Though it has long been a venue for artists, writers, curators and art watchers to converse, debate and, of course, self promote, Twitter seems to have become increasingly popular with the denizens of New York’s art industry over the past year. Major curators, like High Line Art’s director and curator, Cecilia Alemani, and MoMA PS1′s director, Klaus Biesenbach, have taken to the popular service, along with leading artists, like Raymond Pettibon and Richard Prince (who called Times art critic Ken Johnson a “hack” in a tweet last week).
In the new issue of Bookforum, Choire Sicha takes on the issue of the rise of celebrity in the tony worlds of art and literature, in particular the boom in renown of “cultural truffle hounds,” people like Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator at large of MoMA and director of MoMA PS1, whose job it is to find and bring to our attention great cultural treasure.
The “quality celebrity” is one, according to Mr. Sicha, like James Franco and Antony Hegarty, who has both recognition and is considered an artist. Then there are those who are great at both and operate in a way somewhat akin to journalists, like Moby. But then there are those whose donning of the journalistic-beat makes us slightly uncomfortable because of their position. Enter @Klausbiesenbach.
For a brief stretch yesterday, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been closely monitored by government authorities since his arrest on accusations of tax fraud last year, thought he had gained a tiny bit more freedom, successfully signing up for an account on a popular Chinese microblogging service called Sina, according to Reuters.
rupert murdoch's twitter
Q: Will GalleristNY be tweeting from the Whitney Biennial opening tonight?
A: Yes, we will.
Q: Will others be doing the same?
Q: Are your tweets likely to be higher quality than those other tweets?
A: It is largely a matter of taste.
Q: Why should we look at your tweets?
A: Because, Read More
Occupy Art World
Today in Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter news, the jowly owner of The Wall Street Journal offers some free advertising to Kelly Crow’s article on the growing Chinese art market:
“Art market ablaze. See WSJ today on China, and eleven simultaneous Damien Hirst shows in Gargosian galleries. Flight from cash?”
Someone call 911, because this art market is on fire! (Really sorry about that one, reader.)
As protestors continue to rally for a variety of causes downtown, at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in Zuccotti Park, a Twitter account called @OccupyArtWorld has begun lobbying for change within the art industry, firing off a stream of biting criticisms of today’s contemporary art world.