Paddles ON! Auction Exceeds Estimates in Developing Digital Market

Paddles ON! Auction Exceeds Estimates in Developing Digital Market

Michael Manning, Chinese Broccolini Torta, 2014, (detail) digital print with acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

Michael Manning, Chinese Broccolini Torta, 2014, (detail) digital print with acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

How successful was tonight’s Paddles ON!sale of digital art in London? On its face pretty good. Phillips sale totaled £83,500 ($113,636.83), exceeding their high estimate for the sale at £67,150 ($91,392.43), so on its face pretty good. Dig a little deeper though, and the results of the…

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We Went to Chelsea: Another Look at Detroit

We Went to Chelsea: Another Look at Detroit

Install shot of "Another Look at Detroit" at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Install shot of Another Look at Detroit at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Another Look at Detroit

Marlborough Chelsea
545 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10011

Marianne Boesky Gallery
509 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Runs through August 9, 2014

What’s on view: A two-part show at Marlborough Chelsea and Marianne Boesky Gallery. Art advisor Todd Levin brings together 67 artists in an eclectic…

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We Went to Hauser & Wirth

We Went to Hauser & Wirth

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Letha Wilson’s “Kanab Concrete Tondo (Fold)”. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Fixed Variable: Lucas Blalock, Ethan Greenbaum, John Houck, Matt Keegan, Josh Kolbo, Kate Steciw, Chris Wiley, and Letha Wilson
Hauser & Wirth
511 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Runs through July 25, 2014
What’s on view: Emerging photographers interested in exploring the relationship between the photograph and the object.…

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Rockaway!: A Celebrity-Filled Rockaway Tribute, With Heart

Rockaway!: A Celebrity-Filled Rockaway Tribute, With Heart

The chapel at Fort Tilden

The chapel at Fort Tilden

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself….” I envisioned James Franco professing to the huddled masses, on the bus ride down to the Rockaways last Sunday. Franco had been slated to read Walt Whitman with Patti Smith that evening, to kick off the summer-long “Rockaway!” art festival: a tribute to the reopening of the old Sandy-damaged military park, Fort Tilden. Conceived of…

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BFAMFAPhD: New York City Artists are Predominantly White

BFAMFAPhD: New York City Artists are Predominantly White

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Statements, a series of plaques by Caroline Woodlard for BFAMFAPhD

What does the typical New York City artist look like? And how does this relate to an artist’s chances of making a livable wage?

BFAMFAPhD, a politically-minded collective of artists, designers, programmers, and analysts have assembled a diverse series of infographics and visualsto answer these questions (among others tied to race,…

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Margaret Penney’s Big Electric Cat

Margaret Penney’s Big Electric Cat

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Admittedly, I’ve cheated a little here on GIF of the Day; Margaret Penney’s above GIF did not begin as such—it was an HTML file that I screen captured. The work is another in Curt Cloninger’s biennial for The Wrong, in which he asked artists to respond to the 1982 Adrian Belew video Big Electric Cat. I’m unclear on how the Rollin Leonardlike figurative gif or the wave below relates to Belew’s…

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Zaha Hadid Under Fire for Human Rights Controversies

Zaha Hadid Under Fire for Human Rights Controversies

Heydar Aliyev Center, Courtesy Design Boom.

Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center. Image courtesy designboom.

Is good design more important than bad politics? The London Design Museum just awarded their Design of the Year award to Zaha Hadid for her Heydar Aliyev Center, a multi-purpose cultural center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Jurors discussed the building with no small praise: “It’s beautiful, it’s inspiring, it’s the clear vision of a singular…

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Is Jeff Koons More Like Edward Snowden or Buzzfeed?

Is Jeff Koons More Like Edward Snowden or Buzzfeed?

Jeff Koons, Fourth floor at The Whitney

Jeff Koons, Fourth floor installation view at The Whitney. All images: Christian Grattan

Jeff Koons may inspire more debate than any other living artist. His work is kitschy, expensive, and market-friendly. He recycles imagery to the point of looking intellectually lazy. Is his factory of art makers really that different from Buzzfeed, a vast and wealthy website that brings together hundreds of…

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Internet Poetry and Machinery for Living

This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Internet Poetry and Machinery for Living

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This week offers plenty of ways to stay cool with art. This primarily means heading in doors. Bunny Rogers reads poetry from her highly anticipated book “Cunny Poems, Vol. 1,” Hito Steyerl offers advice on how to remain invisible in the digital age, and the Knockdown Center is host to a day of surreal performance art. Also, lots of air-conditioned screenings. Welcome to summer.

 

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