This just in: Fashion photography is fashionable again — at least for the upper echelons of the art world. According to the New York Times (and their ever-adept trend-sensors), the middle child discipline oft ignored by both visual art and runway hauteur is once again en vogue, with a domino effect of galleries and museums giving way to fashion photo exhibitions and Irving Penn prints making top dollar at Christie’s. Photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose show opened last week at Gagosian Gallery’s Paris Branch, went so far as to declare to the Times that “Fashion photographers are the new painters.” (He declined, however, to comment on what we might expect to be the new black.)
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While artist Nick Cave spent the past few years collecting antique store memorabilia for his found object sculptures at Jack Shainman Gallery, musician Nick Cave has been busy collecting, well, important shit. At least that’s what he terms it in his new project “The Museum of Important Shit,” an online photo exhibition to which anyone can submit their most prized trinkets and keepsakes, created in collaboration with filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.
When Austrian artist Martin Beck premiers his new volume “Last Night” at MoMA PS1’s Print Shop space it will be anything but your typical book launch. From noon on September 27 until 1am the next day (during Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair), Beck will host what press materials are referring to as “a once-in-a-lifetime epic 13-hour dance party.” The festivities are fitting as the new book records all 118 songs that David Mancuso played in his 13-hour set for the Loft’s final Prince Street party on June 2, 1984.
Last month, news came out that Amy Winehouse was going to be immortalized in brass with a life-size sculpture designed by Scott Eaton. Yesterday, the statue was unveiled in London by the late singer’s home near Camden market on what would have been her 31st birthday. “I’ll be coming to visit it all the time,” her father, Mitch Winehouse, told the Guardian. “It was difficult to see the sculpture at first but I’m getting used to it. It looks just beautiful.”
When most people think of the Venice Biennale, they’re likely imagining the height of art world grandiosity and celebrity, packed palazzos, and lavish parties — as opposed to, say, a small convention center in Venice, New York. But that didn’t deter conceptual artist John Borek. Borek, a native of Rochester, attended the Italian Biennale for the first time last year and, in a pointed act of art-world equalizing, decided to reproduce it for himself in the same-named hamlet of his home state. “For an artist to be featured in Italy they must be backed by millionaires or a nation,” Borek told local paper the Citizen. “People like me and you, people who create for a living just cannot participate in the largest art fair in the world. But they can now even if it is on a smaller scale.”
His counterfeits may not have brought down the Knoedler gallery, but Mark Landis, subject of the forthcoming documentary “Art and Craft,” certainly got around in his 30-year high-profile art forging spree. Sometimes using little more than a pack of colored pencils, Landis graced a reported “46 museums in 20 states with more than 100 pieces.” These particular stats are delivered to us by Matthew C. Leininger, the other half of this merry tale, a former art registrar who has become obsessed with Landis and proceeds throughout the film’s runtime to chase him in the truest Tom and Jerry fashion.
Five-year-old New York non-profit Elastic City has announced that it will organize a 12-Day festival of “participatory walks” from September 26 to October 7. The Elastic City Walks Festival, which according to organizers is the first of its kind, will allow amblers to take eight different walks that have been created and will be led by a variety of creatives.
In addition to making work that incorporates cereal boxes, artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian is giving away classic brands of the breakfast food in a four-day pop-up this month. From September 18 to 21, visitors can snack on Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes, and Wheaties at 452 West Broadway, an empty retail space in SoHo. Titled “Instant Gratification,” the installation will also provide free WiFi and cell phone charging stations.