- Amid more violence, the ceasefire between Israel and Palestine crumbles. [BBC]
- Today and today only, the Design Museum Boston will be giving away 600 artworks that say “I think you’re fabulous” and “you’re spectacular.” These are the takeaway equivalent of the selfie. [BostInno]
- Another art project that just begging to be photographed: 888,246 red ceramic flowers will flow—like a river of blood—from the Tower of London to commemorate the British who perished during WWI. [Colossal]
- It looks like all-powerful collector and MoMA’s President Emirita and Chairwoman Agnes Gund has taken up the mantle of gender inequality. (We’re just glad to hear about something other than her dogs, her wealth, and MoMA-related opinions that aren’t Glenn Lowry’s). Last month, Gund speculated that the Google Art Project, a virtualization of MoMA’s collection, will bring out more lesser-shown female artists. And now she writes in an op-ed that there’s still a long way toward gender equality in the art world. This is presumably to promote MoMA’s initiative to give the museum over entirely to women artists in 2015. That’s a good thing! [Huffington Post]
- Malik Gaines, of performance troupe My Barbarian, interviews his father Charles Gaines, who’s also an artist and currently has a solo show at the Studio Museum Harlem. Gaines the elder explains what it was like to make conceptual work in the 1970s: “When I started showing in New York, my name got out there, but nobody knew I was black, and then I started going to parties or to lectures or I’d be interviewed, and I can’t tell you how many times people have come up to me and said, ‘You’re black.’ ‘I really appreciate you informing me. I know.’” [Interview]
- The history of BathSalts: A Drag Show for Fuck Ups. Colin Self explains the need for this weekly meet up as an escape creating “a space to clown and celebrate nonsense and absurdity with a form of ‘drag’ not based in subverting ideas of gender, but rather the content of our newsfeeds.” Drag for everyone! [Dazed]
- The Jewish Museum has a new website—and logo—designed by Sagmeister & Walsh. This is the first complete overhaul to the site since 1997. [Jewish Museum]
- 500-year-old human bones are found in Ikea bags! Apparently up to 80 bags of bones have been sitting around in a church since 2009, and had been under the floorboards after being pulled up to build a wheelchair ramp. [Gawker]
Today’s GIF of the day comes from Jeremy Coullard, a video artist, painter, and oft contributor to Cloaque. This particular GIF is a screengrab from his video game A Matinee in Atmos Village, wherein players travel around a pink island to collect live-action triangle paintings.
Coullard and several other video artists from Cloaque have an upcoming video screening this Saturday at Transfer Gallery, curated by Claudia Maté and Carlos Sàez. (We just wrote up Claudia’s show at Transfer, and favorably.) Take this GIF as a preview of great things to come this Saturday!
This might be Fran Drescher in GIF form.
Today’s GIF of the day comes from V5MT, a digital artist who makes an impressively diverse array of GIFs and videos. This GIF is more two-dimensional than her other stuff, and has a definite late 80’s feel to it—hence the Fran Drescher reference. Most of the artist’s other GIFs navigate a more complex, three-dimensional landscape, usually one that vibrates and floats.
It’s rare that we get a look inside North Korean culture–the country largely blocks access to outsiders, while a restrictive U.S. embargo makes it difficult for museums to purchase North Korean art, even from third-parties. A current exhibition at the Venice Architectural Biennale, though, gives us some more insight into the culture of the notoriously isolated country.