- On Saturday, in protest of Eric Garner’s death, there will be a million man march starting in Washington Square Park in New York City at 2 PM. There will also be one in Washington. [Twitter; Newsday]
- News rolls in about rats’ sexual preferences. Guy rats prefer girl rats wearing bras– ie, a kind of velcro Band-Aid wrapped around their chests. [Daily Mail]
- Speaking of rats, Conde Nast battles infestation; looses. Particularly titillating is the image of Anna Wintour refusing to enter the building for fear of rats, and their feces. [New York Magazine]
- Speaking of animals, Pope Francis opened up the gates of heaven yesterday when told a little boy that his dog will go to heaven. [The New York Times]
- Fuck it: after a lifetime of shitty photos, I’m finally going to follow clickbait’s advice on selfie guidelines. As it turns out, natural smiling has been a major pitfall. NO NATURAL SMILES. [Answers.com]
- Timeout London lists best new art. Yeah that pretty much looks like Chelsea. [Timeout]
- A much-needed trip down memory lane: ANIMAL New York reminds us of George W. Bush’s torture legacy by commissioning a series of paintings, in the style of Bush’s dog paintings which helped to whitewash his administration’s atrocities. Bush passively allowed the CIA to commit horrendous acts of torture. Remember? [ANIMAL New York]
- Thieves broke into a commercial gallery near Museo del Prado and stole 50 paintings overnight. The loot is worth approximately €400,000. They did so by punching through the adjacent wall of a former bar. [artnet News]
- Roberta Smith watches HBO. [Twitter]
- The Brits know how to protest. Outraged by new restrictions on online porn content, which forbid “face-sitting” people have come out to sit on each others’ faces and sing the Monty Python song “Sit on My Face”. This is wonderful. [Guardian]
- Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that Canada’s National Art Center will get $110 million for renovations. Glover praised Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his commitment to the arts, which is the biggest load of horseshit we’ve ever heard. This is the guy who complained government sponsored art events were all shrimp platters and limos. The reason the museum is getting money is because it’s been lumped into a larger program that provides renovations for defense buildings. Who ever it was who managed to arts organizations on that funding package needs to be thanked. [The Globe and Mail]
- The damage from Sony Pictures hacked email just keeps going. The latest revaluation reveals Maureen Dowd showed her column to a Sony Exec prior to publishing. In many publications this is cause for firing – let’s hope that finally happens. Did Thomas Friedman and Mark Bittman send any incriminating emails too? Anything to force a little house cleaning on The Times abysmal op ed section. [Buzzfeed]
- Benjamin Sutton writes a news story about a stolen Kinkade bronze bust of Jesus using the structure of “It Was The Night Before Christmas”. <3. [Hyperallergic]
- Marina Galperina writes about what artists are doing with Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset. [Baku]
The New York Times might be behind the times on a lot of things, but its art department is doing a great job commissioning editorial images. This Peter Burr’s GIF of adjoining heads quite abstractly sums up a story about media tailored to our own tastes. Another illustration by my friend Armando Veve beautifully complements an image of a baby’s life saved by heart surgery.
And they chose well again in Peter Burr’s treadmill-of-lenses GIF, which accompanies letters responding to Bill Keller’s column “Living With the Surveillance State“. It works for the story, but it also works on its own.
The prints are here! Tuesday night Art F City launched our one-night-only exhibition and reception of Rachel Stern’s “Nude Artists as Pandas” at Sargent’s Daughters. One of New York’s fastest rising stars, Stern has shown at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Invisible Exports, and Humble Arts Foundation. This summer, she spent two months in Maine, at one of the world’s most prestigious residencies, Skowhegan.
The launch attracted art-worlders shot by Stern such as Martha Wilson, Nayland Blake, Jason Andrews, and Allegra LaViola along with luminaries like William Powhida, Ben Davis and Kat Griefen. All were recorded for posterity by photographer Christian Grattan.
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For her “Further Abstract” series, Alma Alloro drafted a series of lines and shapes on grid paper, then turned those shapes into GIFs that spin, dart, and roll around. These GIFs move in ways the human hand can’t. And for Alloro, the works are about contradiction. In her own words:
This subject works meticulously for hours and hours on a seemingly pointless mission. This meticulous process is contradicted by the extremely short duration of the animation itself.
Fresh to the Internet today, Faith Holland unleashed a load of images that signify something other than what they are. Rockets are never just rockets when they are visual orgasms. At least, that’s what rockets have come to portray in the minds of little boys and men. All erectile projectiles and cock rockets—prepare for liftoff to Planet Pussy.
Meh. None of that rocket-erection stuff sounds very sexy to me. Semiotic play—now that’s sexy.