- The original location of Vermeer’s “The Little Street” has been discovered. After a century of debate among scholars as to whether one of the earliest Northern European portraits of a middle class house exterior was real or fictitious, the buildings have been determined to be Trip Gate in Delft. [The Art Newspaper]
- Silicon Valley has their over-valuated “unicorn” start-ups, and now Canada has their own name for those $1 billion plus tech companies: narwhals. How the arctic toothed whale embodies our pre-tech bubble burst no one knows—maybe when it all sinks, Canadian start-ups are able to break the ice with their tusk, constant apologizing, and self-deprecating humor. [Quartz]
- In related news, a millennial Silicon Valley unicorn founder has let the world know he does not want cars, watches or gadgets: he wants to start collecting art, and has appropriately inspired a Twitter parody account of his potential art collection with quips like “it’s time to #swiperight on the #artworld.” [artnet news]
- This confessional listicle from a recently out of work, 25 year independent video store employee is depressing. With the demise of the video store industry, here’s what we’re losing despite the convenience of Netflix: human interaction and a video library not solely shaped by the whims of licensing agreements. [Vox]
- Holland Cotter thinks the Martin Wong retrospective survey at the Bronx Museum of the Arts is a must-see. He fondly reminisces about first encountering the “virtuoso realist” in the 1980s when he was briefly a clerk in the Met’s bookstore, and the critical eye he brought to his mystical city paintings. [New York Times]
- Artist assistant: “John, BMW’s publicist needs a quote from you for the press release announcing the Art Car commission.” Baldessari: “Is this really necessary right now? I’m in the middle of something.” Assistant: “Cao Fei hasn’t gotten back to them yet.” Baldessari: “I really don’t care, just tell something corny about how it’ll be my ‘fastest artwork yet’.” [Autoblog]
- London’s National Portrait Gallery just scored a $4.5 million donation from the Lucian Freud estate containing his letters, sketchbooks and early childhood drawings. [Artforum]
- David Bowie has a new music video. There’s a sax solo and bandaged eyes and dancers moving with seizure-like movements and creepy kids. [The Awl]
- Another arts publication has written a report about that digital art biennale Michael reviewed last week, analyzing the challenges digital art face from the establishment, but how that’s changing: Jon Rafman and Hito Steyerl are getting institutional shows, and there’s now a Canadian award for emerging digital artists with a $5000 purse. Oh, shameless self-promotion: the online pavilion I curated got a plug. [Canadian Art]
- If you live in Berlin, you really have no excuse to be late ever again if you’re travelling via transit, especially since their transit authority has released a real-time map of their subway system. [Metafilter]
This GIF from Kyra Clayden features a reclining woman spread-eagled in a Hockney-esque painting. By her high-heeled feet, a pet cat gives the viewer a grumpy stare. The image comes in and out of focus, zooming in on the figure’s vagina. Scrolling text reads: “this is Rubin. She is one of numerous natural born feril-female woman who have XY Chromosomes”
It’s a great painting, and as a GIF, it reminds us that genitalia—an ever-popular subject matter in representative art—are really nothing to write home about.
See Kyra Claden’s “Gayle Rubin with Pet Califa” after the jump.
It always pays off to visit Steph Davidson‘s website because the GIFs are so good. The top image looks like a work William Powhida might produce were he to work exclusively with stock imagery sourced online. The graphic appears to juxtapose experts and layman through stereotype, though of course, internet stereotypes often look very colloquial, as they do above. Below is a picture of a dude with pizza exiting a bank and an dinosaur overlaid onto an animated horse. Both are situations in which Internet culture meets IRL culture or old technology to produce the absurd.
Anyway, enjoy these GIFs and take a look at the whole website. Davidson’s work is great.
I mostly love this GIF from Thom Rugo because it has a great title: “Weird Dancing in All-Night Computer-Banking Lobbies”. But also this is what I imagine the great-granddaughter of Fritz Lang’s Maschinenmensch would look like if she went to a party at Essex Street art-bar Beverly’s, inciting mischief and revolution along the way. Rock on, jiggly robot.