REVIEW: Rob Pruitt: Pattern and Degradation- Gavin Brown’s Enterprise & Maccarone Gallery 9/11-10/23

Images courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York Photography: Thomas Mueller and Adam Reich
Images courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York Photography: Thomas Mueller and Adam Reich

Nowadays, you’re supposed to like Rob Pruitt very much. After all, he made up long ago for being a bit too ironic for his time and then, having learned to stay on the WHITE side of the fence, he gave the art world Cocaine Buffet, which, though politically correct, was pretty brave, kind of witty, and awfully cool. Continue reading “REVIEW: Rob Pruitt: Pattern and Degradation- Gavin Brown’s Enterprise & Maccarone Gallery 9/11-10/23”

ARTrocities: Timeline of the Bad and the Ugly

1961 Piero Manzoni: The Artist’s Shit: the artist sells, essentially, his “shit” in limited edition cans. We all have our favorites: this one’s a favorite of mine.

Of the many things I love about this piece, the most important is that it is the baldest, most hideously obscene insult that has ever been delivered by a piece of art.  It falls within a great tradition of biting the hand that feeds, and the subset of that, insulting the audience.

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Mr. Manzoni's Doodies, Apparently

1971 Chris Burden Shoot: A documented performance wherein the artist has his friend shoot him in the arm. You know you love it.

1972 Vito Acconci: Seedbed: A performance / installation wherein Mr. Acconci whispers not-so-sweet somethings while jerking off under the floorboards at the Sonnabend Gallery. How do we know he was really pulling it? Well, there are some pix…

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Vito Not Barry White

Continue reading “ARTrocities: Timeline of the Bad and the Ugly”

BITS

Gavin Brown will soon increase its exhibition space and add to its cool factor by taking over the lease from Pat La Frieda Wholesale Meats.

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise will move into the plant in the meatpacking district in May. Its first exhibition “Go Vegan!” will address food issues including vegetarianism.

Yes: it’s a simple gentle irony, not as exciting as, say, having Urs Fischer tear your floors out.

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Twitter was all a-tweet this morning with the news that PaceWildenstein is breaking up. @nytimesarts Inside Art link: http://nyti.ms/aAV2Oa

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RT @TheArtNewspaper EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Saatchi vs Banksy for most visited UK show in our annual attendance survey http://bit.ly/axc5Va

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RT @laughingsquid  Seven on Seven, event connecting art & technology organized by @rhizomedotorg, takes place 4/17 at @newmuseumin in NYC http://bit.ly/aacjCx

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