Post #960 • February 23, 2007, 8:10 AM • 70 Comments
The conundrum at the centre of the contemporary art market is therefore that the very attributes on which its attractiveness are based would, in most other markets, be regarded as reasons to steer clear. The size, visibility and imperfections of the contemporary art market are inevitably inviting the regulatory attention but, in all likelihood, to clean it up would be to kill it—or at least to deal its vitality and theatrical modus operandi a severe blow. - Adrian Ellis. I think regulating the art market would be a bad idea, but I also support defunding the contemporary museums. If the latter isn't going to happen, then the museums' interaction with the market might as well have heavy oversight, not to tell them what to do, but to report on the findings.
Kottke links to audio and video of a talk given at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by Chris Ware.
Current Chinese President Hu Jintao, listed in the exhibition catalog as an honorary sponsor along with German President Horst Koehler, governed the Tibetan region between 1988 and 1992, where, Tibet exiles say, he violently cracked down on adherents of the pro-independence movement.
For those who still think of Stubbs as first and foremost a painter of horses, the prominent placement of the monkey painting is meant to signal that the artist was equally brilliant at capturing other mammals, including humans, as is soon made clear in the rest of this 17-painting exhibition. The Times also has a little slideshow of Howard Hodgkin leading from the front arts page, but if they're going to make it impossible to link to it, too bad for them.
When the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park opened last month, park administrators hoped it would be popular. ... They failed to consider the possibility that park sculptures would give birth. (AJ)
For 20 years, it has appeared every month: one Campbell's tomato soup can and a pocketful of change left on the plain black granite tombstone.
While going through the basilica archives for an exhibit on the 500th anniversary of the church last year, researchers came across an entry for a key to a chest (AJ)
One morning last July, the saxophonist Ted Nash took a spin through the fourth- and fifth-floor galleries at the Museum of Modern Art. It was a visit studded with small realizations, in the placid hour before crowds arrive. Ann Temkin, MoMA's curator of painting and sculpture, was there to answer questions, of which Mr. Nash had a few.
For the first time, scientists in Tomaso Poggio's laboratory at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT applied a computational model of how the brain processes visual information to a complex, real world task: recognizing the objects in a busy street scene. (Reddit)
Robert Lang, former physicist and origami master.