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[This weekend on the artblog Reader Advisor: Something surprising about Dubai; a call for Björk MoMA curator Biesenbach to be fired; and a look inside Jeff Koons’ art-making factory, where originality and inspiration go to die. — the artblog editors] The Trouble With Biesenbach: MoMA Curator in Hot Water, via Artnet For Just $30K, You Can Own a Work of Art by Hitler, via the Daily Beast Dubai Is Quickly Becoming the Eastern Epicenter of the Art World, via Women’s Wear Daily Installing Art in a Newly Opened Museum Is Much More Tedious Than You Think, via Popular Mechanics Museum ... More » »

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From the vault: Ingrid Schaffner, next Carnegie International Curator!

[Congratulations, Ingrid Schaffner, ICA’s amazing Senior Curator, who was selected to curate the 2018-19 Carnegie International!  Read more about that here.  And in this 2011 From the Vault podcast (which includes an audio slide show–scroll down!) hear Ingrid on her many and excellent projects, and how she loves to work with artists.] NOTE: This podcast was originally published on Artblog on September 5, 2011 Ingrid Schaffner, ICA’s Senior Curator, has been with the Institute of Contemporary Art for ten years, and in that time she’s created many great exhibitions. Schaffner has a an easy smile, a ready laugh, and an interest in ... More » »

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Activism, Evangelism, Art – Panel at Slought wows ‘em!

[Here’s a brief update on our Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) project.] More than 100 people turned out Monday night at Slought to hear internationally-acclaimed artists Pepon Osorio (left) and Ken Lum (second from right) speak with ICA Director Amy Sadao and Slought’s Aaron Levy (right) about art, community, trust, responsibility, institutions, history, the public and lots more. Best Conversation Ever – With your help we can Do It Again! It was an intense, passionate and intellectual conversation, punctuated with humor and light moments, like when Aaron asked a question regarding “trust,” and Ken piped up with “I don’t trust the ... More » »

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Anna Betbeze’s visceral world at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery

[Alex gets close enough to touch some textile works that evoke and elevate primitive practices. — the artblog editors] At the University of the Arts’ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, the work of New York-based painter Anna Betbeze transforms the space into a colorful, heady environment somewhere between a post-apocalyptic campground and the depths of the deep blue sea. Her paintings–monumental textile works consisting of Greek flokati rugs, bath mats, and scraps of fur and wool–ooze from the walls on which they are hung, tapestries of battered refuse dotted with burns and stains. The composition and calculated deconstruction of the fibers creates lyrical ... More » »

Image via Wired.

The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: Stunning examples of design via the London Design Museum; Audi commissions the first “chairless chair”; and LACMA gets a new look for its new look. — the artblog editors] Here’s What $50 Million in Art Looks Like, via the Huffington Post Due What? Google Builds Email Bill-Pay System, via CNET 99 Bloblems: New LACMA Museum Design Gets More Structure, via LA Times It’s Only March, But London’s Design Museum Has Picked Its Designs of the Year, via the Telegraph Bureaucrats Vs. Drones: Amazon Complains Its FAA-Approved Drone Is Already Obsolete, via The Verge ... More » »

New, unsettling work by Marsha Cottrell. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post – @TylerArtSchool Arts Fest, #tallerpr gears up for #Carnaval, Canfield/Sakaguchi at #nancymargolis, opportunities & more!

News All week long, Temple is celebrating its Arts Fest, so the work of its students is going to be displayed, mounted and performed all over campus for folks to see. First up is The Hatchery, the Tyler Design Incubator created to promote entrepreneurship. Opening on Thursday, March 26, 11:30 am in the Tyler School of Art Lobby, actual student projects are going to be available for purchase. Check out the full Arts Fest schedule to see what’s coming up next. It may not seem like it after the latest wintry blast, but we are in fact due for some warmer weather and Taller Puertorriqueño has not forgotten ... More » »

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Live Comments – Bridgette Mayer on Eileen Neff’s new Costa Rican works

[This episode of Live Comments features Bridgette Mayer talking about the show currently at her gallery by Eileen Neff.] Eileen Neff’s 3-week residency in Costa Rica produced some lush images of animals, plants and birds dealt with in Neff’s anthropomorphic way. Listen to the brief (5 minutes) audio of gallerist Bridgette Mayer talking about the works, then go have a conversation with the standing and seated leaves, and the horse, whose gaze is captivating. Perfect show to transport you to another climate, when you really need it. The show is up to April 18.  Here’s a link to the gallery website.

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Live Comments – Frank Bramblett’s No Intention at Woodmere

[In this Live Comments, we hear about Frank Bramblett and his retrospective at Woodmere Art Museum.] What engages Frank Bramblett is the inner life of a painting, often built upon secrets that only the artist knows. Frank, who has a deep inner dialog with his works, has shared his art secrets with few — until now.  In our 2012 podcast with Frank, he revealed that when he spoke about art — like at student critiques, to which Libby and I were witness when we co-taught with him at Tyler — he was channeling his imaginary friend, Graham.  All we know is that Graham/Frank is ... More » »

Amanda de la Garza, curator at MUAC, Mexico City. Image via Artnet.

The artblog Reader Advisor

[This weekend on the artblog Reader Advisor: Art Basel Hong Kong is a home run for buyers and dealers; the PMA embarks on a correctionist campaign; and edible, hearable artworks are coming soon to the Tate. — the artblog editors] Are iPads the New Canvases? The Rise of Tablet Painting in the 21st Century, via the Washington Post Wiki-Wiki-What? The PMA Hosts a Wikipedia Editing Party to Boost African-American Artist Representation, via Technical.ly Art in the Age of Technological Advancement: 5 Must-See Works of Encryption Art, via Gizmodo  Google Has Doubled Its Online Database of Street Art, via Engadget Hong Kong ... More » »