Post image for Pearl Paint Closes [UPDATED]

Pearl Paint, the downtown art-supplies staple on Canal Street, has shut down, Gothamist reported. We previously noted the structure’s listing on April 10, though at that time closure seemed uncertain, with the real estate listing offering that the “the space can be delivered vacant.”

Continue Reading →
Post image for Tom Sachs’s Pointless Americana

PARIS — In a search for art that reacts to the inequalities of globalization, must art lose touch with the sort of grace that exceeds the hand, a grace that couldn’t be anything but artificial and technological?

Continue Reading →
Post image for Your Graffiti “Looks Like Shit,” a Historic Letter to Alicia McCarthy

The artists of the so-called Mission School, that indie-inspired band of DIY artists centered around the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in the 1990s, are getting their moment in the New York sun with Grey Art Gallery’s Energy That Is All Around exhibition.

Continue Reading →

Essays

The Jewish Blues

by Aram Saroyan on April 21, 2014

Post image for The Jewish Blues

LOS ANGELES — I first saw Saul Bellow in the early 1960s at a reading he gave one afternoon of his play “The Last Analysis.” The reading took place in a large, light-filled studio on the Upper West Side in New York, for an audience of invited guests.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Painting and Poetry: In Conversation with Archie Rand

“As poets remain unpaid workers there is a perverse comfort in the façade of integrity, promised as resulting from that misfortune, which beckons me to trust their company. The idea of a strategy is still alien to poets.”

Continue Reading →

Museums

Drones, Data, and Deletion

by Stephen Truax on April 21, 2014

Post image for Drones, Data, and Deletion

BERLIN — Two autonomous drones shaped like miniature tanks a little bigger than a kid’s Fisher-Price Power Wheels truck roam the cavernous white hall of the Berlinische Galerie. They have been programmed to sense and approach visitors.

Continue Reading →

ReactorWeekend

Required Reading

by Hrag Vartanian on April 20, 2014

Post image for Required Reading

This week, photography’s bias towards dark skin, the world’s tallest building rises, the earliest emoticon, Zorthian Ranch, Noah’s lack of black people, a novella based on Edward Hopper, the paintings of Bob Ross by the stats, and more.

Continue Reading →

ReactorWeekend

Weekend Words: Water

by Weekend Editors on April 20, 2014

Post image for Weekend Words: Water

On Thursday, the Guardian reported that officials in Portland, Oregon, plan to flush millions of gallons of drinking water “for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir.”

Continue Reading →
Post image for Fagen’s Critical Catalogue (April 2014, Part 1)

In part 1 of this month, reviews of Karmin, Perfect Pussy, Sunkil Moon, and Todd Terje.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Weekend Studio Visit: Leslie Baum in Logan Square, Chicago

CHICAGO –– I first saw Leslie Baum’s work in a sprawling group show, My Crippled Friend, at the Canzani Center Gallery (October 11, 2013–January 10, 2014), the main exhibition space of Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, Ohio).

Continue Reading →