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Sometimes, the internet is boring. It’s a tough truth to bear, but it is true nonetheless, and I deal with that fact when it rears its ugly head. But what brightens up those dreary internet days for me aren’t just the websites I check out for news and info, they’re the personalities that I rely on to get that info to me: their senses of humor, senses of the surreal and their ability to hand-pick and hand present stuff that I want to see. Here are ten Twitter personalities that I love hearing from.
These folks will teach you about art, about life, about dogs and about some pretty random stuff. What I dig about this group is that they don’t stick with any scheduled programming: it’s the surprising tidbits that I love to get. Included are sample Tweets for your tasting pleasure. For more Twitter recommendations, be sure to check out my list for the Chinese art world.
I favorited a YouTube video — Ladybug plays with sprinkles! http://youtu.be/gkr0VYcZ-eY?a
— Cory Arcangel
(@cory_arcangel) December 19, 2010
The artist known for hacking Nintendo cartridges and having fun with cats on pianos, not to mention re-captioning New Yorker cartoons, posts his raw material to his Twitter. Catch these random Youtube videos and internet tidbits before they show up in a museum somewhere.
Did you know Takashi Murakami is actually on Twitter? Like, for real? I have it on good word that this is the actual artist tweeting, and when he tweets stuff as awesome as in-progress shots of his own work and pics from high-profile gallery openings, who could ask for anything more? I expect great things from Takashi’s Twitter in the future.
Going for Baroque: Kanye got a Caravaggio tattoo? RT @omnp http://ow.ly/3uV89
— ARTnews (@artnews) December 28, 2010
ARTnews magazine’s executive editor Robin Cembalest absolutely kills it on Twitter every day. She is the best at headlines and can turn any art-world news into a Post-worthy 140 characters or less. Always informative, always funny.
You might recognize Nate Hill from the Punch-Me Panda suit. If that’s all you know him for, you’re definitely missing out. From reflections on his performances to ideas for new projects, like getting some hot girlz to gargle milk and then reselling it, Nate is pretty great on Twitter.
Dogs hanging a picture of a swirly victim drowned in a toilet with the caption “Saturn Devouring His Children.”
— Dogs doing things (@dogsdoingthings) December 23, 2010
I don’t know why @Dogsdoingthings exists and what it means, but I do know that it is utterly hilarious. Follow @Dogsdoingthings for constant updates on what dogs are doing, reports that tend toward the completely bizarre and sometimes go off the deep end. It doesn’t need to be understood. Guaranteed to jerk you out of your 9-5 stupor.
Did you catch this? ☞ A is for Armageddon – a brilliantly illustrated and wickedly entertaining guide to the apocalypse http://is.gd/jIyc6
— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) December 29, 2010
For random interesting links during the day, there’s no one better than @Brainpicker. With an intelligent curatorial sense that beats more wide-ranging “cool stuff” blogs, Maria Popova picks through art, architecture, design, toys and everything else that her eclectic taste covers.
I have found the cognitive surplus, and it hates pigs: Clay Shirky and Angry Birds, together at last http://nie.mn/ep0lWr
— Nieman Lab (@NiemanLab) December 30, 2010
If you’re into online media, it pays to know how your blog sausage gets made. No one goes into the nuts and bolts of the changing world of journalism better than Nieman. Whether it’s the Gawker redesign or how Twitter itself impacts what you read online, Nieman Lab is far and away the best. As relevant for arts coverage as it is for politics, I think Nieman is pretty much essential reading for anyone with an internet connection. Hit it up.
BLDGBLOG is the bible for out-there architecture and out-there ideas. No need to talk about actual buildings; Geoff Manaugh brings up things that usually can’t, or don’t, exist. But it wouldn’t be awesome if they did? One recent idea? “Genetically-modified silkworms that print the skeletal systems of other silkworms.” Geoff has been an inspiration for me for years now, and I still believe he’s one of the most original voices in the art blogosphere.
David Itzkoff is one of the personalities behind the New York Times’ Artsbeat blog. The problem is, Artsbeat has almost none of the personality that Itzkoff does himself. The writer shows himself in his Twitter, not holding back from trashing the recent ill-fortuned Spider Man musical or poking fun at his mother company, as seen above. Fun stuff. Now, if only he could transport his voice to the NYT blog… then I might be more inclined to actually check it.
A telegram was received here today from Grafton saying “Is my wife there?” signed N. Linton. Who can explain? ND1891
— R.L. Ripples (@TweetsofOld) December 28, 2010
@TweetsOfOld tweets random lines from old newspapers, including both location and year in each Tweet. These range from the poignant to the punchy and back again, proving that Twitter-style snark isn’t all that new, and was done before, and better. Way to go 200 years ago! Whenever one of these pops up in my feed, I can’t help but be struck by the connection between times and places. Really, when it comes to people, not much has changed.
An SFMOMA exhibition raises questions about what it means when museum board members have ties to politicians who support border wall policies.
The exhibition at the Jewish Museum delves into “degenerate” art and art made under duress as part of a thought-provoking yet diffuse exhibition.
In Philadelphia, a series of solo shows delves into the interdisciplinary practices of graduates whose work explores identity, familial bonds, political constructs, and nature’s fragility.
Despite his work’s apparent abstraction, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe insists that “I don’t invent anything, everything I do is my jungle and what is there.”
David Uzochukwu, Kennedi Carter, and Kiki Xue are among the 35 artists whose work will be displayed online and at the festival in Milan, Italy.
On November 14, join Columbia University School of the Arts for virtual information sessions with the program chair, faculty, and staff.
No Vacancy, curated by Jody Graf, will be on view from October 26 through November 8 at the school’s Kellen Gallery in New York City.
To do so before they have returned the Maqdala treasures and the Benin Bronzes and the Easter Island statues and the Maori heads, before a coherent set of precepts for decolonization has been articulated, would affirm the wrong principle.
“Everybody in Mesopotamia, as far as I understand it, believed in ghosts,” said Irving Finkel, a curator of the British Museum’s Middle Eastern department.