1.  WORTH SHARING:

    An interview with Kehinde Wiley in GQ

    At 36, he is already one of the art world’s brightest lights, painter of portraits that borrow heavily from the old to make something blazingly new. Where once there were only white kings and their queens, Kehinde Wiley inserts the “brown faces” long absent from Western art. Rappers, athletes, kids off the street. Wyatt Mason hangs with Wiley as he hits the beaches and markets of North Africa, handpicks his subjects, and transforms them, step by inspired step, into an ambitious new series of paintings. This is how a masterpiece is made. [Read more on GQ]

     
  2. TODAY’S STORY

    Artist Nick Cave On The Galloping Success of His “Heard NY” Performance

    The art world has long been familiar with the work of the Chicago-based artist Nick Cave due to the unforgettable, visually impactful quality of his so-called “soundsuits.” Now, after the exceptionally successful run of his Heard NY performance in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall—one of the city’s most bustling thoroughfares—the rest of the city is familiar with him too. [Read more]

     
  3. THE DAILY STORY

    8 Great Brooklyn Artists Under 30

    [Read the story on L Magazine]

     
  4. THE DAILY STORY

    36 Dachshunds of various size and shapes re-enact a meeting of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights at The Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre in Toronto through March 3rd. [Read more on Art Fag City]

     
  5. THE DAILY STORY

    Over the last decade the painter Iona Rozeal Brown has created a fantastical body of work that unites so many seemingly irreconcilable realities — Japanese ukiyo-e prints and hip-hop; voguing and Noh and Kabuki theater; West African adinkra symbols and graffiti; Byzantine religious painting and comic-book motifs — that it gives new meaning to the idealized space of the canvas. [Read more on the New York Times]

    Collect artworks by Iona Rozeal Brown here.

     
  6. THE DAILY STORY:

    When the National Gallery gave three very different visual artists – Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger – two years to interpret three paintings by Titian, the results were startling. Now the Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 exhibition, running from 11 July - 23 September at London’s National Gallery, brings these remarkable artworks together with the masterpieces that inspired them. [See the complete slideshow at The Guardian]


    Learn more about the artist behind the work pictured above: Artspace artist Chris Ofili

     
  7. THE DAILY STORY:

    US District Judge John Lane issued a mixed order yesterday in the case of Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR) versus the artist Christo and his controversial “Over the River”  project. The order pertains to a lawsuit that ROAR filed against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) earlier this year, the group’s second legal attempt to halt the project, which proposes to drape miles of translucent fabric over a federally protected stretch of the Arkansas River. [Read more on Hyperallergic.]

     
  8. THE DAILY STORY:

    Musing on happy childhood holidays spent at a cabin on Lake Buel in Western Massachusetts, Gregory Crewdson reveals the origins of his cinematic tableaux in this documentary extract. Filmed over a period of ten years, with unprecedented access, director Ben Shapiro’s forthcoming feature Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters explores the artistic processes behind the maverick photographer’s gothic fairytales of small town American life. [Read more about the film on Nowness.com]

     
     
  9. (Video Flag Z, 1986 by Nam June Paik)

    THE DAILY STORY:

    The U.S. flag has proved an inexhaustible source of inspiration, fodder for allusion, and focus of political commentary for artists over the past 225 years. Here, ARTINFO has collected our favorite pieces of flag art and ranked them from the most patriotic to the most dissident. Happy 4th of July! [Read more on Artinfo or View the Slideshow]

     
  10. THE DAILY STORY:

    (and some advice for new art collectors)

    Try prints. Many of your favorite artists offer limited edition prints of their work at a lower price point than their originals. This can be a great way to start collecting an artist you love before you can afford their originals while still supporting their career. By the time you’ve worked up to an original piece, you’ll already have a great collection of their earlier work! [Art Collecting 101 for Grown Up Apartments on HuffPost.]

     
  11. THE DAILY STORY:

    "I see life in angles and lines of perspective. A slight turn of the head. The blink of an eye. Subtle glimpses of magic other folk might pass by. Cameras help me translate, interpret, and understand what I see. It’s a simple act, and keeps me grinning. I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively and push the scope of my experience, for adventure, and through passion." - Mickey Smith [Read more about Mickey Smith’s Dark Side of the Lens atThe Atlantic]

     
  12. THE DAILY STORY:

    Pablo Picasso with Gary Cooper’s gun and hat, photographed by André Villers in 1959. [See the complete post on silly photos of serious artists on Flavorwire.]

     
  13. THE DAILY STORY:

    What is half the size of the 340-ton rock at the heart of Michael Heizer’s sculpture “Levitated Mass,” with almost none of the mass? L.A. artist Mungo Thomson has created a helium balloon version of the soon-to-open LACMA attraction, which will drift over Aspen’s Main Street this Fourth of July as the official float of the Aspen Art Museum. [Read the full story from the LA Times]