Around this time last year, Instagram caused a flurry after attempting to change its terms of service — what the Globe and Mail’s Russell Smith called “an apparent move to appropriate and sell every user’s photos.” Smith pondered how growing awareness of the public documentation of our private lives will play out.Continue Reading →
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The latest addition to that marriage of art and celebrity has been delivered to us in the form of the Kardashian Christmas card — not holiday card, mind you — as shot by David LaChapelle.Continue Reading →
OAKLAND, Calif. — A few weeks ago, I looked at contemporary African photography thanks to a terrific series from Dynamic Africa, one of my new favorite blogs. A great example of Tumblr’s possibilities as a site for curation, it is the work of Funke M., a culture curator and observer based in South Africa and originally from Nigeria.Continue Reading →
Not to be outdone by OxfordDictionaries.com, which, as reported by Hyperallergic’s Alicia Eler, has selected “selfie” as its new Word of the Year, Weekend Words respectfully centers on the self.Continue Reading →
Kanye West has given a doozy of an interview on NYC’s Power 105 radio station that really makes you wonder how much bigger his ego could possibly be and if he believes his pseudo-revolutionary babble about corporations and creativity. When someone talks about being marginalized for only designing two shoes at a major corporation (08:42) […]Continue Reading →
CHICAGO — “You are the future, and you get love by video,” chants artist Jillian Mayer in “I Am Your Grandma,” a simple, catchy, one-minute video in which the artist ponders the idea that she will be a grandmother and her grandkids will find this video on YouTube.Continue Reading →
“Art,” wrote Leo Tolstoy in an 1886 essay, “begins when one person, with the object of joining another or others to himself in one and the same feeling, expresses that feeling by certain external indications.”Continue Reading →
OAKLAND, Calif. — We’ve all seen the moment in movies when the hero, villain, or unwitting victim has to stare down the barrel of a gun.Continue Reading →
“Largest Exhibition of the Life and Art of Frida Kahlo Makes U.S. Premiere in San Diego,” the press release announces. On its website, the show bills itself as “the only exhibition worldwide where Frida Kahlo’s paintings can be seen in one place.” But in reality, The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story is comprised almost entirely of copies.Continue Reading →
I was recently sent an article about the potential of e-books in developing countries. It’s one year old, but with the rise of e-books and the growing popularity of Kindles (including on airplanes taking off and landing), it seemed worth revisiting.Continue Reading →