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Saatchi Art and Google+ Launched A Stupid Contest for Stupid Software

by Paddy Johnson on April 15, 2014
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First hair GIFs cinemagraphs took the web by storm in 2010. Now “motion photography” is creating new opportunities for makers. According to a press release from the folks at Saatchi Art, Saatchi Gallery and Google+ pimping their “Motion Photography Prize”, “motion photography”, or, “.GIFs”. is an exploding new field. This is news because Google + has added an “auto awesome” feature to their image uploader, which includes a GIFmaker.

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Week Ten: Oprah Winfrey Is the New Curator at the Palais de Tokyo

by Corinna Kirsch on January 14, 2014
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Because why not?

This week’s dream exhibitions brought to you by Joshua Weibley, Jessica MacCormack, Angela Washko, and Laura Swanson.

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AFC’s Guide to the Little Guys at the New York Film Fest

by Rhett Jones on September 28, 2013
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New York art types with a penchant for film have a lot on their plate this weekend with the launch of the New York Film Festival. There’s Tom Hanks fighting pirates in the premier of Captain Phillips if you want the mainstream. There’s James Franco’s latest bizarre literary adaptation “Child of God,” if you want what Manohla Dargis refers to as “a scene of on-screen defecation that’s so aggressively up close and personal that it approaches 3-D.” Yes, pirates and poop are very exciting. But those movies will be released across the nation, so it’ll be easy to check them out. This is a listing of the smaller and better offerings that don’t come around everyday.

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Google Launches Art Project Redesign

by Corinna Kirsch on June 11, 2013
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Google Art Project quietly unveiled a redesign this week. There’s one major change.

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Join the National Protest and Stop SOPA and PIPA

by Paddy Johnson on January 17, 2012
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Tomorrow only readers will see a small change in our site — load any Art Fag City URL and a splash will appear asking you to sign a petition protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister in the senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Those are bills that, if passed, would give the US government unprecedented options for shutting down sites that are suspected of “engaging in, enabling or facilitating” copyright infringement. SOPA, in particular, would, among ohter things, allow the government to delete authoritative DNS records and force your ISP to give your computer false DNS information if you request a suspected site.

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Monday Links! Ilness, Wealth, and Reversals of Fortune

by Reid Singer on December 19, 2011
  • Kim Jong-il, the character treated to a stunningly accurate portrayal in Team America: World Police, has died. The sexagenarian  was best remembered for his height, his fondness for looking at things, and the threat he posed to global security. [NYT]
  • Street art blogger RJ Rushmore has published a compilation of photographs from ABMB. Our hats are off to Mr. Rushmore for bringing some street art to the fore that we don’t absolutely hate. [Vandalog]
  •  The Metropolitan Museum of Art has extended a hand to Google Goggles, The Shazam of the visual world. Visitors carrying a mobile device can now point it at thousands of objects in the Met’s collection and gain access to the wealth of information available about the work online. [Bloginity]
  • Collectors buy art for “emotional value” at the same rate that men read Playboy “for the articles.” This, at least, was the assumption among art investment firms that has been very much rebuked by a new study published by Deloitte Luxembourg. For their part, art speculators are more active and powerful than they used to be, and will likely contribute to an increase in trading that could potentially drive prices up and out of the reach of museums. [Real Clear Arts]
  • So yeah, you might be wondering if museums are depending too much on private donors. Are the bad guys really winning? Today, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and the Tate announced plans to renew their sponsorship deals with British Petroleum through 2017. Citing the “extraordinary” support of the oil company, the institutions made their move in the face of severe criticism from environmental groups, including a molasses-spilling ceremony conducted by protestors last spring. [Guardian]
  • While it may be old news by blog standards, AFC wishes to pay our respects to John C. Wessel, the New York art dealer who died on Friday. The St Louis native will be remembered as one of the first and most strident supporters of LGBT artists, offerring solo exhibitions to Mike Bidlo, Walter Robinson, Donald Moffett, Rhonda Zwillinger and George Platt Lynes in the ’80s and ’90s. [Gallerist NY]
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An Algorithmic Future: Can Computers Curate?

by Will Brand on September 9, 2011
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Will curators join auto workers, mailmen, and the Detroit City Police Department in the ranks of those replaced by machines? Google’s “Search by Image” changes curating, whether or not we, as viewers, are ready.

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