Half Gallery’s Bill Powers clearly has some explaining to do. (more…)
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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.
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.
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…)
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…)
Art Production Fund director Casey Fremont posted this regram of Jay Z visiting the Warhol Museum. (more…)
When it made its public debut in October 2012 (after two years of testing), Artsy was one of the most anticipated new members of the online art community. Today, the start-up led by chief executive and founder Carter Cleveland and president and COO Sebastian Cwilich divulges some stats in its first annual report. (more…)
One day after news broke that Dia Art Foundation director Philippe Vergne was slated to be L.A. MOCA’s new director, this image was snapped of Vergne seen here with outgoing MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The two must have been taking in a little theater, as Theaster Gates was performing his 2012 work “See, Sit, Sup, Sing: Holding Court” at the museum as part of its series “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.” Adding further mystery to the image, Jewish Museum deputy director Jens Hoffmann, who took the pic, wrote, “History in the making Philip getting his first check from Jeffrey.” He later clarified, “Jeffry is donating $500 to LA MOCA.” Priceless. (more…)
If, like millions of others on Thursday morning, you pored over the 2014 Academy Awards nominations, you may have noticed the conspicuous absence of a documentary about one of the most controversial artists of the past year (not unlike 2013’s nominees, in fact). Indeed, earlier this month the BBC reported that a documentary feature about the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot, “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” had made the shortlist in the Documentary Feature category. Like “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” before it, “Punk Prayer” failed to receive a nomination, another art documentary did make the cut: The splendid, sensitive, and endearing “Cutie and the Boxer.” (more…)