- A list of Internet firsts. Satisfying in the way then and nows always are. [FX]
- The first color footage of Joni Mitchell singing. This video is shot in Canada. [Dangerous Minds]
- The key to making a good painting? Dope, according to Snoop Dog. [Hyperallergic]
- Michael Miller raises an eyebrow at the idea that a biennial will do much to raise the hopes of those in New Orleans living in poverty. [Artnews]
- Let the New Museum’s Chris Ofili reviews come in: Jerry Saltz tells us the show is breathtaking. [Vulture]
- Gallerist has turned into an unreadable site filled with celebrity news so boring we can’t imagine celebrities even wanting to read it. #sinkingships [New York Observer]
- Kenny Schachter complains of the annoying art fair trend of leaving art unlabeled, and goes over all the fairly priced and not so fairly priced offerings. Pretty useful, if you’re a collector. [Artnews]
- Imagine you have all the money in the world. What do you do with it? How about commissioning a naked portrait of yourself posed as Marilyn Monroe by London street artist Pegasus. This is how Lindsay Lohan is spending her money. [Evening Standard].
- Pharrell Williams teams up with artist Ryan McGinely to make an Adidas commercial promoting gender and racial equality, and sports wear. [Artnet News]
Tonight I’ll be appearing on a panel titled “Comedy and Art“, alongside some of the funniest people the art world has to offer: Jibz Cameron (aka Dynasty Handbag), Guy Richards Smit (aka Grossmalerman), Christian Viveros-Fauné, and Ben Davis. I’ve accomplished nothing to earn this, it’s just that Paddy couldn’t make it. Woohoo!!
Anyway, I expect we’ll be interrogating comedy’s appropriate place in the liminal space between postmodernism and the hyper professionalized MFAed art world. How do we be funny? These people know more about that than I do, so I’m posting a Dynasty Handbag GIF and “Santa Baby” performance below. And make sure you watch Grossmalerman, who may or may not be appearing in full on swaggering drunk character this evening.
The New York Times just got a lot cooler, thanks to this “animated echo chamber” by Peter Burr. The image above heads up a report by Brendan Nyhan that challenges the idea that our news has become so tailored to our tastes that we wall ourselves off from dissenting opinions. He finds that news outlets tend to provide a platform for more views than an individual would assemble in, say, their twitter feed. Our info feed tends to meet more in the center.
As mentioned in our events listing this week, Burr will be lecturing at Pratt on Wednesday. Not to be missed.