It’s unfortunate, then, that the lessons I got out of Here and Elsewhere, the New Museum’s current exhibition of art from the Arab World, weren’t the least bit challenging. We’re told contemporary art should look like other contemporary art and exhibitions, and that if that art is political, it should reference past events. That’s not much of a lesson plan.
“One can only say this culture is mad.” That was John Berger from his influential 1972 BBC documentary “Ways of Seeing,” describing the juxtaposition of glamorous advertising imagery with the real-world suffering of the working classes and the third world. He was just talking about how a magazine story about Pakistani refugees ran with a liquor ad. I wonder what he would think of a Twitter feed.
Thanks to Lorna Mills, now 58 web-based artists have given “Ways of Seeing” an update for the times.
Clap your butts together for Dave Townes, whose GIF comes to us from former AFC-er Rhett Jones (thank-you Rhett!) First of all, it seems an appropriate tribute to Nicky Da B. And in keeping with the porn-GIFs-interacting-with-food genre, it makes a lovely follow up to Lorna Mills’s Belle de Jour in yesterday’s GIF awards post.
“GIF Free For All“, a new GIF show launched in conjunction with Computer Art Congress 4 – CAC4 Rio de Janeiro, and curated by A. Bill Miller, is clearly not about competition. But we are! Being a critical art blog, we’re taking it upon ourselves to rank these GIFs whether you want our approval or not. Our judgement, after the jump!
Let’s not sugarcoat this: Chelsea has become a glittering straight jacket for any artist who actually wants to experiment. The collector market tethers these artists to calculated production where artistic value and cost never seem to go hand in hand. This makes it hard to get too excited about opening night in Chelsea, and in fact, but for a handful of openings, we’re not. This is what we recommend.