- I wish I had written this Internet Glossary. So good. The Toast adds some additional translations to common Internet slang: “You need to see” translates to “here is a video you’ll forget in two minutes”. “!”=”I have space for one character in this RT”. “FTW”=”I agree with this”. “THIS“=”I Have Nothing to Add”. [The Toast]
- Paddy Johnson has filed another artnet News review. It is titled “Richard Prince Sucks.” Click through to find out what she thinks of Richard Prince. [artnet News]
- A new study by the Pew Foundation finds that Buzzfeed is trusted less than ThinkProgress, Sean Hannity Show, Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh. [PewResearch]
- The Founder and Executive Director of Art21, Susan Sollins, died suddenly of a heart attack last week. [Hyperallergic]
- Rhizome is building a tool that will help archive facebook conversations. Dragan Espenschied, Rhizome’s digital conservator, speaks to the New York Times. [The New York Times]
- In news of the ever-shifting art blogosphere: Just months after scooping up the staff of Artinfo because Louise BLOUIN wasn’t paying anybody (she’s currently embroiled in lawsuits and small claims court filings filed by her former contractors), artnet News has already lost one of its best assets. Ben Sutton is now at Hyperallergic. One wonders if this has to do with Artnet’s tabloid-like news sensibility. (Also, it appears they’ve made a font change). This means Hyperallergic is expanding, which is good news for those of us who are sick to death of Gallerist NY voice.
- An Edward Snowden documentary, Citizenfour, was slipped quietly into the New York Film Festival. Apparently, Snowden contacted the filmmaker Laura Poitras soon before making the leaks because of her previous films My Country, My Country, and The Oath. [Hyperallergic]
- Hoverboards are real, and they are not two blowdriers attached to the bottom of a skateboard. They’re using magnets, and you have to hover over a metal floor. No, you can’t have one, they’re $10,000. [The Verge]
- Not art-related, but what the hell: Renée Zellweger looks like an entirely different person. [Gawker]
- Guess who’s got a Jayson Musson’s Coogi painting for sale? We do, and you have two more days to get it. [Paddle8]
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.
If you didn’t read Paddy Johnson’s review of the film Twohundredandfiftysixcolors, a feature-length film made of 3,000 GIFS, I recommend checking it out. It’s a good assessment of how GIFs translate to film by somebody who’s been watching the scene for many years from the perspective of both a net-art and cat fanatic.
Johnson finds a point of contention in Kevin Bewersdorf‘s “Mandala” because it had to be compressed to fit the video, and its meaning changes when it’s in a sequence of other GIFs about getting high. We’re on the Internet, but you gotta draw the line somewhere.
Johnson has a soft spot for the piece because she curated this particular work into her 2011 show Graphics Interchange Format and before that it was made in 2008. #tbt