Writings by Eric Gelber

Please DO use your cell phones in the Museum


The Brooklyn Museum made a new mobile Web application available to museum visitors on August 26. This interactive program has a number of features and mainly acts as a personalized museum guide. Visitors can create individualized tours of the museum by calling up images from the museum’s online image archive that are formatted specifically for…


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Martha Friedman: The Organization of Batter at Wallspace


The odd juxtaposition of these common objects with an abstract formal language gives the work social dimensions and sensual qualities.


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“Non-Rehired” is the new fired: PARSONS LAYS OFF THIRD OF ADJUNCT FACULTY


According to two adjunct faculty in the Fine Arts Department of the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design, approximately one third of the adjunct faculty, 12 teachers out of 42, have been abruptly fired. The nine adjunct faculty who were fired or given the Orwellian status of ‘non-rehired’…


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Bernie and Larry: Soon to be cellmates?


Larry Salander has been newly dubbed the Bernie Madoff of the art world. He now sits in prison awaiting trial for a 100 count indictment. It is alleged that Salander would sell 50% interest in paintings to multiple parties even though he did not own the paintings, use paintings he didn’t own for collateral for…


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Andy’s Beemer


In 1979, Andy Warhol hand-painted a BMW M1 and decided that it was “much better than a work of art”. The car, which Warhol covered with red, blue, green, and yellow strokes that blur together to suggest speed, is currently on display in Grand Central Terminal, along with three other artist designed cars, including ones…


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Yale Art Loot


A 53 year old as yet unidentified heroin addict stole upwards of 39 paintings from various locations, including Yale’s Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale and the New Haven Free Public Library. The accused would steal the paintings by stuffing them under his clothes and then bring them to a drug house, where he…


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Artist Working in Oils


There is a new twist in the corpse as art material thread of contemporary art history. Russian artist Andrei Molodkin, whose work will appear in this year’s Venice Biennale, and whose current exhibition at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery (through April 11), has developed a technique to transform corpses into crude oil that can be turned into…


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Eat, Shop and Park at the Met, or Else!


Another 74 jobs will be cut from the merchandising staff at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is in addition to the 53 jobs that were cut over the last year. It is feared that a total of ten percent of the museum staff, or a total of 250 jobs, will be cut from the…


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Reverse Heist


Eight of nine paintings that had mysteriously gone missing in 1987 from Noortman Master Paintings, the gallery founded and run by Robert Noortman in Maastricht, The Netherlands, have turned up 22 years later, when they were snagged in a Dutch police sting operation. These missing paintings included La Clairière by Renoir, Bords de la Seine…


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Treading on Bacon


Two rare samples of rugs designed by Francis Bacon have turned up in the collection of an Iranian dealer, who bought them several years ago from an elderly lady who had them on the floor in her hallway. These rugs, which have the artists name worked into their designs, may have appeared in Francis Bacon’s…