This may be a premature reblog, since David Bowie GIFs were an Internet sensation last September. But Claudia Maté’s must be blogged.
Last year, Lorna Mills rallied a group of artists to make their own Bowie GIFs as a response to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “David Bowie is” exhibition, which made a stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario on its world tour.
Claudia Maté’s contributions are especially simple, choosing to highlight Bowie’s pupils (and mask-like persona? See above.) If you will notice, one of David Bowie’s pupils is a lot larger than the other one. This is apparently due to the fact that he got punched in the eye as a 14-year-old, in a fight with his friend over a girl, according to the blogs. Look at the expanding and contracting pupil flanked by tonsils. It’s a disturbing, but succinct, portrait.
George W. Bush: still a painter. He plans to move beyond the dog, landscape, and self-portrait genres; he now wants to paint “world leaders.” [The New York Times]
A website that recreates the Super Mario Bros. video game from open-source software has been taken down; Nintendo wants the site taken down, it must “protect against infringement of our intellectual property rights.” [The Washington Post]
According to a new formal complaint by former Knoedler & Company gallery clients, an artist going by the nickname of “Tommy Cha Cha” may have been the first “known purveyor in forged art” to do business with the gallery. [The New York Times]
President Obama, now a blogger on HuffPo. Well, kinda. He penned an op-ed urging congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. [Politico]
Patti Smith eulogizes Lou Reed, calling him “our generation’s New York poet, championing its misfits as Whitman had championed its workingman and Lorca its persecuted.” [The New Yorker]
Leonardo DiCaprio, will you please come to our benefit? Another DiCaprio-attended fundraiser nets millions! This time for LACMA. [The L.A. Times]