- The Bass Museum of Art is hiring a curator and curatorial assistant. This would pretty much be the best workplace: imagine leaving the office and stepping across the street to the sands of Miami Beach. [Bass Museum of Art]
- “This coffee table makes an optimal addition to any club with high standards. The detachable fig leaf with the ruby underneath radiates intense eroticism.”—from a listing for a glass coffee table supported by a bronze statue of a spread-eagle woman. [Ebay]
- Christopher Hawthorne has a great eye for detail and the cinematic qualities of architecture. Read his review of LA’s new Broad Museum. [Los Angeles Times]
- Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is getting rave reviews one year into his tenureship, from poor and privileged neighborhoods alike. [The New York Times]
- There’s entire tumblr dedicated to photoshopping dildos into Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s hands. Naturally VICE has interviewed the Montreal Artist behind the blog. [VICE]
- 104 Central Avenue, the mural-covered Bushwick home of Jeremy Sapienza and Luis Velazquez, has sold for $1.285 million to a developer who’s planning on demolishing the house to erect condos. [Curbed]
- Is anything that happened at the VMA’s worth reflecting on? Nope. Just some childish bickering. [The Internet]
- Oliver Sacks, a famed Neurologist and author died at age 82 of liver cancer. Since being diagnosed with terminal cancer in February he wrote several times on the process of dying (on learning he had terminal cancer, on the Sabbeth, on the decline of his body. We spent the weekend reading those reflections and the obituaries. [The Guardian, The New York Times]
- And in untimely deaths, Los-Angeles based painter and Underground Museum founder Noah Davis has died at the age of 32. Although the cause of death has not been announced, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this summer that he was fighting a rare form of cancer. [Artnews]
- The android version of Philip K. Dick has a great sense of humor. He flirts with reporters and makes jokes about keeping humanity in the “people zoo” after AI takes over. [Youtube]
- Related: The New York Times goes inside the terrifying workshop building unbelievably creepy sex robots. “With the AI, I think we gotta be careful with that… getting the doll confused so when you’re talking to her she says something that makes absolutely no sense…” These dolls mostly talk about “the uncanny valley” while making blowjob faces. [Youtube]
- There’s been yet another attack on sculptures by right-wing Christians in Russia. This time, a bas relief of Mephistopheles from 1910 was demolished from the facade of an historic apartment building in St. Petersburg. [artnet News]
- Meanwhile in this country, gun enthusiasts have been using ancient petroglyphs in Utah as a shooting range… irreparably damaging rock art that’s nearly 2,000 years old. [Hyperallergic]
- Takashi Murakami chats about an upcoming exhibition of his vast personal collection. The artist collects everything from antiques and contemporary art to kitschy beer mugs. [The Art Newspaper]
Ben Schumacher originally posted this tribute to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ Perfect Lovers on the blog shu and joe in 2009. The original Perfect Lovers was created in 1991, shortly after Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ partner Ross Laycock was diagnosed with AIDS, which ultimately claimed the lives of both men. The two readymade clocks ticked in unison, presumably until one or the other died. It was a powerful allegory for the limited time the artist knew he had left with Laycock.
Schumacher’s homage is also a readymade of sorts—the artist found a link for the above GIF of a clock face and inserted it twice into his page. His Perfect Lovers also come with an expiration date—the clocks will disappear when the original host eventually deletes the file. Here, though, we’ve archived the GIF on the Art F City servers, so it will be keep ticking for as long as we do.
And the legacy of Felix Gonzalez-Torres is as vital as ever. Tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00, Visual AIDS is hosting the Last Address tribute walk, which will lead a group to various sites in Manhattan where artists who died in the AIDS epidemic lived their final years. The event kicks off with a screening of Ira Sachs’ short film Last Address at the SVA Theater and includes visits to the homes of Gonxalez-Torres, Vito Russo, Assotto Saint, Tseng Kwong Chi, Hugh Steers, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Chloe Dzubilo. More information is available here.
In one of her many talks at the Creative Capital retreat this July, President & Executive Director Ruby Lerner spoke of the importance of keeping the organization weird. The short explanation of what this means is simply that she wants them to continue to fund projects that aren’t beholden to the market. (Lerner has announced her retirement, so the succession planning has begun in earnest.) More specifically, though, it means supporting artists who bring a point of view to the table, who aren’t afraid to fail, and who pursue excellence in whatever field they work in. These are artists who exemplify the creative spirit. Their work must be supported.
In my previous two posts summing up highlights from the Creative Capital retreat, I’ve tried to highlight presentations by artists who I felt exemplified those qualities. In my last post on this year’s retreat, I highlight three more. Here goes.
Thanks to critic and curator Ed Halter for pointing out this morning on Twitter that the Internet Dancing Baby meme would be 20 now if the baby were alive. Cray-cray. Cited as one of the earliest memes, “Baby Cha-Cha,” came to life in 1996 as viral video of a 3D-rendered baby dancing to Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” by the Swedish rock band Blue Swede. By late 1996, web developer John Woodell created a highly compressed animated GIF from the original movie, as part of a demo of the movie-to-GIF process, which further launched its spread.
Since this time, we’ve seen the Dancing Internet Baby show up in seemingly countless places, including the AIDS 3D IMG MGMT essay Hubris/Nemesis/Whatever. We expect to see this ageless baby a lot more in the future too. It’s of historical importance, but it also harkens to all those weirdly shaped babies in Madonna and child paintings, which perhaps explains why it sits a little longer in our consciousness. It’s a creepy kid.
I like looking. It’s why I write at Art F City, and why, every summer, I chose to vacation in the wilderness. I don’t want to stop looking, but I need a break from the rest of the job.
Spending a bunch of time on a trail makes that easy. This year, I spent part of my vacation at Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. One of the best qualities of visiting a national park: admission doesn’t come with a press release telling you what to think about your experience and why it’s important to humanity. Nobody expects visitors to theorize their experience in the woods or even reflect on it. The job is just to enjoy it. (Which I did.)
More after the jump.
This week, we return to our NSFW GIF of the Hump Day series with a bang.
Tumblr content usually falls into one of several categories: net art, pop-culture meme GIFs, niche porn, or conspiracy theories. Thankfully, Tumblr user/artist PEEKASSO has merged all of the above into one glorious online practice. Homer Simpson navigating a world of scantily-clad women sent to distract internet users from the Illuminati/CIA’s real agenda? Naturally.
Check out some of our favorite examples, after the jump.
What is it going to take to get city politicians to start doing the right thing? It costs a small fortune to live in this city and when bills are introduced that would help give a leg up to artists, there isn’t enough support to get them off the ground.
Case and point: The Small Business Jobs Survival Act. This is a bill that will help commercial tenants facing displacement from rising rents—including artists’ studios and small businesses—and it currently has only 23 of the 26 votes it needs to pass.
The bill would require commercial landlords to offer ten-year leases to all existing tenants who’ve paid their rent on time. If the two sides can’t agree on terms, they go to arbitration. Currently a landlord doesn’t have to renew a tenant’s lease, can kick the tenant out whenever it suits them, raise their rent exorbitantly, and the tenant has no means of contesting the decision.