Posted: May 20th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Links once again compiled for your edification and delight. Please read responsibly:
- I suppose the art story of the week was a Gerard Richter painting breaking records for a living artist. “I just love it . . . I just love art,” says buyer
- But if you’re in New York you may have been more distracted by the face off between Jeff Koons and Paul McCarthy. The Times gives this round to McCarthy
- Also expected to do well at auction: a chimpanzee. Hyperallergic reports on the six figure fees which circus animal Mikki can hope to pull down
- Talking of expensive polaroids, American Suburb X posts a gallery of Warholian photographs, which include shots of Debbie Harry, Tom Jones and Arnold Schwarzenegger
- What the hell are they teaching in Russian art schools? The latest piece of slavic controversy took place in Brussels where Petro Wadkins has ‘pissed all over’ tradition
- Another Hyperallergic story offers comfort to the middle aged. Hrag Vartanian notes the online rise of the 18th century power paunches, plus a one Daniel Lambert
- On these shores we got excited about Tate Britain’s new hang. It includes toughened floors to support monumental Epsteins. Can’t wait to see for myself
- The Guardian comes up trumps with at least two compelling interviews this week. The more recent is this one with the quiet man of the YBA movement, Gary Hume
- The paper also interviews Cornelia Parker who talks about her peasant stock, her anxieties regarding cracks in the pavement, and sleeping with the enemy
- Non football fans look away, but it’s been an emotional week for the national game. Here we see a photo which sums it up . . . Beckham in tears.
Posted: May 13th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Good afternoon/morning. It’s time for my weekly compilation of interesting links:
- First but not foremost, it’s been Frieze week in New York. Jason Farago captures the spirit of the event and bottles it for the Guardian
- Fans of Dante may not be thrilled about the arrival of a new Dan Brown book. The Telegraph publishes a brilliant take down
- Grossmalerman has a few tips for aspiring fellow artists with a piece about getting a gallery (on Hyperallergic). Funny/sad
- Tom Morton stumbles upon an online community of macrophiles and picks out an image of a bucolic giantess for a 1000+ word critique
- Find out what Paul McCarthy’s up to and be suitably horrified. Randy Kennedy spends time with the controversial artist for the New York Times Magazine
- You can rely upon American Suburb X for jawdropping picture galleries. These architectural scenes by Gabriele Basilico are to be adored
- Blogger Chloe Nelkin flew in a private jet to Berlin Gallery Weekend. I realise the city can be cheap, but that’s ridiculous. Kindly, she shares her experiences
- Art:21 runs a piece about Santiago Sierra. Team Gallery has been hosting his Veterans series in which real ex-servicemen are paid to stand in the corner
- You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can always judge the cover itself. The Casual Optimist rounds up some recent gems
- Last but not least, Degenerate Art Stream is a well-modelled blog in which artists of all stripes get to curate a daily stream of links. So be inspired at will.
Posted: May 5th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
It’s beach weather here in Brighton, but first aggregated art links for a Bank Holiday Weekend:
- How could a show with such a title be anything but great. Read about “Ain’t Painting a Pain?” by Richard Jackson at Orange County Museum of Art
- Billions and billions of stars are now available for viewing at Apexart in New York for the “Slack-jawed wonderment” of all who drop by
- Some more committed Russian protest art, this time from student Peter Pavlesnkiy. He’s stripped off and wrapped himself in barbed wire. Wince
- It surprised me to learn that Bedwyr Williams is an official druid. Karen Wright visits the artist in his studio ahead of representing Wales in Venice this year
- Michael Jang’s family photos are better than most. American Suburb X post a hugely enjoyable gallery of his kin larking about
- Madrid’s Reina Sofía to show more than 200 works by Salvador Dalí. I for one would be quite ok with the legendary surrealist coming back into vogue
- The Hammer Museum in LA is showing an exhibition of sculptural oddities by Enrico David. Contemporary Art Daily has the pics
- Tracey Emin is interviewed at length about love, growing up and Louise Bourgeois. Art Info carry the three page story
- Blogger Chloe Nelkin has clearly enjoyed Tate Modern’s low key show of 97-year-old Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair
- Henri, the Existential Cat, has made a new film for the Paris Review. I think I’ve linked to him before but he is fantastique.
Posted: April 15th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Hello, it seems Spring has made a belated appearance. But if you’re not already enjoying the sun, here are some art links:
- Criticismism is sad this week (having learned that Catalan film director Bigas Luna is no longer with us). The Tit and the Moon is a personal favourite movie
- Timothy Taylor have an Antoni Tapies show and Contemporary Art Daily has a fine selection of installation shots. So more Catalan art here
- Next time you see a record breaking art sale make headlines, think twice about the health of the art market. Art Info tells you how to read those hyperbolic stories
- Salon carries disturbing news about a Beatles bootleg called “No Pakistanis”. The song eventually became “Get Back”. This story’s wild
- Stuart Jeffries from the Guardian spends time in a shed with Bedwyr Williams. The Welsh artist is always good for amusing observations
- New York Times, meanwhile, interviews Claes Oldenberg and finds an Old World European sensibility at work in the poppy hamburgers and ice cream cones
- This is pretty dumb and also pretty amazing. Hyperallergic record the Rembrandt-themed flashmob which launched the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum
- Musical interlude: AnimalNY brought you a tuneful supercut filled with the movie world’s best computer hackers. Secure your mainframes
- This is a good Q&A with an inspiring array of reference points: Lizzie Homersham interviews Salvatore Arancio for Aesthetica magazine
- And finally, Jill Steinhauer appears to blame the market for the rise of middlebrow art. She makes clear what is and what isn’t in this piece for Hyperallergic.
Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Hello and welcome to another round up of art-related links culled from the last seven days:
- Here’s a piece about death etiquette from the Guardian. Did have a link to the Heffner song, but paranoia struck.
- Film critics are generally more greatly missed that politicians anyway. Here’s a kind letter the late Roger Ebert sent to once very young fan Dana Stevens, now movie critic at Slate
- Unequivocal good news: the rebuilding of the Rijksmuseum is a triumph. Enjoy this spacious look around with @FisunGuner from The Arts Desk
- Der Spiegel writes about the growing importance of the cultural sector in Amsterdam and European cities beyond
- @cmonstah flagged up a shocking interview with architect Denise Scott Brown. If you didn’t know much about her, here’s why…
- When rural idylls go bad… the Guardian report from the trial of Graham Ovenden, the 70-year-old artist accused of child abuse
- Unicorn chaser might be needed after that. How about this daft contraption for sending emails via your flying V guitar
- Smithson write up a design history of the chess set. Could the game be making a comeback? Well, with a bit of help from Pentagram…perhaps
- Whether or not you like contemporary dance, this deserves a look. Dancer with osteoporosis Claire Cunningham incorporates crutches into her performance
- Reading Ben Street on painting is a close second best to actually looking at painting. Take this essay on Kiera Bennett, for example.
Posted: April 1st, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Happy Easter/April Fool’s Day/interminable winter. Here are some seasonable links from the online world of art:
- What might happen if Guernica came back to Britain today? Nigel Wheale writes an intriguing account of the painting’s first and last visit to these shores
- He lives in NYC, goes to 30 exhibitions a week, and still critic Jerry Saltz worries he might be getting out of touch. Read his alarming piece on the death of gallery shows
- An artist makes a very strong statement as to why she should never have to make another artist’s statements. A must read for practitioners everywhere from Hyperallergic
- Ruth Ewan gives Radio 4 a truly Utopian vision, even if it does get a little far fetched towards the end. But that’s what comes of working with teenagers (via @StudioVoltaire)
- Beautiful/Decay write up a Dutch sound sculpture which takes on an aspect of Eindhoven’s history of manufacturing. Features musical cigars
- It’s not quite kittens in boots, but We Make Money Not Art couldn’t resist these photos of dogs in cars, and neither could I
- Here’s another piece of spectacle: two famous Nick Caves come face to face in New York where one was staging an art performance the other a rock music gig
- So as to get anything done, the only way I enjoy console games is vicariously. But this YouTube review of BioShock Infinite could tempt anyone
- The strange story of the week was that a Picasso through which owner Steve Wynn had once put his elbow sold for more than he paid for it. See The Independent
- If you’re younger than 70 and you still haven’t made it in the art world, do not despair. Art Info notes a trend for pension-age breakthroughs by no less than six now well known artists.
Posted: March 18th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Salutations. This week’s art links are the usual mix between the topical and the wondrous.
- Topical: Here’s a sad story about the death of young Dominic Elliott, friend and assistant to David Hockney. The Independent reports.
- Also topical: the Guardian send music critic Alexis Petridis to review the record-breaking Bowie show at the V&A.
- Highly topical: a social minded architect from Japan has won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Read about Toyo Ito in the New York Times.
- Sadly topical: the Guardian suggests that an education secretary who doesn’t like architecture very much could learn a thing or two from Oscar Niemeyer.
- Also with news currency, the Art Newspaper report that US has taken back the topspot in terms of art sales, from China (via Art Observed)
- Here’s something wondrous: photos of a lightning storm during the eruption of a volcano in Japan. Animal NY collates.
- Also quite cool to look at is this slide show of cowboy rephotographs by Richard Prince together with a Western soundtrack. This is almost not ironic.
- This is link of the week: Beautiful/Decay showcases the work of Gabriele Galinberti, who shoots portraits of kids along with their most prized possessions.
- Quietly wondrous: Art Wednesday interviews Polly Staple from Chisenhale Gallery. Amazing role call of debut shows.
- And very much finally. This photo of confiscated bootleg pharmaceuticals in China is both topical and wondrous. Thanks to Der Spiegel.
Posted: March 11th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | 1 Comment »
Greetings from snow-gripped Brighton. Here’s my weekly selection of links better not missed:
- Firstly, everyone must see this Fox News report as discovered by Art Fag City: George W. Bush as an emerging artist
- Still Stateside, I enjoyed at least two reports about the Armory show in New York, both from Art Info: the first about a spate of freebie Warholesque Brillo Boxes, the second about some critical work by Liz Magic
- Meanwhile in the UK and on the pages of The Telegraph, Mark Hudson muses on the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been urged to collect contemporary art. But of course, they would have to buy British
- Another state of the nation type link: an iconic Picasso currently on show at the Courtauld is due to leave these shores for Qatar. Story in the Independent
- Obligatory reference to Bowie coming right up: Jon Savage writes in the Guardian about a historic meeting between the other worldly singer and William Burroughs
- Fans of Twitter and/or great writing would do well to follow @tejucole. Here’s an interview with the Nigerian/American micro-blogger and novelist from Mother Jones (Thanks @johannhari101)
- Meaning to see this show, but in the meantime there’s a positive review with some great unearthed quotes on art-Corpus: Carl Andre at Turner Contemporary
- This must be every art buff’s dream. The curatorial team at the Met bought a $700 dollar copy of a painting by David. But not before spotting it was a preparatory sketch worth six figures
- Phaidon write up a new piece of public art in Hyde Park. Two precarious rocks by Fischli and Weiss on show for the time being outside Serpentine
- Not content with mining uranium, uranium miners in Australia are threatening much celebrated sites of Aboriginal rock art. The Guardian reports.
Posted: March 4th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | 1 Comment »
Here are the week’s most interesting art links as chosen entirely subjectively:
- After finding horsemeat in ready meals, one wonders which artworks might be contaminated. Fortunately The L-Magazine has checked the situation out.
- Well, this looks entirely brilliant, perhaps inadvertently so: a breathing statue of Lenin has gone on show in Moscow.
- New York Times gives a decent write up of a Cyprien Gaillard show, decent in as much as it contains gloomy visual poetry.
- Still in NY, it might be worth checking out Andrew Sendor at Sperone Westwater. Art historian Ben Street has good things to say about the artist.
- Meanwhile, we in the UK have Manet at the RA, which is slated by The Flaneur who point out, quite reasonably, that a certain amount of contextual gossip would not have gone amiss.
- Such to-ings and fro-ings are well represented by a new show in Washington DC. Daily Serving reports on the links between Jackson Pollock, Jean Dubuffet and Alfonso Ossono.
- Gossip in Bridlington meanwhile may well revolve around the fact that famous son David Hockney is reluctant to receive the freedom of his Yorkshire town.
- Another story from the Independent finds Dominic Lawson arguing against free admission for galleries and museums. Arts mafia paranoia.
- In another engaging think piece, Jonathan Jones gets upset about the mere thought of a statue of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
- If you remember a band called 23 Skidoo you too might get upset about that woman, but are liable to find this piece about painter William Turnbull of great interest.
Posted: February 25th, 2013 | Author: Mark Sheerin | Filed under: aggregation, contemporary art | No Comments »
Sorry for lack of postings of late. I’ve been on a short break in Rome. Keen observers will find this reflected in my first two chosen links of the week:
- In any other country he would surely be unelectable. Not so in Silvio Berlusconi’s Italy, from where Der Spiegel recalls the following gaffes.
- As luck would have it, the Sistene Chapel was still open. It’s beyond amazing, as are the Raphael frescoes in the rest of the Vatican Museum.
- Back on these shores was an opening of Lichtenstein at Tate Modern. Laura Cumming hails the visual ingenuity of the man
- This is hilarious even if your French is as basic as mine. Marcel Broodthaers interviews a cat about art.
- This too is very funny, and certainly basic: a new strain of teenage bvehaviour known as gallon smashing. Animal NY compare the kids involved to Marina Abramovic
- The tasteful folk at Pipe blog compiled their ten favourite films. Here are the top five; more under ’older posts’.
- The Telegraph have an exclusive slide show from what looks to be the V&A’s biggest ever show: a look back at the visual world of David Bowie.
- Smithsonian blog about photographer Thomas Shahan who does PR work for arthropods. Seriously.
- How to catch an art thief: offer them a plum job in a gallery. Another one from the Telegraph.
- Finally, prepare to be charmed by a time lapse film about the staging of a new Murillo show at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Not to be missed, it seems (via @mbadeane).