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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…)

Ed Burtynsky Wins $100,000 Toronto Film Critics Association Prize


Part documentary, part artistry, the film, “Watermark” — a collaboration between filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and famed photographer Edward Burtynsky — has been awarded the Toronto Film Critics Association’s top prize. The critics group named the film, which premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, the latest winner of the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at a gala in downtown Toronto Tuesday evening. (more…)

Marina Abramovic Tries To Tell a Joke [VIDEO]


Happy New Year! To start 2014 off on a light note, here’s a video of performance artist Marina Abramovic trying to tell a light bulb joke, and failing miserably. (more…)

Antiques Roadshow Vets New Van Dyck [VIDEO]


A mysterious portrait that a priest brought to the British version of “Antiques Roadshow,” after buying it for just £400 ($660), has been authenticated as an original work by Sir Anthony van Dyck and estimated to be worth up to £400,000 ($659,000). Father Jamie MacLeod plans to sell the work in order to buy new church bells, he told the BBC. (more…)

The Dutch Love Paul McCarthy’s Santa


Paul McCarthy’s “Santa Claus,” an enormous bronze sculpture of St. Nick holding an even more enormous butt-plug, has been on permanent display in Rotterdam since 2008 as part of the city’s Sculpture International Rotterdam collection, and has earned the nickname “Kabouter Buttplug” (or “Buttplug Gnome”) from the locals. As millions across the globe celebrate the annual delivery of gifts by the bearded resident of the North Pole, we thought this would be an opportune moment to revisit two memorable episodes in the life of “Kabouter Buttplug.” (more…)

Epic Christmas Flash Mob at MFA Boston


On December 14 students from Berklee College of Music and assorted Bostonian musicians stormed the interior courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, surprising hundreds of art-lovers with an unannounced rendition of “O Holy Night.” While some will no doubt take exception to a publicly funded museum staging a recitation of a Christmas song, not to mention an exceptionally Christian one, we recommend also taking a few minutes to watch footage of the flash mob. Well, OK, it’s more of an impromptu concert than a straight-up flash mob, but it’s quite rousing nevertheless. (more…)

Detroit Institute of Arts Ad From the 1970s Proclaims: “All You Really Need Is Art!” [VIDEO]


Talk about better days! Historic Detroit recently posted a vintage commercial for the Detroit Institute of Arts, complete with 1970s folksy jingle and enough bell-bottoms to go around. According to the Atlantic, the commercial was in regular rotation on Detroit TV back in 1976, urging citizens to get their art on. “A great Rembrandt, look what we’ve got! A great Rodin, look what we’ve got,” proclaim excited visitors in the spot. “We’ve got art! Miles and miles and miles of art! When those little things in life make you low, you outta see aan Gogh! All you really need is art!” (more…)