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Friday’s Hairy Eyeball: Saatchi Reality TV Show, Pope welcomes artists to Vatican, Whitney hires Artforum sernior editor as curator


Pope Benedict XVI welcomes more than 250 artists at the Vatican. Image credit.

Friday’s Hairy Eyeball; a reluctant glance over the shoulder mitigating the ever present fear of falling forwards.

Despite a lack of news regarding Bravo’s version of Deitch’s ArtStar, Charles Saatchi’s reality show, ‘The School of Saatchi,’ in which young artists will compete for inclusion in a Saatchi group show at The Hermitage in St. Petersburg will premier next week. Judges include Tracey Emin; Barbican curator Kate Bush; and ‘The Saatchi of the North’ -Frank Cohen. [via The Times Online]

Herzog de Meuron’s design for the new MAM reviewed by Nicolai Ouroussoff [via The New York Times]

This years Art Basel Miami Beach will comprise 266 dealers from 33 countries. 60 exhibitors from last year including Arndt & Partner and Skarstedt have abstained but 65 new exhibitors, most of which had previously been refused entry, have been added [via The Art Newspaper]. In related; despite the diminished art market Miami’s December festivities are expected to be in full swing with a host of satellite fairs, fashion parties, book signings, benefits, and even a beach concert by the Sex Pistols [via New York Magazine]

Pope Benedict XVI welcomed more than 250 artists including Anish Kapoor, Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind to the Sistine Chapel. The artists were invited by the Vatican in an effort to improve the Catholic Church’s engagement with contemporary artists. “It is your great responsibility to communicate beauty,” said the Pope. [via The New York Times and BBC News]

Despite being more collaborative and creative, artists have suffered heavy losses in the current economic climate (and vice versa) [via ArtReview]

In advance of its expansion the Whitney Museum appoints Scott Rothkopf, senior editor of Artforum, as full time curator [via The New York Times]

Larry Gagosian on Emerging Markets: The National’s Sara Douglas’ interview with Larry Gagosian is pickled by ArtFagCity’s Paddy Johnson who writes “We’re pretty sure there’s a little more to the dealer’s decision making process than the enjoyment drawn from gallery-colonizing random cultural centers, but we’ll take his word that intuition is involved. [via ArtFagCity]

News Links regarding the new Abu Dabi Art fair:

The art market: Abu Dhabi’s new fair [via Financial Times]

Abu Dhabi Prepares for Louvre With Giant Gorilla, Beirut Jigsaw [via Bloomberg]

JR | Abu Dhabi Art Fair [via Slamxhype]

(Many thanks to ArtObserved.)


This weekend’s highlights in Miami:



David Castillo Gallery hosts the final work-out of Suzan Lee-Chun’s Everybody Suz-ercise! at 2 pm sharp. The work-out will be followed by a talk and brief question and answer session with the artist.

7 – 10pm:

Dorsch Gallery (151 NW 24th St., Miami, FL 33127) open Robert Thiele’s exhibition 30. A major influence on generations of Miami artists including William Cordova and Gean Moreno, Thiele, a 1975 Whiteny Biennial artist, currently divides his time between Miami and Brooklyn. For the opening reception the gallery will be serving Bourbon.

Emerging artists Chad Cunha, Taryn Manzini, Nicolas Klein and Miguel Alvarino present The Small Show, an exhibition hosted at 702 13th St., Apt. 308 Miami Beach, FL 33139.

7pm – Midnight:

Twenty Twenty Projects (1388 SE 9th Ct., Hialeah, FL 33010) open Exhibition 24 featuring works by John Bucklin, Nathan Danilowicz, Jay Hines, Alexandra Kuechenberg, Justin Long, Daniel Newman, Tao Rey and Matthew Schreiber.

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Friday’s Hairy Eyeball: Saatchi Reality TV Show, Pope welcomes artists to Vatican, Whitney hires Artforum sernior editor as curator