At the Dia Beacon Benefit

Atmosphere. (Courtesy Billy Farrell)

The mood at the Dia Beacon benefit on Sunday should have been dreary. In the basement of the old factory in Beacon, a man and a woman read years past and future into an empty, columned parking lot, a piece by On Kawara that, coupled with the nature of Sundays, threatened to lend to the proceedings a literal undercurrent of ennui. Plus it was raining. Read More


The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Is on Fire: Notes From a Gala

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Mark di Suvero, Agnes Gund, Vija Celmins, Don Gummer, Meryl Streep, Jack Shear

“At moments in your life when you’re working and you’re in the void and you’re quitting, basically,” said choreographer Sarah Michelson, describing every artist’s creative-death-spiral scenario, “you get a sign of something.”

Ms. Michelson was speaking Monday night at the 50th anniversary gala of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), the organization Jasper Johns and Read More


Public Art Fund Celebrates ‘Golden Age of Public Art’

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Ryan McNamara as security guard

The full airport-style security checkpoint that greeted guests at the Public Art Fund’s fundraiser at the 82 Mercer event space in Soho on Thursday night seemed a bit much. Sure, the art industry is getting glitzier and more moneyed every year, but was there really going to be anyone in attendance among the usual gang of curators, collectors, dealers and writers whom someone would wish to harm? Don’t answer that.

The security guard looked familiar; it was artist Ryan McNamara. The checkpoint was actually an artwork that he dreamed up with David Colman. Guests could skip the whole charade, but those who braved the line received a little bottle of Absolut in one of their shoes. A nice surprise. Read More


The New Museum’s Next Generation Party May Have Been a Few Generations Beyond That Even

2 Pretty performs at the party. (Courtesy PatrickMcMullan)

On Friday night downtowners crowded the New Museum for a very special edition of its Next Generation party hosted in part by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin, co-curators of the 2015 New Museum Triennial. At the ground level, attendees mingled with DIS Magazine media companions (those full-body-spandexed creatures who wear advertisements and like to pose for pictures), but for the most part the party took place on the museum’s top floor, where DJ sets were interspersed with performances by artists like Lauren Devine, a YouTube sensation, who, as it was painfully explained to an older attendee, doesn’t actually have that many hits for her videos. She doesn’t need them! Parody would be the wrong word, but she’s described her music as “Fro-Yo Pop,” like the music they play at Pinkberry. Read More


Dasha Zhukova Honored at ICI Benefit

Zhukova. (Patrick McMullan)

Is “curate” the most overused word of the past few years? Everyone at the annual Independent Curators International benefit auction last Monday seemed to think so. Which made sense, if you think about it. These people had paid top bucks to celebrate the field, so you knew that it had to bug them extra when the word is used to describe websites or outfits, what have you. Read More


A Mean Time in Greenwich

Allison Brant, Nate Lowman, Peter Brant. (Courtesy Billy Farrell Agency)

Though Instagram is a new enough medium that nobody has ever used it to photograph any actual murders (probably), the cheery photo app gained a darker filter Sunday afternoon at the Brant Foundation’s new Nate Lowman exhibition, which featured, just outside its main building in Greenwich, Conn., the very white Ford Bronco that O.J. Simpson used for his low-speed chase in 1994, a car that everyone immediately felt the need to Instagram. As soon as the art-world dons began to trickle in, the foundation’s hashtag began to fill with Kodachrome-y shots of the vehicle, looking very white and very unlike (maybe) homicide memorabilia in the sun. Perhaps the best shot featured one of Peter Brant’s sons standing before the vehicle in leather pants, with the caption “When Harry Met O.J.” Read More