Today on Modern Art Notes: This new Nancy Rubins at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery isn’t just an awesome sculpture, it could help connect the perpetually underrated art museum to its community and help the museum recover from years of self-inflicted wounds.
The Albright-Knox is a phenomenal little museum and deserves all the help and attention it can get.
Giant Yellow Teddy Bear of the Day: Reuters is reporting that a 23-foot high, 35,000 pound teddy bear sculpture will be displayed on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan for the next five months, starting next week.
The untitled handiwork of New York-based Swiss artist Urs Fischer (“the Jeff Koons of his generation”) — which comes complete with a functional oversized lamp — will also be auctioned off at Christie’s’ May 11 Post-War & Contemporary art sale, where it’s expected to fetch at least $9 million.
“The anticipation is that it will make more than that,” Christie’s Brett Gorvy is quoted as saying. “There’s a very good chance it’s going to go to a museum or a private institution.”
Or some rich kid is about to have the best Christmas ever.
I knew the internet would come through for me - I saw this yesterday morning and this morning on my way to work (it’s at Park and 53rd, if anyone cares to go visit). It’s still behind some 6 foot plywood fencing at the moment, so it’s hard to tell it’s a teddy bear (to be honest, it looks kind of like a decorative gourd), and I kept forgetting to search “giant yellow sculpture park avenue” by the time I got to work, so thanks, Tumblr!