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Artists: Take This Survey, Let the World Know If You Hate Art Fairs

by Corinna Kirsch on July 21, 2014
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The venerable Ed Winkleman is a man of many hats: art dealer, author, and Moving Image fair organizer. And now, he needs your help.

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How To Measure Jeff Koons’s Hammer Strength

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on June 13, 2014
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Nobody knows how to make money off their dick like Jeff Koons. Here’s a picture of him in this month’s Vanity Fair, naked, dick obscured, and lifting weights on the “Hammer Strength” machine. Yee haw!

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How to Let the World Know Artists Are Getting Paid (or Not)

by Corinna Kirsch on June 3, 2014
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Are you an overworked and underpaid artist? Join the club.

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s New Do It Video Tells You to Do It With Social Media

by Corinna Kirsch on April 29, 2014
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But why should we do it?

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FiveThirtyEight Proves That Bob Ross Painted Trees

by Corinna Kirsch on April 16, 2014
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91 percent of Bob Ross’s paintings included at least one tree.

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Hire an Art Flipper on Craigslist!

by Corinna Kirsch on April 2, 2014
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Nobody likes an art flipper, but popularity aside, the number of companies who want to make a quick buck off art is growing. We just spotted a new one on Craigslist.

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Sparks: Performance Artists or Band?

by Paddy Johnson on March 8, 2014

All of my YouTube searches lead back to art or puppies. Last night’s brief break from the fairs lead me to a rediscovery of Sparks, a group formed in Los Angeles by brothers Ron (a straight man often wearing a Hitler mustache on keyboards) and Russell Mael (the sexy lead singer). Even a brief look at their career leaves one with the impression that they’re a performance art group that accidentally got labeled a band. I’ve embedded their 1974 hit “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us,” mostly because it’s my favorite song they’ve made, but it’s by no means their best video. For that I recommend the following quirk: “Lighten Up Morrissey,” an instruction set for Morrissey that features a group of dancing women in red wearing black-and-white Morrissey masks, “Dick Around,” a 2006 cat meme ahead of its time (it’s got only 17k views, presumably because it was made before people made careers out of their cats), and “Tryouts for the Human Race” a 1979 classic where we watch the band turn into werewolves. After watching those, the 1980 video “When I’m With You” where Ron turns his brother into a ventriloquist doll should read particularly well.

One final note on the subject of Canadiana: I suspect anyone who grew up in Canada during the eighties and nineties like me will immediately notice the influence Sparks had on Canadian rock star Gowan. Also of interest: Sparks is collaborating with Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin to produce the film The Seduction of Igmar Bergman. That’s a piece I’ll seek out.

 

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