Among this week’s big stories that I can’t avoid mentioning: turns out Geraldo Rivera’s a big jerk. Well, I’m about to break this sucker wide open: Geraldo Rivera sort of looks like Teddy Roosevelt (see fig. 1.1) Rivera has lost control of his mustache. He’s been needing to reel that thing in for about four years now. Now that I’ve laid that breaking news on you and we’ve got the headlines out of the way, enjoy these links.
HuffPost lists some unsolved art world mysteries including Van Gogh’s murder (say what?!) and the real identity of Banksy. Check out the list here.
New studies regarding creativity shed some light on where good ideas come from. It so happens those methamphetamines and brainstorming sessions won’t help so much. Read the article at Salon here.
Have you ever noticed that car commercials look awfully like Tom Cruise’s dream sequence in Vanilla Sky? Where are all the people and other cars (and the driver for that matter)? Here is an interesting structuralist reading of car commercials.
This is a great essay from Triple Canopy about physical movement, a very old cartoon, capitalism, and a great video art piece. It walks that great line of making perfect sense and making no sense. See it 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.
This week’s installment of ‘Weekend Reading’ is a Short Attention Span Extravaganza! I bought a Nook this week. Suffice it to say that I’ve been reading on it non-stop to justify the purchase and convince myself I’ll actually use an e-reader. Now that Sunday is here no more reading for me. No more reading for anyone! Enjoy these links.
This video is at once annoying and endearing. Annoying when I hear this silliness in galleries but I know it comes out of my mouth too. It’s the eternal art paradox: the art world’s favorite pastime of making fun of itself for taking itself to seriously. This is sh*t the art world says.
Film noir wished it was as cool as Weegee. Weegee: Muder is my Business is seriously the title of the new exhibition at the International Center of Photography on the work of crime photographer, Weegee. This guy lived a noir. If you’re not familiar with his work this slide show can illustrate.
You may have seen the art meme of the pepper spraying cop sauntering through art history. Now Barbie gives it a go. The ubiquitous doll sits in for some of history’s most famous works of art. More disturbing than amusing for what it has to say about our wildly unrealistic ideal female body. This slide show is at the Guardian.
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.