Eunsong Kim and Maya Isabella Mackrandilal call out the Whitney Biennial’s whiteness and political grey areas. They’re particularly pissed about Donelle Woolford, the fake black female persona created by Joe Scanlan, who went as far as trying to get his avatar into the Studio Museum. They’ve written a manifesto, which opens:
1. Diversity is not the inclusion of those not from New York. Diversity isn’t more white women. Diversity isn’t safe art. Diversity isn’t black bodies put on display by white artists. [The New Inquiry, h/t @PDRVelez]
If you use the Internet, beware. A bug has made it easy for people to hack sites which use OpenSSL. Here’s a list. [github.com]
Five reasons not to raise venture capital. (Artsy, are you listening?) [Model View Culture]
Jean Georges: Still four stars. A glowing review, but I like Pete Wells’s tiny acknowledgement near the end of the piece, that as good as any restaurant is, “the game can always be played at a higher level”. True, for all fields. [The New York Times]
A trove of Nazi-looted art has been released back to its current owner, the now very suspicious-looking Cornelius Gurlitt. The collection’s provenance remains under scrutiny. Oh, art news. [The New York Times]
Basically, the best Animated GIF Site ever. [Qil.me]
Anyone else remember Kate Mulgrew, the only female starfleet captain in the Star Trek TV series franchise? This enlightened actor is now narrating a documentary called “The Principle”, which claims that the sun revolves around the earth. The film is in part bankrolled by ultra-conservative and anti-Semitic Robert Sungenis. Mulgrew has already released a statement saying she’s not a geocentrist and was misled by the filmmakers. [The Superficial]
Sounds like art gyms are sweeping the nation; there’s one now in Houston with memberships starting at $150/month. [Glasstire]
United States Artists, a major arts funding group, is relocating from L.A. to Chicago. It’s unclear how much of a coup this is for the city of Los Angeles—do their 50 artist awards of 50K slant towards artists in the city? Whatever the case, Hyperallergic seems to think the loss is significant. [Hyperallergic]
Bar none, the best response we’ve seen to George W. Bush’s paintings:
Why do they exist? Why are they being exhibited? How are they being used and discussed? Why do they matter?
I think the simplest answer for why George W. Bush started painting is because he has nothing else to do. Bush is toxic and unemployable as a political figure. He can’t campaign for Republicans, can’t talk on television about anything important, can’t give speeches for money, can’t write memoirs, can’t travel to certain countries where he runs the hypothetical risk of getting arrested for war crimes. Painting is a harmless and respectable pursuit that offers an aura of cultured acceptability….
This is as good a time as any to point out that Bush painted his portraits, not just from photographs–a common enough practice as well as a long-established contemporary, conceptual strategy, though I think only the former pertains here–but from the top search result on Google Images. Many photos were taken from the subject’s Wikipedia entry. Bush based his paintings on the literally first-to-surface, easiest-to-find photos of his subjects.
Is this meaningful in any way? If he had one, it would mean Bush’s studio assistant is very, very lazy. [Greg.org]
Maybe we would talk more about Bush’s record if we called that art, too. Allen continues:
Ironically, there is even more important art buried within the Senate’s trove of classified CIA documents. And as Bush was being interviewed by his daughter on NBC, these other artworks were still being actively suppressed. Jason Leopold and Al Jazeera reported that the Senate report contains detailed sketches of waterboarding by Abu Zubaydah, a senior Al Qaeda leader imprisoned at Guantanamo….Since the CIA illegally destroyed its own waterboarding videotapes in 2005, these drawings may be the most powerful visual evidence of the torture regime we have left. [Greg.org]
Koch Industries may hold the most net acreage in leases of the Canadian oil sands, which means they’d have the most to gain from the Keystone Pipeline. Time to stop buying Angel Soft toilet paper, I guess. [Washington Post]