Here’s the breakdown care of Artnews.
Arts administrator Betty Churcher has died aged 84. Churcher made history three times during her career: she was the first female head of a tertiary institution, the first female director of a state gallery and the first woman to be appointed director of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. You can read more about her life and work here.
All works are from Welcome to Wyoming, Alan Vega’s recent exhibition at Invisible Exports in New York.
MOMA Chief Curator at Large Klaus Biesenbach’s current Bjork show is getting viciously panned. It seems that the narcissistic curator has lost the confidence of MOMA’s board, with only two of the 66 board members attending the opening of the exhibition, which was described by one of the gallery’s trustees as looking like “a nightclub in Ibiza.” Ouch! (You can read more takedowns of the show here). Perhaps it’s time for Biesenbach to stop spending so much time staring at himself (his Instagram is out of control), step away from the pop programming and concentrate more closely on the integrity of his shows. Or alternatively, he could continue on his downward spiral and curate a James Franco show – surely that would be the final nail in the coffin.
Artist Dustin Yeller and art collective Bazaar Teens are shredding $10,000 and using the remnants to create 10 paintings, that will sell for $10,000 each at this year’s Spring/Break Art Show in New York. Yawn. Oh, but that’s not all! According to Yeller, the profits from the sold works will “go toward the creation of eight grants for high school seniors interested in pursuing art.” Ok.
Yeller says; “The piece raises a lot of questions. “What happens if these paintings are failures aesthetically? Are they beautiful because of their intention? Will they still get sold? You can view it as a painting, or as potential for a graduating senior.” How incredibly tired and gimmicky and empty. This project is about as interesting as Francesca Eastwood’s destruction of a $100,000 Birkin bag in the name of art.
None of this even touches the KLF’s incineration of of one millon pounds in a disused boat house in Scotland in 1994, and these guys did it just for the hell of it.