I’ve never been able to come up with a top ten list of exhibitions; big, lasting ideas don’t always take place in art on the wall. So, keep that in mind with my best-of list; there’re exhibitions, sure, but my main requirement was picking “art” that I keep coming back to time-and-time again.
Artists tend to check their politics outside art fairs, claims The Art Newspaper. The article cites only a handful of artists to test this claim, however. “There is and has historically been a gap between them [artists and collectors],” claim writer Jessica Kabat, “collectors are not necessarily dying gay men.” Yuck. Anyway, feminist works seem to be just fine for collectors. The Art Newspaper gives it a pass. [The Art Newspaper]
Feminism in the tech community, though, may be a different story. Enter “Stop Tech Feminism,” a new tumblr with the tagline “Feminism in Tech is a Cancer.” Is this some kind of joke? Feminism exists because there is a need for it. [The Verge]
Lauren Clay, a sculptor out of Brooklyn, has settled a copyright conflict with the David Smith Estate. Her sculptures replicate the exact shapes of David Smith’s well-known “Cubi” series, though with a change in color, materials, and scale. [Art in America]
Every time we read what’s on the front page of the Times, we find the reports hard to believe. Speaker John A. Boehner actually believes that Senate is trying to steamroll the House with a new plan to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. Guys. You’ve got less than a day to pass a bill to raise the debt limit before the nation defaults. And we’re getting sick of dressing like pandas every day. Help us out. Let’s get the Smithsonian’s pandacam up and running again. [The New York Times]
Say goodbye to your last week of freedom—next week students and professors head back to college. We miss drooling over the books we used to buy at the beginning of the semester, so we asked several friends of AFC to share us in on their personal favorites from their fall syllabi. From the list of options below, it looks like we’ll have plenty to read.
Bushwick artists, get ready to put on your very best Bob Ross impersonation. This Sunday, The Active Space will host a Bob Ross-inspired painting takedown where competing artists will duke it out over who can paint the best “Rossian” landscape. If you’re a happy trees type of painter, let The Active Space know because they need more artists. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Magritte’s pipe is not a great painting. [ARTINFO]
The New York Post is looking for OkCupid users to profile on its weekly dating column, “Meet Market”. They’re trying to turn OkCupid into “Love Connection” of old, where readers get to vote on which dude gets to go on a date with a girl. They’ve already sent out some willing OkCupiders on dates (the paper will pay for all your drinks and vittles, except for the tip), with mixed results. Here’s where you sign up. [The New York Post]
Billionaire MOCA board member Steven A. Cohen will not be going to jail. Over the last year, his hedge fund SAC Capital has been under investigation by the government, but with the announcement of a settlement between SAC and the feds, the Treasury will now be receiving a whopping $614 million payout. [The Daily Beast]
We have reason to suspect that Greg Allen has been on a six year Indiana Jones-style quest that ends tomorrow with an opening at apexart. In 2007, he wrote a post on the first satellites for TV and radio communication, giant space balls, or satteloons [greg.org], which would have been visible to the naked eye. The launch of one “American Star,” he wrote, “helped to ease Americans’ Space Age insecurity.” Greg noted that America’s launch into space seems to have made an enormous impact on artists like Anish Kapoor, Tom Sachs, and Francis Alys; at the end of his post, he announced that he would be hunting down the original test models and photos. The show opens tomorrow night at 6 PM. [apexart]
HBO’s Marina Abramovic documentary opened today at Film Forum, and it was accompanied this morning by a brief interview in the New York Times. In addition to talk of boob jobs and funerals, Abramovic reminds us, once again, that she’s still not a feminist.