Category Archives: New York

(Untitled) movie

A new film has been released based on the contemporary New York art gallery world and the comedy that arises from it. (Untitled) stars Adam Goldberg as a young composer and Vinnie Jones as a veiled spoof on Damien Hirst and it takes a look at what is perceived be the absurdity of the art world. Although seemingly a little out of step with the massive burst of the art market bubble this time last year it is hard to tell yet whether this is the usual attack on the “crazy art world” or a genuine dig at the snobbishness of the New York art scene. Even Damien Hirst is no stranger to taking the piss with many critics suggest he is in on some grand joke “And now Hirst is basically saying it was all nonsense. He didn’t mean it. He wanted to be a great painter all along. But, as any visitor to his show at the Wallace Collection can see, he’s not.” (Jonathan Jones, Monday 26 October 2009 The Guardian). The film is yet to be released so we are not sure what he thinks of it just yet.


Phantom New York City comes alive.

This amazing new iphone application makes me 1. very happy and 2. at the same time very jealous. Why?

1. It is a remarkably clever idea considering New York must be one of the most redesigned (in theory that is) cities in the world and has had so many projects designed and exhibitions made about this great city just in the last couple of years. Rather than living in the past or the present the application shows user what might have been. Living under a dome or walking in the sky, the designs and projects will be presented as the user walks through the city streets.

2. Why now when I am not in New York?

The iPhone at work, detecting the Phantom City.
Images and research BLDG BLOG.

Museum of the Phantom City by Cheng+Snyder for the Van Alen Institute.
Images and research BLDG BLOG.

Check out full project.

Highline Project Update 2

Photos courtesy of Joel Sternfeld

Rendered images courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro


The first Section of the New York Highline project in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan is set to open in a weeks time. I have kept you up to date on this project in previous posts and with the great photos by artist Joel Sternfeld. Check out the new photos out in conjunction with the launch of a documentary about the project which will air this week in America. This project never ceases to make me smile and I look forward to checking it out in person as soon as I can (the project was in very early stages last time I visited).

Sotheby’s downsizing in more ways than one.

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

The New York Times has reported that Christies and Sotheby’s (US branches) are downsizing their catalogues. Collector’s shoulders will be thankful but for researchers and historians catalogues are also a great resource for studying an artist’s work in the art market. Catalogues often include long (sometimes tedious) histories of the artists and their artworks but they can also be invaluable later on in reselling or studying a painting or object.

Christies are cutting down the size and page number, while Sotheby’s are sending collectors usb catalogues which they can also view online, as well as maintaining printed catalogues. The quality and colour of prints can be extremely important when viewing an artwork for sale and the colour differences in screens could cause a problem but the online catalogue has its upsides. Both auction houses have searchable catalogues which are still useful for research, including condition report and background information but do not have the depth of knowledge usually presented in print catalogues. Catalogues are still a money spinner for auction houses, particularly high profile auctions so they will most likely never be completely discountinued, of which art historian are probably quite relieved.

Work AC: 49 Cities at the Storefront

Work AC: 49 Cities is a review of the history of urban utopia, for hundreds of years the pursuit of the perfect metropolis has been a central driving force in architectural innovation and this exhibition analyses and demonstrates the differences and similarities between these various projects. You can also download a section of the catalogue online.

Work AC: 49 Cities is on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture until May 30.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012

James Paterson – Harvest

Installation View
left: The Rotten Fruit Tardis, 2009
right: paintings from the Code Smell series, 2009

Combining personal diary entries, online animation and performance James Paterson’s work certainly covers the gamut in this NY exhibition. Originally presented online it demonstrates the increasing acceptance of online exhibitions and genuine platforms for artists to work on. The exhibition is on show until April 25 2009. Paterson also maintains an amazing online gallery in which many of his drawn characters exist.

James Paterson
March 12 – April 25, 2009
bitforms gallery, 529 West 20th Street, NYC

MOS architects win PS1 Young Architects program

PS1 and MOMA have announced the winning scheme as afterparty by architectural collective MOS for their 10th annual Young Architects program where an installation is created in the front courtyardspace of PS1 in Queens, NYC. The installation is a series of concrete curved towers which use wind to cool them during the summer. The previous courtyard installation was a series of outdoor gardens and will be replaced with afterparty as part of PS1 summer program where the installations as used as a bar and music venue during the summer months.