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Miranda July Launches App That Sends Messages Through Strangers

Miranda July is at it again with her projects-about-lonely-people antics. This time, the filmmaker-actress-performance artist has created a messaging app called Somebody that provokes interaction between strangers (what else?).  “When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend,” the press release explains. “This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in.”


Here’s a Sneak Peak at Rashaad Newsome’s Film for the Brooklyn Museum’s “Killer Heels”

For its upcoming survey of the history of the high heel, “Killer Heels,” the Brooklyn Museum has asked several contemporary artists — Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome — to create video works for the show. Yesterday, Newsome posted a preview of his commissioned piece, which is a collaboration with Christian Louboutin and also features Kevin Jz Prodigy, Cakes da Killer, and “a slew of Statements, Legends, and Icons from the NYC Ballroom Scene.”


Performance Art or Insanity? Klaus Kinski at Anthology

In 1971, the German actor and notorious troublemaker Klaus Kinski, then coming off his intense performance in Werner Herzog “Aguirre, The Wrath of God,” staged a theatrical production that was like no other before or since. Kinski stepped into a spotlight on stage at Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle with an intimidating glare, and launched into his monologue, speaking as the voice of Jesus Christ:


Experimental Filmmaker and Video Artist Harun Farocki Dies at 70

Legendary experimental filmmaker Harun Farocki, whose films and installations critiqued institutions of power and explored complicated relationships with the image, passed away yesterday at the age of 70. The German magazine Monopol confirmed the news this morning.


Iceage Gets Cinematic With “The Lord’s Favorite”

Copenhagen band Iceage just dropped this captivatingly absurd video, directed by multi-hyphenate artist Cali ‘Thornhill’ Dewitt. The noise-punk quartet adds something approaching an unexpected country shuffle to the song, as band members jump up and down in slow motion and occasionally dose themselves in champagne. Overall, the self-consciously cinematic aesthetic seems to nod to another Dane: Nicolas Winding Refn, director of “Drive”and the “Pusher” trilogy. There’s no word yet on the release date for the next Iceage full-length, but the band will tour the States in the fall, including Philadelphia and New York dates in October.


ICI Makes “DO IT” video for Garage Show

Yesterday Moscow’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture officially changed its name to the Garage Museum Of Contemporary Art and opened an inaugural exhibition of sorts devoted to Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s twenty-year-old pet project “DO IT.” Organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), the exhibition will take place in several venues throughout Moscow for its run through July 6. As a quirky teaser for the show, ICI has also put together a five-minute video narrated by comedian Reggie Watts that details the history of the project and “art by instruction” in general. Watch it below


Tom Sachs Preps for “Handmade” Paris Show

In a show opening March 29 at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac in Paris, New York-based artist Tom Sachs will unveil several never-before-seen pieces that diverge from his usual method. In “American Handmade Paintings,” Sachs worked on about a dozen of the pieces himself, deferring from his traditional method of working with assistants. Blouin ARTINFO got a sneak peak as Sachs was putting the finishing touches on the pieces headed to Paris at his Manhattan studio.


CUE Art Foundation Helps Artists Navigate Obamacare

Every American deserves healthcare, and that includes the creative class. While that is becoming more of a reality for the previously uninsured, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily an easier process than it was before Obamacare kicked into high gear. A new video by the CUE Art Foundation is making that a little easier.


Pussy Riot Documentary Snubbed for Oscar Nomination


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…)

Book and Show Reexamine Harvey Quaytman’s Legacy

While abstract painter Harvey Quaytman’s name may not be as well known as many of his peers, a new exhibition at the Upper East Side’s McKee Gallery and the soon-to-be-released “first-ever” book on the artist are out to change that. While Minimalism ruled the New York art world of the 1960s, Quaytman, a steadfast abstractionist, was more informed by early Modernists like Malevich and Mondrian. Though he was working in a style some considered anachronistic, Quaytman remained a respected player in the New York art community throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, and his work is in the collections of the Tate, the Corcoran Gallery, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum. When Quaytman passed away in 2002 he left behind two daughters, R.H. Quaytman and Emma Quaytman, both of whom are painters. (more…)