As a testament to how bad Chelsea has gotten lately, artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw are currently running a successful souvenir business solely of items making fun of celebrity-obsessed curators and James Franco. Things are bleak, but we’ve at least managed to find a few events that continue to make our jobs worth doing.
Our new favorite single serving site turns Hugh Grant’s face different colors with the Hue/Saturation tool. Lightness and saturation have been turned off. [Hue Grant]
Perhaps a public service, but sleazy execution: Somebody combed the porn star database and put together every demographic statistic imaginable on adult film entertainers. Here’s the opener: “I can’t recall how I first heard about the Internet Adult Film Database—the self-proclaimed ‘premier resource for information about the American porn community on the web’, but for the longest time I knew I wanted to plunder its treasure trove of juicy information.” Further findings are often relayed in cum jokes. [Jon Millward]
Electronic shock collars stress out dogs. This should be obvious to all dog-lovers. [Washington Post]
The history of SWAT teams from the 60s through to today. Watch the segment about the guy whose dog was shot. No spoilers from us, but it’s jaw dropping. [Retro Report]
As is customary, The Apple Store has been taken offline in anticipation of today’s big launch of the iPhone and iWatch. The Times has been live blogging since 8:00 a.m. and the conference doesn’t start until 1:00 p.m. (EST) today. [Bits Blog]
The British Museum is looking for a student or recent computer science grad to help them update their website for free. [Hyperallergic]
Here’s a Google image search for “Tom Otterness.” It’s a mixed bag of work, for sure, but sometimes those cutesy figures demonstrate great inventiveness! [Google, in response to this Twitter thread]
The New Yorker Festival events are out. Ew: Malcolm Gladwell. Stuff we actually want to see: a talk about income inequality with David Brooks, call-ins with Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom, an interview with Laurie Anderson, and an intelligentsia-stocked debate on cats versus dogs. We feel that this last event compares apples and oranges, and both animals contain contain lovable features. [New Yorker Festival]
The Google Cultural Institute adds more museums to its growing rosters of museums who like to put their art online with the help of Google. [Google Art]
Wow. Tim Wu, a candidate for Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor, and the man who coined the phrase “net neutrality” is suing the New York Democratic Party for interfering in its own primary. [The Nation]
Magic, barn-raising, meteorites: all that you missed during the Edinburgh Art Festival. [Frieze Blog]
Two Trump casinos to file for bankruptcy. [Bloomberg]
Note to art jurors: Never stand up during an awards ceremony and announce that none of the artists are worthy of a prize. [Yahoo! Australia]
Because some artists and galleries have no ethical qualms about posting hacked female nudes, there will be an art exhibition about them. [SF Gate]
John Herrman at the Awl gifts a new phrase to the world, “take time.” Use this quip whenever the Internet overreacts to a single event, i.e. nude leak 2014. “Hey, guys, it’s everyone’s ‘take time.’” [The Awl]
Researchers have found that roughly half the viking remains they studied were female. Apparently, previous to this, nobody thought to check the gender. [Tor]
Never afraid to offend, Joan Rivers tells jokes about the Holocaust and her vagina ring, just months ago on The Tonight Show. Host Jimmy Fallon ends the interview by asking Rivers if she’s afraid of death. [YouTube]
This month’s Brooklyn Rail’s Critic’s Page is devoted to feminism. [Brooklyn Rail]
Margaret Atwood has become the first contributor Norway’s Future Library, a project by artist Katie Paterson. Every year until 2114, the library will invite one author to contribute a work. In 2114, trees that Paterson planted this summer will be cut down so the work can be printed. [The Guardian]
Procrastinate, for science. Whale.fm crowdsources labor for matching whale calls, to help scientists start to decipher the dialect of Pilot Whales. Try to match the sound in the center of the screen to one of the sound files below. If it’s a match, click the checkmark that pops up next to the audio clip. [Whale.fm]
Randy Kennedy has a nice interview with artist Pierre Huyghe—who “fits into the tidy mold of a museum retrospective about as comfortably as a monkey fits into a dress”—prior to his first Stateside retrospective, set to open November 23 at LACMA. Haha, Randy. [The New York Times]
Artists beware. Bert Kreuk has sued Danh Vo for 1.2 million because he failed to deliver a work worth $350,000 for an exhibition of Kreuk’s collection. The rest of the money is for “damage to his reputation and lost profit.” Collector Alain Servais has suggested over Twitter that Vo may be refusing to deliver the work because Kreuk is “an art-flipper more toxic than [Stefan] Simchowitz” [artnet News]
White guys in power weigh in on graffiti (again). “I find it outrageous that one of the city’s museums is currently celebrating graffiti and what a great impact it had on the city,” says Police chief William Bratton. “The young people who invented this style didn’t have access to art supplies,” says Jeffrey Deitch. “They didn’t have a garage at home where they could work on canvases. They had the streets.” This is so so so so so stupid. [artnet News]
“Fucking prolific” is a phrase that comes to mind when paging through Claudia Maté’s web portfolio. Just based on the thirty-nine websites, GIFs and videos on her site, you might think she’s well into her late thirties. Her resume is equally long, listing exhibitions at MoMA, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and Wayne State University.
A brief look at Aaron Williams’s work isn’t going to get you anywhere. His spray painted crumpled posters look like Tauba Auerbach’s work, his photos resemble photoshop gradients, and his routed paintings channel Joan Mitchell. Everything looks familiar. And that’s not an accident. You have to spend time interpreting the references.
This week and next we’ll be featuring the work of seven artists we think you should keep an eye on. Not only are they making extraordinary work, but they’re being recognized for it as well. We kick things off with Rebecca Patek.