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Wickerham & Lomax (formerly known as DUOX) were selected on Saturday as the winners of the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. It’s one of the largest art awards in the Mid-Atlantic, and by my estimation, the most prestigious. This year’s jurors were curator Naima Keith of The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Dia Art Foundation’s Kelly Kivland, and Harvard professor/artist Matt Saunders. We’ll have more about the Sondheim Prize exhibition and other finalists in an upcoming post.
In recognition of the duo’s win, here are some GIFs culled from duoxduox.com. Most of these images come from the web-based project BOY’DegaEdited4Syndication—a sprawling artwork produced for the New Museum’s First Look: New Art Online series. It’s a GIF-tastic rabbit hole that combines elements of promotional materials and fan fiction for a forensic drama that never actually happens. It’s populated by Baltimore personalities and weirdos (Full disclosure: myself included) who navigate a jumble of web detritus, queer theory, nightlife, and omnipresent (both in the city’s media portrayal and streets) crime scene aesthetics.
If that sounds like an information overload, that’s because it is. Picture what The Wire would have been if it had been directed by John Waters for the net art generation. These GIFs are just a sneak peek of the whole artwork, and if you’re ready to let yourself get lost for a few hours, I highly recommend seeing them in their intended context.
Wickerham & Lomax also have a page full of free downloads including GIFs, video clips, desktop wallpapers, and even ringtones HERE.
Joel as ‘Jessie.’ (Image from Secrets of the Living Dolls)
AFC’s offices are a buzz this morning, as art news just keeps pouring in!
Jerry Saltz has written a letter to MoMA’s Trustees imploring them not to proceed with Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design, which he believes won’t be conducive to viewing art. Good luck with that Jerry. This isn’t a problem with the architects, but with their clients. [Vulture]
It looks like the Baltimore Museum of Art has retrieved its stolen Renoir from Baltimore resident Marcia Fuqua, who’d bought the painting at a flea market for $7. Since the work was stolen, the court ruled that Fuqua doesn’t have a right to it. The work was estimated in value at between $75,000-$100,000. [TAN]
Jeffrey Deitch gets a profile in New York Magazine, which washes over curator Paul Schimmel’s dismissal in favor of a creating an image of a “swashbuckling” badboy whose sensational shows were too New York for LA to handle. This is in part true, since L.A. residents didn’t seem to want a celebrity focus in their museums. But Deitch was never supposed to be the museum’s curator, he was its director, and he failed in that department when he lost the support of the board and didn’t raise the necessary funds. He’s a better curator, he’s going back to that, and is looking into space in Red Hook and the so-called SuperPier on the Hudson at 14th Street. [Vulture]
Looks like Occupy may be re-emerging? After Anonymous holds a Bush protest today at Grand Central the Whitney Museum will host an “officially sanctioned” Occupy network at the museum tomorrow night. [twitter]
Former New York Times Editor Bill Keller is upsetting people again. This time, following his wife’s lead in The Guardian, he ruminates on whether Lisa Bonchek Adams, a cancer patient suffering from 4th stage breast cancer, tweets too much. Can’t wait for the New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan to weigh in on this one. [The New York Times]
The Globe and Mail’s Artists of the Year are predictably conservative. Painter Kim Dorland is dubbed “artist of the wild”, and why is Vince Gilligan, an American, the recipient of awards given to Canadians? [The Globe and Mail]
The BBC may be bringing outside TV to North Korea. A senior diplomatic Brit is quoted as saying “I have always believed what brought down the Berlin Wall was not highbrow diplomacy but Dallas and Dynasty.” [TIME]
Artist, filmmaker, and now generally popular person Steve McQueen took home the Golden Globe for Best Picture for 12 Years a Slave at last night’s ceremony. [Gawker]
In case you missed it last week, Amanda Hess really stirred the pot with her Pacific Standard cover story “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.” She details death threats that have come her way for writing frankly about sex, and notes statistics that show that this kind of abuse happens far more often to women than men. Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat responds and suggests that ridding the Internet of male-on-female comment wars is “ultimately a task for men” and involves finding “a more compelling vision of masculine goals,” neither of which is going to help out female writers who’re dealing with trolls right this second. [The New York Times]
The people who dress as blow-up dolls are coming out, and have done so through the documentary “Secrets of the Living Dolls”. We can’t watch the whole thing because we’re not in the area, but maybe our UK readers will have more luck with it. [laughing squid]
And because we’re constantly thinking about butt plugs in preparation for our upcoming benefit auction, I found the “baby Jesus butt plug” who may have been birthed by an alien. [The Slaughter House]