A Modest Proposal for the Met: Public Art

(Courtesy Jason Edward Kaufman)

From Rockefeller Center to Madison Square Park and the Park Avenue median, public art has become increasingly prominent around New York. Among the memorable projects in recent years were Christo and Jeanne Claude’s The Gates winding through Central Park, Olafur Eliasson’s New York City Waterfalls edging the lower harbor, and Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Columbus, a living room constructed around the column-top statue of the explorer at Columbus Circle, a hot ticket earlier this year. Thanks to nonprofits including the Public Art Fund and Creative Time, these and other temporary installations provide aesthetic enjoyment and edification to residents and sightseers, and do so free of charge. Their presence reflects the ethos of a sophisticated democratic city that prides itself as the world leader in cultural vibrancy and innovation. Read More


Here Are Some Upcoming Marina Abramovic Kickstarter Rewards

(Courtesy Getty Images)

If you’ve been following the progress of Marina Abramovic’s Kickstarter, which aims to raise seed money for her Marina Abramovic Institute for performance art, you know that she’s been adding new rewards throughout the course of the Kickstarter. These have included an invitation to an event where she will hug you (“The Embrace”) for $1 and, just yesterday, a “movie night” with coffee and ice cream for $5,000. Read More


Here Are Photos of Ellsworth Kelly Receiving the National Medal of Arts From President Obama

The start of the presentation. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Ellsworth Kelly: always one step ahead of everyone else. While most of the New York art world was over at Pace yesterday hanging out with Jay-Z, Mr. Kelly was down in Washington, D.C., hanging out with President Barack Obama. He received the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama, along with George Lucas, Joan Didion and a number of other luminaries. You can see the action in the photos above and below. Read More

galleristny in hk

At Art Basel Hong Kong, International Dealers Bet Big on Asian Market

Works by Andy Warhol at the booth of Dominique Lévy Gallery.

“We are really an Asian gallery,” said Pace President Arne Glimcher on Wednesday evening at the opening of the very first edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong Convention Centre on Victoria Harbour. Pace may be based in New York, but the gallery has run a Beijing outpost for the past five years, and that counts as a major plus at an art fair like this one, where dealers compete to make an impact in a burgeoning Asian market. Read More

the city

Of Cupcakes and Condos: The Onetime Editor at Large of ‘Open City’ Returns to New York

Video still from 'Street' (2011) by James Nares. (Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art / ©James Nares)

The morning after I arrived in New York last month for a week’s visit—the city had been my longtime home until three years ago, when I moved to Europe—I went to the Metropolitan Museum to see the extraordinary new video Street by James Nares. A set of continual tracking shots of New York life, it was shot from a moving car, using a technique whereby each person captured on camera becomes a sort of extreme slow-motion three-dimensional Everyman—a flicked cigarette is as poetic in its eternal arc as flapping birds. A dazzling hour of audio-visual meditation, it is particularly suited to anyone who’s just disembarked from a plane and wants to plunge immediately into the city. Mr. Nares told me that he wished he had made such a video when he first arrived here, back in the mid-1970s. Seeing Street prompted me to take the city’s pulse, note its shifts, lament what’s been lost in the time since I lived here. Read More

Kenny Schachter

Off to the Turtle Races: Kenny Schachter, Our Man in Maastricht

10 Photos

The entrance to Maastricht

Kenny Schachter is a London-based art dealer, curator and writer. His writing has appeared in books on architect Zaha Hadid, and artists Vito Acconci and Paul Thek, and he is a contributor to the British edition of GQ and Swiss money manager Marc Faber’s Gloom Boom & Doom Report. The opinions expressed here are his own.

At the ripe old age of 47, come April, is Art Cologne, the world’s oldest fair of 20th- and 21st-century fine art. Art Basel, the market-leading event, turns 43 in June. The youngster, at 38, the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, shows the oldest art but has an ever-increasing presence of contemporary. TEFAF is also the world’s longest-running fair: March 15th-24th—three days more than the norm. Read More

new york artists now

New York Artists Now: A Special Issue of The New York Observer


Click through to read The New York Observer‘s special issue, New York Artists Now:

The 100-Artist Establishment,
The 50-Artist Next Generation,
Anthony Haden-Guest considers the phenomenon of the art star,
Andrew Russeth imagines 2013 in 2033 and
— …visits the College Art Association conference to consider the role of criticism today and
the market weighs in. Read More