Last we checked in with Marina Abramović, the Montenegrin grand dame of performance art had just picked up a $2.65 million two-bedroom apartment in Philip Johnson’s Urban Glass House.
And now, the other shoe drops: Ms. Abramović has sold her Hudson Square townhouse to Italian designer and Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.
Ms. Abramović and Mr. Tisci Read More
Tilda Swinton may have stolen Marina Abramović voyeuristic thunder at MoMA with her sleeping-in-a-glass-box shows, but when it comes to displaying oneself in glass boxes, Ms. Abramović will not be outdone: the Serbian grand matriarch of performance art just picked up a $2.65 million two-bedroom pad at Philip Johnson’s Urban Glass House.
The eighth-floor apartment at 330 Spring Street, in Hudson Square, was asking $2.6 million, but listing broker Suzun Bennet at Town Residential managed to get a bit over the asking price. “It was on the market for quite a while as an investor apartment,” Ms. Bennet told The Observer, but as soon as the rental tenant who was living there moved out, it sold. Unfortunately for seller Eliot Ferguson, though, it didn’t quite fetch the nearly $2.7 million that he paid for the unit at the end of 2006, at the height of the real estate bubble.
The 1,722-square foot condo’s interiors were done by Annabelle Selldorf, an inoffensive choice for a woman who once declared, “Art should be disturbing.”
Being James Fanco
1. Denial: According to Elle.com, Marina Abramovic is looking to make a film which explains to audiences, “‘Who is James Franco?’ and ‘Why is he doing what he’s doing?’” Haha, that is a very good question!
… Wait, this is a joke, right? Wasn’t he just involved in the documentary about HER? I’m pretty sure that’s illegal. Or at least, really gauche. Very funny, you guys.
“Everyone is wearing black,” a reveler remarked at the BOMB magazine gala. “There is still a downtown!”
Truly, the band of bon chic bon genre artists, patrons and gallerists assembled at Capitale Monday evening all appeared in shades of sable. Black jackets, black cocktail dresses, black eye-liner and black ties streamed into the room, punctuated by wan, porcelain faces. The group’s chatter soon reached a dull roar, and guests did their best to shout and drawl simultaneously. “I don’t really think they’re crypto-fascists, do you?” someone asked. We did not catch the subject of her inquiry.
Christened in 1981, BOMB magazine has enjoyed three decades of blessings from artists of both wide and marginal renown, the art world’s papal personae and choir-boys alike. While the full spectrum of BOMB devotees appeared at the gala, the vast majority were noteworthy members of the contemporary art scene. Marina Abramovic, Klaus Biesenbach, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Tim Nye all greeted their coal-clad friends and enjoyed the array of comfort-food canapés.
On a cold, drizzly morning last week, artist and journalist Ethan Pettit was standing in front of a big steel door in a stairwell in a nondescript loft building on North 11th Street. Mr. Pettit is a genial, hulking guy with broad, friendly features. Even with his curly, shoulder-length hair, matted down by the rain, he didn’t seem like a likely candidate for drag. But in the 1980s and early ’90s, he appeared as Medea de Vyse at parties and events throughout Williamsburg, including ones held in Arcadia, which was once on the other side of the steel door.
The entertainment of yore haunts Manhattan this week: Sex and the City 2 hobbles into theaters Thursday. This spectacle has nothing to do with our lives and so we plan to avoid it. As a general principle, though, we feel you can never go wrong with people or things of the past. On Wednesday the Read More
MoMA maintains an online portrait gallery of visitors to Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present, and one face keeps popping up: a man with slick hair and a black mustache, who often appears to be weeping.
Who is he?
He is Paco Blancas, “a NYC-based make-up artist,” and the museum has dispatched an intern to Read More
Page Six is Marina Abramovic’s newest biggest fan. From today’s paper:
It’s been reported [by the Post] that several visitors were asked to leave after touching the performers. But what wasn’t reported was that one of the naked men in the show had to be removed from the gallery because he Read More
A scandalous week for New York art, per the New York Post: first, panic over apparently suicidal statues; now, rampant groping at the MoMA.
According to the Post, “an unspecified number of patrons have been ejected for groping” the nude performers in Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present.
No emergency calls Read More
MoMA’s Inside/Out blog presents a “visitor viewpoint” on the Marina Abramovic performance The Artist is Present, in which an unmoving Abramovic invites museumgoers to take a seat opposite her for as long as they wish:
What was it like to sit with Marina?
It was kind of like being out of time. Just Read More