From Terence Koh’s artwork at the Fireplace Project, composed of gilded eggs and rare, expensive Thassos marble, to the LongHouse Reserve summer benefit, where dangling trapeze artists amused guests dressed in black, white and yellow, in homage to Dorothy Lichtenstein, the wacky art of the Hamptons gets a delightful skewering over at The Wall Street Journal. All in the name of summer fun, of course. For anyone attending the Watermill Center summer benefit next weekend, this should serve as a nice primer. Leave your Ab-Ex outfits at home. This year’s theme is “Pop.”
Recent art history is filled examples of artists painting their compatriots. Think of Philip Pearlstein doing Andy Warhol, or Warhol doing Joseph Beuys. More than 100 more examples are about to join that tradition, thanks to the Hole gallery’s director, Kathy Grayson, who has asked scores of artists—including Yoko Ono, Ryan McGinley, Terence Koh, Tim Noble and Sue Webster (downtown types, for the most part)—to portray each other for a show that opens tomorrow, called “Portraits of a Generation.”
“The Art of Video Games” at the Smithsonian, which features 80 video games from the last few decades, isn’t so much an argument for video games as art form as it is “a sanitized, uncontroversial and rigorously unprovocative introduction to the basic concepts of video games.” [NYT]
A bust of Michelangelo purchased at a New York auction for $2,000, is now in TEFAF Maastricht, and worth €250,000 ($327,000). [The Art Newspaper]
Armory Week 2012
The greatest threat to the Armory Show was a no-show on its opening day. No, we’re not talking about the looming Frieze Art Fair, which launches its first New York edition in May—Frieze was present in corporeal form, in the person of co-director Amanda Sharp, who was spotted amongst the Armory’s booths and in virtual form, in the press release that went out this morning, just as the Armory was opening its doors, announcing Frieze’s New York’s architectural plans.
New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery announced today that it will represent the artist Terence Koh in New York. The artist, who is known for sometimes-harrowing performances and artworks that feature skulls, salt and semen (most of his works are white or black), had a hit last year with his one-person show at the Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea, where he spent a month on his knees, slowly making his way around a pile of salt during visiting hours.
On March 1, Envoy Enterprises kicks off a group show, “FGFt,” a selection of visual art by 27 artists, in homage to Frank Tovey, the founder of 1970s-80s British electronic group Fad Gadget on the 10th anniversary of Tovey’s death. As Tovey was an uncompromising musician and a provocative performer, it seems fitting that some of the pieces are rather challenging (see the work by Terence Koh in the slideshow). The show is intended as a celebration of Tovey’s legacy and incorporates a broad range of artists, including Casey Spooner, Erika Keck, Lovett/Codagnone, Robert Knoke, Slava Mogutin, Conrad Ventur and former Limelight club kid Desi Santiago (aka Desi Monster), almost all of whom have created work specifically for the show.
Performance artist Terence Koh has just started his 24-hour performance at the online booth of Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, over at the VIP online art fair. The price for the performance, which The Observer previewed a few weeks ago, is available upon request. It is titled Lightning Strikes at Both Ends of a Thought.
Let’s assume for a moment that Amazon.com is the best way to sell something to someone else online, the Platonic ideal of website retail. Imagine a version of Amazon.com that exists for just one week a year and requires you to have a little instant message conversation with a salesman as the first step to any transaction. If he likes you, or you’re known to him, he might take you to a “private room,” identical to any other inventory page, but where they keep the really good thriller novels. Fair warning! This version of Amazon.com has a reputation for being a little quirky technically as well. The chat function isn’t reliable, and the whole site once had to be taken offline for several hours, during that week of its existence.
“It’s sort of guerilla warfare,” said Vito Schnabel, the curator and art dealer.