James Turrell to receive National Medal of Arts from President Obama Monday. [LA Times]
In a Brooklyn art gallery, artist Marni Kotak is undergoing a daring performance — she’s going off her typical doses of anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication. [The Daily Beast]
“After years of outsize promises and delays, officials are scaling back Read More
‘Am I supposed to get on my hands and knees to clean the floors? Assistants are here to make my life easier, and that’s not negotiable.’ Read More
Paddle8, the auction startup backed by Damien Hirst, Jay Jopling and Matthew Mellon, is already a pioneering art world tech company. They made it possible for collectors to buy art from the comfort of an iPad screen.
Bruce LaBruce calls himself “the reluctant pornographer.” Since the early 80s, Mr. LaBruce, 50, has used art to explore tabooed fetishes from gerontophilia to zombie sex. His latest work is an exhibition of photography (and a short film) called “Obscenity,” currently showing at The Hole gallery until August 20. The photographs act as an ad campaign for a limited-edition perfume Mr. LaBruce just released, also called “Obscenity,” which is selling for $500.
Over the years, Mr. LaBruce has taken his art around the world, and several times his work has been seized by Canadian customs on his return home. The name “obscenity” references the letters Mr. LaBruce has received from customs informing him why his work was taken. The series of 20 photographs in “Obscenity” feature only two models–a man and a woman. Half of the pictures are an homage to Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret in the 1971 film Carnal Knowledge. The rest consider the relationship between the religious and the sexual. A femme fatale wraps her limbs around a priest. A nun balances a holy wafer on her tongue. We met up with Mr. LaBruce at The Hole to talk about the show. Read More
Today, the United States of America welcomed 75 new citizens from 42 different countries.
But it was not the usual naturalization ceremony. The event took place in the beautiful Charles Englehard Court, situated within the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It just so happened that Dr. Thomas Campbell, the museum’s director and Read More
Another curve ball in the Corcoran Gallery of Art saga down in DC, as a Superior Court approves a formal challenge by current students and employees to delay the perhaps inevitable merger between three Washington art institutions. [NYT]
MONDAY, JULY 21
Premiere: “Kurt Vonnegut’s Galápagos” at the Parrish Art Museum
The artists Tucker Marder and Christian Scheider will debut a performance based on the expansive 1984 play by that rascally Vonnegut, a former resident of nearby Sagaponack. —Nate Freeman
Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, 6 p.m.
TUESDAY, JULY 22
Dimitris Daskalopoulos, the Greek entrepreneur, mega-collector and benefactor of art institutions the world over, will receive the Leo Award, an annual honor presented by Independent Curators International, Gallerist has learned. The award, which is named after the dealer Leo Castelli, will be presented to Mr. Daskalopoulos at a gala dinner and auction in New York this Read More
Trouble may have found the National Academy Museum and School—the institution laid off several high-ranking staffers in June and has seen several others exit—but that doesn’t mean it’s having trouble inducting new Academicians. Today, the nearly 200-year-old body of artists added to its ranks a class of 13 new National Academicians, and they will join the 400 living artists and architects who have received this honor. Read More