Frieze New York 2013
Any lingering storm clouds hanging over yesterday’s VIP preview of Frieze New York were thoroughly blasted away by 4 p.m., when bright sunlight glinted off Paul McCarthy’s Balloon Dog (2013), an 80-foot, cherry-colored sculpture created especially for the fair. “Paul has sexualized the dog,” said the rakish Tom Eccles, former Public Art Fund director and this year’s Sculpture Park curator, as he led a few card-carrying VIPs up to the gigantic piece. Mr. Eccles pointed to the anatomically suggestive shapes of the Koons-esque animal, though they didn’t need much identification. Now executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, Mr. Eccles briefly discussed his curatorial work on Mr. McCarthy’s upcoming installation at the Park Avenue Armory. He described “WS,” which stands for “White Snow” and opens June 19, as a “gory, horrifying tale of Paul McCarthy as Disney, as Hitler, in love with Snow White.” (Spoiler alert: Mr. McCarthy is eventually destroyed by the seven dwarves, but not before he engages in “a sexual frenzy” with them and Snow White.)
The next time you have 10 minutes to spare, read this 2007 conversation between Tom Eccles, the former director of the Public Art Fund, and the late Franz West, who died today at the age of 65. It’s a beauty.
West discusses growing up in Austria immediately after World War II, his dentist mother (“There was always a lot of screaming and blood”) and various series he’s produced over the years.
Look at This!
In a summer of sprawling group shows that range from the gutsy to the foreboding, it’s a fine change of pace to come across “Painting in Space” at Luhring Augustine, which contains a relatively succinct collection of (predominantly strong) works in a variety of mediums by 25 firmly established artist.
ArtPrize, the annual art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., which awards artists sizable financial awards based on public voting and the verdicts of experts, will have a star-studded cast of jurors in its 2012 edition, which is the fourth iteration of the project.
Frieze New York
Today, the organizers of the first ever Frieze New York fair announced the selections for the art fair’s sculpture park, located just two minutes from the tent where the fair will be held.
Frieze New York 2012
Last week, we reported that the Frieze Art Fair had selected Tom Eccles, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, to curate a sculpture park at its inaugural New York edition, on Randall’s Island, in May. Mr. Eccles has shared some details.
This weekend, when the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies’s Hessel Museum, in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., opens “Matters of Fact,” a new exhibition of works from its collection, it will also unveil a new name for one of its existing galleries: that of the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
One of the Hessel Museum’s three main exhibition spaces is being renamed the Robert Mapplethorpe Gallery in recognition of an unrestricted $500,000 grant from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded in 1988 as the controversial photographer was dying of HIV/AIDS to support his legacy, photography in general and support research into HIV/AIDS. The gift is part of CCS Bard’s 20th anniversary fundraising campaign.
Frieze New York
Tom Eccles, the executive director of Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies, has been chosen to select the sculpture park at the inaugural Frieze New York on Randall’s Island this May.
The sculpture park will be located on the waterfront at Randall’s Island, overlooking the East River, and will certainly add some aesthetic pleasure to the place, which also houses John McEnroe’s Tennis Center and several athletic fields.
Head over to the digital exhibition space the Adobe Museum today to see Mariko Mori’s show Journey to Seven Light Bay. The online exhibition is a supplement to Ms. Mori’s ambitious project off the coast of Okinawa, Primal Rhythm.
Ms. Mori, if you’ll recall, has pretty much bowed out of the commercial art Read More