- The Studio Museum’s Thelma Golden reveals all, from being inspired by The Jeffersons to become a curator, as well as the importance of listening to artists: “I was raised as a curator by a fierce group of artists who really demanded that I understand what their work was about.” [Studio 360]
- Holland Cotter discusses the new Aspen Art Museum designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The shows have little relationship to the architecture, but two out of the five are good. Cotter notes that all of them are trendy and that the museum should try to do better. [The New York Times]
- Camille Henrot has won the Nam June Paik Award and will receive $32,000. [Artforum]
- Facebook launches a new ad platform that analyzes every status update you’ve made over the last five years on the network to determine which ad will be the most effective. Apparently, they will be particularly effective on mobile (a point we find hard to believe because their own app is nearly unusable). [The New York Times]
- If only I were rich. I would be clearing out the shelves on Paddle8. Brian Bellot’s sock paintings were some of the best pieces from all the Miami fairs last year; I wanted them then and I want them today. He also covered marshmallows in glitter, and they’re selling that, too. (Whitney) [Paddle8]
- It’s national coffee day, which means free coffee at places that sell disgusting coffee (Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s). Editor’s note: AFC’s Corinna Kirsch likes the iced coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Editor’s editor’s note: The author of this link, Paddy Johnson, does not drink coffee, and therefore, is unqualified to make an assessment on said subject. [WGNtv]
- An untold story nobody needs to know: how real estate developer Harry Macklowe came up with the Apple Cube. He came up with the idea, got it past Steve Jobs and the city, made some size adjustments, and wa lah, one of the most successful retail locations in the world was born. And now we have another giant Apple Store. [New York Magazine]
- Do you hate looking at subway ads? Well, there’s an app for that. Put your phone up to a subway ad, and then the app will replace the ad with art—but you still have to look at your screen and not the actual wall. And then there’s that issue of having to look through your phone screen at the advertisement instead of doing anything else. [The New York Times]
- The Folk Museum is being demolished. Thanks, MoMA! [Curbed New York]
- Jayson Musson gave a talk at the BHQFU’s “Humor and the Abject” class last night. In case you missed it, you can still watch the livestream. Image quality isn’t too great, imo. [YouTube]
- “It Took 50,” the documentary about 90-year-old East Village housing activist Frances Goldin (whom we wrote about here), has five more days to fundraise for part two. If you want to know the story behind the plan that’s already preserving tons of affordable housing in New York City, then fund this. Plus, this woman is just incredible. [Indiegogo]
Rejoice, GIF-makers and lovers! Ello has arrived to let you gracefully view and publish large, scrollable GIFs uncluttered by extra doodads and ads.
GIFs have been posted, and posted, and posted this week. We’ve been wondering, though, what characteristics best describe GIFs typically posted on Ello? We know this is a question with no answer, so we made our own rules and focused on GIFs that best literalize Ello’s sleek design, tacit NSFW posting, and networked culture.
So, based on this criteria, what GIF is the Ello-ist? “Woven Network,” posted by Faith Holland and pictured above. Nothing says scary, sexy and networked culture like a wicket of wires getting covered in goo. You can find her on Ello as @sugarhigh.
In a very, very close second we have a gigantic noodle-n00d by Rollin Leonard. Why? Because it’s craze-balls long, slick as fuck, and impossible to share on Facebook. Praise be to Wordpress for letting us upload Leonard’s noodle without crashing our site!
The publishing world may still be adjusting to the online marketplace, but zine culture has officially exploded. No more is this more evident than at the New York Art Book Fair, which this year boasts 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions, and independent publishers from around the world. Now in its ninth year, the fair expects more than 27,000 people to attend.
To those visitors we say, “Prepare to be inspired. Anticipate spending more than you think.” We found that all our tiny purchases at the zine section added up a little too quickly.
Here are our highlights:
The game developer who goes by the moniker Cedric has created a few GIFs of procedurally generated architecture. Cedric is a self-described “indie game dev focused on social AI, emergent narrative and procedural worlds.” Via: BLDGBLOG
What’s the distance between where your art career is and where you want it to be? Can you visualize getting there? Would access to over 200 hour-long webinars with art experts sharing what worked for them and offering their advice make a significant difference?
Klein Artist Works puts the experts right in the room with you. Besides the archive of over 200 webinars, the live, online course connects working artists with the authorities who have advice to give and stories to tell.
Vince Mckelvie isn’t a GIF maker, but he gets featured on this page today regardless thanks to the GIF screengrabs by Prosthetic Knowledge. The GIFs come from Electric Pulse, Mckelvie’s single-serving website (a phenomenon I’ve written about on Artnet) are a collaboration with Chuck Anderson and music by Juno Akasawa.
This particular work takes a viewer on a tour of what exploding rocks and meteors, Tron-like imagined computer space, and rotating balls of goo. The more you move your cursor, the more responsive the piece appears to be. It’s pretty great, but the bit of genius here is the dash cam footage near the beginning of the tour. It’s the only bit of found material, it situates the user in the driving seat of car. It reminds me of abstract painters who decide to render one small part of their painting realistically. In those cases, it’s often a flourish used to indicate rendering skill, but the real trick is integrating two disparate elements seamlessly. Mckelvie has unified these two types of images perfectly.