We’re departing from our usual art GIF focus to highlight this promo GIF for the RadioLoveFest at BAM. As you can see above, the bars cleverly mimic a digital visualization of volume and complete the shape of a heart.
The event itself sounds amazing; during this five day festival, running from June 5th to June 8th, WNYC will re-imagine some of public radio’s most loved programs in the form of live theatre. The schedule for all this fun can be found here.
Get ready to recover from the art fairs. We’ve got a short but sweet events listings for you this week so that you can slowly return to normal. For the most part, the events aren’t in Manhattan: Check out Where 4: Siebren Versteeg, a shipping container gallery show around the Knickerbocker M stop on Tuesday, Ann Hirsch’s solo show of sculptures, drawings, and prints at Bed-Stuy’s American Contemporary on Friday. But be sure to save your energy for Open Engagement. Founded in Canada in 2007, the social-activist art conference will finally be running in Queens. Woot!
Happy MLK Day, readers! We’re bringing you the best of the web this morning, but expect a lighter posting schedule due to the holiday.
Holland Cotter rails against an art world he sees affected at every level by money. Art, galleries, media are all identified as suffering.
Conservative art can encourage conservative criticism. We’re seeing a revival — some would say a disinterment — of a describe-the-strokes style of writing popular in the formalist 1950s and again in the 1970s: basically, glorified advertising copy. Evaluative approaches that developed in the 1980s and 1990s, based on the assumption that art inevitably comments on the social and political realities that produce it, tend to be met with disparagement now, in part because they’re often couched in academic jargon, which has become yet another form of sales-speak.
The antidote, at least to some of the problems he lays out, are outlets like Art F City and Hyperallergic. [The New York Times]
With the Sochi Winter Olympics soon approaching (and with an estimated $50 billion price tag) Malcolm Harris investigates how cities can end up taking on so much financial and political risk. The answers are fairly simple: guns and insurance. [Al Jazeera America]
Uproar over Jezebel’s search and publishing of untouched Lena Dunham photos finally makes the New York Times. Dunham doesn’t see how “photoshop or no” why featuring a woman whose body doesn’t look like coatrack wouldn’t be a good thing. [The New York Times]
The Guardian instigates a curious poll asking whether Damien Hirst will be remembered in 50 years. Ah, Britain, where everyone has an opinion on art. [Comment Is Free]
Courtney Love is in court for “twibel,” a combination of Twitter and libel (and possibly the most annoying new word of the year so far). This is the first time a libel case involving Twitter has been presented before a jury. [On the Media]
Making the rounds on Facebook: a Tumblr about all the mirrors sold on Craigslist. [Craigslist Mirrors]
Matthew Barney’s latest film River of Fundament will premiere in February at BAM. Tickets are already on sale. [BAM]
Saving our energy for the months ahead means screenings! Tons and tons of screenings. This week’s program ranges from seminal overlooked eighties video art to free outdoor opera to “Street Fighter.” Transfer Gallery also hosts a night of readings for women in tech (invite-only) and Primetime brings you a milk-tasting.
For their portion of the Shanghai Biennale, Cleopatra’s has teamed up with artist Chris Rice in commissioning over 50 mostly-emerging Brooklyn artists to make karaoke videos. The series , CKTV, is now on view at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. If that sounds like the kind of fun, toss-off premise you find in summer shows, it is fun– but by no means arbitrary.
This week’s art events support Jerry Saltz’s recent theory that the gallery show is dead. Our picks include karaoke, net art, a trip to Venice, a show on the white cube, and two separate nods to 1920s film screenings.