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Meme Alert: Meet “Sci-Fi Ai” Weiwei

Yesterday, news broke that Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is the star of a new short sci-fi film called “The Sandstorm,” recently shot in Beijing by director Jason Wishnow with cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Ai plays a smuggler in a dystopian world without water. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to reimagine Ai in some of our favorite films. We’ve got him bouncing between cyberpunk and steampunk, dabbling in literary-inspired fantasy, and even stepping in for Harrison Ford as Han Solo to pilot the Millennium Falcon (see above).


John Maloof On “Finding Vivian Maier”

In 2007, John Maloof, a 26-year-old real estate agent, bought a box of old photographs and negatives at a storage unit auction in Chicago. The contents turned out to be the work of a longtime nanny named Vivian Maier, who was also secretly a prolific artist whose work resembled the great street photographers of the 1950s and ’60s. Since then, interest in the work has exploded, culminating in coverage by every major news outlet, two shows at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, and, most recently, a documentary that Maloof co-directed with Charlie Siskel, which debuts in theaters today. ARTINFO’s Ashton Cooper caught up with Maloof to ask about making the film, creating an archive of 100,000 photographs, and how Vivian Maier changed his life.


Lady Gaga Gallery to Hit NYC

In case New Yorkers didn’t get quite enough of Lady Gaga’s arty antics with Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, and Inez & Vinoodh at her ARTPOP release party last November, the art-obsessed pop star is returning to the city, this time to launch the Lady Gaga Gallery. The pop-up gallery is at THE OUT NYC, a hotel in Times Square, and isn’t really showing contemporary art, but functions more as a promotion for Gaga’s recently released “G.U.Y.” video and seven upcoming shows at Roseland Ballroom. From March 28 through April 10,  the costumes, props, and other ephemera from the  G.U.Y. video will be on view.


Nicholas Lowry Talks “Antiques Roadshow”

“Antiques Roadshow” fans, some of your questions about the mysteries of on-air appraisal magic have been answered. In an extensive interview published Tuesday morning, A.V. Club’s John Teti probed Nicholas D. Lowry, longtime auctioneer for the show and president of Swann Galleries, about the nuances of the program’s appraisals and some his most memorable experiences from the road. (more…)

Instagrams of the Art World: Kiki Smith, Olaf Breuning, RIP Jan Hoet

Half Gallery’s Bill Powers clearly has some explaining to do. (more…)

Instagrams of the Art World: Simmons, “Krugier,” and Wall-Painting with Pawel

Artist Laurie Simmons, whose show “Kigurumi, Dollers, and How We See” opens at Salon 94 on March 7, showed some cross-disciplinary love when she posted this recent work noting that it was inspired by a story by Canadian writer Sheila Heti. (more…)

Brooklyn Museum to Host a Panel with “Orange is the New Black” Author Piper Kerman

In addition to holding events with Congressman John Lewis, Feminist art icon Judy Chicago, and Poet Sonia Sanchez this March, the Brooklyn Museum will also present a panel led by Piper Kerman on the subject of criminal justice reform. Author of the memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” the inspiration for the widely praised Netflix series of the same name, Kerman will moderate a conversation with three other previously incarcerated women who have led the charge for reform in the prison system.


Instagrams of the Art World: The Too Young To Fail Edition with Smith, Murillo, and Cortright

Among the names that regularly grace the major auctions — Bacon, Koons, Richter —  next week in London, contemporary art sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips will be touting works by much greener contenders, young artists some of whom have never been at auction before and others who have only been at auction once or twice. In response, there has been a lot of chatter on the internet recently about the IPO-like fervor that surrounds the auctioning of works by these young artists before they’ve had a chance to mature as artists, let alone as humans, and the potentially deleterious effect to their careers that speculating on their work can have. We’ve checked in with Instagram to see how some of these young artists, and in some cases dealers and collectors, are handling all of the attention pre-auction. Here’s what we found.


Instagrams of the Art World: Paris Hilton Rocks Barbara Kruger, and More

With artists, art dealers, and collectors heading out to Los Angeles for Art Los Angeles Contemporary, there were bound to be some celebrities caught in their Instagramming. Here, artist Alex Israel snapped a picture of Paris Hilton wearing a pair of Barbara Kruger sunglasses. But plebes can also pick up a pair of these glasses, which are part of an art project with Freeway and For Your Art, at Art L.A. Contemporary. (more…)

George Clooney Caper Spawns Museum Exhibitions


The upcoming George Clooney-directed film “The Monuments Men,” which recounts the efforts of the same-named platoon of soldiers that, during World War II, sought to track down the many invaluable artworks seized by the Nazis, has inspired at least a couple of American museums to mount exhibitions related to the exploits of the unit chronicled in the star-studded movie. This exceptional chapter in recent art history will be the subject of a new permanent installation at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans,  a historical display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City — whose first two directors were Monuments Men alumni — and a temporary exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (AAA). (more…)