Mysterious Street Artist JR Makes Brooklyn Even Trendier, Fox News Trashes NEA Over Video Game Art, and More Must-Read Art News

Mysterious Street Artist JR Makes Brooklyn Even Trendier, Fox News Trashes NEA Over Video Game Art, and More Must-Read Art News

See JR's New Brooklyn Street Art: The artist has installed black-and-white portraits of local business owners, of diverse nationalities, on the stoops of brownstones for the latest leg of his global "Inside Out Project." [NYT]



- Newsflash! FOX Hates the NEA: Just because Glenn Beck isn't trashing the Rockefeller Center murals anymore doesn't mean Fox News has dropped the ball on the art criticism front. In a recent segment, the channel slammed the NEA for altering its criteria to make video game designers eligible for grants. "Hey, maybe we should start giving taxpayer money to ping-pong players," said conservative talk-show host Neal Ashbury, who, as Escapist Magazine puts it, does not seem to understand that a ping-pong player and a video game developer are two entirely different professions. [Escapist]


Getty Curator Resigns: Karol Wight, a Roman glass expert who has served as the antiquities curator at the Getty since Marion True left the job amidst accusations of looted artifact trafficking, has announced she too is now leaving the institution to act as director of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. [NYT]


MoMA's Volkswagen Partnership: New York's Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 have teamed up with the German carmakers for a two-year partnership that will sponsor a 2013 exhibition at PS1 and the expansion of MoMA's online course offerings. The collaboration will also fund installations at MoMA's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and the current Francis Alÿs exhibition at the Manhattan museum. [Press Release]

How Matthew Brady "Photoshopped" Lincoln: Apparently the famed early photographer made Lincoln's neck look less scrawny than usual in his first commissioned portrait by enlarging the shirt collar of the then presidential candidate. Various other photographs followed, which were disseminated to make the distinctive visage of the war-torn country's leader ubiquitous. "Of technical beauty it had nothing," Walt Whitman once said of Lincoln's face, "but to the eye of a great artist it furnished a rare study, a feast and fascination." The poet then deemed the Brady portraits "all failures — most of them caricatures." [Opinionator]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Taryn Simon: In this hefty profile, the Guardian posits that U.S. artist Taryn Simon is the "hottest property in art photography," then painstakingly dissects her attire: "brown woolly tights and a matching check dress that looks thrift shop but is probably designer-Amish," which makes her look like she just "stepped out of a Sofia Coppola adaptation of an Edith Wharton novel." Luckily, when the artist herself speaks, it's actually about art. [Guardian]

Jeffrey Deitch Speaks!: Discussing MOCA's blockbuster "Art in the Streets" show, the museum director states that "Wild Style is arguably the most influential art style since the great innovations of the '60s — since Pop, Minimalism and conceptualism." He adds that, "wherever you go — if you take a train in Spain — you see Wild Style graffiti on the sidings. You see it on highway overpasses in Italy; you see it on the sides of buildings in Moscow. It's amazing." What's next for street art? Deitch touts artists like Shepard Fairey, who don't need critics like us or museums like MOCA to foster a "media spectacle." [Art in America]

Team Gallery Expands: Here's a look at the risky business of branching out into SoHo, where Team Gallery has launched a new space on Wooster Street. The gallery recently opened its latest locale with a show of stenciled paintings by David Ratcliff. [Observer]

Tracy Emin, Scorned: Is the next generation of artists casting off their YBA predecessors? The Guardian, which has declared that the "reign of 'the concept' in modern British art is finally over," heralds the new primacy of "the object." And with the rise of the object comes the sloughing off of the past — in this case Tracey Emin, who has a survey on view now at London's Hayward Gallery. "A new earnestness is sweeping the country's better art schools and informing the work of their successors," the paper states. [Guardian]

Jerry Saltz Cracks the Warhol Code: After the Pop patriarch's artworks dominated the recent New York auctions, the critic tackles the latest "market-mania," finding one explanation in the fact that the artist was "crazily prolific," meaning that "there are enough works available for a herd mentality to take hold." And then there's the fact that because of the easy-to-digest aesthetics of the works, and Andy's own appealing character, "collecting Warhol seems naughty but not really obnoxious." [NYM]

Museums Free for Military Families: Some 1,300 museums across America (including New York's Museum of Modern Art) are waiving admission costs for active duty military personnel and their families this summer thanks to the Blue Star Museums program, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts. (Yes, Fox News, that is what the NEA actually does these days.) [Miami Herald]

"Creative Time Tweets": The nonprofit organization is launching a series of Twitter performances. Starting on May 25, and continuing through late July, artists Man Bartlett, David Horvitz, and Jill Magid will each create a Twitter-based project. First up is Bartlett's "#24hPort," which will be carried out online and at the Port Authority Bust Terminal. The artist will pen 24 consecutive hours in the terminal asking passersby "Where are you going?" and "Where have you been?" and tweeting their replies. [Press Release]

- Promotions at the Asia Society: The Asia Society announced two new leaders of the board on Sunday, one based in the United States and one in Asia. Henrietta Holsman Fore, former chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development, is the first woman to take on the position; Ronnie C. Chan, a real estate developer in China, is the first Asian. The society's president told the New York Times that the decision to appoint two chief board members for the first time was part of a larger effort to develop programs and influence in Asia. [New York Times]

Speed Art Museum Returns Stolen Painting: The Louisville museum has returned a 14th-century Virgin Mary triptych that was burglarized from an Italian villa in 1971, and which it unknowingly purchased for $38,000 two years later. [AP]