Michele Bachmann's Problem With the Renaissance, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's Love Immortalized in Sculpture, and More Must-Read Art News

Michele Bachmann's Problem With the Renaissance, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's Love Immortalized in Sculpture, and More Must-Read Art News
Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann recently revealed her distaste for Renaissance art.
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Thanks But No Thanks for Your Renaissance: In a New Yorker profile of Tea Partier Michele Bachmann, the Republican presidential candidate reveals her distaste for the most glorious of all artistic eras, the Renaissance. According to the profile, Bachmann is a philosophical acolyte of Presbyterian Pastor Francis Schaeffer, whose film series "How Should We Then Live?" takes issue with everything from Michelangelo's "David" (too naked) to Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" (too focused on mankind as the center of it all). Tune in to a clip from Schaeffer's film series if you want to be creeped out. [LAT]


Celeb Sculptor Takes on Justin Bieber: Daniel Edwards, the man who gave us such indelible images as Britney Spears giving birth on a bear rug and an Oprah sarcophagus, is moving on to younger pastures. The artist has created a sculpture of Hollywood's newest celeb couple, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez,nude and fused together as one. Also, for some reason, there's a goosemounting an armadillo. But is Justin the armadillo or the goose? [Dallas Observer]


The Sculpture Problem: Speaking of "contemporary sculpture, whose fashionable stars (see Koons, Murakami et alia) pander to our appetite for spectacle and whatever's new," the New York Times's Michael Kimmelman wonders if people these days haven't lost their appetite for "traditional European sculpture — celebrities like Bernini and Rodin aside — and American sculpture, too." The medium has a rep, he says, that it is "too literal, too direct, too steeped in religious ceremony and too complex for a historically amnesiac culture. We prefer the multicolored distractions of illusionism on flat surfaces, flickering in a movie theater or digitized on our laptops and smartphones, or painted on canvas." Kimmelman, it might be noted, really likes traditional sculpture. [NYT]  

Hell Hath No Fury: Helen Marden, wife of abstract artist Brice Marden, had a moment of Wendi Murdoch-style aggression last week. After spotting former Vogue writer Helen Lee Schifterat a packed New York restaurant, she "flew into a rage," lunging at thewoman and screaming for her to leave the restaurant. A source told theNew York Post that Helen was a "muse" for Brice's artwork and nothingmore, while Helen told the paper, "It's platonic." Are minimalists whowork in squiggly lines allowed to have lady muses? [Page Six

London Riots, As Seen Through Art: Guardian critic Jonathan Jones looks into the history of riot-inspired art to put the current London riots into perspective. His conclusion: today's images are no less gory than 18th-century prints of riots past. [Guardian]

Elaine's Art Goes Up For Auction: Upper East Side restaurateur ElaineKaufman died in December, and her legendary eatery Elaine's closed in May. Now, memorabilia from the restaurant will be auctioned off alongside work from the eponymousowner's personal art collection. In addition to the restaurant's infamous Table One, works from Kaufman's personal collectionwill include two Warhols, a Hockney, and a Toulouse-Lautrec. [NYT]

Philippines Refuses to Punish Over Dildo Jesus Art: The country's government will not penalize the artist or the museum's board over the controversial dildo Jesus show that has inflamed the country's right. [MB

ArtMatch, the Art Identifying App: A new free app from Art.com allows users to take a photo of any artwork and instantly search for a print ofit on its website. Users can also preview selected artwork in a room simply by holding up their iPhone. Wonder how it will contend with Sherrie Levine? [Press Release]

See Art Underwater: An exhibition of photographs enclosed in Plexiglas has debuted 93 feet underwater in the Florida Keys. The 20-square-foot images by Austrian photographer Andreas Franke are mounted on a sunken Air Force missile tracking ship at the National Marine Sanctuary.No word on cost of admission. Perhaps that of a scuba suit? [WP]

Tony Curtis, Art Collector?: Works from the collection of "Some Like it Hot" star Tony Curtis are going up for auction at the actor's estate on September 17. Pieces by Picasso, Warhol, and even by the actor himself willhit the auction block alongside memorabilia from Curtis' films. [AP]

Awards for Coop Himmelb(l)au: Viennese architectural design firm Coop Himmelb(l)au has been granted two design awards this summer: the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for the BMW Welt in Munich and the Red Dot Design Award for High School #9,a visual and performing arts school in Los Angeles. Coop Himmelb(l)au first gained wide renown with the 1988 exhibition "Deconstructivist Architecture" at MoMA. [Press Release]

New Online Auction Platform Launches: Blacklots, a members-only, daily curated art auction platform, has joined the increasingly crowded world of online art commerce. The Web site features 24-hour auctions and markets itself as "the most efficient way to buy or sell art." Co-founded by Rodman Primack, formerly of Phillips De Pury, and Gagosian, alongside internet entrepreneur Minor Childers, the platform has already earned a record sales result for Elad Lassry since soft launching this spring. [Press Release]

Yarn Bomb Massacre: Laguna Beach-based yarn bombing group Twisted Stitchersis up in arms over a recent theft of their handiwork at the Sawdust ArtFestival. Overnight, a thief removed the colorful tree coverings from the site and now the angry knitters want their designs back. "Nothing justifies this horrific behavior toward other artists!" wrote bomb organizer Michelle Boyd in a letter to the Coastline Pilot. [Coastline Pilot]

Broad Art Museum Acquires an Andrew Kuo: Michigan State University's Broad Art Museum has become the first museum to acquire work by chart-loving artist Andrew Kuo. [ITA]

Artistic Director for MOCA's 2011 Gala Named: Marina Abramovic will be the next celebrity artist to wow donors at the museum's annual gala. There's precedent for some flashy spectacles: in 2009, Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli had Lady Gaga perform on a Damien Hirst-painted piano. [ITA