The art world must have speculative fiction on the brain. The week starts with a discussion of the art of 2050 and continues with art about the seen and unseen (“the unknown” is a pervasive theme this week). There’s also a lot having to do with data: the good, the bad, and the ugly—depending on how you feel about infographics.
Inspired by the new Fox reality show “Utopia”, Adam Sternbegh wonders if we’ve binged out on so much dystopia that we can’t handle the genre any more. (The actual show looks like a set up for something like “Sex House“). Seems unlikely, since sincere belief in Utopia right now makes you either a cult leader or a creepy Silicon Valley exec. But still, Sternbergh would still like to see the genre make a comeback. [New York Magazine]
Damien Hirst is exceptionally fancy. He has enough castles now to fill a slideshow. [artnet News]
George Lawler knew his father robbed a bank at gunpoint, but had no idea he was a muse for Andy Warhol. He found out only after reading a review of the recent show at the Queens Museum, 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair. This New York Times piece is basically just PR for the show, but there are some good quotes. Mainly, Lawler’s depressing realization at the end of the piece: “Wasn’t it Andy Warhol who said everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame? Here’s mine, I guess.” [The New York Times]
Clay Shirky on the inevitable death of print media: “The future of print remains what? Try to imagine a world where the future of print is unclear: Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide ‘Click to buy’ is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really. Meanwhile, back in the treasurer’s office, have a look at this chart.” [Medium]
Journalistic nightmare alert: Don Lemon’s Ferguson interview with Talib Kweli goes so so wrong at around 2 minutes in. [Gawker]
Astrophysicists can date paintings to the minute. Only the first sentence of this article is amusing. What follows is a lesson on the fluidity of art “movements.” We’d be snarky, but we’ve already given Jonathan Jones enough shit. [The Guardian]
Speaking of whale revenge, a video of a fish eating a shark. [Gawker]
A thousandth nail in the coffin of Williamsburg culture. Mr. Brainwash is making murals for real estate development LCOR now, which, if you’ve ever seen Exit Through The Gift Shop, should come as no surprise. Inspiration seems to stem entirely from Starbucks decor. A plague on all your houses. [Buzz Buzz]
Christo is planning a large scale project on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Know what he wants to do to it? Cover it in fabric, six miles of fabric. [Artnet News]
Time to pay the piper, Internet. Twitter is on its way to Facebook-level suckage. “What Twitter is doing at the moment is testing us to see how much extra pain we’re willing to tolerate,” Vlad Savov observes of the paid-for content, promoted tweets, and profile redesigns. And then that’ll just be our lives forever. [The Verge]
Sixty-year-old artist Stephen Turner, who’s been living in a floating wooden egg for the past year, has “hatched.” The images of this are less disturbing than one might anticipate. [BBC News]
Kate Taylor wrote a piece for The Globe and Mail about the history and recent influx of visitors to wax museums like Madame Tussauds. Apparently, so many people were taking pictures with and touching the Justin Bieber figure at the New York branch that it had to be removed; the figure’s clothes were falling off and the staff could not keep it intact. [The Globe and Mail]
The Daily Mail made up a story about George Clooney’s mother-in-law, claiming violent religious differences where there were none. Clooney responds. [USA Today]
Pacific Standard’s Casey N. Cep discusses how the new “time-lapse” feature on Apple’s iPhone, will be the end of the selfie era, since “portraiture doesn’t lend itself to time-lapse unless the interval is seasons instead of seconds.” This is a pretty bold prediction that probably won’t come into fruition; Youtube is filled with videos of time-lapse portraiture taking place over short time intervals, like this one of a homeless veteran that has over 18 million views. [Pacific Standard]
The Queens Museum announces their QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship program which will award 3 grants of $20,000 each to a New York based emerging artist. Artists must have lived in NYC for a year to be eligible and be at the “dawn” of their career. They can’t be in school or have had a solo show yet. [Queens Museum]
The New York Times gives a thorough account of how Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges mishandled a case of rape. A revealed in May by the Department of Justice, 55 universities are currently being investigated for improperly handling sexual assaults. [New York Times]
Dependably thorough reportage from Adrianne Jeffries and Russell Brandom on Airbnb’s campaign to rally people behind its legitimization efforts. The company wants to change a 2010 state law prohibiting city dwellers from renting out their entire apartments for less than 29 days, and it wants to figure out how to pay taxes. [The Verge]
Don’t forget to stop by Sarah Sze’s Venice Biennale Pavilion “Triple Point”, which is now at the Bronx Museum. It’s only up for about a month, which is insane. [Facebook]
Southern Australia has a forever-drought, called climate change, a new study shows. [Motherboard]
Turns out many New York condos are being bought by foreigners looking for ways to park their money without much scrutiny. They don’t live in the condos, and there are concerns that the apartments are simply being used as a means of laundering money. [New York Magazine]
Get ready to recover from the art fairs. We’ve got a short but sweet events listings for you this week so that you can slowly return to normal. For the most part, the events aren’t in Manhattan: Check out Where 4: Siebren Versteeg, a shipping container gallery show around the Knickerbocker M stop on Tuesday, Ann Hirsch’s solo show of sculptures, drawings, and prints at Bed-Stuy’s American Contemporary on Friday. But be sure to save your energy for Open Engagement. Founded in Canada in 2007, the social-activist art conference will finally be running in Queens. Woot!
Good news for those of you who couldn’t get tickets to Performa’s blockbusters! There are still free and open Performa events (a 24-hour group performance, a screening by the Gay Cable Network archive) and non-Performa exhibitions of puppets, comics, animation, and a queer experimental film festival.