Sometimes a single GIF is just not enough information for a conclusive idea. “Revolving Door” by Michael Bell-Smith is an example. Obviously, it’s an elegant use of the medium, and an example of simple elements creating deep space. Is it a sincere formal exercise? Or is Bell-Smith commenting on the cyclical nature of digitalia? I can’t tell. For more insight, you can head to his current show at Foxy Production.
With only two days left to bid on our Paddle8 auction, there’s no time to waste. This post exists to remind collectors and AFC supporters to get their bids in.
You won’t hear us bitching about Chelsea this week, which, given the last month, is probably a relief for all our readers. We’ll be more than occupied with protests, generative artworks, Bushwick Expo, video blowouts, and televisual operas. You can also expect to hear no end of promo for our auction, which ends —->THURSDAY, Thursday, Thursday!<—–
Paul McCarthy’s butt plugs continue to spark outrage in Paris. Erected in Paris’s upmarket Place Vendôme this Thursday as part of the FIAC art fair, the giant green plug titled “Tree” enraged a passerby Thursday so much that he slapped McCarthy three times. Now, after protestors cut several ropes holding the plug up, FIAC has deflated the piece.
Dear readers, just a friendly reminder: When we post a GIF, it means we’re finished with our posting schedule for the day. We’re signing off with a gift to you. So please, do not refresh your browser hoping that Paddy, Whitney, or I will post a breaking news blurb at midnight. Tonight, as soon as I press “publish,” I’ll be on my way to Transfer for Rick Silva’s opening. And that is why I’m posting a Rick Silva GIF on the blog today. Simple as that.
By now, you’ve heard the news: 69-year-old artist Paul McCarthy was attacked in Paris yesterday while installing “Tree,” a giant inflatable butt plug at Place Vendôme. The piece is part of FIAC’s “Hors Les Murs” program and was evidently an offense to an unknown assailant because it does not belong at the Place Vendôme—and because McCarthy is not French. News that the sculpture’s title did not match its function has been the subject of much press giggling.