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NEWS: Artist and Curator Announced for the Swiss Pavilion at 2015 Venice Biennale



NEWS: Abraham Cruzvillegas Selected for Tate Modern's Inaugural Hyundai Commission



NEWS: Edgar Froese (1944–2015)



NEWS: NYFA Announces Artists’ Fellowship Winners for 2014



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INTERNATIONAL NEWS DIGEST: International News Digest



PICKS: Taysir Batniji



Monday Links: Snow, Simon de Pury, and Scientology

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  • Get it while it’s hot off the digital presses! Charlie White’s Enemy Reader #2 is now up, and we’re going to read it all up. With Barry Schwabsky, Noah Fischer, Alec Soth, and Suzanne Hudson, among others. [The Enemy]
  • Prospect 3 has appointed a new artistic director, Trevor Schoonmaker. Though Schoonmaker, the chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, may lack the star power of former directors Dan Cameron and Franklin Sirmans, he has clout; the Nasher organized Archibald Motely: Jazz Age Modernist, one of our favorite exhibitions from 2014. After a mixed bag of reviews for P.3, we’re looking forward to a new recruit. [The Art Newspaper]
  • “He has the energy and power of an Enzo Ferrari, the elegance of a Maserati, and the charm of Miss Universe.” Ooh la la, does the 61-year-old Simon de Pury, the Swiss baron and former auction-house exec, get some love in this slideshow. [Harper’s Bazaar]
  • Art nerds who dare to brave the snow to see NYC museum shows can still do so today. None are closed. Yet. [Google: MoMA, The Met, the Jewish Museum]
  • The Walker Art Center has announced the list of presenters at Super Script, a “conference on arts journalism and criticism in the digital age.” Tickets are $200. [Walker Art Center]
  • Museums are not immune to the effects of viral media, which may explain why it is sometimes integrated into their programming. Clayton Cubitt’s viral video of celebrities getting off while reading will be part of an upcoming exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. [Paper]
  • The blizzard cometh. Over 3,500 flights have been cancelled. People are urged to get survival kits. [NPR, Daily Mail, National Weather Service]
  • Check the status of subways, buses, schools, commuter rails, airports, and roads before traveling today. [The New York Times]’
  • A roundup of hardcore snowstorm history, dating back to 1851. They were more fun back then: “From the first day that cold weather has fairly set in, sleighs of most tempting and gaudy hues, are displayed on the pavement by speculative coach-builders. Little boy’s sleds painted to catch the youthful eye are seen in the windows and at the doors of toy-shops; are regularly baptised, and have names of an inspiring nature inscribed upon them.” [ANIMAL New York]
  • This means we probably won’t get to see the asteroid, which is also coming. NASA assures that it will not hit us. [The Guardian]
  • Sunday, Greece elected an anti-austerity party, signaling a major shift in the country’s political direction. The youth are revolting in Greece, against the oligarchy and the Nazi-like Golden Dawn Party. [The Guardian]
  • Alfred Hitchcock was the supervising director for an unfinished documentary of Holocaust footage. The new HBO documentary “Night Will Fall” covers the making of that film. [Los Angeles Times]
  • There’s also going to be a new Scientology documentary-exposé “Going Clear”; HBO has preemptively hired 160 lawyers. [The Daily Beast]
  • N00ooOOoooooo. After a century in business, another New York stalwart, Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes, may close due to higher rents. But aren’t we lucky for gardens on condo rooftops. [Bowery Boogie]


Author:Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch

This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Depression Filmmaking; Magic Painting; An Actual Discussion on Gentrification

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Jessica Labatte, Imitators. 2010, 20x24 inches

Jessica Labatte, Imitators. 2010, 20×24 inches

Once the sidewalks are shoveled, we have no excuse. Firstly, Brooklyn Independent Media has rounded up a bunch of city politicians and urban planners to discuss gentrification. You can probably expect some political theatre, but still, good! We can submit questions via hashtag.

In other crucial events this week, AFC’s Paddy Johnson has co-curated a show on visual illusions; artists imagine the perfect millenium market; and as usual, this comes with a big side of painting’s painting.


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Everywhere (in the Northeast)


We’re expecting most events to get cancelled tonight, but listing just in case the desire overwhelms you. Otherwise, tune into the snowcam!

The New School

55 West 13th Street, Room I202
Seminars 5-9 PM Website

Who Is Silencing Whom?

Scholars are retrospectively labelling Charlie Hebdo cartoons “provocative and fearless”, when before the tragedy I think most people might have written them off as simplistic and polarizing. But the fear of retribution will have much larger impact. Self-censorship will be addressed by Jennifer Camper, Marguerite Dabaie, Chelsea Haines, Ben Katchor, Svetlana Mintcheva, Eddy Portnoy, Rhoda Rosen, Ari Roth, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Madiha Tahir, ending in an hourlong public forum.


Gladstone Gallery

515 West 24th Street
6-8 PMWebsite

Beautiful Monsters

This recommendation is based almost solely on this Pieter Brueghel the Elder drawing “The Beekeepers and the Birdnester”. A show loosely themed about monsters features obscured portraits. I’m not really sure how Jack Goldstein fits the “monsters” umbrella, but whatever. Disclaimer: all artists listed are men.

Light Industry

155 Freeman Street
7:30 PM Website

Workers Film and Photo League + Busby Berkeley

Another contribution to cultural awareness from Light Industry; this week, Depression-era newsreel footage, like the National Hunger March, is contrasted with the opulent 1930s fantasy films of Busby Berkeley (“We’re in the Money”). This looks so good.

And if the snow stops you from making this one, you can watch the Berkeley film “Gold Diggers 1933” the Amazon instant play.



647 Fulton Street at Rockwell Place
7-9 PMWebsite

Brooklyn for Sale: The Price of Gentrification, A Community Town Hall

Thank God it’s not another gentrification panel on awareness-raising; this time, Brooklyn Independent Media has collected a bunch of people with power to discuss the issue, like New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer who will be making the opening remarks. All of these people are experts or empowered to make change:

  • Sharon Zukin (Sociology Professor, Brooklyn College)
  • Robert Cornegy (City Council Member, 36th District) Neil deMause (Journalist/Author of The Brooklyn Wars: The Stories Behind the Remaking of New York’s Most Populous Borough)
  • Ron Shiffman (Urban Planner/ Founder of the PRATT Center for Community Development)
  • Jherelle Benn (Community Organizer, Flatbush Tenant Coalition)
  • Juan Ramos(Chair of the Broadway Triangle Community Coalition)

Send your questions to #BHeard


Air Circulation

160 Randolph Street
7-9 PM Website


Why are artists inherently interested in making something that vaguely resembles something else? This seems like an especially relevant question given the phenomenon of illusionistic abstraction that seemed to proliferate in the years after 9/11. At least, I remember hearing Eileen Quinlin mentioning a connection between the tragedy and the abstraction in work several years ago in a lecture in undergrad; it made sense at a time when a lot of people were at a loss for words.

Artists include Thomas Albdorf, Dave Hardy, Jessica Labatte, Danielle Mysliwiec, Marsha Owett, and Aaron Williams.

Co-curated by Paddy Johnson and Marsha Owett. (We are biased).

Munch Gallery

245 Broome Street
7-9 PM Website

Scooter LaForge “Travels With Johnny”

A painter’s painter who often creates iconic cool people and monsters, reminiscent of Bjarne Melgaard. This show, though, takes a more personal turn; it’s based on a road trip, with memories and ephemera in what looks like thick paint. “I put my heart and soul in these paintings,” LaForge writes. You don’t hear that often in New York.



Center 548

548 West 22nd Street
Friday-Sunday 11-8Website

The Outsider Art Fair

I always discover a few new favorites at the Outsider Art Fair; Judith Scott’s work was shown there long before getting a Brooklyn Museum retrospective. The gems might be found amongst a lot of paintings on skateboards, but if you can afford the $20 one-day pass, then go.



66 Knickerbocker Ave
Performance 5-8Website

In Conjunction with 'Sing’s Millennium Mart'

Several artists have imagined the organic gentrification bodega of the future: Sing’s Millennium Mart.

With Simone Frazier, [artist/curator Seung-Min Lee] will create a vertical garden and indoor greenscape of edible plants, for a 24/7 tossed salad bar. Jonathan Butt and Lee design generative, nurturing retail fixtures and with Ted Mineo, cast prototypes for the staple goods of tomorrow. In addition, Mores McWreath creates masks to keep your favorite old junk foods ever-green.

Heh heh.

Artists participating include: Daniel Bozhkov, Allison Brainard, Nicholas Buffon, Sean J Patrick Carney, Kiran Chandra, Ana Fabrega, Danyel Ferrari, Sameer Kapoor, Devin Kenny, Dominika Ksel, Jaeeun Lee, Mores McWreath, Irvin Morazan, Sahra Motalebi, Clifford Owens, Andre Springer, and Jennifer Sullivan. Full schedule of performances TBA as well as additional performers.



124 South 3rd Street
5 PMWebsite

Living Stars

Directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat came up with a fresh idea for a documentary: a bunch of people simply dancing to pop music. “I’ve never seen anything that gave me more hope for equality and tolerance than a young man in his kitchen in full drag grinding it to “Toxic” in front of his entire family,” writes LA Weekly’s Amy Nicholson. The movie inspired a great review, generally a good sign.


Author:Whitney Kimball

GIF of the Day: Animals Celebrate the Snowpocalypse

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dog in snow

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puppies in snow

baby bears

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dragon in snow




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Author:Corinna Kirsch

FBI Catches Alleged Russian Spy Posing As Banker In NYC

FBI Catches Alleged Russian Spy Posing As Banker In NYC

Federal authorities have apprehended a banker they believe to have been working as a Russian spy in New York City. The FBI says that he is connected to a Russian spy ring with at least two others.

Just in: FBI arrests Russian spy in the Bronx who was part of ring attempting to collect economic intelligence & recruit #NYC residents

— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) January 26, 2015

ABC reports that Evgeny Buryakov is accused of working with “Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, as a ‘non-official cover’ agent.” He is the Deputy Representative in the U.S. for former Soviet bank Vnesheconombank. The other two men, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy, both have “served as trade representatives to the Russian Federation in New York” reports Business Insider, with the latter having also been “an attache to the permanent mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.”

From ABC:

Federal officials say the spy ring was tasked by Moscow with gathering information on, among other things, potential U.S. sanctions against Russia and U.S. efforts to develop alternative energy resources. The three allegedly worked for a particular division of Russian intelligence called “Directorate ER,” which “focuses on economic issues,” according to the complaint.

The FBI began tracking the trio after the 2010 arrests of Anna Chapman and nine other spies known as the “Illegals.” The trio is accused of trying to recruit female spies for Russia.

(Photo: Cliff)

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Author:Prachi Gupta

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Heavy snow means good cover for mischief. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Aymann Ismail

For Those Not Caught In A White Out, Watch This Huge Asteroid Fly By Earth

For Those Not Caught In A White Out, Watch This Huge Asteroid Fly By Earth

While the East Coast hunkers down for a “historic” snowstorm, the rest of the world will have the opportunity to see an asteroid pass by Earth — the likes of which we haven’t seen since 2007.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 is “roughly a third of a mile across,” writes Space & Telescope, but not to fear:

By comparison, most near-Earth asteroids have diameters no larger than 50 to 100 feet. Fortunately, it is going by at a very safe distance of 745,000 miles (1.2 million km).

Observers may have caught a glimpse of it this morning around 11:19 AM EST, when the asteroid was its closest to Earth. However, according to the magazine, the asteroid will be better illuminated tonight: the best viewing times are between 8 PM and 1 AM EST.

The above map shows you its trajectory. If you know your stars, then “identify and lock onto a star along its path,” according to Sky & Telescope senior editor Kelly Beatty. “Then just watch at the time that the asteroid is predicted to pass by that particular star.”

The bad news is that you likely need a 3 to 4-inch telescope to see it. If you’re caught in the white out of the snow, or you don’t have a telescope, you can watch it on a livestream here.

(Image: NASA)

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Author:Prachi Gupta

“A New Kind Of Perversity”: John Waters On His New York Gallery Exhibit

"A New Kind Of Perversity": John Waters On His New York Gallery Exhibit

John Waters is probably the most famous director of “obscene” films that ever lived. His unlikely rise to fame from the underground world of grainy 8mm movies that were designed to be unpalatable trash has never been repeated by anyone. This is a man who spent a decade taking acid and having his troupe of extreme characters (on and off the screen) perform ludicrous acts like eating poop and scream foul-mouthed non-sequiturs at each other. After years of seeing his budgets and popularity grow, including a Broadway musical and big budget remake of his film Hairspray, he now finds it difficult to get movies financed in a landscape where distributors only want extremely cheap or extremely expensive films with nothing in between.

Rather than go backwards, Waters says he’s just channeled his creativity into best-selling books, live appearances and gallery-ready art. For the opening of his latest exhibition that’s titled “Beverly Hills John,” the artist was nice enough to walk us through and explain his motivations behind the often hilarious work. Below are some the best.


This is Waters’ ode to the crab. Not the seafaring type of crab, he means pubic lice. The artist says that pubic hair is so rare these days that he feels that crabs are a kind of endangered species. He made an environmental/art double entendre, “This is my green-piece.”


As a lifetime outsider in more ways than one, Waters has spent years watching societal barriers and prejudices fall away, be it in the realm of civil rights or in the prosecution of  “obscenity.” Today he feels that there’s at least one way that he remains a misfit within his own community: he doesn’t want to get married and he sees a divide growing in gay life between those who and those who don’t.


Of all the anecdotes that Waters shared, this one was the grossest. He recalled his days as a young man when sex and nudity were unheard of in films. For men to see a vagina, they would go to exploitation films that spliced in live birth footage and they would jerk off in the theater. This piece uses stills from one such film that was titled, Mom And Dad.


These three works “celebrate” screwed up plastic surgery.  Waters says that he’s fascinated by people who go overboard with surgical procedures, “People look like this. They don’t look old, they look insane.”


With no interest in child-rearing, Waters keeps a fake baby named Bill around the house. This is Bill’s stroller, it’s decorated with the logos of closed fetish bars.


This is exactly what it looks like. Shots from anal surgery mixed with reactions from one of the Three Stooges. Waters says that it’s to remind people to “Eat a lot bran.”


“Is there any race, age or demographic that can say that and not be a racist?”


This GIF comes from Waters’ feature length video remake of his most notorious film, Pink Flamingos. This remake wasn’t really a proper film, it’s entirely composed of a table reading of the X-rated film by children. Waters cleaned up the script to make it appropriate for children. For him, this is a new approach to obscenity. He wants those who have seen the original to experience it with all of their memories. “It makes you feel weird. I’m hoping for a new kind of perversity. That the audience and the collector is the dirty one.”


Another collage of film stills, the first is a title card from She Shoulda Said No! Waters says the subsequent stills of celebrities “are all women who should of said no.”

To see more works, as well as the full video of that Pink Flamingos remake, visit “Beverly Hills John,” from Jan. 9th until Feb 14th at Marianne Boesky Gallery in Manhattan.

(Photos: Rhett Jones/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Rhett Jones

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