Following last week’s terrorist attacks, the art fair Paris Photo was forced to close. This week, the organizers launched an online simulacrum of the exhibition. Exploring the largely-empty fair is eerie, awkward, and uncannily poignant.
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.
Fall out from the South Bronx party thrown by artist Lucien Smith, art dealer Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, and real estate mogul Keith Rubenstein continues. The event featured bullet-riddled cars and trash can fires, which many thought were in poor taste. News erupted for days after enraged residents, politicians and artists learned of the party. Now, two weeks later, AFC has learned that Avery K. Singer refused Greenberg Rohatyn’s request for a studio visit, on the grounds that the party was insensitive and likely to lead the gallery into further trouble. We couldn’t agree more. The email, which was first posted on Facebook November 7th, after the jump
This Tuesday, New York artists, activists and renters head out to protest the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit at The Brooklyn Museum. The summit will be where some of the city’s biggest real estate moguls convene to discuss how they can best raise rents so high that it will push working and middle class residents out of the city. It’s essential to attend this protest and will almost certainly be very, very fun. There will be a satirical performance/protest of the Brooklyn Museum’s latest “exhibition”, Double Crossing Brooklyn plus Reverend Billy Talent will perform.
Other events on the horizon: Tonight Justene Williams promises complicit spectatorship, with her installation made of cardboard and paper sets and crazy costumed performers. If you miss it tonight, not to worry: she’ll perform it every day at noon for the rest of the week. For those who love to hear about architecture, Bjarke Ingels will discuss how he and his firm B.I.G. are transforming New York at Cooper Hewitt Tuesday night. Expect to hear about ideas of play. And finally, apartment gallery shows are the rage: we’ve listed two openings this Friday, one in the Upper East Side and another in—you guessed it —Bushwick. Get out and see these shows.