I haven’t talked to a single person who isn’t sick of the art fairs, but since we’ll all be in Miami this week for them, we’re in this shit together. So let’s make this as quick and as painless as possible. Here is the Art F City fair guide. We didn’t bother listing everything because it’s not worth trying to see everything. A little curation never hurt anyone.
From the Mutations email gif collaboration. jimpunk and Simon Stage
I love that this gif above resembles folk art. The piece is from the Mutations website, an email gif collaboration project. [Mutations]
HILARIOUS: Five Subtle Sounds That Will Make Him Ask, “What’s Wrong”? [Reductress]
Zadie Smith on climate change. “And then also it’s important to remember that the necessary conditions of our lives—those things that seem to us unavoidably to be the case—are not only debated by physicists and philosophers but exist, irrationally, in the minds of the rest of us, beneath contempt intellectually, perhaps, but we still experience them as permanent facts. The climate was one of those facts. We did not think it could change. That is, we always knew we could do a great deal of damage to this planet, but even the most hubristic among us had not imagined we would ever be able to fundamentally change its rhythms and character, just as a child who has screamed all day at her father still does not expect to see him lie down on the kitchen floor and weep.” [New York Review of Books]
With the new leadership of Helen Toomer, we knew changes were coming to Pulse. We didn’t know how many of them would be good though. Pulse is introducing a special section curated by Toomer called POINTS, which invites alternative spaces and non-profit organizations to present a special exhibition. Given the dwindling number of non-profits we see at larger fairs like Frieze and The Armory this is a well needed move. [ArtInfo]
A listicle for 100 Brooklyn influencers and their friends. We count ourselves amongst said friends: Animal’s Marina Galperina is interviewed! [Brooklyn Magazine]
A story about how when commercials go viral lots of people see them and people buy stuff. I’ve probably reduced the story of “First Kiss” a little unfairly, but that is the gist of it. [The New York Times]
From the sound of Holland Cotter’s review, Degenerate Art at the Neue Galerie is a show not to be missed. [The New York Times]
I suppose this was inevitable: Putin’s handling of the Crimean crisis is backed by some Russian museum leaders. [The Art Newspaper]
Looking for something to do this Sunday? You can always look for leprechauns. [nygovparks]
Art fair week used to pain my sensitive art heart. Now all that’s changed; this year, we have a booth! This weekend, we’ll be heading to Frieze, NADA, Seven, Pulse, and Cutlog, and major openings of Jeff Koons, Jack Goldstein, and the Parsons Festival.