Takashi Murakami Opens Berlin Gallery, Martha Stewart Grills Whitney Artist, and More Must-Read Art News

Takashi Murakami Opens Berlin Gallery, Martha Stewart Grills Whitney Artist, and More Must-Read Art News
Kaikai Kiki artist Mahomi Kunikata
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– Takashi Murakami Opens Space in Berlin With Manga Painting Jam: The Japanese Pop art star and his company Kaikai Kiki are set to embark on a new leg of their quest for world domination tomorrow when they debut a new German outpost, dubbed Hidari Zingaro Berlin, in June (about the meaning of this odd name, see here). The gallery is Murakami's first exhibition space outside of Japan, and tomorrow's preview of the space, which coincides with Berlin Gallery Weekend, will be marked by an all-day live painting event by Mahomi Kunikataknown for her explorations of "the otaku culture of sexually explicit manga." [Press Release]

– Don't Feed the Artist: The New York Times takes a lovely, behind-the-scenes look at performance artist Dawn Kasper, who has been living at the Whitney Museum for the duration of the current biennial. On a recent visit, Martha Stewart — who knows a thing or two about "Living" — grilled Kasper about where she goes to the bathroom. (Answer: the public restrooms in the basement.) Kasper also recounts unintentionally scaring away David Bowie by playing one of his songs on her record player. [NYT]

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– New British Tax Law Could Curb Arts Donations by Mega-Wealthy: A proposed tweak to current British tax law would limit tax-relief on donations over £50,000 ($80,000) or a quarter of an individual's income, whichever sum is greater. The country's leading arts organizations fear that the change would reduce incentives for the super-rich to give them charitable donations. [TAN]

– Adam Lindemann Launches Art Space: The collector, writer, and all-around art world character will open his new exhibition space, Venus over Manhattan, on May 10 with the inaugural show "À rebours." Featuring several dozen works spanning the 19th century to the present, the show will explore the concept of going "against the grain." [Press Release]

– Jersey Shore Meets Marina Abramovic?: In a recent interview, Justin Timberlake became the latest boldface name to employ the term "performance art" to describe something entirely random. The Pop star explained that while he doesn't like men who wear too much hair gel, he does enjoy the hair stylings of Pauly D, a fixture on MTV's "Jersey Shore," "because that is basically performance art." [Us

 Another Curator Becomes Top Dog: Paola Morsiani, the curator of contemporary art at the Cleveland Museum, has been appointed director of the Neuberger Museum, located at SUNY Purchase. Morsiani will replace Thomas Collins, who left the institution in 2010 to become director of the Miami Art Museum. [NYT]

– Art.sy is a "Startup to Watch": The art search engine, which boasts former MoMA curator John Elderfield as an advisor, was named one of 10 "NYC Startups to Watch" by Time. The second annual list also included something called "Fancy Hands," which is described as "a team of virtual personal assistants ready to work for you right now." [Press Release

– Two Paintings Disappear From Ukraine's Cabinet: Two landscape paintings by Mykola Hlushchenko hanging in the Ukrainian cabinet were recently discovered to have been replaced with forgeries. The fakes appeared to be between five and ten years old, and the originals are valued at a total of $144,000. Hlushchenko, who died in 1977, was no stranger to such clandestine maneuvers: He was a Soviet spy in Germany and France. [Bloomberg, Reuters

Mark Bradford Triumphs Over "Career Suicide" With First Retrospective: The L.A.-based artist is currently having his first major museum retrospective at SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, though in a recent interview he admitted to worrying he would never gain such critical acceptance. "I became interested in a kind of abstraction that wasn't inward-looking, that was outward-looking and had this social component," he said. "I didn't see why they had to be separated. I was really nervous. In 1999 I thought it was career suicide." [SFGate]


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