These GIFs were originally made for Sheroes, a limited run art party in Toronto that hosted performances and screenings responding to a lauded woman. The number of amazing GIFs made for the Dolly Parton themed party is truly astounding, but these by Anthony Antonellis really stand out. That’s partly just because they’re so weird and creepy, but also the motion of these heads really activates the image. They move like bobble heads and have the same effect—except I guess that most bobbles won’t cast a reflection in a car wind shield near as nice as the water pictured here.
Tom Moody has complained that there’s not enough analysis in our GIF of the Day posts. He thinks the Anthony Antonellis GIF I posted a few days back lacks compelling movement and content. I stand by the pick. The image isn’t supposed to have any deep meaning—it’s supposed to look like spamm, and it succeeds—but Moody brings up a fair point. Why bother posting all these images if we don’t look at them critically?
We’re going to change that. Once every three weeks or so we’ll take a look back on the GIFs we’ve posted and talk about what we think succeeds and what we think falls flat. Tom Moody’s Sketch_J3 is now on that list.
Now you can buy trading cards of female net artists. But cheerleading, really? Sorry, but I would’ve preferred a deck that shows actual stats where artists get HP and special attacks, not “cheer highlights.” [Etsy, via Anthony Antonellis]
The International Center for Photography will close its Midtown museum in January 2015. [Artnet]
Greenpoint is about to get real. Real smelly. [Gothamist]
If fair overload doesn’t kill you this week, the events will. Get ready for the Whitney Biennial, the Last Brucennial, and a throwdown show by Anthony Antonellis at Transfer this weekend. Don’t count on sleeping this week.
Take a look around New York this morning. Does it look any different? No, but we do have a new mayor. [The Internet]
Speaking of mayors, have you heard that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smokes crack? And yet, his popularity in the polls increased after a video of him smoking crack was released. At one point, there were witnesses. They’re all dead. [The Internet]
The Dallas Museum of Art received an anonymous $9 million gift; $5 million will go toward digitizing its collection, and the remainder will fund its free admission policy. So there are ways for museums to keep admission costs free, eh, Major Museums in New York? [Artforum]
Now that Anthony Antonellis and Arjun Srivasta have been revealed as the founders of Net Artist Daily they’ve been interviewed for DisMagazine by Nicholas O’Brien. [DisMagazine]
We’ve grown a little weary of the breathless news stories on lost and found art, but Michael Kimmelman breaths some new life into the story of found treasures that were once the victims of Nazi looting. The article was sparked by the discovery of some 1,500 masterpieces in Augsburg, Germany. [The New York Times]
Brooklyn Heights Cinema, New York City’s oldest movie theater, will not be given a green light to revamp its historic building. The Historic Districts Council doesn’t like the part where the current building would be demolished and made to look “more like a new TriBeCa or SoHo loft than a Brooklyn Heights building.” [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
Vanity Fair compiles a list of the six “greatest” living artists. They polled 100 “art-world worthies” to find that the greatest consists of, for the most part, very old white men: Gerhard Richter tops the list, followed by Jasper Johns, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, and Ellsworth Kelly. [Vanity Fair]
Great Britain has entered into a kangaroo hostage situation. The National Maritime Museum has kept two paintings on view by George Stubbs since 1773, the first ever painting of a kangaroo and a dingo, respectively; however, these paintings weren’t actually owned by the museum, and in 2012, a buyer—from overseas!—purchased the two paintings. In the time since, the museum has rallied for “saving these for the nation,” and just this week, they received a £1.5m donation from someone who lives in Great Britain to do so. Go Patriotism! [The Independent]
There’s been a variety of fun and whimsical art events lately, but every once in a while there’s a week of substantive works which we’ll be thinking back on for years to come. Performa is one of those, and the online biennial “The Wrong” might be another. And after 41 years, this Tuesday’s event at the Clocktower Gallery may be your last opportunity to visit before it’s turned into luxury condos.
The art world may soon see the end of techno-utopianism. At least, that’s the impression I got from an afternoon of well-attended panels at Pratt’s PHATT-B digital arts fest on Saturday. Net art savants tended to express optimism about sharing and expression– but often, couched in a more realistic understanding of the Internet’s industrial and social fallout.