“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]
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]
Haven’t heard about relational aesthetics in a while? Nicolas Bourriaud, progenitor of the movement, has been anointed curator of the 2014 Taipei Biennial. [e-flux]
The New York Times Editorial Board brings up a topic we’ve known for some time: A college education no longer guarantees financial success after graduation, creating high unemployment rates among recent grads. And while we’re seeing job growth, it’s mostly low-wage jobs that there’s more of. So now that the Times knows this, it is fact for all. [The Opinion Pages]
I expected to hate this list of the Guardian’s “top ten sexiest works of art ever” a lot more than I did. [The Guardian]
Late Penthouse founder Bob Guggione’s erotically-curated art collection is being battled over by former Wall Street banker Jeremy Fromer and FriendFinder, because of Guggione’s debt troubles late in life. As for why we care? I don’t really know. [The Art Newspaper]
All hail cats. For better or worse, Nyan Cat, Kitler, and LOLcats have burned their way into our Internet-based memories. They’ve been nuzzling their way into our lives for ages, and for one such historical reminder, look no further than Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers’ performance “Interview with a Cat”.
Is good art definable? I’ve spent the last six years building a blog based on the belief that it is, and while I still think that’s true, the evaluation criteria probably isn’t as fixed as I once thought. Different communities need different things from art, so the same work of art might be very successful communicating to one group of people, and not at all to another.