Of all the responses in Karen Archey and Robin Peckham’s Art Post-Internet catalogue questionnaire about the term, my favorite comes from Christiane Paul, who corrects the idea that Marisa Olson coined “Post-Internet.” Josephine Berry Slater talked about post-internet art two years earlier in 2003 during her introduction at a symposium at Tate. Paul also refutes the idea that the term will have any longevity. Post-Medium says the same thing, but with less confusion. [Art F City]
Apparently, exercise makes you live longer. Who knew? This article describes the importance of one’s “fitness age,” which, unlike your chronological age, can be lowered. [The New York Times]
A profile on Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, a performance artist whose film “Hermitos Children 2” includes a scene in which a man has his penis strung up in a noose by a boatload of women. The scene was improvised. [Time Out]
Because dogs trying to smile is cute. (Thanks you, Here Be Huskies.) [Bark Post]
We’re getting excited about the Pratt Upload conference! Alex Teplitzky is DJing the Art F City-sponsored after party at the Emerson this Saturday. Here’s the soundcloud preview he made for the party. [Nabocough]
The greatest hoodie ever made costs $89.00. Sales are through the roof, thanks to a Slate article. [Business Insider]
Skate’s Reports has produced a London auction preview for ARTnews. At what point does Sergey Skaterschikov’s investments compete with one another? Redline, the Russian company with a stake in artnet that Skate’s is advising, seemingly competes with Artnews, which owned by Skate’s Capital. Skate’s Capital also owns a stake in Paddle8 that seemingly competes with artnet. Is the point to assemble one giant conglomerate? [ARTnews]
Eight-year-old nails the Patrick Swayze half of the Dirty Dancing finale. We are led to believe that this is entirely learned from watching the movie a handful of times, which seems impossible. Somebody enroll the boy in a dance class. [Gawker]
A British parrot went missing for four years and returned speaking Spanish. [The Daily Breeze]
Looks like Paddles ON! London, is on its way to replicating the strides made during last year’s much-discussed net-art auction, the first at a major auction house. Last fall, the auction held in New York at Phillips totalled $90,600 on the sale of 16 pieces out of 20 lots. People widely lauded the auction as a success—a GIF sold for $1,300 and the excitement from the live auction crowd was palpable—but financially, the case for Paddles ON! achievements aren’t clear cut. Nine of the works sold for less than their estimated bids, and four of those were bought in by the auction house.
All this week, the Art Market Monitor has been churning out doomsday scenarios for the collectoratti. The Italian art market is dying, and “Sadly, The Picasso Ceramics Market Isn’t For the Entry-Level Collector Anymore.” [The Art Market Monitor]
This week at artnet Paddy Johnson interviews Nicholas O’Brien, a co-curator of the exhibition The New Romantics, currently on view at Eyebeam. [artnet news]
More horrific news of bodies piling up in Chicago, aka, Chiraq. [The Daily Beast]
The broken down World’s Fair towers in Flushing Meadows now have National Treasure status. There’s even talk of fixing them up! [New York Times]
New York Magazine features a whole bunch of Internet celebrities, and that’s gotta be a boon for their site. We only knew a couple of them, but Eckhaus Latta got a shoutout from Mike the Ruler. [New York Magazine]
100 new emojis on Vine. The only way you can see any of them is to pause the video. Nicely done! [Vine]
Peter Schjeldahl, with his tender prose and passionate research, is hard to leave, but it’s finally time to walk away. Enough with the MoMA and Guggenheim retrospectives! [The New Yorker]
For whatever reason, Roberta Smith ended up reviewing James Franco’s exhibition at Pace. She’s written about the actor-artist a lot. Thankfully, with this exhibition, she shows no mercy. Franco, she writes, seems informed by “confused desperation” and an “entitled narcissism.” She ends her piece with a death knell: “It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him, while also wishing that someone or something would make him stop.” This is what we’ve all been thinking—that he needs to stop—and now she should never write about him again! [The New York Times]
Start-ups beware of the Red Herring Award. The company informs nominees of their opportunity and then charges them $3,820 for the privilege. This article was written in 2013, but as the awards are coming up again, it seemed a good time to issue the reminder that this resembles a scheme. [TechCrunch]
Judy Chicago is celebrating her 75th birthday with an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. During the press preview, she tells Village Voice reporter Lilly Lampe about her first meeting with critic Harold Rosenberg. “She brought her slides; he brought a hard-on.” [The Village Voice]
A quiz to end all Buzzfeed quizzes: the New Inquiry’s darkly sarcastic “What briefcase full of money are you?” [New Inquiry]
Good news. The Art F City auction is live on Paddle8 and we’re employing every form of digital media to let people know! That means you’ve got through Monday, February 17th at NOON sharp to bid on all live items before the heading to Postmasters Gallery for the live auction with CK Swett. You have through Monday, February 17th at TEN PM to bid on silent lots.
Originally announced in May, Amazon Art opened today, the company’s online fine art marketplace. The company has long boasted they sell everything from A to Z, but until now, this didn’t include Marc Chagall, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, or contemporary superstars like Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol.
For the second year running, New York will host not just one, but two major art fair seasons within months of each other. Already fatigue seems to be the byword of choice for dealers, artists, and journalists faced with seeing the same, booth-friendly work throughout the year. For that reason, we look forward to the smaller shows that crop up in alternative spaces. “Wish Meme” dashed our expectations for a hopeful alternative to the blue-chip fairs.