In order to get their AI to speak less like a robot, Google force-fed it thousands of romance novels and created a new language game to teach the bot to create paragraphs out of two statements. What resulted is some weird, lonely poetry. Someone get this thing a drink. [Android Authority]
In other “why would humanity even want this technology?” news, Keiichi Matsuda follows the burgeoning field of “augmented reality” to its logical conclusion: an annoying world full of pop-up ads and invasive game-like marketing. [Gizmodo]
The British Museum closed yesterday after Greenpeace activists climbed the columns on the museum’s facade and unfurled banners advertising a fake “Sunken Cities” exhibition about the effects of climate change, listing locations such as New Orleans. The demonstration was in protest of oil company BP’s funding of the museum, which many claim has impacted the way museums discuss climate change and other environmental issues. [artnet News]
Joan Miró’s grandson, Joan Punyet Miró, auctioned off 28 works by the artist to raise nearly $70,000 for refugees yesterday. The elder Miró, like many Spanish artists of the era, was himself a refugee during the Spanish Civil war. [Hyperallergic]
Be still our hearts: Betty Tompkins and Marilyn Minter discuss being a woman in art school in the 70’s, dive bars, and how damn long it took to achieve “success” in the art world. [Blouin Artinfo]
Whoa. Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a process to turn wood transparent. The article discusses the obvious implications for architecture, but this could be the next big material for sculptors. [The New York Times]
Here’s an article arguing that cities should stop investing in museums and champion music festivals instead. According to writer Jonathan Wynn, they are preferable because they are cheaper, adaptable and require less public funding. [The Conversation]
People love to talk about how the CIA boosted the careers of abstract expressionists, but the CIA’s own art collection is ironically a tad closer to Soviet Realism, in that it depicts the glorious (and often secretive) fruits of its own workforce’s labors. Lots of historical representation here, as well as a cryptic still-life. Is the next big conspiracy theory that the CIA launched the wave of photorealism in 1970’s painting? [NPR]
Novelist Helen DeWitt does Frieze Magazine’s Questionnaire. This isn’t our cup of tea—it’s too self-promote-y and pompous—but we’ve seen it get a few high fives over twitter regardless. You be the judge. [Frieze]
Art collector Jho Low is being investigated by the FBI for shady dealings with Malaysian financial corruption. This has led to Low liquidating assets such as shares in a Manhattan hotel and his Basquiat painting, which he sold at a nearly $14 million loss to another finance douchebag. Does anyone else have news fatigue from trying to figure out exactly what the illegal/unethical, convoluted thing crooked investment people did when reading about the art market? [The Wall Street Journal]
Watch star of the Japanese independent wrestling circuit and former headliner for New Japan Wrestling Kota Ibushi fight Yoshihiko, an inflatable doll. Incredible. There are so many different themes in this performance: sexuality, the body, the spectacle, humor not to mention the possibility of triumph without defeat. Also, this level of wrestling is no joke. According to AFC sources, this is one of the most physically dangerous matches they’ve seen that didn’t involve ladders or jumping off buildings. The 4:30 mark is where things really get off the hook. [Youtube]
Lemonade is here. In case you were out of town this weekend, Beyonce flash-released Saturday night her latest visual album. It’s a wild ride — the “Formation” video was definitely a #blackgirlmagic teaser that got blown out into southern gothic afrofuturism reflections on black American womanhood. Oh, and it looks like Jay cheated on her, but they’re still tight because she dropped this on Tidal (#BeckyWithTheGoodHair). [Facebook]
One of Zaha Hadid’s final works, an oyster-like maritime terminal at the southern port of Salerno, Italy, will be posthumously inaugurated today. [artdaily.com]
Looks like bankruptcy is now the least of dealer Perry Rubenstein’s worries. He’s been accused of fraud—Rubenstein sold a work by Takashi Murakami to Eli Broad and according to documents, paid $825,000 for the work, while Rubenstein told consigner Michael Salke that the buyer had paid just $630,000. [Artnet news]
“The details of Knoedler’s collapse offer a kind of clarity that is typically nonexistent in this business, raising all sorts of questions about whether the lack of transparency at the high end of the art market will be viable in the future.” M.H. Miller weighs in on the behind the scenes of the Knoedler trial, and its legacy. [ARTnews]
Hank Willis Thomas has co-founded a super PAC. While For Freedoms lacks the bank roll of Priorities USA Action, the artist-driven PAC won’t support or oppose candidates, and will focus on support a national advertising campaign spurring dialogue on issues like campaign reform, racism and gender equality. Works by artist like Carrie Mae Weems, Rashid Johnson and Marilyn Minter will appear on billboards and subway ads, eventually culminating into a group show at Jack Shainman. [New York Times]
Myrna Ayad is the new director of Art Dubai. The UAE-based critic, editor and consultant replaces Antonia Carver, who was recently appointed the director of Art Jameel. [Artforum]
For artist Maria Eichhorn’s at Chisenhale Gallery in London, she’s shut down the gallery and office for 5 weeks, 25 days, and 175 hours. The gallery staff are not working. So, what’s for sale? A lucky institution can buy the rights to perform this piece. [The Art Newspaper]
Okay, this looks like an amazing raffle: Buy a $25 ticket and you could win a one month residency at Taipei Artist Village—treasure Hill and one month at Bamboo Curtain Studio anytime between January and June 2017. Raffle proceeds support Residency Unlimited, so the reasons to enter this raffle are only good. [Residency Unlimited]
Do you like art fairs? If yes, you are in luck! If not, get the hell out of New York City this week. Art fairs are multiplying like Gremlins, and mutating as they spawn. We now have specific art fairs for everything: paper, video art, solo projects, Asian art, curator-driven booths, independent artists, dykes, shiny things, boring shows… there’s something for everyone.
Marilyn Minter: Always a great interview. She says she’s assembling a list of women movers and shakers for a networking party. Sounds like she’ll need more than one. [Artnews]
New York City Representative Carolyn B. Maloney is obsessed with pandas. So much so, that’s she’s been working hard to lease a pair of pandas from China for the city to enjoy. China has said “no more pandas”, but Maloney isn’t taking no for an answer. She thinks they might like some of our deer in return, (which are ridden with ticks carrying lyme disease.) [The New York Times]
A new single serving site, this one satirizing Donald Trump. [donaldtrump.org]
I can’t even believe there are pro-rape meet-ups, let alone that one got cancelled when a group of female boxers threatened to show up. [The Cut]
Wowzas. Take a look at this press release. It tells us that structural changes have been made to the New Brunswick arts board, but there’s no indication of what those are. Grumblings on facebook suggest that they lost their arts council, which sounds insane. [Press release, Facebook]
At the Rubell Family Collection, dozens of contemporary women artists working in every conceivable medium left us very impressed.
Michael: Here, the blue-chip market and a private collector managed to accomplish something many institutions or independent curators haven’t—presenting an all-female show that feels as if it has nothing to prove.
Paddy: I still can’t get over how many monumental art works in this show so effectively dominated the space that you’d literally feel awestruck by their presence.
The show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver is the visual equivalent of “Windowlicker” an album by the electronic musician Aphex Twin that Pitchfork describes as oscillating between “harsh, uncompromising noise and remarkably warm ambient texture.” In both cases, we are repelled by what we are drawn to—a tension that ensures you never forget the work.
TIL: Baby elephants suck on their trunks like baby humans suck on their thumbs. And sometimes little pachyderms don pink blankets. [Reddit]
Wishing we were in Houston to see the Contemporary Art Museum Houston’s exhibition’s Marilyn Minter retrospective. Beth Secor’s review pins down her work pretty succinctly with this line: “These are beautiful paintings; some people in fact have complained that they are too beautiful, but there is something underlying their glitzy glamour that puts the stink of death on them, which balances things out.” [Glasstire]
You can’t get a BA or MA in Gallery Studies, but the closest training you can receive for becoming an art dealer might be the nine-month Gallerist Program at the de Appel arts centre in the Netherlands…if you have the means to front $8,000 Euro. Applications are due July 11. [de Appel arts centre]
SculptureCenter curator Ruba Katrib on why machines and art can produce slapstick: “Slapstick makes us laugh because machines are foreign. Their proximity to—or confusion with—the body seems humorously perverse…When bodies and machines clash, slapstick lets us blunder with a smile.” [Art in America]
Everything about this semiotic scandal is LOLworthy. Fans of the Christian rapper Lecrae are concerned that his hand gestures might be symbols of an occult allegiance. [The Christian Post]
Former Art F City intern Clara Olshansky, now in Chicago, is writing some grade-A snark. She sure does know her stuff about lame coffee and lame men. We <3 you, Clara. [Food and Wine]