Earlier this week, the Internet was abuzz with rumors of Jeffrey Deitch’s departure from MOCA. At 9:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, MOCA sent out an email announcing a major change ahead for Los Angeles’ contemporary art museum.
Yesterday’s rumors have been confirmed (albeit anonymously). The New York Times reports that MoCA Director Jeffrey Deitch will resign three years into his five year contract. [The New York Times]
Another massive blow to mega collector Steven Cohen. Federal Authorities will level criminal indictment against his hedge fund company, SAC. This could effectively shutter the company, which employs about 1000 workers. [Dealbook]
There is a hidden promise built into the act of making a photograph, particularly with portraiture. A hint of salvation, as if the camera can act as a portal to a better place. This would obviously be more pronounced in places like prisons, conflict zones or psychiatric hospitals but even on the street we were bewildered when people agreed. At about the time this doubt started creeping in we both read a remarkable book by Janet Malcolm called “The Journalist and the Murderer,” where she wonders incredulously why anyone would reveal so much to a journalist, in her experience often more than she felt they would reveal to a shrink. We began to feel the same about images. Why would anyone agree to being photographed without a full understanding of the potential political, cultural and economic currency of the images. That eco-system, the moral, political and financial world that images work in began to interest us more than the individual images. So our work began to look at revealing the mechanisms at work around image making, distribution and consumption. Its hard to do this if you’re just making pictures which for the most part leaves you at the bottom of this powerful food chain. [CPHmag via: Greg.org]
Another start-up that wants to put more art on people’s walls. ARTtwo50 is an iPad app that allows users to picture what a work would look like over their couch or above their bed. Once the customer has chosen the art work, ARTtwo50 will “demystify” the pricing structure of the art world by pricing all the art on the site $250. [TechCrunch]
Richard Phillips has come up with a rescue plan for Detroit: Detroit Basel. [Twitter]
Is the art work critical of capitalism on display at the Goldsmith’s MFA show actually complicit with it? “A Letter to Goldsmiths art students on capitalism, art and pseudo-critique” [Prolapsarian via Bad at Sports]
The West is recognizing bizarre, old Japanese porn as art. Japan is not as keen on the idea. [Bloomberg]
The Met held its punk-themed gala last night. For those unimportant enough to attend, and for those who don’t really care about Miley Cyrus, there was Twitter. [#metgala, photo courtesy of Kotaku]
Thanks, Tom McCormack for writing a history of ASCII art. Not so thankful for beginning that history with Apollinaire and introducing some dubious terms about the “connoisseur’s medium” (ha) and “the high period of ASCII art”. [Rhizome]
In case you missed it, here’s the ultimate compendium of cats Photoshopped into sushi. [Laughing Squid]
“I am an artist…I designed and built a cat.” [The New Yorker, paywall]
Shit show over at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: They’ve fired or laid off at least eight staff members. At least one of these firings appears to be related to the perception of union sympathizing. The story just gets worse. [Hyperallergic]
MOCA’s “A New Sculpturalism” is facing cancellation, but no one knows precisely why. Pavilion architects for this show are nervous. They’ve invested a lot of time and money to make this show happen. [Architect Magazine]
The Princess Diana Museum will be closing. Her family opened the museum in Althorp soon after her passing. [The Los Angeles Times]
It’s nearly impossible to operate a food truck in NYC without breaking the law thanks to numerous and sometimes conflicting regulations. [NYTimes]
We don’t know what finally threw the board into action—public pressure hadn’t yielded results previously, so it’s unclear why or if that became a factor—but something has transformed these members into a functional fundraising team.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design is partnering with the University of Maryland and the National Gallery of Art. Details remain sparse, but the two separate arrangements are said to provide “significant cost savings” for the museum and school.