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Monday Links: Eat a Waterbed

by Michael Anthony Farley and Corinna Kirsch on July 6, 2015
The strange world of sunburn stock photography.

The strange world of sunburn stock photography. Ow.

  • How popular are different art businesses globally, according to Facebook likes? Apparently Americans like Christie’s more than Sotheby’s. [ARTnews]
  • Don’t do “sunburn art”! (As if this were a “real” trend….) [Standard Daily]
  • Australia’s art funding is facing “dark days” due to budget cuts. [The Guardian]
  • Also facing a budget crisis: Chicago public schools. The city is cutting the schools’ budget by $200 million. [Marketplace]
  • An insightful article on the former sources of performance art. The author wonders about some outsider sources as well, from Oofty Goofty, a feral man-beast covered in tar, to Mr. Eat It All, a guy who tried to eat a waterbed for a promotional event. [Glasstire]
  • This is not surprising: art is really popular among the mega-wealthy. JJ Charlesworth talks about the rise of the prices in relation to the new global elite and the concept of scarcity as value. [artnet News]
  • “Incredibly fast and easy loans against your artworks. 4% Monthly, No Fees. Money tomorrow.”​ The mega-wealthy can now receive low-interest loans from ArtRank by leveraging their art collection as collateral. [Observer]
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem has just announced that David Adjaye is designing a $122 million new home for the institution. Unfortunately, it looks like this means the current building, which dates from 1914, will be joining the list of historic structures in Harlem that have been demolished in the past few years. [The New York Times]
  • Horror fans and art-school students, rejoice! This Halloween, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on Art School of Horrors, a Roger Corman production, where “bad art wants revenge.” [IMDB]
  • Baltimore has awesome bars and creative people—who actually want to be friends with you. [The New York Times]
  • In China, the exhibition ban on Ai Weiwei has been lifted. The artist remains unable to travel outside the country. [The Art Newspaper]
  • A piece of public art in Liverpool has been destroyed by vandals. The sculpture was a brass bird with electronics that played recordings of city residents talking about their hopes and dreams. Everyone’s a critic. [Liverpool Echo]
  • Hello, bears! It’s bear-cam season. [Explore]
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Bear Cam Takes Over the Internet

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on July 7, 2014

Welcome back to the workweek with the most beautiful gift of all: bears! This week the Katami National Park in Alaska has started streaming videos of brown bears in their natural habitat. The first one’s live at Brooks Falls; so far, we’ve watched brown bears looking for salmon, brown bears catching salmon, and brown bears eating salmon. Adorable. There’s also this cam on the lower river but it’s basically a bunch of water right now. We expect more bear action to start anytime now.

bear caught fish 4GIF by Paddy Johnson; hat tip from The Awl

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Pierre Huyghe’s Third Memory and a Bear Rocking Out

by Will Brand on December 7, 2011
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In 1975, convicted bank robber John Wojtowicz sent a prospective article to The New York Times. It sheds fascinating light on his crime, the resulting movie (Dog Day Afternoon), and Pierre Huyghe’s seminal The Third Memory (1999). Also, a certain bear likes Fitty.

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