videos’s Hairy Gene

Cleveland. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

“Is this artwork hairy?” asks Carter Cleveland, the 25-year old founder of, in today’s episode of The Sweet Spot at The New York Times site. “Is it shiny?” In the video, in which Melena Ryzik and David Carr discuss the new genome project, Mr. Cleveland gets some screen time to shed light on what is and how it works. So, what does hair have to do with it? Read More


Sarah Sze Wants Her Art to Be Like Jazz

Still from 'Sarah Sze: Improvisation,' 2010. (Courtesy Art21)

When artist Sarah Sze recreated her installation The Unaccountables (Encyclopedia) in 2010 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France, she incorporated into her work things she was eating and things she found in the hotel. “Improvisation is crucial,” she says in a video just published by Art21 as she is shown clamping a piece of string to a table on which there’s a small potted cactus. “I want the work to be sort of an experience of something live. To have this feeling that it was improvised, that you can see decisions happening on site the way you see a live sports event, the way you hear jazz.” Read More


Michael Craig-Martin on Educating Damien Hirst

Still from 'Michael Craig-Martin: Educating Damien,' 2012. (Courtesy TateShots)

“Half of them have slept with each other,” says Michael Craig-Martin, a professor at Goldsmiths, about the Young British Artists (a k a YBAs), a group of students whose work he helped foster, in a new video by TateShots, “Michael Craig-Martin: Educating Damien.” Mr. Craig-Martin should know. He worked closely with the whole horny and artful bunch, which included Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, who broke out into the art world in the 1988 exhibition “Freeze,” organized by Mr. Hirst. Read More


Conan O’Brien Destroys Picasso Replica in Chicago


Conan O’Brien’s TBS show is in Chicago this week and to celebrate Mr. O’Brien has been flinging Chicago-related emphemera over the raised State Street Bridge, seeing if it can jump the gap between one side and the next. Last night he tried it with a reproduction of the abstract Pablo Picasso statue that’s made its home at Daley Plaza since 1967. Read More