Bloomberg reports that Sotheby’s will be selling off the world-renowned Polaroid photo collection during an auction that is slated to take place June 21 and 22 at the company’s Manhattan offices. More than 1,200 works, including art by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Harry Callahan, Imogen Cunningham, Chuck Close, Robert Frank, David Hockney, Dorothea Lange, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, and Edward Weston, will go on sale. Many people are opposed to the sale but no buyer or institution has come forward to save the historic corporate collection.
Worldfocus gives us an update on the renovation of New York’s United Nations headquarters, which will be completed in 2013. What’s interesting is that instead of updating the design the supervising architect is going to do his utmost to make sure everything adheres to the original vision:
“We are going back to the old coloring of the glass that has the film on there that was done for blast protection several years ago,” he said…“Basically the UN will look exactly as it did when the ribbon was originally cut,” said Adlerstein.
The US National Archives has joined The Commons on Flickr and they have already made 3,000 photos available to the public, including Mathew Brady’s historic Civil War photos:
The U.S. National Archives has digitized over 6,000 images from the seriesMathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes (National Archives’s Local Identifier 111-B) and included them in our online catalog. We plan to upload all of the ones available in the online catalog to Flickr gradually over a few months.
Also available are 220 images by Ansel Adams.
The New York Times reports that a new cargo regulation is creating jitters in the art world. The U.S. government has announced that starting August, 1, 2010, art will not be exempt from TSA search regulations:
But those responsible for safeguarding art will soon have a new category of anxiety, the stuff of real nightmares: the possibility that airline employees could open carefully crated works of art to search them the way checked baggage is sometimes searched now, poking around Picassos instead of sweaters and socks.
The absurd (and possibly crazy) media-attention monster that is Jerry Saltz is spiraling out of control and the New York Observer gives Jerry Saltz a very public blowjob in its fluff piece titled, “The Many Friends of Jerry Saltz.” Thankfully, the Observer gets a smack down by C-Monster’s Carolina Miranda, who asks some basic questions that is part of Journalism 101:
I gotta admit, that as much as I relish El Saltzino’s ranting in the same trashy way I love domestic beer and a good diving elbow drop, it’s kinda weird that this story didn’t include a single critical reaction — or reactions from people mentioned in the story (um, like Klaus Biesenbach or Tyler Green). And it doesn’t even mention John Yau. A real missed opportunity for some interesting reading.
Three newspapers were named World’s Best Designed:
- der Freitag (Berlin, Germany, circulation 12,400),
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (Germany, circulation: 347,000), and
- The New York Times (New York City; circulation: 800,000).
Ceramic fried eggs, critiques of real estate, and a whole booth dedicated to female-identifying saints caught my eye at Untitled, NADA, and Art Miami.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office recovered 23 looted objects from Shelby White’s home over the last year and a half.
The award-winning Canadian artist explores notions of power through the imagery of science fiction in portraits, sculpture, and objects.
An egregious “anti-woke” billboard erected in Los Angeles attempts to sow division among Latino/a/x communities.
This week, missed signs of previous life on Mars, the appeal of forged art, and why are blue whales singing in lower octaves?
This affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2023.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed forcefully posits multiple parallels between the world Nan Goldin grew up in and the one she fights in today.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including Bob Thompson, Aimee Goguen, Uta Barth, the Transcendental Painting Group, and more.
The latest episode of this documentary series on PBS explores the meaning of home through handmade objects, hand built homes, and the artists who create them.
There is the singular artist and then there is the more exclusive club that has only one member. Harvey belongs to the latter.
The artists say the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma must sever ties with Poju Zabludowicz, whose wealth comes in part from Israeli defense contracting.
Rhode Island School of Design opens registration for its residential summer Pre-College program and year-round online intensive Advanced Program Online.
Vanessa Albury, whose eco-friendly ceramic sculptures help revive filter-feeder populations, is raising funds to complete her first film about the project.
An archeological exploration of the amphitheater’s sewers and water systems uncovered remnants of meat, vegetables, olives, nuts, and yes, pizza.