Who’s Hot Tonight, Strindberg’s Hot Tonight

September 24, 2010 · Print This Article

Youtube & The Guggenheim have released their short list for the “Play” Biennial and there is a God since my favorite art video not only is back from the dead but has a new work out. Strindberg and Helium at the Beach tell the tale of a fatalistic Swedish playwright and his best friend a bubble gum pink ballon named Helium. Even though Bad at Sports didn’t make the short list if “Play” does nothing more then vault artist Eun-Ha Park and Strindberg & Helium back into production I call it a roaring success.

  • What is this you say? The Art world has a habit of being delinquent on payments (even more so since October of 2008) and that can have larger ramifications throughout the entire ecosystem? Balderdash I say, pure poppycock; where did I put my monocle. Read more here
  • A new Art Fair called of all things “VIP” that has no physical location and is 100% virtual on the net, marketing is not discussed nor noticable yet, there is no meet and greet which is the cornerstone of art, you will be expected to buy without ever seeing the work in the flesh & they want to charge $20,000 a booth and be held 22-30 January. If this didn’t have Gagosian, Sadie Coles, Emman uel Perrotin and David Zwirner involved I would be rolling on the floor laughing, oh wait I still am. Laugh more here
  • Auction house Christie’s has hired, from outside, a former publishing, record company and Disney executive as its new CEO. Read more here
  • Chuck Close does a public interview at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he discusses his life, art, and the creative process. Watch more here
  • The Art Institute of Chicago Sues the Engineering Firm that built it’s Modern Wing citing cracks in concrete floors, condensation clouding the main vestibule glass and an air-conditioning system that can’t maintain a safe climate for artwork. The estimated cost of repairs is $10 million. Read more here
  • Stuart E. Hample, Humorist and Cartoonist, Dies at 84. Read more here Also Howard Brodie, Combat and Courtroom Artist, Dies at 94 Read more here
  • Deep in us we all love science and have had great joy in the data coming from the Large Hadron Collider and even more in the sillyness surrounding it but it’s interesting to watch scientists fall all over themselves trying to address what would happen if the beam hit anything organic. Watch more here

One more video from the “Play” Biennial, this is fun lol.




Smoking Kid Art

April 6, 2009 · Print This Article

John Waters, John Waters, Children Who Smoke, 2009, 8 c-prints, Each image: 5 × 7 inches, Framed: 26 1/2 × 20 1/2 inches, Edition of 5. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.

John Waters, John Waters, Children Who Smoke, 2009, 8 c-prints, Each image: 5 × 7 inches, Framed: 26 1/2 × 20 1/2 inches, Edition of 5. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.

John Waters‘ upcoming exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery in L.A. and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York will feature his series of movie stills titled “Children Who Smoke.” Love it. Now I’m trying to think of other artists who depict children smoking (preferably real cigarettes, but I’ll take Sally Mann’s fake one too). I’m pressed for time and can only come up with a few examples, but I know there is oh so much more. Who else?

Maria Marshall, When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Cooker (still from video), 1998

Maria Marshall, When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Cooker (still from video), 1998

Rita Ackermann, Now I'm Gonna Take A Vacation

Rita Ackermann, Now I'm Gonna Take A Vacation

Yoshitomo Nara, Guston Girl, 2000, Deutsche Bank Collection
Yoshitomo Nara, Guston Girl, 2000, Deutsche Bank Collection
David Gilmore Blythe, Street Urchins, c. 1856-58, oil on canvas, Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art

David Gilmore Blythe, Street Urchins, c. 1856-58, oil on canvas, Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art

David Gilmore Blythe, The Newsboys, 1846-52

David Gilmore Blythe, The Newsboys, 1846-52

Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989

Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989