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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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Video of the Day: Every Painting in MoMA

This video shot by YouTube user chrspck is pretty self-explanatory: it documents every single painting on display in the Museum of Modern Art’s painting galleries on April 10, 2010 (last Saturday, for the curious). We spotted Bacon, Pollock, Braques, Monet, Rothko, Kahlo, Dubuffet, Picabia, Leger, Klimt, Mondrian, Warhol, Chagall, Wyeth, Johns, Gauguin, Newman, Van Gogh, Twombly, Lichtenstein, and many, many others. With the piano music twinkling in the background, the video becomes as aesthetically abstract as MoMA’s permanent collection. In fact, we’re feeling pretty Zen right now. Watch for yourself after the jump.… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Culture Stories

1. James Franco will not be stopped at a double masters; after he finishes at NYU and Columbia, he’s reportedly heading to Yale to pursue a Ph.D. For a taste of Franco’s English mastery, read his short story from this month’s Esquire magazine. [via The Daily Beast]
2. Serpentine Pavilion’s latest starchitect pick Jean Nouvel gets snippy when asked about that MoMA project and declares that Abu Dhabi “doesn’t even know there is a financial crisis.” [via Bloomberg]
3. A New York dealer is hawking what he claims is the last privately held copy of “Schindler’s List,” a manuscript typed by German industrialist Oskar Schindler, whom you may recall from a little 1993 indie movie of the same name. [via Reuters]
4. At the Movies — the show that made Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert into household names — is being canceled after almost 25 years in national syndication. [via Variety]
5. Back issues of SPIN magazine are now available to read via Google Books. [via Fimoculous]

Bonus link: watch the (mock) trailer for the forthcoming Weird Al… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we started off the morning with a hit of breathable coffee instead of our usual Saturdays roast. We swooned over The (NSFW) Poetry of Craigslist and cheered that MoMA acquired the @ symbol for its permanent design collection. We ogled a visual timeline of Delta uniforms, and realized they ain’t what they used to be. We supported a decision to return Grease to its R-rated roots. We wondered who Stefano Tonchi will bring with him when abandons one lettered fashion mag (T) for another (W). We were bummed to have missed out the Art Handling Olympics this weekend and comforted ourselves with the announcement of a television show from the pranksters at The Onion. We heard that new signage for the New York MTA got nixed in budget cuts and that Diablo Cody wasn’t exactly pleased with the first season of her show United States of Tara. And last but not least, we were equally amused, impressed, and horrified at these cigarette packs as book… Read More

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Photo Gallery: Flavorpill/MoMA Armory Show Party

Yesterday marked the kick-off of Armory Week 2010, commencing with a flourish at Piers 92 and 94 and ending with a bang at The Museum of Modern Art. Fairgoers who attended the Armory Show preview on Wednesday night were treated to a blowout at MoMA (in conjunction with yours truly at Flavorpill), a three-hour affair that included a live performance by indie rock band The Walkmen. After the jump, we’ve got visuals from the art fair and last night’s most bumpin’ party.

Psssst: If you’ve got photos from the Armory preview and/or MoMA party, upload them to our fan page on Facebook so we can check them… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Maggie Grace — whose character Shannon was killed off in season two and viewers last spotted in season three — is returning for the final season of Lost. [via Vulture]
2. Just in time for tomorrow’s big press conference, Spike TV has announced a new golf-themed series featuring a sex-addicted character… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Gabriel Orozco

One of Mexico’s most famous contemporary artists, Gabriel Orozco transforms everyday objects and base materials into poetic works of art.

A sculptor who not only makes 3D works, but also paintings, photos, prints, and videos that visually manipulate form, Orozco has elevated yogurt caps, soccer balls, and shoe boxes to coveted museum pieces. His split cars, combined bicycles, and penciled bones kick Duchamp’s provocative idea of an altered readymade up a notch. … Read More

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