Sarah Sze and More in Tonight’s Premiere of ‘Art in the 21st Century’ Season 6

Still from 'Art in the 21st Century' (Courtesy PBS)

Tonight, Art in the 21st Century, the Peabody Award-winning television series which profiles 13 artists in four hour-long episodes, premieres on PBS at 9:00 p.m. EST. This season, the show—grouped into the episodes “Change,” “Balance,” “History” and “Boundaries”—will feature performance artist Marina Abramovic, art collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus, known for its carnivalesque installations (like the one it created for a 2008 exhibition at Deitch Projects), abstract artist Lynda Benglis, whose brightly-colored sculptures in poured latex and foam were exhibited at the New Museum last year, outspoken artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei and Sarah Sze who will represent the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Read More


Ai Weiwei, Sarah Sze, ‘The Clock’ Honored in Art Critics’ Association Awards

Sarah Sze's installation on the High Line, 'Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat).' (Photo by schmuela/Flickr)

The International Association of Art Critics’ United States chapter announced yesterday the 24 winners of its 2011 awards. The New York Times first reported the news. Voted on by the 400 members of the organization, the citations are made for first and second place in 12 different categories, with three categories specially addressing New York, which were decided as follows: Read More

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Ai Weiwei Tweets About Kim Jong-il


Ai Weiwei has been tweeting all day about the death of Kim Jong-il. The first message was about Wukan, a small village in southeast China that has broken into revolt after Chinese authorities sold land to real estate developers without adequately compensating the villagers:

“Do Wukan people know Kim Jong Il is no more?” Read More

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Ai Weiwei’s Activism as Performance Art


Today, the Associated Press called Ai Weiwei’s legal battle with the Chinese government over a $2.4 million tax bill the artist’s “latest provocative piece.” Yep. It’s a case of the ol’ living-as-performance art schtick. Mr. Ai himself said his ongoing battle  “has become a social performance.” Read More


Morning Links: David Hockney, Miranda July, Ultimate Fighting Edition

"We Two Boys Together Clinging" (1961) by David Hockney. (Courtesy the artist)

Author and artist Miranda July is selling vaguely artistic curios at the pop-up store Partners & Spade over on Great Jones Street. [AnimalNY]

Martin Gayford, chief art critic for Bloomberg Muse, has written a book about David Hockney that focuses, at least in part, on the artist’s iPad drawings. [Bloomberg]

On the difficulties of marketing Jesus at the Detroit Institute of Art. [Detroit Free Press] Read More