The Week In Culture, July 7- July 14
The sky is falling.
Ever on the prowl for emerging themes, an alarming metaphysical alignment appears to have precipitated some sort of art world 2012 phenomenon. Art, it appears, is coming to an end.
The Equine Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction in Lexington, Kentucky has decided not to stop at offering lots that depict horses when they can sell the work of an actual horse. Justin the horse's painting talents were discovered when his owner noticed he was drawing circles in the dirt with her whip and decided to put a brush in his mouth.
John Baldessari resigned from the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art LA. He was pissed over the recent sacking of curator Paul Schimmel. But word is it was Jeffrey Deitch's planned Fire in the Disco show that put him over the edge. That's right, a show about the cultural influences of disco.
After bottles were thrown, the LAPD arrested 20 Occupy LA protesters during the LA ArtWalk. What were they doing there that set the cops off? They were writing on the sidewalk with chalk. Repeat, they were writing on the sidewalk with chalk.
Amazon removed a book from their online offerings by the two art historians who claim to have discovered 100 new Caravaggio paintings. Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz and Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli announced the discovery and the book release simultaneously, to many a raised eyebrow. Wait, they were vetted by Amazon?
David Lynch is auctioning off his feedback on your very own screenplay to benefit his David Lynch Foundation. The foundation's mission is holistic stress reduction. Apparently, the king of cinematic tension is opposed to stress.
Tearing a page out of the Marina Abramovic sketchpad, The Observer reports that Venenezualan artist Julio Gaggia has moved into the Chelsea BoConcept store. He's holding court on the bed and ordering take-out. Attention shoppers, he'll be there all week.
A small Henry Moore was snagged from the grounds of The Henry Moore Foundation museum in the UK. The last Moore stolen there, a large reclining figure, was carted off by three men in a truck and is believed to have been melted for scrap.
To capitalize on the UK trend started by women painting the soles of their shoes red to make faux Louboutins, one retailer is selling red sticker versions that are neat and easy. After all, no one ever looks at the uppers, right? Louboutin is on the warpath, and happy to say why at www.stopfakelouboutin.com.
According to The Daily Mail, Kieron Williamson, The UK art upstart dubbed the "Mini Monet," is now a millionaire. The 9 year old just sold a suite of paintings for £250,000. The kid is talented, but he's obviously possessed by the devil.
And finally, anyone who has ever loved The Village knows NYU is The Evil Empire. McNally Jackson bookstore feels so strongly about it, they've organized a protest/reading on Sunday at their downtown bookstore, NYU and the Destruction of New York, With Peter Carey, Fran Lebowitz, Kevin Baker, Joseph McElroy and Jefferson Mays. They're all gorgeous, and you should go.
|LAPD Officers, Occupy LA Protesters Clash During ArtWalk Downtown|