News & links from Metropolis M & co.
Jerry Saltz on The Death of The Gallery Show: 'These days, the art world is large and spread out, happening everywhere at once. Selling happens year-round, at art fairs, auctions, biennials, and big exhibitions, as well as online via JPEG files and even via collector apps. Gallery shows are now just another cog in the global wheel. DR - 07.04.13
William Eggleston's photographs of eerie Americana – in pictures. DR - 07.04.13
From Justin Bieber to the Obamas and Madonna, the self-taken cameraphone photo – now a staple of Instagram and Twitter – has become one of the cultural markers of our time DR - 03.04.13
Quote of the Day: “Culture is also something personal; it is cultivation with respect to the appreciation of ideas and art and broad human interests. When efficiency is identified with a narrow range of acts, instead of with the spirit and meaning of activity, culture is opposed to efficiency.” —John Dewey, Democracy and Education, 1916 (via TripleCanopy) DR - 02.04.13
Spring Breakers, the new film by Harmony Korine, opens with an impressively staged shot of pure pulchritude—a mass of golden bodies gyrating on a Florida beach—rendered somewhat absurd by the cartoonish sounds of Skrillex’s wacky techno distortions... Review by J. Hoberman in NY Review of books. DR - 01.04.13
Nicole Klagsbrun To Close Gallery 28.03.13
New York art dealer Nicole Klagsbrun will close her gallery of thirty years, reports Charlotte Burns of the Art Newspaper, citing overwhelming changes to the structure of the gallery system.
Pablo de la Barra on the 8th Central American Bienal in Panama Biennial. Lot's of images. David Bade is also present in Panama - not in the report. DR - 26.03.13
Graphic designer Thomas Widdershoven of Amsterdam studio Thonik has been appointed creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven after a turbulent period for the Dutch institution. DR - 25.03.13
Shortlist Prix de Rome announced by the Mondriaan Fund 23.03.13
The Mondriaan Fund has announced the names of the visual artists shortlisted by an international jury for the 2013 Prix de Rome. The four nominated artists are:
Bitcoin is an unregulated, uncontrolled online currency – worth more than £500m, it's the world's fastest growing. It can be used to buy drugs, move money across the world, or get rich quick. The people behind Bitcoin speak to the Guardian's James Ball at their home in a squat in central London DR - 23.03.13