- “[P]hoto bans reek of cultural snobbery and outdating thinking,” argues Business Insider’s Ben Winsor– citing an Lower East Side show (“Red Hot”, about hot redheads) that comes with Instagram tags and its own twitter account. Magda Sawon agrees; Tyler Green thinks yes, except at MoMA. If you want a look at this policy in action, go to the next Creative Time event. Every single person seemed to be looking at Kara Walker’s sugar sphynx through a cell phone. (They arranged them into 360 degree digital gallery of it). It’s democracy, but it also feels like a tourist trap when you’re there. As we linked last week, Arts Council England is discussing the idea of making a special “no photos” hour in museums, like a quiet car on a train. [Business Insider]
- The New York Times Public Editor comes down hard on the Shonda Rhimes article written by TV critic Alessandra Stanley that’s been accused of racism. “Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was – at best – astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.” [The New York Times]
- Click on the square that is the lighter color. It’s an easy game until it’s not—it’s certainly harder than 2048. [Color Lang via Metafilter]
- Speaking of which, this Pantone color vision test is also strangely addicting. Try to arrange the boxes in a perfect spectrum. [X-Rite]
- Incredible: Hyperallergic went to #FloodWallStreet, a protest that according to its press release aims to “Stop Capitalism. End the Climate Crisis”, and provided live coverage from morning til night. They even have an interview with Martha Rosler. [Hyperallergic]
- What it looks like to not have a care in the world. [Guggenheim on Twitter]
- And in front page news, America and five Arab allies strike ISIS targets in Syria. [The New York Times]
- Blondie’s 40th anniversary will be celebrated in a week long exhibition curated by Jeffrey Deitch at the Chelsea Hotel’s Storefront Gallery and will include photographs taken by the band’s co-founder Chris Stein and band memorabilia. [T Magazine]
- On spanking. [The Week]
- ARGGHGHHhghghghrghghgh. There will be no global climate agreement at the UN Summit, now, or possibly, ever. Instead, humanity must hope for bilateral agreements between the US and China, or the US and Brazil. “[W]e might be able to put Humpty Dumpty back together with that kind of a plan B,” says Michael Jenkins of Forest Trends. Fuck. [NPR]
- Finally, a review of State of the Art, the massive survey show of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges in Arkansas. It’s generally positive and remarks on how nice it is to see a show that isn’t full of bets on the market. Read the comment section for a bit of fun—it’s full of praise in one turn, and provincial complaints on the other. [Glasstire]
- Celebrities continue to come up with dumb performance art ideas, and museums seem to have no choice but to cater to their every whim. [artnet News]
- Actor John Malkovich and photographer Sandro Miller have teamed up to recreate famous photographs, each now starring Malkovich. The new photographs are mildly disturbing and say what exactly? [Peta Pixel]
- Who wants to puke and shit in a bucket and watch all of your life’s most traumatic experiences unfold before your eyes for what feels like days on end? This is what Ayahuasca did to VICE’s Conor Creighton, who would do it all again. [VICE]
When EXPO Chicago started in 2012, the popular opinion was that President and Director Tony Karman had five years to make this fair great. If he couldn’t, it was likely dead in the water. This weekend marked year three of the midwest fair, and exhibitors and attendees remarked on the palpable momentum. 19 Chicago galleries participated, the highest number yet, and EXPO continued to draw galleries from around the world, including repeat exhibitors like New York’s CRG Gallery who has been on board all three years, and Diana Lowenstein Gallery of Miami, who has been exhibiting at Chicago fairs every year since the 90s.
The GIF shows just keep coming. Along with “Wallpapers” and “GIF Free For All”, we now can thank “The Limited Collection” for 33 new GIFS. Organized by the London/Berlin-based La Scatola Gallery, curators Rozsa Zita Farkas and Valentina Fois are rolling out one GIF a day, through the end of the month, on tumblr. The “limited” refers to the fact that come October, the GIFs will be taken down and archived in a limited edition version to be sold by the gallery. As Tom Moody (a participating artist) points out on his blog, “The GIFs will continue to circulate on the internet and elsewhere, depending on whim and circumstance, thus avoiding the public relations gaffe of ‘taking the GIF offline so the collector can have it locally’ (which one institution attempted a while back).” Good. It doesn’t answer the question of whether collector audiences have a sterilizing effect on the medium, though; Paddy Johnson suspects that art fair trends are seeping into the GIF world already.
Anyway, “The Limited Collection” has been running since the end of August, so naturally, this provides us with the basis for another awards ceremony!
This time, highlights are selected for upholding the special weirdness that’s native to the art form. Above, you’ll see Viktor Timofeev’s “Synergeticka”, virtual reality gloves with little hands that come out of the fingertips. As you can see, they seem to be designed for the sole purpose of tickling an orange. I personally find this horrifying.
And then there’s Lawrence Lek’s “Shiva’s Folly”, presumably named for the Hindu god of great benevolence and destruction. I am no expert on Hinduism, so I defer to the wiki description: “At the highest level Shiva is limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless”. I prefer to think of it as the moment in Ghostbusters when Gozer demands: “Choose the form of The Destructor!”
Tumblr star and recent SAIC grad Nick Kegeyan culls much of his inspiration from the GIFs of Geocities days. This makes me think that this dinosaur, titled “calargy”, takes a leaf from the “SpinningDancer“, the left brain-right brain optical illusion created in 2003 by Nobuyuki Kayahura at the Procreo Flash Design Laboratory. But based on Kegeyan’s own explanation of a similar pivoting chicken, this could have just as much to do with dinosaurs in Calgary, or frames. Either way, brains are fighting each other right now.
Golden deer sculptures, a trope of the art fair, has finally migrated to the animated GIF world. And I have the same head scratching response to Jonathan Monaghan‘s GIF of couch giving birth to a doe, as I do any of those sculptures. What is this saying about wealth? What did this couch have sex with to become pregnant? (Okay, that question is art work specific.) And why do people find deers so compelling?
I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I suspect there are few collectors and artists out there who do. Someone poll these people and figure this trend out.