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Walker Art Center and Coffee House Press Use Kickstarter to Fund a Cat Art Book

The Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival in 2012 kicked off a nationwide tour and a flurry of excitement from pet owners, cat enthusiasts, and cultural critics far and wide. Now, Coffee House Press is looking to bring together the various thoughts about cat videos and their impact on art and culture through a new book titled “Cat is Art Spelled Wrong.” In collaboration with the Walker Art Center, Coffee House Press marketing director Caroline Casey and publisher Chris Fischbach have started a Kickstarter campaign called Catstarter to fund the project. (more…)

Giant Papier-Mâché Heads Depicting Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz to Roam Dumbo

The Dumbo Arts Festival has just announced the events and projects that will take place at its 18th edition on the Brooklyn waterfront from September 26 to 28. Among the arty attractions will be a performance by artist collective Big Head Brigade for which they will create giant papier-mâché heads, in the Spanish capgrossos tradition, that resemble art critic duo Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz. Members of the collective, which was founded by artist Megan Marlatt, “will roam the festival, occasionally stopping to dance and check out the artwork,” according to the press release.


Anish Kapoor Plans To Get Really High In 2016

A slightly enigmatic announcement arrived in our inbox this morning: Anish Kapoor will work on a project with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. The hazily defined goal will be to “combine art with aviation in a unique and innovative way.” What will that entail? No one is saying much thus far. The collab, debuting at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show, is being organized by Artliner, who were also in charge of this summer’s unique art-in-wind-tunnels exhibition at Farnborough in the UK.


Art Bars: Beverly’s Curates, Gets You Drunk, Naked

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.”


The Smithsonian Wants You to Help Digitize Its Collection

The Smithsonian Institution is now actively seeking volunteers to aid in the digitization of its collection. Through a new website launched today, the public can sign up for various transcription projects which will take thousands of hand-written artifact labels and make them available digitally for researchers.


120 Shaun the Sheep Sculptures to Roam the UK

Next year, flocks of 5-foot-tall sheep are set to hit London and Bristol for public art exhibition Shaun in the City, according to a report from the Telegraph. Various yet-to-be-named celebrities are set to individualize the 120 sculptures, 60 of which are slated to be on view in London from March 28 to May 25 and another 60 in Bristol from July 6 to August 31. A spin-off from the classic Wallace and Gromit animated films, Shaun the Sheep is also set to have his own film, which will be released at the same time as the sheep sculpture extravaganza.


Eating Art With San Francisco’s Quince

The SF Gate has a report from the second of five “curATE” dinners organized by San Francisco’s two Michelin star restaurant Quince at Hedge Gallery, in collaboration with spaces across the city. While the restaurant is closed for renovations, chef-owner Michael Tusk has set up shop at Hedge where he will host arty dinners throughout August accompanied by rotating shows of art curated by John Berggruen Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, and Tenzing Asian Arts. Each meal draws inspiration from the art hanging on the walls and has a menu to match.


Art World Drinks: A Lygia Clark Cocktail

With Lygia Clark’s landmark retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art set to close later this month, we thought it would be the perfect time to raise a glass to the too-long-overlooked Brazilian artist. Luckily, bartender Eric Job, who serves up finely crafted cocktails at Amor y Amargo in the East Village and Extra Fancy in Williamsburg, agreed to work with us to create an original Clark-inspired drink. He looked to an untitled gouache-on-paper work from 1952 as the inspiration for “Sem Titulo,” a split base cocktail of tequila and gin that also integrates Brazilian spirit cachaça.


Instagrams of the Art World: Val Kilmer, President Obama, Bob Ross, and More

Artist Enoc Perez (enocperez) posted this paparazzi-style photo with none other than Val Kilmer. Wonder what those two were up to…


Here’s a New Museum-Shaped Skateboard

The New Museum has announced a collaboration with Chapman Skateboards on a limited run of 150 skate decks that are shaped like the museum’s Bowery building. The New York-based skateboarding company worked with the museum to create the $125 deck, which is inspired by the New Museum’s 2012 skateboard window installation by Canyon Castator and Richard Duff.