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Alexandra Peers Named Culture Editor at New York Observer

News of more shifting around in the art blogosphere came through the wire today when Capital announced that Alexandra Peers has been named the next culture editor of the New York Observer. She will be taking over for Sarah Douglas, who recently moved over to ARTnews as the magazine’s new editor-in-chief. Continue Reading

Art World Drinks: A Garry Winogrand Negroni

In 1955, Garry Winogrand turned his camera on New York’s iconic nightclub El Morocco and captured the venue’s glamorous clientele in what we can only assume were alcohol-fueled nights of revelry. For an appropriately boozy companion to Winogrand’s bacchanalian (and slightly terrifying) photo, “El Morocco, New York,” we looked to an iconic drink of the era  — the Negroni.

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Asian Art Museum Names Tianlong Jiao as Chinese Art Curator

Tianlong Jiao has been named as the new curator of Chinese art at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Starting September 15, Jiao will organize special exhibitions for the museum and oversee its Chinese collection. He comes to the Asian Art Museum from the Hong Kong Maritime Museum where he was chief curator. Jiao is an expert in Chinese archaeology and early Chinese art history and has been part of more than thirty archaeological excavations in China.

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Warhol, Diebenkorn, and Lawrence Works Donated to Stanford’s Cantor Center

Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center announced today three significant gifts that will add artwork and other materials by Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jacob Lawrence to its collection.

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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.

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Bay Area Experimental Space the LAB Gets a Boost From New Leadership

The LAB, one of the Bay Area’s most renowned experimental art spaces, is making a comeback and getting a noticeable facelift under the new leadership of curator Dena Beard, according to a recent article by Christian L. Frock for KQED Arts. Formerly assistant curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Beard will step up as executive director at the LAB on August 1. She plans to launch a major effort to revitalize the non-profit space by renovating the gallery and performance spaces, organizing targeted fundraising events, and teaming up with founding artists like Alan Miller, who will serve as board president. Continue Reading

Printed Matter’s Summer Warehouse Sale Starts Tomorrow

Looks like there’s more than one summer book sale in Chelsea. Yesterday we posted about David Zwirner’s annual pop-up bookstore, but while you’re in the neighborhood why not stop by Printed Matter’s Summer Warehouse Sale. Starting tomorrow, most of the store’s art books and other ephemera will be discounted at up to 40 percent.

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Applebroog, Ruscha, and a Bunch of Architects Elected to National Academy

The National Academy in New York has announced that it has added 13 new visual artists and architects to its ranks. Among the elected 2014 National Academicians are Ida Applebroog, Jane Dickson, Martin Puryear, Edward Ruscha, Joan Semmel, Stanley Whitney, Peter Bohlin, Preston Scott Cohen, Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, Eric Owen Moss, Antoine Predock, and Charles Renfro.

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NYPD Says White Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge May Be “Someone’s Art Project”

The NYPD is investigating a pair of bleached white American flags discovered on top of the Brooklyn Bridge’s towers in the early hours of Tuesday morning. While police aren’t yet sure who is responsible, they believe the incident could be an artwork.

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Christopher Williams Goes Label-Free at MoMA

At this morning’s press conference for Christopher Williams’s MoMA show “The Production Line of Happiness” — opening July 27 — curator Roxana Marcoci discussed the artist’s “truly cross-disciplinary” practice and how it encouraged “different ways of seeing.” Williams himself talked about how he felt uncomfortable being considered both a Conceptual artist and a photographer at all. Yet for some critics in attendance, the truly hot-button issue seemed to be the exhibition’s lack of wall labels; I observed one journalist railing to Marcoci herself about this decision, evincing a level of passion normally reserved for Middle Eastern politics.

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