- No. No. No. Artist Dustin Yellin announces he has shred $10,000 in cash to create eight paintings, each priced at $10,000. Proceeds will go towards the creation of scholarships for high-school seniors interested in pursuing a career in art. This is such an obvious marketing play. The intended spectacle barely seems visible. [Observer]
- Sotheby’s isn’t doing so well. After a year of public battles with activist investor Dan Loeb, the publicly traded auction house admits to spending $21.4 million to cover costs related to the Loeb debacle. [Bloomberg]
- Oh, so this is how Reddit plans to make money: reality TV. Along with Wired, the community board will produce the show Cyborg Nation which will focus on real people who use cybernetic devices. [Tube Filter]
- Björk preview at MoMA today. All eyes on Twitter. [Gregorg]
- Currently tearing up the internet: A woodpecker carrying a weasel on its back. [BBC via: @nutblack1]
- Some Sacramento residents are pissed that New York-based Jeff Koons has been commissioned to produce a public artwork rather than a local artist. In response, city spokesperson Linda Tucker told local news station Fox 40 that neither the panel that selected Koons nor the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission “are obligated to review multiple proposals. Their mission is to choose the very best, not discriminate by region.” Doesn’t this sound like a familiar argument? See: “I don’t see race or gender, only quality!” [Artnet News]
- The Wu-Tang Clan released a never-to-be-heard-again work of art at PS1 last night. The album’s producer Cilvaringz noted how its inspiration came partially from a night he and RZA spent riding on horseback around the pyramids of Giza. Like all music, it’ll probably get leaked once it’s bought at online auction. [ARTnews]
- Spice up your rooftop with a lighthouse. [Untapped Cities]
- A massive interview with Rhizome’s conservator Dragon Espenschied and artist Amalia Ulman. #nerdsonly [Hopes and Fears]
- A tree called Prometheus took root more than 5,000 years ago. It weathered unknown adversity throughout those years, before finally being cut down in 1964 so a scientist could study its rings. Its longevity, no small miracle, was ultimately the cause of its death. In 2011, artist Jeffrey Weiss took up the task of recreating the tree through drawings, digital renderings, and 3D models. This story, which has nothing to do with the market, a mega-gallerist, or collector, graced the front page of the Los Angeles Times this weekend. That’s another miracle, courtesy of Carolina A. Miranda. [The Los Angeles Times]
- If you haven’t been to a poetry reading recently, or ever, here’s one you can attend without leaving the Internet. Co-presented by the New Museum and Rhizome, “Poetry as Practice” features six Mondays of poems by Melissa Broder, Tan Lin, as well as someone named ‘not_I.’ [Rhizome]
In 1997 the art making duo MTAA produced an animated GIF that functioned as an artist statement, a manifesto, and a call to action. “Simple Net Art Diagram” locates art in the exchange of ideas, and invites other people to propose their own definitions for art. It’s a simple challenge, but one that’s proved meaningful to artists again and again since they made it close to twenty years ago. We’ll be surveying those GIFs next week, but in a preview of the post to come, here’s what artist Jim Punk did to remix the GIF in 2006 (slightly remixed to fit the column width of Art F City.) We like it.
Bad news for those planning to do anything other than look at art this week: Your week is fucked. It’s Armory Week, which for art professionals and lovers alike means a marathon of art-viewing practically guaranteed to hurt your eyes at some point. There’s treatment for these kinds of injuries, but the best advice we can offer is to simply be careful out there.
Don’t overdo it. Eat well. Get lots of rest. You’ll need it.
Here’s a blast from the past: The Commons Art Diagram builds upon MTAA’s 1997 GIF, “The Art Happens Here“, and illustrates where ‘art happens’ or ‘could happen”. The piece was included in The Art Happens Here exhibition as part of the iCommons Summit ‘07, which I attended in 2007 in Dubrovnik. It was printed on t-shirts, bags and stickers and distributed to conference attendees. This is not a GIF, but is included in our series because it builds on one.