- Tomilson Hill is opening his own private museum in Chelsea on West 24th street. The Hill Art Foundation will be a two-story, 6,400-square-foot space that currently does not plan to charge admission. The collection is estimated to be worth $800 million and consists of stalwart contemporary artists like Christopher Wool and Richard Prince as well as Renaissance and Baroque bronzes. [New York Times]
- Eric Wesley was looking for something in between New York and Los Angeles that would reinvigorate his art practice and allow him to use alternative space. What he found was an abandoned Taco Bell in Cahokia, Illinois. The renovated fast food joint operates as a gallery, installation and workspace.[Chicago Tribune]
- Manhattan art consultant, Lacey Doyle, was arrested on Thursday. She is accused of using overseas bank accounts to hide millions of dollars she received from a family inheritance. Doyle is out on bail and faces up to six years in prison. [New York Daily News]
- Stephen Hawking explains his belief that Brexit signals a need for society to change its relationship with money. He believes that we need to refocus on “cathedral projects,” meaning the type of initiatives that only serve the purpose of cultural good rather than short term profit. [The Guardian]
- The original film from 1954 has long been understood to be an allegory for the birth of atomic weaponry and it looks like Godzilla is returning to its political roots. Kotaku’s man in Japan explains how the film is actually about the rise of right-wing militarization that is currently sweeping the country. Unfortunately, it seems, the film spends the bulk of its time with politicians arguing and doesn’t have enough giant lizard. [Kotaku]
- The Detroit Institute of Arts is planning to better reflect the demographics of its home city by expanding its collection of African-American art. [Hyperallergic]
- Following the release of a 2016 sales report that was relatively grim, three top executives have left Christie’s auction house. It’s unclear if the two events are related. [artnet News]
- Leonardo da Vinci expert Mario Taddei explains why Dan Brown’s conspiracy theories about The Last Supper are probably bullshit and positions the painting as following proper traditions for the scene. Taddei says the most notable break from tradition is simply da Vinci’s choice to paint the apostles without a halo, indicating that they were just common men. [Smithsonian Magazine]
- Found Art: Russian man crashes truck full of yellow paint and reconsiders his life. [YouTube]
These are but a small sampling of the many GIFs in Claudia Maté’s “gif ssense summer sale campaign,” The webpage is a grid of hilariously obnoxious advertisements that feature everything from exploding wildlife to a television being penetrated by a skeleton. Really, click on the link, because you really ought to immerse yourself in the 34th-street-like consumer dystopia of it all.
Okay, when we warn that this is a NSFW GIF of the Hump Day post, we mean it. There are tons of dicks after the jump.
That being said, this is one of the weirdest online subcultures we’ve stumbled across in a while, and for that we love it. People like using their smartphones for two things: sexting and playing Pokémon GO. Now, there’s a Tumblr that combines both: Poképeen! Basically, a community of Pokémon/dick pic enthusiasts attempt to catch the augmented reality critters on their dicks and send documentation to whatever sick genius runs the blog.
Brace yourselves for serious full-frontal male nudity, complete with Pidgeys swooping in to perch.
Yes, it is Summer, and none of us feel like moving. Thankfully, the heatwave makes a great excuse to stay inside and catch up on applications to grants, residencies, and fellowships for individual artists, curators, and critics. I rounded up some of the most promising with upcoming deadlines—organized by due date to keep your procrastination in check.
Stop Being Nice And Other Activist Strategies At The Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement
Is gentrification inevitable? Or is that just a myth perpetrated by greedy real estate developers and politicians who seek to gain from residents’ fear and inaction? The answer is undoubtedly the latter if Sunday’s Brooklyn Community Forum on Anti-Gentrification and Displacement is any indication.
The anti-gentrification conference shattered the notion that gentrification is a “done deal,” as panel moderator and Director of Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development Tom Angotti described. Held at the Brooklyn Museum, activists and community organizers, instead, offered a glimmer of hope for displaced and threatened communities.
Monrovia has had a rough time as the capital of Liberia. It’s been rocked by two civil wars, an Ebola epidemic, and a slew of related economic problems… all of which have left behind modernist ruins from the city’s more stable past. François Beaurain’s “Monrovia Animated” series uses these decaying utopian structures as sets for some grand choreography that looks straight out of the golden era of decadent Hollywood musicals. I wouldn’t expect any of these dancers to go diving in that pool for some synchronized swimming, though. This is definitely one instance of GIF art where the medium’s lack of audio contributes to the uncanniness of the content—a silent musical number in an abandoned hotel.
The series was featured in the joint Guggenheim Bilbao and Vitra Design Museum exhibition Making Africa.