Art Reality Show Comes to Christie's, Layoffs Strike L.A. MOCA, and More Must-Read Art News

Art Reality Show Comes to Christie's, Layoffs Strike L.A. MOCA, and More Must-Read Art News
The cast of "Gallery Girls"
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– "Gallery Girls" Get High-Profile Internships: The seven young women participating in Bravo's new reality series "Gallery Girls" (which premieres August 13) have landed some very competitive gigs — well, some of them. While two of the participants will put in hours at a Lower East Side boutique-gallery hybrid, others will be walking the halls of art world power at Eli Klein GalleryDavid Zwirner, and Christie's. [LAT]

– More Layoffs at L.A. MOCA: Esteemed curator Paul Schimmel isn't the only one to be dismissed abruptly from the L.A. institution in recent days. The museum also reportedly laid off senior education program manager Aandrea Stang, senior designer Nicholas Lowie, writer/editor Erica Wrightson, and three curatorial assistants. The employees were told to leave by end of day Friday at the latest. [LAT]

 So You Can Get a Job With an Art Degree?: A survey of 33,801 undergraduate arts majors reveals 87 percent are currently employed, double the national average. Forty-five percent of those surveyed said they create art during their non-work time, but 84 percent agreed that their current job reflected their personalities, interests, and values, whether or not their primary work is in the arts. [Press Release]

– Haring Billboard Takes Times Square Back in Time: A giant billboard at 46th Street and Broadway advertising the results of a collaboration between late street artist Keith Haring's foundation and the sex toy manufacturer Tenga — a line of Haring-branded solo sex devices for men — harkens back to Times Square's former life as a hub of sex shops, adult movie theaters, and other seedy establishments. It was also the site of 1982's legendary "Times Square Show," of which Haring, then 22 years old, was a breakout star. [Bowery Boogie]

– Boston Gets Major African Art Donation: The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has received a gift of 34 West African artifacts — 28 bronze pieces and six works made of ivory — from New York collector (and former bank owner) Robert Owen Lehman. "This is the transformation of our collection,” said Malcolm Rogers, director of the MFA, which didn't start collecting African art until 1991. "It’s some of the greatest art ever produced in Africa, and it has been poorly represented in our collection." [Boston Globe]

– Pottery Actually Invented Much Earlier: Samples of pottery recently unearthed in China's Xianrendong Cave date back 20,000 years, proving that the ceramic arts are at least 10,000 years older than previously thought. While archaeologists long held that the invention of pottery coincided with the advent of agriculture, the newly discovered 20,000-year-old bowls may have been used to brew alcohol. [BBC]

– Emancipation Proclamation Buyer Looking for D.C. Home: Collector and philanthropist David Rubenstein bought a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln at a Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries sale in New York on Tuesday for $2.1 million, and now he wants to loan it to a museum in Washington, D.C. "I bought it because I have a general view that Americans need to know more about our country’s history," Rubenstein said. "I don’t want to put it in my house. How many people are going to see that?" [Bloomberg]

– Finalists for Mohn Prize Announced: The five finalists for the first-annual Mohn prize, given to one artist from the Hammer and LAXART's new biennial for L.A. artists, are Simone Forti, Liz GlynnMeleko MokgosiErika Vogt, and Slanguage. The winner will receive $100,000 — a purse larger than the Turner Prize — and a monograph of his or her work. [AiA

– Mel Bochner Gets a Show at the Jewish Museum: The artist, who was fired from his job as a Jewish Museum guard 50 years ago after "taking a nap behind a Louise Nevelson sculpture," will return to his former employer as the subject of a solo exhibition in May 2014. The show will focus on his thesaurus-inspired paintings, canvases that explore his career-long interest in words, language, and text. [NYT

– RIP Ivan Karp, Visionary Pop Art Dealer: Karp, who died on Thursday at 86, was one of the first gallery owners to follow artists to SoHo, where he opened O K Harris Works of Art. An early supporter of Andy WarholRoy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg, Karp made it his mission to promote them to a wide audience, even appearing on television programs like "The Tonight Show" to talk up their talents. [NYT]


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