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See All the GIFs on Wikipedia

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.

Posted inArt

Shedding the Second Head

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.

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The Pursuit of Art, 2012

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.