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CALLING ALL WAFFLE-EATING ARTISTS!

by Clara Olshansky on August 22, 2013
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This Saturday morning, you can get a free Wafels & Dinges waffle in exchange for art! And their waffles can get expensive. I say, make a sculpture or statue. How awesome would it be to see a waffle truck decorated with tiny waffle trucks?

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Miranda July’s “We Think Alone” Lets You Know Celebrities Are Normal People, Too

by Corinna Kirsch on July 5, 2013
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Miranda July used to make art about normal people, but now she makes art about celebrities. In We Think Alone, an email project that debuted on Monday, July delivers celebrities’ emails straight to your inbox, revealing the mundane and absurd details that make up their lives. Celebrities: they’re just like us!

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New York’s First Citi Bike Art Performance Includes Fake Vulva

by Corinna Kirsch on June 5, 2013
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Less than two weeks after the debut of Citi Bike, the city’s first bike-rental program, New Yorkers got their first taste of Citi Bike art.

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A New Tell-All Website: Rate My Artist Residency

by Corinna Kirsch on April 12, 2013
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We’ve all heard horror stories about artist residencies. There was no bathroom for miles on the farm! The studios were rickety and falling apart! The application fees were outrageous! There has to be a way to know in advance, and now there is.

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That Ryan McGinley Billboard Looks Like an Apple Ad

by Corinna Kirsch on April 2, 2013
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In his latest public art project, artist Ryan McGinley pays homage to what Chelsea’s all about: the Apple store.

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William Wegman’s First-Ever GIF Needs A Title

by Corinna Kirsch on March 8, 2013
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Today, artist William Wegman made his first GIF. Yes, it involves one of his Weimaraner puppies, but no, it does not yet have a title.

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New Artist Commissions Debut on CNN

by Paddy Johnson on August 28, 2012
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I’ll admit to having a biased interest in CNN’s gallery of artworks commissioned for the elections. I recommended a number of the artists for this feature, so it’s fascinating to see who made their final list and who the organization came up with themselves. Judging by the commissions, it appears Bravo’s cancelled Work of Art reality series has more influence on mainstream news media than I would have guessed.

A couple of quick thoughts on the feature:

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Blast from the Past: Smith and Wegman’s The World of Photography

by Paddy Johnson on August 17, 2012
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If you haven’t seen Michael Smith and William Wegman’s The World of Photography (1986), set aside 25 minutes to do so. The film serves students and comedians alike; Wegman plays a seasoned photographer willing to teach Smith, an eager but dimwitted student who maintains the baseless belief that he has a knack for photography. Weirdness ensues. Smith obsesses over sandwiches. Seemingly everything reminds Wegman of his dog. Oddly enough, the whole film is a little like watching Twin Peaks’ Detective Cooper man a photo studio, which is pretty great.

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Summer Reading: The New Issue of “The Highlights”

by Whitney Kimball on July 11, 2012
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Boo-yah. This week christens a brand-new issue of “The Highlights,” one of the more freewheeling online arts journals. A few highlights so far include Carmen Winant’s refreshingly breezy critical essay on the film “Personal Best” and analytical translations of Yiddish Brooklyn street posters by Robert Hult. A sample: “Another shtreimel hat ad from 2009, this one placing a hat between a blue sky and a computer generated sunburst, suggesting movement.” Shazam.

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