In such a disposable economy, it’s always a treasure to come across old money. Here, Chris Ware imagines the journey of one penny, minted in 1929.
Shabazz Napier’s One Shining Moment of Truth by Ian Crouch
The NCAA champ who can’t afford to eat
Hoard d’Oeuvres by Rhonda Lieberman
Art collecting is the most esteemed form of shopping in our culture today
Los Angeles band Vulfpeck have figured out a way to get paid off of Spotify, have their fans stream their album Sleepify (full of silent tracks) on repeat while they sleep.
The Devil and the Art Dealer by Alex Shoumatoff
It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich apartment of a haunted white-haired recluse. Amid an international uproar, Alex Shoumatoff follows a century-old trail to reveal the crimes—and obsessions—involved.
The Lion Tamer, by Max Beckmann
Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight’s statistical model for the NCAA Tournament will help balance out your risky bracket behavior.
The curved 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin from the United States Mint celebrates the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The coin is the result of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, a law passed in 2012.
Art World Places Its Bet by Carol Vogel
Oscar Murillo Keeps His Eyes on the Canvas
Not sure why I am considered one of the preeminent scholars for hypothetical rapper scenarios, but I seem to get paid a decent amount of money to write about what I think rappers would and wouldn’t do within certain hypothetical situations.
So when I was asked to guess which rapper/singer would buy which of these amazing pieces of hand painted typography I found it was a lot harder than I thought. Since the artist didn’t do one that said “YOU DONT GOT THE ANSWERS SWAY” I had to actually use my own brain power to figure out this turnt up typographical conundrum in a timely manner.
—Skip Class / @Skip_Class
Ben Eine’s “Heartfelt” is on view at Judith Charles Gallery in NYC through March 16th
The Gavel Drops at Sotheby’s by Andrew Rice
The auction house is under attack by hedge-fund activist Daniel Loeb, who wants it to start making lots more money, in part by refusing to kowtow to rich folks like him.
Become successful artisan/artist/musician.
Sell out show(s).
Create, enjoy, relax.
One boss in China has figured out a new way to determine how much of a year-end bonus each employee will receive. It involves drinking him under the table. An employee of the unnamed company explained that at the beginning of their year-end banquet, the man-in-charge “placed a pile of banknotes on the table before announcing workers would receive bonuses based on how much they could drink.” Now you’d think this would be weird and unfair to lightweights, however the boss explained the reasoning, and it’s more for conditioning than anything else; “much of the company’s business success was rooted in employees being able to hold their liquor with clients.” So, there you go.