Sirens are sounding as word has spread of a letter written by choreographer Yvonne Rainer to LA MoCA director Jeffrey Deitch. Rainer isn’t happy. Dismayed after hearing details of the performance artwork organized by Marina Abramovic set to take place during a donor gala for the museum, she describes the planned performance as “degrading” and “grotesque,” denouncing Abramovic’s project as “another example of the Museum’s callousness and greed.” In her letter to Deitch, Rainer writes that the work of art taking place during the gala to something ‘reminiscent of ‘Salò.’”
Perhaps due to my parents nearing retirement age, I’ve recently started wondering how the concerns of artists of that generation might differ from my own. How will artists care for their work as they age? Are their assets significantly different from younger generations? Can a strong knowledge of digital technology be helpful? I got in touch with seasoned activist and A.I.R. co-founder Daria Dorosh to discuss a few these concerns. We talk about her history at A.I.R., digital technology, and means of preserving art that does not make its way into a museum or a collector’s home.
The elimination of Michael Tewz marks a pivotal moment for the second season of Bravo’s art world reality show Work of Art. As Sucklord erases his friend from the chalkboard register of the living, one question looms before Bravo’s producers: Who will say all the stupid shit? The future of art blog humor now rests in the capable hands of Dusty Mitchell.
Sotheby’s held its best auction in three years last night, while just outside its heavily-guarded headquarters at 1334 York Avenue over a hundred students, union workers, and Occupy Wall Street protesters picketed the auction house’s lockout of 42 union art handlers. Chanting such teamster slogans such as “What’s disgusting? Union busting!” and blowing whistles in front of a pair of inflatable mascots – one a rat, the other a fat cat squeezing a worker in its fist – the protests had seemingly little effect on the auction, which cleared an estimated $315.8 million and exceeded the high estimate of $270.8 million. The art handlers have been locked out by the auction company over a contract dispute that began July 29.
The donor gala at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art went off yesterday, and more or less without a hitch. It was a Jeffrey Deitch kind of night, eliciting reactions that run exactly parallel to how people feel about Jeffrey Deitch. If Deitch’s penchant for campy spectacle is not to your taste, then you probably found the treatment of naked performers distasteful. If you admire Deitch’s approach to fundraising and attention-farming, then you’d likely describe the donor gala as a success. If you’re often overcome by imbalances of power and capital in the art world, then you won’t overlook how Deitch’s employment of Abramovic, a fellow art superstar, discouragingly affirms that order.
The close of Liz Magic Laser’s performance Sunday night generated what was likely the most awkward applause I’ve ever heard: clap. clapclapclap. clapclap. clap? Incapacitated by self-awareness, the audience seemed unsure of when their applause should end, and even less sure of when it should have begun. It was a victory for Liz Magic Laser’s thorough examination of viewer complicity and the media circus.
This year’s Performa Biennial has one week of programming left, so this is your chance to catch the last of it. This week’s highlights range from a beerfest to rare revivals of groundbreaking performance works.
Occupy Wall Street protestors were forcibly removed from Zuccotti Park last night at 1:00 am ending a two month occupation. Hundreds of police officers were put on the task; Tents were violently ripped apart, more than 70 peaceful protestors arrested, and press weren’t allowed into the park.
This group is designed to explore the ways in which social media and technology can help bring arts and culture to the masses. "Democratizing" the arts has been a long-standing goal in the art world, and no medium makes it more feasible than the web.
The purpose of this meetup is to bring together those working at the intersection of arts and technology to share ideas, strategies, successes, challenges and failures, and to explore the following questions:
- How can the new technology available help raise awareness about the arts and enrich the audience experience?
- How can cultural institutions interact and engage with each other and their audience in meaningful ways?
- What can they learn from their audience and how can they use this knowledge to improve the way in which they present their content?
- As well as countless others that we hope to uncover at future meetups!