July 29, 2014: Tracey Emin's Bed Goes to the Tate, Alfredo Jaar's Times Square Takeover, and Philip Guston's Richard Nixon

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Jul 29, 2014 6:25PM

Notable News

The Metropolitan Museum of Art saw 6.2 million visitors last year, marking the third year in a row that the museum has pushed past the 6 million mark. The Cloisters alone had almost 350,000 visitors, a massive increase of 110,000 from the year before.

The collector who (just earlier this month) bought Tracey Emin’s famed confessional installation My Bed, has agree to lend the work to the Tate Modern for at least a decade. He said, “I bought My Bed because it is a metaphor for life, where troubles begin and logics die.” The purchase price was £2.5m. 

Artist Cory Arcangel will publish a book of compiled tweets from his @WrknOnMyNovel Twitter account, which aggregated tweets including variations of the phrase “working on my novel.” This marks an intriguing and unique fusion of satire, conceptual art, social media antics, and traditional publishing methods.

Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar will take over Times Square by commandeering 15 signs and 45 screens three minutes each night for all of August, to present This Is Not America (A Logo for America) (1987). The piece was originally commissioned for the Public Art Fund and deals with geopolitics and socioeconomics, questioning American nationalism and imperialism. The work is a part of the Guggenheim’s exhibition, “Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today”, which runs through October 1.

Good Reads

Poor Richard: the story of painter Philip Guston, novelist Philip Roth, and their collaborative attempt to artfully satirize the failures of Richard Nixon. (via UbuWeb)

A review of a new book exploring neo-Dada collage artist and ‘mail art’ pioneer Ray Johnson— especially interesting for anyone who is a fan of the Pop, conceptualist and Dada traditions. (via Hyperallergic)

Solitary Pursuit: In the modern museum, moments of solitude and deep contemplation are rare. But when we find one, it is worth savoring.” (via The Smart Set)

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