The Obamas are looking for art; Artinfo has some suggestions

June 22, 2009 · Print This Article

Jasper Johns, "Three Flags" (1958), courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

Jasper Johns, "Three Flags" (1958), courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

Which artists should the Obamas add to the White House walls? Artinfo.com asked 21 artists, curators, dealers and bloggers–including Agnes Gund, Shepard Fairey, Andres Serrano (who suggests his own work, natch), Emilio Steinberger (of Haunch of Venison gallery) Edward Winkleman and Paddy Johnson to make suggestions.  Their proposals, and the reasoning behind them, are fascinating to consider.

(Via Culture Monster).




Wednesday Clips 6/3/09

June 3, 2009 · Print This Article

marina_towers_plan_filmHere’s what’s caught my eye since last time we did this….

*Why not take Aderall? (Chicago Weekly).

*Forget the death of print–the revival of cassette tape is well underway.

*Joyce Owens tells President Obama to give living artists a shot at the White House.

*In second round of layoffs, MOCA cuts Robert Hollister, its director of registration and collections (Culture Monster).

*Muralist Frank Romero sues Caltrans over mural washout (Culture Monster, again).

*David Lynch launches online Interview project (via Boing Boing).

*New Chicago journal The Point wants you to read articles. Long ones. Printed on paper. Yeah I know! Crazy f&%ks. (Chicago Reader).

*Curator Jeffrey Grove to leave High Museum for Dallas Museum of Art (UnBeige).

*In the nick of time, Scope Basel announces new location (Art in America).

*A really interesting assessment of the etsy craft aesthetic on the artblog.

(above image credit: Bertrand Goldberg Associates. Marina City South Elevation, ca. 1962. “Marina City” on view at ArchiTech Gallery from June 5-August 29, 2009).




The Obamas have an eye for art.

May 25, 2009 · Print This Article

The Wall Street Journal reports on the new works of art the Obamas are adding to the White House walls, their political implications, and the potential market effects for the artists they’ve selected (particular the lesser-known ones). From the article:

The Obamas are sending ripples through the art world as they put the call out to museums, galleries and private collectors that they’d like to borrow modern art by African-American, Asian, Hispanic and female artists for the White House. In a sharp departure from the 19th-century still lifes, pastorals and portraits that dominate the White House’s public rooms, they are choosing bold, abstract art works.

The Obamas have great taste, no? A few examples…(the Ruscha is my favorite pick…so great!).

Nicolas de Staël, Nice, 1954

Nicolas de Staël, Nice, 1954

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Alma Thomas, Skylight

Alma Thomas, Skylight

Edgar Degas, Dancer Putting on Stocking

Edgar Degas, Dancer Putting on her Stocking

Jasper Johns, Numerals, 0-9, lead relief

Jasper Johns, Numerals, 0-9, lead relief

Richard Diebenkorn Berkeley No. 52, 1955 oil on canvas

Richard Diebenkorn Berkeley No. 52, 1955 oil on canvas