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William Wegman’s First-Ever GIF Needs A Title

by Corinna Kirsch on March 8, 2013
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Today, artist William Wegman made his first GIF. Yes, it involves one of his Weimaraner puppies, but no, it does not yet have a title.

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New Artist Commissions Debut on CNN

by Paddy Johnson on August 28, 2012
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I’ll admit to having a biased interest in CNN’s gallery of artworks commissioned for the elections. I recommended a number of the artists for this feature, so it’s fascinating to see who made their final list and who the organization came up with themselves. Judging by the commissions, it appears Bravo’s cancelled Work of Art reality series has more influence on mainstream news media than I would have guessed.

A couple of quick thoughts on the feature:

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Blast from the Past: Smith and Wegman’s The World of Photography

by Paddy Johnson on August 17, 2012
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If you haven’t seen Michael Smith and William Wegman’s The World of Photography (1986), set aside 25 minutes to do so. The film serves students and comedians alike; Wegman plays a seasoned photographer willing to teach Smith, an eager but dimwitted student who maintains the baseless belief that he has a knack for photography. Weirdness ensues. Smith obsesses over sandwiches. Seemingly everything reminds Wegman of his dog. Oddly enough, the whole film is a little like watching Twin Peaks’ Detective Cooper man a photo studio, which is pretty great.

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Summer Reading: The New Issue of “The Highlights”

by Whitney Kimball on July 11, 2012
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Boo-yah. This week christens a brand-new issue of “The Highlights,” one of the more freewheeling online arts journals. A few highlights so far include Carmen Winant’s refreshingly breezy critical essay on the film “Personal Best” and analytical translations of Yiddish Brooklyn street posters by Robert Hult. A sample: “Another shtreimel hat ad from 2009, this one placing a hat between a blue sky and a computer generated sunburst, suggesting movement.” Shazam.

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How to Internet

by Paddy Johnson on December 13, 2011
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One gets the feeling that a certain amount of self-loathing is required to be a net artist.

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The Job of The Artist

by Paddy Johnson on September 27, 2011
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Duchamp did a very valuable and important thing in introducing manmade objects into the world of art. That provided us with an enormous vocabulary of new materials but, more importantly, it made us realize that we do not have to change the object if we can change the terms around it. That made the world into two different kinds of specifies, with every object having two facets, one being its physical qualities, and the other being its metaphysical qualities. It’s not the soup can on the shelf, but the the soup can we all have in our heads.

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Another Masterpiece: Amy Yao Collaborates with JF & Son

by Paddy Johnson on September 13, 2011
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A decidedly frivolous post on JF & Son and Amy Yao, who together have launched the artist’s new collection “Another Masterpiece”.

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Chris Burden’s Megaminipolitan

by Whitney Kimball on August 3, 2011
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Think Hot Wheels has pushed the limits of racecar set-ups? Think again. Chris Burden talks about Metropolis II, his mini city that took four years to build. The moment his God-like finger descends on the city’s “stop” button puts your day-to-day into rather harsh perspective.

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