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Artists
Detail of Can the Universe be Held in the Gaze of a Small Dog, 2015.

When ‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Sam Simon Pulled Out of a Portrait Commission, Simon Dinnerstein Made a Few Changes

What do you do if a very wealthy TV producer commissions you to draw a portrait of him, his fiancée, and their dogs but then quashes the project after the couple breaks up? If you’re Brooklyn artist Simon Dinnerstein, you … Read More


Dispatches
Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (headphones), 2014, acrylic on aluminum. MIKE BRUCE/© MICHAEL CRAIG-MARTIN/COURTESY GAGOSIAN GALLERY

Michael Craig-Martin, The Godfather of British Conceptual Art, Comes to Dallas

“I’m going to madness,” said Michael Craig-Martin, when reached at his studio in London in late January. “Every day I’m on the verge of being overwhelmed.” At 73, Craig-Martin, a former teacher who several so-called Young British Artists (YBAs) have … Read More


News
A rendering of the planning entry pavilion.COURTESY WALKER ART CENTER

Walker Plans $75 M. Renovation, Names Fionn Meade Artistic Director

Nisa Mackie hired as education and public programs director Read More


Books
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Her Hatchet Is More Like an Ax: Renata Adler and the Problem with Critics

The most recently published piece in Renata Adler’s collected nonfiction, After the Tall Timber (New York Review Books), is a curious defense of the serial plagiarizer Jayson Blair by way of an excoriation of The New York Times, the paper … Read More


Artists News
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Sound of the City: A Detroit Renaissance, Courtesy of Nick Cave

The artist Nick Cave, whose Soundsuit sculptures have become something of a fixture in contemporary art, will spearhead an expansive exhibition in Detroit beginning this summer that will consist predominantly of public performances and events throughout the metropolitan area. The … Read More


Open Sesame: Art Events in New York
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9 Art Events To Attend in New York City This Week

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Q&A
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‘I’m Certainly Not an Idealist’: A Talk with John Currin

John Currin’s show at Gagosian Beverly Hills runs through April 11. His last solo show was at Gagosian Paris in 2013. Bill Powers: You didn’t want to start this interview until it got dark out. Why is that? John Currin: … Read More


Graphics Market

Asia Week Auctions Haul in Rip-Roaring $250.7 M. at Big Two Houses, a Record

New York’s annual Asia Week concluded last Saturday, and its organizers have since reported a stunning $360 million in sales. That figure represents an 80-percent increase over last year, with the big two auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, accounting for nearly 70 percent of that haul. As … Read More


Books
Björk.

A Dancer in the Dark, Illuminated: Inside MoMA’s Unusual Björk Catalogue

“So I have been doing a little reading and trying to find folks who could help me define what ‘ism’ I am,” Icelandic pop star Björk wrote to writer Timothy Morton in an email in October. In a lengthier email, … Read More


Retrospective
Caspar David Friedrich, Woman Before Rising Sun, ca. 1818, oil on canvas. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Beyond the Infinite: Robert Rosenblum on the Sublime in Contemporary Art, in 1961

In the February 1961 issue of ARTnews Robert Rosenblum tackled the tradition of the sublime, looking at art that instills feelings of fear and awe in viewers, overwhelming the senses. First theorized by Longinus and then revived during the 18th-century Enlightenment in Europe by Edmund … Read More


News
Jeffrey Deitch and Massimiliano Gioni in conversation at the New York Public Library last night. JORI KLEIN/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

‘Let’s Make It Happen’: Deitch on Almost Joining MoMA, Bribing Michael Jackson’s Doorman, and More

“I don’t really care about money,” Jeffrey Deitch told New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni last night at the New York Public Library. “Money is something to do more crazy projects with.” There you have it. Deitch and Gioni were both … Read More


Artists consumer reports
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Consumer Reports: Austin Lee

Austin Lee is a New York-based artist who specializes in paintings created using an airbrush that often start as digital drawings made with an iPad. Since receiving his MFA from Yale in 2013, Lee has staged solo exhibitions at Carl Kostyal … Read More


News
Cooper Union's New Academic Building, which opened in 2009. DREW DIES

New York Attorney General Investigating Cooper Union

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is launching an investigation into the financial practices leading up to the controversial 2014 decision to start charging undergraduate tuition for the first time in the institution’s history, The Wall Street Journal reports today. According … Read More


Art of the City
Installation view of 'The Gee's Bend Tradition' at the Lehman College Art Gallery.

To the Ivory Towers! Robert Barry at Hunter, Quilts at Lehman College

For a few years around 1970, Robert Barry was the most far-out artist in the game. He was popping off one canny idea after another, finding new ways to make art without objects, redrawing the accepted boundaries. In 1968 he … Read More