Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Picasso's Portraits of Art Dealers, a Sprawling 4'33", etc. [Collected]


Installation view of Zilvinas Kempinas, "BALLROOM," at Yvon Lambert. Photo: 16 Miles
  • Conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute shares the following: "Many in the art world cling to the myth that financial gain does not motivate artists. This is not only bad economics, but bad art history." Let's set aside the AEI's larger agenda and celebrate the fact that this is a nice, concise history of artists and the market, filled with fun facts like this one about Picasso: "It is likely that no artist painted more portraits of dealers." [The American via Amy Goodwin]
  • A version of John Cage's 4'33" created from 68 performances of the work recorded on YouTube: lots of people standing still and being silent. [Rhizome]
  • The perennially under-appreciated Allan Sekula and film critic Noël Burch have made a movie, entitled The Forgotten Space, about maritime trade. [Strange Messenger]
  • Photographer Alec Soth visits an all-night bingo venue and a convenience store known for selling lottery tickets to a woman who has won four times (twice at the store), earning a total of $20 million. [NYT]
  • LACMA provides a sneak peek at its curatorial process. Knowing that its 1903 Picasso, Portrait of Sebastia Juñer Vidal, will be away on loan for a while, curators borrowed the Museu Picasso’s 1917 Harlequin to make sure a figural Picasso portrait will be on view at the museum. (Note: it might be smart just to read everything on LACMA's blog.) [Unframed]
  • Five questions for Primary Information publisher and Team gallery director Miriam Katzeff. [Art21]
  • Cordy Ryman, holding it down in New York. If you're in New York, see his show at DCKT Contemporary. If you're not, here are some big, impressive photos of his work. [Look into My Owl]
  • Writers, filmmakers, and artists — including Dr. Lakra, Wayne Gonzalez, Guido van der Werve, and Terence Koh — share bite-size posts about things they enjoy. [The Long Century via Art Clogged]
  • Alberto Burri covered the earthquake-leveled town of Gibellina in concrete, creating a 20-acre earthwork. Now Google Street View has arrived on the scene. [Greg.org and @KnightLAT]
  • Self promotion: My interview with Yoshitomo Nara about his show at Asia Society. [Artinfo]

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