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John Chamberlain, Installation view at The Pace Gallery
- This week in meaningless studies, Miller McCune cites a new report published by the American Psychological Association that finds babies prefer Picasso’s cubism to the impressionism of Claude Monet. What does this tell us? According to the study, that “infants prefer paintings with clear contrasts in luminance”. According Miller McCune’s Tom Jacob, Thomas Kinkade “appeals to our inner infant”.
This is complete nonsense, but a couple of obvious points nonetheless:
- Since Kinkade wasn’t part of the study and a fairly stark contrast from the work of Picasso, Jacob’s final comparison is meaningless.
- Studies like this tell us about infant development, not why adults like the art we do.
- This is a bit of speculation on my part, but I’d bet this study tells us what reproductions babies like better, not actual paintings.
- We’re low on food research that asks babies to evaluate the taste of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s curry vs that of Felix Gonzalez-Torres piles of candy. Once those answers are found, I’m sure we can draw some definitive conclusions about which food is better.
- Jim Carrey’s jet is on sale on eBay with a buy-it now price of $1.5 mil. When I queried the office over why he might be selling the plane I got the following unanimous response: There’s a limit to how long getting kicked in the balls will entertain people enough to be a viable revenue source. Ha ha and all that, but Carrey’s nuts can’t be that damaged. Mr. Popper’s Penguins opens this July, and by the looks of the trailer it’s sure to bring in a boatload of cash.
- Tom Moody recreates Google’s awful Martha Graham Dance logo, originally a CSS sprite animation, as a GIF, thereby proving that it could have been rendered at a smaller size had they used the file format. It’s a good post to nerd out with, though having less stake in the technical end of things, I appreciate Moody’s explanation for the effort:
What is at ultimately at stake here is forced corporate replacement of a universal, open source means of animation that almost anyone can make (GIFs) vs a type of animation that requires the coding skills of web specialists, who are mostly in the employ of big companies. Any “contest” between the two formats is going to be rigged since Google has a network of local server caches allowing its images to be loaded quickly, as opposed to a single mom and pop website groaning under the weight of image requests.
The unanswered question for me, though, is what financial stake a corporation has in replacing an image format that’s easy to produce with one that takes more labor and costs more. Users don’t stay on websites that load slowly, and results that aren’t good for the user aren’t good for Google either.
- James Franco is an art goldmine. Artist duo Praxis has raised over $11,381 on Kickstarter to produce a museum of Non-Visible art, using James Franco as their spokesman. That’s well over their 5,000 goal. Strangely, this is a museum that sells “products”. $10,000 for fresh-air. Via: ArtINFO
- CityArts critic Valerie Galdstone begins her review of John Chamberlain’s show at The Pace with the words, “America's greatest living sculptor, John Chamberlain…”. I nearly stopped reading there — the artist’s twisted sculptures have never looked like more than scrap metal to me — but then I figured, I’m already having a bad day. Why not punish myself? It worked.