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MTA Commissions Blue-Chip Artists to Beautify the Second Ave Subway

The Second Avenue Subway is finally starting to take shape under the streets of the Manhattan’s East Side and the MTA has recruited some top names to produce art for the four major stations along the line’s first leg. Slated to open in 2016, they are planning to commission blue-chip artists like Sarah Sze, Chuck Close, Vik Muniz, and Jean Shin to do site-specific works for the stations.


Art Fair Meme Watch: U.S. President Portraits Abound During ABMB [2 UPDATES]


While ambling along the aisles at Art Basel in Miami Beach and its satellite fairs we came across celebrities, collectors, and celebrity artists, but we also spotted a few U.S. Presidents. There were Barack Obama portraits aplenty at Miami Project, including Peter Wilde’s painting installation “52 Obamas” (2013) in the Freight + Volume booth (above). Nearby, a pair of black-and-white photo portraits from 2013 of the current president by Chuck Close (below) were on view in the Two Palms booth. (more…)

Live Nudes Livened Up Wednesday’s Titillating Whitney Studio Party

Last night’s Whitney Museum gala and studio party drew an eclectic mix of attendees to Midtown Manhattan that included the usual suspects (Larry Gagosian, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons), the Hollywood crowd (Michelle Williams, Sofia Coppola, Lake Bell) and a few randos (Salman Rushdie, Padma Lakshmi). The Whitney gave partygoers a full sensory experience as guests listened to a surprise performance by David Byrne, watched people sketch live nude models atop a pile of giant Louis Vuitton luggage, and ate truffled tater tots. The whole affair was in honor of Ed Ruscha and raised more than $2.75 million for the museum. See photos from the night after the jump.


Andrew Garfield, John McEnroe, and More Visit Frieze New York’s VIP Preview


“Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield swung through Frieze New York during yesterday’s VIP preview, pausing in Gavin Brown’s booth to check out works by Jonathan Horowitz (above), while famed designer Valentino Garavani added a dash of style to the proceedings, and drew stares. (more…)

Artist Joe Fig Makes Miniature Sculptures of Famous Artists Working in Their Studios


The artist Joe Fig creates meticulous dioramas of famous artists working in their studios, including Chuck Close (above), Jackson Pollock, Ross Bleckner, Malcolm Morley, Jasper Johns, Inka Essenhigh, Alex Katz (below), Constantin Brancusi, James Rosenquist, and, in a particularly meta piece, himself (at bottom). Fig, who also creates figurative paintings that he shows with Chelsea’s Cristin Tierney Gallery, pays attention to every detail, from the architecture of the artists’ studios, to paint splatters, furniture, and in some cases he even recreates the entire building where they work. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: All Movember’s Facial Hair in One ‘Stache-Tastic Place

As you may have noticed, we’ve spent much of the last month poring over art history’s best mustaches, like the would-be surgeons curiously leaning over the corpse in Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” (1632, above), which was the penultimate pick in our Movember series. Now, for the sake of convenience, we’ve gathered all 17 featured artworks in one convenient place. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Chuck Close’s Obsessive Neo-Pointillist Portrait of Robert

While facial hair lends itself just as readily to being portrayed with either smooth or frenzied brushstrokes — as we’ve seen throughout our Movember-long survey of art history’s best mustaches — the idea of painting a hyperrealist ’stache with every bristle and whisker sharply defined and delineated seems, with good reason, excruciating. That has never dissuaded Chuck Close, whose oeuvre includes beards and mustaches aplenty, foremost among them the fellow in “Robert/104,072” (1973-74). (more…)

Art World Missed Connections: Finding Love at MoMA, IFPDA, and in Columbus’s Living Room

The devastating passage of Superstorm Sandy wasn’t enough to wipe out art-lovers’ penchant for pining and romance, as evidenced by this week’s batch of Art World Missed Connections, which include a pair of encounters at or near MoMA, another at the 2012 IFPDA Print Fair, and the second such post from Tatzu Nishi’s living room atop Columbus Circle. Let’s start there. (more…)

See Party Photos and Street Style From Thursday Night’s Chelsea Openings

Chelsea was burning (metaphorically speaking) last night with big openings. Hank Willis Thomas deconstructed the nefarious language of advertising at Jack Shainman, while Chuck Close debuted portraits of Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, Philip Glass, and Paul Simon at Pace. (more…)

You Can Buy Chuck Close’s Tapestry Portrait of Barack Obama for $100,000

Chuck Close is already quite a decorated painter, but he now has one more line to add to his resume: presidential portraitist. Earlier this week, a tapestry depicting President Obama by the artist was unveiled at the Mint Museum in North Carolina in honor of the Democratic National Convention. The tapestry is one of 10 that will be made available for sale (at $100,000 each) as part of a fundraiser supporting the Obama Victory Fund. (more…)