Profiles are big this week. New York Magazine has taken on meme-creator BuzzFeed and its founder Jonah Peretti as a case study in too big to fail. Is $46 million in venture capital worth it? Well, maybe thanks to BuzzFeed’s “native advertising” approach where it’s become nearly impossible at times to distinguish advertising from actual content on the blog. Actually, all this talk about how novel advertising strategies are carving out a niche for online content is pretty big right now; that’s the focus of The New Yorker’s VICE profile from last week. Whew. [New York Magazine]
More and more mid-level dealers are participating in the smaller art fairs popping up around the country. Look no further than this week’s Dallas Art Fair, which boasts New York galleries ranging from CANADA to Marlborough. The SEVEN art fair (BravinLee programs, Catharine Clark Gallery, Inman Gallery, Pierogi, P.P.O.W., Ronald Feldman, and Postmasters) is launching its Dallas debut in Dallas, too. [SEVEN]
My eyes are glazing over this fashion label’s blog full of selfies taken by depressed goth kids who have yet to get over their fascination with The Mickey Mouse Club, but maybe that’s because they’re still in it. [nvrmnd]
China is opening up its business practices to let Christie’s become the first auction company “granted license to operate independently in mainland China”. The first auction will be held in the fall of this year. [Twitter, via @KellyCrowWSJ and @ChristiesInc]
When stand up comedians look at art, they’re no different from the rest of us; they like to talk about tits. [“What Am I Looking At?”]
Slowly but surely, galleries are reaching a breaking point with the art fair circuit. Escape isn’t an option for most galleries. Instead of opting out, we’re seeing a rise in specialized fairs, those that provide an alternative to the white-walled booth model. Moving Image is one of those fairs, and it has all the makings of a solid future.
Did you come out of Art Fag City’s Wienerfest and Fundraiser wishing for more photographs of hot dogs, pimped out hot dog carts, and world champion hot dog eater Takeru Kobayashi? Did you miss AFC’s Wienerfest and fundraiser and wish you could get a report on what happened that wild Sunday afternoon? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in luck. We’ve got more pictures and commentary than you can imagine.
In another installment of We Went to Chelsea, we tell you why we’re not crazy about most of what’s up below 23rd Street. Next month, we’ll go higher. Our comments within on Gilbert and George, Tauba Auerbach, Brice Marden, Alice Neel, Philippe Decrauzat, Richteriana, and so much more.
Well, good. Postmasters’ Magda Sawon announced over Twitter yesterday, that SEVEN will participate in New York’s upcoming fairs. This means we’ll have at least one event to attend that resembles an actual exhibition, in addition to Frieze and Pulse, which run May 4th through 7, and 3rd through 6th, respectively. SEVEN launches April 28th and runs through the middle of May.
Don’t worry, we’ll be gentle. After this year’s auction protests, art fairs, and museum freakshows, it’s high time we sit our asses down to some video games. Here are a few art events that require little to no effort (in a good way) this month.
After a few days at Art Basel Miami Beach, it's easy to forget that art doesn't always come in cubes. Museums and private collections offer some respite, but among the legion of Basel satellite fairs, only one dares break the mould: SEVEN. SEVEN's organizers – BravinLee programs, Hales Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Postmasters, P.P.O.W., Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, and Winkleman Gallery, all from New York – have worked collaboratively, arranging their works in a flowing exhibition whose geography is determined less by funding and more by content.
William Powhida is mean. His acerbic drawings and calculated rant-pieces have built him a reputation in New York’s art world as something between a complicit skeptic and a doomsday preacher, decrying the ills of contemporary art even as he steadily climbs its ladder. Last month, he opened a show at Postmasters Gallery – up until November 26th – that turned that same eye onto high finance, politics, and the general state of everything. I visited him in his studio to find out more.