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French President Pledges Support for Paul McCarthy’s Butt Plug

François Hollande and Paul McCarthy’s “Tree” sculpture (image by the author for Hyperallergic, photos via 1, 2) France’s chief of state has pledged his support for the American artist Paul McCarthy, after the artist’s 80-foot-tall inflatable sculpture “Tree,” which bares an uncanny resemblance to a butt plug, proved intolerable to prudish Parisians.

Architecture Studio at SCI-Arc Proposes Hybrid Brothel/Child-Care Center

SCI-Arc’s elective vertical studios pair small groups of upper-level, graduate, and undergraduate students with elite faculty and international architects.

The Many Uses of Rhizome’s New Social Media Preservation Tool

Screenshot of Amalia Ulman’s Instagram project “Excellences & Perfections” as preserved on Colloq (screenshot via Colloq) How do you capture and preserve the experience of a new media artwork created on Twitter in 2010?

Then and Now: A Conversation with Prospect.3’s Franklin Sirmans

Tarsila do Amaral, “Study for Antropofagia” (1929) Ink on paper, 9” x 7.68” (courtesy Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection, MAM RJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) NEW ORLEANS — While the curator Dan Cameron debuted the city-wide international art biennial Prospect.1 in 2008 on a grand scale — demonstrating the role of the arts in rebuilding the city following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and declaring New Orleans a city worthy of joining in on international art conversations — cost soared, workers were slow to get paid, and questions of Prospect’s sustainability arose.

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden (all images courtesy RADiUS-TWC) Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10.


Still from ‘”Stations of the Elevated’” (photo via Artists Public Domain) This week, a forgotten graffiti documentary, Bushwick bursting with international art, classic zombies, restoring color to ancient sculptures, and more.

Under the Big Top with a Century of Art

August Sander, “Circus Artists” (“Zirkusartisten”) (1926/1936, printed later), Edgar J. Lownes and Walter H.

Study Confirms What We Already Know About the Importance of Artists’ Authenticity

Appendix showing the paintings in used in “Artist Authenticity” study (courtesy the authors) For all the studies considering how we relate to artwork and artists that are producing fascinating results, there are others that are duds.

All Systems Go at Gowanus Open Studios 2014

Installation view of a pop-up show at 610 Smith Street, including a large tapestry by Shura Skaya at far left (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) Over the weekend, more than 300 artists opened up their work spaces to the public for the 18th annual Gowanus Open Studios.

Fortuitous Paintings, Between Plan and Action

Installation view of Amy Feldman’s ‘High Signs’ (all photographs courtesy of Blackston Gallery) Among the crop of painting shows that opened this season in New York, Amy Feldman’s High Signs is particularly notable for its visual impact and irreverent sense of humor.

Susan Sollins, Pioneering Curator and Art Documentarian, Dies

Susan Sollins (photo courtesy ART21) Susan Sollins, the co-founder of Independent Curators International (ICI) and founder and executive director of Art21 — the non-profit organization that produces an artist documentary series with PBS — passed away on October 13 of unknown causes.

Vatican Rents out Sistine Chapel as New Visitor Limits Are Announced

The Sistine Chapel (photo by BriYYZ/Flickr) For the first time in its 600-year history, the Sistine Chapel has been rented out for a private event organized by Porsche, The Telegraph reported.

Graffiti Crackdown Snares Sanctioned Street Art

A Grand River Creative Corridor mural (courtesy Grand River Creative Corridor) The city of Detroit launched a secret new graffiti crackdown in the most antagonizing manner imaginable last week: by issuing thousands of dollars in fines to owners of businesses who had commissioned or given permission to artists to create murals on their buildings.

Reconstructing the Legacy of Surrealism

Sam Durant, “The Séance, When History Wakes Up (Frantz Fanon)” (2014) (left) and “Poetry Must Be Made By All, Not By One” (2014) (right) (all photos by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic) A Surrealism of hokey séances and dripping clocks has long superseded the movement’s political and conceptual radicality in the contemporary imagination.

Crude Beauty and Wordsworthian Grandeur

Stanley Lewis, “Study for Big Painting” (2013), oil on masonite, 10 1/4 x 14 inches (All images Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery).

Indicting Higher Education in the Arts and Beyond

Figure showing primary occupation self-reported by those with undergraduate degrees in the arts. (image via Arts Report Back, BFAMFAPhD, 2014, p.

A View from the Easel

CHICAGO — The 78th installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace.

Another Vandal Hits Jeff Koons Retrospective

Photos of the vandalism provided to Hyperallergic by @davidjudegreen (via davidjudegreen/Twitter) Last night, a graffiti writer identified by the New York Times as Christopher Johnson, 33, of Manhattan, vandalized a fourth-floor wall of the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art.

Required Reading

Hijack Norman Rockwell’s “The Connoisseur” (1961) from his famous Saturday Evening Post cover where the figure is looking at a Jackson Pollock painting, and have him admire GIFs.

Weekend Words: Tower

Marten van Valckenborch I, “Tower of Babel” (n.d.), oil on panel, 69 x 98 cm. Private collection (image via Web Gallery of Art) A new luxury condominium tower (104 units, $7,000,000-$95,000,000) under construction in Manhattan has just topped off at 1,396 feet — 150 feet taller than the Empire State Building.