Newslinks for Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Banksy’s controversial One Nation Under CCTV via

Banksy issues a statement on London City removal of his CCTV work
[Time via TWBE] and a video of Banksy’s pet store/charcoal grill in NYC [Wooster Collective]
At the Whitney: Leonard Lauder, Cindy Sherman, Mary Boone, Donatella Versace, Christina Ricci, Sting and assorted socialites show up for the Gala and Studio Party [ArtInfo]
Art and Commerce: Julian Schnabel, sponsored by Mastercard, completes portrait of sweepstakes winner [Tradingmarkets]
A quiet but strong video of Jenny Holzer at the Guggenheim, New York []
Takashi Murakami, a bit hurt perhaps from the his Phillips Frieze auction, comments on the art market: “Everyone is very nervous. Everything is negative” [NYMag]
And in the latest in Damien Hirst: the Guardian quotes his art market comments from four years ago: “they would sell your granny to Nigerian sex slave traders for 50 pence and a packet of woodbines” [GuardianUK] his cover art for British band The Hours [Brand Republic] and Sarah Thornton has a thorough summary of Hirst and some of his series: “he faces all the problems of an aging rock star” [TheArtNewspaper]

More of Banksy in New York: Two more murals go up; animatronic show/installation "The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill" opens in West Village

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Chicken Nuggets by Banksy
Nuggets by Banksy, at the Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill, via the New York Times

Two new Banksy rat murals have gone up (following two previous murals, as covered by AO here and here); one at the corner of Houston and MacDougal, the other at Canal and West Broadway. The murals are tie-ins for The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, Banksy’s new installation/storefront in the West Village and his first official show in New York. The storefront features a number of animatronic representations of animals and food derived from animals, highlighting the disintermediation between the two due to excessive processing and the contemporary consumerist, fast food culture. “I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming,” said Banksy, quoted through a publicist in the New York Times. “But it ended up as chicken nuggets singing.”

Artist site: Banksy
Exhibition site: Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill
ArtObserved Profile: Banksy

Banksy exhibition features chicken nuggets [TelegraphUK]
Banksy Unveils Singing Chicken Nuggets at New York “Pet Supply Shop” [ArtInfo]
Where Fish Sticks Swim Free and Chicken Nuggets Self-Dip
[New York Times]
Banksygate 2008: Banksy opens new show in New York!
Banksy rats now in NYC!
[Art Fag City]

89 7th Avenue South – between West 4th Street and Bleecker
10am to 12am every day
through October 31st, 2008


Sotheby’s stock drops 14% (down 75.7% from its high) following dismal Asian auction results

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Sotheby\'s Stock Chart
Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) 1-year stock chart, via Yahoo! Finance

Sotheby’s (BID) stock declined by 14% on Monday, October 6th, 2008, to close at the lowest levels since July 2005 according to Bloomberg.  By ArtObserved’s calculations, Sotheby’s has lost more than 75% of its value since falling from its October 12th, 2007 high of $57.12 to today’s close of $13.86.  Besides the general buckling of the US Stock markets, Sotheby’s stock’s decline has presumably also been due to concerns about the buoyancy of the art market (as specifically reflected in this past weekend’s Asian art sales by Sotheby’s) which some analysts consider to be overheated and on the verge of a decline, especially in light of the global financial contagion.  Despite the overwhelming success of the landmark Damien Hirst direct to market auction less than a month ago in London (as reported by AO here), overall in the past month, Sotheby’s shares have dropped three times that of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Evidence supporting the decline in the market is mounting: several recent auctions have failed to make the grade, including one recently featuring previously extremely in-demand artwork of Banksy. Some hoped that the continued influx of funds into the art market from collectors in ‘new markets’ such as Russia, China, India and the Persian Gulf, would prop up prices in Western markets and in burgeoning domestic contemporary art scenes. The results of Sotheby’s fall sale of Asian contemporary art however, selling a sector of the market which had previous momentum that seemed relentless, poke holes in that assertion. The auction failed to sell 19 of 47 of its headline lots, including pieces by Subodh Gupta, Zheng Xiaogang, Yue Minjun and Takashi Murakami. “Today’s results aren’t acceptable, they’re very poor. The contemporary Chinese art market has raced ahead too quickly and now people can’t prop it up anymore,” a Taiwanese dealer was quoted as saying in the Wall Street Journal.

Hong Kong tests art buyers’ courage [Financial Times]
Weak Sales for Sotheby’s in Hong Kong
[Wall Street Journal]
Sotheby’s Shares Fall Amid Concern About Art Market
Top Lots Shunned in Post-Lehman Art Sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong [Bloomberg]
Chinese contemporary art palls in Sotheby’s HK sale [Reuters]
Pop Goes the Bubble in Chinese & Indian Art
Credit crunch crushes art auction [BBC]
Sotheby’s Sale of Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Brings US$9,165,947 [ArtDaily]
Sotheby’s Website


Newslinks for Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Shepard Fairey via the NYTimes

Street art legend Shepard Fairey shadowed in action by the New York Times[NYTimes]
Art as an unexpected hedge amongst billionaires in uncertain timesand Sarah Thornton has more on this here [Forbes] [TelegraphUK]
Levi’s to launch limited edition jeans featuring Murakami’s flowers [Nylon]
Ex-wife of Jeff Koons/former porn star/Italian parliament member gets to keep her son [Bloomberg]
Flea market purchase revealed to be work by 17th-century Flemish master Pieter Brueghel the Younger [GuardianUK}
Art Market Blog offers another view to market conclusions drawn from last week’s Kate Moss, Banksy auction,  previously covered by Art Observed here [Art Market Blog] 
A guide to buying contemporary art[TimesOnline]

Second three-story Banksy mural found in Soho, New York

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Bansky mural at Howard St. and Broadway photo by ArtObserved

The large-scale Banksy piece on the corner of Howard St. and Broadway in Soho is the second entire-building-facade work found in downtown Manhattan this week (the first covered by ArtObserved here) and is also the second collaboration between Banksy and the professional advertisement firm, Colossal Media.  The massive rat, filled with fast scrawling black-lines to appear as if done in crayon or marker, stands next to dripping red letters reading, “LET THEM EAT CRACK.” 

Banksy Goes Legal: Rent Walls & Hires Painters[Supertouch]
Banksy Reacts To Wall Street [TheWorlds Best Ever]
A Could-Be Banksy Mural Appears on Soho Wall
Banksygate 2008: Natives Respond
Banksy Official Website


Three story Banksy mural up at Grand and Wooster in Soho, New York

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Banksy mural at Wooster and Grand St
Banksy mural at Wooster and Grand St, via The World’s Best Ever

A three story high rat wearing an I Heart New York t-shirt, caught red handed drawing another rat, was erected on Saturday near the intersection of Wooster and Grand Streets in SoHo. Unmistakably done in Banksy’s signature style, the mural was actually painted by Colossal Media, a professional firm, and not the artist himself. The mural was comissioned, although its not exactly clear by whom. There is also speculation that Banksy himself may have been near the site of the mural as it was going up, or at least may have been in the city for the Lazarides Gallery’s Outsiders show on Bowery, which AO recently recently covered On Site.

New Banksy piece in NYC’s SoHo [The World’s Best Ever]
Banksy mural going up right now in SoHo

Is this weekend’s Banksy auction flop a harbinger of ill for the near term fate of low and midpriced contemporary works?

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Monkey Queen by Banksy
Monkey Queen by Banksy, via Lyon and Turnbull

Despite an initial reluctance to identify the works as his, five pieces confirmed to be made by prolific and secretive graffiti artist Banksy went up for auction in Central London last night on September 27th. However, in a marked departure from other, recent high profile contemporary art auctions by popular artists, this time no records were broken. In fact, the Lyon and Turnbull auction struggled to drum up enough interest to meet the lower end of estimates, with some lots even being withdrawn from the auction altogether. In fact, more than two thirds of lots in the auction remained unsold when it was over (74 of 270 sold). One shocked expert even went as far as calling the auction “a bloodbath,” according to the UK’s Independent. Other artists whose works were auctioned included Kate Moss, Sam Taylor-Wood (who recently split with Jay Jopling, owner of the White Cube gallery), Peter Doherty, and Sean Scully, among others.

A prevalent opinion of art market followers is that the recent auction success on the higher end from artists such as Damien Hirst may be due to an artificial propping up of the sales from direct marketing to new buyers such as Russians and other new found pools of wealth by well oiled marketing machines such as Sotheby’s. However, for the bread and butter lower priced works, there perhaps simply is no escaping that there is less confidence and less money in the system overall.

Banksy Official Website
Lyon and Turnbull: Sale 222 page

Banksy’s artworks fail to shift [BBC News]
Banksy Works Go Unsold; Buyers Stay Away From Urban-Art Auction [Bloomberg]
Banksy Won’t Say if Works for Sale Are His
Art Sale Moss-acre [Independent]


Newslinks for Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Soon-to-be-former Lehman Brothers corporate headquarters

Lehman Brothers may sell some or all of its 3,500-work corporate art collection [Bloomberg]
How the Wall Street firm implosion jeopardizes New York arts funding [NY Sun]
French art dealers, armed with currency arbitrage, settle into Manhattan [The Art Newspaper]
7 artists recontextualise the River Thames [GuardianUK]
Following ‘Pest Control,’ ‘Vermin,’ a second Banksy authentication group emerges [Art Info]
Five 17th century Dutch paintings stolen in 2002 at $4.2M of insurable value are recovered [BBC]

AO Auction Results: Last week’s Phillips de Pury Street Art Results

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Forbidden Love, Faile (2006) via TAC
Lot 230: Forbidden Love, Faile (2006) / Estimate: $21,700 – $36,100 / Hammer Price: $39,703

On Saturday, September 6th, Phillips de Pury & Company held it’s Saturday @ Phillips sale featuring some of the most notorious names in Street Art. Until now, there had never been a Street Art auction of this magnitude. Many of the artists featured at the September 6th Saturday @ Phillips had never been to auction before, because of the nature of their work, and the anonymity of Street artists. The end total including premium was just under $850,000. Those that sold for the most and exceeded their estimates were works by Faile, Andres Serrano, Carcel Dzama, Swoon, and Banksy. Although one of Banksy’s pieces sold for over double its estimate, the well-known street artist also had two pieces among the unsold lots.

Philips Results [The Art Collectors]
Street art bonanza at Phillips de Pury auction [Design Week]
Saturday @ Phillips [Phillips de Pury]

Newslinks for Tuesday September 2, 2008

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Banksy KKK in Alabama
A rather political work by Banksy spotted in Alabama via Supertouch

Banksy, moving north from New Orleans, (previously covered by AO here), to Alabama [Supertouch]
In October an artist will allow you to stay in a hotel room set up at the Guggenheim [GuardianUK]
New York Magazine highlights 30 art shows for the Fall [NYMag]
Explaining the dearth of Japanese curators [JapanTimes via Artsjournal]
Two books reviewed on the exploits Han van Meegeren: master forger [NYSun]
The Moment reports on vast industrial artspaces at Manifesta 7 in the Italian Alps [The Moment]

Newslinks for Monday September 1st 2008

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Kippenberger Frog
Martin Kppenberger’s Zuerst die Füsse (Feet First)

The Pope condemns late German artist Martin Kippenberger’s crucified frog sculpture [GuardianUK] and more here [NYTimes]
A critique of Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Waterfalls’ as ineffective “shock and awe” public art [NYSun]
Jeff Koons on Night Talk [YouTube via ArtFagCity]
Guggenheim Foundation receives $1 million from National Endowment for the Humanities
Banksy’s auction-donated $137,000 work to support Ken Livingstone invalidated due to his anonymity [ArtInfo]
Damien Hirst to open his 2nd ‘Other Criteria’ retail shop next to Sotheby’s on New Bond Street, London [Blomberg]

Banksy shows up in force in New Orleans

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Banksy New Orleans Katrina Supertouch
A new Banksy mural that recently popped up in New Orleans via Supertouch

Banksy has chosen New Orleans for the location of his most recent work. Throughout the city, Banksy has created more than 12 murals that depict Abraham Lincoln as a homeless man, a marching band wearing gas masks, and a boy flying a refrigerator kite. The New York Times reports that in a statement released by Banksy, the murals were created in response to Fred Radtke, an antigraffiti campaigner also known as the Gray Ghost, who uses gray paint to cover up graffiti. The statement released by Banksy also said, “Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean up operation.”

Banksy Tags the Big Easy [ArtInfo]
Banksy Hits New Orleans [NYTimes]
Banksy Does New Orleans [Gawker]
Banksy Paints New Orleans as Katrina Memorial [Supertouch]
Stencil artist Banksy visits New Orleans [TheAustralian]


Street art, beer and skateboards at Neckface’s second LA show

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Skaters on the mini ramp at the opening reception of Cannibal Carnival via SuperTouch

Neckface opened his show “Cannibal Carnival” (previous coverage of this show on AO here) with an eventful ceremony. The wall space New Image Art was covered in spray paint graffiti, otherwise painted in black and white and red. Though relatively new the art scene, Neckface maintains very strong press and web coverage and extremely high attendance for his events. His reputation as very prolific tagger in many cities cements his position within street art, which is growing in acceptance as an artistic medium worthy of investment as exemplified by the street artist Banksy selling works in the six figures, auction houses setting aside entire auctions for street art and the Tate Modern mounting very significant street art exhibitions. On the opening night of Saturday August 16th, the venue accommodated over 1,000 mixed crowd of art lovers, skaters, and alike. During the reception, pro skaters rode boards on the mini ramp/cage specially built for this occasion.

Hollywood: Nasty Neck Face’s “Cannibal Carnival” bloodbath at New Image Art [Super Touch]
Neck Face’s Opening Reception [GrindTV]
Neckface “Cannibal Carnival” Art Show Slideshow [Transworld Skateboarding]
The skate ramp at the Neckface show at New Image Gallery in L.A. [C-Monster]
Video Clip of the opening here, and here [Youtube]

more pictures after the jump…


Newslinks for Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 via Serpentine Gallery

Gehry’s Serpentine Pavilion, reflective of his early style, up through October 19 [Serpentine Gallery]
Sao Paolo police find $630,000 of stolen works, including a Picasso [BBC]
Banksy posts a comment on his identity [ via The World’s Best Ever]
Royal Academy announces upcoming Anish Kapoor retrospective [Artinfo]
Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate Modern director, is ‘learning Russian fast’ to court philanthropic support of new extension [Russia Today ]

Dresses: a material focus.(WWD/MAGIC International)

WWD January 16, 1996 | Pogoda, Dianne M.

NEW YORK — Fabric is shaping up as the key element in summer dresses.

Most vendors say the emphasis on simplicity in silhouettes is casting a spotlight on texture and surface interest. Some are launching new lines, with a focus on a new fabric or new price, to spark spring sales.

Dressmakers are bringing spring/summer to WWD/MAGIC, for deliveries as late as May 30. They will show some transition and early fall, but said stores are ordering close to need and often require immediate deliveries of fill-in items.

Casual and business casual are the driving force behind growth in Jerell Inc.’s dress sales, said Sam Klapholz, vice president and national sales manager of the Dallas-based firm.

Jerell is launching a new line — 1431, a moderate label that retails between $59 and $79 — to complement its Melissa brand, which is aimed at specialty stores and retails for $100 to $120.

“We’re very excited about the casual revolution, because it gives a woman a new reason to buy a dress,” he said.

Klapholz cited heavily laundered denim and twill, with very soft hands, and combinations of wovens and knits as key fabric treatments.

“Anything with surface interest is very important,” he said.

As for silhouette, he said unfitted A-line and Empire styles are doing well, but the company is doing terrific business with shirlwaists. web site easrer dresses

`These really hit a nerve in the market,” said Klapholz. “They aren’t old-looking dresses, though. They’re modern, like the Ann Taylor style with double needlework, or military style with epaulets and great belts, in French cotton twill.” He also said the layered look was important, with vests over knit and woven dresses — “a twinset over a dress.” Mica is launching a new garment-washed denim group in its dress collections for spring, according to owner Judy Rabineau.

“They’re sweet, sexy little dresses in similar silhouettes to what we do in other fabrics, like rayon — halters, long fitted jumpers, sleeveless sheaths,” she said.

Mica will take orders for May deliveries at WWD/MAGIC, for the last of spring/summer. Rabineau said retailers expect quick turn on goods, and everyone is cutting very close to need.

Other key fabrics are shantung, rayon crepe pastel velvets, georgette and a printed rayon pique, which resists wrinkles and has been getting a strong reception.

The dresses are “cool and hip, but not junior-y,” she said, noting there are many women in their mid-to-late 40s who want youthful style, but don’t want to look as if they are dressing like their daughters.

She said prints are booking well, including bright novelty themes like fruits, random-placed florals or conversationals.

Kami Rehanian, president and designer of High Point, which makes day and evening dresses, said styles are “not gaudy” and fabric is the key element in spring style.

“From misses’ to juniors, women are looking for simple style, with less embellishment and embroidery,” he said. “It’s the same trend that’s happening in Europe. Women want something they can wear to many places, too, not just to the office.” Rehanian said suitings, especially pantsuits, and short skirts are leading choices for spring. He said triacetates, rayons, silk and linen blends and Lurex metallics are among the hot fabrics, which is where the fashion statement is made.

Jodi Schaff, owner of On Your Back, said basics — some with trim — and layers are key for the casual knit dresses she’s making for spring. The Doylestown, Pa.-based company is essentially a T-shirt maker, with dresses accounting for 20 percent of its business. Dresses, however, is a growing category, she said. here easrer dresses

One key style is a tie-back jumper with an easy fit that suits many bodies. The fabric is either combed cotton or a blend of cotton and Lycra spandex Colors, from basics like black, red, navy and ecru, to novelties like aqua, rose and chamois in overdyed heather jersey, are especially important.

Schaff said she will take orders for immediate delivery through May on spring/summer goods she’s bringing to WWD/MAGIC.

“Money is scarce, and stores are ordering much closer to season,” she said.

Simplicity is the buzzword at Brasseur/Davinci, said Danny Golshan, national sales manager of the Los Angeles-based ready-to-wear maker. The firm will show suits and dresses for spring/summer “We do basic styles, not too trendy, in large and misses’ sizes,” he said. The collection features embroidered suits with three or four-button jackets, and one- and two-piece dresses at $79 to $150 wholesale. Button treatments include metal and rhinestones, while lengths are mostly long, he said. Fabrics include linen, polyester crepe and triacetate.

Pogoda, Dianne M.

Newslinks for Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Temenos, one of five giant public art works by Anish Kapoor via Guardian

Anish Kapoor’s $30M Public art project in Middlesbrough, UK [Guardian]
$500,000 in Warhols, Lichtensteins stolen from Swedish Museum [Artdaily]
Murakami ceases Cerulean LLC’s resale of sculpture at Christie’s after contract violation [Artinfo]
Noteworthy video of Rauschenberg on his ‘Erased de Kooning Drawing‘ [Seattlepi via C-Monster]
Art title insurance by ARIS offers new and broader protection for collectors [NYSun]
Banksy’s street crew, ‘Pest Control’, certifies authentic works in response to copies [Rawartint]
In response to museum pleas, senate loosens tax deduction rules on art donations [NYTimes]

Newslinks: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Jeff Koons at the Met via Artfagcity

NYMag explores how the art of Jeff Koons somehow stands above the other “razzmatazz” [NYMag]
Profile of collector Eli Broad and his “oversize ego and unstoppable ambition” [Metropolis]
The art services market grows in lockstep with art prices [NYTimes]
Edvard Munch prices seem to be rising in direct correlation to recent art thefts of his work [The Art Newspaper]
Bloomberg posits that Banksy’s possible middle class private school background may affect his notoriety [Bloomberg]

Newslinks: Monday, July 14 2008

Monday, July 14th, 2008

This photograph taken in Jamaica four years ago, is believed to be Banksy via Daily Mail

After a year long investigation, Graffiti artist Banksy revealed? More here, and here [Daily Mail], [NYTimes], [Supertouchart]
Ad agencies reverse the long-evident trend of artists poaching from popular ads by creating popular ads that poach from artists [NYTimes]
A profile of Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend, Daria “Dasha” Zhukova, a new player on the art scene [TimesUK]
Previously thought ‘fake’ is a Rembrandt, but not a self-portrait [The Art Newspaper]
The Sun reviews Art Market tome ‘The $12 Million Stuffed Shark’ previously covered by AO here [NYSun]
On Page Six: 303 Gallery employee fired for mistaking Marc Jacobs for a homeless man and Andres Serrano keeps it gritty in his new Chelsea show [NYPost]
MoMA assembles modern prefab houses in adjacent vacant lot [NYTimesMag]

Review: ‘Paranormal Activity’ is abnormally scary.(A & E)

Seattle Post-Intelligencer October 14, 2009 We live in a world of reality TV, YouTube, digital cameras, and cell phones with access to the Internet and video capabilities. But ten years ago, before our ties to everyday home recorders, a little independent horror flick called The Blair Witch Project came out and scared the pants off people by providing something we hadn’t seen before: “real” video footage of scary stuff happening to “real” people. But can the same “real footage” angle still produce scares today? Director Oren Peli and his Paranormal Activity proves that yes, yes it can. go to site paranormal activity 2 online

Movie Trailers TV News Celebrity News Photos More from Interview: Director Spike Jonze Talks Where the Wild Things Are Megan Fox’s Next Project: Underwear Ads Children’s Book Adaptations That Failed Dancing With The Stars Results: Chuck Liddell Is Counted Out The Pitch Meeting for Showgirls 2 Live-in boyfriend and girlfriend (Micah and Katie) videotape their everyday lives living in their house where Katie has reportedly experienced out of the ordinary occurrences. Over the course of three weeks, the two determine that some sort of presence is definitely in the house. But what? And why? And maybe most importantly, what can they do about it? Armed with only a camera and some computer software, the couple tapes their experience while attempting to figure out what to do.

What makes Paranormal Activity so darn effective is how real the whole thing feels. They didn’t try and pull a Blair Witch and claim that the events really took place — we live in the Internet age where any sort of white lie like that could be debunked in a matter of minutes. But everything from the couple — their relationship, the house they live in, their reactions to what’s going on around them — feels so real during even the mundane and normal parts of their lives that when the freaky stuff kicks in, it’s that much scarier.

The leads were key in making this movie work, and both Micah and Katie put their all into their roles. They hit the right emotional chords when they needed to, and when the terror kicks in for them, it kicks in for the audience as well. Only a few times did I feel their performances were fake, mostly due to some of the dialogue that was likely scripted in certain areas to steer the “plot” in the proper direction; otherwise, they felt like genuine people.

The house was also vital in making or breaking the film’s scare factor as the whole movie takes place in the couple’s house. The house felt like a real house, a house that you’ve probably been in at one time or another, or maybe even live in now. It’s an ordinary house with ordinary stuff. Again, what could possibly be scarier than freaky stuff happening in the woods? How about your own home? Provoking a fear of the unknown in the middle of the woods is easy to induce, but fear inside your everyday suburban house? That’s no easy task.

But the big question remains: Is it scary? By using sound effects, gaining night vision-style video, and an eerie premise, Paranormal Activity managed to produce a genuinely scary and downright creepy little horror flick. What may be the scariest tactic of all was the anticipation of what was going to happen each night the couple spent in the house. There’s so much focus and concentration on waiting to see something happen, that when something as simple as a door moving by itself does happen, it makes your hair stand on end. While the movie does pull a few cheap boo-scares, I can’t say they weren’t welcome — the sudden loud noises were jolting, but the reasons behind those noises were what made them scary. The use of the handheld camera also added to the scare factor, only showing you pieces of what’s going on at a time. in our site paranormal activity 2 online

Paranormal Activity is a terrifying movie experience, done through strategic storytelling devices, off-camera sound effects, and only the most primitive, basic special effects. By creating the fearful anticipation of what might happen each night, the film reaches heights in horror that haven’t been touched in a while. Micah and Katie were relatable and, best of all, they were real, making the events that unfold around them that much more intense and unbearable. While I thought the ending took an uncharacteristic turn from the rest of the movie, the film as a whole still provided a frightening experience and delivered what audiences everywhere have been asking for for years: a reason to sleep with the lights on for awhile, and just in time for Halloween to boot.

Grade: A- Ammon Gilbert covers the latest in horror weekly for

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Newslinks: Tuesday June 10th, 2008

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Olafur Eliassion courtesy of NY Mag

The technics of Olafur Eliasson’s upcoming falls project [NY Mag]
Christie’s, Sothebys assert no collusion in recently dual increase in premiums [ArtInfo]
Toxic leak risk leads to armed guards of Hirst’s lamb at LACMA [LA Times]
Banksy contemporary Nick Walker sells $1.5M of street Art in London [Bloomberg]
Clemente works at the Gallery Met at Lincoln Center [New York Times]
$21M record sale of Latin American art at Sotheby’s [ArtDaily]

Review of Cans Street Art Festival in London

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Cans festival via Supertouch

This past weekend, the Cans Festival took over an empty railway tunnel near Waterloo train station in London. This massive graffiti exhibition showcased the work of famous British graffiti artist Banksy as well as more than 40 other artists including Bsas Stencil, James Dodd (dlux), Ron English, and John Grider.

“Biggest” Banksy exhibition in London tunnel [Reuters]
The Cans Festival [The Cans Festival]
Banksy [Banksy]
The Cans Festival- London 3/4/5/ May 2008 [NowPublic]


NEWSLINKS 04.21.08

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Banksy’s graffiti in London via Supertouch

Banksy’s possibly largest most brazen, work to date [Supertouch]
Update: Murakami’s superflat: “epidemic wanderlust produced by psycho-socio-sexual binarism”[NYObserver]
Update: Rothko kin successfully transfer his remains [NY Times]
“The New York canon” from Acconi to Warhol [New York mag]
Painter Ross Bleckner to write a memoir [Daily news]
Whitney Biennial annex at Henri Bendel window [Artnet]
Centre Pompidou cancels Calder exhibition due to lack of funds [Art NewsPaper]

NEWSLINKS 04.01.08

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Gregory Crewdson via New York Magazine

Gregory Crewdson’s elaborate, freaky-suburban, cinema set works [NYMag]
On the art pilgrimage to Judd’s Marfa, TX [Wall Street Journal]
A Tom Otterness sculpture to Dumbo [New York Sun]
Why Asian nations are bargain hunting Japanese Art [Herald Tribune]
Banksy works headline U.K. regional auction [Bloomberg]
Update: Overview of the Armory Show [Artinfo]
Update: Warhol’s “Ten portraits of Jews of the 20th century” [NYTimes]
Update: Armory sales hold despite economic slowdown [artnewspaper]
An over-the-front-desk look at the “gallerinas” of Chelsea [NYTimes]
C-Monster at the Whitney
[Time Magazine]

Television Review

The Independent (London, England) January 26, 2001 | Robert Hanks EVEN IF The 1940s House (C4) had not told us anything about life during wartime, it would have been fascinating for what it told us about life today: how, under the froth and bubble of our pampered lives, there is a search for an “authentic” sense of the past. The Hymers family’s three-month ordeal by ration book was a product of the sort of curiosity and anxiety that led to the Early Music Movement, with its catgut violins and shockingly brisk tempos.

As it happened, The 1940s House did tell us a lot about that period, if not always the things it wanted to tell us. Last night’s post-mortem on the experiment included a fascinating sequence in which the “war cabinet”, the team of historians assembled to oversee the house, expressed their disappointment in the Hymers. It wasn’t just that they had cheated on their ration books (Kirstie stole buns from a whist drive; meanwhile, her mother, Lyn, bummed cigarettes off everybody she met – you got the impression that if there had been any GIs around, she would have been in there). No, the real problem was that they hadn’t tried hard enough. They hadn’t improvised any cleaning materials out of paraffin and vinegar, hadn’t grown any food worth speaking of, hadn’t built their Anderson shelter to spec. here art of war quotes

The Hymers met the charges with indignation towards those “bastards”, those “faceless bureaucrats” handing down the orders. Michael defended his shelter-building robustly; the instructions had said that if the entrance to the shelter was close enough to the house, there was no need for earthworks to protect against a bomb blast.

But the defence seemed to miss the point: that in wartime, people don’t always try as hard as they should, don’t all get the Dunkirk spirit. Angus Calder’s book, The People’s War quotes Mass Observation’s finding that about a third of people bothered to read all the government pamphlets they were sent. As one of the war cabinet admitted, rationing helped crime and the black market to flourish. So, in bending the regulations, the Hymers were closer to the wartime mentality than they would have been if they stuck to them. A further irony: the war cabinet was itself getting sucked into the experiment, taking on the role of wartime civil servants, disappointed by people’s inability to live within the bounds they set them. see here art of war quotes

Not that the programme reproduced the conditions of war perfectly. The physical experience was replicated with surprising accuracy, but the psychological facts proved to be elusive. On the one hand, there was no way for the Hymers to suffer the uncertainty or long-term tedium of war; on the other, they could not enjoy the sense of community, of burdens and jokes shared. What the programme did have to say about the psychology of the period was inadequate. It was stated that the strains of life on the Home Front led to a number of suicides. In fact – Calder again – the suicide rate fell quite dramatically.

As history this was largely bunk, then. But as family drama it was funny and touching, with the Hymers becoming a calmer, happier bunch as they coped with privation. Now, please, can we leave the war alone for a bit?

Robert Hanks

Newslinks 2.22.08

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

“Dog Test” by Robert Longo via Forbes

Longo Quoted on “Dog Test” Drawing Sold Recently in London [Forbes]
Forged Monet discovered last week in German Museum [Herald Tribune]
Chinese art market takes France’s third place standing [Art Newspaper]
Update: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Guggenheim Museum [NYTimes]
Update: More Cai Guo-Qiang at the Guggenheim [Wall Street Journal]
Update, Video: Guo-Qiang’s Gun-Powder Works [NYTimes via C-Monster]
Orginally £300, Banksy piece up for £150,000 [Guardian]
Two W. 25th St. gallery buildings sold for $48.75 million [The Real Deal]


Friday, February 8th, 2008

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Kehinde Wiley’s St. Sebastian II (Columbus), 2006 via Columbus Museum of Art
Michael Jackson via MJsite

Michael Jackson planning collaboration with Kehinde Wiley?[PR Inside]
UK’s planned taxes on incoming art from non-domiciled residents could discourage wealthy donors and supporters [Financial Times]
London’s February auctions prove that despite shaky financial climate, demand is still high for Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary works [NYTimes]
Recap of Jeff Koons talk at the 92nd St. Y [Art Fag City]
Salander O’Reilly Gallery in NY goes bankrupt: Ownership of works held at gallery still yet to be determined [Bloomberg]
Ed Ruscha talks about new show “Ed Ruscha: Paintings” on view at Gagosian London [Gaurdian]
Banksy’s Kate Moss/ Marilyn Monroe portrait fetches $191,000 at Bonhams [Bloomberg]


Tuesday, February 5th, 2008


Banksy via The World’s Best Ever

These new Banksy graffiti pieces were spotted in Los Angeles recently. The artist, based in London, is known for his underground graffiti artwork and his distinctive stenciling technique.