- Corgi rodeo. Yeehaw! [Imgur]
- The Jeff Koons retrospective is so gosh darn popular that the Whitney will now be open on Mondays to accommodate visitors. [Artsbeat]
- An explanation of “riots” compared to “protests.” [The New Inquiry]
- “On one hand this is literally finger-painting. On the other, it’s not not news.” What news looks like on Snapchat. [The Awl]
- This could happen to any of us: Alexander Ney, a 74-year-old artist in Manhattan, is getting kicked out of his apartment because the rent is now too high; allegedly, his landlord lied to him, saying the apartment was rent-stabilized. [Gothamist]
- In Sydney, Australia: The College of Fine Arts changes its name to the University of New South Wales I Art & Design. Why? “To let them know we’re a multi-disciplinary faculty and that we’re contemporary,” Dean of the Faculty Ross Harley tells our favorite radio producer/sound artist, Hethre Contant. Students complain the rebranding resulted in a pretty bland name. [2ser 107.3]
- Burning Man—at least it’s good for the Reno economy! On another note, the 2013 festival doled out $825,000 in grants for 66 art installations. [The Atlantic]
- Worth just one look, nothing more: Marina Abramopug. Yes, the dog acts just like a performance artist because it does NOTHING. [Marina Abramopug]
- A leaked spreadsheet from Time Inc. quantifies and ranks Sports Illustrated writers based on “Quality of Writing,” “Audience/Traffic,” and whether a writer “Produces content that [is] beneficial to advertiser relationship.” [Gawker]
- In Iowa, high school students will now be required to wear heart-monitoring devices during gym class, so that teachers can “monitor” how hard they’re working. Results will be live-streamed during class for all students to see. This seems cruel. [Slate]
- Are neo-Nazis running a vegan cupcake shop? You know who published this story—> [VICE]
- Mostafa Heddaya masterfully picks apart yesterday’s article in the New York Times, which among other things, suggested that flipping is no more prevalent than it used to be. Heddaya points out that because the studies relied too heavily on auction data, they leave out all the undocumented private transactions, which according to reports, dwarf auction markets and are much larger in volume and value than they ever have been. [Hyperallergic]
- A fascinating history of the art fairs by Edward Winkleman, starting in 2002, with NADA Miami—40 to 60 participating dealers sold their booths out three times over—to the shift in power to art fairs when VIP services rose to prominence in the late aughts. [Art Market Monitor transcript here]
If you watch this GIF by Dylan Fisher long enough, it feels less like a rotating surface and more like a surface you are circling. It gets less dizzying. It’s a simple GIF, and that’s why I like it: it uses a minimum amount of information to create a disorienting effect.
This is a low energy week in New York City. Like last week and the week before, there are a handful of arty movies playing around the city. See a documentary about Chinese pollution, a George Kuchar film on the ultra-ordinary, The Royal Tenenbaums, and a documentary on the life of bugs.
If none of this is your bag, we recommend getting out of town. If you haven’t had a chance to get upstate yet, end the week chilling in Storm King with classical music. It’s late August, so treat yourself to art, nature, and free drinks while you still have the chance.
Here’s a GIF history lesson.
The rainbow divider was a type of GIF used commonly among early web pages; it was used as an ornamental device to divide up text-heavy web pages. Remember those?
Paul Flannery has set out to “sculpturally repurpose” the now ancient rainbow divider, and he’s doing it in a multitude of ways. Some GIFs in the series end up looking like Art Deco or Japanese room dividers, while others are technicolor optical illusions. Either way, they definitely look better than the originals.
It’s unclear how Adam Ferriss spends his time, but it doesn’t appear to be by doing anything other than making GIFS. In May, he produced over 65 GIFs. Production seems to have slowed now that it’s summer time, but we expect to see more once vacation is done.
The above GIF obviously owes something to Laura Brothers. Yoshi Sodeoka too is clearly a contemporary. A look at this and some of the other GIFs on his site also tells me Ferriss isn’t overly interested in animation that’s too jerky or abrupt. He does, though occasionally engage it.