This little girl used face swap with her doll. Nightmare fuel. [IMGUR]
The 90-year-old German woman who filled in the crossword puzzle Fluxus piece by Arthur Köpcke is now claiming (via her lawyer) copyright-protection for the “collaborative work” that she enhanced by completing. You really should read the full statement, this woman’s lawyer is hilarious. [Ars Technica]
Music producer Swizz Beatz is bringing his No Commission Art Fair to the Bronx. The fair provides free exhibition space and gives 100% of profits to the artist. The inaugural edition that was held in Miami featured 35 artists and sold over $1m in art. [artnet News]
Recently, President Obama became the first sitting president to publish an academic paper. Now, he’s published an article in Glamour about what feminism means to him. Will post-Presidency Obama become a blogger? We hope so. [Glamour]
Rhizome is looking to hire a software curator and an assistant curator of net art. If you’re the type of person who’s qualified for that, this is a rare opportunity. [Rhizome]
A very interesting piece about the culture and politics of the contemporary art scene in Brazil. It’s a thorough look at a place that’s going to be in the news a lot in the coming weeks. [Even Magazine]
This is some bullshit. The International Olympics Committee has expressly forbidden press from making animated GIFs. [The Verge]
Not one, but TWO art detective stories: The first is the story of how Arthur Brand tracked down lost masterpieces by Dali and Tamara de Lempicka. The second is a look at how researchers used a particle accelerator to identify a portrait beneath the surface of Degas’s “Portrait of a Woman.” [The Independent, The Guardian]
Speaking of art history researchers, a new documentary that goes behind the scenes with the people who study Bosch is opening today. It looks great. [YouTube]
Even though the museum is still facing millions of dollars in deficits and undergoing layoffs, the Met announced that its had record attendance this year. [The New York Times]
Currently featured as part of the New Museum’s First Look: New Art Online series, Miao Ying’s “Chinternet Plus” takes on Chinese web censorship, corporate aesthetics, and propaganda with the power of .net art.
Thankfully, the next few days aren’t as stressfully-packed with events as Frieze Week was. But we’ve picked out a handful of options if you’re still hankering to see some art. Tuesday night, Matt Bolinger’s solo show opens at Zurcher Gallery, featuring cinematic paintings of Middle-American life. Wednesday, rising art-star Kour Pour opens a new exhibition at Feuer/Mesler that looks to be a new direction for the painter. Thursday is a big night for fans of drawing: David Nolan Gallery has a Jorinde Voigt show and The Drawing Center is offering a Josef Albers-inspired workshop.
The weekend is when things get weirder. Christopher K. Ho’s solo exhibition at Present Company looks at aging, “art dads”, religion, and more Friday night. At the same time, Invisible Exports is opening Frida Smoked, a group show about women artists and their cigarettes. Saturday, Rhizome’s annual Seven on Seven conference will present collaborations between tech insiders and artists and Underdonk will open an ambitious group show of tiny sculptures from dozens of artists. Borna Sammak’s solo show also opens at American Medium that night. But Sunday sounds like it will be the most fun—Hyperalleric has organized a walking tour of artist’s graves in Green-Wood cemetery, so go enjoy the partially-sunny outdoors after a rainy weekend.
An important internet art archive will soon shutter. Turbulence.org, an online project that has commissioned new net art and networked hybrid artworks since the mid-1990s, announced over the weekend it would be going offline on December 31, 2016.
According to the announcement — made via a mass email to past and present artists, as well as in a public Facebook update — the organization can no longer sustain the operating costs needed to maintain its online archive.
We’ve been following NEW INC since it’s founding in 2014. An arm of the New Museum design to offer professional development opportunities to creatives in all fields, NEW INC offers a much-needed support model. Now, two years in and newly accepted applications for its September 2016-2017 term, how’s the non-profit doing?
“One thing that has been unique about NEW INC and incredibly important to our mission is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all community or approach to the idea of entrepreneurship,” says Julia Kaganskiy, NEW INC’s director, in an email interview with AFC. “We believe that even an individual artist or designer in the program is an entrepreneur — a business of one.”
Eric Turquin in front of “Judith Bheading Holofernes”
The FBI is now offering a $25,000 reward for information in the Warhol “Soup Can” heist from the Springfield Art Museum. Whoever the thief is, they’re either dumb or extremely picky. The set of seven “flavors” stolen will be substantially less valuable without the three left behind: pepper pot, cream of mushroom and consommé (beef). [Inquisitr]
Alan Lupiani checks in on Natural Disruptions, a collaborative mural-based project in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park led by artists Mark Dorf and Anthony Goicolea. [Hyperallergic]
A long-lost Caravaggio has been discovered in an attic in France. [New York Times]
Can we talk about how amazing the Brooklyn Museum’s Reanimation Library is? It’s collection prioritizing printed materials from the public realm with visual information, and is dedicated to being a resource “that inspires the production of new work”. (And yes, the image collection has been digitized.) [Reanimation Library]
Rich artist destroys his passport because he was pissed off with his work in the Sydney Biennale. [ARTnews]
Art Cologne launches its 50th iteration tomorrow. Here’s a brief history of the mother of all fairs, an event that drastically changed the course of the art world. [Deutsche Welle]
If there are any Wendy fans out there, get excited: Walter Scott’s sequel to his cutting art world satire will be dropping this fall. [Koyama Press]
Rhizome announces the collaborators for this year’s Seven on Seven conference. The artist/technologist pairings include Hito Steyerl with Aesthetic Integration co-founder Grant Olney Passmore, and Miranda July with Postlight co-founder Paul Ford. [Artforum]
The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) has announced plans for an ambitious $60 million expansion and renovation of their main buildings on McCaul Street, just south of Dundas in Toronto. Improvements will be made on the 1920s heritage building, George Reid House, and the famed Will Allsop-designed Sharp Centre for Design. So far, the Ontario government has chipped in $27 million toward the project, but OCADU will have to fundraise the rest. Not mentioned in all of this is what further “revitalization” we can expect in the Grange Park neighborhood: condos, perhaps? [Urban Toronto]
The “American Attitudes Toward Art” survey results have been released and there aren’t too many shockers. 44.3% of people aged 18-24 and 33.8% of people aged 25-34 use social media to discover new art, while people over 65 (at least 29.5% of them) prefer to discover new artists through museums. Based on the press release, be prepared for this report to inspire way too many online art-selling platforms to spring up to cater to millennials. News flash: we go to galleries too and we’re too broke to buy art. [Business Wire]
Richard Prince’s new show at Sadie Coles is a series of cartoon-inspired pieces depicting nudist culture. According to writer Catherine Sedgewick, they feature young, big-breasted women being pursued by lecherous old men in the context of hippie culture. Richard Prince, what are you doing? [The Upcoming]
What a week for New York City! From the small gestures aimed at pedestrians, like project space FOUR A.M. in the Lower East Side, to the triumphant return of Jack Early to Chelsea on Thursday night, we’ve got you covered on weeknights. Our very own Paddy Johnson will be speaking at NYU on Friday all about our favorite medium: GIFs. Be sure to pre-register for the event, which has a reception where you can say hi! Then, head to Bushwick for a night of group and two-person shows at neighboring artist-run spaces Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Transmitter, and Underdonk. Saturday, check out perpetual AFC fav Alex Ebstein’s yoga mat paintings at Ridgewood’s lorimoto. But Sunday might be the day that goes down as one of the weirdest and most fun in the city’s art history: Greater New York artist Hayley Aviva Silverman is mashing-up 1990s disaster cinema with 1830s literature for a theatrical production starring dogs. Let that singular experience marinate on your 35 minute M train ride to Chinatown Soup, where Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s pop-up cybercafe promises to give us a glimpse of what the internet looks like in China (hint: very different) plus snacks!
New York-based new media non-profit Rhizome announced yesterday it was awarded a two-year $600,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build Webrecorder, a tool that allows users to archive the internet’s “dynamic content”.
It’s a big deal—the largest grant the organization has received in its 20-year history, and a signalling of the importance for institutions to steer the development of tech tools.