Cheat Sheet: Björk, Jerry Saltz, and Armory Week 2015
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MoMA’S BJÖRK SHOW BOMBS WITH BEN DAVIS
Critic Ben Davis reviewed MoMA’s overhyped Björk show, and spoiler alert: he (along with pretty much everyone else in the art world) didn’t like it. Despite the Icelandic singer’s undeniable coolness factor, the exhibition suffers from poor curation and the final result is “a cross between a fashion show and a theme-park ride, though that doesn’t make it sound as lame as it actually is.” Instead of standing in line for hours to see it for yourself when it opens tomorrow, we strongly suggest you just read our review instead: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Björk Show at MoMA Is Bad, Really Bad.
THE ARMORY SHOW’S 10 BEST ARTWORKS
Brian Boucher headed to the Armory Show to scout out the 10 best artworks so that you don’t have to. Boucher spotted celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris, George Lucas, and R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe. But what art did he see? Find out: The 10 Best Contemporary Artworks at the 2015 Armory Show.
BILLIONAIRE DONATES HIS $50 MILLION COLLECTION FOR A CAUSE
Billionaire businessman William Louis-Dreyfus (whose daughter is the actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is selling off his massive art collection, worth between $10 million and $50 million, and donating the proceeds to the Harlem Children’s Zone, an organization that provides support to underprivileged children. Louis-Dreyfus concocted the idea after seeing a segment about the charity on 60 Minutes. Want to know what’s in the collection and when it might hit the market? See Billionaire William Louis-Dreyfus Gifts $50 Million Art Collection to Harlem Kids.
JERRY SALTZ GETS BOOTED FROM FACEBOOK
Jerry Saltz, art critic and notorious lover of scandalous artworks, was given the boot from Facebook earlier this week when apparently, one of his racy posts went too far. Saltz uploaded an indignant, handwritten note to Instagram (which, as far as we know, he’s never had a similar problem with), calling out the “purity police” he believes are part of the reason for his ban from the site. No word on when he’ll get his account back, but it’s fair to say that for now, our Twitter feeds are probably about to get a lot naughtier. Read the full story and see Saltz’s note: Jerry Saltz Got Banned From Facebook.
14 UP-AND-COMING ART DEALERS SPILL THEIR SECRETS
We spoke to 14 of our favorite art young dealers, including Rachel Uffner, Augusto Arbizo, and Catinca Tabacaru, about discovering artistic talent, building their brand, and what the future holds for the New York art scene. See the full list and read their insightful responses: 14 Young New York Art Dealers To Watch.
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