Take an elevator to the 7th floor of an open-air parking garage, and you’ll find Piston Head, an exhibition of over a dozen artist-designed cars, motorcycles, and trucks shipped from all over the world.
“Want to see a very big show of very bad art? Sure you do, to be up on present trends in bigness and badness.” The New Yorker disses Matthew Day Jackson’s show up at Hauser & Wirth. [The New Yorker]
New York state has dismissed the gender discrimination suit filed by El Museo del Barrio’s former director, Margarita Aguilar. One board member supposedly told her to “pluck her eyebrows, lose weight and wear more expensive clothing.” [Art in America]
The National Law Review weighs in on the legalities surrounding the Detroit Institute of Arts, and whether its collection can be sold to cover the city’s bankruptcy. [The National Law Review]
The BHQF has come out with a series of “how-to videos that equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s contemporary art market.” [MOCAtv]
Yesterday Occupy Wall Street took to the streets once more in honor of its second anniversary. Anger remains hot over closing hospitals and Wall Street speculators who have not faced charges for the stock market crash of 2008. [The Huffington Post]
Well, some kids are dumb. College students imitating moves from Miley Cyrus’ music video “Wrecking Ball,” started riding a piece of public art at Grand Valley State University. The sculpture has now been removed. [Business Insider]
A Russian perspective on Chinese art and power. [Frieze]
Screen shot of confiscated fireworks, from the TSA's first Instagram post
Good news for stemming the tide in New York City: opponents of the New York Public Library’s imminent renovation have filed suit against the plan in New York State Supreme Court. Patricia Cohen reports: “The suit…accuses the library of violating its charter and the state’s Constitution by dismantling seven floors of stacks and removing books from the site. It also says the library failed to conduct an environmental impact review.” Critics have called the plan drastic and hasty, so if nothing else, this will at least force a conversation. [Times]
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have won the contract to design the Hong Kong contemporary art museum M+, beating out competitors Toyo Ito and Renzo Piano. The museum’s expected to be Hong Kong’s Tate Modern. [LA Times]
Hrag Vartanian’s very informative review of the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Brooklyn Museum show is a must-read for the uninitiated. In his opinion, the show itself could use some more of that clarity. [Hyperallergic]
In case you missed all the excitement, the TSA’s on Instagram! So far, they’re posting photos of confiscated weapons, all willy-nilly. As of this writing, they’ve posted 11 photos and amassed over 31,000 followers. #knives #grenades #travel. [Instagram]
The Times reviews are in. Karen Rosenberg writes that Ellen Gallagher’s survey is spread too thin, between the Tate and the New Museum. Not a huge surprise for a two-part retrospective of a mid-career artist. [Times]
People like cats, and Roberta Smith does, too. She reviews “The Cat Show” at White Columns, the second New York art event this summer to hold an adoption drive– the other being Flux Factory’s “Kitty City.” [Times]
The first floor of the Brucennial's pop-up gallery was transformed last Sunday into a pop-up musical theater. Packed with the type of people you'd expect to see at an art school reunion, and helped by the free beer and an artists-only hanging of work, it felt like a homecoming, and the musical joined the exhibition as a big, fun, familial show of pride.