9th Street Exhibition, 1951 by Robert Motherwell. Part of the exhibit Robert Motherwell: Early Collages, at the Guggenheim Museum. Opens today. (Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Courtesy of the Dedalus Foundation.)
- NYC: Magritte: Mysteries of the Ordinary, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday.
- NYC: See It Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters, at the National Academy Museum. Through January 26, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: EKG, with performances by Fake Hooker and the Unstoppable Death Machines, for the re-opening of Pandemic 22. Saturday at 8pm, near the Navy Yard in Brooklyn.
- NYC: Wynne Greenwood, More Heads, at Soloway. Through October 27, in Williamsburg.
- NYC: Jonathan Schipper, Detritus, at the Boiler. Opens today at 7pm, in Greenpoint.
- NYC: No More Road Trips?, a film by Rick Prelinger, screening at the New York Film Festival. This Saturday at 9:30pm, at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center.
- L.A. : Robert Heinecken, Sensing the Technologic Banzai, at Cherry & Martin. Opens Saturday at 4pm in Culver City.
- L.A.: Kristian Burford, Audition, at Nye + Brown. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
- Orange County:Within, at the Cypress College Art Gallery. Through November 5, in Cypress.
- PLUS: 323 Projects has an open call for very funny audio. You have until this Sunday to submit.
Work (Water), an installation by Motonaga Sadamasa. Part of the exhibition Gutai: Splendid Playground, at the Guggenheim in New York, which closed earlier this month. (Photo by C-M.)
- Are Cooper Union’s finances fixable? Felix Salmon does some math.
- MOCA’s New Sculpturalism show is back on track — but a lot of questions remain. My latest in ARCHITECT.
- When is a Warhol authentic and when is it not? For the authentication committee at the Warhol Foundation, these are serious questions — with some significant legal ramifications.
- A new book accuses Joseph Beuys of having close ties to Nazis. Draw your own conclusions — I’d need to read the book and see a more thorough explanation of the evidence before I make up my mind on this one.
- Jack Goldstein, GIF artist?
- Good read: Ben Davis on Jeff Koons.
- Plus: Koons’ balloon consultant. Seriously. (Hyperallergic.)
- Turning guns into art.
- This piece by Deborah Solomon on WNYC is kind of cockamamie: “Critics have no doubts.” “They specialize in certitudes.” “Their prose is notoriously dense.” Seriously?
- The Cedar Tavern is reborn as a waxing salon. (My own look back at the bar can be found here.)
- NYU’s Fales Library has put all of David Wojnarowicz’s papers online.
- Jörg Colberg’s photography blog, Conscientious, now has a new home. Update your feed readers with the new link!
- Michal Chelbin’s portraits of juvenile prisoners in the Ukraine.
- The Day in Art Merch: Laurel Nakadate skate decks.
- Architect William Pereira’s Oscar-winning giant quid.
- The U.S. government’s war against…apostrophes.
- And many thanks to Boing Boing, Andrew Sullivan and Lawrence Lessig for linking to my ARTnews story about photography in museums!!!! Very excited to see this piece getting traction.
Alberto Burri’s burlap collage from 1953, titled Composition. Digging the splash of gold in the upper right hand corner.
A mobile by Alexander Calder floats in the museum’s atrium.
Ibram Lassaw’s Corax, from 1953 — looking like it’d just burst out of someone’s gut.
This one is definitely worth checking out: the gathering of abstract art from the 1950s that’s currently on view at the Guggenheim. The museum has dug into its collection to showcase some of the big (mostly male) names of the era (Pollock, de Kooning, Kline, etc.) But it also contains some awesome/weird surprises — including a massive canvas by Newark-born Carmen Cicero, some excellent canvas collages by Conrad Marca-Relli, and some highly intriguing burlap and metal pieces by Alberto Burri. (Somebody please do a retrospective!)
Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction is on view through September 12 at the Guggenheim Museum.
Succession, April 1935, by Vasily Kandinsky. (Image courtesy of The Phillips Collection and the Guggenheim.)
- In NYC: Kandinsky at the Guggenheim, opens Friday.
- In NYC: Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction at the Whitney, opens today.
- In NYC: The Blackout Film Festival, begins Saturday.
- In NYC: Textual Landscapes: Real and Imagined, with Jim Campbell, Airan Kang, Yong-Seok Oh, Alan Rath, Ben Rubin and Marina Zurkow, at Bryce Wolkowitz, opens Friday.
- In Brooklyn: Liz Atzberger and Takashi Matsumoto at the Laundromat, opens Saturday one-day only.
- In Brooklyn: Tim Kent, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, at Factory Fresh, opens tonight at 7pm.
- In Chicago: Allan Sekula: Polonia and Other Fables at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, opens Sunday.
- In L.A.: David Lynch, at Griffin, in Santa Monica, through Dec. 12.
- In Pasadena: Barry McGee, untitled, at 2 E. Holly Street, opens Saturday at 12 p.m.
- In Berlin: William Hundley, Entoptic Phenomena, at Galerie Hunchentoot, opens Friday.
- In Milan: Regina Jose Galindo, Juegos de Poder, at Prometeo Gallery, opens Friday at 7 p.m.