Despite the 2010 New York Art Book Fair getting quite a fair amount of press attention, photographer and fair participant Alec Soth feels that it wasn’t exactly the right kind. His criticism lies not with the fair itself nor with its PR, rather, his opinion that critics don’t often go out of their way to review art books in detail. A post on his nascent publishing outfit, Little Brown Mushroom’s, blog has the details.
Sometimes I wish a 1000 words could kill a picture. #criticism— William (@Powhida) November 10, 2010 I guess the old adage is wrong, how about 10,000? Art would be so much more fun if words had this kind of power.
Yale School of Art may have the reputation of being an institution that turns out future art market-friendly artist gazillionaires, but their website is hurting the eyes of people all over the web.
Recently, a bunch of users on Reddit have been cursing the institution’s jarring — which may be an understatement — website. If you have a few minutes to kill this morning and want to be lost in the hilarity of their reactions be my guest. The page is titled, “I’ll bet Yale’s Art Department has an awesome-looking site! Wait… WHAT?! : WTF
A group of enterprising Oxford musicologists have endeavored to recreate the musical instruments found in the Bosch’s famed 16th century painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” a painting that’s well known for its unreality. Conclusion? “Whatever Bosch’s painting depicts, it’s not possible to play a flute with your bottom.”
Here come the new collectors, same as the old collectors. Barron’s has an article on collectors from the developing world asking for unorthodox art deals, such as payment terms that extend over “weeks and months,” and failing to follow through on promises to buy. Silly new collectors! Don’t you know you’re growing faster than the US anyway!?
The Underbelly Project caused a stir last week both because of its expansive murals and because of its politics. We’ve argued that Underbelly was a step backward for street art, and it appears some have agreed with us. The underground exhibition has been infiltrated, and the murals run over with spraypaint, Gothamist reports.
One of the most fun parts of Asia Society’s Yoshitomo Nara retrospective is that the galleries are soundtracked: the artist’s paintings, drawings and sculptures are accompanied by a selection of handpicked tunes. Music more than anything else drives Nara’s work, from the rebellion of punk to the navel-gazing of blues singer-songwriters. Below, find the exhibition’s two playlists.
This week’s post on Hyperallergic about how awesome art teachers are sparked a lot of response, so we decided to start a little Twitter action: we re-tweeted everyone who sent us their most influential art teachers, whether it was a college professor or an elementary school instructor. This heartwarming exercise brought together a list of all the teachers that deserve thanks, for inspiring us, for starting us out on the art world paths we’re on now, or just being great people.
The recent case of the dictator Sultan of Brunei brother’s sex sculptures makes us wonder why the member of southeast Asia royalty didn’t just commission Jeff Koons, who knows a thing or two, three, maybe ten, about sex sculptures. I can’t believe I’m going to write this but Koons looks almost tasteful in comparison.
Underneath Las Vegas are 200 miles of flood tunnels that are also home to 1,000 people and an art gallery. According to the Daily Mail, “… the destitute and hopeless have constructed a community beneath the city and have even dedicated one section of tunnels to an art gallery filled with intricate graffiti.” [Daily Mail]
Reports hold that Purple Magazine editor Olivier Zahm, widely known for being a skeezy dude who documents his
love sex life obsessively online on Purple’s Diary, is just super into the ladies. Says Rachel Chandler, a Purple contributor, “A lot of people think he’s a sexist pig… What they don’t get is that he really loves women. Like, more than any man I’ve ever met.” A New York Times profile has the details.