- Painting/art history nerds will like this one. It’s a round-up of pigments from yesteryear that we no longer use. The weirdest one is undoubtedly “Mummy Brown,” which, as it’s name suggests, is made out of ground-up mummies. Gross? [Hyperallergic]
- Jean-Michel Basquiat fans rejoice. A new, never before exhibited drawing will be on view at Brooklyn’s Bishop Gallery during Art Basel Miami. The gallery is part of the satellite fair X Contemporary. Not to sound too dismissive, but the drawing doesn’t look remarkably different or better than anything else he’s done. [ARTnews]
- Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Nice to see musicians getting their due. [The New York Times]
- Here’s a page that allows a user to distort an image by shrinking or enlarging it. Sometimes new images appear, but generally, I don’t get this “pixel art”. How is this any different than using the distort tool in Photoshop? [Essenmitsosse]
- The Artists and Writer’s Cookbook is out. Recipes from James Franco (pb and jelly), April Gornik (salad), and Swoon (ratatouille). Those recipes are all pretty traditional compared to Marina Abramovic, though, who submits a breast milk and sperm recipe that is to be eaten on top of a volcano. That’s one place I’m not going to travel for art or dinner. [Artnet news]
- And in the news world of “no shit”, Brooklyn and Queens have never been this expensive. [Curbed]
I love my job, but there are occasional downsides. Trolls. Moronic debates. Exposure to images I wish I had never seen. This latter issue is most pressing each Wednesday when we do NSFW GIF of the Hump Day. I’ve now seen women peeing on octopuses, male republicans getting fucked in bathrooms, and a whole lot of tentacles doing nasty things. I would like to forget all of this (and will ensure you don’t have to by linking to none of it).
Of all the images I’ve seen, it’s the tentacle porn I find most difficult to deal with it. Next to none of it is women friendly. It’s definitely not ass friendly. And yet, here I am, introducing a tentacle porn animation. Why? Because I happen to have found a curious animation in which the character’s crotch has been pixeled out, as if censored. But in fact, nothing has been censored. The woman’s vagina is entirely visible as is the tentacle that’s pumping juice into her. It’s completely x-rated, and by far the tamest image I’ve seen in the genre. Google for more at your own risk.
What is it like for a woman artist to self-expose? A roundtable at New York University’s Performance Studies Department last week gave some insider insight into the bravery and vulnerability that explicit feminist performance art requires.
Moderated by Performance Studies Professor Barbara Browning, Baring It: Self-Exposure In Feminist Performance brought together two performance artists of different generations–outspoken stalwart Karen Finley and mannequin-masked Narcissister. The panel was organized in conjunction with the Grey Art Gallery’s exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s. No stranger to public nudity herself, Moorman acted as a historical foremother for the two performers as they delved into their own use of the body.
Today is “National Coming Out Day” and I was really hoping to find a good GIF of someone jumping out of a cake in drag to surprise their shocked parents with the big announcement or something. But instead I found these GIFs, a marketing stunt from Doritos to promote new gay Doritos. Why are there gay Doritos?
“To expand on what the brand positioning ‘For the bold’ means and tell the world, ‘There’s nothing bolder than being yourself,’ Doritos decided to ‘come out’ in support of those who haven’t yet…”
Cue the Lady Gaga!
I probably can’t think of anything more literally and figuratively nausea-inducing than a corporation “celebrating” marginalized sexual identities with a cool-ranch-flavored “food” product dyed in an array of artificial colors that are probably illegal in more civilized nations.
Man, being gay was probably so much more punk rock in the 70s. Is too late to crawl back in the closet and lock the door?
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I’m not a huge fan of Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and Lieutenant Governor in one of the worst gubernatorial administrations Maryland has ever suffered through (think “highways to nowhere” built through nature preserves and you get the idea).
But man, can this guy tweet a GIF. Here’s his reaction last night to the current state of his political party:
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) October 10, 2016
To which all of us still waiting for transit funding in Baltimore would like to reply:
Finally, a week in New York City where there’s at least one totally worthwhile, low-key art event every night without too many #FOMO -inducing major scheduling conflicts. We’ve picked out the best of the best, including such different activities as a pop-up opening party at Babycastles with a Kawaii nail art bar on Monday night and an artist talk from painter Keltie Ferris at the New York Studio School on Tuesday.
Wednesday, check out Lauren Marsolier’s suburban surrealestate at Galerie Richard, and Thursday night head to the West SoHo zone for solo shows from Sam McKinniss and Philip Vanderhyden at Team Gallery and Mumbo’s Outfit, respectively. Friday gets a little more hectic, with an exhibition of the late, great Tetsumi Kudo’s work at Andrea Rosen, an architectural “performance” from Gabrielle Mertz at the LES’s former PS160, and a group show about intimacy and craft at 315 Gallery in Brooklyn.
Saturday, two group shows open in a former Pfizer plant on Flushing Ave (where we expect artists to take full advantage of the post-industrial setting) and Sunday Pierogi has a solo show of drawings by John O’Connor. What a good week, and just think—you’ll have bomb nails for all of it.