Remember that subway poster that compared Muslims to savages and called for supporting Israel in order to “defeat Jihad”? The group behind that sloganeering, the American Defense Freedom Initiative (AFDI), is back with a second, even more inflammatory ad that the MTA is explicitly disavowing.
The damage Hurricane Sandy did to the art world may have been submerged during the holidays, but if there was any single statement to remind us of the disaster, it’s this: a Reuters report noting that losses from the storm may reach $500 million.
Whether or not you think 2012 was the Year of the GIF, the fact stands pretty certain: the Graphic Interchange Format is all around us. One place where this is readily apparent is Wikipedia, where GIFs are used to illustrate everything from mathematical principles to how to correctly write a Japanese character. And of course, because the internet has only exacerbated our human tendency to collect and list and display things, someone has made a website that cycles through all of the GIFs on Wikipedia.
I’d like to start with a disclaimer: Top 5, 10, whatever lists make me nervous. They feel so definitive, so set in stone, and that makes me uncomfortable. What happens when my opinions evolve (as they inevitably will), or when I change my mind tomorrow, or if I accidentally forget something?
Sometimes it’s the small things …
This week, top 10 lists for 2012, the meaning of middlebrow, Italian church art goes online, the best street art in LA and NYC, and more.
With the country heading off the fiscal cliff, Weekend Words thinks about falling.
An annotated list of some of Albert Mobilio’s and John Yau’s favorite poetry books published this year.
Richard Walker is an observational painter who seems particularly interested in light, a concern that goes back to the Impressionists and the beginnings of modern art. However, if you think you are going to get a sugary rehash of Claude Monet, you are in for a surprise.
Saya Woolfalk’s solo exhibition The Empathics, currently on view at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey, blends the fantastical with the earthly, the factual with the fictitious, and the anthropological with shades of folkloric spirituality. I spoke recently with Woolfalk about the project, as well as the artist’s views on cultural awareness, artmarket politics and the indisputable magic found in the collaborative making of objects.
This month, reviews of Kendrick Lamar, a collection of international dance music, Miss Pooja, Bat For Lashes, the Funkees, Elle Varner, Pitbull, and Gudda Gudda.
Tomorrow, Patti Smith will turn 66. The day before yesterday, on the 27th, her longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye reached the same age. “We’re three days apart,” Smith announced last week in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art at her “walk-in” concert celebrating the birthday of the French writer Jean Genet.