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assume vivid astro focus Brings Roller Rink to Buenos Aires

Whether making over a Barney’s with Lady Gaga or exploring transsexuality in geometric psychedelica, assume vivid astro focus always seems to be up to something eye-catching — and now, for the second time, that something has taken the form of a roller rink. Reprising a project they first undertook in 2004 as a tribute to New York’s rollerdance community, the duo is bringing their disco-themed interactive installation to Argentina, for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Faena Hotel Buenos Aires, home to the Faena Arts Center. Dubbed “angeles veloces arcanos fugaces,” the project will also feature an appearance from comedienne and drag performer Lady Bunny.


Expo Chicago Names Artists For In/Situ And More

Expo Chicago, whose third edition takes place in the city September 18 through 21, has announced the artists included in its In/Situ section, organized by Independent Curators International Executive Director Renaud Proch. The 8 participants are Robert Burnier; Fernando Pareja and Leidy Chavez; Cheryl Pope; Michael Rakowitz (whose work is pictured above); Jessica Stockholder; Saya Woolfalk; Ken Gonzales-Day; and Whitney Biennial stand-out Elijah Burgher.


Feline Art Takeover Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Yesterday may have been National Dog Day, but there’s certainly been no shortage of cat-related buzz in the art world, from this feline-centric exhibition at 356 Mission in San Francisco to Irena Jurek’s sex kittens in New York. Now the photographic group and online exhibition platform Humble Arts Foundation is seizing the, um, meowgeist with “New Cats In Art Photography,” a serious-sounding array of 100 images curated by Jon Feinstein.


James Franco Wins “Glory to the Filmmaker” Award at Venice Film Festival

James Franco, scrooge of the art world, has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2014 prize, to be presented at the Venice Film Festival in a ceremony on September 5. Previous winners include Al Pacino and Sylvester Stalone, if that’s any indication of the award’s significance. (more…)

Zanzibar Films at NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

A discordant tangent in the narrative of the French New Wave, the Zanzibar group of filmmakers — which included Philipe Garrell, painter Olivier Mosset, and Jackie Raynal, among others — made only 13 films in their short existence, between 1968 and 1970. According to the film historian Sally Shafto, they were named after a filmmaking expedition to East Africa, Zanzibar being their intended destination. Sylvina Boissonnas, a wealthy oil heiress and patron of the arts, funded their work and had a casual relationship with the filmmakers — no contracts, very little input. They were free to make films devoid of outside influence. (more…)

Notes on “Finding Fela” and Political Film

This is an essay about Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the musician and human rights activist, only tangentially. It uses a new documentary about his life — “Finding Fela,” directed by Alex Gibney and currently playing at the IFC Center in New York — to ask questions about how to address political subjects on stage and screen. It’s composed of fragments that can be read in any order. Like Fela’s life and music, there are multiple narrative strands floating through this text without a clear beginning or ending. (more…)

Luxembourg Picks Filip Markiewicz for Venice Biennale

Last night, Luxembourg’s Culture Ministry announced that artist Filip Markiewicz is set to represent the country at next year’s Venice Biennale. Markiewicz, who splits his time between Luxembourg and Hamburg, was chosen from 17 proposals by a jury composed of Muhka director Bart de Baere, artist Martine Feipel, art critic and curator Paul di Felice, Culture Ministry rep Claudine Hemmer, and Mudam director Enrico Lunghi.


Derek Blasberg to Join Gagosian Gallery

Derek Blasberg, who is currently Editor-at-Large of Harper’s Bazaar, Vmagazine, and VMAN, has been added to the Gagosian Gallery staff in an unspecified position, though Larry Gagosian said “I think he will make a valuable contribution” in a statement sent out this afternoon. No stranger to the upper echelons of the art and fashion worlds, Blasberg profiled supermodel Stephanie Seymour and sons Peter and Harry Brant for Harper’s Bazaar just this week.

Second Annual L.A. Art Book Fair Is Open

The second annual Los Angeles Art Book Fair opened at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary Thursday night, and the West Coast sister edition to Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair (now in its ninth year) has a great program lined up. The free event showcasing artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, zines, and more boasts over 250 exhibitors from all over the world, and four special editions by Printed Matter to benefit the fair by Laura Owens, Jeremy Deller, Patrick Lee, and Parra. (more…)

Canadian Museum Recovers Stolen Watches


Eight gold pocket watches that were stolen from the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada, on January 3 — including the one above, which belonged to Bill Miner, a legendary train robber — have been recovered and are back at the museum. On Wednesday Brian Gerald Holt and Stacey Croft of nearby Port Alberni were arrested for the heist, which took place on a crowded, pay-what-you-wish day at the museum, whose staff only noticed the missing objects the following day, United Press International reports. (more…)