- This weekend, Twitter raged over an investigative article that wondered why a documentary film on Jeff Koons wasn’t included in the artist’s Whitney retrospective. It wasn’t even included in the gift shop! Let’s face it: this is a non-issue. Museums do not usually include documentaries as part of their visual arts programming. [The Art Newspaper]
- Rhizome is in London. Even if you’re not there to attend their off-site programs, the lectures are online. Some lectures have been transcribed for your reading pleasure! Whee! I’m listening to the selfie panel with Amalia Ulman this morning. —Corinna [Rhizome]
- Stop venting on Facebook; go to e-flux. This week the non-profit launched “e-flux conversations,” a moderated message board addressing topical issues. So far the best discussion has been Karen Archey on “top female curator” lists. [e-flux]
- We might never know what killed Joan Rivers because her daughter has refused an autopsy. Now get back to work. [Gawker]
- Solange is throwing an art party during Prospect.3. Bey’s little sis recently relocated to New Orleans. [NOLA]
- Album sales are plummeting. Duh. [Death and Taxes]
- Painter Wolfgang Hutter died on September 26th. We’re just finding this out now, says artnet News, because he didn’t want the news to be publicized. Maybe he’d read articles like this one. (Also wow these are cool.)
- According to the National Report, Graffiti artist Banksy has been arrested in London, revealing the artist’s allusive identity. He is 35-year-old Paul Horner. Several news sites subsequently reported that that story is bogus, and National Report is a site made up of entirely fake news. [Glasstire]
- Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s latest “Bananazz” strip is pretty good. An enormous gap between this and what’s typically on Hyperallergic. [the artblog]
- What a really weird interview with Gerhard Richter. Questions include: How does doing drugs affect artistic quality? When did organized religion crumble and why do humans need art as a replacement? Are you depressed that artists now—even you, whom many consider to be the greatest living painter—can’t paint like Titian? [The Wall Street Journal]
Paul McCarthy’s butt plugs continue to spark outrage in Paris. Erected in Paris’s upmarket Place Vendôme this Thursday as part of the FIAC art fair, the giant green plug titled “Tree” enraged a passerby Thursday so much that he slapped McCarthy three times. Now, after protestors cut several ropes holding the plug up, FIAC has deflated the piece.
Dear readers, just a friendly reminder: When we post a GIF, it means we’re finished with our posting schedule for the day. We’re signing off with a gift to you. So please, do not refresh your browser hoping that Paddy, Whitney, or I will post a breaking news blurb at midnight. Tonight, as soon as I press “publish,” I’ll be on my way to Transfer for Rick Silva’s opening. And that is why I’m posting a Rick Silva GIF on the blog today. Simple as that.
By now, you’ve heard the news: 69-year-old artist Paul McCarthy was attacked in Paris yesterday while installing “Tree,” a giant inflatable butt plug at Place Vendôme. The piece is part of FIAC’s “Hors Les Murs” program and was evidently an offense to an unknown assailant because it does not belong at the Place Vendôme—and because McCarthy is not French. News that the sculpture’s title did not match its function has been the subject of much press giggling.
If you didn’t read Paddy Johnson’s review of the film Twohundredandfiftysixcolors, a feature-length film made of 3,000 GIFS, I recommend checking it out. It’s a good assessment of how GIFs translate to film by somebody who’s been watching the scene for many years from the perspective of both a net-art and cat fanatic.
Johnson finds a point of contention in Kevin Bewersdorf‘s “Mandala” because it had to be compressed to fit the video, and its meaning changes when it’s in a sequence of other GIFs about getting high. We’re on the Internet, but you gotta draw the line somewhere.
Johnson has a soft spot for the piece because she curated this particular work into her 2011 show Graphics Interchange Format and before that it was made in 2008. #tbt