It feels perverse to attempt to review, or even summarize, Matthew Barney’s five-and-a-half-hour-long film River of Fundament, which will play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Feb. 12–16. Barney’s loose adaptation of Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings, a book—in very crude terms—about Menenhetet, a peasant who becomes a general in the army of Ramses Read More
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By Michael H. Miller 2/11 1:44pm
The Whitney Museum has loaned Edward Hopper’s Burly Cobb’s House, South Truro and Cobb’s Barns, South Truro to the White House, both of which were installed in the Oval Office last week. Get a load of the picture to the left of President Obama admiring the works. Read More
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Opening: “Other People’s Paintings” at Torrance Shipman
This sounds like a nice group show. Check out this artist list: Erin Dunn, Austin Eddy, Amanda Friedman, Nora Griffin, MacGregor Harp, Shara Hughes, Anthony Iacono, Nikki Maloof and Laura Westby. Matthew Fischer is curating. —A.R.
Torrance Shipman, 219 36th Street, Brooklyn, 7–10 p.m.
Screening & Discussion: Isaac Julien at MoMA
Have you seen Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves in the atrium? Have you seen the films being shown because of Ten Thousand Waves in the atrium? Well, tonight you can do these things (and more!) as Mr. Julien will be in conversation with Harvard scholar Guiliana Bruno following screenings of This Is Not an AIDs Advertisement (1987) and Looking for Langston (1989). —Z.L.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, films at 5 p.m., talk at 7 p.m., Read More
February is the shortest month of the year, which means that you have to make your way through Artforum even more quickly than other months. (Except when it’s summer, of course.) Best start cracking now! You’ll want to look out for Jeffrey Weiss on Robert Morris, Manthia Diawara on Kader Attia and Hal Foster on Isa Genzken. Lots of good stuff. Read More
By Michael H. Miller 2/06 8:50am
“Art Flippers Chase Fresh Stars as Murillo’s Doodles Soar” [Bloomberg]
“On Thursday, the Cooper-Hewitt is expected to announce a $10 million gift from philanthropists Barbara and Morton Mandel” towards its renovation. [WSJ]
By Michael H. Miller 2/05 8:00am
This article is one part of a two-part look at Philippe Vergne’s departure from the Dia Foundation to lead MOCA Los Angeles. For the other part, please click here.
In 1997, when he was chief curator at the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum in Minneapolis, Richard Flood received an email from the French Ministry of Culture informing him that a young curator from Marseilles was traveling the United States and would be passing through the City of Lakes. Would Mr. Flood consider meeting with him? Once the curator was in town, Mr. Flood got in touch with him by email. He apologized, saying he could not meet that night, but said there was a jazz concert happening at the Walker and there would be a ticket waiting for him there. Mr. Flood then went to dinner and told his friends that he sent some French curator to the museum for the concert that evening. His friends quickly informed him that the concert was, in fact, the following night. Racing over in his car, Mr. Flood saw Philippe Vergne standing in the lobby, “unmistakably French, unmistakably carrot-topped,” a reference to Mr. Vergne’s head of orange hair. He was genially talking to the security guard on duty and asking if there was a good place to see music in Minneapolis. Read More
New Museum’s Paweł Althamer Show Will Feature 50 Live Street Musicians, Bowery Mission Coat Drive, the Artist Himself
By Michael H. Miller 2/04 10:50am
The New Museum’s Paweł Althamer retrospective “The Neighbors”–the artist’s first U.S. museum exhibition–opens Feb. 12. In addition to sculpture, the medium for which Mr. Althamer is perhaps best known, the show will include some of the artist’s community-based public performances: in this case, a coat drive for the New Museum’s neighbor, the Bowery Mission (visitors that bring “new or gently used” men’s coats will receive free admission), and a group of more than 50 street musicians, who will be heard performing over the course the exhibition. Read More
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Artist Talk: B. Wurtz at the New School
SculptureCenter has organized this lecture with the California-born, New York-based artist B. Wurtz, whose recent shows at Metro Pictures (in 2013 and 2011, a survey organized by Matthew Higgs) have been master studies in winning gargantuan and surprising aesthetic pleasures with the most economical means. His Untitled (fetish) (2013) is reproduced in the slide show. And, I should note, there’s a real warmth to his work—perfect for this very snowy Monday. Should be a great one. Read More
By Michael H. Miller 1/31 9:06am
Acquavella is doing a Basquiat drawing show. Says Carol Vogel, “As is often the case these days with exhibitions at blue chip galleries, nothing at the Acquavella show will be for sale.” [NYT]
President Obama Thinks Art History Degree Is Kind of Useless, Doesn’t Want You to E-Mail Him About It
By Michael H. Miller 1/30 2:54pm
During a stop in Waukesha, Wisc., on his post-State of the Union tour, President Barack Obama told an audience, “A lot of young people no longer see the trades and skilled manufacturing as a viable career, but I promise you, folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they Read More