Episode 100: Mattress Factory/ Book Review

July 28, 2007 · Print This Article

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Richard joins Pittsburgh bureau chiefs Katie Reilly and Craig Fox along with special correspondent Sarah Guernsey to discuss the Mattress Factory.

Also Terri and Joanna discuss Don DeLillo’s latest Falling Man: A Novel.

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A Public Service Announcement from Bad at Sports

July 28, 2007 · Print This Article




Artist Jeremy Blake missing, and his girlfriend has committed suicide

July 25, 2007 · Print This Article



In NYC, a filmmaker/games designer committed suicide last week. Her companion, a well-known contemporary abstract artist, has gone missing for 8 days and is presumed dead:

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The filmmaker, Theresa Duncan, 40, who has also drawn attention for her writings on cultural topics, committed suicide in their East Village apartment on July 10, the police said. Her companion, Jeremy Blake, 35, a well-regarded artist known for digital animation that blurs the line between abstract painting and film, has been missing since his clothes were found on a beach in the Rockaways on Tuesday evening, they added.

Link to NYT story. Here’s a related item on Gothamist. Modern Art Notes has more, including word that the Corcoran will go forward with a planned exhibition of Blake’s work. Above: still from Jeremy Blake’s 14-minute DVD art piece “Sodium Fox,” 2005. Link to Theresa Duncan’s blog. (thanks, Coop, and Circuit Master)




35 year old head curator of the Korean Sungkok Art Museum for 12 months fired for fraudulent credentials

July 25, 2007 · Print This Article

By Daniel Jeffreys in Seoul

Imagine an attractive and talented young woman who said she had an art history doctorate from Oxford. Vivacious and persuasive, she becomes the director of the Tate Gallery. Then, just after being hired to curate the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, she is exposed as a fake who failed to get a single A-level.

This scenario, reminiscent of a Patrica Highsmith novel with its hint of The Talented Mr Ripley, is precisely the scandal now rocking the Korean art world after one of its rising stars, Shin Jeong-ah, was unveiled as a fraud.

Until this week, Shin, 35, was at the top of her profession. Claiming to have a doctorate from Yale and a master’s degree from Kansas University, she was the youngest professor at Seoul’s prestigious Dongguk University and the head curator of the Sungkok Art Museum, home to some of Korea’s most prestigious exhibitions and the recipient of millions of pounds in corporate sponsorship from the country’s biggest conglomerates.

In the past 12 months Shin’s shows have included high-profile retrospectives for the British illustrator John Burningham and the French multi-media artist Alain Fleischer. The latter was a major event organised as part of the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and France. The opening, which Shin attended in her role as chief curator, was hosted by the French ambassador to Seoul. Read more




Cy Twombly gets the kiss of death

July 24, 2007 · Print This Article


Rindy Sam a french artist has taken it upon herself to add to the Cy Twombly cannon by placing a deep red lipstick kiss on an unnamed 9′x6′ painting valued at more than $2m (£970,000). Ms Rindy has been charged with criminal damage after kissing it and told reporters afterwards while leaving the local police station.

“I left a kiss, A red stain remained on the canvas… This red stain is testimony to this moment, to the power of art.”

“Cy Twombly has left this white for me.”

She then went home and placed a check mark on her lists of lifetime accomplishments where it said abandon any real artistic contribution in life and get arrested & fined around $10,000 for kissing a $2m painting just so the name Rindy gets in the newspaper for a week.