Forces are rallying around Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa (2005) installation, which was recently deemed illegal by the Texas Department of Transportation. Though TxDOT has yet to announce definite plans to tear down the structure, a faux Prada boutique in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert, a “Save Prada Marfa” Facebook page has attracted nearly 4,000 likes since it appeared on Sept. 20, and Galerie Nicolai Wallner, which represents Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, joined the fray today, sending out an e-mail soliciting support for the project.
We don’t profess to be experts on Gossip Girl but we try to tune in when it collides with Planet Art. Last night featured a cameo by the artist Richard Phillips, appearing with Art Production Fund cofounder Doreen Remen, so here we go!
Visionaire, the magazine of fashion and art that is produced in exclusive limited editions as unique, artful objects, has announced that its new issue, Visionaire 62 Rio, will feature a series of 3-D works reinterpreting Rio de Janero, including contributions by artists Pierpaolo Ferrari, Marilyn Minter, Richard Phillips, Vik Muniz, Eli Sudbrack (of Assume Vivid Astro Focus) and Marco Brambilla, as well as retired artist Maurizio Cattelan.
With his new Lindsay Lohan film, First Point, having recently premiered at Art Basel, we were particularly interested in Opening Ceremony‘s recent post, “House Calls with Richard Phillips in Chelsea,” in which the artist and man-about-town is paid a visit in his studio. But the artist—sporting a zip-pocket Mugler pantsuit—looks less equipped for diving into the messy business of paint and brushes than he is to slipping into his “red Puma fireproof racing shoes,” and taking off in either his Lotus or his Porsche.
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“Come for a day, stay for a week,” reads the tourism website of Cold Spring, New York. That’s a fine slogan, but it did not, alas, apply to our intrepid contestants on Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist this week, who were destined to hop a train from Grand Central for a brief, nervous jaunt up and down the town’s Main Street, during which time they marveled at how picturesque (read: creepy) everything was and how weird the locals were, before fleeing back to the (much less weird and creepy) world of reality television.
The line for the Terry Richardson show “MOM DAD” at Half Gallery on Friday was a clamoring, clustering thing, attractive people waving and desperate to squeeze into a space that, true to its name, isn’t very big. It was a bit like the opening of a nightclub, with everyone trying to be aloof and desperate at the same time, though there was very little order to it. Half Gallery owner Bill Powers came to the front from time to time and poked his pink sunglasses glasses around the door frame to point to people who were cool (e.g. “James!”—James Frey, of course).
Last Wednesday artists and techies crammed the main hall of General Assembly, one of Silicon Alley’s group workspaces, for a panel called “Art Outside the Gallery.” The discussion included entertaining takes on how people discover new art these days: interior designer and set decorator Christina Tonkin described how one client, an unnamed New York Yankee, wanted the painting that hung in superagent Ari Gold’s office on the HBO show Entourage. (It wasn’t a real painting, so she had it reproduced by the show’s set designer). Also on the panel was the affable painter Richard Phillips, who regaled the audience with anecdotes about texting with Lindsay Lohan.