Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wait, What? Someone Actually Wants to Authenticate Artworks?

The painting SATURN by the Spanish artist GOYA.

That’s right. And wouldn’t this individual be afraid of lawsuits?

I believe in being transparent. If I turn down your painting you get a two-page letter from me outlining why. You might be bummed out, but being treated fairly tends to reduce anger. Of course I also have a lawyer and a disclaimer. And there’s just not as much financial incentive to sue me. There’s a difference between suing an estate worth hundreds of millions and suing an individual.

Ah, having a lawyer surely  helps. Via the Art Newspaper.


Coming this Spring to PS1: Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci, 1973. Courtesy of Valueyou via CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

Vito Acconci, 1973. Courtesy of Valueyou via CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

We can’t express how happy we are that on June 19, MoMA PS1 in Queens opens “Vito Acconci: Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976.

If there is an artist who deserves much more recognition for his work as an “artist,” thinker, teacher, architect, performer and writer, it’s Vito Acconci.

And why did we put artist in quotation marks?

“I hated the word artist,” he said. “To me, even in the years when I was showing things in galleries, it seemed to me that I didn’t really have anything to do with art. The word itself sounded, and still sounds to me, like ‘high art,’ and that was never what I saw myself doing.”

In today’s PC atmosphere, it’s hard to imagine that any artist would be brave enough to follow a stranger in public space, much less masturbate in a gallery space.

It’s artists like these that remind us why we got into this mess called art in the first place. The paper of record has a bit more on Acconci and the exhibition, here.


Images and the Consumption of Guns

1908 Colt Advertisement.

1908 Colt Advertisement.

I’ve been meaning to post about this article on the role advertising and marketing played in the glorification and consumption of handguns. If you’re interested in photography, image making and reading, this is definitely worth a read.

As the frontier was settled and U.S. cities grew, fewer Americans even needed guns as tools. By the turn of the 20th century, the industry had embraced the emerging science of marketing. Gun companies began thinking about how to create new demand for their products. In this respect, their business was no different from the stove or soap business.

Via the WSJ.


Podcast: Liberité & Securité

Recently, the French Parliament passed yet another law giving state police and judicial authorities new powers to detain people suspected of terrorist activities, put people under house arrest, and use deadly force to stop potential threats.

So how are the French dealing with civil rights and terrorism? Good podcast via Life of the Law.



This Dealer vs. Collector Dispute Reads Like a Soap Opera

Rybolovlev, a Russian fertilizer billionaire, accuses Bouvier, an art-world heavyweight who runs duty-free storage facilities from Geneva to Singapore, of overcharging him by $500 million to $1 billion during the course of a decade for works by Mark Rothko, Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso.

Via Bloomberg.


When An American Artist Rips Off Another Artist, This Is What You Get


U.S. Copyright law thrown in your face.

We love the art world, so leftist, so progressive, except when it comes to art and creativity. Let the Dutch guy have a say and a day in the limelight, except when it comes to exposure, propaganda and the ever-coveted starlight. This isn’t so much about copyright as it is about an Artist with a well-known art institution backing him up burying another artist for the exposure and the seemingly new “idea.” Will the hypocrisy ever end?

A few weeks ago, word of a new and widely celebrated artwork, called “Fly by Night,” by the American artist Duke Riley, reached Mr. van den Brink. It also involves a flock of pigeons with lights attached to their legs, in this case wheeling across the night sky over the Brooklyn Navy Yard on weekends through June 12.

This gave Mr. van den Brink another idea: Mr. Riley, he thought, might have ripped him off.

“At first I thought, hey, this is really weird,” Mr. van den Brink said by telephone. “And then I was like, how is this possible?”

Here’s van den Brink’s project, via Cabinet.

UPDATE: May 31, 2016

What’s the deal with pigeons?, asks our good friend, Christine Corcos.


A Different Story About The Kitty Genovese Murder

As the story went at the time, 38 people witnessed the attack on Kitty Genovese 50 years ago, and did nothing. But that story is wrong, as James Soloman and William Genovese explore in their new film.

On NPR this morning.


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