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Wednesday Links: Dumb, Dumb, and Dumber

by Paddy Johnson Henry Kaye Andrew Wagner on July 16, 2014
Damien Hirst's Rosary.

Dumb, Dumb and Dumber, Exhibit A: Damien Hirst’s Rosary.

  • FIFA claims that 12% of the worlds population (or 900 million people) watched at least some of the World Cup final. Novelist Teju Cole, designer Jeb Thorpe, and artist Mario Klingemann created a time-based collage of photos of the game posted to twitter, each photo layered on top of the next so the TV consistently falls at the same place on the screen. This is a terrible project. Aesthetically, the only device used is the light of the TV as an anchor—which it already is—and a photoshop transparency filter to show the multitudes of people watching at the same time. This is a study in sameness. [The Atlantic]
  • As if the Jeff Koons H&M bag wasn’t enough: Damien Hirst starts a jewellery line. One of the pieces? A rosary with a golden pill instead of a crucifix. [Artnet]
  • Speaking of Damien Hirst, cutting out a site-specific Damien Hirst dot painting from the wall, does not mean you own it. “The ownership of a wall painting in the series titled Wall Spots always resides with the owner of the Wall Spots signed certificate, which accompanies the art work.” [Animal New York]
  • Carolina Miranda says the 9/11 Museum doesn’t give you any place to be alone with your thoughts, a quality in direct contrast with September 11th, which turned NYC into a stony silent city. [Culture: High & Low]
  • Creative Time is hiring an Editorial Fellow to work run their Creative Time Reports blog. Debate on twitter rages over whether a Art History, Journalism or other related MA or PhD, PhD should be strongly preferred for a salary of 40K a year. (The consensus appears to be that at least the PHD should be a “no”.)  And yet, Creative Time’s numbers aren’t that far out of line with the mandated NIH post-doc salaries. Basically, Creative Time will pay a fellow $5000 less than medical researchers over the course of two years. [NYFA Classifieds]
  • The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is offering a glimpse of the Russian Government and its art in their show “The Art Collection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.” expect extreme Russian nationalism and paintings of wistful soldiers holding giant guns. [Artnet]
  • Anti-immigrant graffiti sparks supremely dumb debate (if you can even call it that). [Gawker]
  • Today in very large numbers: Christie’s sells $4.5 billion in art in the first half of 2014. It’s hard to be surprised anymore by the fact that, indeed, auction houses bring in a ton of money. But this seems noteworthy; Sales are up 22% from the same period last year. Will growth this exponential be sustainable? [The Wall Street Journal]
  • Derek Thompson at The Atlantic claims that Millennial’s political views “don’t make any sense.”  [The Atlantic]
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A Recap of the Artist Boycott of “Living as Form” in Israel

by Whitney Kimball on June 16, 2014
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Last week, 100 artists called for participants to withdraw from Creative Time’s traveling exhibition, “Living as Form”. It is currently showing at The Technion, a space in Israel that is known to work closely with the Israeli government on military technology.

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Should Art Volunteers Be Paid? Some Suzanne Lacy Volunteers Say Yes

by Whitney Kimball on October 18, 2013
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Like many of Suzanne Lacy’s works, tomorrow’s performance—Creative Time’s largest undertaking to date—aims to get widespread attention on the issues of a local marginalized community. “Between the Door and the Street” enlists around 350 activists, mostly female, to stage small conversations on city stoops about issues of class and labor inequality. So it seems fitting that the project has already opened a discussion about a perennial activist problem: volunteers want to get paid.

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Best of AFC: Summer Edition

by The AFC Staff on August 30, 2013
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Did you beach too hard and forget to read this summer? Fear not, art lovers, for we bring you the second annual AFC Best of Summer list. We’ve brought together the blog’s greatest summer hits from staff and contributors, because, let’s face it, you might have missed out on days or weeks of AFC when you were traveling to Venice, Basel, or closer to home, the Rockaways. We’ve published some great artist essays with our STUFF series, started our “Diary of a Mad Gallery Owner” series, and continued to bring you reviews and opinion pieces. Enjoy.

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Creative Time’s 2013 Sandcastle Competition in Photos

by Whitney Kimball and Ian Marshall on August 12, 2013
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On Friday, Creative Time staked out a small plot of Rockaway Beach, attracting a small crowd and a dense flock of boom mics to its second annual Sandcastle Competition. There was so much press, in fact, that “Who are you writing for?” was a pretty reasonable introduction. From there, conversations migrated towards photo strategies and documentation.

That’s because it’s well worth documenting the shit out of this event; good sandcastles make for a full-day artist pageant and a manifesto for teamwork.

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The Week’s Must-See Art Events: The Nutty Performers

by The AFC Staff on August 5, 2013

 

Get ready for some seriously awesome transformative art works and avant garde film footage! For a taste of how weird this week is gonna get: Klaus von Nichtssagend becomes a pond, the Bruce High Quality Foundation does “CATS,” and there’ll be footage of the Tompkins Square Park riot at the New Museum. Plus, a whole lot of C. Spencer Yeh.

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Artspirational Sandcastle Time

by Whitney Kimball on July 26, 2013
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Sandcastles. Ever since Creative Time rang in its first annual artist sandcastle competition last year, we haven’t been able to get enough of them. But can this year’s competition–coming up on August 9th–possibly top last year? We dunno, but for inspiration, we look to art.

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