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Tino Sehgal casting call at Guggenheim, Saturday September 26, 2009

Astor Place flyer for Guggenheim open call. $7.25/hr for upcoming Tino Sehgal show.

[ thanks to Lindsay Pollock ]

NY Art Book Fair @ P.S. 1, October 1 - 4, Benefit opening October 1, 2009

The NY Art Book Fair is Printed Matter's annual fair of contemporary art books, art catalogs, artists' books, art periodicals, and 'zines offered for sale by over 200 international publishers, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, and independent artist/publishers. Admission to the fair is FREE.

PREVIEW 6 - 8 pm
Thursday, October 1, 2009
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

22-25 Jackson Ave (intersection 46th Ave)
Long Island City, NY 11101

Following the preview, Deitch Studios, Long Island City, hosts a benefit for Printed Matter, featuring industrial punk-and-dub duo, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing). DJs Tim Lokiec and Gary Murphy play vintage house.

Benefit tickets, available here, begin at $20 and include limited artist editions by Elmgreen & Dragset, Jutta Koether, Tom Sachs, and Mungo Thomson.

$20 Available here: benefit plus ticket edition by Tom Sachs in a numbered edition of 450

$150 Available here: benefit plus edition by Jutta Koether signed and numbered edition of 150

$150 Available here: benefit plus edition by Mungo Thomson signed and numbered edition of 150

$3,000 Available here benefit plus portfolio of 26 prints by Elmgreen & Dragset signed and numbered edition of 26

Mel Kendrick in Madison Square Park

Mel Kendrick: Markers
Mad. Sq. Art. 2009
a project of the Madison Square Park Conservancy
Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, New York
September 17 - December 31, 2009

September 18, 2009. Attended an opening yesterday evening for Mel Kendrick's Markers, five striated, black and white, monumental concrete sculptures that will sit in totemic splendor on the main lawn of Madison Square Park for the rest of this year.

They represent both the first public art project for Kendrick, and also incorporate a new materiality - cast concrete - for this formally innovative artist who has previously adhered to one of the more traditional practices, that of a slicer, carver, gouger and gluer of wood.

Ai Weiwei has surgery in Germany after attack by Chinese police

from Freize:

Ai Weiwei has undergone surgery for cerebral haemorrhage in a Munich hospital four weeks after being beaten up severely by Chinese policemen in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. In previous months Weiwei had been documenting and publicizing the names of more than 5000 children who had died under collapsing, ill-constructed school buildings in the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The alleged attack came on 12 August, the night before he planned to attend the trial against fellow investigator and activist Tan Zuoren, who was charged with ‘subversion’.

Suffering headache since then, which had become more severe during his stay in Munich (he is there in preparation for a show at Haus der Kunst), Weiwei went for a check-up, and doctors advised an emergency operation, he told Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Josh Harris and QUIET: We Live In Public

The recent commercial release of We Live In Public, a documentary film by Ondi Timoner (which won a Grand Prize at Sundance in January and also screened in April at New Directors/New Films at MoMA), has focused attention on Josh Harris, the erstwhile millionaire who presided over Jupiter Communications and Pseudo TV, and who funded various downtown New York arts projects in the late 90s and early noughties, culminating (at least for me) with QUIET: We Live in Public.

QUIET was a heady but deranged bit of social sculpture, enlisting 150 artist/participants to live communally in a bunker housed on three floors of a loft building at 353 Broadway at the end of 1999. It envisioned a Brave New World of surveillance, control and loss of privacy, both predicted and facilitated by the Internet. Harris imagined that these long standing dystopian issues would be given technological feasibility through an interlocking network of computers and webcams. It would re-invigorate the pan- in Panopticon.

Stefan Eins "Profiled" in the New York Times

Stefan Eins, foreground, saw a striking similarity between a shadow, center of background, on a facade of Lenox Hill Hospital, and his own profile.


Scenes from Harlem sidewalks: a nasty splotch of green paint, or a clenched-fist image of defiance; a blue blob, or a spot-on profile of President Bill Clinton. As Stefan Eins would ask, coincidence or not coincidence?

Small surprise that Mr. Eins would find order among random lines and spots. In the late 1970s, he found art among the chaos of the South Bronx as the founder of Fashion Moda, a legendary gallery that brought together downtown hipsters and uptown hip-hoppers. But all along he has pursued his own art, teasing meaning from otherwise-random lines, spots and cracks that most New Yorkers pass without noticing.

Lester Young: Centennial

The annual WKCR Lester Young & Charlie Parker Birthday Broadcast starts today. Three days of nonstop Bird and Prez, based on the cosmic conjunction of their birthdays: August 27 and 29. Check it out in New York at 89.9 FM or online:

This year, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lester Young, it takes on a special significance.

"You Don't Know Me!" magazine benefit: W 8/26, 7pm-midnight @ Bowery Electric

You Don't Know Me!
Gigantic/Opium/Bomb Benefit Bash
Wednesday, Aug. 26th
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery (at 2nd St.)
7pm - 12am

An End-of-Summer Benefit Party presented by Gigantic, Opium and BOMB Magazines, hosted by Bowery Electric

BOMB Magazine
Opium Magazine
Gigantic Magazine

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