Monday, May 31, 2010

NEW YORK - Artist Louise Bourgeois, whose sculptures exploring women's deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death were highly influential on younger artists, died Monday, her studio's managing director said. She was 98. -JENNIFER PELTZ
Daily Beast Reader's Question to Charles Saatchi: If you could ask any question to Adolf Hitler what would it be?

Answer: Would it have all been different if you had found success with your paintings?

Scott King
Rupert Norfolk

Hurvin Anderson
Eugenie Scrase
Goshka Macuga
Rachel Campbell-Johnston
Artist Justin Lowe has been given free reign to recreate the bathroom from the fabled defunct punk club CBGB inside the Connecticut fine art venue Wadsworth Atheneum. Leaving aside the fact that the reification of CBGB—and the outcry over its demise—was even less punk than the space's resurrection as a John Varvatos store, this is a pretty funny and awesome project, partly because the CBGB bathroom was probably as legendary as the club itself. Lowe, whose projects tend to revolve around transforming spaces with wall collages, will make the Wadsworth a commode for three months, at which point the bathroom will disappear into punk legend. -DBeast
Ronald Lauder

Greygarden, 2004
Hotelroom by Ulay and Jurriaan Löwensteyn
Winston Hotel, Amsterdam
Photography by Ulay and Venus Veldhoen
In 1976, Marina Abramovic met the German artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen, who called himself Ulay. They became lovers and collaborators for a dozen years. "For a thriller of a piece called 'Rest Energy,' they faced each other and together held a large a bow and arrow. Ms. Abramovic grasped the bow while Mr. Laysiepen pulled the string taut, aiming the arrow at her heart." -NY Times

Holland Cotter - 700-Hour Silent Opera Reaches Finale at MoMA
re-enacted performance art
Marina Abramovic and Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen) in the 1977 piece "Relation in Time."

Sunday, May 30, 2010

BEIJING—Among the Chinese, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is known as lihai, a compliment of sorts, which translates roughly as "fierce" or "severe." But when it comes to China, Clinton seems to have learned that fierce isn’t always useful. Patience is a more effective virtue. -Dan Levin

Thanks Rupert!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pittsburgh Paints Pop Art Collection (Logo Palette) Shooting Star #551-1 Henry Hopper by LeRoy More HoleA small army of Los Angeles cops kept vigil inside and outside Hopper's home in Venice, Calif., yesterday. An officer who answered the door said no family members wished to talk. At one point, Hopper's adult son, Henry, emerged with two friends. Asked how he was holding up, the actor's son gave a reporter a white rose before flipping the finger and shouting, "This is how I'm doing!." -KELLY HARTOG in L A and DAVID K. L I in NY, NY PostBlack on Black Paul Morrissey, Marin Hopper, and Patrick McMullan 3 Times by LeRoy More HoleBlack on Black Victoria Duffy (Victoria Duffy 8 Times) by LeRoy More Hole Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel Without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He was 74. -The Hollywood Reporter

Friday, May 28, 2010

Dennis Hopper's dying wish: DIVORCEDennis Hopper's final months were consumed by a bitter deathbed divorce battle with his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy, 42, who had been married to the legendary wildman for 14 years. Hopper filed for divorce in January, when he was hospitalized in LA, claiming he wanted to "die in peace." Hopper obtained a restraining order against her, banned her from his home and accused her of stealing more than $1.5 million of artwork. -ANNIE KARNI

Gary Coleman, the child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" whose later career was marred by medical and legal problems, has died after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage. He was 42. -JENNIFER DOBNER
25 Cent50 Cent has lost a shocking amount of weight for his upcoming movie 'Things Fall Apart,' in which he plays a cancer-ridden football player. According to, he dropped from 214 pounds to 160 over the course of just nine weeks with a liquid diet and working out three hours a day. 50 is co-producing the film with Randall Emmett, his partner in Cheetah Vision Films. -The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama, left, picks up a "tar ball" as LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph, center, and U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, look on during a tour of areas impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill, Friday, May 28, 2010 in Port Fourchon, La. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — The wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. pleaded not guilty Thursday to a drunken-driving charge and will be evaluated to see if she needs treatment for alcohol abuse. Mary Richardson Kennedy, 50, was arraigned in Bedford Town Court, near her home 45 miles north of New York City. Her husband, son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, was not in court. -AP
The reason Cindy Adams' column has been missing the past few days is that she has a bit of anemia and is in the hospital. "They are giving her back the red blood she usually gives us," said a friend. "She'll be back soon" - NY Post
In one of the show’s most peripatetic pieces, the performance-video artist Ryan McNamara, who has a dancer’s body and musical sense but no training, will use the galleries as a dance studio. Wheeling around a mobile barre and mirror, he will take instruction from dance professionals of all kinds (classical, modern, exotic) or just stretch and practice. In either case visitors can watch or join in. “Make Ryan a Dancer,” as Mr. McNamara’s sweetly courageous work is titled, is one of several here that examine the distinction between amateur and professional. -ROBERTA SMITH MoMA P.S. 1

Leigh Ledare
Keith Boadwee, "Intersection"Rocksbox presents This is a New Low, by shock artist Keith Boadwee. (In)famous for anal painting and a general obsession with his genital region, Boadwee's work has been described as "intelligent and irritating, repulsive and appealing". Intensely, inescapably physical, Boadwee toys with, and perhaps overextends, the visceral metaphors of the body. It is, indeed, an "uneasy alliance." -Posted By Megan Driscoll On May 22, 2008 At 9:25 | Comments (0)

Between the begining and the end there lies the shadow.Judge denies collector's injunction against dealer. In a decision filed 20 May, a federal judge has found that Craig Robins's claims against David Zwirner to prevent the sale of works by Marlene Dumas are "unwarranted"In the end, Judge Pauley offered Robins and all collectors the ancient advice of “buyer beware” and “get it in writing”. And he reserved his most severe judgement on the murky dealings of the art world in general. “As the facts of this case make clear, some in the art world desire a market that is neither open nor honest. Thus, collectors in this seemingly refined bazaar should heed the admonition ‘caveat emptor’ and be mindful of the Statute of Frauds.” -Art Newspaper

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Spiral Thingie (the shrimp) by LeRoy Trace. Small spiral made of gravel in a mud puddle. Homage to Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" 1970 scratching the surface (Michael Heizer) - By LeRoy Trace. Michael Heizer line drawn with a stick - Homage to "Rift" 1968
Cannoning Land Art (mud puddle) by LeRoy Trace Canonizing Land Art (pile of gravel) by LeRoy Trace
Robert Smithson "Spiral Jetty" 1970Michael Heizer "Rift" 1968Raven Symone "With a Child's Heart" - no doubt it's from the heart