Rikrit Tiravanija and his guests enjoying a Thai dinner. GAVIN BROWN

Rirkrit Tiravanija’s First Commercial Kitchen Just Passed Its Health Inspection

The last time we heard from conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, about a month ago, he was cooking up Thai food in Basel, Switzerland, on the Messeplatz, the large public square outside the annual fair Art Basel, as part of a collaborative … Read More


Pieces of a Quran Possibly As Old As Islam Itself Discovered At The University of Birmingham

A researcher and doctoral candidate at the University of Birmingham recently discovered an ancient goat- or sheep-skin manuscript in the university library, which researchers yesterday confirmed contains pieces of what may be the world’s oldest copy of the Quran.According to an … Read More

James Franco, Lana Del Rey, and Klaus Biesenbach are friends, and they want you to know it. JAMES FRANCO/INSTAGRAM

That Is the Back of Klaus Biesenbach’s Head on the Cover of James Franco’s Book About Lana Del Rey

Penguin announced today that it is publishing a new book by James Franco, written with David Shields, called Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey. At first look, it seems like just another Franco love letter to Lana … Read More

Rebecca Farr, A study of cake V, 2015.COURTESY KLOWDENN MANN

‘Source Amnesia’ at Klowden Mann

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.Today’s show: “Source Amnesia” is currently on view at Klowden Mann gallery in Culver City, CA. The group exhibition is named for its theme, and touches upon the past, present, … Read More

Chitra Ganesh photographed in her studio on June 30.

HABITAT: Chitra Ganesh

Habitat is a weekly series that visits with artists in their workspaces.This week’s studio: Chitra Ganesh; Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. “I try to spend as much studio time as possible doing what visual artists would like to be doing all of the time—making preparatory sketches, … Read More


‘I Joke That Art Comes From That Place When You Touch Your Belly Button’: A Talk With Margaret Lee

Margaret Lee runs, with Oliver Newton, the gallery 47 Canal in New York.Bill Powers: We are looking at a wall in your studio covered with tear sheets of artwork by Sarah Lucas, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Artschwager, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cady Noland, … Read More


Morning Links: Contemporary Art Daily Edition

Forrest Nash on founding Contemporary Art Daily and his website’s new directions. [Art F City]People are sending emails and comments to the Smithsonian in protest of “Conversations,” an exhibition with loans and support from the Cosbys. [U.S. News]A mobster from … Read More


The Balthus Connection: What E.L. Doctorow, Jessica Chastain’s Film Debut, and a Painting Have in Common

In honor of E.L. Doctorow, who passed away at the age of 84 yesterday, we turn back to ARTnews’s May 2007 issue, in which Hilarie M. Sheets spoke with the writer about a film adaptation of his short story “Jolene: … Read More

Arab in Black.


Kitchen Bulletin Board Turns Out to Be a $1.5 M Work of Art With Links To Mandela

It was recently brought to the attention of a lucky, unnamed Sotheby’s client that what they thought was just their kitchen bulletin board is actually a painting by South African artist Irma Stern called Arab in Black that could be worth … Read More

Installation view of "China: Through the Looking Glass." ©THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ Is On Track to Become One of the Met’s Most Popular Shows Ever

“China: Through the Looking Glass,” the Costume Institute’s celebration of China’s influence on Western fashion, is on track to become one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most-attended shows of all time, WWD reported. The Met recently extended the show’s … Read More


‘Colors Made Me Very Popular’: The FT Profiles Albania’s Art-Loving Prime Minister

The Financial Times has a charming article about the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, his passion for contemporary art, and the ways in which he is incorporating that passion into his administration—namely the new free-to-the-public Centre for Openness and Dialogue in Tirana, which … Read More

Pictures at an Exhibition

‘THEM’ at Schinkel Pavillion

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.Today’s show: “THEM” is currently on view at Schinkel Pavillion in Berlin and features the work of seven artists—Alina Szapocznikow, Alisa Baremboym, Aleksandra Domanović, Sarah Lucas, Katja Novitskova, Carolee Schneemann, … Read More

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ICA Philadelphia Announces Three Curatorial Appointments

Today the ICA Philadelphia announced three curatorial appointments: Anthony Elms as chief curator, Alex Klein as the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) curator, and Kate Kraczon as an associate curator. The three appointments, all effective immediately, were made … Read More


China Returns Ai Weiwei’s Passport, Allows Him to Travel Again

Chinese authorities returned Ai Weiwei’s passport earlier today, after holding it for four years. The Chinese artist’s repossession of his passport will allow him to leave China for the first time since 2011, when Beijing authorities refused to let Ai … Read More