Marina Abramovic Now Selling Hugs for $1

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If you’ve been following our coverage of Marina Abramovic’s Kickstarter, which hopes to spur construction of a Marina Abramovic Institute for performance art, then you know she could use a little help on the donations front. In fact, with 17 days to go she has not yet raised even 40 percent of the $600,000 she’s asked for from her fans around the world. Read More


Painter Taner Ceylan Talks Turkish Protests, ‘Lost Paintings’

'Spring Time' (2013). (Courtesy the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery)

When Turkish painter Taner Ceylan first visited New York, he did not like what he saw. “It was a very depressing, very scary thing for me because it was winter,” he recalled earlier this month via Skype. “People are running in the street with coffees in their hands, Starbucks coffees, and eating on the corner, and this is scary. This is not usual for me.” The trauma didn’t last. A recent springtime trip made a convert of Mr. Ceylan (“Now I’m a very big New York fan”), which is good since he’ll be back in town soon for his first solo show with Paul Kasmin, who began representing him last December. The show, slated to open at the gallery’s West 27th Street space on Sept. 18, will feature the 10 works in his “Lost Paintings” series (2010-2013), a photorealistic exploration of Western Orientalist paintings, which were popular in the 19th century. Read More


Sandwoman: Land Artist Agnes Denes Has a Plan for the Rockaways

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York, flooding the streets and wiping out power below Madison Square, most downtown denizens abandoned their homes for safer, if less trendy, ZIP codes. Not Agnes Denes. The 82-year-old, Budapest-born artist, who helped establish land art as a movement in the 1960s, stayed put in her Soho studio. A day or so into the blackout, her primary dealer, Leslie Tonkonow, unable to reach her, sent a gallery director to check in. He drove downtown and raced up to the fifth floor of Ms. Denes’s building by flashlight, only to find her contentedly writing by candlelight. “She was having a great time,” said Ms. Tonkonow.  Read More


Beach Reading: Simon Fujiwara Blurs Fact and Fiction With a Seaside Casino and a Mysterious Photograph

Installation view of Studio Pieta (King Kong Komplex). (Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery)

As a teenager in the 1960s, she performed in a dance troupe called The Blue Bell Girls. She trained in Paris and traveled to Monaco, where she met Grace Kelly and Shirley Bassey. She had a pet monkey that she liberated from a market in Bangkok. In Tokyo, her long legs and blond hair attracted catcalls. In Beirut, she danced at the Casino du Liban and met men there. As her son, the artist Simon Fujiwara, remembers it now, she was photographed on the beach in the arms of one “charming and dangerous” Arabic gentleman. She looked “irresponsibly happy.”

“I honestly can’t remember exactly when I saw this photograph,” Mr. Fujiwara said in an interview at Andrea Rosen Gallery, where his mother is the subject of his first solo show in New York. “But I know I’d seen it.” Read More