The blockbuster show came out in full force for 2013 with numerous lines forming at museums across the country. When we stopped by the Rain Room at the Museum of Modern Art the wait was THREE HOURS…and people actually queued up. James Turrell’s trinity of exhibitions at the Guggenheim; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the main attraction at LACMA being the pulsating barrage of colored lights of that filled the Perceptual Cell. Others lined up for hours to see Yayoi Kusama’s spectacle at David Zwirner in New York, where people couldn’t wait for an opportunity to take a “selfie” in her newest infinity room in “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven.”
Hip Hop’s Friendships
The highlight of this year’s hip-hop and art friendship was no doubt Jay-Z’s massive art-world gathering for the filming of “Picasso Baby” at Pace Gallery. Hova went Marina Abramovic-style, staring down everybody from Mickalene Thomas to RoseLee Goldberg to Abramovic herself rhyming “Christie’s with my missy live at the MoMA, bacons and turkey bacon, smell the aroma,” and name-dropping all his favorite artists in the process. This year’s turn out at Art Basel in Miami Beach sealed the deal, withKanye West showing up two hours late to talk with Hans Ulrich Obrist; Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon and Pharrell Williams performing, and Nas, A$AP Rocky and Sean “Diddy” Combs roaming about. EvenLupe Fiasco got in the mix, with a display of his works shown under his real name, Wasulu Muhammad Jaco, at Anonymous Gallery.
Performance Art Hits it Big
The Endless Art Fair Marathon
Speaking of marathons, the International Herald Tribune made it official — art fairs are the platform of choice for dealers to sell their artists’ work, but with a fair somewhere practically every week around the globe — FIAC, Frieze, The Armory, The Art Basels, Zona Maco, Chicago Expo, and the Dallas Art Fair among them, how can we keep up with the grueling schedule?
The Art of Celebrity
Some of the collaborations above mentioned the celebrity fascination with the art world, and events like Leonardo DiCaprio’s “11th Hour”auction and James Franco hanging out with Klaus Biesenbach and Jeffrey Deitch keep reminding us about it, but it’s probably Koonsification of Lady Gaga for her album “Art Pop” that takes the crown. Yoko Ono even said in an interview with Elle, “For both women and men, it is good to have an artist like Lady Gaga stick her neck out. Otherwise, art will be dead.” Wow.
What’s in store for 2014? More of the same? I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the pop culture art bubble can get any bigger or if we’re due for a BIG POP!