Daily Mail: Donald Trump Has Offered Sylvester Stallone ‘Top Art Job’

John Rambo, federal administrator for the arts. COURTESY IMDB The Daily Mail claims to have some inside info as to who will run the National Endowment for the Arts in the Trump administration, and guess what! It’s Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot star Sylvester Stallone, who, like many of the President-elect’s proposed appointees, is a very wealthy straight white man. But he’s also a very wealthy straight white man who is somehow still making hit movies and winning Golden Globe awards, like he did with the 2015 Rocky movie Creed (which was actually pretty good, at least it was when I saw it […]

Tamara Henderson at REDCAT, Los Angeles

Installation view of “Tamara Henderson, Seasons End: Panting Healer,” 2016, at REDCAT, Los Angeles. BRICA WILCOX Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Tamara Henderson, Seasons End: Panting Healer” is on view at REDCAT in Los Angeles through Saturday, December 24. Tamara Henderson, Garden Photographer Scarecrow (dehydrated), 2016, installation view. BRICA WILCOX Installation view of “Tamara Henderson, Seasons End: Panting Healer,” 2016, at REDCAT, Los Angeles. BRICA WILCOX Installation view of “Tamara Henderson, Seasons End: Panting Healer,” 2016, at REDCAT, Los Angeles. BRICA WILCOX Installation view of “Tamara Henderson, Seasons End: Panting Healer,” […]

Morning Links: Gurlitt Collection Edition

The cover of the November 18, 2013 issue of Der Spiegel, which broke the news about the Gurlitt collection. COURTESY DER SPIEGEL Troves and Assemblages The Kunstmuseum Bern in Germany will receive Cornelius Gurlitt’s 1,500-work collection, which has been the subject of controversy because some of it was likely looted by the Nazis during World War II. [The Art Newspaper] With its “Inside Art” column a thing of the past, the New York Times continues its “Show Us Your Wall” series with Joyce Pensato’s studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She’s got a collection of toys she mostly bought on eBay. [The […]

In the Context of No Context: A Digital Billboard in Chicago Raises Questions About Art in the Public Sphere

Vik Muniz’s George Stinney, Jr. (2016). MEG HANDLER Flashing brightly for a few seconds at a time, the black-and-white mugshot of an unnamed African-American male loomed against the Chicago skyline, interrupting the mundane ads—for sandwiches, lawyers, Hondas—that shared space on the same digital billboard. I only just glimpsed it, peering from an overpass, but the haunting image has lingered with me ever since. George Stinney, Jr., an artwork by Vik Muniz, stood out not just from regular billboard programming but also from 19 other works that were part of Override, a project undertaken as part of the Expo Chicago art […]

‘Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s’ at The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Karin Mack, Zerstörung einer Illusion, 1977. ©2016 KARIN MACK/DACS, LONDON/THE SAMMLUNG VERBUND COLLECTION, VIENNA Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works from the Verbund Collection” is on view at the Photographers’ Gallery in London through Sunday, January 29. The group exhibition features work by 48 women artists, including Cindy Sherman, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Valie Export, Mary Beth Edelson, and Francesca Woodman. Cindy Sherman, Untitled (Lucy), 1975/2001. ©CINDY SHERMAN/COURTESY METRO PICTURES, NEW YORK/THE SAMMLUNG VERBUND COLLECTION, VIENNA Renate Eisenegger, Hochhaus (Nr.1), 1974. ©RENATE EISENEGGER/THE SAMMLUNG VERBUND COLLECTION, VIENNA […]

From the Archives: Mark Rothko’s 1957 Letter to the Editor About Being Called an ‘Action Painter’

Mark Rothko, Black in Deep Red, 1957, oil on canvas. ©1998 KATE ROTHKO PRIZEL CHRISTOPHER ROTHKO/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/COURTESY THE MARK ROTHKO FOUNDATION With a show of Mark Rothko’s dark paintings now on view at the Pace gallery in New York, we turn back to the December 1957 issue of ARTnews, in which the artist wrote a letter to the editor, complaining that Elaine de Kooning had mistakenly classified him as an “Action Painter.” Rothko’s letter, as well as the editor’s response, follows in full below. “Editor’s letters” December 1957 Sir: Re Two Americans in Action [A.N. ANNUAL ’58]: […]

A Blade of Grass Kicks Off Second Season of Its ‘Fieldworks’ Documentary Series, With Dread Scott, Suzanne Lacy, More

A still from Fieldworks. COURTESY A BLADE OF GRASS AND RAVA FILMS One of the problems of social practice artworks is that many times, after they are presented, they disappear. A Blade of Grass, the nonprofit devoted to socially engaged artists and artworks, has come up with a solution to that with its documentary series Fieldworks, an anthology of sorts that has, in the past, featured interviews with Dread Scott and Pablo Helguera, among others. The series’ second season will include shorts about work by eight A Blade of Grass fellows: Sol Aramendi, Laura Chipley, Suzanne Lacy, Mary Mattingly, The […]

The Serpent’s Trail: Ernesto Neto Leads Us Through a Woven Forest of Symbols

Installation view of “Ernesto Neto: The Serpent’s Energy Gave Birth to Humanity,” 2016, at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery,New York. JEAN VONG/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY, NEW YORK On a sunny afternoon in Chelsea, I ducked into Tanya Bonakdar Gallery to find a giggling group of teenagers taking off their shoes on a long wooden bench. They were preparing to enter Ernesto Neto’s multicolored crocheted environment, “The Serpent’s Energy Gave Birth to Humanity.” In my socks, I joined them, coiling through a cocoon-like structure, discovering instruments and food, running my fingers along woven patterns. Almost immediately, the gallery walls fell […]

Patricia Barbizet Will Step Down as CEO of Christie’s, With Guillaume Cerutti Tapped as Replacement

Patricia Barbizet. COURTESY GROUPE ARTEMIS Just two years after taking the helm of Christie’s, Patricia Barbizet will leave her post as CEO effective January 1, 2017, the auction house announced in a press release. Her replacement will be Guillaume Cerutti, who is currently president of Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia, and India operations. “Two years ago I asked Patricia to take the helm of Christie’s and adapt the organization to the new challenges of the art industry and market,” François Pinault, owner of Christie’s, said in a statement. “During these two years, she has worked tirelessly on the key milestones […]

Richard Gray Gallery to Open 5,000-Square-Foot Space in Chicago

Plans for the space. RICHARD GRAY GALLERY Today, Richard Gray Gallery, which has outposts in Chicago and New York, announced its expansion in the Windy City with a new 5,000-square-foot exhibition space that is set to open next year in the West Town neighborhood northwest of downtown Chicago. The new space will be designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects and is set to open April 28, 2017 with a show of new paintings by Jim Dine. “The expansion affords us the opportunity to more completely express the gallery’s program,” gallery partner Valerie Carberry said in a statement. “We can now offer a large-scale, […]