dee Dee Ramone began so many of his seminal punk group’s crash-bang minute-plus tracks. As appears to be the case with many musicians these days (see: Neil Young’s car watercolors), the Ramones bassist who penned “53rd & 3rd” and “Rockaway Beach” also had an art career before his tragic demise in 2002. His cartoonish, neon-backed paintings — self-portraits, band portraits, lengthy comic fantasy sequences about Sid Vicious — are now on view at the Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery through January 1, mere doors down from the building he and fellow ’70s scenesters once called home. And to add to the Dee Dee of it all, facing his art is a wall of photographs showcasing his signature smirk and dark mop of hair, from the red-backed Mick Rock photo that became the cover for The Ramones’ “End of the Century” to candid concert shots by Bob Gruen, Ed Perlstein, Stephanie Chernikowski, and Stanley Ryan Jones; a set by Keith Green in which Dee Dee poses on a Hotel Chelsea balcony seems particularly fitting.