- A Bill Cosby rapeseed portrait has been banned from the Minnesota State Fair. [Gawker]
- Jean-Marc Bustamante has been appointed as director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, following the controversial July dismissal of former head Nicolas Bourriaud. The Toulouse artist represented France at the 2003 Venice Biennale, but there are misgivings regarding the new director, especially for these sexist comments he made in 2006 regarding an all-male Pompidou show: “A man needs to conquer territories; a woman finds her territory and stays there…Men are always on a search for virgin territories.” Talk about an inspiring move towards the future. [Le Monde]
- Canada: the model of Humanitarianism. When it was revealed that the family of the drowned Syrian toddler had their refugee bid rejected by the Canadian government in the midst of one of the worst refugee crisis since WWII, Conservative immigration minister Chris Alexander got deservedly roasted in a CBC interview for relying too much on the private sector to take in refugees rather than leading the effort. Despite promising to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees this year, the Conservative government has only accepted just over a 1,000. (Adding further insult to injury: Alexander was hand-delivered a letter back in March from the boy’s aunt making the case.) Unsurprisingly, Alexander has now suspended his re-election campaign. [CBC]
- About time: a ground-breaking exhibition focusing on the often overlooked female artists in Abstract Expressionism is opening next summer. [Denver Art Museum]
- I love this: WNYC, in search of the longest possible subway ride in New York, mapped it out with the help of a computer. They’ve enlisted Jody Avirgan to live tweet the experience too, which he’ll be doing all day today. Already, Avirgan’s twitter account is pretty entertaining—he’s set rules up and is remarking on all the public art. Tomorrow Avirgan will be on Brian Lehrer. [WNYC]
- Lisson Gallery now represents Stanley Whitney. I guess painting colored grids for 40 some odd years has paid off. [Baer Faxt]
- Prehistoric cave paintings from one of the oldest South African indigenous tribes are under threat. [ArtNet]
- The Getty apparently has a really great exhibition on Greek bronze sculptures right now. [Wall Street Journal]
- What’s a more secure alternative to Bluetooth? Turns out your body. Scientists are developing technology that will use your body as a communication medium, better enabling the passing of magnetic signals between wearable gadgets. [@CorinnaKirsch]
- A 59 year old was shot in the groin in a squabble over potato chips. The potato chip thief and gunman remains at large. [Gawker]
- DJs, rejoice: Panasonic is re-launching Technics Turntables. [Wall Street Journal]
Continuing our foray into NSFW fan GIF art, I’m really intrigued by the creativity that abounds in the furry fandoms. Their conventions seem to be a flashback to what I’d like to imagine Madchester early acid house to be like: a rave new world, but with frolicking fursuits. Live long, and prosper. Get your yiff on.
Of course, burrowing deeper in the rabbit hole, I have one question about mature anthropomorphic fanart: why are all the canon female characters consistently being penetrated by a floating penis or dildo?
After the jump, we look at the 8-bit GIF work of MawiIes, an Animal Crossing: New Leaf artist on Tumblr who is really into the puppy character Isabelle, and her futanari selfcest potential.
I’m taking a break from our regularly scheduled GIF of the day to bring you a vine featuring these rubber ducks in a shopping cart. Squeeze one, and it sounds like a broken horn, squeeze a shopping cart full of these things and it sounds like a crowd of people all sighing loudly. Clearly this is the most depressed flock of ducks to hit shelves ever.
A visit last week to the Kunstraum introduced me to their new studio program dedicated to provided short term affordable studio space and exhibition space to artists. The spaces I saw didn’t look to be much larger than a couple hundred square feet—perfect for some and small for others—but part of the program includes the opportunity for studio artists to use the gallery as a space for curation and events. So that’s awesome.
Over the weekend, Eric Blake of the National Hurricane Center tweeted the above GIF, along with the text:
Yes, over the weekend the Pacific Ocean saw three category four hurricanes for the first time since humans began recording the weather. This almost definitely has something to do with the fact that we’re experiencing one of the hottest El Niño warming cycles due to climate change.
Even for those of us who don’t live in the middle of the plastic-filled Pacific Ocean, this is indicative of a very bad trend. After the UK suffered a winter of extreme flooding and persistent storms, a government report found a link between an increasingly hot and wet Pacific and changes to the global jet stream. That same destabilization of the planet’s ocean/wind currents has been blamed for the awful “polar vortex” that made pretty much all of us on the East Coast hate winter even more than usual.
In short, the Pacific Ocean is much warmer than it should be. So much so, that maybe people will actually be tempted to go in the water at the beach in LA.
Come on, humanity. Get it together.
This year, while you’re biting your tongue over the holidays when some crazy rural relative is denying climate change, don’t. Explain the ancient proverb “don’t shit where you eat” calmly and how that applies on the scale of the chemical composition of the atmosphere of the one planet we’re all stuck on together. Because we’re already way past the point of terrifying, as the GIF above illustrates.
Skip the blockbuster museum shows and blue chip galleries; what makes New York so great is access to the under-exposed. Tonight, hear a lecture at Asia Art Archive in America about the little-known influence of Seattle modernists on the career of art star Yayoi Kusama. Tuesday, go check out poetry and art at Outlet—part of an exhibition I’m convinced is on the cutting edge of a sea change regarding artists’ relationship with place. Wednesday, traverse a secret garden for a chance to see a performance by Otion Front Studio artist in residence La Martelle, which will be performed for just two groups of twelve people at a time. Thursday, go play a quick game of basketball with the New Art Dealers Association. Then, head to Rhizome for a lecture about the emerging ontology of digital painting or hop on the F train to check out off-the-beaten-path art spaces in DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk. Friday night, head to Tender Trap in Greenpoint, where bi-coastal gallery Superchief is throwing a pop-up exhibition of Penelope Gazin’s trippy horror-pop illustrations. And Saturday, load up on affordable multiples and zines from DIY presses from across the East Coast at The Silent Barn. Some of the most talented young artists aren’t Instagram celebrities, they’re distributing their work with Xerox machines and silk screens.
Ben Schumacher originally posted this tribute to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ Perfect Lovers on the blog shu and joe in 2009. The original Perfect Lovers was created in 1991, shortly after Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ partner Ross Laycock was diagnosed with AIDS, which ultimately claimed the lives of both men. The two readymade clocks ticked in unison, presumably until one or the other died. It was a powerful allegory for the limited time the artist knew he had left with Laycock.
Schumacher’s homage is also a readymade of sorts—the artist found a link for the above GIF of a clock face and inserted it twice into his page. His Perfect Lovers also come with an expiration date—the clocks will disappear when the original host eventually deletes the file. Here, though, we’ve archived the GIF on the Art F City servers, so it will be keep ticking for as long as we do.
And the legacy of Felix Gonzalez-Torres is as vital as ever. Tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00, Visual AIDS is hosting the Last Address tribute walk, which will lead a group to various sites in Manhattan where artists who died in the AIDS epidemic lived their final years. The event kicks off with a screening of Ira Sachs’ short film Last Address at the SVA Theater and includes visits to the homes of Gonxalez-Torres, Vito Russo, Assotto Saint, Tseng Kwong Chi, Hugh Steers, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Chloe Dzubilo. More information is available here.