hump-dayIt’s Hump Day! That means it’s time to pick a NSFW GIF, a new-ish tradition we have explained in this very NSFW post. And even though it’s only Hump Day, I am off to the beach. In that spirit, we bring you some nice, relaxing GIFs from Tumblr user Awintyyr, a digital artist from Sweden. I bet these are totally SFW in Sweden, actually.

But since most of our readers unfortunately don’t live in Sweden, you’ll just have to view them

after the Jump.

Post image for ARTnews Merges With Art in America: The Facts and Speculation

Art criticism is now truly in the hands of the few. News broke last night that ARTnews would buy out Art in America (kind of). These are some details to help you try to figure out what’s actually happening, and what’s just speculation

Post image for Bushwick Rallies Against the Lack of Affordable Housing Units at a Donut-Shaped Luxury Apartment

Really, 10 Montieth Street raises the bar for development. It’s more than an apartment complex; it’s a mall for wealthy hipsters. Maybe it would be nice to include more affordable housing units in there, too?

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  • Paul Mason makes a convincing argument that we’re quietly teetering on the cusp of “postcapitalism.” Markets have failed, the correlation between labor and wages is shaky, and economies based on information make no sense financially; there’s no scarcity of knowledge and it’s human nature to share (rather than monetize) it. [The Guardian]
  • Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and many other non-insane people think weaponized AI is a terrible idea. Can’t we all agree to just let the bots do what they love: making weird pictures with dog faces, spamming the comments section of blogs, and posing for “sexy” videos at Japanese convention centers that creep everyone out on YouTube? [TIME]
  • There goes the neighborhood: Jeff Koons bought up 50,200 square feet of West 52nd Street. It looks like he’s creating a massive new Hell’s Kitchen studio after being ousted by his former Chelsea landlord. [Realty Today]
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is asking Makoto Aida to change or remove his latest piece. The museum planned a summer exhibition aimed at children and (for some reason) invited the notoriously controversial artist to contribute work. His submission, a collaboration with his wife and teenage son, is a political rant aimed at the education system. [The Japan Times]
  • Look! It’s a bathtub-headed sim. [Daniel Rourke]
  • Artist and writer Sara Clugage writes about her near-spiritual obsession with Britney Spears, both as a teen and as an artist. At one time, Clugage writes, Spears was pretty much a celebrity cipher: “I saw that emptiness in Britney Spears, too. Given an icon without meaning, we pour in our own souls, making gods in our own image. I saw a writhing mass of contradictions: a visual promiscuity but a verbal purity, a public persona but an unknown person, a Hollywood starlet but a Louisiana girl. I imagined her as a saint, one of the highly sexualized Catholic ones with a baroque mixture of pain, ecstasy, and physicality.” [Pelican Bomb]
  • The Church of Satan has unveiled its giant Baphomet statue during a massive ceremony on the banks of the Detroit River. Of course, Christians showed up to protest. The sculpture is itself an act of protest against displays of Christian symbols on government property. It is also so much cooler than any of the other lame religious art that’s been hanging out on red state capital buildings and courthouses. [International Business Times]
  •  The Seattle Art Fair is luring out some big-name gallerists. Are galleries like Gagosian going after the Pacific Northwest’s tech-industry new money? Here’s a handy little guide to art collecting aimed at techie collectors. Bitcoin is not recommended. [artnet News]
  •  Hey, photography curators, apply for this two-year curatorial fellowship at the Michener Museum in Pennsylvania. The fellow will be salaried and receive benefits. [Michener Museum]
Post image for This Week’s Must-see Events: From Graveyard Poets to Star Wars Scholars

Here’s what to do if you’re stuck in New York this week for the heat wave: Attend a lecture on the history of Goth; learn about modernity, architecture, futurism, and Star Wars at John Powers’s art talk; hang out at Prospect Park and pick up a few art mags at the small press flea. It’s summer, but as these events demonstrate, there’s still plenty to do.