Kim Kardashian's Divorce Provokes Readymade Art, L.A.'s Earthworks War, and More Must-Read Art News

Kim Kardashian's Divorce Provokes Readymade Art, L.A.'s Earthworks War, and More Must-Read Art News
Kim Kardashian
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Kim Kardashian Inspires Garbage Art: L.A. street artist XVALA — known for stickers that say "Fear Google" — will unveil a sculpture made by dumpster-diving in Kim Kardashian's trash this weekend. Specifically, the "Slammed & Dunked" show at Cory Allen Contemporary Art boasts that it will feature a sculpture of a collapsed basketball formed from a "resin" made from melted garbage, a work intended as a commentary on the celebrity's short-lived marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries. Also included are "candid mobile phone self-portraits" of the reality star, appropriated from Twitter and Instagram and backed with salvaged aluminum. "You can always learn something about someone by looking at their garbage," said the XVALA. "And Kim produces a lot of garbage." [Melrose & Fairfax]

 Keeping Up With the Heizers: Are L.A.'s museums engaged in a war of one-upsmanship over Land art? Days after Michael Heizer's massive rock arrived on LACMA's canvasL.A. MOCA announced details of its highly anticipated exhibition, "Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974." The first large-scale, historical-thematic exhibition to deal broadly with Land art, the show (which, interestingly, received major funding from artist Barbara Kruger) will feature work by more than 80 artists from across Europe, Japan, Israel, Iceland, and North and South America. (Update: MOCA has delayed the show several weeks to allow for more fundraising — perhaps in an effort to be better armed for battle?) [Press Release]

– Spoiled "Supper"?: Is the resoration of Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" unfair to the original version? So says Michael Daley, the director of the art preservation organization ArtWatch UK. He claims that the restorer "blundered" in working on the Christ figure, making his sleeve rest on the table rather than falling behind it as in two near-contemporary copies. Leonardo expert Pietro Marani downplayed the criticism. "A small piece of drapery," he quipped. "Oh, my God." [Independent]

– Saved From the Artist's Fire: Should a museum show work an artist was determined to disown or destroy? It's a question currently up for debate in Taos, New Mexico, where the Harwood Museum of Art has mounted an exhibition of little-seen work that minimalist painter Agnes Martin made in her 30s and 40s, before she arrived at her mature style of full-blown abstraction. [WSJ]

– Arrest Made in Prouvé Forgery Case: French police have arrested a 42-year-old man in Paris for the sale and manufacture of forged works by blue-chip designer Jean Prouvé. The suspected forger's apartment, when raided by French police, proved to be a veritable showroom of Prouvé fakes: in addition to faked works sold to three French galleries at auction, authorities seized a number of chairs, a trapeze table, and various other pieces. [TAN]

– As If There Aren't Enough Cat Videos on the Internet: Step aside, Cooper, the Photographer Cat — we live in an age of video now. A Parisian company has invented a video camera your cat can wear. Now you can see where he really goes when he leaves the house and empower him to embrace his inner Bill Viola, all at the same time. [Guardian]

– TEFAF's Strangest: When the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) — which ARTINFO previews today — opens in Maastricht this week, in addition to an unparalleled selection of works by Old and Modernist masters, the items available will include oddities like a bracelet that once belonged to Liz Taylor, and the BMW Art Car painted by Alexander Calder. [Bloomberg]

– Eggleston's Large Prints Earn $5.9 Million: A Christie's auction of 36 recent, large-format digital pigment prints by William Eggleston — the artist's first and only digital prints — brought in more than $5.9 million. The high lot, "Untitled, 1970," which depicts a child's tricycle, brought in $578,000, more than doubling the previous auction record for the artist. [Photo District News

– Paris's Arabic Institute Transformed: The 25-year-old Institut du Monde Arabe has unveiled its new interior design and curatorial vision, refurbished to focus not only on Islamic art but also on the pre-Islamic past of Arab countries. [Guardian]

– Venus Versus Berlusconi: The Guardian's resident art cartoonist, Peter Duggan, takes aim at the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in his latest comic, depicting the notorious adulterer as a lascivious Roman emperor who has hired the armless "Venus de Milo" statue to translate television broadcasts into sign language. [Guardian]

– Eric William Carroll Wins Baum Photo Award: The San Francisco-based artist will receive a $10,000 cash prize from the Baum Foundation and have a solo show at San Francisco Camerawork. [Artforum]

– Windy City Bucket List: Artist Candy Chang's popular mural installation "Before I Die" — which she first created on the side of an abandoned home in her New Orleans neighborhood — has now appeared in Chicago. The blackboard-like work invites the public to complete the sentence "Before I die I want to..." with wishes like, "see the Pyramids" or "meet Rihanna." [HuffPo]


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