New ARTFORUM is here + happy Armory Week for all of you contemporary art enthusiasts! 

"The Painting and Sculpture Collection: How It Is Formed"

The Museum of Modern Art Member Newsletter, No. 5, May - June 1969. 

Artinfo has compiled a neat list of the most anticipated Armory Show events. 

New American Paintings, Northeast Issue #98

New American Paintings is essentially a juried exhibition in the form of a print magazine. Each issue focuses one of six particular regions of the country, featuring artist statements, CVs, and artwork photographs from each of jury-selected painters.

Pablo Picasso has been dethroned.

The world auction market’s top earner in recent years must yield to Chinese artist Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), according to a report from French research company Artprice.

Zhang generated $506.7 million in auction revenue in 2011. Close behind was compatriot Qi Baishi (1864-1957) with $445.1 million. They lead a group of more than 450,000 artists tracked by Artprice. Picasso ranked fourth at $311.6 million.

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In 1995, the Metropolitan Museum of Art mounted a controversial exhibition entitled “Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt,” in which works considered to be genuine Rembrandts were displayed alongside those done by his students and admirers. (These lesser paintings are often dismissed as “the school of Rembrandt.”) The point of the exhibition was to reveal the fine line between genius and imitation, authenticity and fakery.

A hundred years ago, about 700 works were attributed to Rembrandt. Over the course of the 20th century,

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20x200, founded by Jen Bekman, has two profound missions: to enable artists to financially sustain themselves and to allow for the public to be collectors of affordable, quality artwork. Each week new art is introduced on the 20x200 site, featuring a limited supply of prints for as low as twenty dollars each. The options for larger sizes and custom framing orders do, however, increase the price of each work, but to own such a piece is well worth its (still reasonable) price tag.

In my opinion, the possibility of owning limited edition prints of contemporary artists excites me — and the affordable price makes me wish I had more self control! Some of my favorites include: Jason Polan, Sharon Montrose, and Ky Anderson.  

The Department of Advertising and Graphic Design is The Museum of Modern Art’s in-house design studio. This portfolio website shows a selection of our recent exhibition designs, advertising campaigns, and printed materials—all produced for and in collaboration with the Museum’s many departments, from curatorial to education to visitor services.

(via MoMADesignStudio)


I’ve compiled a list of Museum/Museo, Librarian, Art, Archaeo/Paleo-loving bloggers (and any other related fields) and keep them as a directory for everyone’s benefit. If you see yourself on here, and do not want to be on the list, please send me a message, and I will take you off the list. If…


1. Andy Warhol on Jasper Johns: 
“Oh, I think he’s great. He makes such great lunches.” 

2. Salvador Dalí on Piet Mondrian: 
“Completely idiotic critics have for several years used the name of Piet Mondrian as though he represented the sum mum of all spiritual activity. They quote him in every connection. Piet for architecture, Piet for poetry, Piet for mysticism, Piet for philosophy, Piet’s whites, Piet’s yellows, Piet, Piet, Piet… Well, I Salvador, will tell you this, that Piet with one ‘i’ less would have been nothing but pet, which is the French word for fart.” 

3. Marc Chagall on Pablo Picasso: 
“What a genius, that Picasso… It’s a pity he doesn’t paint.” 

4. William Powhida on Takashi Murakami: 
“…that hack Murakami trying to consume the market whole and ended up designing handbags…” 

5. Pierre-Auguste Renoir on Leonardo da Vinci: 
“He bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machines.” 

6. Linder Sterling on Damien Hirst: 
“Dead butterflies, cows, horses, humans, sheep, and sharks — it reads like the inventory of a funerary Noah. How many halved calves suspended in formaldehyde does the world need? To my way of thinking, none.” 

7. Edgar Degas on Georges-Pierre Seurat: 
“I wouldn’t have noticed it except that it was so big.” 

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Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love.

Every element of Kinfolk — the features, photography, and general aesthetics — are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends.

-Nathan Williams, Kinfolk editor

While exploring this collaborative magazine, my fingers tend to linger on each of the aesthetically pleasing pages. The magazine is the epitome of what a design-focused publication should be: simple, elegant, and crisp — but also features a whimsical, cultured atmosphere amongst its layout. Kinfolk Vo. 2 contains over one hundred pages of collaborative writings, photographs, and fortunate surprises (such as barcodes directing you to online media). The photographs are indeed mesmerizing, the sentences are beautifully crafted, and the tone of the gathering-oriented publication made me feel the equivalence of nestling near a warm fire with a loved one, just as intended. 

Kinfolk Volume Two is available here or at local William Sonoma locations. 


#13: Artworks You Must See Before You Die - Claude Monet - Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond,1920. Oil on canvas. Museum of Modern Art

This popular art Tumblr has curated a series titled “Artworks You Must See Before You Die”, listing twenty-one iconic pieces of art worthy of an in-person visit. Included within this list are artists ranging from early 16th century Michelangelo frescoes to the Pop Art of Lichtenstein. 

MoMA Interactives: Kirchner and the Berlin Street Art

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MoMA Interactives: Kirchner and the Berlin Street Art