Nowhere is the difference between current Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong and his showy predecessor Thomas Krens more apparent than in the two men’s homes.
While Mr. Krens installed himself in a sprawling Tribeca loft, borrowing cash from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to help fund the purchase, Mr. Armstrong has just upgraded—if we can call it that—from a distinguished two-bedroom rental to a dowdy two-bedroom co-op at 150 East 69th Street that he bought with his long-time partner Dorsey Waxter, according to city records.
Last May, The New York Times ran an article about a transit performance piece that turned the L train into a high-class restaurant for several stops. Waiters brought out brunch for participants, who tried not to spill their panna cotta all over their lap as the subway lurched back and forth.
The exhibition smelled of an Improv Everywhere stunt, but as the Times pointed out, it was actually a collaboration with several big name restaurants. We felt deceived! Now its impossible to tell the difference between a no-pants subway ride by Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd and a staged public exhibition planned by a larger entity…especially when the two team up together.
That’s what happened when stillspotting nyc– a Guggenheim Museum Urban Studies project–asked Mr. Todd’s help to create a “Sleeper Car” in a New York subway.
The New York City Opera chorus and orchestra broke out in song outside the Guggenheim Museum today to protest artistic director George Steel’s simultaneous announcement that the company will leave Lincoln Center, a decision that likely will cost them their jobs.
“We shall not, we shall not be moved,” sang the musicians, led Read More
Artists generally like to have their works displayed in major museums. So when 130 artists, curators and academics signed a letter last month asking that their works not be shown by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi until conditions improved for workers building the facility, it drew widespread attention to the cause.
But the protesters may be Read More
“I’m sorry, we’re out of Champagne,” the bartender told a striking woman who stood before him in the Guggenheim’s stirring atrium, where the grand white gallery ramps rise in curling white eddies–all leading to Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic skylight. A sampling of uptown glitterati (and the highest echelon of museum board members) had gathered for Read More
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Public Art Fund have taken the unusual step of commissioning works by the same young British artist this fall, a man little known here. “Intervals: Ryan Gander” opens at the Guggenheim Friday, Oct. 1, while the artist’s public sculpture in Central Park–or, rather, the ruins of one–went on Read More
An average Joe discovers a $200 million trove of Ansel Adams negatives at a garage sale, struggling art vendors protest new regulations, and flip-flop wearing bargain hunters clamor for Lawrence Salander’s belongings. This week in art news: don’t forget the little guy.
1. YouTube Play Generates Buzz and Frustration
The jury Read More
There’s nothing quite like gazing at an Impressionist exhibit to the mellow sound of “Mommmm, can we go yet?” Any parent who has tried to instill love of art and culture into children knows it can be a challenge. Luckily, many New York City museums have special programs aimed for children.
Marilyn Manson takes on the role of fine artist, a Velazquez parades as basement junk, and Louis Vuitton purses and porn are reconfigured into fine art with varying results. This week in art news: Come as you’re not!
1. Ukranian Billionaire Selects Art-Prize Nominees
Victor Punchuk’s PinchukArtCentre announced the nominees for his Read More
In 2009, its 50th anniversary year, the Guggenheim Museum had its most visitors ever: 1,164,098.
The Times attributes this in part to the Kandinsky retrospective currently hanging, which currently holds the museum’s attendance record for a single exhibit.
“Perhaps no other artist has been more closely linked to the history of Read More