CalArts Names SUNY Purchase Art School Dean Ravi Rajan President, Replacing Steven Lavine

The California Institute of the Arts. COURTESY CALARTS Nearly 18 months after it was announced that Steven Lavine would step down as the president of the California Institute of the Arts, the Valencia-based art school has found a replacement, its board of directors announced this evening. Ravi S. Rajan, the dean of the school of the arts at Purchase College, State University of New York, will step into Lavine’s shoes to be the fourth director of the institution, making him the first Indian-American president of an arts school in the country. He begins his tenure June 1. “CalArts is a beacon in the […]

Morning Links: Marijuana Acquisition Edition

That’s a lot of marijuana! COURTESY PIXABAY Choice Acquisitions A local reporter and editor has donated a gram of marijuana to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum in Alaska. He was the second resident of the capital city to purchase the drug legally. [Juneau Empire] A total of 93 works by 48 self-taught artists from the estate of the late Margaret Robson have been donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. [The Art Newspaper] Permanent Art For Skulptur Projekte Münster, the once-every-ten-years show in the German city, Michael Smith will open a tattoo parlor aimed at senior citizens. More details about the exhibition in this article. [The […]

Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh Acquires a Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Gallery), 2016, acrylic on PVC panel, 60 ½ x 48 ½ in. ©KERRY JAMES MARSHALL/COURTESY CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART I come bearing glorious news to start this day: the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has acquired a 2016 Kerry James Marshall painting. The work in question, a five-by-four-foot slice of thick PVC panel pictured above (click to enlarge it!), is titled Untitled (Gallery). As my colleague Nate Freeman reported in October, the piece was on offer at the Frieze art fair in London at the booth of David Zwirner with an asking price of $1 million. The […]

‘Friends and Enemies’ Gather Amid Silence and Gold for Marina Abramovic’s 70th Birthday

Marina Abramović at “MARINA 70,” 2016, at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. ©2016 PATRICK MCMULLAN COMPANY Imagine an ascent up the Guggenheim Museum’s spiral rotunda, stopping along the way to stare into Agnes Martin’s grids and fields while wearing noise-cancelling headphones. Silence sets the scene, and gold leaf is flaking from museum-goers’ lips—for reasons that only later become clear—as they whisper to speak. After 70 minutes of this muffled lavishness, Marina Abramović enters the atrium below—and strikes a gong. This was “Part 1” of Abramović’s 70th birthday party at the Guggenheim last Thursday night. Titled “MARINA 70,” the party did not lack the kind of performative interventions for […]

Sotheby’s Hires Rauschenberg Foundation CEO Christy MacLear, Aiming to Expand Advisory Services for Artist Estates

Christy MacLear. COURTESY STANFORD UNIVERSITY Barely over a week ago we were here telling you that Sotheby’s had acquired an anti-forgery firm, furthering its status as an auction house that would keep on adding appendages to its business until it reached full vertical integration. Instead of outsourcing its needs to specialized practices, Sotheby’s could become a sort of mini-art world, with all the necessary services on offer for its clients and shareholders around the world. So far Sotheby’s has acquired the following: the advisory firm Art Agency, Partners; the director of a museum devoted to the market’s favorite artist (Andy Warhol); the parent company of a […]

Morning Links: Rookie Mistake Edition

Michael Green’s r/Pizzagate I. An Evening W/ The Podestas, 2016. COURTESY THE ARTIST Real Estate The wonderful Chelsea-adjacent bar Peter McManus, a favorite for pre- and post-gallery imbibing, will stay open despite rumors of its closing for at least another year. After that, it’s a mystery… [Eater] Reena Spaulings co-founder John Kelsey has purchased Willem Dafoe’s Grand Street co-op. [Bowery Boogie] Considering the Nadir of the Human Project Try to take your eyes off some pretty disturbing anti-“pizzagate” art. [The Creators Project] Showbiz Because every morning should be a Gucci Mane morning, a link to a fine performance on Jimmy Kimmel […]

L.A.’s Roberts & Tilton Now Represents Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson. JENNIFER GOEHRING Los Angeles gallery Roberts Tilton announced that it now represents artist Jeffrey Gibson, who is based in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York. The artist’s first show with the gallery will be in fall 2017. Gibson, who is Cherokee and Choctaw, is most known for his large-scale beaded canvases and sculptures, like his works with repurposed Everlast punching bags that fuse aspects of his Native American heritage with pop culture. He has a planned traveling mid-career survey that will open at the Denver Art Museum in March 2018, and has been included in major U.S. exhibitions, including SITElines 2016, […]

The Big Picture: A Talk With Douglas Crimp on the Changing Role of the Curator, the State of the Art World, and His New Memoir

Daniel S. Palmer and Douglas Crimp photographed in New York City on October 18, 2016. ©KATHERINE MCMAHON In 1977, Douglas Crimp, then a grad student at the City University of New York, organized a group exhibition called “Pictures” at the small downtown New York alternative gallery Artists Space. The show launched the careers of Troy Brauntuch, Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, and Philip Smith, who had in common their interest in appropriation (or, as Crimp put it in an accompanying text, “representation freed from the tyranny of the represented”) and who, in the years that followed, became known (along […]

Consumer Reports: Paul McMahon

Paul McMahon SYLVIE DEGIEZ Paul McMahon is a musician and artist living in Woodstock, New York. Highlights from his varied and legendary career include having work in the 2009 “Pictures Generation” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, appearances on the Soupy Sales television show, and over 10 albums of original music. He is currently the proprietor of the Mothership BnB, an everything center in Woodstock, and a single father of twin girls, now 15. He had a kundalini rising experience in 1988 and in 1993 the Goddess spoke inside his head and told him he is King of the Universe. We […]

Casey Kaplan Now Represents Jordan Casteel

Jordan Casteel, Charles, 2016. ADAM REICH/COURTESY THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM Casey Kaplan in New York will now represent Jordan Casteel, the young painter who’s recently gotten attention for her portraits of men lounging in various environs. One of the the 2015–16 artists in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, she will have a solo show with Kaplan on September 7, 2017. Casteel, who was born in 1989 in Denver and who lives and works in New York, often depicts men sitting on street corners or in living rooms. Sometimes they pose in the nude, lying on couches or mimicking Auguste […]