Spaceways 13: Jonuta Rising! by John Cleve. Berkley 1983. Cover artist Ken Barr (Image courtesy of pulpcrush on flickr)
“Dad combined porn with all manner of genre fiction. He wrote pirate porn, ghost porn, science-fiction porn, vampire porn, historical porn, time-travel porn, secret-agent porn, thriller porn, zombie porn and Atlantis porn.” A touching ode to the life of celebrated porn writer Andrew Offutt, or John Cleve, by his son Chris Offutt. [New York Times]
Philadelphia’s Nicola Midnight St. Claire has starting a “Dear Abby” column for artists. The first question is a unanimous one: the woes of 30 Under 30 lists and getting overlooked. We’re looking forward to more of these. [The St. Claire]
Harry Potter reenactors will be congregating from round the globe to a Polish castle, just purchased by a Harry Potter role-play company. The first event is in April. Get your tickets now. [Daily Mail]
A college art project has brought the city of Atlanta to a standstill on Monday, when police mistook a pinhole camera duct taped to a bridge for a bomb. [artnet News]
I found this through clickbait yesterday, but perhaps the most useful listicle of all: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. I’ve been seriously reevaluating my lifestyle in the past 24 hours. [Guardian]
An uproar in London over the Natural History Museum’s plan to replace Dippy the dinosaur skeleton with a blue whale skeleton, in order to remind us to preserve and celebrate what we still have left. [Hyperallergic]
Last night at New Museum, the Showtime guys were on view as part of Gerard & Kelly’s residency project. For non-New Yorkers, “showtime” is a popular subway pole dance for money (our chief commissioner has been cracking down on them). Typically they are ignored. Fashionable art crowds was applauding. It was weird. [Twitter]
Art dealer and author Ed Winkleman speculates that the popularity of technical skill over concept has to do with our lack of time to invest in thinking. “In short, the demand seems to be that the artist do all the work, up front, which is only instantly demonstrable…” he writes. This is pretty evident if you’ve ever been to any art fair. [edwardwinkleman.com]
It only took me three months to see the Chris Ofili show at The New Museum but, boy, am I glad I made that happen last week. It’s fucking incredible—I left the museum euphoric. And the three floor show of paintings, drawings, and sculpture has been extended until the end of the weekend, so you’ve still got time to see it. I can’t recommend doing so highly enough.
OMG lipsuction cups, a timely release with yesterday’s IMG MGMT “Cosmetic Masochism,” (Faith Holland and Seth Watter on torture porn and cosmetic tutorials). You have to hand it to the lip suction cup inventors. These things really work. [Jezebel]
Gentrification moves Eastward in Brooklyn, what else is new. If this story makes you mad, then go to the Brooklyn Independent Media public forum and panel tonight with Scott Stringer, urban planners, a city council members, and others. [New York Magazine]
20×200 is holding their annual RIDONK sale. Yesterday and this morning 40 of their prints are available at 40 percent off. There’s a new deal every day this week. These are great prices, so take advantage while you can. And while you’re on the site, try to buy some art at regular prices too, while you’re on the site. Support artists! [20×200]
Expect to hear a lot more about the International Center of Photography, now that New Museum visitors (and press) will have no excuse not to stop by. The museum is moving just across the street from the New Museum on Bowery. The $23 million space will “increase the sense of institutional stability and help attract additional major support,” the organization says. [Bowery Boogie]
How Google celebrated Jackson Pollock’s birthday, in 2009. [Google]
“Leviathan” is up for Best Foreign Picture—lauded abroad and scorn from Russia—despite the fact that most Russians have not seen the film. This write up made me want to see the film. [The New York Times]
The engineering behind the deep-ridged potato chip, from the chip’s deep-ridged design to the development of new blade technology to create such deep ridges. This story is ridiculous and bizarrely captivating. [Daily Beast]
Not everyone is pleased with the Guggenheim’s architecture competition in Helsinki. After the Helsinki council shot down the Guggenheim foundation’s proposal to build a museum within city limits in 2012, they decided to hold an architecture competition anyway, and show the best museum designs in Helsinki. Now, the foundation hopes that by showing the finalists —in Helsinki, proper—the Finnish will be more willing to build a museum. Architect and writer Michael Sorkin has devised a rival competition to the Guggenheim’s, The Next Helsinki, which encourages ideas that aren’t just another big museum. [ArchDaily]
Bob Ross was apparently “the godfather” of ASMR triggers. Now I know what it feels like not to be able to do magic eye. [Mashable]
More strikes over the proposed privatisation of the National Gallery, which union secretary Mark Serwotka has called “reckless and risks damaging the worldwide reputation of what is one of the UK’s greatest cultural assets.” They’re serious. This time, it’s a five-day walkout. [BBC]
It’s unfortunate, then, that the lessons I got out of Here and Elsewhere, the New Museum’s current exhibition of art from the Arab World, weren’t the least bit challenging. We’re told contemporary art should look like other contemporary art and exhibitions, and that if that art is political, it should reference past events. That’s not much of a lesson plan.
Those sitting in the panel discussion at the Whitebox Art Center could remove heated rhetoric about “solidarity with Palestine” from the equation by appealing to theory, but only in non-warzones is there this privilege of philosophy.