Thursday, August 24, 2017

Artist donates archive of Felix Gonzalez-Torres letters, photographs, and exhibition cards to Visual AIDS

At a time when some artist foundations are making it difficult to access and view artists’ archives, Carl George, artist and close friend of Ross Laycock and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, has generously donated an archive of dozens of letters, photographs, and exhibition cards to Visual AIDS. The correspondences—a small selection of which is included in the above slideshow—presents an intimate view into the friendship of these three men by offering rare personal details that are not well-known in the current discourses surrounding Gonzalez-Torres’ work. Visual AIDS researcher Shawn Diamond discusses the archive at length with Carl George.


“Please pull the show. This is not about censorship. This is about institutional accountability…”

A group of artists and protesters are calling on the ICA Boston to pull its Dana Schutz exhibition.


How ’60s and ’70s New York Artists Fought for the Loft Law

Artsy’s Anna Louie Sussman gives a nice overview of New York City’s Loft Law,

SoHo’s artists fought their battle in three phases. The first, between 1961 and 1971, was for the right to live and work in their lofts, which were still zoned for industrial use. As the neighborhood grew in stature and real estate investors moved in, artists sought to limit the rezoning and conversion of lofts for residential use, under the theory that keeping loft housing illegal would discourage yuppie newcomers from swarming lower Manhattan. By the late 1970s, artists needed protections from the effects of gentrification, eventually resulting in the Loft Law, with its rental protections for tenants.



Left-wing radio station KPFA cancels event with noted atheist Richard Dawkins because of his harsh criticism of Islam

KPFA, the original Pacifica radio station, has now canceled an August 9th book event with leading atheist author, Richard Dawkins, because of Dawkins’s past statements about Islam that KPFA management labeled “abusive” and “hurtful.”

A level-headed critique from noted Constitutional and First Amendment scholar, Eugene Volokh, pretty much summarizes the craziness going on at KPFA: “Nonetheless, it’s interesting to see KPFA’s rationale, just as evidence of how some on the left — a place that has traditionally been quite hospitable to hostility to religion — view criticisms of Islam.”

And we continue to witness the implosion of the Left, brought to you by the foundations of so-called post-modern and critical theory.


Cady Noland Sues Collector, Art Advisor and Two Galleries

Noland, not one to shy from a legal fight, filed suit alleging her VARA and copyrights to her sculptural art work, Log Cabin (1990).



Unofficial Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Addendum Released

According to the website, the addendum “focuses exclusively on genuine paintings that, for various reasons, were not included in the official Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné.” The website also states that the goal of the addendum is “to present the art world with a more complete list of genuine Andy Warhol paintings — which will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of his work.”

Interestingly, the authenticators, Richard Polsky Art Authenticators, “are also willing to re-examine paintings that were stamped ‘Denied’ by the Warhol Board.”

Just when you think this art market thing is getting boring.


Lygia Pape’s Daughter Claims LG Stole Mother’s Images to Promote Mobile Phone

Paula Pape, daughter of Brazilian artist Lygia Pape (1927-2004, currently exhibiting at the Met Breuer), is suing LG Electronics, Inc., alleging that LG is using copies of Lygia Pape’s 2003 sculpture Tteia 1, C in packaging materials, advertising and promotions for its K20 V mobile phone.

“That LG and others stole [Lygia Pape's] work for their crass commercial purposes is not only against the law, it is an affront, an ugly reminder that enormous corporations such as LG believe themselves beyond the law,” Paula Pape said.


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