Banksy Tags the Simpsons, Crowbar-Wielding XXX Jesus Avenger to Plead Not Guilty, and More Must-Read Art News

Banksy Tags the Simpsons, Crowbar-Wielding XXX Jesus Avenger to Plead Not Guilty, and More Must-Read Art News

This Should Be Interesting: Kathy Folden, 56-year-old grandmother and long-haul trucker who useda crowbar to destroy Enrique Chagoya's provocative depiction of a female Jesus receiving oral sex, will plead not guilty to a felony charge of criminal mischief for her well-witnessed actions at the Colorado museum. "Kathy is an ordinary American with some sincerely held religious beliefs, and like a lot of Americans and a lot of people in Colorado shewas pretty upset by some of the displays at a city-owned museum," according to her attorney. [CNN]

Catch as Koons Can: In what promises to be a notable canary in the art-market mineshaft, Daimler AG hopes to sell "Balloon Flower (Blue)," one of the transcendent baubles from Jeff Koons' "Celebration Series," for $12-16 million at Christie's New York next month. Last time one of these chromium faux-inflatables came to auction, at the market peak of June 2008, it set a $25.8 million artist record at Christie's London. [Bloomberg]

Not Enough Art for the Chinese to Buy?: "This Chinese appetite for Chinese art is totally unprecedented," gallerist Michael Goedhuis told the Journal. "It’s remorseless, relentless — nothing is stopping them from buying. Nothing." [WSJ]

10/10/10 Wins!: In celebration of October 10, 2010, the Los Angeles Times compiled a top 10 list of artworks that incorporate the number.[LAT]

A Deadly Sin: Critic Christopher Knight inveighs against private collection "vanity" exhibitions at museums: "Museums have enoughproblems without appearing to be exclusive clubs fueled by noblesse oblige and dependent on indulging voyeuristic shopping fantasies."[LAT]

Philly's Pride: Among the 12 Philadelphians to receive this year's $60,000 Pew Fellowships are video artists Kara Crombie, "clay artist" William Daley (a former prisoner of war), and architect Jenny Sabin. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Give the People What They Want: More than 165,000 people swarmed the carnivalesque scene that popped up around this year's Grand Rapids ArtPrize, which gave out its $250,000 award — based on a popular vote — to a photorealist drawing nostalgically idealizing a past version of the United States military. [M Live]

 

How Tino Turns a Profit: Performance art collectors Aaron and Barbara Levine "concur that performance art amounts to a 'different kind of viewing experience for the collector; it’s not something that you hang over the couch,' but are swayed by the notion of acquiring a 'concept' behind a work which, in theory, could be acted out in their living room," Gareth Harris writes in an essay about the slippery corner of theart market, in which dealer Nicholas Logsdail says the works — selling in the five-to-six-figure range — "should be treated like musical scores, with indefinite interpretations." [Financial Times]

Full Steam Ahead: A year after succeeding the late Anne d'Harnoncourt, Philadelphia Museum of Art director Timothy Rub says that plans to complete a $500 million Frank Gehry-designed expansion will continue, that the museum needs more junior curators ("there's enormous room for growth here"), that the museum hopes to cross-promote with the relocated Barnes Foundation when it opens, and that, after settling in at the institution, "I have my bearings now." [Philadelphia Inquirer]

VIDEO OF THE DAY: For its latest "couch gag," the Simpsons tapped notorious street artist and mystery man Banksy.