Finding Humanity in the Humidity: An Art Trip to Texas

Finding Humanity in the Humidity: An Art Trip to Texas

Trenton Doyle Hancock's Torpedo Boy stealing tofu from the alien vegans. On view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

Trenton Doyle Hancock’s Torpedo Boy stealing tofu from the alien vegans. On view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Houston.

There’s a type of summertime heat in the Gulf states that will turn even the hardiest of souls into a single ball of sweat. Not even air conditioning cannot save you. Summer’s really not the best season for art, and the galleries tend to know that; they slow down just like…

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Daniel Leyva: Digital Altars/Spiritual.org

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For artist Daniel Leyva, the Internet is a deeply spiritual place. On his site  Digital Altars/Spiritual.org, he explains that commercial sites have become a type of what he calls “web-based faiths.”   These shrines to Google, Yahoo, and Ask.com cover all the bases of good places to worship the occult: there’s Victorian-era shrines, plenty of candles, and of course, pentagrams.

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The American Royalties Too Act: Are Artist Resale Royalties a Reality?

The American Royalties Too Act: Are Artist Resale Royalties a Reality?

Jarrold Nadler introducing the American Royalties Too (A.R.T.) Act

Jarrold Nadler introducing the American Royalties Too (A.R.T.) Act

Artist royalties are, and have always been, notoriously under-legislated. This past Tuesday, however, we saw an important tipping point for legal change. This is when Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, introduced the American…

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Nominate Your Fave Net Artist for Rhizome’s Prix Net Art Award

Nominate Your Fave Net Artist for Rhizome’s Prix Net Art Award

Net artists—they just don't get no respect from Google.

Net artists—they don’t get no respect from Google.

Net artists, your pot of gold has arrived. Rhizome, along with China’s Tsinghua University Art and Science Media Laboratory and CCIA Center for Art and Technology, just announced the Prix Net Art, a $10,000 award for artists who make browser-based work. (Postinternet-only artists need not apply.) A runner-up will be granted $5,000. Best of all,…

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Committing to the Difficult Option: Donors give $26.8 Million to DIA

Committing to the Difficult Option: Donors give $26.8 Million to DIA

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“The Spirit of Detroit,” a public monument by Marshall Fredericks

There’s been talk about two of Detroit’s options to pay off its retiree pensions, one difficult and one ugly. The ugly option: the city could auction off its only extensive public asset, the collection at the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA). The difficult option: the Grand Bargain, a deal mediated by federal judge Gerald Rosen,…

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Philly Diary: Sean Gerstley

Philly Diary: Sean Gerstley

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Row houses in Philly

Over the next few months, I’ll be traveling back and forth from Philadelphia to New York for a curatorial fellowship. Each week, I’ll be reporting back on my findings at Art F City.

Compared to the brutal squeeze on living space, and the professional rat race of New York, almost every other city starts to feel like the Promised Land. But time feels especially abundant down in…

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Hito Steyerl Is (Not) Completely Invisible

Hito Steyerl Is (Not) Completely Invisible

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Video still from Hito Steyerl’s video “How Not to Be Seen: a Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov” (2013).  Image courtesy of Hito Steyerl and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.

In a recent interview with DIS Magazine, 48-year-old writer and artist Hito Steyerl remarked that “anyone slightly interested in digital politics and technology is by now acquiring at least basic skills in disappearance and…

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3D-Modeling Data of Vagina Gets Japanese Artist Arrested

3D-Modeling Data of Vagina Gets Japanese Artist Arrested

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Megumi Igarashi’s “pussy boat.”

The next frontier of obscenity battles is upon us. Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested on Monday for sending a link to 3D-modeling data of her vagina—meaning, that with a 3D printer, anyone could make prints of her genitalia. According to the Japanese police, this constitutes obscenity.

Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenaskiko (meaning…

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Cy Twombly Did NOT Die Today

Cy Twombly Did NOT Die Today

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It all started with a grave mistake. This morning, Phillips, the international auction house, declared that artist Cy Twombly was dead—even though they linked to a 2011 obit from the New York Times. (They have since deleted it.) With that regrettable tweet, a haze of grief fell on Twitter with everyone bemoaning the passing of the 20th century’s most famous scribbler. Because unless you believe…

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Sotheby’s Brings Live Online Auctions to EBay

Sotheby’s Brings Live Online Auctions to EBay

sothebysauction05-2006Sotheby’s and eBay are teaming up. Beginning this fall, Sotheby’s will stream its auctions over eBay’s site, ostensibly opening up its blue-chip art to a larger audience (The New York Times reports that Sotheby’s has a customer base of only 100,000 compared with eBay’s 145 million). According to The Guardian, Sotheby’s chief operating officer Bruno Vinciguerra said that the aim of the partnership…

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