Trump gave less to his foundation than AFC’s annual programming budget. Let’s show him how it’s done. If our supporters can beat Donald Trump’s own donation of $30,000, before election day, the first 100 donors get a William Powhida Drumpf print!
Every Wednesday we post the NSFW GIF of the Hump Day. Yesterday, I failed to do that, so today I hit you with a NSFW jiggle butt by Jessica Wilson. This GIF gets better the longer you look at it. You realize that the skin is really just an empty plastic wrap for a body that’s no longer there. The image would be gross if it weren’t so sanitized. This is the cleanest butt and the cleanest body digital rendering can produce.
Is the US presidential election putting many of its citizens on edge? The daily headlines are terrible, each bringing a new revelation more shocking than the next. The stakes could not be more dire and conversation more urgent.
In reaction to these times, though, perhaps many us of block friends dissenting friends on Facebook or silence comments we don’t want to hear. Under these conditions, Facebook can seem a bit more like a police state. Prolific artist, Facebook user (and now blogger) Sean Capone speculated that this was indeed the case in an email this morning informing AFC that he’d been banned from Facebook for three days. The offending update? A picture he’d posted from a Larry Clark show at Luhring Augustine back in 2014.
It’s hard to imagine there’s anything new to say about Andy Warhol. The glut of books, articles, dissertations and exhibitions on the artist seems to always tread the same critical territory–celebrity, consumerism, “business art” and mass production. But, Associate Curator Jessica Beck found a refreshingly innovative take on the much-analyzed artist in her current exhibition Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body at the Andy Warhol Museum.
The show examines Warhol’s treatment of the body–a subject, which Beck says has been woefully overlooked by curators and historians. “Everyone thinks it’s just understood. Somehow it keeps missing its place in the exhibition history,” Beck explains. This oversight is the driving force behind the exhibition, which thematically traces Warhol’s figural interest through his career.
After wandering through “Golem”, the Jewish Museum Berlin’s occasionally insightful but too often flat meditation on the fabled creature of medieval European-Jewish folklore, I was left with a curiously empty feeling. Hardly what one expects from an exhibition depicting a monster of such long-standing and resonant legend; a homunculus whose story has influenced all things horrific from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein to Disney/Marvel’s evil robot Ultron to those adorably gangly “grey aliens”.
Continuing on our theme of GIFs the New York Times has commission, here we take a look at Yoshi Sodeoka’s illustration of the brain and visualized data. The GIF illustrates a piece titled “Do You Believe In God or is That a Software Glitch?” The article cites a an paper written for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which discovered a glitch in MRI data that can cause false positives. The glitch can suggest brain activity where there is none and does so up to 70 percent of the time. Eek.
As for the title—it refers to clickbait referenced in the article. Sodeoka’s image can’t quite capture all of that, but it does a good job of showing us how data can obscure our readings of brain activity. More Sodeoka please.
Thanks to artist Scott Gelber we’ve got this GIF to show off at the end of the day. I wasn’t able to locate the original article this ran with on the New York Times, but in my searches I did come to realize that Gelber makes a lot of GIFs for the Times. So, when we think of the Times aesthetic, we should also look to Gelber. Another image below, which illustrates the article Hearing Is Believing.