- The Chinese government would like people to stop hiring strippers for funerals. [The Wall Street Journal]
- Here’s how to help the people suffering in Nepal. [AVC]
- Sadly-not-very-shocking footage of Baltimore police beating a press photographer covering one of the many Freddie Gray protests over the weekend. [City Paper]
- How art collectors can avoid paying taxes on artwork purchases. [The New York Times]
- The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art has become the first museum to purchase an artwork using Bitcoin. [ARTnews]
- Katy Perry’s application to trademark the “Left Shark” Super Bowl meme has been denied. [Art Law Report via Live Nation]
- The op-eds continue! In Sacramento, the $8-million commission for a Koons “piglet” sparks a debate over the lack of public art made by women. [The Sacramento Bee]
- Curbed reports: “Forget the Whitney: The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum Is the Best Museum.” [Curbed]
- Medical robots can be hacked. [MIT Technology Review]
- Somehow this seems like a slap on the wrist? James Meyer, Jasper Johns’s former studio assistant, stole $6.5 million in work from the artist; Meyer then sold the work to galleries and other purchasers. He will face one-and-a-half years in prison. [Courthouse News Service]
- We feel strangely empowered using CloneZone, an app that clones websites verbatim and allows users to edit and share them. We’ve been editing the New York Times. [CloneZone via: Rhizome]
- I visited the new restaurant Santina the other day and wondered why so much of the building was made of glass (it was very loud). I hadn’t been to the Whitney yet, though, so it didn’t occur to me that restaurateurs Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick would want it to match the museum (which is literally a stone’s throw away). Anyway, turns out Renzo Piano designed the restaurant too. A review tells us the food is pretty good. (Paddy) [The New York Times]
Paddy’s visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building prompted a discussion about what makes a good splatter painting; in her slideshow, there’s a so-so drip-and-pour piece by Jackson Pollock. Trying to understand what makes a Pollock a Pollock has prompted any number of artists to try out his technique (for reference, see the Saatchi Art “Inspired by Jackson Pollock” collection). Count Yoshi Sodeoka among them. Though none of his Pollock GIFs look or feel exactly like a Pollock, there’s still that goal of unabated movement, of which a GIF can capture better, and perhaps more so, than a strip of paint.
Yesterday one of our office conversations focused on whether there were any contemporary artists who reuse online imagery, but without altering them. Voila, a loading GIF by Addie Wagenknecht.
I’m an art critic; I don’t often get asked about how I’m working toward revolution. Looking around the city’s museums and galleries, it’s hard to figure out how optically pleasant paintings enact social change. Outside the galleries, there’s activist groups like Occupy Museums or W.A.G.E. that nod to revolution by targeting institutions. Either way, the focus remains on art and art institutions, which can leave the soul feeling empty.
Is it more appropriate to call this the GIF of the Day or the Font of the Day? These are the hard questions we ask ourselves over at the AFC HQ. What you’re looking at are letters that spell out Art F City in Rollin Leonard‘s “Liquid Diet Font.” The font is available in the “meat,” “glitter,” and “Rollin” motifs—above you get a sampling of all three.
Not that anyone asked, but my preference is “glitter,” at least for the AFC logo. I think I speak for everyone here at the blog when I say we’d rather be associated with a party, rather than shiny beef or the uber-creepy distortions of Leonard’s own body. Download the font here.