Daily Dose Pick: Waiting for Godot in New Orleans

Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans chronicles the inspiration and production behind the artist’s 2007 theatrical experiment of the same name, through original artwork, interviews, and extensive photo-documentation.

The publication, released by Creative Time, offers insight into the imagination of a young artist, moved by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to re-conceptualize Samuel Beckett’s seminal work of absurdist theatre as a site-specific project, set amid the wasteland of watching and waiting that the devastated city had become. … Read More

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Waste Land Opens MoMA’s Brazilian Film Festival

Lucy Walker‘s Waste Land, a documentary film about artist Vik Muniz’s extraordinary project of creating monumental portraits from junk in the world’s largest garbage dump, thrilled New Yorkers on the opening night of Premiere Brazil! at MoMA last week. A collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the all-Brazilian program highlights the New York premiere of ten feature films and four shorts, as well as the screening of two classic films. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Design Takes Manhattan

Manhattan turns into a massive design party this weekend when the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) opens at the Javits Center on Saturday. Nearly 600 exhibitors from 40 countries are displaying contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. Special features include ICFF Studio, which focuses on up-and-coming designers; projects by students from ArtFuture, Konstfack, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and YSOA (Yale School of Architecture); the designboom Mart with inexpensive objects; an opening night party at MoMA; and a series of panels, talks, and conferences. … Read More

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Meet the Man Who Sat with Marina Abramović 14 Times

If you live in New York, by now you’ve probably had a chance to check out the Marina Abramović retrospective at the MoMA, which runs through the end of this month. Perhaps you even waited in line to sit opposite Marina as she performed The Artist Is Present. (Sharon Stone, Rufus Wainwright, Isabella Rossellini, and most recently, James Franco, all have. ) According to the MoMA’s Inside/Out blog, there are a number of visitors who regularly drop by to sit with the performance artist; in fact, “the guards know them by name, and fellow visitors waiting their turn to sit with Marina regard them with an air of what may best be described as reverence.” Strange. Even stranger: Paco Blancas, a New York-based make-up artist, has faced off with Abramović a whopping 14 times now. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Conan will likely “flirt with the restrictions” on not trash-talking NBC or Jay Leno when he does his first post-kerfuffle interview on this Sunday’s 60 Minutes. [via Vulture]
2. A whopping 810,500 visitors saw the Tim Burton retrospective at MoMA, the third highest attendance for the museum following its 1980 Picasso show (naturally) and a Matisse exhibition from 1992. [via ArtsBeat]
3. Gunning for a share of the AARP market, the WE network is launching “Sunset Daze,” a reality show based in a “bawdy” Arizona senior citizens community. Seriously, read this link. [via New York Times]
4. Sandra Bullock wages a war of PR niceties with a People mag exclusive on her adopted newborn son from New Orleans and impended divorce from cheatin’ husband Jesse James. [via People]
5. Newly minted tech blogger John Mayer weighs on with his opinion on Twitter: “Every night I think about canceling my Twitter account because I think it’s over to be honest with you.” [via E! Online]

Bonus link: A poetic ode to the Kentucky Derby, courtesy of Morning News contributor Andrea Cohen.… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: Links that Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we cringed when we heard Wal-Mart is plotting a Brooklyn retail foothold and recoiled at the new Shake Shack peanut-butter-and-bacon burger.  We perused the list of music video directors who made the jump to the big screen  —  David Fincher did four videos for Paula Abdul; we had no idea! We geeked over the resemblance of that flying bat photo to Nicolas Poussin’s 1634 painting Rape of the Sabine Women and felt kind of bad for chuckling over In-and-Out Beiber (for the record, no we can’t). We debated over buying a full-color print of a new infographic charting color and culture (click through for larger version). We clipped out Fast Company’s handy checklist for where Apple devices fit into modern life and tried to force our interns to bake 31 flavors of cupcakes. We tapped our toes to a seven-piece ukelele cover of MGMT’s “Kids.” And last but not least, we squealed over the crying portraits taken during Marina Abramović’s performance at MoMA. … Read More

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Art Market Intrigue Part 4,231: Marlene Dumas vs. Collectors

In one corner, we have a female, South African artist with a MoMA solo show and a significant auction record under her belt. In the other, a Miami collector willing to name names, a no-no in tightly-knit commercial art circles. The issue at hand? Craig Robins has gone on record stating that painter Marlene Dumas “maintains an active blacklist of those she views as speculating in her work,” part of a larger spat with David Zwirner Gallery, who now reps Dumas. Robins — by all accounts, an extremely wealthy real estate developer — claims $3 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from the gallery for denying him the right to purchase any more works by Dumas, of which he already owns 29. In our completely unlicensed court of law, we have to voice some skepticism about Robins’s litigious grounds.… Read More

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Video of the Day: Performing vs. Acting

Actor James Franco is taking his campaign to Be Taken Seriously to the next level in this MoMA video matching him with artist Marina Abramović and Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator of MoMA cousin P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. On the occasion of Abramović’s retrospective at the museum, The Artist Is Present, the three sit down for a chat comparing performance art to acting, including the danger of losing oneself in a character and the value of self-expression as a freedom from the strictures of daily life. (And on a sidenote: just look at Marina Abramović’s glowing skin. The woman is 63! What the eff is her secret? Success? Close proximity to Daniel Desario?) Video after the… Read More

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This Season’s Edgy Art Ticket… Picasso!

On name recognition alone* — not to mention a prolific career spanning roughly seven decades — Pablo Picasso is arguably the most famous artist throughout history. He is estimated to have produced a staggering 50,000+ artworks, including the auction record-breaking Boy With a Pipe, which once sold for $104 million at Sotheby’s. Picasso has two stand-alone museums dedicated to his legacy (one in Paris, one in his birthplace of Málaga, Spain) and and during his lifetime collaborated with artists and thinkers on the cutting edge of literature, philosophy, dance, painting, theater, and poetry. There’s no denying that Picasso’s star still burns bright, and rightfully so, but what’s with the three — count ’em, three! — major museum exhibitions hitting the East Coast this spring? And how are those aforementioned institutions saving a buck by featuring the… Read More

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Bid on This: Housing Works Auctions Geri Taper

For our latest entry into the canon of affordable art, we’re looking to New York’s venerable Housing Works, a chain of thrift shops with notably high-end secondhand merchandise. The charitable organization recently received a thirteen painting stash from the estate of local painter Geri Taper, who died in 2004. She may or may not be collected by MoMA (the estate says yes, but MoMA’s online database has no record of Taper), but it matters not, as the auction — which started yesterday and runs through April 28 — is chock full of reasonably priced, boldly graphic modern paintings. Check out our picks after the jump and learn a bit more about Taper and Housing Works.… Read More

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