- In case you didn’t see this last week, here’s a list of the softest net artists. [Vice]
- Why is painting today so flippant? According to art historian Lane Relyea, it’s because artists just don’t have any darn time: “[T]he social identity of the painter can be salvaged and recuperated for today: by reconceiving it as the painter who always goes to parties, curates shows, writes a blog. Somebody who’s like, wow, when does he ever have time to make those paintings? And the paintings look like it. They’re small, they’re more sketchlike in a way….” [Painter’s Table via Bad at Sports]
- A two-ton rubber duck sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman was washed away by torrential rainfall in China’s southwestern Guiyang City. A local radio station to the city’s public: “If you live by the river and see an 18 meter tall big yellow duck please call.” [The Guardian]
- Evil building developers keep on being evil. Extell Development Company is building a high-rise at 40 Riverside Boulevard, and as part of the deal, some of the units needed to be reserved for affordable housing. In order for the rich folks to not be seen with the have-nots, they will have a separate entrance into the building. Get back from your Italian vacation, De Blasio! [Gawker]
- We know that summer is slow for news and all, but Time Out New York has decided to go the celebrity route to round up readers: Susan Sarandon will take on the role of editor-in-chief for their August issue. [Time Out New York]
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens. Those participants will include the Met’s director, the Brit Thomas P. Campell. [City Room]
- Madrid’s Prado museum can’t find 885 artworks in its collection. [The Local]
- In the latest from Richard Prince’s bizarre Twitter output, he tweets a photo of a girl bending over and looking at one of his paintings. This isn’t edgy social media art by any stretch of the imagination. It just seems like sexism (or some parody thereof). [Twitter]
- While plans have been set in place to dissolve the Corcoran Gallery of Art, opponents have just moved forward (again) in their attempts to keep the Corcoran alive. [New York Times]
- Retired Detroit workers vote to lower their expected pension benefits, thus reducing the city’s debt. Had the workers voted the other way, the pledges involved in the Grand Bargain would have vanished. Seems like Detroit is one step closer to protecting it’s collection at the DIA. [The New York Times]
- Artists who love horses and live around Oakland, here’s an open call you may have missed: the 6th annual It’s All About the Horse exhibition. Just send in a JPEG of your horsey work by August 1. Who knows, you might win a ribbon (winners do actually receive ribbons). [Oakland Press]
Artist and programmer Raven Kwok uses algorithms to create amoeba-like programs in his series entitled “1B5F1.” There’s something beautiful but also very disconcerting here; as the creatures grow they violently writhe, and bring into question the role of the artist/scientist as god.
Anyway, with all that said, the varying levels of complexity and growth of these creatures make for a couple of really beautiful GIFs. Mad scientists take heed!
There’s a type of summertime heat in the Gulf states that will turn even the hardiest of souls into a single ball of sweat. Not even air conditioning cannot save you. Summer’s really not the best season for art, and the galleries tend to know that; they slow down just like the rest of their sticky city-dwellers. And yet, a scant few do get out, and try to see art though most of the galleries have gone on vacation.
For artist Daniel Leyva, the Internet is a deeply spiritual place. On his site Digital Altars/Spiritual.org, he explains that commercial sites have become a type of what he calls “web-based faiths.” These shrines to Google, Yahoo, and Ask.com cover all the bases of good places to worship the occult: there’s Victorian-era shrines, plenty of candles, and of course, pentagrams.