How New Yorkers Deal With Art in Public (Kids Love It; Rich People, Not So Much)

Video maker Geraldo Mercado, diminutive in size, is a polarizing figure in the circles he travels. He's sweet as pie, coquettish and flirty with everyone he meets—but never holds back his opinion, especially when he's talking about art. "Absolutely everyone knows how to talk about aesthetics, but they don't normally engage in that conversation. So, how do I get people to talk about this? Once you start presenting things to people, they're actual able to speak about it and have a strong opinion and think about the media abstractly, the media they take in on a daily basis."

Geraldo is a Puerto Rican-born, Boston-raised, Brooklyn-based artist—a biography of hyphens. [...]


A Comprehensive Guide to Brooklyn's Street Art

Photographer Garrett Ziegler is amassing the best collection of documentation of Williamsburg street art. My three faves.


Ryan Trecartin: "Temp Stop" from Re'Search Wait'S

Ryan Trecartin's exhibition "Any Ever” opens this Sunday at PS1 (that's June 19). And if you go over on Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m., it is going to be kind of a party! I may see you there! If you don't know Trecartin, he was born—don't panic—in 1981 and he's having a banner year, with solo museum exhibitions from Istanbul to Miami to Paris. This video is one of four related movies to be shown at PS1; two of the others are "The Re'Search," here at Dis Magazine (which is particularly wonderful) and "Ready," here at Rhizome. Without loading you up on artspeak or other [...]


I Want To Buy Picasso's "La Lecture"

If I had $29 million, I would fly to London and go to next week's Sotheby's auction and buy Picasso's "La Lecture," the 1932 painting that first depicted the face of his young muse Marie-Therese Walter, and take it home and hang it on the wall and just stare at it and stare at it until it struck me that I could make something so beautiful, too, and I would. And if I was in London already, I would go to the place and just snap a quick pic with my cellphone and do it that way.