- Last night’s snowstorm came, but it wasn’t a blizzard! Some New Yorkers will be unhappy to know that they will be going to work today; the MTA will be running on a Sunday schedule as of 9:30 a.m. Schools will remain closed. For these, and more updates… [WNYC, any New York news source]
- Because all the news is snow-related today, and Cuomo hatred runs high, the Brooklyn Paper reports that last night’s subway ban was a farce—ghost trains ran all night. (They keep the tracks clear). Daily Intelligencer has the proof, in Instagram pics. [Brooklyn Paper]
- Good news, curators! The Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin has launched a two-month-long residency this fall for curators interested in devising projects beyond the gallery walls. It’s free, and you’ll receive a 900 Euro stipend. Not perfect, but close to paradise for recent Bard MAs. [Call for Curators]
- A man carrying meat cleavers tried to attack museum passersby in the Dutch city of Groningen. Police shot him as he jumped into a nearby canal. He is now dead. [Artnet news]
- Hide your dogs! 40 innocent pooches have been stolen from a small north Texas town since November. Police have no suspects in the case so far. (I would suggest that the police watch the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where Larry suspects his Korean bookie of killing his friend’s dog for sandwich meat.) [Gawker via WFAA ]
- Art writer Carol Vogel pens her last column for the New York Times; she notes changes in the art world since she began writing for the Times in 1991, as well as asks questions for the years to come. “How soon will the bubble burst?” she laments about Sotheby’s and Christie’s. As for Zwirner and Gagosian: “As these mega-companies multiply, there is fear they may start squeezing out the midsize gallery unable to compete with the growing giants.” Standard responses. Vogel accepted a buyout this past fall. [New York Times]
- You can now post videos and send group messages on twitter, yay. [The Verge]
- Storm King has launched an artist residency program with the Shandaken Project. 15 artists will be selected; you have through February 20 to apply. [Hyperallergic]
- In Dallas, Texas, (male) artist Loris Gréaud wasn’t pleased by a review of his show by (female) Dallas Observer art critic Lauren Smart. Gréaud hounds her on Facebook and tells her she’d understand his show better if she got a boyfriend with steroid injections. Smart responds to this nonsense in her own column. [Dallas Observer]
Click through to read our final thoughts on Digital Sweat.
Robots do not sweat. Computers do not sweat. Iphones also do not sweat. Until we become cyborgs, humans will not be both digital and sweat. Until that day in time, we have only the online gallery Digital Sweat, “a platform for digital artists to explore sexual and erotic themes.” For the gallery’s first exhibition, also titled Digital Sweat, over 30 digital artists have created GIFs and JPEGs for the standalone site. We’re going to be looking at these GIFs over the next week, and like the critics that we are, we’re taking the critical GIF to the next level of critique.
With Digital Sweat, we’re curious: Does the vertical scroll format benefit the exhibition? Why a standalone website? Why are many of these GIFs the same size? Can you make sexy, erotic work without pulling out a dick? These are just a few questions we’re asking.
Sam Rolfes has made a GIF strewn with Internet blue spaghetti, a face that might have genitals pushing out of its sides, a smaller figure rising out of that eye-less head, and a pale white honeycomb (or skin? or thickly daubed paint?) layer. I have no idea what’s going on in these various feats of bodily and painterly athleticism— A for complexity.