Jeff Koons Is the Most Successful American Artist Since Warhol. So What’s the Art World Got Against Him? [via New York Magazine]


    “If I could put my body into my work,” Orly Genger likes to say, “that would be the ultimate.” Some might argue that she does that already in her sculptures. Over the last 10 years, Ms. Genger has become known for creating ambitious installations from seemingly endless coils of rope that she crochets and teases into shapes that recall Modern masterworks. [Read more on the New York Times]


    Stolen Ai Weiwei seeds sprout new exhibition

    Couriers of Taste will open at Danson House in Bexleyheath in April and, with a little help from Ai’s light-fingered international fans, aims to explore themes of “international trade, cross-cultural influences and authorship”. Those with a stolen seed (and a guilty conscience to assuage) should emailseeds@dansonhouse.org.uk by 8 March. The curators promise to keep seeds separate and return them to their “owners” in October. No questions asked. [From the Independent]


    JR on Bringing His Interactive Street Art Initiative to Tsunami-Hit Japan

    TOKYO — Winner of the 2011 TED Prize, which put him in the ranks of past recipients like Bill Clinton and Bono, the Parisian artist JR spent the past two years working on his “Inside Out” global art project, an offshoot of his earlier guerilla works photographing the inhabitants of banlieues on the outskirts of Paris and later of the slums of Brazil and Kenya, and then pasting massive renditions of his images on the facades of buildings. The current project invites people to submit portraits of themselves through his website, which are then printed in large format and given back to them to do with as they please. [READ MORE ON ARTINFO]

    View art by JR here.


    Towering 23 feet (7 meters) into the sky, Karma is a recent sculpture installed in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art by Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh (previously). Captured here in a series of photographs by Alan Teo, the piece depicts a tower of piggy-backed men, each successively covering the eyes of the man below him, creating an illusion that the blinded tower seems to stretch to infinity like a fractal, although technically it was made from 98 cast stainless steel figures. [See more on Colossal]

    View more art by Do Ho Suh here.


    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.


     Would the Art Market Benefit From More Regulation?

    Art critics often complain about their lack of influence, but last year’s ink-stained revolt against the murky and financialized art market has bubbled into something resembling real impact: a front-page (front-page!) article in the New York Times casting a sharp light on the unregulated nature of the market. Coming at a time when an unstoppably climbing market, a spate of ugly lawsuits (Knoedler, Gagosian, et al.), and a new drive to treat artworks as investment vehicles divorced from aesthetic considerations, the article, by art reporter Robin Pogrebin and special-projects editor Kevin Flynn, strongly suggests that “monitoring has not kept pace with the increasing treatment of art as a commodity.” But, as the piece details, there have been various pushes to ensure fairness in art commerce for decades. Why is regulation so difficult to pull off? [Read more in Artspace’s A1 News Roundup]


    What I Like About You: Artists to Follow on Instagram

    Every social network finds its (temporary) niche. Facebook is an information hub and water cooler, salon and reunion; Twitter more suited to bullhorns and banter; Tumblr a multi-media feed of news, curiosities, and cuteness. Instagram is just photos, quick and easy. Reblogging is impossible, captions are minimal, and so are comments. It’s all about the image. And (unless accounts are private) anyone can follow along. [See the full list on Artinfo]

    Image above is from Artspace artist Hank Willis Thomas's instagram feed.


    Nick Cave to Fill Grand Central With a Herd of Soundsuit Horses

    Grand Central hosts 21,600,000 visitors annually, has been the site of numerous flash mobs, and now even has its own Apple store, but the venerable train station has never seen anything like this. Artist and performer Nick Cave has created 30 of his signature Soundsuits in the shape of horses. The array of equines will take up residency in Grand Central from March 25 to 31. [Read more on Hyperallergic]

    VIEW even more artworks by Nick Cave here.


    There’s no denying the awesomeness that is London’s art scene. Schools like the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths, Chelsea, and Central Saint Martins ensure that the creative talent pool is always overflowing — plus, the city is unmatched when it comes to free public art spaces.

    But, while we love the Tate Modern and co., a weekend visit can sometimes feel more stress-fest than cerebral day out. The solution to this troubling issue: The city’s excellent alternative art spaces. Here, we present the definitive guide to our favourite secret spots. Some are right off the beaten track, while others are smack-bang in the centre of town, but all miraculously manage to stay unscathed by the hoards. [Read more on Refinery29]


    Re-Thinking the Gallery Wall: 10 Funky New Ideas

    You’ve seen them in our Apartment Therapy House Tours and all over the blogosphere. When it comes to decorating, clustering pictures is trés chic. And it’s really no surprise; a gallery wall adds a nice bit of texture to a room and is a great way to make a big visual statement without splurging on a huge piece of art. But what if you want to take your arrangement a little beyond just a few frames hanging on a wall? Here are 10 stylish and novel ideas for creating a gallery wall. [See them all on Apartment Therapy]


    The quest to find one’s purpose and live the creative life boldly is neither simple nor easy, especially for a young person trying to make sense of the world and his place in it. In the spring of 1926, Sherwood Anderson sent his seventeen-year-old son John a beautiful addition to history’s most moving and timeless letters of fatherly advice.

    Found in Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children (UK; public library), the missive offers insight on everything from knowing whose advice not to take to the false allure of money to the joy of making things with your hands. [Read more on Brain Pickings]


    Gilbert & George works to be used in Jean Abreu dance show

    It was partly a mutual interest in blood and bodily fluids that led the Brazilian choreographer and performer Jean Abreu to approach Gilbert & George to ask if he could use their art in his new show.They said yes, and Abreu selected 25 images from works created between 1996 and 1998 to create a visual backdrop for his new work Blood, which will open in May in Colchester before travelling to Leicester and the Linbury studio theatre at the Royal Opera House in London. [Read more on the Guardian]


    LOS ANGELES — 3D is experiencing a bit of a renaissance, what with 3D films and 3D GIFs becoming all the rage. Heck, you might count 3D printing into the mix, with printed cookies now possible. But I still long for a 3D practice that takes 3D past the simple fact of its three dimensions and gives us a little more. [Read more on Hyperallergic]