- Paddy Johnson reviews Ryder Ripps’s new exhibition of paintings based on sportswear model Adrienne Ho’s Instagram account at Postmasters. “You could argue what he’s doing is misogynistic, and it probably is, but the total absence of a defensible idea is the larger offense.” Banality and a tin eye, she argues, is ultimate death knell for this show. [artnet News]
- N000oooo!!!!!! Skymall is going bankrupt. (Last week’s news, but we’re linking to it today.) Goodbye, space-themed litter boxes and shoe-shaped wine bottle holders. A loss felt not only for sky consumers but also for net art inspiration. [The New York Times]
- “Millennials Are Moving to Buffalo and Living Like Kings.” According to the piece, a handful have found sanctuary in Buffalo, New York because the rent is so damn cheap. Like Detroit. Like most everywhere else in this country . [Gothamist]
- We linked to Andrew Rice’s story about developers moving into East New York earlier this week, but in light of last night’s panel on gentrification in New York, we’re highlighting it again. While Rice talked to a developer who thinks it will be a while before it’s taken over by hipsters, the lay of the land looks bleak. Near the closing of the essay he writes, “As the rich push the middle class out of brownstone Brooklyn, the middle class has been left with an unenviable choice: leave or compete with the truly poor.” [New York Magazine]
- This week, the Paramount Ranch Art Fair, an artist-run fair held in an Old West ghost town, will return, held in conjunction with the blue-chip Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair. Yes, I would like to see art installed in a saloon. [LA Weekly]
- Editors over at The Coveteur are going ape shit over the fact that architect Peter Marino has bought a bunch of brand-name contemporary artwork to decorate his office. He’s got Warhols, Richard Princes, and Robert Mapplethorpes. OoOooh. [The Coveteur]
- The entire University of Wisconsin system of colleges and universities will receive $300 million in cuts over the next two years. Thanks, Governor Scott Walker; your possible Republican presidential run won’t please any students or faculty in your state. [Inside Higher Ed]
- Popular gay Spanish illustrators, in list form. [Soyhomosensual]
- At the Dallas Museum of Art last week, a bunch of people ran into a dark museum opening and smashed Loris Gréaud’s art. It was a performance, obviously, and Ben Davis wonders whether this kind of “media event” (which seems to have been done just for the press opening) is basically a dumb manifestation of Glenn Lowry’s desire to see art actively “engage audiences.” [artnet News]
- If you had any questions about selling your underpants…[ANIMAL New York]
- Keith Mayerson is going abstract. Not really news, just of interest to fans. [Contemporary Art Daily]
- Lil B made a vegan emoji app with lots of jars of veganaise emoting. [iTunes via Vulture]
- Ross W. Ulbricht, the man accused of running the black market website, The Silk Road, has lodged that the prosecutors failed to include a critical part of his defense: a golden emoji. The judge has ruled that the jurors must consider the emojis as part of the evidence. [The New York Times]
- Taylor Swift has trademarked lyrics like “this sick beat” and “party like it’s 1989.” Looking at the complete list of phrases—she’s even trademarked her initials—she has a monopoly on any product that could possibly be made with those phrases. Want to make stationary that says “party like it’s 1989”? Nope. Want to make a wig that has “this sick beat” on it? No. Removable tattoo transfers? Absolutely not. Artists could learn a lot from her when it comes to shrewdly protecting their work. [HUH.]
It’s that time of year when all the artists who inhabit the Internet descend upon Berlin for the art and tech festival Transmediale. We wish we were there for the talks, workshops, screenings—and for Abrupt Diplomat, Lorna Mills’s solo exhibition at the Canadian Embassy. Rosa Menkman is on site, though, and has transcribed parts of the opening night conversation between Mills and Kristoffer Gansing, the artistic director of Transmediale. Mills knows her GIF history, and offers a simple reflection on its recent rise. Read on for an excerpt.
Another classic complaint from Jonathan Jones.