Katy Perry (katyperry) did some copious instagramming during a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago where she snapped images of several iconic Magritte works in addition to this selfie with Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”
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Sited in what was formerly a streetwear-focused shoe store, the bar currently known as Beverly’s opened in February of 2013 in Chinatown. Run by a group of friends—some of whom wish to remain anonymous—Beverly’s hosts a regular, rotating program of exhibitions, curated by co-owner Leah Dixon. (Full disclosure: One three-person exhibition earlier this year, “Phaint Smears,” included work by this particular journalist.) “We believe that more discussion can happen in a bar, with a more diverse audience, than can happen in a gallery,” Dixon said. “It’s also a function of our very specific space, that creates a more and less subliminal context for the pieces that are shown here: Some are barely even noticeable. Others are obtrusive.”
In case there was any doubt that Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina had strayed pretty far from their radical feminist roots, the ousted Pussy Rioters are set to appear on the third season of “House of Cards,” according to a report from Baltimore City Paper. Allegedly two sources from the show’s production team confirmed that the pair were on set in Baltimore last week. No details on exactly what roles they will play on the show.
Even more refreshing than it is simple, this flowery variation on a gin fizz was inspired by Alexander Gray Associates’ blossoming summer group show of the artwork of designer and artist Vera Neumann. In a salon-style hanging, the gallery presents the flowery watercolors and drawings that were the basis for Neumann’s iconic Vera scarves. We found the cool, floral taste of this cocktail to be a perfect complement to the cheery works in “Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet.”
Although we couldn’t be more over it with the hundreds of Jeff Koons instagrams in our feed this week, it would be a serious omission not to include a few. Here’s Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis’s (elisabethtnt) hilarious pic of her mom Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, posing in front of Koons’s terrifying purple sex sculpture from the “Made in Heaven” series.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures isn’t slated to open in Los Angeles until 2017, but it may already be planning one of its first shows. Though Academy Museum spokeswoman Morgan Kroll says it’s not confirmed yet, the Los Angeles Times reported this morning that the museum is a strong candidate to be one of the future stops for the traveling exhibition “What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones,” which will launch a five-year, 13-city tour at the Museum of the Moving Image in Long Island City on July 19. (more…)
An unlikely but perhaps brilliantly appropriate pairing has taken shape, bringing together pop music’s bad girl of the moment, Miley Cyrus, and Nickelodeon’s bad boy of the ’90s, Ren and Stimpy animator John Kricfalusi. (more…)
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).
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.