- Does nail art mean we’re turning into post-human cyborgs? [Rhizome]
- “I put a giant 10-foot vagina in the world and people respond to giant 10-foot vaginas in the way that they do.” Carolina A. Miranda interviews Kara Walker on her Domino Sugar project. [Culture: High & Low]
- As we mentioned yesterday, Karlheinz and Agnes Essl, founders of the Essl Museum, had 43 works from their private auction put up for sale at Christie’s last night. To be honest, sales “fell flat,” according to The Art Newspaper. That didn’t stop Christie’s from trying to sell works after the auction; the house sold Gerhard Richter’s “Net” straight after the auction close. I guess you can you do that? [The Art Newspaper]
- Frieze opens its doors to VIPs today. Journos don’t have their write-ups ready, but we’ve learned that there’s a new section for performance called “Live.” [Twitter]
- Can’t get enough Frieze news: Cory Arcangel and a Frieze staff member will perform a new piece by the artist, which is to download and watch Anchorman 2. Very Arcangel. Very ironic. Very 2000. *eyeroll* [@cory_arcangel]
- Adult goths, bow down before this new review of NIN’s 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine. It’s been 25 years since the album’s original release, and the ensuing commodification of teenage angst. [The Quietus]
- Beginning this December MoMA will present a 50-film screening of Robert Altman films. [Artsbeat]
- “I think that humor is always a reaction to a feeling of impotence or despair, and for me the moment we are living in right now is very dark, with conflicts dividing people in a violent way and having an impact on culture and trade.” Camille Henrot on the relevance of humor in art. [Artspace]
- Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the creation of “Public Art Challenge,” a series of million-dollar grants to three cities in the United States to create temporary art projects that “celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships and drive economic development.” Could this mean more cities hosting ArtPrize-inspired exhibitions? [Artsbeat]
- Man arrested for aggressive mopping and threats. [Fox]
- It’s restaurant week in Queens! [It’s in Queens]
- Governor Cuomo’s “Women’s Equality Express” campaign bus looks like a tampon box. [The Daily News]
- Follow up to yesterday’s Baby Pac-Man link: Pac-Man air hockey. The goal is to smash all the “baby” pucks with your mallet. Where can we play? [YouTube via Ben Gonyo]
These aren’t art GIFs, but if anyone remembers our Panda Liveblog during last year’s government shutdown, you’ll understand why we have such an affection for these guys. We spent more than two weeks broadcasting ourselves dressed as pandas while blogging. Check out our AWESOME recap video by Rhett Jones.
In any event, we’re not over this panda thing. Here are 10 more GIFs to prove it. More after the jump.
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.