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Monday Links: Jimmy Van Bramer, Protector of the Realm

by The AFC Staff on March 30, 2015
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  • Jimmy Van Bramer, one of New York City’s most active council members, is due to submit a bill that will allow for community feedback on public art commissions. Van Bramer envisions town-hall-style meetings early on in the design process—this is necessary. Re: Public outcry against the Jeff Koons statue in California and here, in Long Island City, Ohad Meromi’s pink-man sculpture.  [New York Times]
  • In Bangladesh, a blogger was knifed to death on a busy street in Dhaka. According to local sources, he had been targeted before because of “anti-Islamic writing.” This incident marks the second writer-related killing in Bangladesh this month. [BBC News]
  • “To brutally summarize a lot of scholarly texts: contemporary art is made possible by neoliberal capital plus the internet, biennials, art fairs, parallel pop-up histories, growing income inequality. Let’s add asymmetric warfare—as one of the reasons for the vast redistribution of wealth—real estate speculation, tax evasion, money laundering, and deregulated financial markets to this list.” [e-flux Journal]
  • Either selfies are evil, or people are. Over the weekend, Instagram was filled with people smiling for selfies against the backdrop of the East Village fire. [New York Post]
  • In related news, both Coachella and Lollapalooza are banning selfie sticks this year. (Coachella reps calls them “narcissistics,” lol.) [Stereogum]
  • Best read of the week, and possibly the month: “The Rise of the Cryptopticon.” Siva Vaidhyanathan, a media studies and law professor at the University of Virginia, tracks the legal history of privacy and surveillance in the United States, from the 20th century to our digital age. [The Hedgehog Review via Alexis Madrigal]
  • Finally! Macaroni salad and plain Jello are cool again. Drop that kale and get yourself to a Denny’s because normcore food is a thing now. Supposedly. [The Awl]
  • Yep, art by famous artists = still really expensive. Roy Lichtenstein’s “The Ring (Engagement)” is expected to fetch around $50 million at auction at the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale on May 12. [Huffington Post]
  • You too can get laid like a Lannister. British sex toy company Bondera released their “Game of Bones” product line, a Game of Thrones-themed lineup of dildos and bondage gear for sci-fi/fantasy and cheesy innuendo lovers everywhere. God, their copywriters are so lucky. [Flavorwire via Mashable]
  • Chicago jack-of-all-art-trades Shannon Stratton named the new chief curator of the Museum of Arts and Design. You’re welcome, New York. [The Observer]
  • Meet Jon Stewart’s replacement, South-African comedian and guy who seems way young—but hey, we’re rooting for you—Trevor Noah. [New York Daily News]
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Wednesday Links: Transgressions Edition

by Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball on April 10, 2013
  • There goes experimentation on the Upper East Side (or, at least, it falls more to Higher Pictures and Venus Over Manhattan). Alex Zachary Peter Currie, the converted duplex gallery of Gavin Brown protegé Alex Zachary, reports that it’s “winding down operations over the next month and will not reopen.” They last told Gallerist that they were looking for a space in Harlem. [GalleristNY]
  • Want money for blogging? The Warhol Foundation’s annual Arts Writers grant application is now open. [e-flux]
  • The #1 most downloaded porno film in the Vatican is about an artist who “makes an example” of an art critic. [Gawker]
  • Grindr gets the watercolor treatment. [Tumblr via AFC Contributor Ben Macaulay]
  • This explains a lot: The New York Times exposes Twitter’s underbelly of fake accounts dealings, helping us understand why people get 20,000 new followers overnight. They’re “now getting into the retweet business.” [The New York Times]
  • Estée Lauder deepens its relationship with the Met. In a move compared to the Rockefellers, and the Annenbergs, Leonard A. Lauder has promised the museum his billion-dollar Cubist collection, said to be one of the greatest in the world. Incredibly, Lauder tells the Times that when he began his collection forty years ago, “a lot was still available, because nobody really wanted it.” [NYTimes]
  • Target deepens its relationship with art. Target, already a major supporter or the Walker and MoMA’s “Target” Free Fridays, now sponsors MoMA’s educational programs. [MoMA]
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The Art World is Crumbling, but We Have Chromatic Dinosaurs

by Corinna Kirsch on February 8, 2012
  • Walmart is full of evil; they’re screwing with Miami Basel. [Artnet]
  • Carol Vogel writes about the Met like it’s fallen into a doomsday scenario: “the fountains are leaking, the sidewalk is crumbling, and the trees are dying.” [The New York Times]
  • Junk Jet just released its newest issue about all things “net-heart!”. You can see most of the issue on Junk Jet‘s Flickr; and it includes essays and images by a “who’s who” list of net-aware writers, curators, and artists like Nicholas O’BrienArtie VierkantRafaël Rozendaal, and Bea Fremderman. Oh, and it includes an essay by our Editor-in-Chief, Will Brand. <3333s! [Junk Jet]
  • One of our Associate Editors, Whitney Kimball has an expert’s eye for painting. Here, she reviews Sarah McEneaney’s show at Tibor de Nagy. [New American Paintings]
  • Facebook won’t allow its users to post photos that show breast feeding. Moms are mad; protests have been happening outside of Facebook offices worldwide. [Tiny Nibbles]
  • You Tube’s full of hidden goodies. It’s not just funny puppies and cute kitties – or cute puppies and funny kitties; it has oodles of early computer animation to sift through. Not to be too hipster in my choice of subject matter, but Chromosaurus, a mesmerizing video of shiny dinosaurs, is a great place to start exploring the corners of early CGI. [YouTube]
  • According to this lawsuit, porn can’t be copyrighted. [Torrent Freak]
  • Andrew Andrew, one of our nominees for the AFCRPAAaA*, give a feisty video review of the downtown theater scene, chock full of banter ranging from what ants eat for dinner to sticking a dick in a plant. [Paper]
  • Many thanks to another one of our AFCRPAAaA* awards nominees, Adam Lindemann, who just gave AFC a new tagline: “What you do is great, if somewhat misguided.” Yes, these are words of wisdom. [Twitter]
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