After a foggy morning the sun has come out. That’s great news for our friends at Flux Factory who are making the last preparations for their benefit tonight. We can’t wait to see them there, and we hope to see you too!
- Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark has been awarded $100,000, the Toronto Film Critic Association’s top prize. [BlouinArtInfo]
- A delicious quote from Louise Blouin, the founder of BlouinArtInfo, who claims the sudden axing of roughly 25 freelancers and failure to pay outstanding bills has to do with the company’s massive growth. “The company is not having money problems. The company is a company that is growing and has restructured the editorial to up the editorial, according to new management, and that’s it. And we have our business that is really growing.” It goes on. Later she tells us that her company has upwards of 3,000 products, and offers the rationale of a crack addict to explain how she came to that number. [Gallerist]
- Thieves have stolen the world’s smallest waterlily. [Circa]
- The National Endowment for the Arts has avoided major cuts this year with the new appropriations bill. They’re slated to receive $146.02 million, only a hair less than 2013’s allocation of $146.26 million. [Hyperallergic]
- Speaking of the appropriations bill, the New York Times Editorial Board congratulates Congress for doing their job, while penning some joyfully snarky jabs at Republican victories within the bill. My favorite comes after complaining about coal companies that will be allowed to continue dumping toxic waste into streams: “Also included is the ridiculous provision that prevents enforcement of new light-bulb standards, a triumph for those who consider incandescent lights a symbol of freedom.” [The New York Times]
- The last several years have been bizarrely good for the email-epistolary novel. [Rhizome]