Image courtesy Petal Dee via Deviantart.

Image courtesy PetalDee via DeviantART

  • Four men attempt to wrestle a bear. Lesson learned? Bears are great wrestlers. [YouTube]
  • Just what we needed—another art fair. Independent Projects opens November 6, in just over a week. It’s held in the old Dia building, site of the Independent fair held in the spring. Expect solo booths from a motley bunch of dealers ranging from Bushwick’s’ finest to Upper East Side mainstays like Gagosian. [Independent Projects]
  • If you care about other people’s personal lives, the Internet has a story for you! Famous CBC host Jian Ghomeshi claims he was fired because of his private BDSM lifestyle. Is this the next level of discrimination? Add a vengeful ex-girlfriend to the mix and we have 50 Shades of Grey meets Gone Girl. [Facebook]
  • Look, we don’t know what happened, really. However, according to the Toronto Star, three women 20 years his junior have come forward over the last few months claiming that Ghomeshi forced them to engage in nonconsensual, violent sex. [Toronto Star]
  • A lesson in public shaming (and one of our favorite reads from over the weekend): Monica Lewinsky pens an insightful essay that brings up an important question. Where were all the feminists when she was dragged out in front of the press? [Vanity Fair]
  • According to OkCupid, people in Montana, Oregon, and Wisconsin take fewer showers than anyone else using the dating site. [Slate]
  • The sexy ebola nurse costume. Happy Halloween! [brandsonsale]
  • Can video games fend off mental decline? The research is unclear. [The New York Times]
  • What is hipster photography? Marco Bohr provides a fascinating and detailed description. Typically, the genre depicts people who look happy and carefree and are often joined by others who look the same. These people are young, good looking, and often white. They are almost never in suits. Perhaps most interesting, though, is that Bohr observes a lack of class identifiers in these pictures, positing that what these images really project is class mobility through the knowledge of what’s “cool.”  Naturally, these images are meant to be shared. [Visual Culture Blog]
  • The University of Texas at Dallas is investing in a $17 million art history institute emphasizing data analysis. [Dallas Morning News]
  • In Sweden, artists who exhibit in state-run museums must be paid a stipend. That’s the rule, but plenty of institutions have been evading payment. [The Art Newspaper]
  • The Conscientious photo portfolio competition 2014 deadline closes October 31st. This is a competition aimed at emerging photographers and offers an interview on the site. [CPH]
Post image for SLIDESHOW: Prospect.3 Highlights So Far

We’ll be offering reflections on the work we’ve seen at the New Orleans Prospect 3 biennial, “Notes for Now,” in the coming days, but to jumpstart the conversation we’re posting a single image from each venue we visited yesterday. Can’t wait to really dig into this.

Post image for Not Just a “Soccer Mom,” Michelle Grabner Likes Math

I’ve seen Grabner’s show Ken Johnson complained about. What is he talking about? No, really, what?

Post image for The Voyeur Who Approves of Richard Prince

Some subjects in Richard Prince’s Instagram show don’t mind that their photos have been appropriated or that Prince makes leering comments.

Post image for A Few Brief Reflections on ArtPrize

I spent a few days in Grand Rapids looking at the juried and public prize finalists at ArtPrize. ArtPrize describes itself as a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.Basically, it’s a city wide exhibition in which the public and a jury vote on their favorite art works. The top winner of the juried and public vote prize takes home $200,000. The top winner for category prizes takes home $20,000.
In case you’re wondering what I thought of the finalists, I spent a bit of time on TV talking about each of them. The winners, I haven’t weighed in on until now. A few thoughts:

Post image for Looking Back at Prospect: Prospect 1 New Orleans, the Antidote to Miami

Right now, Art F City is in New Orleans to see Prospect.3. Before we begin to contemplate this biennial, we thought it’d be timely to look back at Paddy’s report from the first Prospect, held in 2008.