Good morning. Bryant Park’s ice rink closes this weekend, but we know it’s still winter—snow starts falling on Sunday.
De Blasio pushes back on the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment, calling for more affordable housing sites. [The New York Times]
Scratching the surface on what makes Berlin’s art gallery scene tick. [Artnet]
Portlandia makes fun of art again. This time the show targets McDonald’s, Urban Outfitters, and activist art. It’s only a little bit funny, but at least there’s an exploding head. [Hyperallergic]
“St. Petersburg was selected as the host for Manifesta 10 due to its expressed desire to research the notion and function of contemporary art and culture in a contested area.” That phrase—“contested area”—in the latest Manifesta press release must, we assume, refer to the petitions against holding the event in Russia. [e-flux]
Activist shareholder Daniel Loeb wants to pack the Sotheby’s board with a team of his own choosing. [Dealbook]
A “privileged” fashion line. Sure. All the better to stomp on the backs of the less privileged with stillettos. [Nasty Gal, via @kstoeffel]
Andrea K. Scott previews Maria Lassnig’s retrospective at MoMA PS1, opening March 9. She responds to curator Peter Eleey’s comment that the 94-year-old painter is “the perfect artist for the age of the selfie.” [The New Yorker]
What’s it really like to be a news publication’s social media editor? You spend all day around other people who think “tweets are tiny artworks.” [Digiday]
Starting this Friday, artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder will live in a giant hamster wheel for 10 days. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Frank Gehry don’t care! Nobody likes the too-famous architect’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial; detractors have compared it to a Nazi-era concentration camp or a highway overpass. Funding has been withheld for the project, but again, Frank Gehry don’t care—he’s not changing the design. [The Guardian]
Three Al Jazeera journalists have been detained by the Egyptian government for having “links to a ‘terrorist organization’ and spreading false news.” Six other Al Jazeera staff members face charges linked to the case. Today the protest marches over to Twitter with #freeajstaff. [Al Jazeera America]
“The narrative of the scientist and his sentient computer is as much about loneliness as it is about intelligence,” writes John Menick in the new issue of Frieze. He tracks the guy-and-his-robot storylines in science fiction. [Frieze]
Citi Bike and the Armory Show art fair have crafted an art exhibition a marketing campaign on wheels. The fair commissioned artist Xu Zhen to create designs, much like decals, to 10 Citi Bikes. Two will be on view at the Armory, while eight others will be available for riders at the Citi Bike station closest to the fair. Then there’s a contest where the first 20 people to ride those art bikes to the fair each day will get free entry—but only after posting the appropriate hashtag on social media. Has nobody done the math here? Eight bikes, twenty people … seriously. [The New York Times]
I filed my last column for the L Magazine today. It’s been a good seven years with them so I’m bummed to leave. But, you know, new horizons and all that. In two weeks you can read my bimonthly column on artnet News.