I Attended a Screening of Iron Man 2 Last Night

What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Well, Pepper Potts has a thing for modern art: I noticed, not only the Barnett Newman she alludes to, but also a Motherwell and a very nice Giacometti. There is a funny little scene when the very vain Tony Stark, having sold…

ESSAY: How to Say Hirst Was First

Making history is not easy, and not for the faint of heart. Damien Hirst’s biggest first was this: he addressed a topic most artist wouldn’t touch: money.

TREND: Street Art, Outsider Art, and URGENCY

With all the Banksy, Fairey hubub this year, all the Darger-loving last year, and the current, frequent calls by curators for art that’s made from a sense of “urgency,” I’m taking away the message that art’s new direction lies in a reaction against (<– always a good jumping off point for a convo about art)…

Artists Cut Out The Middleman

Crump’s work looks a lot like Philip Guston with it’s goofy graceless forms. It’s got a bit of the Carrol Dunham about it as well. With a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, Crump’s colorful spacemen and robots lay no claim to any high concepts, but Crump does try “infuse ideas about the mind into the paintings.”

Quote of the Day: Mary Boone

“Get them into debt … Get them to buy lots of houses, … get expensive habits and expensive girlfriends and expensive wives.” ~ Mary Boone (on how to get artists to produce)

Shepard Fairey Changes the Mainstream

The wall at Houston and Bowery has sported Keith Haring’s crawling babies, and Os Gemeos’ trippy amusment park: now it’s wearing something from the OBEY line of products: a wheatpaste collage in Shepard Fairey’s best and latest fascist poster colors. It’s looking good. The wall will be finished in time to promote Fairey’s upcoming show…

Tweet This: Rhizome’s Seven on Seven Seems to Suck Wiki

When WILL the New Museum bring us something new? I ask you. It has long been my opinion that art which partners with, or claims to make a creative statement with or about, technology, is usually crap. And, apparently Rhizome’s Seven on Seven event proved it. Given 24 hours to come up with a collaborative…

Quote of the Day: Matthew Collings on Street Art

“Do you like adolescent entertainment? Do you have the mentality of a teenager? Do you find Cézanne a bit overrated? If the answer is yes, yes and yes, then I don’t know what to do with you. You are a childish philistine literalist. Get down to Bonhams (one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers…

Permission to Match the Sofa!

Throngs of joyful visitors plunked down the big bucks for the colorful fare on offer, with glass items stealing the show.