Last June, at a dinner following a talk between Matthew Barney and Tina Brown at Kunstmuseum Basel, during that city’s annual art fair, Alexandra Chemla found herself seated with several fellow graduates of her alma mater Brown University.
“My rugby team at Harvard used to go down to the Brown campus to meet girls,” said Marc Glimcher, the president of Pace Gallery, one of the few members of the table who did not matriculate at Providence (the Observer was another). “I could sell my whole booth and it wouldn’t be as good as winning a rugby game.”
As small talk ensued, conversation centered on ArtBinder, Ms. Chemla’s startup that she founded as a 24-year-old gallery assistant at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, after years of slaving over massive physical binders full of printouts of art.
“When the auction ended at 5 p.m. on July 24, the estimates and final bids vanished from the site.” A look at the transparency protocols of online auction sites. [Bloomberg]
And then the real-life auction houses are not-so-secretly wooing Chinese collectors over fancy dinners in New York. [WSJ
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“Tötet Helmut Kohl” (“Kill Helmut Kohl”) read the banner that got German artist Christoph Schlingensief arrested. It was 1997, and the sign aimed at the conservative chancellor was part of his project for Documenta, the prestigious quinquennial art festival in Kassel, Germany. He could have gotten off the hook by telling the authorities it was “just art,” but he and the young curator backing him had other plans.
This past Sunday, MoMA PS1 hosted a talk by Marina Abramovic inside the top-floor post-apocalyptic space designed for “Expo 1” by Adrián Villar Rojas.
Ms. Abramovic began by talking about teaching and her “cleaning the house” workshop: pretty much the performance-art equivalent of boot camp. “You have to go through some training if you want Read More
“At last!” exclaimed Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1, as the bus bounced onto Crossbay Boulevard, a skinny ribbon of road surrounded by choppy water. The storm had started hours before the private bus left MoMA last Friday around noon, and the snow kept falling as the vehicle barreled past cemeteries, hair salons and kids off Read More
Art and Fashion
Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York last week, MoMA PS1’s director, Klaus Biesenbach, has been a vocal advocate for the hard-hit Rockaways, leading volunteer groups to help clean up and repair damage in the area.
Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1 and chief curator at large at the Museum of Modern Art, will be interviewing former French Vogue‘s editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld, on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) about her creativity and inspiration. The talk, which is going forward as planned—a feat post-Sandy, to be sure!—is part of FIAF’s Art de Vivre series, Creative Leaders, for which the cultural center has invited influential French and American leaders in the fields of gastronomy, style and architecture to discuss their artful practice. Mr. Biesenbach is stepping in for Stefano Tonchi, the editor in chief of W Magazine, who is unable to make the event.
This Sunday MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach and Courtney Love Cobain, as she’s called in the flier, will host the museum’s first ever artist’s Halloween carnival and parade.
Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1, chief curator at large at the Museum of Modern Art and, in general, man about the art world, has a few things to share about art and love over at Bullett today. In fact, he has precisely five things to share—the five artworks that to him best personify love.
A bit of refreshing news for all of you on this decidedly bleak Monday comes from the WSJ magazine’s Soapbox column, this week featuring MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach:
“I remember in the 1990s, ‘curator’ sounded a bit odd, then it became incredibly fashionable and now I think might be overused.”