Brooklyn-based Esther Ruiz waxes philosophical on art history, sci-fi, and mythology in her neon-filled solo exhibition The Whole is Other than the Sum of its Parts, now on view at Baltimore’s Platform Gallery.
Will technology save us, or kill us all? In her latest on artnet News, Paddy Johnson takes a close look at Daniel Levya’s show at Interstate Projects, where he has created a technological heaven and hell. The show sounds beautiful, with cathedral windows, plinths for iPads and demonic, flapping angel wings. [artnet News]
Speaking of Paddy, tonight she will critiquing the finalists at ArtPrize, one of (if not, the) world’s largest art prize. Over livestream, Johnson and fellow experts will be reviewing 3D and time-based juried finalists, whom, as it turns out, were chosen by a mix of public vote and experts including Hyperallergic’s Hrag Vartanian. Will she approve of his choices? Tune in tonight at 7 PM for some debate! [Artprize livestream]
Tomorrow night at Judson Church, a public memorial for Feature Inc. founder Hudson. [Feature Inc.]
Do large New York City museums use the Internet to expand or to improve upon already existing exhibitions? Some institutions, like the Brooklyn Museum, are using the web to improve things on home fronts. But, big surprise: The Met sees the Internet as an opportunity to conquer the world. [The New York Times]
And on a slightly related note from the Onion: “Shitty Museum Doesn’t Even Have a Mona Lisa.” [The Onion]
Artist claims that Gilbert and George ripped off his work. He may have a point. Here’s Gilbert and George’s 2007 work, and here’s Atkinson’s from 1989. [artnet News]
Because it’s August and Friday and art news is slow, here’s some Star Wars trivia: Chewbacca’s voice came from recordings of four bears, a badger, a lion, a seal, and a walrus, all animals living in Long Beach. [The Atlantic]
In yesterday’s links we begged the world to stop this parody-music revival going on. Just to spite us, the universe has decided not to let up. Lonely Island is making a movie with Judd Apatow. Anything’s better than Weird Al Yankovic at the Super Bowl, I guess. [The Verge]
More than 900 writers under the name Authors United are signing an open letter admonishing Amazon for questionable practices. The claim: Amazon is discouraging readers from buying books from the publisher Hachette, as a way of pressuring it into giving better deals to Amazon on e-books. [Los Angeles Times]
Former President Nixon’s media legacy involves the continued presidential blackballing of it. [The Atlantic]
Social practice writers, artists, and historians: FIELD, the peer-review journal for you guys, has arrived. The first call for papers will remain open through October 15. Oh, and it’s run by Grant Kester and some other great people at UCSD. [Field Journal]
Nigeria still has a ways to go for its artists to compete in the global art market. Artists claim a poor level of service from dealers; dealers claim artists wrangle in backroom sales. [All Africa]
First rule of art school: Don’t act surprised when your teacher fails you for making art about shit. [Huffington Post]
Thanksgiving day post brainstorming included Turkey art, egg posts, and Macy’s Day Parade coverage, but that shit’s tired. Instead, we bestow upon you a YouTube Thanksgiving Day Parade! And stay with us- there’s a turkey in there.
The Performa Biennial, a city-wide series of performances commissioned by the Performa Institute, returns this year with a line-up that is chock-full of private and public performance, song and dance, classes, lectures, experimental comedy, and a rap joust. Among Performa 11’s themes are language, politics, sculpture, Russian Constructivism, and Fluxus. The schedule, which runs from November 1st-20th, includes a hefty handful of reputed performance artists, choreographers, and comedians, so you'll want to start booking those tickets now; hence, dear readers, we did some legwork and made a list of picks for you. Here are the events we recommend for this week and next.
China rejects science fiction, but video from Japan suggests evidence of zombie squids. People are even more into storm trooper outfits than previously suspected. None of us can afford Powhida (trust him), but if we don’t touch anything, we can check him out though the window of the Marlborough Gallery. A bold few dare to suggest that academic writing is superfluously convoluted.