Call of Duty 4 Invades the Guggenheim, Martha Stewart Critiques MoMA's Kitchen, and More Must-Read Art News

Call of Duty 4 Invades the Guggenheim, Martha Stewart Critiques MoMA's Kitchen, and More Must-Read Art News

Call of Guggenheim Duty: A video mashing up real war footage with segments of Call of Duty 4, the insanely popular fictional war video game, is among the works shortlisted for the YouTube Play biennial. [Game Daily

It's a Good Show: Brilliantly dispatched to survey MoMA's "Counter Space" show about the evolution of the modern kitchen, Martha Stewart praised the "thought-provoking and informative exhibit," reserving her censure for the show's iconic centerpiece, the full 1926 "Frankfurt Kitchen," which she deemed even "meaner" than "one of the few kitchens I have owned that was of no interest to me whatsoever—the Gordon Bunshaft kitchen in his own house on Georgica Pondin East Hampton." [Observer]


Frank Gehry Doesn't Want You to Get the Wrong Idea: In response to a Los Angeles Times article about the rejection of his proposal for a Museum of Tolerancein Jerusalem (which carried a price tag of $250 million), Gehry explained why his plans would cost twice as much as the approved Chyutin Architects design to execute: "Because mine was twice as big." Saying that "people are always complaining that my work is too expensive," he also took a bit of a dig at the new design, saying it looks like a "giant glass modernist boomerang." [LAT]

Maria Baibakova "Is Not Your Average 25 Year Old": The Wall Street Journal reports from the Russian art philanthropist's birthday party, which was attended by Snoop Dogg and Sotheby's auctioneer Tobias Meyer, comparably statured emissaries of their respective fields. Also present was Jeff Koons, looking as fit and fresh as ever. [WSJ]

Tribute to Isabella Blow Is Creepy: A sculpture by Tim Noble and Sue Webster that goes on display today at the National Portrait Galleryis a totem composed of 15 taxidermied animals together with a pricey heeland some of Blow's own lipstick — all spotlighted against a blank wall,forming the sillhouette of Blow herself. The piece is titled "The Headof Isabella Blow, 2002." [NYMag]

The Magic Man: Writer Jori Finkel profiles artist Glenn Kaino, who makes art from the trade secrets of his fellow prestidigitators, as well as the secrets non-magicians. [LAT]

Paris Biennale as Cultural "Watershed": Art+Auction's Souren Melikian argues that the latest edition of the fair could be a signal moment in Western culture. Nuanced artwork like Impressionist painting is vanishing, he says, arguing that the display is "the most unconventional gathering of treasures seen in a long time." [NYT]

$10 Million for Kennedy Center: The center's chairman, David M. Rubenstein, has donated the generous sum, $5 million of which will go to the National Symphony Orchestra. [Washington Post]

Rocking the Gallery Wall: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is currently enjoying a retrospective of his visual art at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, the first major exhibition of his work at an American museum. [AP]

Seattle Museum Taps Sotheby's: Already in charge of renting out the Rose Art Museum's collection, the auction house has been picked to help promote the beleaguered museum's Picasso show. [Art Market Views]