I hate to be a downer. On the other hand, I really hate glossing over bad news. With the constant coverage of Trayvon Martin, here are a few other sad stories of death that feel like they’ve been unfairly lost in the 24/7 infotainment shuffle.
As severely underreported as it is sad is the murder of a mother of five, Shaima Alawadi. Alawadi was found beaten in her San Diego home with a xenophobic note left next to her. She died three days later. The Daily Beast reports on the hate crime, here.
Poet Adrienne Rich died March 27. I think I carried an anthology of her poems around with me my entire senior year of highschool. This New Yorker article discusses how relevant, to the point of prognostication, Rich’s verse has been.
Art critic, Hilton Kramer also recently passed away. Known to be a fierce defender of modernism (for example, calling conceptualism “scrapbook art”) he’s enjoyable to read though easy to disagree with. The New York Times remembers him here.
It’d be unprofessional of me to not mention the bevy of biennials, triennials, fairs, and fests taking place in New York at the moment. Especially considering two of our own galleries are in the Big Apple right now making us look good – represent! Here are a few of the highlights of all the action in New York. Also, to get your mind off the hour we’re losing with daylight savings time I’ve included a GIF of a skeleton sauntering like he’s the cock of the walk.
Jerry Saltz wrote an interesting review of the Whitney Biennial for the new issue of New York. Sounds like understated is the new overstated. Read it here.
Our hometown galleries, C. Emerson Fine Arts and Mindy Solomon galleries manned booths at SCOPE this week. Hyperllergic gave the fair a good review here, in the mean time giving CEFA an “extremely honorable mention”.
The Independent, styling itself as a “temporary exhibition forum”, is back in Chelsea for its third time. Don’t get this confused with the Independent in Seminole Heights that styles itself as a “place to get beer and play darts” (quotes mine). Here’s the New York Times’ review of the fair.
Had enough reading? Lastly, a slide show of what this year’s Armory Show had to offer. Flip through it here at the Daily Beast.
Following through on the metaphor, if internet memes go “viral” does that make us information zombies? Perhaps it does. Though real zombification will most likely be the result of an extraterrestrial space mold (and when was the last time a YouTube video went “moldy”) Either way, I’m allowing my mind to succumb to the zombie pull, for the weekend at least. This weekend’s reading guide is a list of some art world memes I’ve run into over the past year. I hope you enjoy them and infect everyone you come in contact with.
What is the one thing the internet is not saturated with? If you said weird smells, you’re wrong. Because the answer is images. There are not enough pictures on the internet. If you also have an insatiable appetite to visually document everything (and then perhaps visually document all of your visual documentation) this week’s reading guide may be for you – the theme is photography. Enjoy the links and the rest of your weekend.
Who doesn’t love photobooths? You always end up with a kiss in them. Behind the Curtain – the Aesthetics of the Photobooth opened yesterday at the Swiss photography museum Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne. This link is a slideshow of some of the photobooth art featured in the exhibit. The show features artists from Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, from surrealism to Fluxus.
Daily Serving serves up this thought-provoking article about photography as sculpture and the relationship between the photo and the photographed. When you jump to the article, check out the installation Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns. The only reason to take a photo of that installation is to force your brain to eat itself.
Here are some powerful images of Mexican laborers on the way to work by artist Alejandro Cartagena’s. I think the heaven’s-eye-view only makes these photos even more sad.
Like Scar is to Mufasa, like Gaston is to the Beast, so will this weekend’s reading guide be to last week’s. Last weekend I gave our lazy brains a respite from reading. However, I know my readers are an intellectual bunch with minds that require regular and rigorous exertion. This weekend’s reading guide is a cerebral one.
From my new favorite site is this article on the mind-liquefying world of 4chan, “alienation, irony, autonomy, [and] discourse”. Auerbach serves up a critical look at the home of both the cyber-activists Anonymous and the lolcats meme. Check it out here.
The local online art review and literary mag Ubernothing released its fifth issue about a month ago and is now accepting submissions for issue VI. Not only will you likely enjoy the reading, but a little local is good for the character. You can find issue five here.
The interview with Nathan Skiles at Sarasota Visual Art was a good read, particularly if you appreciate his abstracty sculpturish work. Skiles had some especially interesting things to say about representation, abstraction, and blurring the two. You can read the interview here.
So you’ve got you’re Keds laced up nice and tight and the beret snug on your head. Now all you need for that hip exhibit tonight is a few talking points. Well, I’ve got you covered – before you spritz on the Drakkar and head out the door, enjoy these links.
I hate to get started on a sad note but brilliant artist Mike Kelley died earlier this week. GalleristNY has an article reporting on his death but centering on his life here, and a slide show of some of his work here.
A copy of daVinci’s Mona Lisa turns out to be older than most people thought. In fact, the New York Times reports here that it could have even been painted by one of daVinci’s students while he painted the original. Let the comparing and contrasting commence.
The entirely online virtual art event VIP Art Fair is back for its second year. The word on the art streets (in this metaphor I’m Huggybear) is that it’s much better than last year. Take off your Keds and beret and relax. You can sign up here.
For some Saturday night art-nerd fun here is an 8-bit video game version of Marina Abramovic’s performance The Artist is Present. Now knock yourself out waiting in line…8-bit style!
Well, because I’m posting this late there are 25% fewer links. But the links, though, include 100% more public urination. That’s right, you’re in for a treat!
Within hours of this story breaking, every art blog (including this one) seemed to come up with the same “performance art” joke. She peed on a crazy expensive painting. Does that need a joke? You can find the storyhere, and an article about the effects on the paintings value here.
Art critic, Mat Gleason, published a list of twelve art world habits to break in 2012 here. There were a few good ideas, a few terrible ones, and a few that just make Gleason sound annoying. I’d love to know what you think.
Tampa was dissed on the Daily show recently. Its mentioned here at TBO.com. It’s a little hurtful but Dale Mabry really is, how you say, skeezy?
I’m aware just about everyone is planning on getting gussied up this Saturday, and heading out to party in one fashion or another. I’m here for those of you who plan on staying home and getting wasted…on reading! So pump up the C+C Music Factory, strap on the fanny pack full of snacks, and pull up your favorite chair – it’s time to party with literacy! If you need some more help getting started here are a few interesting links to get you going.
We’re starting off with an exception – this first link isn’t so much reading as it is watching. A very interesting TED talk by new media artist Hasan Elahi about how he gained privacy by first giving it all up.
If you’ve lived in Florida for a while you know our pride and joy is the powerful monopoly the state has on weird news. Here’s a compilation of the many magical moments of 2011.
This was an interesting article about similarities between Mexican narco culture and ancient Aztecs in the way they use(d) imagery of violence as an instrument of power. I should warn you, though, that the article does include some graphic imagery.
A favorite photo-blog of mine posted old snapshots of facial expressions produced by electric shock. It’s not as bad as it sounds, but just as weird. It’s in French so you may have to translate.
Wikipedia is telling me that “Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading” is properly called a listicle. Contrary to what I had believed ‘listicle’ is not the name for that flap of skin – its actually a cute little combination of ‘list’ and ‘article’. Looks like that flap of skin will have to continue its nameless existence. Approaching the end of the year, it’s good to be reminded of the reason for the season – end of year lists (as well as discounted desk calendars and the solstice celebration for your one friend who pretends to be wiccan). Thus, this weeks installment is actually a list of lists, a megalist, if you will. Enjoy.
Keepin’ it local (and portmanteau-alicious) is an entertaining list of Sunshine State political foibles and fubar here, at the Daily Loaf.
Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones picks out his favorite winter artworks, here. Apparently, elsewhere winter is typically colder than the other three seasons.
You likely don’t need to be reminded that all of the hubbub you ran into at Target this afternoon is because today is Festivus. Though Frank Costanza gave us the Festivus pole, Hyperallergic shows us here how modern artists saw it coming.
If you’re looking to blow your mind (sans huffing your big brother’s deodorant spray) Colossal shows off the best art and design they brought to us in 2011 here.
Here are a few links in case you’re in need of some weekend reading. It’s especially pleasant during Sunday brunch (for those of you who aren’t satisfied with three meals a day).
The ideologically wily Christopher Hitchens died this week. Here’s what the Guardian said about his passing.
Considering Men’s Health, a bastion of journalistic excellence, recently named St. Pete to be one of the saddest places in the US, I thought many in the area might find this public installation interesting. Its called Stimmungsgasometer. If that doesn’t clear up what it is, I’ll just say that St. Pete would be flying a constant smiley. I found it here at the Huffington Post.
One of my favorite Art blogs, Artwrit, just released they’re eighth quarterly issue. This is the second of a very interesting two part series in praise of boredom. Its a little cerebral, so if you actually get bored reading it you can at least enjoy the irony of your situation.
Here’s an article on Cedric Delsaux’s really interesting work involving Star Wars characters in everyday locations. The artist has some very interesting things to say about the play between “reality” and “fiction”. And there is a cool picture of the Millennium Falcon.