Archinect - News 2015-10-09T04:52:05-04:00 Damien Hirst's surprisingly restrained gallery space opens in London today Alexander Walter 2015-10-08T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T15:01:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For an artist who used to chop up cows and ambush people with his foreskin, his new south London HQ is notably subdued. The facade is not encrusted with dead butterflies nor diamond skulls, nor is there the clinical air that his eerie white production facility in Gloucestershire exudes. In fact, it looks a bit like a block of luxury docklands apartments &ndash; a couple of old brick warehouses with a polite in-keeping brick extension. Has the 50-year-old prankster finally grown up?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opening of Damien Hirst&rsquo;s new London art space scheduled for October</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's gallery development draws closer to completition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring</a></li></ul> Your annual reminder that Burning Man isn't that special of an idea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T15:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:17:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While Burning Man really is a one-of-a-kind, temporary event, there are&nbsp;communities&nbsp;full of similarly minded radical folk across the globe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Burners 'round the globe will soon make the pilgrimage to Black Rock City,&nbsp;a "temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community" in Nevada's desert. The psychedelic social experiment born of&nbsp;"radical self-reliance" known as Burning Man begins this Sunday, and in its nearly 30-year history has attracted legions of loyalists, while also being criticized for a radicalism compromised by expensive ticket prices and a "buddy-buddy relationship with Silicon Valley billionaires"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>By its nature, Black Rock City disappears when Burning Man ends &ndash; but many similarly radical communities around the world are being built to last. Sure, no giant effigies, but often, infrastructure!</p><p>This piece from looks at some of the other experiments in communal living from around the world &ndash; from ecovillage Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to Copenhagen's autonomous Christiana and even autonomous micronations like the Principality of Sealand.</p><p>More news from The Burn:</p><ul><li><a title='300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay A...</a></li></ul> Leaving town? This bot will write your goodbye letter for you Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T19:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:24:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="102" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of course, San Francisco has much to offer. The clothing stores, the cable cars, the botanical gardens. My neighbor the conveyor operator, Alan. The libraries, the sports bars, the bus stations. Sigh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Leaving Everywhere" is a piece of net art that spits out "break-up" letters with cities by citing randomly-selected data from the US Census Bureau. Made by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darius Kazemi</a>, the letters are all essentially Mad Libs for arguing about cities, where Kazemi's algorithm fills in the blanks.</p><p>The letters are all structured more or less the same, expressing things loved about the city followed by its flaws, then some redeeming quality, a comment on racial demographics, and then sometimes, a Shakespeare quotation. This gives a deliciously arbitrary, and at times a bit unsettling, flavor to the data.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's a prime example, to Boston:</p><p><em>Boston, it is time for us to part. In just a few weeks I'll be moving to Newark, New Jersey.</em></p><p><em>I'm going to miss things about this city for sure. The bakeries, the Belarusian restaurants, the convention centers. The Greek restaurants, the flower shops, the toll booths. My local communications equipment operator, Delaney. It is with a heavy heart that I leave here.</em></p><p><em>That ...</em></p> Can an Indianapolis arts collective pull off a fairer form of gentrification? Alexander Walter 2015-08-21T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-22T16:14:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I helped change one neighbourhood into a hipster place, and then we got priced out of there.&rdquo; Artist Jim Walker is describing the shift in fortunes of the Fountain Square district of Indianapolis, where his Big Car arts collective was born a decade ago &ndash; and of the artists and residents who have been forced to move on by the neighbourhood&rsquo;s gentrification. [...] Is there a more equitable way? That&rsquo;s just what Walker is trying to find out with his latest arts-led Indianapolis project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification through a cinematic lens</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li></ul> Banksy about to open "Dismaland" pop-up exhibition in British seaside resort Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T15:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T10:35:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rumors have been circulating around the internet for a few days, but later this week Banksy is now set to open a new pop-up exhibition entitled "Dismaland" at in Weston-Super-Mare, UK. The venue is called "Tropicana", a 10,200-square-foot site to be transformed into "Dismaland", a probable attack on American entertainment giant Disney. [...] As usual with Banksy, the details are very scarce, but earlier this morning Iain Brimecome and Jon Goff were able to fly their drone above the site [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Another aerial view of "Dismaland," expected to open later this week. Photo:&nbsp;Iain Brimecome &amp; Jon Goff, image via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Photo via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@francisclarke</a> on Twitter.</em></p><p>Banksy in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An interview with man behind the &ldquo;Stealing Banksy?&rdquo; auction</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Banksy's unpublished NYT op-ed declares new WTC is the biggest eyesore in New York</a></li></ul> Art museums are more popular than ever – but what about the art inside? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-17T18:14:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:53:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...What [Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao] showed, [is that] if you picked a remote part of the world and put a world-class museum in it, the world would beat a path to your door. That's the so-called "Bilbao Effect," but you'll notice that doesn't mention art; it mentions tourism, travel and finance. I feel we're in a strange time where we're building furious Potemkin villages of seeming life, behind which, if you looked with the right eyes, you would see cobwebs and skeletons.</p></em><br /><br /><p>NPR has curated a list of noteworthy-quotes from&nbsp;Michael Lewis, an art history professor at Williams College, who's interviewed in the recent issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Commentary Magazine</a>.</p><p>Never before has art sold better or museums drawn larger crowds. Yet, according to Lewis at least, most Americans have become "indifferent" to art.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lewis isn't the first to note that today's spectacular museums serve as a fa&ccedil;ade that hides a pitiful situation in contemporary art. The contemporary artist and pioneer of institutional critique, Andrea Fraser, made a video in 2001 that touched on exactly this issue.</p><p>Entitled,&nbsp;<em>Little Frank and His Carp</em>, the work (posted below; warning, vaguely NSFW) features Fraser as she tours the lobby of the newly-opened Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. As Fraser listens to the audio guide describe the architecture in gushing, ecstatic terms, the artist herself verges on a near-sexual experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In a 2005 interview, excerpted on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UbuWeb</a>, Fraser explains, "What struck me about the audio tour...</p> Legal limbo continues for Christoph Büchel's Venice Biennale Mosque Alexander Walter 2015-08-12T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:46:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A court in Venice has refused to fast-track a legal claim filed by the Icelandic Art Center (IAC) seeking the reopening of artist Christoph B&uuml;chel&rsquo;s mosque, which launched earlier this year in a disused church in Venice as part of the Biennale. The IAC is the commissioner of the controversial project, which was housed in the former Catholic church [...]. The mosque closed at the end of May after only two weeks when city officials claimed that it breached health and safety regulations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect News:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Police Shut Down Mosque Installation at Venice Biennale</a></p> Artist Carsten Höller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London Alexander Walter 2015-08-03T15:03:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T15:19:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London&nbsp;announced that &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s longest and tallest tunnel slide&rdquo; will wrap around Anish Kapoor&rsquo;s &ldquo;ArcelorMittal Orbit.&rdquo; When the sculpture went up in 2009 after winning a design challenge, it proceeded to receive mostly scathing reviews &mdash; and&nbsp;a spot on the shortlist of the 2012 Carbuncle Cup [...].&nbsp;Today, Kapoor revealed that the slide is actually a work of art, designed by none other than Carsten H&ouml;ller at Kapoor&rsquo;s own invitation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other artsy-slide-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to install massive slides on London's Hayward Gallery</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carsten H&ouml;ller Is Installing a Slide at New Museum</a></li></ul> Sculptor Larry Bell's influence on Frank Gehry Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:55:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry has often talked about the influence artists have had on his building designs. [...] An early work from the 1960s by sculptor Larry Bell in the Frank Lloyd show offers a partial template for a Gehry design built three decades ago in Toluca Lake. Gehry's World Savings and Loan branch at Riverside Drive and Mariota Avenue is a sky-lighted, one-story hall framed by tall facades out front and in the back, as if a full second story had been planned but never built.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Greek museums can't afford to keep the doors open Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T14:33:16-04:00 <img src="" width="426" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major public cultural institutions in Greece are on the point of collapse, say leading Greek art professionals, as concerns mount that the country faces insolvency after 61% of the population rejected bailout proposals earlier this week made by international creditors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read also:&nbsp;<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></strong></p> Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on Alexander Walter 2015-07-07T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:02:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What rights does a muralist have to the wall she painted on? That's a question that echoes throughout the country right now, as muralists try to lay claim to their artwork under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990. [...] California muralist Kent Twitchell was in a hotel room in Sausalito, Calif., when he got the call &mdash; his six-story mural of Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles had been painted over.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Murals</a> &mdash;&nbsp;and the accompanying questions of ownership, copyright, vandalism &mdash;&nbsp;are an ongoing sujet in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muralist Kent Twitchell on LA's new mural-friendly ordinance</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!)</a></li></ul> China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T19:40:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Beijing, Ai Weiwei is back with a vengeance. The dissident Chinese artist has had four solo shows in the Chinese capital, ending an implicit exhibition ban that had been in place since his arrest in 2011. The fact that the shows, which opened in June, were permitted with minimal interference beyond one amended opening date surprised everyone, including Ai. &ldquo;I never planned to have a few shows all at once,&rdquo; Ai tells us.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art? An interview with Ai Weiwei</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei Exhibition Underscores Dangers and Importance of Art</a></li></ul> Ball-Nogues and other LA artists unveil public art commissions at LAX Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T19:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:21:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX debuted this week three new public art commissions designed to greet departing and arriving passengers and provide a measure of calm and reflection amid the chaos of air travel. The&nbsp;artists involved&nbsp;all have strong ties to Los Angeles -- Mark Bradford, Pae White and the Ball-Nogues studio each resides or works in the L.A. area.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Multi-media art interventions coming to London's Victoria tube line Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T11:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:44:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, called Underline, will include the underground&rsquo;s first music commission and a plan by the Turner prize-nominated architectural collective Assemble to improve what is regarded as one of the most unloved station exits on the entire network, at Seven Sisters in north London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Organized by "Art on the Underground", a group that curates contemporary artworks for display in the London Underground, the new project will bring a variety of art, music and architectural&nbsp;interventions to the Victoria Line. Commissions selected to be part of the Underline are not simply public art projects &ndash; the interventions involve real proposals to improving the quality of experience for both commuters and workers on London's tube.</p><p>The whole tube line is under the curatorial purview, with architecture firm Assemble selected to focus particularly the Seven Sisters stop, known for its "anti-social behaviour problems".&nbsp;Artist Giles Round's Underline project, called "Design Work Leisure", will produce "prototypes of functional objects that can be used on the tube: a new ceramic tile for patch repairs on the existing tiles, for example, or new clocks, lighting or direction signs."&nbsp;Film and musical performances will also pepper the Victoria Line during Underline's run.</p><p>More news relate...</p> Opening of Damien Hirst’s new London art space scheduled for October Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T15:57:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:54:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opening in October, Newport Street Gallery is the realisation of Hirst&rsquo;s long-term ambition to share his diverse collection &ndash; which includes over 3,000 works &ndash; with the public. [...] Designed by architects Caruso St John, Newport Street Gallery spans 37,000 square feet, which includes a restaurant and shop. Its construction has involved the conversion of three listed Victorian buildings [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's gallery development draws closer to completition</a></p> Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop Berlin’s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T14:27:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron, the Basel-based architecture studio that designed London&rsquo;s Tate Modern, is due to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s famous art squat Tacheles. The massive warehouse, in the now fashionable Mitte district, was occupied by artists after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A symbol of the city&rsquo;s subculture, Tacheles became a major tourist attraction. In 2012, the authorities closed the art centre amid widespread protests by artists and anti-gentrification campaigners.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prada vs Louis Vuitton: The new fashion foundations compared Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T14:14:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:23:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Money is not an issue here&rdquo; is the motto that leaps out at you in both the Prada and Vuitton Foundation museums, although in Paris it is thrown into high relief on the building&rsquo;s facade by the almost vulgar silver logo of Louis Vuitton&mdash;the star company in the LVMH group.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Photographer Roland Fischer captures the patterns of globalization Alexander Walter 2015-06-11T20:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:52:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="740" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You might be unsure of exactly what you&rsquo;re looking at when you first see the images in Roland Fischer&rsquo;s series &ldquo;Facades.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I noticed all these new buildings mushrooming everywhere, giving the impression that they could as well be from any other major town in the world,&rdquo; Fischer wrote via email. &ldquo;I thought that this was a new urban visual experience, a consequence naturally of the then still new process of globalization.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Cicil Street, Singapore, 2002, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Highschool, Utrecht, 2013, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Suntory Tokyo, 2014, 180 x 125cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Bank of America, Atlanta, 2005, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>WTC, NY, 1999, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Birmingham (day), 2007, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p>To learn more about Roland Fischer's <em>Facades </em>series, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Koolhaas-designed Garage Museum pavilion prepares for grand opening Alexander Walter 2015-06-09T19:36:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:17:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dasha Zhukova&rsquo;s Garage Museum for Contemporary Art is due to open the doors of its new $27m home in Gorky Park to invited guests on 10 June and the public two days later. The museum is housed in a Soviet-era pavilion that has been converted by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas [...]. In another riff on the building&rsquo;s architecture, Garage will be hosting a conference in October on Soviet Modernism, a project of the Austrian curator Georg Sch&ouml;llhammer [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To learn more about Garage's new Gorky Park building, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova share what's in store for the new Garage Museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garage Museum Teaches an Old Building New Tricks</a></li></ul> Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan Alexander Walter 2015-06-04T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T21:39:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Frick Collection has yielded. Facing a groundswell of opposition to a proposed renovation that would have eliminated a gated garden to make way for a six-story addition, the museum &mdash; long admired for its intimate scale &mdash; has decided to abandon those plans and start over from scratch. [...] With the proposed renovation, designed by Davis Brody Bond, the Frick, on East 70th Street in Manhattan, had sought to increase its exhibition space [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans</a></p> Police Shut Down Mosque Installation at Venice Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-22T17:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:08:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The police in Venice closed an art installation in the form of a functioning mosque on Friday morning, after city officials declared the art project a security hazard and said that the artist who created it, Christoph B&uuml;chel, had not obtained proper permits and had violated laws by allowing too many people inside the mosque to worship.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"There is no mosque in Venice, so the thousands of M</em><em>uslim</em><em> tourists visiting Venice must pray in a converted factory in Mestre, which is the polluted part of Venice.</em></p><p><em>This until the swiss artist Buechler converted an abandoned and unused former catholic church into a functioning mosque for the duration of this&nbsp;</em><em>year's</em><em> Art Biennial.&nbsp;<br>Short lived though, Venice Municipal Authorities just yanked the permit.<br>Reason: Security and</em><em>Safety-it</em><em> </em><em>was</em><em> too</em><em> </em><em>popular, too</em><em> many people wanted to see it or pray in it.<br>As usual security trumps everything"</em></p><p>As quoted by a friend.</p> Jean Nouvel's super-tall 53W53 MoMA tower is "still an art" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:12:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nouvel&rsquo;s aspirations for 53W53, scheduled for completion in fall 2018, sound almost modest: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to try to hold its place, [...] It&rsquo;s going to try to be good enough for New York &hellip; it&rsquo;s going to try to make its own small contribution, and it&rsquo;s done in a way that ensures this contribution is readable, understandable, and it&rsquo;s maybe a bit more precious than others. And it&rsquo;s a little linked to this notion &ndash; a fairly disputed notion these days &ndash; that architecture is still an art, sometimes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Golden Lions for Armenian pavilion & American artist Adrian Piper at Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T15:06:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Armenian pavilion at this year&rsquo;s Venice Biennale has won the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. The pavilion, Armenity, features a group exhibition by 18 diaspora Armenian artists and grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian genocide, who the jury praised for &ldquo;forming a pavilion based on a people in diaspora, each artist engaging their specific locality as well as their heritage&rdquo;. [...] American artist Adrian Piper was awarded Golden Lion for best artist.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The evolution of street photography in the Instagram age Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:05:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instagram may very well have enabled a whole generation of false artisans&mdash;and even encouraged clich&eacute; street imagery by promoting hashtags like #middleoftheroad and #strideby through its Weekend Hashtag Project&mdash;but the effect may not be so terrible. Quoted in The Telegraph in 2011, Teru Kuwayama, a photojournalist who is now photo community manager at Facebook, compared the rise of Instagram to the advent of electronic music, both of which stimulated &ldquo;amateur expression.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans Alexander Walter 2015-05-06T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T13:04:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the museum describes the 42,000-square-foot addition as something that would &ldquo;further fulfill Henry Clay Frick&rsquo;s long-standing vision to offer public access to its works of art," others, including a group of 51 prominent artists and architects &mdash; Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman [...] among them &mdash; think it would undermine exactly what they love about the place. Under the banner of Unite to Save the Frick, this group sent a letter to the city, copied to the museum, expressing their displeasure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's the letter that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unite to Save the Frick</a>&nbsp;sent to NYC leaders today:</p><p><em>May 6, 2015</em></p><p><em>Dear Mayor de Blasio and Chair Srinivasan:</em></p><p><em>The residential scale of the Frick Collection exerts a special power over those who walk its halls. To have visitors experience the feeling of living with art was the intention of founder Henry Clay Frick as he envisioned his personal residence being opened to the public. Up until now, the Frick&rsquo;s fidelity to its founder&rsquo;s vision of a &ldquo;house museum&rdquo; has been laudable. Those of us in the art world who cherish the unique and tranquil ambiance offered by the Frick are urging the Frick to withdraw its proposed plan and consider alternative methods of expansion that would preserve the character essential to its appeal.</em></p><p><em>As professionals working in the art world (sculptors, painters, critics, journalists, dealers, gallerists, financiers, and more), we strongly believe that the Frick&rsquo;s effectiveness as a display space lies in its intimacy. Viewing highlights of the co...</em></p> Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:02:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world&rsquo;s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world&rsquo;s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...] On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...] Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T19:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:01:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This lively effort &mdash; mapping &mdash; is the subject of a rich exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and BRIC [...] that pairs the work of 18 contemporary artists with 23 historical maps dating back as far as 1562. For Mapping Brooklyn, BHS opened its collection to the invited artists [...]. The goal of uniting these two components &mdash; map and art &mdash; is to uncover the common ground: to render, through judgment and artistic process, the world legible.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping the City: maps through the eyes of street artists</a></p> Edward Snowden statue secretly installed in Brooklyn park (Spoiler Alert: It's already been removed) Alexander Walter 2015-04-06T20:07:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:31:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dressed in reflective yellow construction gear while working under the cover of darkness early Monday, a small group of artists installed a tribute to NSA-leaker Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park. But it was gone by midday. The Snowden bust stood atop a column at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park, a site built to honor more than 11,000 American prisoners of war who died aboard British ships during the American Revolutionary War.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> John Giorno’s Half-Century on the Bowery Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-03T12:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:26:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>222 Bowery is an Italian-inspired palazzo for the beggars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>JULIE EARLE-LEVINE writes about the artist&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Giorno</a>&rsquo;s home for over fifty years in Bowery.</p><p>"The address housed New York&rsquo;s first Y.M.C.A. in the 1880s &mdash; in what was then one of the worst neighborhoods in Manhattan, frequented by prostitutes and alcoholics. Much has changed since the poet, performer and painter moved in 53 years ago and created a haven for artists: It&rsquo;s where Mark Rothko painted the Seagram murals and one of the spots where Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns hung out. Giorno and Andy Warhol were lovers there, from 1962 to 1965; Giorno starred in several of Warhol&rsquo;s movies, including &ldquo;Sleep.&rdquo; William S. Burroughs lived there, too &mdash; he moved into the building in 1966, and to &ldquo;the bunker,&rdquo; now Giorno&rsquo;s kitchen and meditation room, in 1975. &ldquo;I never intended to live my life in this building, but somehow that happened.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Turns out the U.S. has more museums than the combined number of Starbucks and McDonalds Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T13:27:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:35:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are roughly 11,000 Starbucks locations in the United States, and about 14,000 McDonald's restaurants. But combined, the two chains don't come close to the number of museums in the U.S., which stands at a whopping 35,000. So says the latest data release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent government agency that&nbsp;tallies&nbsp;the number and type of museums in this country.&nbsp;[...] the 35,000 active museums represent a doubling from the number estimated in the 1990s.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>