Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tourist Vacuumed at Sistine Chapel

To protect Sistine Chapel Murals tourists will be cooled and vacuumed.

Story & photo via guardian>

Aquadon Exposed!

Berlin Aquadon in Raddison Hotel exposed! Guests are not allowed to scuba dive....

Story @ inhabitart>

Restoration Blues

Spider webs, insect droppings, and chewing gum. Is art for eternity? 

Story @ swissinfo>

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

William Burroughs' Art

Lemurs, gunshots, and allies --- William Burroughs' art at October Gallery in London. 

October Gallery>
Review @ hyperallercig>
Perreault on Brion Gyson>

When To Destroy Your Own Art

When should you destroy your own art? Or should you ever? Jasper Johns and Agnes Martin did. As did Monet. 

Photo: Susan Hiller, "Collected Works" (1967-1972).

Article at artnews>

Monday, December 24, 2012

First Artopia Bass Ackward Prize

Artopia's coveted Bass Ackward Prize goes to --- California! California just took arts funding off tax returns. California now is at the bottom of arts council funding, not Kansas, as reported. Kansas restored art funding in June.

LA Times story>
Kansas story>

Pre-MoMA Modernism

What was the The Société Anonyme? Find out all you need to know, including that Katherine Dreier, one of the founders, was sympathetic to Hitler and a theosophist. The other founders -- 1920 -- were Duchamp and Man Ray. Pix is Dreier's "Two Worlds." 

NYTimes review>
Exhibition site>

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Can Cows Make Art?

On the light side --- cows (and deer) make art. Great Salt Lick Contest returns!

Txt & pix via npr>

Friday, December 21, 2012

No Longer Art

 "No Longer Art: Salvage Art Institute" at Columbia Univ. Arch. Gallery. Closed yesterday. Damaged art, declared non-art by insurance companies. Very smart!

Essay @ hyperallergic>


Provisionalist painting strikes! Is the unfinished look the new way out?
Pictured: David Hammons, "Untitled: (2011)

Via hyperallergic> artinamerica>

Transfer Bin Art Galleries in Ghent

Barge-to-truck transfer bins transformed into art galleries on the Ghent waterfront.

Via sutilitas.tumbler>

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Andy's Maos Banned in China

Warhol Mao paintings banned in China!

Via telegraph-uk>

Euro-Australian and Indiginous Artists Collaborate

Appropriation of indigenous art by Euro-Australians yields controversies; but also --- on the bright side --- new cross-cultural collaborations.

See above:  "Hymn to the Night" by Michael Jagamara Nelson and Imants Tillers.

Story @ theaustralian>

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Occupy Cooper Union's Parting Shot

Students who occupied Cooper Union clock tower to protest the imposition of tuition to this traditionally free art school signed off with the tableau below.

Story and pix from hyperallergic>

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Problems in Performance Art

Problems in performance art, in Bushwick. Picture is of Rachel Parry at Grace Exhibition Space. Yes, it's chocolate.
Essay and pix via hyperallergic>

Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hirst Jumps Ship

Damien Hirst leaves Gagosian Empire for parts unknown...also Koons from Gagosian to Zwirner. 

Via theatlanticwire>

Armory Show Stamps Issued

USPS stamps to honor 1913 Armory show, including Duchamp's once-controversial "Nude Descending a Staircase." 

All 12 stamps>

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Art Ruined at Westbeth

Westbeth, NYC's pioneer artist-housing, is now an art graveyard, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Bring back conceptual art!

Via NYT>

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The End of Public Art

The end of public art? The artists can't do it, the public hates it, and it costs too much. 

Story via wsj>

Dave Hickey Exposed!

Dave Hickey exposed. Was he in part responsible for what he now criticizes about the art world? Beauty indeed!

Via theartnewspaper>

Friday, December 7, 2012

Call for New Payphones.

Mayor Bloomberg calls for new payphone designs. Desperately needed for reperforming John Perreault's Street Work "Telephone Music" (1969) and hurricane emergencies.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck (1920-2012)

Studens Occupy Cooper Union

Students occupy Cooper Union clock tower, demanding resignation of president who will not defend the schools traditional free tuition, as mandated by founder.

Story via hyperallergic>

MOCA/USC Marriage?

MOCA-LA and USC partnering floated. Short term salvage for MOCA; long term L. A. hegemony for USC. Is this a good idea?

Story L.A. Times>

The Truth About Rauschenberg Donation!

Better version of the donation of the Rauschenberg to MoMA  Times buried IRS details. The heirs HAD TO DONATE IT. Read this and laff out loud. Or weep.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tape Poems at Sao Paulo Biennial

As part of the Sao Paulo Biennial, Tape Poems, the first "publication" of works created specifically for stereo tape edited by Eduardo Costa / John Perreault and audio engineered by Alcides Lanza, New York, 1969, was played on Mobile Radio BSP,  December 2nd, 2012.

Featuring: Vito Hannibal Acconci, Michael Benedikt, Scott Burton, Ted Castle & Leandro Katz, Eduardo Costa and John Giorno, Joseph Ceravolo, Dan Graham, Bernadette Mayer, John Perreault, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh and Hannah Weiner.

 Sao Paulo: 3 pm
 Barcelona: 6 pm
 Beijing: 1 am (Dec-3)
 Bombay: 10.30 pm
 Brussels: 6 pm
 Buenos Aires: 2 pm
 Cairo: 7 pm
 Caracas: 1 pm
 Hong Kong: 1 am (Dec-3)
 Lisbon: 5 pm
 London: 5 pm
 Los Angeles: 9 am
 Madrid: 6 pm
 México DF: 11 am
 Miami: 12 pm
 Minneapolis: 11 am
 New York: 12 pm
 Paris: 6 pm
 Prague: 6 pm
 Rio de Janeiro: 3 pm 
 Roma: 6 pm
 Salvador Bahía: 2 pm
 San Francisco: 9 am
 Santiago de Chile: 2 pm

"The works exist completely in terms of aural phenomenon, rather than in terms of visual systems of signs, thus beginning a new art of the tape recorder that has in common with written literature the fact that it refers to real language."

                               Eduardo Costa and John Perreault in An Introduction to Tape Poems, 1969.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Are You A Kunstvermittler?

Top of the art world pyramid? Mark Staff Brandl notes the new German honorific "Kunstvermittler" for curators, historians, critics...meaning "art-intermediary" or "art broker" or "art middleman" or even "art procurer." 

Via Swiss Art Sharkforum:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Armstrong's Breathing Sculpture

Sara Garden Armstrong's "Decem Aspirare" commissioned sculpture breathes.


Rauschenberg Combine Donated to MoMA

Sonnabend family donates key Rauschenberg combine to MoMA.

Via artdaily:

Lawrence Weiner Interviewed


"In my eyes, making art is very often about something that you don’t know" --- Lawrence Weiner.

via frontrow Dallas"

Stealth Self-Publishing Bonanza?

Stealth self-publishing bonanza? Simon & Schuster in deal with Author Solutions. But what do you get if you don't get the brand name? Re-writes and lecture gigs?

Via NYT>

Pix of founders, Mr. Simon and Mr. Schuster

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Metzger's Robot Art

Thinking of nothing, Destruction Art pioneer Gustav Metzger (b. 1926) lets a robot make his sculpture called "Null Art."

Interview in The Guardian:
John Perreault on Gustav Metzger: