- A grumpy review by Christopher Knight about the Whitney’s new digs. It’s a tourist attraction. The art doesn’t start until the 5th floor. The collection is parochial. There aren’t enough West Coast artists in the collection! Get a grip, dude. Sure, the collection is parochial, but on balance it should have been mentioned that the museum is doing better than their contemporaries. The rest of these complaints seem really trivial. [The L.A. Times]
- A great, simple first-hand account of what happened yesterday when one person stumbled upon teenagers and police in Baltimore. [What I Saw While Riding My Bike Around Today]
- Sara Reisman, director of New York’s Percent for Art Program, gets a new job. She’s been appointed the artistic director of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. [Artforum]
- In an article on Francis Bacon self-portraits going to auction, we learn that Bacon liked to paint himself to look youthful. “Although Bacon was in his 60s he looked much younger in the work, having dyed his hair and worn make-up as he grew older.” So he’s normal [BBC]
- From the “Hiscox Online Art Trade Report 2015: “ Investment return is a growing motivation for online art buyers, with as many as 63% driven to purchase by a piece’s potential return on investment.” [Hiscox]
- More on flipping for investment with sneakerheads, obsessive tennis-shoe collectors, compared to art collectors. [It’s Vintage]
- Canine private investigator. [Craigslist]
- You know The Toronto Star is running low on story ideas when they dedicate an entire story to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tweets from last year. The paper claims this has made him a “Twitter star” among other world leaders, but provides no evidence to support the headline. [The Toronto Star]
- A collection of sparkling prose from recent New York Times articles. My favorite is the following lede by James Gorman: “For anyone who has ever been told by a smarty-pants 7-year-old, ‘There’s no such thing as Brontosaurus; it’s called Apatosaurus’ — it is payback time.” [The New York Times]
We’ve been glued to CNN today watching the clashes between the Baltimore Police Department and residents of Baltimore who’re protesting the death of Freddie Gray. We made this GIF out of a video Baltimore musician Madi Shapiro shot at demonstrations in the heart of the city; protesters burned a police officer’s hat on the tracks of the city’s light-rail line. It’s a powerful image coming out of a city that’s currently coping with widespread unrest following decades of tense relations between the city’s residents and police force.
Paddy’s visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building prompted a discussion about what makes a good splatter painting; in her slideshow, there’s a so-so drip-and-pour piece by Jackson Pollock. Trying to understand what makes a Pollock a Pollock has prompted any number of artists to try out his technique (for reference, see the Saatchi Art “Inspired by Jackson Pollock” collection). Count Yoshi Sodeoka among them. Though none of his Pollock GIFs look or feel exactly like a Pollock, there’s still that goal of unabated movement, of which a GIF can capture better, and perhaps more so, than a strip of paint.
Yesterday one of our office conversations focused on whether there were any contemporary artists who reuse online imagery, but without altering them. Voila, a loading GIF by Addie Wagenknecht.