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Wrong in the right way: Kenneth Goldsmith on why Picabia’s false Modernism feels so true

by Kenneth Goldsmith / The Art Newspaper

The French avant-garde artist’s work was prescient about our era of “post-truth” politics and culture

On the heels of a US election season riddled with cries of “fake” and “rigged”, it is worth remembering that certain Modern artists embraced those exact qualities as being more truthful than truth itself. None did this more so than Francis Picabia (1879-1953).

From the outset, he was blatantly fraudulent. Reeking of unabashed insincerity, he cannibalised every -ism he encountered, chewed it up and joyfully spit it back into the faces of the establishment. David Bowie used to say that he wasn’t really a rock star, but an actor playing a rock star. The same could be said for Picabia: he played the role of an artist, producing an oeuvre of spectacular fakeness—fake Cubism, fake Surrealism, fake Social Realism, fake Romanticism, and finally, in his last works, fake Dadaism. For a half century, Picabia brilliantly trolled the art world. Everything he did was purposefully “wrong.”

Francis Picabia’s The Lovers, after the rain (1925) from his “Romantic” period. (© 2016 Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Musée d’Art Moderne/Roger-Viollet)

Francis Picabia’s The Lovers, after the rain (1925) from his “Romantic” period. (© 2016 Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Musée d’Art Moderne/Roger-Viollet)

Stream of Consciousness

Could online communication provide a new model for contemporary writing? Patrick Langley on two debut novels from George Saunders and Samanta Schweblin

By Patrick Langley / Frieze Magazine

Earlier this year, I found myself on YouTube just as Sean ‘alternative facts’ Spicer’s second White House Press Briefing was about to be live-streamed. Even before the baggy-suited, line-fluffing liar had taken the podium, the ‘Live Chat’ box – a real-time version of YouTube’s comment boards – was filling up at an alarming rate. The transcript below amounts to roughly one second’s worth of contributions.

459 Dirello: The short-fingered man of malice
Patrick canady: VOTE POOPTON 2021
Mspollynicole1: Build the walls
Complex Reality Machine: gjsdgjdfgjdfjzjdf
Gwest111498465: making farting illegal
Monifix: WALL

Tips for Aspiring Art Dealers

by Eric Smith / ArtBusiness News

Aspiring to be an art dealer? Eric Smith, CEO of Redwood Media Group gives us the scoop on how to be the next best art dealer.

“So, you’ve decided to become an art dealer. What’s next? Well, let me tell you, it takes a lot of hard work, long hours, and knowledge to make it as a professional, but if you’re passionate about art, this is a dream job for you. Below are a few tips to help you become a successful art dealer, and by following these guidelines you can be on your way that much sooner.

image: ArtBusiness News

image: ArtBusiness News


400 video interviews with artists—available for free

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / e-flux

Louisiana Channel is a non-profit, English-speaking art channel on the internet, producing two weekly videos on the arts, featuring the artists. The video are free to be shared.

Watch the Louisiana Channel here:

Marina Abramović, Yoko Ono, Norman Foster, Patti Smith, Bill Viola, Gerhard Richter, Yayoi Kusama, Salman Rushdie, Georg Baselitz and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: the list of prominent artists interviewed is already substantial and it keeps growing every week.

Shilpa Gupta, Singing Cloud (detail), 2008–09. Photograph.

Shilpa Gupta, Singing Cloud (detail), 2008–09. Photograph.