"Art in the Streets" Breaks Crowd Record at MOCA, "Superhuman" French Artist Injects Herself With Horse Blood, and More Must-Read Art News

"Art in the Streets" Breaks Crowd Record at MOCA, "Superhuman" French Artist Injects Herself With Horse Blood, and More Must-Read Art News
The crowds gather at MOCA's "Art In The Streets"
(Photo courtesy of Waltarrr via Flickr)

The Writing on the Wall: All that controversy over "Art in the Streets" and all those early missteps that cast a queasy pall over the exhibition seem to have been worth it in the end. MOCA has announced that the graffiti show attracted 201,352 visitors over its four-month run, making it the best-attended show in the museum's history. But was it the most popular? That honor might still reside with a 2002 Warhol retrospective that brought in 195,000 visitors over a shorter (three-month) period. [LAT]


The Next Candida Hoofer?: Perhaps in an effort to be recognized as a chevalier of the arts by France's culture ministry, a French artist has had herself injected with horse blood over several months and outfitted with prosthetic hooves for a piece called "May the Horse Live in Me." Part of a larger project to emulate the ancient Persian king Mithridates VI, the process made Marion Laval-Jeantet (of the bioart collective Art Orienté Objet) feel "superhuman" and gave her "all the emotions of a herbivore," she said. "I couldn't sleep and I felt a little bit like a horse." [Wired]


Getty Acquires Herb Ritts Trove: The L.A. museum has acquired 69 black-and-white images by the late fashion photographer, valued at close to $1 million. The acquisition comes from the photographer's foundation and was part gift, part purchase. The Getty is planning an exhibition of Ritts's work, which has never been wholly embraced by the museum world, for April 2012. According to a curator at the Getty, the acquisition demonstrates the museum's commitment to strengthening its holdings in fashion photography. [LAT]

Libya's Revolutionary Street Art: Street artists in Libya are using the ruinsof bombed buildings to paint murals that decry the rule ofmilitary leader Muammar el-Qaddafi. The street art has spreadrapidly in every territory that has fallen to anti-Qaddafi fighters anddepicts the former leader in a variety of spooky incarnations, fromvampire to rat to devil. [NYT]

Australia Drives Off "Sex Pervert" R. Crumb: They say it's never a good idea to read your own press, but some people just can't help themselves. American cartoonist R. Crumb has canceled his headlining appearance at Sydney's Graphic arts festival because of a negative newspaper article. (The title? "Cult genius or filthy weirdo?") Its author, anti-child abuse campaigner Hetty Johnston, objects to the sexual and crude nature of Crumb's cartoons, "emanating from what is clearly a sick mind." After reading the piece, Crumb told the festival's curator "to cancel the whole thing": "I have a lot of anxiety about having to confront some angry sexual assault crisis group," he said. [Australian]

Children's Museum Receives Grant For Muslim Exhibition: The National Endowment for the Humanities has given a $40,000 planning grant to the Children's Museum of Manhattan to develop an exhibition entitled "Muslim Worlds." The project, set for 2014, will focus on the diversity of Muslim culture. [NYT]

From Soup to Some Expensive Nuts: Bloomberg charts the stratospheric rise in price of Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans," on the occasion of their first appearance in L.A. since their 1962 debut at the city's legendary Ferus Gallery. Shortly after their first showing, Warhol's dealer Irving Blum wisely bought all 32 canvases for $1,000. Fast forward to 1996, when Blum sold the paintings to MoMA for $15 million. The deal "was considered partly a donation even though it was one of the highest prices paid for contemporary art at the time." [Bloomberg]

Recession Still Hitting Galleries Hard: Galeria Ramis Barquet owner Ramis Barquethas filed for bankruptcy, both for his gallery and for himself. The Chelsea space has apparently been struggling for several years, during which Barquet loaned $9 million of his own money to the company. [Real Clear Arts]

Louisiana Art Forger Pleads Guilty: New Orleans art dealer Robert E. Lucky Jr. pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge after conspiring to sell forged paintings by folk artist Clementine Hunter. Lucky conspired with Baton Rouge couple William and Beryl Ann Toye, who are said to have painted the fake Hunters and pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy charges. [ACN]

See the New Barnes Foundation Take Root: The new Barnes Foundation building will be complete by the end of the year, and a slide show offers a sneak peek of the museum at a critical phase in construction. Check out the gorgeous limestone exterior and a quote from Albert Barnes taped on a wall near the entrance. [Philly.com]

The History of the Nike Swoosh: In June 1971 the Nike swoosh was born, and now, forty years later, a 28-page book details Carolyn Davidson's design, from the first sketch to its current iconic status as internationally recognized logo. [Salon]

Museum of Broken Relationships Heads to London: Theaward-winning Zagreb museum, which showcases poignant objects fromfailed relationships the world over, has a short run in London fromAugust 15 to September 4. Check out a slide show of objects on display,from a lonely teddy bear to some creepy mannequin hands. If you're in the market to offload, you can also donate yourown romantic artifact to the cause. [Guardian]

New Poet Laureate on Degas: In honor of Philip Levine's appointment as America's newest poet laureate, check out a 1991 poem in which the Pulitzer Prize winner muses on the art of Edgar Degas. [ITA]