Kanye West's Sexy George Condo Album Art "Banned," Chelsea Art Museum Loses Deed, and More Must-Read Art News

Kanye West's Sexy George Condo Album Art "Banned," Chelsea Art Museum Loses Deed, and More Must-Read Art News
Kanye's Phoenix Gives Walmart a Rise: An album cover George Condo created for Kanye West's new release, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," shows a monsterfied version of the rapper cavorting in the nude with a nipple-flashing (and snow-leopard-tailed) phoenix — and the singer has Tweeted that the image was nixed for U.S. distribution. A record company source acknowledged that Island Def Jam was unhappy with the art choice, but that the label would back the release after all. [LAT]

Chelsea Art Museum Faces Closure: The embattled institution, which has struggled vainly to escape crushing debts, has now seen the deed to its 22nd Street building taken over by a creditor, Hudson Realty Capital. [WSJ]

The Gospel of the XXX Jesus: A Christian blogger provides a scriptural reading of why Kathy Folden shouldn't have come down with furious vengeance (and a crowbar) on Enrique Chagoya's provocative artwork that featured Jesus receiving cunnilingus, arguing that the moneylenders-in-the-temple defense of her action doesn't work. In other words, the incident doesn't pass the WWJD (What Would Jesus Destroy) test. [Joshua Kaufmann]

Colorado Art Vandal Headed for Trial: After pleading not guilty,Folden was scheduled to stand trial for her actions in January. [Denver Post]

"I Think They’re All Assholes": That, dear reader, is artist Paul McCarthy on the cast of the "Jersey Shore," the high point of a strange interview that misses a snappy Yves Klein "Le Saut dans le Vide" joke, which apparently soars over the writer's head. [Lost in a Supermarket]

Free for Teens: The Walker Art Center in Minneapoliswill now offer admission free of charge to all museumgoers 18 andyounger. Get ready for Yves Klein, teens and tweens! [Minnesota Public Radio]

Jewelry That Spells Victory: Leslie Ligon, the designer behind At First Sight Braille Jewelry, has been named winner of the Cooper-Hewitt's fifth People's Design Award for her Braille Alphabet Bracelet. Last year, the publicly-voted prize, bestowed this time around by Cynthia Rowley and White House deputy social secretary Ebs Burnough, went to the Trek Lime Bicycle. [People's Design Award]

Please Do Not Touch or Cavort: Now that Ai Weiwei's Tate Modern sunflower seed installation has been roped off due to unexpectedly hazardous ceramic dust, Jonathan Jones muses in his inimitable way on whether it makes any difference that you can no longer stomp all over the art. It turns out he's relieved that visitors have to view it from a raised platform, given that humanity is deeply flawed: "When I was there, one man argued with the security guard and threatened to run in. I watched an elderly visitor with a mobility frame stride decisively up to the barrier, step under it, go up to the edge of the installation, take a seed, and walk away again." For Jones's part?: "Personally I quite like just looking at stuff." [Guardian]

Happy Birthday, 303: Lisa Spellman's gallery is celebrating its 26th anniversry this year, and Rachel Wolff takes a look back at its storied history, from its start in a loft at 303 Park Avenue through its moves to SoHo and Chelsea. One tasty nugget is that artist Collier Schorr (now represented by 303) began at the gallery as an intern, where she was once charged with guarding a Jeff Koons basketball tank when the gallery was rented for a bar mitzvah. [NYMag]

Reviewing 50 Years of Pace: Ken Johnson bravely takes on the task of reviewing the Glimcher empire's multi-gallery extravaganza, writing that he finds "the spectacle of a commercial enterprise so immodestly celebrating itself" to be "off-putting and intellectually discomfiting." The terrific art on view is another story, though, and he's particularly taken by a cluster of Picasso sculptures and a Chuck Close portrait of an elderly woman: "An archetypal Great Mother, she gazes out over the carnival of youthful hubris with an ancient, benevolent wisdom, as if to remind us that being human is all we have, however urgently we may strive to exceed our ultimate biological destinies." [NYT]

Sensibility of Scents: New York's Museum of Arts and Design has announced a future exhibition titled "The Art of Scent: 1889-2011," which will highlight pivotal moments in the business of sweet smells. The catalogue will offer 10 small vials of the stinky stuff, and the visual displays will remain minimal because, as museum director Holly Hotchner put it, "It’s really going to focus on your nose." [NYT]

Living With Mies: The New York Times took photos of nine living rooms in Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Park townhouse complex in Detroit, showing the ways in which residents have personalized — or further Miesified — the iconic modern architect's design. [NYT]

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Terence Koh on not speaking, only wearing white for the rest of his life, and football. Then the interview moves to the office of a dentist. [StyleLikeU]

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