Wednesday Bits: Broad Benefits & Cross-Pollination

Trickle Down Taste The Broad opens this Sunday, in downtown Los Angeles —a stunning concrete lattice construction housing three floors that sample Eli and Edythe Broad’s personal collection. The most marvelous thing about it is the way that it stands as a shining example of a trickle down economy of taste. Everyone wins when a…

Wednesday Bits: Canaries in Coal Mines; things to come are coming!

Instagram is The New Chelsea The New York Times is finally noticing that Instagram has become “the social media platform of choice for many contemporary artists, galleries, auction houses and art collectors, who use it to promote art that they are selling.” The popular social media platform has been providing a wall-less art space forEVER…

Will Ford and Kresge Save DIA?

Live tweets from the Association of Art Museum Directors meeting in New Orleans last night revealed that Detroit Art Institute director, Graham Beal, was going public with news of a “grand bargain” between city mediators and a number of interested national and local foundations, including the Kresge Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the John S. and…

Dare to Love Banksy Again

I’d been feeling kinda down on Banksy, a bit nauseated from the giant dollops of sugar he’d been delivering in the form of children and balloons and flowers. I thought perhaps he’d become lazy and was just phoning in a lot of cute Hallmark Card sentimentality and I just didn’t care for it any more….

Who’s Paying The Met’s Rent?

The sign says ADMISSION in large letters and lists a charge of $25 for adult visitors. So you must pay $25. No, wait: the small print says, “Recommended” so it’s free but you are asked to volunteer something along the lines of $25. But, that can’t be because it also touts “No extra charge for…

How To Talk About Art: Now a Column on Hyperallergic

How to Talk about Art (H2TaA ) has been The Art Machine’s slowly growing manual for those who wish to master artspeak as practiced by art critics, art educators, galleries, dealers, copywriters, and journalists. Now, H2TaA has moved from The Art Machine’s umbrella and into the arms of Hyperallergic.com. You can read the first installment…

FAMBIZ IS NO LONGER TAKING WORK FOR “It’s a Small Small World” Sorry :(

It’s been madness from the start. Hennessy Youngman was chosen by curating guest art photographer Marilyn Minter who has been putting together a series of “Virgin” shows  in the Massimilano Gioni / Maurizio Catallan pop-up, Family Business. Called “Virgins” the shows were intended to feature works by artists who have not yet had solo shows….

HENNESSY YOUNGMAN, AKA CURATOR

Critic, performer, painter, and lecturer,  Jayson Musson has made a splash on YouTube with his alter ego, Hennessy Youngman. In a series he calls ART THOUGHTZ, Youngman sits in an “alabaster alcove” and delivers laugh out loud funny art critical patter to his audience which he addresses as “Internet.” The videos which pretend to dispense…

Maybe it’s MGM’s Banana?

Following up on the Velvet Underground v The Andy Warhol Foundation story, Hollywood Reporter speculates similarly to The Art Machine that the famed fruit’s copyright may belong to the record label. Hollywood Reporters’s Eriq Gardner, wondering why the Velvet Underground hasn’t used a more fail-proof strategy of claiming the copyright for themselves (instead of opting…

Fun Fun Friday

Olek: UNorthodox Congrats to Olek for inadvertently offending readers of Haolam Hacharedi,  an orthodox Jewish magazine which pulled issues containing a review of the artist’s latest coup off stands. Apparently when they decided to review Olek’s show at Tony’s Gallery in London, they were unprepared for the photographic contents of Olek’s texty wall weavings which…

Beach Bummed: Homage Artist Sued

It’s a cruel world that makes a thief out of an adoring fan. Erik den Breejen is a keen Beach Boys fan and one who knows, now, what the back of a beloved hand feels like. Continue Reading  on Hyperallergic>>