What do nude pandas look like? What do naked artists wearing panda hats look like? On November 18, 2014, those questions you never asked will be answered. This is the date we launch Art F City’s 2015 panda calendar and print series, Artists as Pandas in the Nude—it will be an event to behold. All calendars and prints will be available for FREE with a tax-deductible donation to the blog.
Check back on the 18th and GET READY FOR SOME FUR. In the meantime, you can find out more after the jump.
“Ways of Something, Part One” made its online premiere last night. Watch above.
Videos: the new hip offering for young billionaires. [Artnet News]
Artist-activists should apply right now to the Rauschenberg Foundation’s “Artist as Activist” program. They’re giving away piles and piles of money to artists committed to working with the public. Applications are due October 13th. Following grants will be awarded to help combat climate change. [The Rauschenberg Foundation]
One Amazon-published pulp novelist writes that Amazon has enabled him to produce more than he ever would have through traditional publishers, and the same is true for crime novelists, fan fiction writers, and niche writers the world over. “It’s been the most enjoyable creative burst of my career, a gleeful hack’s sprint toward nowhere in particular,” Neal Pollack writes. [Slate]
More points for Amazon: back in May, the company joined a coalition of big companies in favor of net neutrality. Sign this net neutrality petition for this blog, and all blogs. [Battle for the Net]
Just announced: Hyperplace Harlem is a three day festival featuring media and visual artists, readings, performances, workshops, and discussions that runs from October 4-6. There should be lots of tech projects here; get your nerd on. [Hyperplace]
What do you even do with 71 paintings after they’re all reported stolen? [Artnet News]
Watch-nerds review the Apple Watch. The verdict? It will disrupt the low-end watch market. “It offers so much more functionality than other digitals it’s almost embarrassing.” Read the section on the straps. Rarely have I seen such fawning. And in the “not so great” section of the review a favorite heading: Market Leader in a Category No One Really Asked For. The question posed by the author in this part of the review is whether the Apple Watch is Google’s Glass? I can answer that one right away: No. Google Glass is for assholes. [Hodinkee]
Carolina Miranda talks to artist Lisa Anne Auerbach about her zines, paintings, knitting, and why cats show up in her work so much. [Culture: High & Low]
Like New York, Miami housing has also become a piggybank for the foreign rich. Is displacement potentially endless? Will every city turn into a giant empty condo? [vocativ]
Maybe not! Brooklyn’s median rent has decreased for the first time in 15 months. We’ll hold our excitement, though, since we heard similars about Manhattan last year, and little has come of those. [Curbed]
The Camera Club of New York has been around since 1884. They’re moving to 126 Baxter Street in Chinatown. [Bowery Boogie]
“Sharks are like swimming noses,” says Danielle Dixon, an assistant professor in the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Shark noses suffer when carbon levels rise. Sharks will die. [Treehugger]
This week and next we’ll be featuring the work of seven artists we think you should keep an eye on. Not only are they making extraordinary work, but they’re being recognized for it as well. We kick things off with Rebecca Patek.
Art can repackage experiences in any number of ways; this can either shed light on a problem or give it a coat of bullshit gloss. In the case of rape trauma, choreographer Rebecca Patek’s vision is clear.
We’re still flying by on September’s openings, but by the time the weekend rolls around, we’re gonna see some signs of new art life. Throughout the week, there’s a heckuva bunch of artist talks and lectures. We just might jump out of our panda costumes to attend a few. By the time the weekend rolls around though, we’ll have some hard choices to make. Pandacam re-enactments or Mike Kelley’s behemoth retrospective at PS1, Rollin Leonard’s solo show of cut up digital bodies, or Robert Longo’s Patsy Cline cover band reuniting at The Kitchen. Only time will tell whether the government’s shutdown has greater effects on the art world than anyone could have predicted.
We know what we’re doing this week. We’re stopping by this summer’s neo-feminist-queer-sex-positive-anti-institutional performance festival “Emergency Glitter,” which, among many others, features AFC’s own roommate Rebecca Patek.