- Frieze co-founder Matthew Slotover defends the fair against recent criticism that it is little more than “Ikea for the rich.” “We should be grateful to them,” he says. “They are supporting museums.” Later he adds that most rich people do not collect and that most people who attend the fair don’t buy art at all. They aren’t thinking about it as a commodity! Yeah, right. Nobody enters a fair and forgets that everything on the walls is for sale—even those of us who can’t afford any of it. [The Independent]
- The Mohn Family Foundation has gifted the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with $2.5 million. This huge amount of money will endow the Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History position—held by professor David Raskin—and the creation of a graduate research fellowship. [SAIC]
- Artist Peter Fend writes a letter to Artforum letting them know that he’s not okay with a review written about his recent show at Essex Street, calling out the reviewer for calling his work “kitsch,” “self-admittedly personal,” “irreverent,” “self-critical,” and “self-aggrandizing.” He’s not into artspeak. Ha. [Artforum]
- Cheers to Alaska for becoming the 30th state to allow same-sex marriage! You can get married there starting today at 8:00 a.m. [Daily Intelligencer]
- “There are good artists that have children. Of course there are. They are called men,” Tracey Emin told Viv Groskop at Red Magazine. Women, on the other hand, “are emotionally torn,” adding “it’s hard enough for me with my cat.” Groskop appropriately responded, “As a mother of three, I want to kick her (and the cat) for this.” [Red Magazine]
- From the vault: Baby Pac-Man, the world’s only pinball/video game crossbreed. [Wikipedia]
- It’s Thanksgiving in Canada! This is a minor holiday for the country—virtually no headlines about the event grace the front pages of the major papers—but still a good excuse to eat turkey. Gobble, gobble. Here’s a local Toronto story about halal Thanksgiving. [The Toronto Star]
- Today’s wonky theory applied to art claims that women and men evaluate art differently. Brought to you by a Michigan State University marketing scholar. [Jewish Business News]
- Get a job. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is hiring a Curator of Paintings. [Call for Curators]
- Take heed, artists! You will get in trouble with the IRS if you deduct expenses for art when you have a full-time job in another profession. [Studio 360]
- In 1999, Karlheinz and Agnes Essl founded the Essl Museum outside Vienna. Now that their personal fortune has been dwindling, they’re selling off 44 artworks at Christie’s tonight. “It’s all anyone can talk about,” Ealan Wingate, a director at Gagosian Gallery told the Wall Street Journal. “His strategy to create his personal museum totally fell apart.” When the tight-lipped Gagosian gallery is complaining about you, you know there’s a problem. [The Wall Street Journal]
That’s a 25 megabyte-size GIF on the front page, so if the blog’s a little slow to load, you know why. The GIF is a screen capture from a video for Jimmy Edgar’s “Who’s Watching.” I can’t say the music is my thing (it’s cheesy electronica), so I actually prefer the GIF version. The visuals are described by Edgar as a “cat altar,” a parlance made common by Dump.fm. But since it was intended to be viewed in its full length, and with the music, definitely click through to the video. Via Prosthetic Knowledge.
Steve Lambert, a finalist in this year’s ArtPrize competition says that if he wins, he will donate the money to the LGBT Fund of Grand Rapids. That’s potentially a lot of money. He’s been nominated in both the public vote, and by the jury. The top prize for each is worth $200,000. Currently, he’s up for the $20,000 Time-Based Juried Award and the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize. (He’s now out of the running for the public vote prize.)
What a perfect union between unicorns and math. You’ll find this charming chart over on Wikigifs, a feed for all the GIFs on Wikipedia. This type of feed allows for the laziest type of surfing, and surprises like this “LineareMatrixoperation R2 Achsenspiegelung.” Now, why the heck were unicorns chosen to demonstrate rotation around an axis? Wikigifs doesn’t link you back to the Wikipedia entry pertaining to these GIFs, so if you’re a lazy surfer you’ll never find out the answer.
With Monopolart, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw have outdone themselves again. Tonight we’ll be taking the air out of the high-end art world by yelling from the critics corner. You should also come for the free champagne from the Jeff Koons/Don Perignon/Jen and Paul Collaboration and Paul McCarthy ketchup sandwiches.
Today we announce the launch of “The Writers’ Auction,” our fall benefit auction running on Paddle8 through October 23, 2014. The money raised will be used to take our two part-time writers on full-time—making it the most important auction we’ve launched to date. This means more resources to edit artist essays, in-depth interviews and reviews, and daily news coverage. This is flagship AFC content, and it’s the best art writing you’ll find anywhere on the web.