The Creative Time Summit has announced Lucy Lippard as their keynote. As we mentioned on the blog last year, she’s no longer a practicing curator and is a poor speaker. High-profile participants include Vito Acconci, who’s also no longer a practicing artist, and Jimmy McMillan, who, well, okay. He’s a mayoral candidate and founder of “Rent is Too Damn High“. Awesome. [In the Air]
World domination alert! This week marks the launch of the first Art Basel-owned edition of the Hong Kong art fair. Now collectors get Christmas three times a year. (Everybody else still has to share just the one.) [Art in America, The New York Times]
“Attention is what creates value. Artworks are made as well by how people interact with them.” Brian Eno on the future of art making. [Brainpickings]
“Shit-on-the-ground.” “Eye-sores.” Those are the words used to describe Mark di Suvero’s red i-beam creature, which was installed this month on the green surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge. Haters want it removed, but duh, the sculpture is big. [Curbed]
So, congratulations to Mark di Suvero for winning the American Academy of Arts and Letters gold medal for outstanding artistic achievement! [The New York Times]
12th grader Sabrina Brady takes home the Doodle 4 Google prize. The prize includes $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook, and a $50,000 technology grant for her school. Her image is on the front page of Google today. [Google Blog]
In the 1960s and early 1970s, art and politics were peas in a pod. For die-hard critics like Barbara Rose, who lived through these decades in New York, that was the time to be alive. Art was good then, and now it sucks. Well, that’s how her argument goes, which which she makes in the pages of this month’s Brooklyn Rail. We disagree.
In an effort to cover more art before shows close, AFC decided to visit a handful of galleries and report what we saw. More than usual, I wanted to stay longer. Here are my notes from five shows at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Mixed Greens, Paula Cooper, and Tanya Bonakdar.
The Occupy Wall Street Arts and Culture committee has written a formal letter asking artist Mark Di Suvero to make a public statement against the barricades in Liberty Park. His sculpture “Joie de Vivre” is a dominent visual in the Occupy Wall Street protests, situated at the South East corner of Zuccotti Park. The police barricaded the piece after a protestor attempted to climb the piece, effectively detaching it from the rest of the politically activated space. The letter and photo essay to follow.