Claudia Schiffer Brings Celeb Bling to Frieze, Roberta Smith Tackles Jeff Koons's Porniest Art, and More Must-Read Art News

Claudia Schiffer Brings Celeb Bling to Frieze, Roberta Smith Tackles Jeff Koons's Porniest Art, and More Must-Read Art News

Prettier Than Saatchi: Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has taken an early lead as the buzziest non-art celebrity trolling the aisles at this year's Frieze, following in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow, who turned heads there last year (though not making as big as splash as Brad Pitt did at Basel 2009, where he actually bought something). [Bloomberg]  

Like Rain Man in a Dirty Trench Coat?: Calling Jeff Koons's pornographic "Made in Heaven" series, on view at Luxembourg & Dayan, "aesthetically unfulfilling" and "repellent," Roberta Smithtakes the paintings as yet another indication that the artist is a pervy savant  "who confuses posing and empty exhibitionism with emotional vulnerability. Seen today these images exemplify a kind of tone-deafness that was also evident in 'Skin Fruit'…. In this sense theyput us in touch with Mr. Koons’s out-of-touchness and the innocence that abounds in much of his art. Perhaps the truth is that Mr. Koons makes a better child than adult, and that for all his genius, he is a kind of naïf." [NYT]

 

The Ladies Who Commission, Then Lunch: The Observer chats with Art Production Funds co-founders Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen — those eminently stylish women responsible for artsily carpeting Grand Central Station and turning on Rockefeller Centerwith the 2004 "Electric Fountain" — about their nudie exhibitions of old, the state of the art world today, and this year’s artist-commissioned beach towels for Art Basel Miami Beach. [NYO]

A Helpful Guide to Super Yachts: From bombproof glass to Jeff Koons-designed exteriors, the biggest, brightest, and most artsy nautical vessels in the world! Plus the people who own them. [Vanity Fair]

Unfair: The Guardian has asked arts figures at Frieze, from Wolfgang Tillmans to Hans Ulrich Obrist, what they think should be done about the threatened arts cuts. [Guardian]

Seeing Music as Art, Too: A musical performance in celebration of the Frick's 75th anniversary recognized that industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick was not only a connoisseur of Vermeer, Rembrandt, Holbein, and other Old Masters, but also a lover and supporter of orchestras across the country. [NYT]

Everything Is Coming Up Laurie: Laurie Anderson, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "the most important multimedia artist of our time," will both curate and perform in the American Academy in Romes upcoming "Cabaret," set to go up October 26 in New York, a feat for the violinist-composer-storyteller-visual artist that follows last year’s collaboration with Lou Reed and a recently released studio album, "Homeland." [AARome]

YouTube Orchestra Visits Sydney: A performing group made up of members picked through online auditions (hosted on the popular video-sharing site) will appear at the Australian city's famed opera house next year. (The group's performances are — as they say — analog.) [The Australian]

More Australian Art Action: The county-continent is inaugurating a new annual art series, which will bring major works of art on loan to its museums. This year: Chinese terracotta warriors, Picasso paintings, and Annie Leibovitz photographs. [ABC Australia]

Jonathan Jones Asks the Big Questions: The British scribe delves into the puzzle of whether books and art can be compared. A sample thought: "One radical difference between art and books is that books take time to read." Righto! [Guardian]

A Traveling Bag: The Chanel-purse-shaped exhibition pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid and Karl Lagerfeld that captivated the fashionable last year is to be donated to and installed in front of Paris's Arab World Institute, where it will inspire shoppers of all cultures. [Chanel News]

The New Fluxus?: "Jackass 3D" held its premiere screening at the Museum of Modern Art, an interesting choice for a venue if ever there was one. [Examiner]