It’s Not Easy to Acquire Video Games

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““We have a wish list of 40 games. When you acquire games, you don’t just acquire cartridges, you acquire the relationship with the company, licensing agreement,” [said Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA] “What you see is the reflection of our diplomacy efforts [with the game companies]. … Everybody Read More


Getty Acquires Werner Herzog’s 2012 Whitney Biennial Piece

Herzog. (Getty Images)

Despite filmmaker Werner Herzog’s insistence that he is not an artist—”I’m a solider,” he explained to an audience at the New York Public Library last year—the whole art thing seems to be working out pretty well for him. Los Angeles’s Getty Center announced today that it has acquired Hearsay of the Soul, the very beautiful and very intense video installation he made for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. It will present the work from July 23 through Jan. 19, 2014. Read More


Queens Museum Names Artists for New Studio Program

The Queens Museum. (Courtesy Grimshaw and the Queens Museum)

The Queens Museum has chosen the recipients of its inaugural studio program, which will provide artists with subsidized studio space for one year. The nine recipients—Juan Betancurth, Onyedika Chuke, Shahab Fotouhi, Caitlin Keogh, Mike Kenney, Filip Olzeweski and Bunny Rogers, Jewyo Rhii and Caroline Woolard—were chosen from a pool of roughly 400 applicants vying for eight new studios that range from 200 to 550 square feet in size. Though one year in the studios is guaranteed, artists may be able to extend their tenure to two years.  Read More


$1.6 M. Grant to American Folk Art Museum for Traveling Show

A mid-20th-century Henry Darger from the museum's collection. (Courtesy AFAM)

The American Folk Art Museum, which sold its onetime home in Midtown in 2011 because of financial trouble, has been award a $1.6 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund an exhibition called “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum.”

The show, which will include more than 100 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, will open at its current home at Lincoln Center next May and then travel to five other cities. Hopefully some people who see the show will consider making some donations to the museum. Read More