- PETA lost its copyright lawsuit on behalf of Naruto, a selfie-snapping crested macaque. But even though the judge dismissed the suit, PETA can amend — meaning that they can try to get damages from nature photographer David Slater, whose camera was used by Naruto. (Slater had earlier sent a DMCA notice to Wikimedia Commons for including the photo in their repository, and Wikimedia charged back that the photo was in public domain because monkeys can’t own copyright.) [Motherboard]
- After the failure of its foray into the music industry, is Starbuck’s next move the artworld? It’s new Chelsea branch is selling art. Currently hosting an exhibition of paintings and drawings by artist Robert Otto Epstein, the works are being sold between $1,000 to $3,000. The exhibition programme is happening in partnership with online art gallery Uprise Art, and all proceeds will be going to non-profit arts education organization Free Arts NYC. [The Art Newspaper]
- Dutch police are training eagles to after unlicensed drones: turns out birds of prey are more effective than shooting nets or remotely hacking. “It’s a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem,” says the police spokesperson. [Reuters]
- Mark Rothko’s son testified yesterday at the Knoedler trial. The case is determining whether the gallery knowingly sold a forged Rothko to collectors Domenico and Eleanore De Soles for $8.3 million. They are suing for $25 million. Christopher Rothko testified that he never authenticated a work by his father — “I don’t get involved in questions of authenticity” — even though Knoedler named him as one of 11 “specialists” that had authenticated the work. David Anfam, author of a Rothko catalogue that was another specialist, testified that he too had not seen the De Soles’ Rothko in person. [ARTNews]
- With the blockbuster MoMA Picasso show closing this Sunday, the dispute over the ownership of a plastic bust between Larry Gagosian and the Qatar royal family has been temporarily resolved. The bust will be held by Gagosian until the conflict is adjudicated. [New York Times]
- In AFC alumni news: Marina Galperina is joining Gawker as a senior editor. Previously, Galperina was the founder and EIC of AFC fave Hopes&Fears, which went on indefinite hiatus last month. [@nicknotned]
- A day in the life of a nude model. [Huffington Post]
A spacecraft’s deep end splash is the new poolside entertainment. That’s the architecture fiction at play in Turkish artist Emre Hüner’s GIF, where the re-imaginings of spatial and architectural forms explore our notions of utopia, technology and modernity.
In treating the future as some sort of mundane present, clearly this ship went on a totally off-omnidirectional course and crashed into one of the few remaining country estates successfully landscaped with cloned deciduous and evergreen permaculture samples from twenty-first century earth.
The late afternoon earthenware tea service will likely resume within the next hour, at which point the humanoids will laugh over their artificial memories, which supplanted the trauma, decay and ruin that marked earth’s end.
¡Estamos en México D.F.!
We’re here for the art fairs ZONA MACO and Material, but there’s literally so much going on in this city of 20+ million people that it’s only Monday and we’re overwhelmed. There’s no shortage of art events. We’ve done our best to collect some of the shows we think should be on your must-see list, ranging from heady shows such as that of artists Virginia Colwell and Emre Hüner at Iniciativa Curatorial MARSO to the fusion of more minimal and playful aesthetics by José León Cerrillo at josé garcía. If you think there’s anything we should add to our list let us know. And look to the blog tomorrow for our Mexico City Weekend Guide. There’s literally so much worthy of your attention here we had to split our post in two!
Legacies, transitions and milestones loom largely in this week’s slate of events. Black History Month kicks off in Harlem tonight at the Schomburg Center with a panel featuring Juliana Huxtable and Kimberly Drew among others dwelling on Basquiat’s life and legacy. Further on the BHM-related tip, decolonial knowledge is dropped by Tabita Rezaire at MoCADA’s Window Gallery, and the representation of black and queer personhood is re-assessed in Sondra Perry’s selection of video works for MoMA PS1’s Sunday Session.
I guess the say, “when in Rome” don’t apply to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Italy covered up nude statues in anticipation of his arrival. Statues in a corridor leading to the grand hall in Rome’s Capitoline Museum were in encased in what looks like pedestals ahead of a news conference slated for Rouhani and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy.
Naturally, this decision has drawn quite a bit of criticism, along with a few good GIFs. While we don’t support the decision to hide art, we are fans of the products this controversy has created.
By now, Industry City has a reputation of consistently raising artist studio rents and quickly pushing them out. So where are these artists landing? One former Industry City artist and entrepreneur, George Leo Turner, has moved most of his life to Rockaway. He’d already purchased a home there in 2008 (a random bike ride with his wife in 2007 led them to Jacob Riis Park where they feel in love with the beaches and shorelines). This August, when the Fecund Clown Building came up for sale, he jumped. Since that time, he’s founded an Artist Run Center called New York Arbor, which will launch its first show March 18th.
I have a cold. It’s not very fun and has prompted virus googling for viruses. The results weren’t exactly what I was looking, but predictable none the less: a whole slew of computer virus GIFs produced during the days of Windows XP. At least it’s indicative of some form of misery and suffering.