- “Animals will eat just about anything. The proof is in the radiographs.” So runs the tagline for the Veterinary Practice News X-ray contest, where they asked contestants to submit their best animal X-ray results. Winners include a 3 year old great dane who had eaten 43 ½ socks, a german pointer who ate a shish kabob skewer and all, and a frog that ate 30 small ornamental rocks while in his cage. [Veterinary Practice News]
- Thomas Galbraith of online auction house Paddle 8 argues that there would be greater transparency in the market, if collectors let sales go to auction more often (as opposed to relying on the gallery). There’s some truth to this, but let’s also remember that Paddle 8 does not make their auction results public. [Businessweek]
- A new study concludes that if you went back in time and killed your grandfather, you’d still be okay. This supports the theory that there are several versions of every history, and the time line we exist on is only one. [Scientific America via: Animal]
- The NADA Exhibitor list is out and it’s longer than ever. That’s not too much of a surprise given NADA’s sales success last year. Our favorite addition? P! [Artnews]
- Ben Davis says that “Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight” is amongst the most important performances of the year. The piece was conceived by Emma Sulkowicz, 21 Year old Columbia Student who was raped on the first day of her sophomore year. She is carrying a mattress twin college dorm mattress everywhere she goes until the university forces the perpetrator out. [Artnet]
- An interview with Jenny Dubnau, a realist portrait painter (and ASAP member). “Everyone thinks photography is real, but it is just a fiction like anything else. Over time, I realized there are reasons that I paint from photography. It is distancing, yet paradoxically it adds to the emotion; it creates a kind of tension.” [Hyperallergic]
- Woo-hoo! AFC friends Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw’s souvenir shop gets a write up in the Wall Street Journal! [The Wall Street Journal]
- Makeover! The Louvre is getting a “complete makeover”. [The Art Newspaper]
- Milton Glazer, of the “I <3 NY” logo, has coined a new slogan for the times: “IT’S NOT WARMING IT’S DYING.” This comes with the urging of the New York Attorney General for the state to take action now. He’s now suing the EPA for not enforcing the Clean Air Act. [Animal New York]
“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.
Like a TV screen gone kaput. Like a poison-filled horizon. Like a …? I don’t know what’s going on in this GIF exactly, but I like the haziness of it; that stands in contrast to so many of the hard-edge GIFs we typically see. Thanks, Sabrina Ratté.
As of 2011, North Korea has earned $160 million in commissions from international governments to build and export colossal sculptures. These monuments, with their smooth unwrinkled hands, joyous smiles, and innocent demeanor cover up humanitarian catastrophes with a hokey grin. Thus is the aesthetic of Disney Despotism.
The speed of this GIF is incredible: it whooshes left to right, without any metronome-like regularity. So it’s kind of like listening to someone play piano in 4/4 rhythm, but who breaks with that regularity every several notes. Just because they can, and because they know how. Originally this GIF was part of the Wrong Biennial. Though the GIFs on that site have been removed, you can still see Yoshi Sodeoka’s Plan 9 Channel 12 Pavilion here.