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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. (more…)

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. (more…)

Florentijn Hofman’s Duck Missing After Flooding in China

Despite its monumental size (standing at 54-feet-tall) and weight (clocking in at close to one ton), Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber duck sculpture has vanished following heavy flooding in southwestern China’s Guiyang city. The duck was anchored by a 10-ton metal platform on the Nanming River last Wednesday when it “flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood,” said Yan Jianxin, who helped to coordinate the exhibition, to China Real Time. This isn’t the first time the duck has been damaged — it deflated once before while showing in Hong Kong. (more…)

Dominique Lévy Coming to London in the Fall

Gallerist Dominique Lévy has announced plans to open a London space by the fall, located within a 19th-century building at 22 Old Bond Street. Lévy’s New York-based gallery works with the likes of David Hammons and Liza Lou, as well as a wealth of high-profile estates (Basquiat, Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois). There is currently no specified opening date for the new location, nor has the gallery announced the exhibition with which it will debut its London outpost–though one would imagine things would be up and running to coincide with Frieze in mid-October. Lévy has tapped Lock Kressler, Director and Head of the Private Sales Department for Post-War & Contemporary Art from Christie’s in London, as director of the space. (Lévy herself worked for Christie’s from 1999 to 2003.) He’ll be joined by Eloise Margoline, formerly of Lévy’s joint gallery L&M Arts as well as Almine Rech. (more…)

Massimiliano Gioni Promoted to Artistic Director of the New Museum

Massimiliano Gioni has a new job — or at least a brand new title. New Museum director Lisa Phillips announced this afternoon that the New York-based curator and critic, who has served as the institution’s associate director and director of exhibitions for the past seven years, has been promoted to artistic director. (more…)

Roth Bar & Grill Launches at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

This week sees the launch of the Roth Bar & Grill at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a new location for the gallery at Durslade farm, some two hours drive from London. Conceived by Luis Laplace with interior design elements by Björn and Oddur Roth — son and grandson of the late Dieter — the restaurant is rolling out a limited menu until its full opening on July 29. Press materials make much of the emphasis on locavore cuisine — “almost all ingredients on the menu are sourced from a 5 mile radius” — and the sheep, cattle, and pigs that will turn up on Roth Bar & Grill plates were all raised on Durslade itself. The summer menu features appetizers like wild Somerset rabbit terrine with celeriac remoulade, and mains like Dorset lobster with lemon mayonnaise. (more…)

Rhizome Announces New $10,000 Prix Net Art Prize

Rhizome has announced a new $10,000 prize for Internet art in partnership with Beijing-based Tsinghua University Art and Science Media Laboratory (TASML) and the Center for Art and Technology at CCIA (CAT/CCIA). Beginning this fall, the “no strings attached” prize will hand out its first honors in the form of cash prize of $10,000 to the winner, and a $5,000 distinction award to a second place candidate. The award will be handed out annually three times in total over the next few years through 2016. (more…)

Internet Cat Video Festival Heads to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

First Internet cat videos hit the Walker Art Center, then New York, and now they’re making their way to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, which will host its very own edition of the breakout traveling festival dedicated to the feline-themed viral online art form. Running July 18-19 at the museum’s performance space, CAM hopes that the public program will attract a larger and younger audience. (more…)

Mario Santamaría’s Tumblr Catches Google’s Camera Photographing Itself

First there was Jon Rafman’s “9-Eyes,” a haunting compendium of disturbing images and figures caught with Google Street View. Now there is Mario Santamaría’s new Tumblr “The Camera in the Mirror” —  a series of screen shots from Google Art Project that catch the robotic camera capturing itself in mirrors. (more…)

Artists Create a 3-D Printable Version of Marcel Duchamp’s Chess Set

In 1918, artist and chess enthusiast Marcel Duchamp hand-carved a chess set upon arriving in Buenos Aires to study the game. Now, artists Scott Kildall and Brian Sera have collaborated to create a 3-D printable version of the lost art deco set using the archival photos of the pieces and CAD software.