Art Tech

World Edges Closer to Being Able to Buy Art With Bitcoins, Thanks to Paddle8 and the Winklevii

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.

Now, according to an article in Fast Company, it’s clearing even more antiquated road blocks—constantly fluctuating exchange rates, endless Read More


‘Something Sacred in the Sexual:’ Bruce LaBruce at The Hole

Bruce LaBruce

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


Morning Links: Pop-up Bookstore Edition

Pop-up bookstore at David Zwirner. (Photo Courtesy of David Zwirner)

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]

Damien Hirst’s London art space will open next year, not this year as planned. [The Read More


8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before July 27

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SATURDAY | Performance: Mahmoud Ahmed at Pioneer Works


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.



Here Are the National Academy’s Newly Elected Academicians for 2014


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