Kenny Scharf (kennyscharf) gave some love to his “main man,” Mr. Spock — RIP, Mr. Nimoy.
You probably remember Himanshu Suri, a.k.a. “Heems,” as half of Das Racist, the New York rap group who hit the Internet running with their single “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” in 2008. From there, they produced three albums’ worth of tracks that took on politics in step with alliterative lists of junk food — a career perhaps best summed up by the cheeky hypnotic loop of a chorus on 2010’s “hahahaha jk?”: “We’re not joking. Just joking, we are joking. Just joking, we’re not joking,” and so on. Now, however, Suri has jumped into the (marginally) more serious business of curating his own gallery show: “Eat Pray Thug,” the same moniker he’s given his forthcoming solo album, which runs through March 10 at Aicon Gallery on Great Jones Street. The multimedia group show of artists with ties to India and Pakistan, including Suri himself, also features a parallel series of live events, including an appearance from Muslim punk band The Kominas on March 7.
Don’t let the name fool you — the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) isn’t just about moving pictures. Or, well, not entirely anyway: Thanks to the festival’s ongoing Artists Awards Program, winners in each of its eight categories don’t just get a trophy, they get to take home a contemporary artwork. And now, we know which artists will be providing the 2015 awards: Longtime contributors Stephen Hannock and Clifford Ross return, joined by newcomers Daniel Arsham, Robert Bordo, Elizabeth Colomba, Prune Nourry, Jean Pagliuso, and Piers Secunda. See below for more images of the works — Arsham’s “Ash Eroded Film Reel” (below) feels especially topical — and/or see for yourself in person at the free public exhibition, held from April 13 to 22 and 24 to 25, 9 am to 5 pm, at the TFF’s 50 Varick Street headquarters.
No, you haven’t been transported to a warehouse party in 2006 — Hot Chip is indeed releasing a new album, titled “Why Make Sense?” (à la a slightly more Socratic Talking Heads), and to celebrate, in a rather sensical move given the flagging CD market, they’ve decided to make each edition of the album unique. With help from “a never-before-used bespoke printing technique,” each cover will feature a slight distinctive variation on Nick Relph’s optical-illusory design (above), backed by any one of 501 different colors. Check out a GIF that cycles through each shade below — plus, a video for their new single “Huarache Lights,” because it certainly helps to have some light electronica to accompany the trip-friendly visuals.
Okay, Klaus Biesenbach (klausbiesenbach) stepped up his Instagram game hard this week. It was achingly, impossibly difficult to choose between this tease of Bjork’s newly restored swan dress and this one in which he lofts “82 white roses – hand delivered” toward the camera as if offering you love itself — but in the end, we had to go with the above image, a birthday missive to Jerry Saltz, which is apparently also an “impersonation as werner herzog and klaus kinski from ‘mein liebster feind,’” which, just, yes.
Want to chill out and listen to some ambient house music, man? No, it’s not just an invitation from your stoned cousin anymore — this time, the request is coming from 2003 Venice Biennale Gold Lion winner Oliver Payne. On March 5, Payne will take over the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) at 9 pm sharp for a “performance,” which as far as we can tell won’t consist so much of any particular performative actions on the artist’s part as it will a giant listening party for “Chill Out,” the concept album by late-80s British house band KLF. (For those yet unfamiliar, check out its diffuse, sound effect laden 44 plus minutes in full, below.)
The “rock star as Jesus” metaphor is a well worn one, to be sure — from David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” to Kanye West’s “Yeezus” to Aldous Snow’s “African white space Christ“ — but now thanks to sculptor Nick Reynolds, things have gotten pretty literal for Libertines frontman Pete Doherty. In 2008, Reynolds, known for his “death masks,” fitted Doherty with a full body cast and transformed his life-size likeness into a traditional white marble crucifix, titled “For Pete’s Sake” (har har), which will now hang at London’s St. Marylebone Parish Church from February 20 to March 17. (Here’s some pictures of forlorn-looking stone Doherty, suspended in all his messianic glory.) The piece joins other crucifixion-themed art for curator Ben Moore’s second annual “Stations of the Cross” exhibition, organized by as a fundraiser for the Missing Tom Fund, named for his brother who disappeared in 2003; after the exhibition ends, the Doherty cross will go on sale for £33,000.
Miami is prepping for a big weekend, what with all the art fairs and boat shows and music festivals — but one thing we’re not quite sure anyone could adequately prepare for is the third annual Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM) Urban and Street Art Exhibit and Auction. Sure, it’s set to include all the usual suspects — Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring — but press materials revealed the event would also feature a live demo from ”aspiring street artist Chris Brown.” Yes, that Chris Brown.
Are you ready for Björk? Because this year, you’re going to get a lot of Björk. The Icelandic singer, who recently dropped an amazing album — called “Vulnicura,” in typically obscure fashion — on everybody’s heads two months before its scheduled release date (and dropped a revealing and tearful interview in conjunction), will be the subject of a massive retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, opening March 7, and will follow it up with a string of intimate shows in New York City. Sadly, there is no smartphone app attached to this release.