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4th of July GIFs: “A Celebration of Freedom, Diversity, and Hot Dogs” by Yoshi Sodeoka

by The AFC Staff on July 4, 2013
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Oh man, we’ve been waiting to post these GIFs all week. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

Some background: In honor of the holiday, we asked Japanese-born artist Yoshi Sodeoka to make us a set of American themed gifs. In response, he created this INCREDIBLE set of GIFs devoted to our favorite holiday sport: competitive hot dog eating. You’re looking at the winners of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, (which takes place every fourth of July on Coney Island), madly gobbling hot dogs. Flags from the winners’ countries of origin stream out of their ears and across a sky of hyper-colored fireworks. We love these gifs because they are America at her best—loud, exuberant, and entirely too much.

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Stephanie Davidson’s Canada Day: Beaver GIFs, Bikini GIFs, and The Occult

by The AFC Staff on July 1, 2013
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Happy Canada Day y’all! We’re celebrating Canada’s Confederation with a suit of holiday GIFs. These come all the way from Canada—we asked Toronto-based artist Stephanie Davidson to make a few GIFs in honor of the occasion—and boy did we get some doozies. (Some of you may remember Davidson from Denison University’s similarly doozy-rich .gif show Graphics Interchange Format.) We’re talking the occult, the devil and of course, the beaver. Canada Day has never been so awesome.

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Friday Links: There Goes the Neighborhood

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on April 12, 2013

  • As post offices disappear, so too do Depression era murals. The Bronx General Post Office may be sold, threatening this mural by Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson. [Hyperallergic]
  • Torontonians: AFC’s Paddy Johnson will participate on a critic’s round table modeled after David Cohen’s “Review Panel” tomorrow at LUFF with Sky Gooden, Earl Miller, and Amy Lam. They’ll be discussing the Cardiff and Bures Miller show at the AGO, Paul Sietsema at Mercer Union, and Niall Macclelland at Clint Roenisch. [LUFF art + dialogue]
  • Mega dealer Larry Gagosian is giving Pratt students who lost their studios in a fire earlier this year a show. He said he’d been moved by the story, citing his own losses in a fire that occurred in his house in the Hamptons in 2011. [NYTimes]
  • It’s a bad day for the people. The Hopis of Arizona have failed in their efforts to block an auction of sacred masks, or “friends”. The Hopis claim that outsiders who photograph, collect, and sell the objects are committing sacrilege; the Néret-Minet auction house estimates that today’s auction auction will be one of the largest Hopi artifact sales ever, netting around $1 million. [NY Times]
  • Wired has some news for us: GIFs can be used as art! [Wired]

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AFC Sneak Peek: “twohundredfiftysixcolors”

by Corinna Kirsch on April 8, 2013
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The first full-length film about GIFs made up of GIFs premieres next week. The film isn’t available online just yet, but lucky for us—and you—AFC was given an exclusive preview, a section of “landscape” GIFs. It’s beautiful.

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Weekend Links: Projectile Pee Explained

by Paddy Johnson on June 25, 2012
  • Jeff Koons is making inflatable Venuses of Willendorf. [Bloomberg]
  • For the GIF nerd. [GIF Peanut Butter]
  • The Internet actually is a series of tubes, according to author Andrew Blum. His new book, Tubes, A Journey to the Center of the Universe is reviewed in the New York Times. Urban Omnibus has the real story though. [Urban Omnibus]
  • Love this Calvin Tomkins profile on The Tate’s Nicholas Serota. Lesson learned: Set your expectations high. [The New Yorker, subscribers only]
  • It turns out drugs are behind last year’s “projectile” urination fiasco at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. Carmen Tisch told press Friday that she was high on bath salts and is sorry for the $10,000 worth of damage she caused to the Still painting. [NY Daily News, via: Animal NY]
  • Carol Kino rewrites a press release for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and publishes it at The New York Times. We’re sure the nine photographers who’ve been asked to photograph “the modern American South” have done a great job, that Richard Misrach’s previously undeveloped photographs from a 1998 commission are worth a view, and that the newly commissioned work they have on view deserves additional exposure. For this reason, it’s a real shame there’s no meat to this story. [NYTimes]
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The Freshest Internets: Deutsche Bank and the Guggenheim Split, but Jay-Z still loves Gagosian

by Corinna Kirsch on February 7, 2012

  • Jay-Z played Carnegie Hall last night and while on stage, he gave a three-artist salute to his art dealer, Larry Gagosian. Aw, luv! [Twitter]
  • GIFs have started to trend in style photography; even fashion lines like Agent Provacateur are using GIFs on their websites. [Vice Style]
  • Deutsche Bank almost entirely funds Deutsche Guggenheim, the museum’s Berlin outpost, but now Deutsche Bank is ending its partnership. What will happen to the museum? Well, Deutsche Bank wants to turn the museum into “a place for political and corporate conferences.” [Art Observed]
  • Art isn’t like laundry detergent, but it is like a cell phone. Star Wars Modern writes a smart essay about the spectrum of commodification in art and how art is “a black swan out at the far edge of the consumer economy’s left field.”  [Star Wars Modern]
  • Hooray! Hennessy Youngman uploaded a new video. His last one memed pretty well; he coined a nickname for Hirst – sharkface – that caused a little internet sensation. This vid’s theme? Performance. [You Tube]
  • These “pawcasso kittens” are skilled at fundraising, proving you don’t need a MA in Arts Administration to make money for a non-profit. [Daily Mail]
  • The NEH is doing something right: they granted Wesleyan University money for a curator! [The Wesleyan Argus]
  • In yet another step toward total art world domination, Ai Weiwei will design another building for the Olympics. [ArchDaily]
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Notes on Curatorial Ideas For Digital Media

by Anthony Espino on October 12, 2011
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“If I were a curator” rants are always the best; you get years of napkin-scribblings in a matter of minutes, and every now and again you come across something honestly new. Net artist Duncan Alexander has lobbed a few digital art exhibition ideas over at his blog Hypothete, and we just have to quibble.

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